About ikram cafe

The cafe at ikram is based on simple principles: farm to table food, simple, clean and healthy preparations to maximize flavors. Our menu changes daily, based on what produce and other goods are available at farmers' markets, the Green City Market, or other local vendors.

15 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday - Saturday

Cross Street:
State Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 587-1000

Website:
http://www.ikram.com/

Parking Details:
There is also a public lot across the street.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Sullivan

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:30AM 1:30PM - 2:00PM

Sat 11:00AM - 11:15AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:15PM

ikram cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Healthy (8)
Cozy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Organic (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The chicken salad and mint tea were delicious. A woman had her 1-yr old child there for his birthday who kept screaming with excitement and needs. Inappropriate for infants.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Our food choices were creative, tasty and beautifully presented. I’m glad I moved back to Chicago so that I can enjoy Ikram Cafe more often. Very impressive for out of town guests.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Friends came in from the burbs, knew this would be special lunch I wanted. Fall menu very nice, service as always top notch. Room was a bit chilly...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Belated birthdays’ lunch with a friend

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Ikram is a small, intimate cafe atop a luxury ladies clothing store. In spite of the fact that there's no chance I'm going to buy anything in the store, the welcome is always warm and heartfelt.

Once you get upstairs, you are greeted by welcoming staff (Emanuel) and great, farm to table food. The bison burger is a huge hit, as are the fish, pork or steak tacos. The lamb meatballs are a personal favorite, largely because of the way the side dishes meld with the lamb.

Hard to find without knowing about it, this is a hidden gem in the big city.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I’m not quite sure I understand your reading for noise level. Does a high-level mean high noise or does it mean in the noise level was good? In any event the noise level the chrome is wonderful very peaceful and conducive to conversation

Tags: Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. Fresh, unique and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Ikram Cafe is a cozy dainty dining space for the ladies who need a lunch break from shopping in their high fashion boutique. Service was top notch - our server was polite and charming. A bowl of artisan bread and sauteed baby kale was served first as complimentary appetizers. I especially liked the sunflower seeds bun and the wrapped butter. The bison burger is an excellent choice featuring a thick layer of cheddar and fluffy buns. Very savory and filling. For the lamb meatballs entree, I most enjoyed tasting the crunchy zucchini fritter!

Ikram boutique sells very eclectic styles with refreshing color, fabric and pattern combinations. I wish I could show you some of their clothing and accessories, but no photography is allowed on the first floor, which I understand as it would violate proprietary rights of the fashion designers.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Lovely lunch!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch here but be forewarned, they don't have decent coffee. It's really the only flaw to an excellent lunch place.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Exquisite! Fantastic food, great service (quiet but warm and friendly). Just the right size. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This is a wonderful comfortable place to go with friends. We never feel rushed so . we are able to relax,talk and drink our wine. The service is wonderful.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Casual, Cozy, Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Outstanding low key

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

To me, this place defines "ladies who lunch." It's very, very pretty and the service is good. The menu is uninteresting (unless you want a "ladies who lunch" salad), not matching the menu on the website. Very expensive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

IKRAM never fails to be a delightful place for lunch with a friend. The menu is creative.....the service is great. And, it's THE place for beautiful things

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic, Organic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Able to get a wonderful healthy lunch. .

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The tomato soup is just excellant and perfect.
Risotto was brilliant with bay scallops...perfection!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

This is a wonderful place to go with friends who want excellent food at a reasonable price. The restaurant is conversation friendly which means we can sit together drinking wine and talking without feeling rushed.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Excellent little gem of a place tucked upstairs in the Ikram boutique. I've lived in the area for years and never knew about it, but I wanted to find a quiet place for a girls' lunch and this was perfect. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

I can always count on good food, great service and delightful ambiance.....I would like to be even more of a regular than I already am!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Organic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The food and the service are excellent as usual. We are able to make suggestions and change some of our dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Great quiet and delicious ladies lunch..grilled shrimp salad and pork tacos melted in our mouth. Extra treats on the house before and after meal so yummy!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

It's always a pleasure to eat at Ikram's. The food is healthy and delicious; the space is welcoming with a understated elegance; a wonderful place to meet a friend and look at beautiful things

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Favorite hidden gem for lunch.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Very impressed with the food and service by Emanuel was simply exceptional. Numerous healthy choices available. Imaginative salads Room was acoustically rather live and found noise from a large party moderately disturbing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This will become my new go-to lunch spot! Beyond lovely!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 16, 2017

The food and service are wonderful. I feel comfortable going there with friends and we are never rushed. Our servicer is always helpful and so nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Great neighborhood find. Delicious, fresh food. Inviting atmosphere. Cozy and quiet

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This place looks like a museum. The café is upstairs on the 2nd floor. It's a small dining area so it's great for a friends lunch. Ikram herself was there eating with her family while we were there. The menu prices are reasonable, but the clothing store is another story! Nevertheless, it's fun to check out all of the items they have for sale. It's a very unique place.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Cool and different restaurant, not sure it was as good as the reviews.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2017

This place is a hidden treasure. Absolute best spot for a quiet business lunch. The food is to die for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

As always, Ikram doesn't disappoint. Interesting food, good service and lovely atmosphere. A lovely place to share lunch with friends!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Always an incredible dining experience, only regret is not visiting more often. Highly recommended.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 30, 2017

The chef Chris Sullivan is a genius. The food is always fresh and perfectly seasoned. The salmon cooked perfectly with hot crispy skin. The salads are creative and seasonal. Everything about the place is delightful. I bring business colleagues there and they are always surprised and impressed with the ambiance and the sophistication of the fare.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Beautiful setting and very fresh, clean food. Very attentive and helpful staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We went for a Saturday brunch. This tiny, elegant restaurant offered excellent service and delicious food in an arty atmosphere. The salads were fresh and exciting. An added salmon to one was generous and satisfying. Nestled in a cutting edge boutique, it is a perfect place for girlfriends to meet and catch up. Be careful handling the $20,000 dresses downstairs! The service was stellar with fresh bread and an attentive, but not overbearing waiter. Perfect for lunch. Prices are fair--reflecting the food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

This place is a gem .. The five salad plate was delicious and extremely novel . The bread basket was a warm fresh assortment of perfection. Some very nice freebies from the kitchen were offered as well .. This is my new number one choice for lunch in the city . This is a top ten of the literally hundreds of restaurants I have eaten at over my last 35 years as a Chicago resident

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2017

I can always count on a wonderful meal, pleasant ambiance, wonderful service and generally a good time wandering the store. Thank you.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great food. Interesting salads. Excellent service in a pretty environment

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 16, 2017

I had never been inside Ikram or Ikram cafe. First, the staff at Ikram could not have been more welcoming. The merchandising is fabulous and worth just looking at. As you proceed up the stairway to the Cafe, everything is red. The food was delicious - had a combination of three items including a bean stew with very interesting seasoning. The bread basket was fantastic and the service lovely. With the light streaming in, it was the perfect lady's lunch spot.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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