Our server was ok, I'm a bit of a stickler being a server in my youth and I didn't really think the service met expectations for the prices charged. Either our server didn't speak much English or he was just really uncomfortable because he barely said more then 10 words to us, forgot my drink order, and picked up the check before we left the table (I realize this doesn't bother some people, but we were finished at 6 or 6:30 and we didn't actually just hang out for a long time, so why the rush). The food and drinks were meh. I ordered a guava mojito, which looked more like OJ then a mojito, and a specialty martini (pink something) which almost make me choke it was so strong (and I love a good martini, but yahoo, that was too much). The food was not worth the charge in my opinion. I am a bit of a foodie and I didn't really care for it. The duck I ordered was really chewy and left a really bad taste in my mouth afterwards. My husband ordered the burger, and it had more toppings then actual burger - just too much going on. Overall, I wouldn't come back as there are a thousand other places with better trained staff and better tasting food & drinks within a 5 mile radius of this place.
Came here for my husband's birthday dinner. The restaurant is very pretty, and it also has outdoor seating; but the food was very underwhelming. We don't live in the area, but if we were in the area again we would not choose Cafe Amano. My husband's simple pasta dish was not tasty at all. My chicken with a Frangelico sauce was tasty - but not enough so to bring me back. On a positive note, the crusty Italian bread with pesto butter was very good, as were the soup and salad. We wanted to love this place, but we can't.
The service was outstanding from entry to exit. The menu had something for everybody in our party. The appetizers, entrees, and desserts were excellent. You definitely need to plan on having dessert. The dining area looks great.
Easily, the finest restaurant in Elmhurst. Interesting menu with inventive food preparation. Quiet, refined atmosphere and excellent service
Food was just ok but the disappointment was that is was served COLD.
Quiet atmosphere; superb food; met our dining needs; convenient parking; polite and knowledgeable service.
Excellent food. Good portions. Great atmosphere. Nice bar; no tv to distract conversation. A bit pricey.
Cafe Amano was fantastic! Food was delicious and service was topnotch. A favorite of my inlaws, so we try to dine here whenever we are in town. They never disappoint.
We have always enjoyed Cafe Amano and were happy to introduce our friends to it. Unfortunately, after tonight, we will probably not be returning. No complaints about the food. It was very god.
The service was good and so was the freshly baked bread , the drinks and the food.
Always reliable, Cafe Amano is our go-to restaurant in the western suburbs.
Service, wait staff, hostess we're all wonderful, friendly and anxious to serve us and make sure our special dinner was what we envisioned it to be! Loved the atmosphere, music and decor. I think the outdoor area could be a little more inviting. Not sure if that is Elmhurst code or what. Elmhurst definitely needs more outdoor dining. Definitely a great place to go.
The former Cafe Amano was cozy and a much better value--it was doable for lunch for about $10 rather than the current $20 (salad plus ice tea). We can go across the street and have a three course lunch for $16 and our salads which were too large were $14-18. The restaurant gave up its soup/salad or sandwich/salad combinations which were what most women ordered and which were plentiful enough. Although these combinations increased from $8 to $10 throughout the years, diners came back more frequently. You would have to make a reservation to insure space. There were a good number of empty tables and it was a Friday which is traditionally a popular luncheon time.
Excellent food, drink, and ambience! We are both vegetarian (ovo-lacto), and there were plenty of options. Would definitely go back!
Most Meals and Wines are too pricey for its location.
It's a very beautifully decorated restaurant with great drinks. However when ordering a steak for $33, you expect it to be cooked as you requested it to be cooked. My husband ordered the filet medium, and it was very well done. It was still a nice date night because of the atmosphere.
I came here with my mom on Mother's Day. I was not told that it will be a buffet when I made the reservation. So that was unexpected but we decided to stay anyways. The place came up short and I will not go back. First, the restaurant and especially the bathrooms felt dirty... old flowers sitting in a vase on the bar, dirty floors and bathroom. Not a good vibe at all. The food was just okay. For $40 buffet I expected much better. Some of the food, like all the pastries and some of the dessert cakes/brownies, were stale and old. Not sure how fresh the food is when it's regular service and not a buffet.
I wanted to do something special for my wife for mother's day. I knew it would be expensive. It was not worth the price. The food was good, but nothing extraordinary.
Good food, somewhere between casual and fine dining, comfortable, dog-friendly with al fresco dining, service is emphasized, and a great location (not too crowded, not too barren).
The food was simply outstanding! We love oysters and the appetizer we had were the best we've had in a long time! I'd go just for those! We ordered fish and gnocchi--everything was hot, perfectly prepared, and absolutely delicious. Everything was served professionally. Never go wrong at Cafe Amano!
