Cafe Des Architectes/CDA
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Very disappointing. Service was poor-seated over 15 minutes before someone checked in with our party.
Food was overlooked and cold when delivered to table.
So regretful I took visiting friend to this restaurant.
Great place to dine for breakfast !! Excellent menu options and nicely prepared food.
Muchísima comida. Un exceso. Excelente sabor.
We had a reservation and it was confirmed this am.
HOWEVER THESE IDIOTS CLOSED THE RESTAURANT FOR A PRIVATE EVENT.
this city is too good, I’ll never be back.
Dumb Dumb Dumb
It was closed but we received no notice of that. Disappointed that they did not let us know.
The food was not that good. The décor needs updating...getting shabby. But our waiter was excellent.
Service was wonderful! My cheeseburger, not so much.
I think they should improve the wine list. The options at lower end where two expensive and not worthing. 60 usd for a Pay’s Doc. Come on! I didn’t see good cabernets fron California. The waiter was very kind though.
The buses are obnoxious when you sit outside breathing the fuel.
Wanted to take advantage of beautiful day by dining outside. Was lovely. Food was great.
Love Sofitel's Café Des Architect. Food was quite exceptional. Service left a great deal to be desired.
Love the quiet outside café. Especially love free parking for those dining at the restaurant.
We've eaten here a number of times and have always been impressed by the creative take on French cuisine. The staff is amiable and highly proficient. The dining room is beautiful and we always leave very happy with our dining experience. We have eaten here with all ages - from young children to the elderly - who have all enjoyed this restaurant.
Excellent food in a beautiful setting of Chicago. We sat outside at a lovely table. All ingredients in the salads, salmon and Caeser shrimp salad very fresh and delicious. The bread was phenomenal. Very nice waiter and attentive staff.
Great place for brunch. Lovely streets, surrounded by trees and gardens. The french style brunch looks beautiful and tastes delicious. The waiters keeps offering all kinds of bread, service was impeccable as well. Love this place.
Wonderful staff, patient and great service.
Wish we went somewhere else. Why bother writing a review here.
Little correspondence between online menu and the actual menu. Therefore quite disappointing. "Prix fixe"? "Never heard of it." Then, "Yes we did have that but not any more."
The nonsense of forcing the guests to call to confirm a reservation is ridiculous. Getting a run around twice and then no answer when we DID call is unacceptably unprofessional. Had we not invited four friends, I would have cancelled after that phone experience.
The first bottle of wine served had to be rejected.
My entrée, duck breast, was so tough it was inedible. The rabbit entrée was ultimately incomprehensible to our guest. Fussy, silly pretentious presentations. "Cutesy" is no substitute for good ingredients carefully prepared.
Our four guests, experienced diners, were certainly less than thrilled by the meal and by my choosing Café des architects.
This had been our go-to place for special occasions, but never again.
Imaginative, top-quality dishes you are not likely to find elsewhere that are prepared and presented with care in a sophisticated, modern room that is a cross between an art gallery and a salon. Well-informed staff. Always a treat.
The entries were not very good or a good representation of French cuisine. Appetizers were better but not for the price point. I would not visit again.
We had Easter lunch. Meat was very dry and hard. Dessert table was so so. Colorful macarons and small size desserts
Very nice and chic deco. Service is super! Food is good. Dessert is so pretty and waiters are great! Price is not as high as neighboring restaurants. I would definitely go again and it's quiet. Very nice!
My experience at Cafe des Architectes overall is excellent. Excellent French cuisine, presentation and service. 🍾👌
Fixed price meal for valentines dinner was not noted on open table reservation. Would have liked a forewarning. Food was expertly prepared and above expectations with the bread being the one exception. It tasted “day old” and served with French butter no less.
The service was very good attention to detail and the food was excellent. 👍
Great food and great service!
We had a wonderful lunch at Cafe Des Architectes/CDA. Highly Recommended
Very slow service; Lunch should not take 1-1/2 hours. Knowing that it was Restaurant Week, I feel as though they should have been better prepared.
PS: It WAS NOT crowded either...
We had the restaurant week menu. The food was ok, not particularly good, but certainly not bad either. The service was spotty. Our main server was friendly, but seemed confused and under informed about the menu and drink lists. We ordered the cheese supplement and never received it. The server apologized for forgetting and we weren’t charged for the cheese. The mignardises and chocolates didn’t arrive at the end, so I asked about them and he said that due to restaurant week they ran out. Odd given that the restaurant was nearly empty.
There was a baptism party going on upstairs in the hotel event space. The music was loud and unpleasant throughout the entire meal... obviously the restaurant has no control over that, but it was far from optimal.
