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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.
Chicago, IL 60611
Contemporary French, International, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
CAFE DES ARCHITECTES
Breakfast | Daily 6:00 am to 11:30 am
Lunch | Monday – Friday 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Le Bar Menu | Monday - Friday 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Dinner | Daily 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Brunch | 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
Wabash (near Rush)
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is $13 for a maximum of 3 hours.
Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
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.
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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
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...
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.
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!!!
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had an excellent experience at Café Des Artistes Christmas Day 2015. However, on Christmas Day 2016 the occasion was quite different. We were a party of five and were given an oversize table next to the bar, not a smaller table in the restaurant as requested. The result was much more noise, and the folks at our table could not hear persons across the table. This was especially the case when the bartender did his iced cocktail vigorous mixing thing, and also when the table next to ours -- so close that we could pass between our table and the next one -- was filled. The result was excellent food and wine, expensive but only one of the two bottles of wine was overpriced. Overall, we had a less than satisfactory event and would not go back for a future Christmas dinner.
We had reservations before we left for Chicago and had already spent 4 nights in the hotel the restaurant is located in -- just one of the reasons we complained to the maitre d' about the location of our table -- possibly the worst in Cafe des Architectes -- open to the bar area and just across the aisle from the station where all the waiters input their orders into the computer. The restaurant is noisy anyway, and we could not possibly carry-on a conversation -- at all. Worse than that, my husband is tall with long legs and size 14 shoes -- so that each time one of the restaurant staff went to imput and order or go through the narrow opening to the bar, my husband was bumped into and jostled. It became quickly apparent that we were NOT going to enjoy our dinner. I had decided from our experience at Stetson's the night before that I was NOT going to go through another dinner like that one. I called over the maitre d', and asked for a quieter table. He apologized and said they were completely full and there was no other table. I quietly said in his ear that if one more person bumped into my husband, we were going to leave! He found us another table for 2 on the other side of the room. We enjoyed our dinner immensely. Our waiter was so nice (he was born in Siberia), the food was divine (we had oysters and steak tartare as appetizers--duck breast for entrees) great wine reasonably priced. We could carry-on a conversation -- a lovely Christmas Eve dinner all-in-all! I'm so glad the maitre d' found us another table, as we were quite prepared to leave.
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