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Magnolia Cafe

Magnolia Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://magnoliacafeuptown.com/
  • Phone: (773) 728-8785
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday : 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:30PM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kaz Medhat
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Thank you for your interest in the private services at Magnolia! Our dinning fits 150 for a cocktail reception. Perfect for weddings, banquets, roasts, seminars, business meetings and special events of all kinds.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (773) 728-8785

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Magnolia Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Magnolia Cafe
Magnolia Café is located north of downtown Chicago in the newly revitalized neighborhood of Uptown. Magnolia Cafe celebrates another year as an Uptown Chicago's best restaurant. To show our appreciation to all our customers we are offering a vast array of fine dining specials. What better way to enjoy a night of Chicago fine dining than at Magnolia cafe. Our menu incorporates seasonal French American ingredients and other techniques. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My friend and I both ordered the hangar steak (medium)... It was WAY overdone... We sent it back and it was perfect second time around... They were training a new cook..."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have walked past cute Magnolia Café many times commenting "We need to try that place!" So we did and it was a sad experience. I'd have to say it was one of the worst dinners I've experienced in years. Maybe we hit the place on the chef's (if there is one) night off. Bread basket was full of undercooked flatbread. Ravioli appetizer was pasty, glue-like in texture, inedible. My roasted chicken appeared to have been rewarmed in a deep fryer and tasted old. Pasta entrée was ridiculously huge and relatively flavorless. Plusses: Friendly service, good heirloom tomato salad and solid cocktails. Again, hoping we just caught a (very) bad night in the kitchen. We really wanted to like this place, but $100 later we were bummed."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I expected a good meal at a trendy restaurant. What we got was a musty smell when we walked in. Food that was either bland or way too salty. Tt was a disappointment. Ordered Pulled Pork Ravioli appetizer, it was totally bland. Also ordered onion soup that was exceedingly salty. My main course was the Shrimp Risotto appetizer (more than big enough after the soup). So salty I could not finish it. My friend had the steak topped with short ribs. Would have been good if less salty. The service was very good and pleasant. There were a lot of people there on a Wed. night, so maybe it was just an off night, but we won't go back again."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Bottles of wine range from $26-$55 which is great for a nice dinner out without breaking the bank. We had a bottle of wine, appetizer, 2 entrees, and dessert port for just over $100. We were there late and never felt pressured to leave although they were closing down."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I came here w/ a friend and we were both really blown away by the fantastic food but also the incredible portion sizes. In Chicago, where small plates are en trend and bills add up very quickly, it was nice to see a spot give a very large portion for appetizers and even larger portions for main entrees and dessert. All at very decent prices (apps were average. $10-12, entrees were $25- 35, desserts were all $8). I was really impressed by our server who somehow managed to wait on all tables in the restaurant, which meant around 20 tables at any one given time. Given that element, she wasn't overly attentive, but managed well despite it all. She was really pleasant. Overall, a great experience and I'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Magnolias was a pleasant surprise. The service was slow, but we didn't mind, we were not in a hurry. We arrived early and there was only one table seated. There appeared to be only 2 people working (Bar and Server). They helped each other. Very friendly staff, the place was full by the time we left. Will go back soon."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We dine here a few times a year and always have a great experience. This is our go to restaurant for good food and a nice evening out! We decided to take our out of town guest here for dinner on Saturday! Everything was delightful! I frequently order the pork chop and again it was over the top. We highly recommend this restaurant. Great food, nice atmosphere, and great service what more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It was a Sunday night, fairly empty, and the waiter - who was also the bartender - didn't pay us much attention, despite the fact that there were under 10 people in the place. Two of the specials were sold out (a soup and an entree) and the food we did order was not great. Luckily, we were there on a Travelzoo voucher and so we weren't paying full price. Maybe that's why we weren't treated well? If so, not a way to generate repeat business."