Cafe des Archetectes is a small restaurant within the Sofitel Hotel. It is not popular, and reservations are probably not necessary even for a saturday night. They seemed a little disorganized, but were pleasant and reasonably attentive. The menu is not large. The night we were there, the restaurant had run out of potatoes. Considering the price, $180 for 3 people, I think there are much better choices.
Hadn't been to Cafe D A for an age, and sorry that we haven't. The setting has not lost its lustre -- chic red, silver and warm wood tones. It is super conversation friendly, even though there were several large parties the night we at here. Food is good, not great. Service is good; not great. It's on the pricier side of Chicago offerings, but that should not be a reason not to go.
As usual, wonderful service, ambiance and my favorite waiter Romi was there.
We went for the pre fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve. I realize that the restaurant was working under unusual circumstances since it was very full for this special occasion. However, the service was appalling. We waited 15 minutes beyond our reservation time to be seated then waited another 10 before we even ordered drinks. On top of that, it took at least 7 more minutes for our pre-meal drinks (3 champagnes and a dirty martini) to arrive - the martini came without the requested olive and the olive had to be delivered on a plate several minutes later. During the dinner which had only 2 choices per course, several identical course offerings were served on entirely different dishes and not plated in the same way at all. When the forks were delivered to the table for the meat course, one of our diners was given a dessert fork for her filet. Our server was NOT attentive and seemed to have far too many tables for a fine dining experience - the maitre d’ was also trying to check coats and call for next reservations in the lobby. Since the temp was in negative digits there were lots of coats, scarves, gloves etc. to be handled and the combination did NOT work at all. In conclusion, I went expecting the hefty price tag (over $600 for 4 diners) but I also expected that price to bring exceptional attention from our server (he got over $100 in tips from our table after all) and at least one totally unforgettable dish. I got neither.
Food was great, but it seems like the air conditioning was on when it's zero degrees outside. Many of us in the restaurant were cold wearing our coats and asking to move tables.
Christmas Dinner was spectacular. I frequently dine here. It has become my favorite restaurant in the city. Used to live in the neighborhood and came for breakfast at least once a week and sat outside. The quality of the food for breakfast, lunch, dinner gets better each year. I also enjoy the express lunch. Looking forward to returning soon.
Christmas Eve. Reservation for 6 people and the only table available was a temporary table that could seat 8-10 , covered with a vinyl cloth and shoved against a wall in the small bar area.
Very pretty, small hotel lobby restaurant. Very good service. We, however, went with a LivingSocial voucher. menu was quite limited. Two entrees to choose from. Not anything special with the first course either unless you like beets!!! It is very nice but I suggest going and ordering off the regular menu. I would bet the options are better. Nice place!!!
I’ve been going to CDA for years, even for holidays. This year wasn’t so good. The food was pretty bad, the ambience was horrible. I think they overbooked to make money and didn’t have the staffing to keep up. Barely saw my server. When they brought my entree, my amuse and salad plates hadn’t been cleared.
Very disappointing experience overall. We were a 6 ppl reso on Thanksgiving night. They sat us at a round (banquet style) table near the server station/kitchen/bar. This table was obviously only put there to accommodate more guests that evening. It was not part of the main dining room. Also it was set for 8 ppl with 8 chairs. They couldn’t even set it up properly before seating us. We had to ask staff members several times to take away the extra settings. They seemed short staffed and unprepared. Our server tried his best I suppose but seemed stretched very thin and the lack of service reflected that. He would take a drink order and run away without seeing if anyone else needed anything at the table which usually means he was overwhelmed. We ordered a bottle of champagne and later a bottle of white wine and both times the wine was initially poured but we had to refill our own glasses passing the bottle around to one another. This place markets itself as an upscale French restaurant and they can’t even manage proper service. My husband asked for a Sauternes with his foie Gras and the server had no idea what Sauternes was and said he would grab a wine list. He returned with a wine list as we were finishing that first course. The food overall was fine but certainly not worth the price. It’s like this restaurant is only in business because most of its patrons are tourists who will only dine there once. Another service standard that was ignored is when a patron leaves the table a staff member usually re-folds their napkin for them. Not here! My sister and her date got special vegan appetizers and entrées prepared for them which is very accommodating and appreciated. However the entrée they received looked terrible and they said it was bland and tasteless. They served us a Calvados in a champagne flute. Clueless. I actually apologized several times to my family for bringing them here for Thanksgiving. It was an embarrassment and a complete rip off.
Reasonable food - not my top 5 in Chicago, but quite diverse in the palette and the wine pairing was also quite interesting.