Cafe Des Architectes/CDA

4.2
1400 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Blending French elegance with the very best in local flavor, Executive John Taus prepares breakfast, lunch and brunch with the freshest ingredients in hand. Cuisine that changes seasonally and centers around quality and sustainable ingredients. This chic Magnificent Mile neighborhood restaurant offers dramatic interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, featuring vibrant colors, overstuffed chairs, and dynamic lighting.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, International, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 6:00 am–11:30 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
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Phone number
(312) 324-4063
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Taus
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Cross street
Wabash (near Rush)
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Parking details
Valet parking is $13 for a maximum of 3 hours.
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Public transit
Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Cigale Private Dining Room is the ideal setting for any special occasion. It is perfectly suited for weddings, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate dinners, brunches, birthday parties and bridal showers. Partial or full buy-out of Cafe des Architectes is also available.

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What 1400 People Are Saying
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Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Muchísima comida. Un exceso. Excelente sabor.

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CG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 4

It was closed but we received no notice of that. Disappointed that they did not let us know.

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CD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The food was not that good. The décor needs updating...getting shabby. But our waiter was excellent.

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RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful! My cheeseburger, not so much.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The buses are obnoxious when you sit outside breathing the fuel.

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KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to take advantage of beautiful day by dining outside. Was lovely. Food was great.

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H
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

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b
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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c
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, patient and great service.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Wish we went somewhere else. Why bother writing a review here.

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t
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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SJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We had Easter lunch. Meat was very dry and hard. Dessert table was so so. Colorful macarons and small size desserts

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AC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My experience at Cafe des Architectes overall is excellent. Excellent French cuisine, presentation and service. 🍾👌

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l
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very good attention to detail and the food was excellent. 👍

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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G
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch at Cafe Des Architectes/CDA. Highly Recommended

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Q
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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...

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

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P
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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C
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, wonderful service, ambiance and my favorite waiter Romi was there.

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RB
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

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.

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M
Chicago
275 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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!!!

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N
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Reasonable food - not my top 5 in Chicago, but quite diverse in the palette and the wine pairing was also quite interesting.

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R
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best dinners I have had while visiting Chicago. Everything was as close to perfect as it can get. Service was excellent.
5 star!

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