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My family and I went there for my birthday. We enjoyed the food very much. My wife had the filet and I had the pork chop, my children had the short ribs. Everyone enjoyed it"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It's rare to dine at a restaurant for the first time and feel like you've been there before but that's Magnolia Cafe. The food was outstanding and the wine/drinks menu a thoughtfully chosen compliment. All well-served by people who seemed to really want you to enjoy being there. I arrived early and watched the restaurant fill up and no one seemed rushed or harried. I listened to the people around me and everyone was pleased by their selections. My hanger steak was so good if I had been with a group I would have been reluctant to share. This is a comfortable place with really good food and service and you should plan to dine there soon."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Dined on a weekday evening with two friends at this quaint, clean neighborhood restaurant. Waitress was very friendly, fun and accommodating. Menu is limited but a varied choice of dishes from which to select. A friend and I chose the Roast Chicken while a third friend had the Seafood Pappardelle and requested no mussels, which the waitress indicated was no problem at all. The food was outstanding, in my opinion. The waitress was very attentive, allowing us to take our time deciding and stopping by to check on us often but not in a pushy way. I would definately return for dinner here and will need to stop by and try their brunch. Wonderful weekday atmosphere and amazing food and service."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! I did feel a little bad for the bartender/server/host. I saw one table leave without paying the bill and also some crazy lady walked demanding that she "have a plate"? The bartender remained calm throughout this awkward encounter with this lady, but it made some people uncomfortable. First time there, it was an upscale experience, but the neighborhood surrounding was a little bit questionable at some points. I would definitely recommend it, but don't get too comfortable after it gets late."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I reserved on-line. They handled very nicely. The time to order and be served was too long. The waiter was not very friendly or interested. The servers were pleasant and appropriate. The coffee was very bitter and getting a cup of tea took some arm twisting. The food was very well done. Nicely presented, well spiced/balanced, and reasonable in quantity. On the strength of the food we will be back. I hope the wait staff were just having an off day. If they are more appropriate, this place overall rating would be significantly higher."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "From the moment we entered we overheard the bartender complaining about working the sunday brunch. He said , just tell me hoe you want your fricking eggs, as he was complaining to a customer at the bar. We were seated promptly and given water and asked if we wanted champagne. We all declined and I did not hear the waiter ask if we wanted coffee because he spoke so softly. When our order came it was wrong. the food tasted good, so maybe I will try another time."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food, atmosphere, wait staff - best meal I've had in a very long time!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Stopped in before show at the Aragon. When staff inquired who was playing (New Order) they volunteered to switch to New Order Pandora channel. Great menu, great food and great service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Much enjoyed the food, creative, if not leading edge, good value. Been there before, will come back, well worth trip."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This place one of the best brunch on the Northside. The food is great and it the serve is mighty tasty! I would strongly suggest Stephen as a waiter. It is friendly with some southern charm."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Wonderful place for a night out. My wife & I had a great night out without our kids for the first time in a while and everything went really well. I would recommend it to everyone."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As we have said previously ... why don't we go there more often? Everyone enjoyed their food. Two of us approached the dinner in a somewhat unusual manner ... ordering just diverse appetizers and salads. The orchietta with shrimp (replaced the unhealthy sausage) was terrific. Everything was excellent."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Favorite Brunch spot for miles...Outstanding food and great service..Too often Brunch feels like an afterthought at restaurants. However, at Magnolia, all of the items I've ever tried have been fantastic."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had brunch here after many dinners and I was impressed. The servings were creative like Crabcake eggs benedict and wild mushroom omelet but the basics were still there. I always love the service and the ambience here also. I will return for breakfast and dinner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed the good, but the server was sort of a jerk. Rude, impatient and never even looking at you when you order, in fact... in the middle of my order, he walked over to another table w/o saying excuse me or just a moment. He forgot things and had to be reminded many times. Maybe he had too many tables, or maybe he was just bad... hard to say?"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "what a find! downtown food and service nestled in Uptown. who would think it. Solid food, great waitstaff. Will definitely be back w/friends."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Presentation was excellent. portions were large. shortribs were great. I didn't care for the pork shank. Prices were fantastic. On street parking, and no waiting for a table was such a pleasure. