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Lula Cafe

4.6
566 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Now in our 16th year in the heart of Logan Square!

Our Specials menu/Dessert menu is subject to change with seasonal availability. Please visit our website to see what we are currently serving.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation


Brunch: Wednesday - Monday: 9:00am - 2:30pm;
Lunch: Wednesday - Monday: 9:00am - 5:30pm;
Dinner: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm


Our bar is open late!
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Phone number
(773) 489-9554
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Hammel
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Catering
We would love to cater for you! For details email events@lulacafe.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Logan Blvd.
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Parking details
Street Parking Only
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Public transit
Logan Square- Blue Line
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Special events & promotions
Monday night farm dinner!
3 courses/$43, never repeated. 5:30pm-10pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Lula Cafe is a Logan Square staple that’s Perfect For a lot of occasions. It’s always a reliable place to eat.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.6based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

This was our second time to Lula Cafe and it was better than I remembered. We had guests from out of town and we wanted to take them to a great, local place. Our meal was fabulous and the service was impeccable. It's a pleasure to dine somewhere where the wait staff is not clearing plates as people finish their meal, but wait until everyone is finished. I highly recommend Lula Cafe for excellent and unusual food and 5-star service in a relaxed atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

This place is a real neighborhood gem. I love going here for special occasions or date nights. Most recently, I went here for NYE and had a fabulous time. The food is spectacular, the servers and hosts are friendly, the ambiance is great. I'm a big fan of their cookie plate. I would recommend Lula a thousand times.

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Lula's is wonderful! The food is fantastic. We got to sit right at the window on a wintery night and it was such a wonderful view. We had beet bruschetta, roasted vegetables and wonderful selection of cookies that my husband ordered for our dessert for my birthday. Food- fantastic. Wine- awesome. Services- very non-pretentious. When can we go again?

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

best brussel sprouts ever! nice ambiance. Healthy, tasty mostly vegetarian but we also had duck. cool neighborhood too.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

A group of seven ate at a large table here late on a Saturday evening. Five were in their mid-20's; and 2 , well let us just say... loving parents. The wine, the ambience, the extraordinary help by the waiter that took extra time to explain tastes.... it could not have been better. The food was exquisite. A must go to!

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2.0Dined on December 1, 2016

I have been here several times and the food has always been very good. This time it was our waiter that was an issue. He was pushy with food and drinks and ordering fast and then after we paid our bill we sat to chat for a minute and he asked if we needed anything else and when we said no, he said ok because there is another reservation for this table. It was a Thursday night at 9:30, there was no one waiting and didn't see anyone that needed to be sat. When you buy 2 bottles of wine and tip well I expect a more cordial experience.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Service and Food impeccable. Outstanding quality of ingredients smartly presented that taste outstanding.

Lula is at the top of my dining choices anywhere in the US. Always great food and service.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

The food was delicious. Dishes were unusual. The staff members were helpful and attentive.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Excellent food and service. The butternut squash appetizer was heavenly. The spinach salad yummy. The spaghetti super and the chicken delicious too. Service helpful and attentive.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2016

Love the food; I had chicken. And our server was excellent. The only problem, and this took away from the ambiance, was the noise level. Never sure why restaurants feel compelled to turn up the music and limit conversation.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Excellent! Went with my son and his wife for her birthday. They have been wanting us to try it. Everything was delicious. Great service too!

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2016

We went to this restaurant based on Trip Advisor reviews. It was a solid meal and tasty. Our server was kind and helpful with suggestions. Portions were NOT large--my New York steak was 3 or 4 relatively thin slices of steak...not an entire steak, but the price reflected a whole steak. I would return here if it were convenient, but for the price and portions, I would be happy to explore other venues. Upon our departure, we each received a hearty muffin to enjoy for breakfast the next day--nice touch, indeed!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

The food at Lula is always great and this visit was no exception. Great attention to detail and fresh, in season menu! Our server was also particularly great this visit--friendly, attentive while also still giving us time and space to talk, and he made some spot on recommendations for us to try. Love this place!

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2016

As always, Lula Café is amazing, with original, light and tasty menu, yet not weird combinations. You just are tempted to try everything! Reasonably priced too. Nice and good service.
Love this place.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2016

Very good neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food and quite innovative.
Only drawback....noise level is LOUD.
Easy parking too.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2016

Outstanding creative menu! The flavor combinations were unique and delicious.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Imaginative food, perfectly prepared. And well-made drinks (I had a Manhattan). The beet and goat cheese bruschetta is excellent; the four pieces are geneous. The radish salad with smoked whitefish dressing was interesting, but not a standout. The highlight was the sweet potato soup, for which there should be a word other than "soup" because it transcends that description: matsutake mushrooms, crab apples, and a deeply layered broth made this one of the best soups ever. The cookie plate was enough for two diners (and tasty). And the service was perfect - water was regularly re-filled, we didn't feel ignored, and we were not rushed.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Loved this menu, fresh crisp flavours and excellent choice of veggie food- no i am not veggie but the appeal was just too much to ignore. Great wine list Telmo Rodriguez delish however could have a few more accessible price points. This aside the best food we had in Chicago & we ate everywhere😉

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Very attentive service and the menu presented many different options to choose from. I would highly recommend Lula cafe, and I hear their brunch is even better!!

