7 Plates Café

4.6
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$30 and under
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Modern European
7 Plates Cafe is a modern European restaurant located in the heart of Lincoln Park. A stylish yet affordable restaurant with warm ambiance and quality dining experience.

Join us for a tasty dinner or brunch, every day of the week, or order something to go.

​Using locally grown seasonal products we crafted for you an array of appetizers, entrees, salads, desserts and cocktails from our internationally inspired menu. 7 Plates Cafe was born from the desire of bringing under one concept the best of what they’ve learned. A menu with European influences, real ingredients and flavor. A place that offers great service, warm ambiance and convenience.
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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to brunch spot in Lincoln Park. It's a neighborhood gem!

s
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent choice for delicious food with great service. The perfect choice for pre- or post-theater dining.

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just all around very average

GS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great! The seafood paeya was excellent. The seafood was very fresh!

m
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleased with our experience. Loved that they take reservations. Dined with our grandchildren and we’re treated very well.

DM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood cafe, service and food are always top notch!

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No vegetarian options
Small portions
Expensive since it’s small portions
They had bacon topping on a vegetarian dish burrata

M
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cute Lincoln Pk brunch place. Good food and service!

B
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Paella ever and I make it a lot! Pumpkin squash soup was delicious. Homemade popovers instead of bread! Quiet, neighborhood gem.

BR
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 16 year old has recently gone vegetarian which has made eating out a little bit more of a challenge. We came across 7 Plates Café and decided to try it!! She loved their toasted latte and green omelet! Needless to say we will be back!

KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Very good food- everything was fresh. The service was more of a leisurely pace (although that could have been the time of day).

I had some really amazing tea there, so the cafe options are fantastic as well.

CP
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great spot for a casual brunch. Very cute space and great food. The service was a bit slow with only 2 servers for the entire guest room. The complimentary popovers were GREAT and very yummy with the orange marmalade.

D
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

No complaint but little here to set this restaurant apart

l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience- it reminded me of a European cafe, quiet and quaint. I didn’t feel like I was in the hustle and bustle of the city. The food is exceptional- I had the eggs Benedict BLT, everyone wanted a bite!

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the service warm and friendly. And the prices were a good bit lower than at comparable restaurants in the area. Each dish was well done. We had a very generous beet salad to start, then my wife had salmon and I had a pasta dish with seafood. It was all delicious. The service was attentive. The wine selections were good and included some options that you won't find everywhere, including a Roumanian white that we tried and quite enjoyed. My impression is that the family that owns and runs the restaurant is Roumanian. There was certainly a warm, family feel to this pleasant but unpretentious restaurant. All in all, we've very much enjoyed 7 Plates both times we've been there, and we will certainly go back again.

OT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Great food and exceptional service. Loved it!!

PT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! This is s neighborhood gem of a place!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here for the fresh ingredients and unique takes on classic fare. Service is always attentive and we never feel rushed. A definite favorite!

RN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fresh! What an awesome place to go to brunch. The complimentary bread is especially delicious.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This very lovely neighborhood restaurant is wonderful. Fresh, well prepared, seasonally inspired choices in a welcoming atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!

C
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Stopped in for a quick bite and fell in love with the popover to start. Beautiful texture and delicious taste. You could come for that alone and just order anything else. The Chimichurri chicken salad was delightful as well... dressing was a bit on the salty side but the ingredients were fresh and overall it was a great light meal. Service was attentive and atmosphere was very cute.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss out on their dinner rolls. To die for.

PB
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place with wonderful food. The small menu delivers very delicious food, beautifully presented at a very reasonable cost. Service is attentive. Great local find.

a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday. Yummy, service great. We’ll go back.

TW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place for dinner with friends.

A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks. Waited quite a while to be sat despite our reservation and longer to be served but we had a big party so this is likely why. Overall would definitely go back.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience - lovely servers, amazing food, delicious mimosas. The popovers were delicious and the eggs Benedict divine. We would totally go back!

SP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, though the polenta starter leaves a lot to be desired. The vegetarian options were really great. The cocktails were disappointing on the second occasion (great the first time I ate in this restaurant). The second time was like having a pure alcohol shot rather than any care being given to actually making a palatable and enjoyable drink.

RF
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our neighborhood favorite for a casual dinner and weekend brunch. Pleasant atmosphere with excellent food and service. Always a good selection with reasonable pricing!

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place so much the first time we went a month ago, that when we returned to the area for a play my husband insisted on going again....I was in total agreement.

s
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent neighborhood gem at an affordable price.

c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing Easter brunch with all ten members of our family. I loved the intimate ambiance, and our server was very attentive and very, very nice. Everyone loved their entree and it was a general consensus that we cant wait to return. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

PT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seven Plates is a neighborhood gem! Great food and affordable wine. Highest recommendation!

b
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I went to 7 Plates before a pay we saw at Victory Gardens. We shared the polenta a mushroom appetizer which was really excellent. We also shared the calamari appetizer. Then I had the mushroom and spachetti (sp) which was also very good. All in all we enjoyed 7 plates and I would go back another time.

KB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a party for 12 for an old friend’s birthday. Staff, food, service, noise level — even the delicious chocolate birthday cake they provided — were just perfect. My guests all raved about the lovely dinner and evening.

RA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lots of fun, good food!

PS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a jewel!
The grapefruit basil orange soda was outrageous, loved it.
Great for brunch and to take my DePaul student to.

We will be back.

TT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quaint Lincoln Ave restaurant with good food. Menu is a bit limited but service is excellent and you can'tt beat the location.

FS
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere with one side white tiles and the other side a retro "spackled" white wall for a bright appearance. A bar when you enter leads to the back. Several two top round high tables break up the space nicely. A long cushioned seating bench along the entire right wall allows two top rectangular tables to be pushed together or split apart in order to seat small or large groups. The seating options are very effective. Fresh flowers in a mason jar and hand-painted salt and pepper shakers on a small tray at the table were a nice touch.
None of us ordered coffee so we can't comment on its quality. They also offer brunch cocktails and mimosas.
Several of us had three sides combined as a main meal and the others had eggs Benedict and an omelette with the fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
Fresh flowers in a mason jar mug added to the quaint appearance and hand-painted salt and pepper shakers and a small tray at the table where a nice touch.
Chicken apple sausage which is currently the sausage offering was a little dry and a little salty but had a good flavor. Was looking forward to the chefs andouille sausage which was on the menu online but it had obviously changed on the menu but not online before we arrived.
The creamed spinach side was not overly creamy, had fresh spinach flavor and was a good portion for $4.50. The bacon side was three very large pieces for the same price.
The daily special omelette had Gruyere cheese chicken apple sausage. It was served with crispy, well seasoned small wedges of potatoes and a light spring mix salad. The eggs Benedict were very fresh with what appeared to be homemade hollandaise.
The buttermilk pancakes were out of this world according to the two who ate them. They served them with a little ramekin of syrup which was not quite enough.
The service was very pleasant and attentive with extra water and inquiring as to our meal but not overbearing. Early on a Saturday or Sunday morning it's easy to park outside. We would return.