We had heard a lot about this
We had heard a lot about this place and finally decided to try it. We went on a Sunday night--which was perfect. The dining room had the last rays of the day's sunlight filtering in through the stained glass window and curtains.. we felt like we were in Paris. The dining room is as cozy as a warm hug, and the food was just as comforting. We started with the tortellini appetizer--beautiful pillows of pasta filled with this transcendent cheese, slightly melted. My only complaint about this dish is that I wanted more! I had the chicken..perfect comfort food, crispy skin, moist and juicy on the inside. My boyfriend had the ham and raclette sandwich, which he absolutely devoured. In short, Lula Cafe is a gem. We'll be back.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was terrific and
The food was terrific and the servers friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. An all around lovely experience in a nice neighborhood place. Will definitely come back when we are in Chicago again.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great find
We took a group of 7 out for dinner to celebrate our niece's college graduation. She chose this restaurant and we are glad
she did. It's trendy but relaxed enough that we didn't feel at all out of place even with our 10 year old child. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The menu was interesting, unusual and the food was delicious.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lula is a fantastic restaurant that I'd highly recommend to anyone looking for a great meal in Chicago. The food and service were great and the atmosphere was perfect. Everything was delicious, particularly the peanut butter pie, which was one of the best desserts I've ever had and definitely worth a try.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a neighborhood treasure.
This is a neighborhood treasure. For those visiting Chicago, this is worth the drave away from standard downtown hotels, but worth it. Go.
5/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
long overdue visit
I have been very lax in getting to Lula for dinner and am so glad I finally made it! What a wonderful meal, with creative, locally sourced cuisine and excellent, professional yet friendly service. It is so refreshing to be able to eat this well without having to reserve weeks ahead of time and have the evening turn into a precious event. Thank you Lula and I will be making up for much lost time by visiting again soon!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
count on a great meal!
lula is consistently good: great original and imaginative food, friendly, low-key service and nice ambiance, we always enjoy going there and can count on a great experience.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed all that Lula Cafe had to offer. Both my partner and I are vegetarians, so it is not often that a dining experience offers a 6 course veggie meal. It was FANTASTIC!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came across on accident, were 'lost' in the neighborhood, scrolling through restaurant listings in our Acura's navigation system.
Lula was one of the only ones in the area with a decent Zagat rating so we thought why not.
I was able to make a reservation immediately through my Open Table app which was fantastic.
Modern minimal country chic decor, nice wine list but not much on the menu to choose from.
Between my dietary restrictions and my date's food allergies, there were only a couple things we could have.
We ended up sharing a salad and a sandwich. Dessert looked good but we were surprisingly full.
Will definitely visit again.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for dinner
Lula Cafe is a really friendly spot for dinner. The staff were polite and helpful. It was noisy but in a good way; everybody was clearly having a great time. We had a very nice white Burgundy. Our main dishes were quite good. We had buckwheat orecchiette with duck and short ribs, both of which we'd gladly have again. I thought the appetizers--a warm burrata and a yellowtail ceviche--were good, but less successful than the main dishes. I'd definitely go back.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lula is a winner
Never have visited Lula before. Good food, good service. Portions about right. I will dine at Lula's again!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's been awhile but I have a good feeling about the restaurant. Of the four of us two ordered the vegetarian tasting menu which included some lovely and innovative dishes.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am not a vegetarian, but I had the 6 course vegetarian tasting menu, and it was wonderful. Standouts were the asparagus "custard" (actually a thick asparagus soup) and the parsnip soup. Great service and a lot of fun. Peanut butter pie was a disappointment though
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good and interesting food
I was worried about getting enough to eat but I got filled up on sharing a bruschetta and a bowl of parsnip soup among three people, and having my own tagine.
Waitstaff were very pleasant.
Decor included original art that, I think, changes regularly.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lula Cafe is always a success.
Lula Cafe is always a success. Have loved it for years, for all occasions, and it never fails to deliver great food, good service and an overall wonderful dining experience.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waiter was attentive and helpful, not at all overbearing. The portions were very small. Yes, I get the science behind small portions, the brain will be satisfied by rich and very flavorful portions, even if they are not large portions. there were parts of our dinner at Lula's that were bland and that were not bland: the sauce on the side with my trout and the desert: cardamon donuts and hand-made ice cream. The ceviche was just limey, but the fish was exquisitely fresh. The trout I had and the steak my girlfriend had were simply bland. The ingredients were as fresh as I could ask for. I just think the chef did not bring his A game, as the sous and pastry chefs did. Everyone has their off days I guess.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have always loved Lula.
