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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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4.4

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4.3

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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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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)
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Tapas (1)
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People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Even after a couple of visits find food , presentation, attention to detail is great. Fun different menu quite affordable for the level of sophistication.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Boise)·Dined on February 17, 2016

This is my third visit (I'm from Oregon) to this restaurant. One brunch and two dinners over the last two or three years.

This last (week night) visit was for dinner and first courses and entrées were perfect. Crab cakes are not to be missed. I had the pork tenderloins and they were perfect and nicely seasoned. My wife had the beet salad and vegetarian tortellini, which she enjoyed. On other visits we have shared a dessert but this time we didn't see anything that inspired us (maybe we were too full). But the after dinner coffee was full bodied and freshly made and the wine with dinner was excellent (don't remember the name from the quite large list).

Finally, the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2016

A great spot for a French meal. I've had French cuisine (in France no less) and the food served was splendid and full of flavor. The sauce from the main course and desserts were amazing. Service was quick and were helpful when we asked for assistance.

The only thing is cost; definitely would go only on a special occasion possibly once a year. You do get what you pay for: 2 five-course meals, bottle of wine, and a rose to go.

Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2016

delicious food and wonderful waitstaff!! A+ thank you for everything guys!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2016

It was very disappointing. The service was extremely slow and the meal took almost three hours.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2016

Great restaurant. The food was excellent and service amazing. Went there during restaurant week. Loved it! Will definitely come back and bring more friends. Loved the decor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2016

They have nice food, excellent service and best cheese!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Decided to try a new place and took advantage of the Chicago Restaurant Week special menu; totally worth it! The food was amazing, the portions were good and filling and the wine selection was perfect for dinner. I couldn't be happier with my choice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Went to CDA for restaurant week. The Pre Fixe menu was one of the best I saw on this year's list. Call me a sucker, but I think restaurant week is about showcasing what's good at a restaurant. In this case, the food really was excellent, but it was overshadowed by the shoddy service. Miscues on the food, no check-ins, clearing the table as the next course was delivered, reaching across the table and stacking plates, a three-course dinner service that was paced out to last about 35 minutes (this is excluding the 10 minutes we sat before anyone acknowledged us)...none of this fits into my definition of the fine dining experience. Unfortunately, the consistency in the service extends through the whole house. I wrote the GM (weeks before I wrote this review) to share my experience, ask if I was off base in my perception, but I received no reply. Given the rest of the reviews on the service, I seem to be in good company. I'll say here what I said to the GM: It's a shame to see the work of the chefs degraded by the quality of the service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2016

i read about this restaurant at the CS few years ago. They recommended it as a special place. by my experience it was not real special place. the restaurant pretty tight. there is not good view - it is locates on the 1st floor of Hotel Sofitel. The menu was pretty small, not too big selection of the food. I tried Lobster bisque soup and surf and turf. Soup was good, and lobster was ok. nothing really surprising. Their deserts were great. overall ok experience.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2016

Enjoyable lunch - what stands out - aside from the food of course - is the refined, attentive service - a definite bonus to enjoying a fine meal!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2016

Great food. I plan on going back soon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2016

A refined ambiance endowed with a modern decoration. The food is excellent and the wines selected are very good. The friendly service is noticeable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Careful craftsmanship in elegantly presented cuisine. Cheeses made in their own cave.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Very fun, creative dishes. Service was wonderful and very personable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2016

This place look great, service was amazing but food wasn't all that special. Maybe is just my personal opinion. I had white fish with curry sauce that it didn't taste so great to me. Beef shortrib were amazing.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2015

My husband, daughter, and I have enjoyed two Christmas dinners here. The food and service have been excellent. We love the unique and unusual decorations in the lobby which are extremely festive and make a good background for family photos.

