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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "When there from yelp recommendation. Food was very. Miso blackened was awesome"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "our server really had an attitude. I really don't think he wants that job. really bad"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Magnolia continues to be a bright shining oasis in a transitional neighborhood, as unlikely a spot for this quality of food and service as you will find in Chicagoland. Can get encroaochingly crowded at peak hours but there's nothing as good for miles in the Uptown area. Reasonably priced and huge portions."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This little neighborhood gem is outstanding! We have been here several times, and the food is always on par. Service is great, and the wine selection is really good. Dont miss the desert! Its worth the extra calories!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Magnolia Café has a promising menu and atmosphere. However, we will not be back. First is the food: The concepts presented in the menu were appealing and creative. But the execution of those ideas were very poor. Neither I nor my guest enjoyed our entrees. They were heavy, over salted, lacking the layers of preparation that you would expect with the price of the meal. We about 35% too much for the food that I received, and I didn't even like the food in the first place. The second reason for the disappointment was the general attitude of the host. Our server was friendly, but the host was scowly and not eager to accommodate requests."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Hadn't been here in a while and was quickly reminded why I enjoy this place so much. Food and service were very good. Several new, creative items on the menu. Easy to place custom-made orders (my wife is gluten-free). The only downside was the back room was closed so the restaurant seemed cramped wtih some diners nerarly sitting on top of one another, like the old days. Otherwise, we had a grand time with an out of town foodie who was impressed with his meal. We will be back again soon. Mitch"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I was not impressed by Magnolia Cafe. While the dining atmosphere and service were good, I was saddened to learn that the restaurant only served RC Cola products when my date asked for a Diet Coke. I also did not enjoy my salad, as the lettuce was served whole, intentionally I presume, and the dressing was left at the bottom of the plate. My date did not enjoy his pasta with chicken, as it only included dark meat, something I've never seen at a restaurant in the past."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We have eaten here quite a few times. Every meal has been delicious. They never disappoint."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Wish this place got more traffic - definitely want to see it stay around! Always great food - delicious, high quality, fresh!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Magnolia Cafe is truly a neighborhood gem. Everything is in order here. Service is an A+ from a woman named Alex. I was ready for a cocktail that I had never tried before. I ordered the Magnolia Manhattan and it did the job. I had 2 more. My wife's order of a special black cod and my order of the 10oz. tenderloin arrived perfectly cooked. The flavors were top notch. The chef and his crew raise the bar on brussel sprouts. Totally recommend this place for a romantic evening. Seating is a little intimate. Business type dinner with an energetic group larger than 4 would be a little much for the dining room."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "It has a very welcoming feel to it and the food is wonderful with a bit of a french flair to it. Truly an enjoyable experience and would surely go back again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "If you have not been here yet.,.you need to go! The food is absolutely incredible. On par every time we have been there. And its a comfortable atmosphere. Very friendly staff, and for what you get, affordable. You will not be disappointed if you try this hidden gem! AMAZING!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Came in from the suburbs for something different, and Magnolia did not disappoint. Great change of scene from suburban dining. Creative meals with wonderful service. Well worth the drive. Will be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have been enjoying Magnolia since it opened. I don't dine there very often, perhaps twice yearly. When it opened and up until recently the food was very good. I dined there last week and was very dissappointed. -two dinner knives & 2 knives (so a new pair did not need to be set??). -some tables had bread, ours did not. -8:30 reservation, was seated at 9:15 -meal too nearly an hour to be served. -lobster bisque was watery and had to ask if it was what I ordered. -my lamb entree was tasteless. So dissappointed, this used to be a favorite."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to Magnolia Café last night and think I have a new favorite! Love the décor and even though we didn't sit at the bar, I want to come back just to enjoy having a cocktail - maybe the right words are quaint and sophisticated. From the French onion soup, to the entres - every bite was delicious. Loved our waitress, she was just great. This is the kind of restaurant, they take food and wine seriously, but it isn't uptight. Interesting menu, not trying to overreach, but diverse enough everyone can fine something. The ambiance is so pleasant. I want to go back tonight! Just me and my husband for a cozy dinner and some romance."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "One visit on a snow day in Chicago, and 3 tables were occupied; with that said service should have been better but staff were more bar chatter instead of attending the 3 tables. The food was ok and display was good but not great because it lacked flavor. Parking was rather difficult as well. Its great for a neighborhood gem, but no place to constantly commute if your not living in the area. All it takes is one visit."
    Dined on 1/26/2014