NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Oakbrook

4.8
219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Check out our new dining room on the Upper Level, the NM Cafe. Upscale contemporary cuisine featuring Neiman Marcus Classics with the traditional NM favorites: popovers with strawberry butter, chicken broth, orange soufflé and chicken salad. Our menu selection will have seasonal salads, sandwiches and entrees using artisanal and local ingredients when available. Also featuring Go Figure Cuisine items for a healthier lifestyle with complete nutritional value. Our beverage menu includes an excellent selection of hand-crafted cocktails, wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks. The NM Cafe proudly features Illy Caffè and Dammann Frères Teas along with house made desserts. Children’s menu available. Let the NM Cafe host your next event. We have the perfect menu and atmosphere for you and your guests. Consider our dining room for your next bridal or baby shower, cocktail party or luncheon. We cater to your needs.

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Join us all day Cinco de Mayo for themed specials and $5 Herradura Reposado Margaritas!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom all day Mother's Day with $5 Mimosas, featuring Steorra Brut!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 219 People Are Saying
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B
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cafe is a must for lunch. Friendly service with terrific food that begins with a wonderful cup of hot broth.

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always v good! Just took a while to get the bill so tough fir business lunch!
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w
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The popovers are so good and the salmon tacos were great too. Our server was excellent! Champagne was great and the coffee was as well! I really like this restaurant.

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CM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, terrific staff, lovely menu for ladies who lunch (no steaks!). I wanted to order the crab burger but was told that Chef said it was not available. That was disappointing. Ordered the trio salad. It was excellent but more food than I wanted and I couldn't finish it. I would come again in a heartbeat. Forgot to mention it was a friend's B-Day and I requested a birthday treat. Lovely chocolate cake slice was served. I tasted (don't do desert). It was excellent and she loved it. She took home leftovers.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food prompt service loved it!

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D
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place to have lunch with old friends. Salads are always very good; service impeccable!

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c
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, amazing service by Jorge, delicious food. Never felt rushed & was able to enjoy a wonderful visit with family

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious , healthy, creative food. Attentive service.

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! The cake was special!

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars all the way. Popovers, food, and service all outstanding. A hidden gem in Oak Brook

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. At first I thought it was going to be too fancy...as I was wearing jeans. Staff did not even hesitate to treat me differently!
The food, the wait staff, the hostess all amazing. The model walking around was brilliantly done!

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ET
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place for a special lunch with friends. Food and service were excellent. My only negative comment was the noise level - it was sometimes hard to hear the conversation.

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RG
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to meet friends for lunch!!! Excellent service and wonderful food choices ..... then there are those wonderful Popovers they serve with strawberry butter! It certainly doesn’t get any better than that!!!

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service today was not what we have Always experienced....BUT, the staff compensated accordingly....down a server, on a holiday, made everything slow...our hostess apologized and offered free dessert (which they provided to go!) and our server, who was completely overwhelmed as the only one in a full restaurant, was poised, sweet, and apologetic. We will continue to consider this one of our favorites, as we love the atmosphere and food, and have never had any reason to question our service before and felt well taken care of, by a staff that truly cares!!!!

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F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my FAVORITE place to eat lunch. The chicken broth, popovers and service make it unlike any other. Thank you again to the wonderful staff who made my birthday perfect!

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T
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch choices, great service, great location

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

There was food residue on the table. When asked to clean it, the server was not happy! After sitting, I accidentally put my arm on the placemat only to find it was sticky from the previous person sitting there & had not been cleaned properly. The waiter had a lot of attitude about having to clean the dirty table yet again. The waist was anything but attentive. The food was average & it took forger to pay & leave! HORRIBLE...will not be returning even though I’ve been going to zodiac for the past 30 years! And definitely don’t recommend anyone else going either!

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t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Give Carmen a raise! Best server ever
The birthday cake was a lovely and generous surise.

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K
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful....
I feel like I’m in another place/vacation for a brief time. Excellent service and food.

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RG
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for having lunch!!! Great Popovers!!!

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great and very fresh. Perfect popovers and outstanding service.
We will return!