Went to Cafe Amano for a friend's retirement lunch. Great food, great cocktails, great atmosphere. Chef Marco provides nothing but quality dishes for his guests. Well done.
Always a good choice no matter what meal you are planning.
Very good food as usual, but all of our meals were a bit cold. Also, a bit noisy that night. But overall still a very good place.
$85 for my wife and I. No drinks(pregnant). I got the chicken almond mushroom dish which was a small portion and very salty. My wife had the veal. Also salty and $38 for two small pieces and a few vegetables.
The best thing we had was the bread.
We had Easter brunch at Cafe Amano. We've had dinner there several times but never brunch, so we didn't know if it would be as nice. Well, we weren't disappointed. The display was beautiful and not so much that it would be overwhelming. There were no long waits and the food was replenished when needed. My favorite items were the prime rib and cooked salmon. The prime rib was not your usual brunch prime rib either. They also had fresh made donuts yum. Blueberry donut holes were delicious. The dessert also included pecan rolls and parfaits. Your standard brunch fare was included in the brunch, but the food was definitely not standard or average in taste. Cafe Amano gets an A+ once again.
Enjoyable dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The menu had some nice light choices and extensive wine menu. This was our first visit even thou we are long time Elmhurst residents. We plan to return.
Excellent food & service! They tailored the private dining room to accommodate our book club meeting, along with the author, and offered to have a cordless microphone & speakers available & projector. Excellent pre-set menu with selection of: appetizers, salad, four entrees & assorted desserts, nice table linens & flowers, and custom pre-printed menus. Everything was delicious & staff was very attentive. A wonderful place to host an event or party!
Quiet place with good service and a nice setting for a business meal. The food was ok but not great. The pasta seemed to be better received than the steak or sea bass.
Outstanding salad. Yes, actually. Almost makes you want to eat healthy all the time! Service was good just not particularly or overly friendly. Prices are a tad high but the quality is there. We will be back!
Cafe Amano is a great place with great service and delicious food
My friend and I went for lunch on a Thursday, as we were in the area and this restaurant got the best reviews for te area. It far exceeded our expectations! Nice light atmosphere, great friendly service, wide variety of menu items, including several vegetarian options, creative combinations and presentations. We had the soup of the day (asparagus bisque), two different entree salads, amd for dessert sacher torte and lemon tart. All was good, including the sour dough bread and basil-butter (?) spread served with it. The only negative for some might be that most of the diners were middle aged or older. But the atmosphere was lively and modern. We will definitely retuen te next time we're around Elmhurst.
Ok but not anything special
Expecting a lot more
I would not go back
JD and the rest of the dinning room staff were fantastic. They were friendly, attentive and customer focused. Food was beautifully presented and served. Hot dishes were served hot and cold dishes were served cold. This was our first visit, but we will be back.
Food and drinks were delicious. Tables are spread pretty far apart so you're not squished. Quiet and candle lit so good for a date night. Got sat by the window which was a bit chilly and some of the decor is a bit much, but great overall.
It was our first time here and thought the food was excellent.
Exceptional food and service. By far the best meal we have had since moving to Elmhurst.
The food was awesome. Unfortunately the wait staff was very confused.
There is also no info on menu regarding gluten free items. The waitress had to go back and ask the chef for every question.
The restaurant is easily reached via 290 and is quite lovely. The interiors are well done, bar is great - wonderful Moscow Mule from scratch ingredients. Excellent bartender on duty!
Lobster ravioli and ravioli bolognese dishes are tasty.
The good: The restaurant is easy to get to with ample parking within the garage above it. It is well designed, warm and inviting, and has a lot of classy character.
The bad: When we first arrived the hostess wanted to seat us at a high top table by the bar even though we were there for dinner, with reservations, there were plenty of available tables in the main dinning area, and my wife is 22 weeks pregnant. The next spot was the table next to the entrance right in front of the door. After we picked the table and sat down, we had really bad service. The waiter did not come around enough, so much so that another waiter had to help us. They weren't busy, just bad service. Another example was how my wife had to keep asking about the specials. It was like he would say one, then silence, so we would start to say what we wanted and then he would just start saying another special. He brought the wine list back, then asked if I knew what I wanted, I said yes and then he left. Without letting me say what I wanted. Honestly, the service was bizarre. We go to many restaurants and frequent Elmhurst very often because that's our town and I thought we had another great restaurant on the list, but was sadly disappointed. The food was good, the starters were only okay, but my wife's lobster ravioli was great and my ribeye was fantastic. Kudos on the steak complimented with vegetables and roasted potatoes. The prices were a little high, but I'm more than willing to pay when there's a great meal and excellent service. The main meal was great, but the service was terrible. Sadly, I would not recommend this restaurant almost entirely for the service.
Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. We'll definitely be back again.