My husband and I have also celebrated Valentine's Day at Cafe Des Architectes. We enjoy the fine dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

We will continue to come here for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2015

Christmas dinner at Cafe Des Architects did not disappoint. Fantastic food, wine and service! Will most definitely become a holiday tradition for our family. Expected a great experience and we most certainly received one. Happy to relax and enjoy family in a most delightful setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2015

Attended a $65 pre-"fe" for Christmas Eve dinner with a group a friends and was disappointed to say the least. By spending almost $1000 we expected more. Some examples include; small entree portions; packed seating (extra banquet tables and chairs brought in to stuff the room for all the revs they accepted), and stressed servers who you could plainly see had too much to handle. I wish they had not been greedy and only accepted reservations for what the room normally holds. I've seen it on a regular night and it looks very cozy. This night it was loud, over lit and crowded. Not what I was expecting for dinner on a special night

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2015

Greatly look forward to this occasion, however we were underwhelmed. A three course fixed price menu took almost 3 hours of service. Inattentive waiter. Soup was cold, presentation beautiful, food okay, but not worth $300.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2015

First time there and most of us had the fixed price menu. Turned out to be a splendid choice without breaking the bank. Service could not have been better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2015

Immobile n might b

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2015

We enjoyed the food and were very spoiled with treats on our anniversary. However, the service was not attentive (water/wine). The seating was along a long bench, so that you were within close proximity to neighboring couples, almost like sitting at the same table. Not my idea of a romantic or intimate dinner with my beloved.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2015

I wish our friend has had time to cook for us , but she didn't. Turkey and stuffing here was below expectations and actually the artichoke fritters were mostly fritter, and my pecan dessert was a chocolate cake. 'Nuff said?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2015

The sous chef and pastry chef went beyond their duty accommodating vegan thanksgiving brunch which was superb! I received a call from each prior to the date, I've never experienced such great customer service. They also gave us a treat to take home. I was amazed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2015

This place was AWESOME! A friend recommended it, went to celebrate an anniversary. Did the 7 course meal; chef came out and asked if he could make TWO separate tasting courses (one for each, so we weren't eating the same thing). OF COURSE! Chef did come out 2 more times to ask how the meal was going. He really picked up our tastes! Our waiter, Romi ("the singing waiter") was very attentive and sang La Vie En Rose for us. The acknowledged our celebration with champagne and a special dessert. The staff was great, food was DELICIOUS! What a find!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2015

We like to sit in the bar area of the restaurant. The tables for two at the restaurant are too long which makes conversation a bit difficult.
Service is excellent and the food is very good and innovative. A bit on the pricey side.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2015

6 of us dined here prior to going to the Chicago Theatre to see a show. The service from start to finish was extremely poor. Unable to flag someone down, we had to stand up and find our waiter or the host on numerous occasions so we could get a drink or food order in. The restaurant was only moderately busy for a Friday evening so I don't know why our waiter appeared to be so overwhelmed. The food was good with decent drinks and wine options. The space is very attractive as well. Unfortunately, the service provided ruined the experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2015

Had lunch with 2 friends and it was a marvelous experience. Wonderful break basket, extensive assortment of menu items and lovely mini desserts. Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2015

Know of the Hotel Sofitel from previous stay, but had no chance to dine there. Took my wife on recent trip to Chicago. Truly an exceptional find. Only a couple of blocks off upper end of Michigan mile, easy to reach. Menu, wine list and service was truly wonderful. Mussels and fois gras were excellent. Duck breast likely best I have ever tasted. Black raspberry souffle melted in one's mouth. If ever there, this place is a must!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2015

We were very impressed with this restaurant. My wife and I celebrated our 42 anneversary with dinner here. We had the seasonal degustation and the Chef (David) just blew us away with his offerings. There were 7 plus offerings and to our surprise: my wife and I were treated to 7 different offerings each. The tastings were outstanding: we shared many as we were each getting different selections. The waiter service was impeccable. The ambiance was very nice (we didn't find it overly bright as one other reviewer noted). We will be back.....and back. Just wish we could take Chef David home with us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2015

