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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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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

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)
Fit for Foodies (6)
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)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2009

The sides sourced from the local farmer's market are outstanding. Ribs were tasty but got a little lost in the sauce. Great ambiance, especially for a hotel restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2009

Excellent food, service...but the portions were a bit small on the appetizers. The restaurant was dead, perhaps because it was mid week. The prix fixe menu was an excellent value for $50.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2009

The best deal Sun-Tues nights is the neighborhood three course tasting menu for $29. The food was great and the service very attentive. We would definitely repeat!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2009

Again, had a wonderful mini 4 course lunch at CDA, and it doesn't disappoint since the menu options change everytime I visit. I try to have only 1-2 pieces of bread from any bread baskets when I eat out, but at CDA it's so hard to take my hands off the rolls and baguettes, especially with the delicious olive spread. Great atmosphere and excellent food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2009

Food was awesome. Waiter was awesome.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2009

The Neighborhood Special menu is just as terrific as the "regular" menu. The flat iron steak was tender and cooked just right; the beet salad was earthy and creamy; the amuse bouche with its "large bean" and chicken terrine heavenly. Service was attentive and sensitive to the flow of conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2009

Very enjoyable experience. Nice on-the-street setting that makes you forget the restaurant is part of a hotel. Excellent food and service. Best of all, you and your dinner-mate can hear each other talk.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2009

Our dining experience in Cafe des Architectes was wonderful. The food was superb, the staff friendly and helpful yet reserved, allowing us the chance and time to choose, rather than telling us "what their favourite was" etc. The wine list is excellent, including many choices for Flights of Wines. We shall definitely go back as the whole evening was a most pleasant experience. A true restaurant of QUALITY! Bonne chance a tous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 31, 2009

Our third time there. The service could not be better and the food was outstanding. Can't wait to return

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2009

Have been here before - my favorite restaurant in Chicago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2009

The special "neighbors" menu on Sunday-Tuesday is an incredible bargain at $29 for an excellent 3-course French dinner. Excellent food, excellent service, beautiful room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2009

a great restaurant unfortunately too often overlooked, very comfortable, not stiff and formal yet food is very refined

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2009

This is an underutilized and undiscovered gem of a restaurant. The food, service and ambiance are outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2009

Went there for anniversary...dude (manager?) sang Unchained Melody with an Elvis-style smooth croon to my wife and me and foolish had me join. Food was great and the selection was generous...they had two different prix-fixe style menus. The chairs had strange stick legs and I couldn't practice romantics and push in my wife but besides that, big ups.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2009

A fabuslous experience. Each course of the fixed price meal, from the amuse bouche through the perfectly wonderful desserts, was well prepared and impeccably presented. The beet salad was heavenly, the scallop appetizer perfectly done, even the bread basket was exceptional. Service was attentive yet unobstrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2009

Food was superb. Service was very slow.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 26, 2009

Terrific prix fixe menu in a lovely setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2009

There fix-price special makes it a place we want to go to again

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2009

Everything was wonderful and made for the perfect romantic evening I had hoped for! The simple heirloom tomato amuse bouche was refreshing and delicious. The 5-hour spare rib appetizer was divine. The ahi tuna entree was out of this world. And the rose raspberry souffle was heavenly! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2009

The food was terrific, well priced and served perfectly. One SLIGHT mistake-the coffeee was poured before it had steeped in the pot, (it was a french press coffee pot) so it was watery, but was replaced with another pot immediately. The food was terrific, well priced and served perfectly. One SLIGHT mistake-the coffeee was poured before it had steeped in the pot, so it was watery, but was replaced with another pot immediately.
Bravo.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2009

Disappointing menu. Not much to choose from and very expensive. We will not be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2009

We had a lovely time. We were impressed with the contemporary and elegant setting. Our server was friendly, helpful, witty. We enjoyed the specials on the prix fixe, great value at $29 pp. Particularly loved the braised ribs with citrus foam, the cauliflower soup with black truffle and the sea bass. Desserts were scrumptuous and refreshing after flavorful entrees. The birtday surprise for our son was colorful and brought a cheery end to our evenig. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2009

We were a bit disappointed with the food at CDA. I had read great things about the restaurant, but the food was just mediocre the night we were there. The bread wasn't warm, the soup was a bit watery, and the fish wasn't tender. The desserts were good though. Maybe it was just an off night.
The service was very good. Although our main waiter wasn't as accomodating as CDA has a reputation of being, the additional waitstaff were friendly and attentive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2009

Great time tonight! Our first time there. Service was spot-on. Informed, respectful and never hovering (but, your water glass was never empty.).
The amuse buche was a chicken salad that was very flavorful and a nice start to an excellent dinner. Then I had the 5 hour braised short rib with oranges, spinich and citrus foam. Stunning presentation, the spinich puree make the rib meat taste sweeter. The citrus foam and orange was great. I had the rack of lamb, potatoe croquettes with chedder. Cooked perfectly.
Dessert, raspberry souffle w/ lemmon sorbet, more raspberries "stuff" and tappiocca. LOVELY. French press coffee.
Nice room, good service, stunning food presentation, taste is awesome. GO!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2009

