NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Oakbrook

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Upscale contemporary cuisine featuring Neiman Marcus Classics with the traditional NM favorites: popovers with strawberry butter, chicken broth, orange souffle and chicken salad. Our menu selection will have seasonal salads, sandwiches and entrees using artisan and local ingredients when available. Our beverage menu includes an excellent selection of hand-crafted cocktails, wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks. The NM Cafe proudly features Illy coffee 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.
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LD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem for daytime dining in Oakbrook Mall. Food, service and ambience are top notch. Lots of gluten-free and other dietary offerings, which was a surprising “plus.” Menu has a great selection of fresh and healthy offerings. I had the salmon plate on the main menu and it was amazing! There are many other menu options that I definitely want to try. Be sure to make a visit next time you’re looking for a place to eat in the mall. You won’t regret it!

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was amazing! Thank you for making my friend's b-day so special!

CM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent with such great service. Love the broth and popovers when you first sit down. I always feel pampered when I go to NM Cafe.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and ambiance. Great place to meet friends for lunch. Not rushed and staff is very accommodating.

AS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always please with the service and the food at NM Cafe!

k
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was better than last time. Our waiter was attentive but needs to improve his English. Over all, a 4+.
Better than last time I dined here.

I waited 5 minutes to be acknowledged by the hostess who was doing napkins. I mentioned her I had been waiting and her answer? “No you weren’t.” Dressed in skinny, tight stretch jeans and a casual flowered blouse was not exactly what I would expect a Neiman employee wearing to greet guests. The hostess should wear black and white like the rest of the staff. Maybe she could help bus tables, walk around with water pitcher, coffee? I have dined here many, many years since Zodiac Cafe in the lower level. Food has always been fresh and great! This is why I have kept coming.

NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Oakbrook
Responded on January 6, 2020

Kepviolin- We are grateful to hear that you had great time when you visited us last! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your perspective on what we can do to improve the experience that we deliver to our guests here at NM Café in Oak Brook. I have addressed your concerns with the appropriate staff and we can not thank you enough for your business! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service I would go back and try something else. Had shrimp tacos and the shells were chewy almost rubbery. Just ate the inside of what I took home. Bread fabulous and the broth a nice touch.

m
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Annual holiday lunch with my granddaughters. Food was good but children’s grilled cheeses were over grilled and on very hard wheat bread. That made it hard for them to bite and chew. Should have sent them back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hi,
Celebrating our annual in between Christmas and New Year’s luncheon with the family.
Only complaint was the service was a little slow.
After placing our order it took over 40 minutes to have the items brought.
And the place was not that busy.

We did have a lot of pop overs and consommé but waiting for the food it felt a little too long.

MH
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoy Neiman Marcus for lunch. Service is always stellar and the food is consistently good. If you want a nice place out of the madding crowds this is the place to go

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We have been going here for years and the food and service have gotten worse and worse. We said the last time we went that we wouldn’t return but a year later decided to give it another shot. Service takes forever, our food was incorrect not once or twice but three times! This is such a disappointment- NM Cafe needs serious help- restore it back to the way it was!

MM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neiman Marcus Cafe is always lovely and the food is outstanding. Lovely place to take a friend.

CP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A terrific lunch spot.

RG
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch at any time! Great food and those wonderful popovers .... need I say any more!!!

KL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a treat to go to NM Cafe. Food, service, and setting, are always a treat. My daughter and I started our marathon Christmas shopping with lunch at the NM cafe. Thank you!

PS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, secluded setting, away from the hustle & bustle of holiday shoppers. Delicious food, excellent service, and attention to details. Thank you NM Cafe and have a delightful & successful holiday season!