Outstanding service. Greeted with champagne for our anniversary and complimentary dessert - a very thoughtful touch. Food was very good, paced well. Lobster was disappointingly small portion of the actual lobster. I think they should rename the dish. Lighting was too bright, tables too big to be an intimate setting for a romantic date. I felt like I was miles away from across the table. Overall a very nice dinner but could be improved simply by making the ambiance more intimate.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2015

My boyfriend and I went to dinner at Cafe Des Architectes for his birthday and each chose the CdA signature tasting menu and wine pairing. The server, Romi, was excellent! He was extremely pleasant and charming and offered to have the chef prepare two different plates for each course so that we could try more options. Each course of the seven total course was delicious. We were able to try 14 different plates because of Romi's offer and each was exquisite! My boyfriend and I had a hard time choosing our favorites because they we're all that great. The wine pairing was also delicious and complimented each course, so much so that i asked to snap a picture of a few wine bottles so that i could purchase them in the future. The entire meal was very pricey- $90 for each tasting menu and $55 for the wine pairing each, but for a special occasion, completely worth it. They also have a standard menu for lunch, dinner, and brunch and offered a pre fixe menu with appetizer, entree and dessert for only $39. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 6, 2015

We waited ten minutes at the maitre d's station. Waiter after waiter walked by, but would not even give us eye contact. When the maitre d finally arrived, we were seated swiftly. For the next 35 minutes, service repeatedly ignored us; not even our drink order was take. Our waiter kept telling us he'd be right back, and then he attended to his other tables. Ultimately, we left. I'm not sure why we were singled out. We were dressed as well, if not better, than the rest of the patrons. I assume it's because we had two children. It's funny, there was a patron with a dog who was getting better service. Dogs appear to be more welcome than children.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2015

Our group enjoyed breakfast the day we dined. It was a true French experience. The pastries are wonderful, especially paired with a French press of coffee. I am not a fan of black coffee, however the French press takes black coffee to a new level. The entire menu is well worth ordering. It feels as if you are dining along the Champs in Paris. This is a great location to people watch if you are seated on the patio. I highly recommend breakfast or lunch when you dine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2015

We dined here with friends to celebrate a birthday. The food was very nicely prepared and the menu has a number of excellent choices. I chose the seasonal fixed menu which included fresh trout and it was very good. All the courses are nicely prepared with fresh ingredients in the French Nouvelle cuisine style (a modern style of cooking that avoids rich, heavy foods and emphasizes the freshness of the ingredients and the presentation of the dishes.) The wine list had many notable selections and since everyone in my part had fish, we opted for a nice Pouilly-Fuissé (at about $90 USD per bottle.) Fresh and crisp it complimented our meals nicely. The service was somewhat lacking, as in the wait staff never seemed to be able to get the right plates to the seat location, but they were pleasant and helpful. Sadly the restaurant was very quiet which is unusual in the heart of Chicago and only a few tables were used throughout the evening (Thursday night at 7:30 PM). We dined out doors on a lovely Chicago summer evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2015

Excellent waitstaff: slow busboy service; nevertheless, I would go back. Better than average hotel restaurant which serves 3 meals a day. Good selection of mini-desserts. Very fresh lettuce.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2015

Went to celebrate a special occasion. We had the Chef's Degustation menu with wine pairings. The food was excellent as were the pairings. Every course was wonderful French food and preparation, using seasonal foods. Could not say enough good things about it. The service was impeccable. It was not that crowded when we went which at first gave us pause, but as mentioned the food and service were wonderful and it made it a nice, quiet and relaxing celebration without noise and crowds.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2015

This was an elegant meal. It was very quiet at 11:30 but I was made to feel welcome. I imagine it is busier in the evening. Service and food were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2015

The service was superb, attentive, informative and friendly. The food was beyond fabulous. Delicate yet assertive flavors that blended together to create a perfect harmony of indulgence. Creative and beautiful plating. Well timed, never rushed. I cannot say enough about how amazing the flavors of EVERY dish were. The wines paired with each course with such finesse that each sip accentuated each bite. A perfect experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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