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is a great find. So glad that we had a certificate or we may have never found this place. Now that we know where it is we always want to go back to try something different rfrom their wonderful menu. Food comes out steaming hot and full of flavor."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything was excellent, from food to service to wine/cocktails and timeliness!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Magnolia Cafe is one of the best restaurants in the city. The food is always superb. We had the bouillabaisse and it was the best we have every had. Rich, fragrant, excellent flavors, and great presentation. There drink menu has interesting cocktails"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "After a long drive from a NW suburb we were not disappointed. The restaurant was full when we arrived so the owner offered us a choice of immediate seating in an adjacent room or a short wait at the bar. We opted for the wait which was not too long and I enjoyed a delicious lemon drop martini. The atmosphere is cozy and we were seated in a corner space for dinner where talking was pleasant. Our food was delicious. They split the wedge salad for us and I enjoyed the mussels as my entre and my husband loved his boulliabaise dish. I was not happy with my choice of Pinot noir and the waiter graciously offered me another choice. The owner came and chatted with us. All in all it was a very enjoyable evening and we plan to return."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful meal early on Saturday night, but as soon as we mentioned the travelzoo deal our server started ignoring us. He actually walked away from the table after we mentioned it, and didn't come back to take our order for 10 minutes. The food was wonderful, but the service left a bad taste..."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The service was great, and both of our meals were fantastic. We will be back again. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Excellent find. Outstanding food and service. Chad went out if his way to provide a most enjoyable evening for us. We will visit again when we are back in Chicago "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We shared a crabcake appetizer and both enjoyed it (nice bit of zing!). I had the chicken entree and partner had bouillabaise which was a special that day which went very well with the prosecco he ordered. Very happy with the taste and size of portions. The one waiter/bartender/whatever else (!) was very busy but never rushed us although it was a bit hard to get his attention at times. On our reservation we had requested a quiet table (usually turns out to be a corner table) but unfortunately one had not been saved for us."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This is the cutest place. It has a great atmosphere. The food is amazing and our waitress was phenomenal! To start we order the shrimp and rosottio appetizer, it was amazing and could have been an entree itself. My dad got the braised short rib with onion rings and the bacon mac and cheese, the Mac and cheese was too die for. I have the pasta with Italian sausage in a creamy tomato sauce, I would order it again. It is a little pricey, but we had a restaurant.com coupon and the table next to us had a groupon, so I would definitely look into getting one of those to eat here. I will definitely go back and recommend it to friends. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I took a large group and had a great time. The huevos rancheros and they were great."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Cute restaurant. Friendly staff. Food was beautifully plated. Citrus vinaigrette was flavorless but the salad itself was yummy. For entrees, we had the scallops and the cod. My husband said the cod was delicious. My scallops were great but the mashed potatoes with smoked salmon was a bit much. It had too much of the smoked salmon in it. I would visit again and try other menu items."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food was delicious. The steak left me wanting more - it was sooo good! The ambiance was dark with lit candles - very romantic. I recommend this restaurant for the food alone."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "When there from yelp recommendation. Food was very. Miso blackened was awesome"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Saturday dinner was the third time in as many months that we dined here. The first time was Sunday brunch where both the food and service was good. However, it was probably a result of the kitchen and staff not being taxed since the restaurant was half full. The second time was a Friday night that was busy, but not packed. The service was definitely a step down, but the food was consistent with our first dinner. This last venture, however, left me wondering if we will be returning. The service by our waiter was atrocious and half of our party found the main course of short ribs bad in every way possible. Unfortunately, our waiter never stopped by between taking our dinner order and our desert order to ask about our meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our first time at Magnolia Cafe was on a Thu night. There was a Groupon for it and we decided to give it a try. We thought the place was absolutely lovely. Both the food and the service were great. The interior creates a nice vibe: not overwhelming, instead warm and inviting, with the tables not too close together as often happens in smaller restaurants. We felt comfortable and welcome. Will definitely go back and this time with a couple of friends."
    Dined on 3/27/2014