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Menu has many options to please everyone but not just run-of-the-mill dishes -- creative, but not "out there." We had two delicious starters -- Brussels sprouts and radish-based salad. Then we split the turkey sandwich and the Indonesian peanut butter sandwich (with bacon added). Normally we wouldn't have chosen sandwiches for dinner on a Saturday night, but they sounded too yummy to pass up and we were right! Anyone who enjoys good, solid, but inventive food should not miss Lula.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2016

Great vegetarian menu with the occasional meat dish. Gorgeous Chilean wine. A busy, happening place. Glad we got out of downtown Chicago to experience Lula. Lives up to recommendation in my book- 1001 restaurants you need to dine at before you die.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2016

Went for my husband's birthday, we have been here many times for brunch and loved it but this was our first time for dinner. I had told the person who called to confirm our reservation that it was my husband's birthday and our waiter brought us out some complimentary champagne which was a great surprise. Our waiter was really attentive, gave great recommendations and spaced the food out well. Food was really good and the portions weren't overwhelming. One pasta dish wasn't that warm and the cookie dessert plate was only ok but everything else was great and we had a great time.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Overall, the meal was expensive (but typical of Chicago prices, $144 for two, with 2 drinks each, 2 appetizers and 2 meals...also 2 cappuccinos). However, it was really excellent! My spinach/frisee/peccorino/apple salad was great as was my husband's braised red cabbage with elderberry sauce. My steak was fantastic, and came with ginger/pear sauce with beans and cheese. Absolutely fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2016

Amazing!!!!!
Excellent food, service, and experience.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2016

My sister and I had one of the most memorable dinners at Lula that we have ever had.
I really recommend this place if you are going to Chicago, do not miss it . Simply just great food!!!

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2016

Great food, really imaginative menu and friendly service. Lots of fresh produce in evidence in a nice informal setting.

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2016

Great ambiance. Great wine. Impeccable service. But, the food was fair.
Hardly worth the $100 price for two dinners.
We're going to stick to breakfast after this recent disappointment.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2016

Totally friendly, everyone seems so happy to be there and loves the food. Cool neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2016

Lovely spot with the best staff. Never fussy but always attentive. I make sure to stop by whenever I visit the city. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

The seasonal menu was fabulous, especially the appetizer with Figs and burrata!
Very loud and busy in a successful, carefree, weekend sort of way. Service outstanding even when busy. Would highly recommend Lula Cafe!

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

I had an amazing time at Lula Cafe. I cannot wait to go back. The service was awesome and the food was some of the best I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Stopped in for brunch on a recent trip to Logan Square in Chicago. Decided to eat dinner there that same evening and had trouble passing it up for brunch the following day. Can't wait to get back to eat there again.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2016

Fabulous restaurant with food made from fresh ingredients. Great service and conveniently located.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2016

Lula is a place you want to go to more than once. It never disappoints!

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Awesome food and service
We Loved our dinner and the complimentary champagne drinks for our anniversary dinner
Cannot wait to go to Lula cafe again soon

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Best dining experience ever! Lula Cafe is amazing. The food is the best in the city. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2016

My favorite restaurant in town. Deceptively simple cuisine

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Great food with even better service!

Wanted a good meal and later time (after 10 pm due to coming from jazz fest downtown), criterion which Lula Cafe met with ease, as their kitchen stays open later than many on weekends. I was greeted by friendly smiles at the host stand and given a choice of outdoor tables. There, both the runner and server were incredibly pleasant, making both menu choices better informed and me feel quite welcome.

While I chose to sampled two of their appetizers and forego a main course, the portions were sufficiently large that this sufficed for dinner. I started with the Penryn Orchard Figs & Burrata which came garnished with hazelnut oil, sesame, aged sherry and a side of grilled bread. the burrata was indeed quite creamy had the desired lightness one expects from freshly made batch. Teh fig and sherry combination added a touch of sweetness and a texture change, both of which served as good compliments to the buratta. The bread was so delicious that I ate both pieces, despite knowing I was having pasta afterwards.

My second course was the whole wheat spaghetti "alla chitarra," which added marinated eggplant, anchovy, oregano, and ash breadcrumbs. The pasta avoided the dryness that being made of whole wheat often seems to do while the eggplant and anchovies combined to give great flavor to the dish. Served without sauce, this was in no way a dry dish and the flavors were distinct enough to enjoy each of them.

Topped off with an espresso and some more light conversation with a most gracious server, Giavanna, the meal was complete.

As Lula's is a mere 2 blocks from the Blue Line, this is an easily accessible place to enjoy a very good meal at a reasonable price combined with a welcoming atmosphere and outdoor seating.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

My favorite spot in all of Chicago! Lula has been open since the 1990s and I seriously have never had a bad experience. All food is locally sourced. The desserts are all amazing. You'll want to get all of them!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2016

We loved Lula Café. Our waiter was very nice.
The food was outstanding, delicious options also some of them vegetarian and the place is really well decorated with a casual-hypster atmosphere.

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