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MH
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think that Neiman Marcus cafe is an undiscovered treasure. it is always a great place for lunch with a friend. service is great and never hurried. the only drawback is that it is a little pricey

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PC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here twice in the past month and both times the service was exceptional and the food delicious.

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RG
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my very favorite places to take friends to lunch! Wonderful menu and always exceptional service!

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JB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter George was amazing. Very attentive & professional. His goal was obvious that he wanted us to have a relaxing & wonderful lunch. We sat for almost 3 hours! One never feels rushed there like some restaurants in the area. Food was excellent and fresh. The managers, Sherry & Geyer are always so friendly and caring.

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YG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Third time to visit and this was not the best. Waiter brought two incorrect dishes. He was difficult to understand and regrettably it appeared we were too. Service was brusque and without the friendliness of previous occasions.

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When my daughter comes into town, NMCafe is our place to lunch/brunch. Food is prepared so fresh and plates are beautiful. Service is always good.

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OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! This place is always great and we will return.

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C
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every Christmas I shop with my GFs and we have lunch at the NM cafe- it’s a lovely way to finish our shopping excursion!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NM Cafe is always a treat! Service is excellent & food delicious. Popovers are wonderful!

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MB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

This is one of my favorite lunch spots, food is good and the ambiance is very nice. This week on both occasions I was there service was very slow. There appeared to be only one waiter for the entire restaurant. The other staff seemed to assist with rolls and clearing tables only. Our waiter was courteous and professional but needed more help- I recommend hiring more kitchen staff to handle the holiday rush

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hostess didn't acknowledge me while I stood at desk to check in for 10 minutes -she was at the desk at least 5 times, bringing dirty dishes, menus, checking with other people waiting to be seated. Only after she cleaned 3 tables & seated 3 parties, did she ask how she could help me.
My party was seated & there was no sign of a server in the room for 10 minutes. Finally she took our drink order & then she disappeared for another 10 minutes. Asked to place our order while she was still there but she said she'd be right back. 5 minutes later, she took our order, a salad & 2 crab cake burgers. Our food didn't come for 45 minutes. No one ever refilled our water glasses & waitress never returned to ask how was our food. My crab cake was awful, probably a frozen patty that was over toasted/baked in a toaster oven, mushy inside & breading rock hard. I asked hostess to take it away because our waitress was MIA again. I said I didn't want anything else--why would I want to wait another 45 minutes for my entree, & where was the kitchen, I asked, because the 2 servers were hardly ever in the dining room, the waiting was interminable. She said it was downstairs. She said lunch was complimentary & to come back again for another complimentary lunch--I will never return!! That cafe doesn't deserve any business & you can't pay me anything to get me to return. Shame on Neimans.

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AA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Our reservation was at 11:30 for 4 of us. We were seated right away, but didn’t leave the restaurant until a little after 2 pm due to exceptionally poor service. There are too many missteps to list here - but the key pain points were terribly slow service, unprofessional service and lack of urgency to remedy our experience. It’s the holidays and the restaurant became crowded, and it seemed they were understaffed. But we consistently had to remind the staff about our order; check in on the readiness of our food; ask for our champagne to be opened and poured after it sat table side for nearly 20 minutes; and remind our server that we had ordered dessert (that hadn’t yet arrived) when our bill was brought to the table. There were no apologies or efforts to smooth over our experience. In any other situation I would have elevated to a manager, but it was clear that no one was in charge. I usually love visiting NM Cafe, but this experience was a terrible disappointment and I’m reluctant to return.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was exceptional. This my go to place for a great lunch.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Overall the food is very good, the decor is very cold and outdated. The menus are filthy & the service while very polite was slow beyond words.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff makes my experience worth it.
The food is excellent.
The smiles are vast.
The ambiance is perfect.
It is my to go place.
I am always greeted with a smile.

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RG
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places for lunch!!! Their Popovers are the Best!!! 5*’s

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OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We plan our day of shopping to be at the NM Cafe for lunch. The food and service are always excellent!

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive. They gave suggestions and couldn't have been more helpful. 3 of us met for lunch and already booked another lunch date!

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my "go to" places in Oak Brook. Great for a quiet lunch with create and inspiring menu options.

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