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ikram cafe

4.6
201 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch
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.

Please note the cafe is temporarily closed while we restructure operations. Thank you for your patience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Mon 10:00 am–10:15 am
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Phone number
(312) 587-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
State Street
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Parking details
There is also a public lot across the street.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:30AM 1:30PM - 2:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 11:15AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:15PM

What 201 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Restaurant closed until after renovations, would of been great if someone contacted

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Love the chefs, Christopher and Jim! They support local farms and their food is thoughtful and delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Lovely spot for a quiet lunch. Service was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

As usual we had a wonderful meal and excellent service. Ikram was full and they had the usual number of staff but that didn't inter with the service. The wonderful thing about that meal was ever though every table was full the room was conversation friendly and we had a relaxing and long meal!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Consistently delicious, fresh food in a beautiful, intimate room. Outstanding service!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Igo there frequently because the service is excellent.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Ikram is an unusual and delightful place to eat. Situated on the second floor of an upmarket women's clothing store, you need to know it is there, as there is no sign at street level to tell you it exists. The food is fresh, vibrant and tasty. The service is a little relaxed, but if you are not in a hurry, it is a great lunchtime spot.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The dining room is gorgeous. Food was delicious and well paced. The dining room was not full and we quickly made friends with the next table as we compared our meals.

My husband and I felt welcomed in both the dining room and the store. The jewelry was way above my price point but I was invited to try it on just for fun!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Lovely special place to meet with friends. Delicious, healthy and still a special treat! Wonderful service!

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

It is worthy of numerous Michelin stars! A gem in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Ikram cafe Is a sophisticated oasis with beautiful food including many great vegetarian and vegan options, a charming small dining room with beautiful views, attentive and polished service, and a glorious level of chic.

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2.0Dined on December 18, 2017

From the reviews I was expecting an excellent birthday lunch (no acknowledgement of the occasion despite it being marked on the online reservation). Our waiter was awesome until the 11-table place suddenly filled at which point he became completely swamped (seemed like he was the only server). The burger I ordered medium well, was rare, but I would've had to get up and take it back to the kitchen myself to fix it, and as it took an hour to arrive, I basically ate the sides off of it - not enjoyable. The parsnip soup had too many other flavors overwhelming the delicate flavor, the chocolate mousse on the bland side. Excellent coffee, good bread, and a very pleasant room with lots of windows.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Ikram is a unique and delicious restaurant. There happened to be a large party with 5 or more children. This disrupted our conversation but we understood it was a special occasion for this family. Aside from that, the food was perfect! Excellent service. I only wish when I made a reservation they would have said a large party with many children would be sitting next to us.
I will ask next time I go.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

I always have a lovely dining experience at Ikram. I love sharing this gem with my friends. Service is amazing and the food is delightful. Wonderful ambiance too. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special get together.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Belated birthdays’ lunch with a friend

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Lovely lunch!

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Outstanding low key

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Able to get a wonderful healthy lunch. .

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on May 23, 2017

Favorite hidden gem for lunch.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

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

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