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Cafe Des Architectes/CDA

1378 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
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Blending French elegance with the very best in local flavor, Executive Chef Greg Biggers prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner with the freshest ingredients in hand. Working closely with a number of like-minded farmers, Chef Biggers prepares cuisine that changes seasonally and centers around quality and sustainable ingredients. Not to be missed is Café des Architectes’ signature Cheese Ritual and comprehensive wine program. 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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Contemporary French, International, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation

Daily 6:00 am to 11:30 am

Monday & Tuesday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

Le Bar Menu
Wednesday – Friday 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday – Sunday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday 11:30 am to 5:00 pm

Le Bar, our stylishly modern downtown Chicago lounge, features floor to ceiling glass walls and an inviting social seating atmosphere. Enjoy the perfect setting for relaxing and socializing as you sip delicious wine and specialty cocktails.

Sunday – Wednesday | 3:00 pm – 1:00 am
Thursday – Saturday | 3:00 pm – 2:00 am
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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
Greg Biggers
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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).
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Special events & promotions
Visit Cafe des Architectes any day to enjoy a Chestnut Provisions prix fixe menu. Chestnut Provisions is an artisanally-driven kitchen to table concept created by Sofitel Chicago executive chef Greg Biggers, featuring an assortment of cave aged cheeses, charcuterie, jams and preserves. Hand-crafted by Biggers and his team in the kitchens of Sofitel Chicago, the house made products have inspired new dishes at Café des Architectes and Le Bar, in addition to the hotel’s private dining menus and amenity program.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, 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 1378 People Are Saying
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viplifeismeals (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

Great (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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

Queen0462 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

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...

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Professor (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

vipChicagoan (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Robert (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

RBEll (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

vipLloyd (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

vipMela526 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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!!!

vipNoreturns (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

KC1022 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

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

vipRoberta (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2017


OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

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!

vipNunu (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Nice resto in the Sofitel hotel. Went there to try out the Travelzoo with wine pairing special. Great service and hostess. Problem is that the food selection was BINARY pick A or B. For $100 I did not really get my moneys worth. Would go back but just pay on my own vs. deal. They also got rid of the fresh bread person and give us a bread bowl, the bread was on the older and harder crustier side :-( I did try the same deal last year and it was nice, unfortunately, they fiddled with the deal and made it worse :-( Too bad...

ChiRob (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

Great food and great service!! The menu has a good selection of dishes for everyone’s taste!!!!

vipGlobalGourmet (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

Consistently very good French cooking. Far exceeds comfort food but is not in the rarified category.

Bacon pizza was a great start.
Trout was perfectly cooked and seasoned with a terrific sauce
Half pheasant was equally perfectly cooked and with a similar superb sauce
Souffle was a trifle heavy and the sauce was very good but could have used a little more kirsch.

viplouise (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

We had a wonderful waiter but the service, considering the place was half empty, was not smooth.

vipskyrover (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

Great menu and good food. Service, while charming, was spotty.

dorchester (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. French style all around. The room seemed too casual for the food, but it was quite nice.

vipNM2013 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

It is an amazing place to celebrate special occasion or just have a nice lunch or dinner. Any item from the menu is very tasty and beautifully presented. Service is very attentive and professional, especially from Romi. He is the best. Meets us always as old friends. Highly recommend this restaurant!!!

vipoldgal (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Elegant nouvelle French cuisine in an attractive setting in a light filled room, with the option of outdoor dining. Food was delicious and most attractively plated, and our waiter brought a lovely small dessert selection to end the meal. Conversation friendly and convenient to Michigan Avenue. Strongly recommended

viphenry (London)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

This restaurant is a real gem and is perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Chicago.
The efforts made by the Chef in both excellence and presentations of the food are really impressive.
The service provided by Raumi was truly exceptional. He is a strong reason for us to come back.

No cafe has ever been better "architected" than Cafe Des Architectes.

Nancy (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

Romi the waiter made our visit exceptional. His service was outstanding and his recommendations were perfect. The crab cake and heirloom tomato appetizers were utterly delicicious, Romi's wine suggestion was great and his entree choices of chicken and fish were delicious. A birthday creme brûlée dessert with passion fruit and homemade bon bons was delectable

viphampsteadcarrie (Miami)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

This restaurant is one of the best in Chicago and is never busy; I don't understand why unless it's just because it's in a hotel. I've had a house in France for years, and the food is authentic French. The ingredients are superb and the food is interesting, unlike the steakhouse nearby, which was crowded and probably more expensive.

BonMatin (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

This is perhaps my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I've been eating here for eight years and I wouldn't change a thing.