Cafe Touche

4.7
451 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
A Classic French Bistro in the heart of Edison Park has been a dream of Executive Chef and owner Joe Calabrese for several years. Joe was professionally trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America located in Hyde Park, New York. Before opening his other restaurant, Zia’s Trattoria (located one block west of Café Touché at 6699 N. Northwest Highway) in 1997, he was sharpening his professional – and knife – skills at several well-respected Chicago dining establishments including Ambria, Spiagia, Un Grand Cafe and the Park Hyatt. Joe lives in Park Ridge, a few short miles from the restaurants, so expet to see him in both restaurants assuring a quality experience for his customers. On days off, Joe can be found at home with his wife, Mary Kay and their 3 boys. Reservations by phone: 773-775-0909. The only reservation restrictions are on Friday and Saturday, parties of five or more only. Café Touché is located at 6731 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago (Edison Park), I
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JOHNM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday, as always excellent food and the best server Josh

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vipIndiangal
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love having a relaxing dinner at Cafe Touche.
The sazerac cocktail and Sancerre wine are delicious.
The shrimp scampi, French onion soup, and any of the entrees are great!
The staff is amazing and it is very safe during Covid times.
We enjoy it always!

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KevinH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poulet Paillard was one of the best dishes I've had in YEARS!

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vipJamaicajo
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual! kept very clean, tables distanced and the food delicious. Unlimited mimosa for $15! Can't be beat!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. Great food and service. The live music was a nice touch. I hope you can use the street for outdoor service in the future. So fun for EP!

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CMontal
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Touche has turned into our Sunday dinner spot. The food and the staff are marvelous! We'll be back next week or sooner :-D

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday Brunch we had a good time, good food and services. We will be back soon!

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vipLynetteM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating, impeccable service. Just wish they had ONE plant based / vegan entree, as most other restaurants offer.

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vipDanielC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific

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Lucy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant in every way. The food is delicious; the staff is cordial; the value is great. I highly recommend it.

CM
CMontal
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Cafe Touche regularly since it opened. The staff is friendly and helpful and the food is always fabulous!!! We always enjoy our meals here.

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vipShannonB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great Brunch! Great atmosphere, great food, great service!

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vipmarya
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The indoor heaters worked great and wonderful service by Becky as usual.

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TMRH
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, clean and not overdone. Even during the pandemic and limited seating selections they were very accommodating and efficient!

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vipBill
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I went on last night before city restrictions due to COVID. Food was excellent as usual but the service was outstanding. They even had live music which made the atmosphere very special. Everyone was working so hard to make all the guests welcome whether they were located inside or out in their heated tent area. We also had ordered take out for our son and when we got it home found that they had omitted his French onion soup. When we called to let them know, they immediately sent their hostess to personally deliver it with such apologies and grace. We are so heartbroken that these dedicated hosts are being forced to close by a politician with no reality as to what it takes for working people to survive during this time. We will be back as soon as we all get freed.

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junem
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with consistently good food and service!

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RobertK
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

meal was delicious, served hot and nice display on dish

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sharit
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Cafe Touche was wonderful! Please keep the local restaurants alive during this Pandemic!!!

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vipBigZ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Striving in the midst of this pandemic to offer as safe of seating and service as is possible with all the constrictions and restrictions. The quality of service and food remains as high as ever. The owners, kitchen personnel, and servers cannot be praised highly enough for making it happen despite all the obstacles.

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vipbentley
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The manager, server and wait staff were all so accommodating!

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OliveL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is exceptionally delicious! Service was excellent.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and beverage selection was excellent!
It was a little too dark inside the restaurant. I didn't have any issues but I noticed some older people at other tables were using their phones for lighting, and my friend who I brought mentioned the print on the menus was too small.
But with the pandemic precautions still in place I felt safe and had a wonderful time.

I have also had takeout from Cafe Touche and the food was excellent aswell.

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laurac
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful fall evening, they have a tent or outdoor open space with very effective heaters....inside was also very well spaced out. The heaters worked so well we asked to have them turned down. Food and service was amazing as always. This place never ever disappoints.

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incognito
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CT is a regular stop for us and the very nice and heated outdoor dining makes it a great place to dine during the pandemic. On Saturday they made up a plate of linguini for us in white and with the mussel appetizer mixed end made for a wonderful entre. The entire wait staff is always ecellent and we find it to be a good value.

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vipDancer
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food service and patio was very comfortable with heaters

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JOHNM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening , tremendous service from server Josh, as always.

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RussB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

COVID is a struggle for restaurants and I'm really aware of that because I have family in the business. However, our service wasn't very attentive and I didn't feel that I got a $200+ value (incl tax and a 18% tip) for 2 who were dining and drinking on the sidewalk. Portions were excellent so I have no complaint there. Given the high quality of the reviews, I have to assume that it was an off night or another casualty of the difficulty of putting on a good experience in a challenging scenario.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Pate, Mussels, and chicken dish... and the Bread Pudding was one of the BEST desserts I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I’ve always liked this restaurant and I hope it survives COVID, but it doesn’t seem terribly safe. The tables outside are very close together— like 2 feet apart, not six. Most people were drinking, which tends to make people shout and laugh more and generally spew their germs farther. Not sure I will be back. Maybe at an off day and hour, when it won’t be as crowded.

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ElizabethG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, beautiful atmosphere & wonderful team working there. Feels like you are at a bistro in Paris!

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vipRonaldP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as always, was excellent. Had the French onion soup, escargot and Jambalaya, which I also enjoyed the next day. Our server was top notch.

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Lisa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I was a little disappointed with the reservation system. We arrived on time and were told there were two reservations ahead of us. They also said they were more of a "first-come; first-served" kind of place. If that's the case, why take reservations? The tables were too close together for social distancing and they were all full as was the bar. The kitchen staff was maskless and our waiter's mask was ill-fitting and always hanging at his chin. He was very pleasant but with the noise, he would lean in to hear us and I felt like a sitting duck. I love absolutely love their French food especially the escargot and mussels. I do wish their entrees were more traditionally French and not a hodgepodge of French, Italian, and Cajun. But the appetizers would bring me back every time. So overall, I rated the food 5 stars but the service was only 3 stars. PS the cocktail called the Murder Hornet was off the charts amazing.

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SusanM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Overpriced dish (seafood linguine), little seafood, tough calamari, too much sauce
Waitress was Very inattentive and when we asked for more bread no one told us that there is a charge for more bread, REALLY???
Noisy too.

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Lucy
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, delicious food.
The staff is gracious and helpful.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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MelK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Dinner service took 2 1/2 hours for just 2 of us. Our server though pleasant never explained the restaurant menu week or for that matter anything else.
My salad (part of the Prix Fixe menu) was drowning in dressing - thankfully it was dark so I couldn't see what it really looked like.
Our dessert arrived before our entre. Our waiter was surprised we did not have our dinners. Finally those arrived but my Pork Medallions (part of the Prix Fixe menu) were dry and in a very heavy sauce that had absolutely no flavor.
About the only thing good was the bottle of Cote du Rhone that we ordered and the 2 bonus glasses we received as an apology for the slow service and entre confusion.
This was our first time here for dinner and we were very disappointed. We have attended brunch several times and have always had wonderful food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great food and wine selection!

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Icantthinkofa24character
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been several times for lunch and brunch! Never disappointed! Service, food always on point!

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IleanaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expected more of a french menu but what is featured is more Italian with limited french plates. Food was good and the ambiance is quite lively.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The fish was a bit salty, but great everything else.

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Cafe Touche is rated 4.7 stars by 451 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.