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About Permanently Closed - Cafe Bella
This restaurant is permanently closed. This Logan Square contemporary American / Spanish fusion spot is a lofty storefront cafe featuring exposed brick, local art, hardwood floors and an open kitchen. The cafe opened in 2009 as a place for Pena's then 8-year-old daughter, Isabella, to have a place in the neighborhood to eat fresh, healthy food prepared from scratch. No fried foods are served in this spot. Pena enlisted Ambria alum Cesar Casas as executive chef in 2009.
Sandwiches, Coffee & Salads occupy most of the real estate on the menu and provide the most bang for your buck for dine-in or take-out. Entrees include Caribbean jerk chicken, sautéed salmon with mango salsa, Black Rose (skirt steak topped with Madeira wine sauce) & garlic mashed potatoes, tilapia Provençal, Mediterranean platter, Argentinian Churrasco, pastas in homemade marinara or pesto sauces, and vegetarian options on par with anything served in the Gold Coast or Loop. Venture in today and let your taste buds be your guide!
Chicago, IL 60647
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch/Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call us at (773)292-5040 to arrange your catering needs.
Logan Square Blue Line train, Fullerton Bus, Kimball Bus
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Cafe Bella - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Cafe Bella is very casual. No frills. BYOB. Our server was attentive. We enjoyed the food. I would describe it primarily as Mexican but there are American and Italian items on the menu. The prices are reasonable. I am not a big fan of skirt steak. I find it too tough. However, I gave it a try. The marinade was flavorful, paired well with our bold Cabernet Sauvignon but the meat was not tender. The shrimp were fresh and cooked perfectly. The chicken was lean, tender and tasted good. We will likely return because we like the food and we love the free corkage and BYOB policy.
Guacamole was amazing--so fresh! He ordered the Black Rose Steak and I ordered Churasco Steak. The steaks were both marinaded well and cooked to perfection. The potatoes and plantains were delicious. The chocolate flan was the perfect touch for dessert.
My husband and I randomly stumbled upon this hidden gem and we loved our entire meal. We will go back for more:)
Cafe Bella was a very pleasant surprise! In the area later than we thought, so needed some food. Was able to get an early reservation and we would go back. I had the turkey burger with a side salad and it was tasty. My son had a hamburger - it had red peppers or something mixed in, which he is not a fan of, but he likes super plain food. Husband had a steak dish and really like it - with a cocktail and tip it was under $75 for 3 people. Thats a pretty good deal for 3 people for good food in Chicago! Servers were very friendly and service was good.
LOVED this restaurant. My husband and I were visiting our daughter in Logan Square. Cafe Bella was walking distance and definitely worth the walk. Everyone there was very sweet and very efficient. The food was mainly salads and sandwiches but definitely very upscale. All ingredients were fresh and our sandwiches were made to order. Very, very yummy and generous portions. Can't wait to go back!!
The food was presented in a surprisingly trendy and fashionable way. They made my steak look like a black rose and I was shocked at how good my steak tasted and the mashed potatoes were delicious. The place is super clean and I will definitely be coming back
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