AK
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

have been here many times and loved the food and service, but this time was so disappointed. There were only 3 tables filled upon arrival and we had to wait over an hour for our lunch for 4 which was simple salads and a quiche. Service was terribly slow, we had to call waiter over a few times, he took other's orders (restaurant started to fill up) before ours, despite us arriving prior, that was frustrating. My mother ordered coffee and it took nearly 15 min to get it. Our lunches were missing a few ingredients from the original menu. Normally we love the cafe here but upon this day, something was quite off. The manager should have done a better job of helping out and with what we're paying for lunch, we were so disappointed with the food and service. Not sure we want to come back to the Neimans cafe in the future?

SC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there to celebrate a Birthday. We had a wonderful time. We were not rushed and our server and staff were attentive and they made sure we were well taken care of. I would highly recommend a meal with them.

WL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Worst meal ever had an NM Cafe. Terrible service, cold popovers, salmon was hammered. It was a birthday celebration and we had to leave before dessert because the service was so bad. Couldn’t even get a cup of coffee!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was to celebrate a friends birthday.

k
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our server was terrible.My daughter and I dine regularly when she comes in from NYC. The food is good and consistent. However, we arrived at 1:45pm on a Friday and the dining room was a mess. Dirty tables everywhere. The young woman clearing the tables was clearly “high,” making several trips with one glass? The hostess did not know what to do do. The waiter took 25 minutes to approach our table. We ordered immediately. Several tables walked in and were served 20 minutes before us. What the heck? Then, our waiter brought us the wrong food?

It finally worked out and of course, our meals were spot on !Thank goodness we were not in any rush but we arrived 1:45 and left at 3:30! The waiter apologized and said, “Please accept dessert on the house ?” Okay, we ordered 2 NM choc chip cookie to go.
I tipped him 20% thinking he tried. NOT!😡The chocolate chip cookies were BURNT, placed in a special box. Really?
We have dined here even when it was Zodiac Cafe in the lower level. So disappointed. We were so upset looking forward to the cookies and they were clearly dark brown and burnt. I would not recommend dining here until they get their act back together.

DS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

DM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love coming here for a relaxing lunch. It's become my "happy place"

t
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our waiter was very accommodating. The hostess promptly and cheerfully relayed a message to me about the delay of my dining partner, which I appreciated.
Love the ambiance and the conversation-friendly Cafe!!

JE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to meet your favorite friends. Delicious food and drink. Thank you for moving out of the basement!

SA
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the staff.

Came for the popovers and strawberry butter but the whole experience was wonderful:-)

w
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s a nice place for lunch at the mall with better scenery than most places. The salads and the tacos with shrimp were good. Lots of drink choices and the coffees are great. Service was good as well.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful luncheon. Very relaxed, no rushing us out.

RG
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most favorite restaurants in Oak Brook for meeting friends for lunch! Lovely service,atmosphere and wonderful food and I must mention those wonderful fresh baked popovers which they serve with strawberry butter!!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding; staff very professional.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a glass of white wine for $12 with my lunch. It was a small pour for such a price. That is why I could not give a full five star review . I still tipped our waitress generously.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place, wish I had found it sooner.

WB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very bright and cheerful setting. The service is always wonderful. I take friends and family for lunch to celebrate birthdays. NM always makes the occasion lovely.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Normally I love my experience at NM cafe .. The staff and service are great . The menu though is ever changing and getting smaller and smaller with less options and the prices seem to be going up .

w
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch choices. The salads are good and so are the sandwiches. We had the trio salad and tuna melt and they were great. I enjoyed the spiced iced tea. Great service and nice to escape from the busy mall!

AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at NM Cafe! It's a must when shopping at Oak Brook. The service is impeccable and the quality of the food cannot be beat.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The light-filled cafe has such a fresh ambiance. The food was promptly served and very tasty. My friend and I lingered for hours while the wait staff repeatedly filled our water and offered further refreshments without making us feel we were overstaying our welcome. Lovely experience.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Not a large selection of food. Minimal choices. The popovers are the best though. The food is good but not a lot of options.

DS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around delightful experience! Fabulous food and service!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday
Pleasant afternoon