We have always loved Lula. Only problem is they can be so busy, but good for them. This visit had the chicken and hanger steak. Both were wows! Good to go early or late so avoid long waits. Good to see their now on Open Table.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Neighborhood Gem
My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and enjoyed the ambiance, appreciated the knowledge of the wine list and loved our dishes of hanger steak and trout. We savored a "new" cocktail and felt comfortable and relaxed in this neighborhood find. Can't wait to return!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food, very accommodating!
Their hostess was amazing. I made our reservation for 8:30 and asked for a window seat or outdoor for a romantic date. My date and I were running late so I called around 8:00 to tell them we were going to be late. We arrived at 9:00 (the time we changed the reservation to), waited for a few minutes and they sat us at a great table by the window.
Was lovely, thank you lula!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Impeccable food, bussers were great
The food was very good and impressive. The server was barely seen and rude. As half of the table work at high end restaurants, one of us a server and the other a line cook, we were disappointed at how rude our server was, but the bussers deserved our tip, they were on top of everything and very polite. Perhaps the server was slammed or was dealing with something, but it was a let down.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
best staff ever!
the food was terrific and the service was perfect. we had a group of ten people who hadn't seen each other in over a year so we kept moving around the table (a complete nightmare for a server!) Our server was terrific!! she checked on us at regular intervals, was totally cool about having separate checks, and was really friendly. the whole staff was tremendous about offering pairing suggestions.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE had the 6 couse vegan dinner
WE had the 6 couse vegan dinner and the leg of lamb. Everything we had was wonderful but the peanut butter pie was so outstanding that for the first time in my long dining experience I took some of the dessert home. Everyone that we had contact with was friendly and pleasant. It is in the type of location that I hesitate to visit, worrying about parking but there seemed to be ample street parking. Hopefully I will get back.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very inventive menu
This was our third visit at Lula's, and we will definitely return, although probably not if we have to sit inside. We sat outside, and we had a thoroughly delightful experience. The food was creatively prepared, and our server was very helpful. The only glitch occurred when our skirt steak arrived. It was clearly not a skirt steak, even though the chef told us that it was. None of us (we were four seasoned diners) had ever seen a skirt steak look like that. However, it was delicious, and we loved it.
The noise level inside was beyond energetic, and I don't think we would dine at Lula's if we had to sit indoors.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Vegetarian Tasting Menu
Loved the 6 course vegetarian tasting menu. Well worth the money. Service a little slow, but given the beautiful and detailed presentation, I'm glad they didn't rush. Difficult to hear inside, but we managed. Can't wait to go back!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here many times and always enjoy seeing something that I've never heard of on the menu. Its been a culinary education. Went for the Monday night Farm Dinner (pre fixe) which was a fun change. They are also very accomodating to children. My friend brought her two boys and they had no problem making something for them. I also like that they now take dinner reservations- no more hour long waits! (No reservations for brunch.)
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A for Effort, B+ for Execution
I went for the Monday Night Farm Dinner. The food was inventive and playful. This night's appetizer was an agnolotti ode to corn. A decadent albeit tiny portion. The other courses did not live up to this opener. Steak with grilled Caesar salad and tomatillo salsa. These flavors weren't destined to come together harmoniously. Nixing the fusion would have been more pleasing to the palate. Maybe a grape tomato panzanella to go with the grilled Caesar or braised black beans to go with the tomatillo salsa? The dry-aged beef was cooked and seasoned to perfection though. Dessert was almond cake with blackberry buttermilk sorbet. Great sweet and tangy balance. Not five-star, but exactly what you want out of a hipster neighborhood bistro.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A bit pricey for everyday, but great for a special treat
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lula cafe is great!
I went to Lula Cafe with nine friends. We all enjoyed it. The food was very good and the service was great. Overall, I would highly recommend this lovely restaurant. I especially liked that we could order off the cafe menu which was less expensive but still very tasty. I also liked the way the check was divided so that each person could see what they ate and the individual costs. Great dining experience.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lula never disappoints!
Lula is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. The food is consistently delicious, creative, and it is clear that it is made with the freshest ingredients. The drink menu and food menus are creative and portions are just the right size so that you will not leave hungry, nor will you likely have leftovers. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood find!!