Appetizers and entrees were outstanding, but dessert was not.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2009

Everything about CDA was marvelous. Service was top-notch; our waiter's suggestions were spot-on. The food looked amazing and tasted as good as it looked. The prices were very fair given the quality of preparation, and the wine list was far, far from over-priced. This place is a real value. This may be our new Favorite French Restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2009

While the menu is small, the food is creative. Our table of 4 liked every dish we had. the wine list covered a broad price range, but the lower priced wines were still great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2009

I booked my reservation months in advance for a birthday diner. I had made a note to mention that it was for such an occasion and was pleasantly surprised to see that it had been recognized by a small parfait and chocolate birthday wishes.

One thing that I was not pleased with was the lack of privacy between diners. The romantic ambiance hoped for such an occasion was slightly scewed by easdropping patrons within arms length of us.

Food was good, presentation was exciting but romantic privacy factor needs improved.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 31, 2009

We ate early (5:30 reservation) due to tickets for a 7:30 show at Lookingglass. So the indoor retaurant was not crowded at all...thus was very quiet. We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Though we live in the neighborhood this was our first time dining there. We will defintiely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2009

We enjoyed a weekday lunch at Cafe Des Architectes. The food was excellent. A substitution request was managed without hesitancy. We stayed at our table well after we finished dining without any pressure from the staff. Altogether, a fine luncheon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2009

The space itself is beautiful and, in and of itself, merits a visit. Despite my 4 star food rating, I really cannot speak to the food (Open Table requires, incidentally, this rating), as I only met a friend there for coffee. The coffee seemed a bit weak, in all honesty (hence 4 stars). Coffee is French-pressed. If you are accustomed to Starbucks, order your coffee double-strength and don't let the server plunge it for you - let it steep a couple more minutes and plunge it yourself. Otherwise, the service was truly outstanding and you can't beat the atmosphere. The bathrooms are about as nice as bathrooms come - so be sure to go! I look forward to reviewing CDA again when I actually eat there someday.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2009

Friendly staff. Good menu including the prix fixe neighborhood menu as we dined on a Sunday evening. Great martini's, good wine. Steak was overcooked but re-cooked appropriately.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2009

our waiter made our evening. we were initially unsure of the wine we wanted but our waiter made recomendations and brought small tastes and we settled on a nice poille fuisse. the menu was quite good-something for everyone -from caesar salad which had an unusual chopped presentation which was quite good to short ribs which could only be described as dangerously good. the sides of corn and green beans from green city market are to be recommended. it is aneighborhood gem that we return frequently to since it is the toal paxkage-great food for breakfast lunch and dinner and the outdoor seating affords fun people watching.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 25, 2009

We've eaten at some of Chicago's best restaurants (MK, Topolobampo, etc). In our opinion, the food and service at CDA is as good as you'll find anywhere in the city.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 24, 2009

Very enjoyable. Some of the entrees were quite subtle in their flavoring (I ordered the walleye and my mother the ahi tuna). The beet salad was exquisite- the textures and flavors were sumptuous! The pistachio bombe for dessert was heavenly-everyone at the table was raving about it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2009

An amazing dinner. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and they were indeed special. The 3 course prix fixe at $42 was a steal. Try the Madagascar shrimp or the Chioggia baby beet salad. The walleye with manilla clams very fresh and unique flavors. The tendorloin with english peas and garlic cream out of this world. Wonderful dessert and cheese array. As a surprise they presented us with a chocolate rectangle with happy Birthday writing in gold.

The most attentive service I've had in years!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2009

Given the quality of the food and the excellent service and the neighborhood, this restaurant is great value. A definite keeper.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2009

about the worse service I ever had; waitor ignored us, didn't clear dishes, didn't refill water glass after being asked, didn't offer dessert. Just terrible.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2009

Beautiful space and exceptional service! The $29 special for Sunday to Tuesday is a great deal. The food is beautifully presented but from a flavor standpoint was just okay, not great but certainly tasty. The bread, beet salad and mango mojito desert were the standouts.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2009

Our reservation was an early one so we were maybe 1 of 4 tables being waited on. I mention this cause it was nice to have the stafff waiting on us as if we were celebrities! The only reason why we came here was because they serve Foie Gras. We were not disapointed. The Prie Fixed menu does not have the Foie Gras, But we did not care because we enjoyed choosing more items to enjoy. If you are on a budget they have a Prie Fixed menu on Sun-Tues that allows you to choose from a set menu an appetizer, main and dessert for $29. All the items on that list were almost the same ones we had. It really was a great selection. And the Desert menu which is not part of the choices (but as a splurge you must try) was a Flight of Grand Marnier!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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