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About Cafe Des Architectes/CDA

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.

20 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, International, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
CAFE DES ARCHITECTES

Breakfast
Daily 6:00 am to 11:30 am

Lunch
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

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

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

LE BAR
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.

Hours
Sunday – Wednesday | 3:00 pm – 1:00 am
Thursday – Saturday | 3:00 pm – 2:00 am

Cross Street:
Wabash (near Rush)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 324-4063

Website:
http://www.cafedesarchitectes.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is $13 for a maximum of 3 hours.

Public Transit:
Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).

Executive Chef:
Greg Biggers

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Enjoy Christmas Eve at Café des Architectes with a festive prix fixe menu alongside our full regular menu.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Enjoy Christmas Day at Café des Architectes with a festive prix fixe menu alongside our full regular menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

A decadent French inspired multi-course prix fixe menu will replace our regular a la carte menu for the evening. Those that dine at Cafe des Architectes this evening receive complimentary entry to the Le Bar New Year's Eve Party.

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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.

Cafe Des Architectes/CDA Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

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4.0

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
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Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
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Good for a Date (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Tapas (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 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...

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 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.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·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!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·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

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Scenic View
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 23, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Was very disappointed by the service ( it takes them forever to get any dish ordered) overall. What was frustrating was I had to ask for water a few times when the servers weren't attentive enough to refill the water when almost done. Poor quality food/taste too. With so many better quality restaurants around no wonder this place didn't attract much crowd on a beautiful Friday evening!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Decided on late dinner at CDA. The place is very quiet. The menu is a bit limited but I think they do a great job with what they do serve. Started with the oysters which were buttery and tasty. I prefer West coast oysters. We did have to ask for tabasco since it we like the spice. The Assiette camagnarde was a fairly large serving, probably best for 4 people. We got more bread to eat all the pate and terrine. Excellent dish. They have a great selection of cheese but we did not partake.

I had chicken breast which was excellent. Perfectly done. The whipped potatoes were great.
My wife had the branzino that was also excellent. There are a lot of olives on this dish that was not listed on the menu but it was great.

The best was the chocolate layered cake. It is the best. Would go there just for that if needed.

Will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fantastic food, impeccable service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Had a fantastic waiter. Great service and food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Have dined here every year on our anniversary after getting married at the Sofitel. While food was still excellent, was disappointed to see how they've brought menu down market, made it more casual (chicken wings, burger). No longer really of caliber for celebrating special occasion as it was in past, which is too bad because Chef Biggers has been doing great work there over the years.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

If you have a food allergy, this otherwise delicious restaurant should be avoided.
The wait staff obviously has not been trained to understand the seriousness of celiac disease and how important it is for diners with this disease to AVOID GLUTEN. Our guest became seriously ill shortly after dinner. Our waiter had erroneously assured her that her choice of entrees would be gluten free. We so regret taking her to this restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

This is a hotel restaurant. We came here under the impression it was a free standing, highly rated French restaurant. The truth of that didn't stop the restaurant from charging very high prices for mediocre food. The bread was hard, there was barely anyone there on a Saturday night, and the cocktails were underwhelming at best. Unless you're looking for a quick meal at the bar, while staying at the hotel, give this place a skip

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 13, 2017

We came to CDA for my fiance's b.day and let's just say that she came out from this experience very inpressed. Food was impeccable and the option for prix fixe was available. Drinks were delicious and one of the wait staff came to serenade in french song. Awesome experience.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Restaurant was empty yet we were placed in a 2 seat at the end where even the srver had to duck out of the way of the oversized overhead pendant light. My croque monsieur was luke warm, cheese not properly melted; side salad had wilting radishes. The pimento cheese spread and bread starter was yummy.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Over priced. Limited menu. Restrooms are across the lobby and up an elevator. Will not be back

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We found this restaurant to be very comfortable, to have excellent food, superb service and an quiet and elegant ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Birthday we had a party of 10 and they handled with no issue

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This is a very good contemporary French restaurant!! Excellent food, they have every day a special 3 courses menu for 39 $ !! Wish can compete the big guys!! Deserve more publicity!!
It is a keeper!!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great food and service -- but, as efficient as our server was, the room could have used at least one more.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 1, 2017

This restaurant is a great place for a quiet meal with delicious food and delightful ambience in service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was excellent. Well prepared, with layered, complex flavors. Great service. Menu options are somewhat limited, but what they offer is very good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We stayed at the Sofitel last night so this was convenient. The ambience is just OK. Very small, but somehow still cold. The bread was not great, and we learned they bring it in. Truffle fries were tasty. We brought wine ($25 corkage). We also got a tasting from the chef. It had pork, so I didn't eat it. The entrees were better than the starters. I had the glazed chicken and it was very good. My s/o had the burger and he enjoyed it too. We were celebrating an anniversary and they brought us champagne and a desert plate, which was a great. That said, the desert was reminiscent of the bread. It was pretty but not too delectable. Our waiter was very nice and gave good recommendations. The hostess was very sweet too.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 26, 2017

We were there for special menu "gout de France "and it was delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

A really good tasting experience but no valid options for vegetarians.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Service was extremely slow & the food tastes mediocre. Not as good as I remembered it from a few years back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Excellent menu selection for 2017 Chicago Restaurant Week. The lunch menu priced at $22/pp was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2017

We went to lunch during restaurant week. Terrific value and great food. They even had gluten free bread!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

A place we should go more often. Went for Chicago Restaurant Week and did the fixed menu. Food is always good there, nice wine list. It seems that this place should be busier than it is because we always enjoy when we go. Excellent service, good atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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