A great evening with delicious food and very nice staff!!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved that we were able to experience a fancy dinner as vegetarians with the 6 course vegetarian option. It's not often you have a choice like that. We loved it and will be back to try it again during a new season to switch up the seasonal ingredient offerings.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal
We love Lula Cafe. Menu items are all unusual and so delicious. I always stretch for something I would not normally order and am never disappointed. Wait staff are very helpful in explaining menu items. Wine list is nice and reasonably priced.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic evening al fresco
Good food, served on the patio on a warm summer evening. Beautifully structured plates, with good wines from a long list. what could be better? However, had we been indoors, totally different ambience, loud noise level, offensive to our aging ears. Stay summer. Bring me languid brunches and late dinners at Lula. Remind me in late Spring to return.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu with plenty of vegetarian options. I am not a vegetarian but we had all meat free food while there.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting mix of flavors
Interesting mix of flavors in every dish. Excellent service from a knowledgable server. Shared salad plated separately at no charge.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Это был потрясающий ужин. Мы были на вечере фермерских продуктов, где меню заранее составлено и продумано, к каждому блюду предложены вина. Все было невероятно вкусно, хорошая подборка вин. Абсолютно нетуристичское место с уютной атмосферой!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd been meaning to go to Lula's for some time. I finally got the opportunity, and, even with hight anticipation, was not disappointed. Wait staff is friendly and the food is superb! The five grain risotto was absolutely the best risotto I've ever had. I understand why Lula Cafe has such a great reputation!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Life's a banquet
Lula Café is a welcomed savory stop on the journey, Yum. Food was inventive and delicious. The eggplant appetizer was fab. Service was prompt and efficient. Ambience was great as we had the perfect early October evening outdoors. My guest was charmed, which was really all that mattered in the end. I was completely satisfied.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing as always!
One of my favorite places to dine in Chicago. Inventive, delicious food, knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff and an overall positive vibe. I take all my out of town guests here. Brunch at Lula Cafe is my absolute favorite!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to Lula Cafe to celebrate a birthday. We had a wonder time! We especially liked our server, Kendal. She was very attentive to our needs and the service was very good. I recommend this lovely restaurant to anyone!!!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Farm To Table
Monday is the special Farm to Table three course dinner special. The duo of ham appetizer with persimmon included a 'country' ham and spec, both local. Potion just perfect, well balanced and the persimmon was surprising as a counter point to the ham. The braised wild boar pasta was superb, followed by a caramel chocolate cheesecake. The wine pairings were out of my comfort zone, but added a dimension to the dinner. Loved it.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here several times and have never been disappointed. Love the atmosphere and always feel very comfortable in the setting. Service is always attentive and friendly.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic dinner for 2
Excellent food, fantastic service, romantic ambiance at 2 top in side room in the window. I highly recommend Lula's!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place, good food
Made a reservation for 4 + an infant. The hostess made room for our party plus brought a stand for the infant carrier. The food was good and everyone enjoyed what they had - though my husband and I did not not find it particularly amazing. Service was good and not overwhelming. This would be a great place for a couple or friends to dine - good atmosphere, not overly crowded. We would go back, but not for a special occasion. Would love to try their brunch.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lula is laid back and lovely
Lula Café is wonderful. The food is organic, locally sourced and creatively prepared. I enjoyed a special salad of a pear stuffed with whipped cheese that was quite delicious. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his salad of mixed greens with cranberries, nuts, and vinaigrette. I had seared scallops over some variety of mushroom I cannot remember and the scallops were cooked perfectly and not gritty at all, which wouldn't have been the chef's fault if they were, anyway. My husband ordered wild boar ragu over pasta and it was the right choice for a cooling fall night. We were having dessert elsewhere so we didn't get to try the very large and yummy-looking portions we saw delivered to tables nearby. Next time, for sure.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back in love
I'm glad our foursome gave Lula Cafe another try. We had a wonderful meal with perfect fall flavors. Drinks from the bar continue to take a long time but meal made up for it.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
solid, nice and fun
Lula's menu covers a wide range between typical cafe food (turkey sandwich) and farm-to-table-ish dishes (beet bruschetta) with a bit more flair. Our party had a wide range of food "must haves" (bland only, gluten free, etc.) and Lula covered them all. The presentation of all were very nice; the kitchen took obvious care with each plate. The noise level was tolerable and even with the restaurant full, had a energy not a din. Servers were responsive and friendly, and were accommodating enough to serve all our main courses at once even with a latecomer who ordered at least a half hour the rest of our group.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been waiting a while to try out this neighborhood gem here in Logan Square. So very very pleased. My guest & I sat right in front on the kitchen & ordered 12 dishes in all. Everything was well presented & flavorful. Stand outs were corn soup, poached egg, monk fish & veal cheeks. Thank you Dennis your service was top notch!! Will definitely return.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
great for every occasion. Lula might be the most perfect restaurant in the city.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place and its close
Love this place and its close to Elastic for a Thursday night music show.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM