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Cafe La Cave, Des Plaines, IL

Cafe La Cave

4.7
4.7
1188 Reviews
$31 to $50
Continental
Cafe La Cave's chef de cuisine melds classic continental with today's contemporary tastes for sumptuous results.The menu features aged steaks, fresh seafood , signature entrees and desserts. like Steak Dianne and Bananas Foster, prepared at your table with dramatic flare.An extensive wine list offers the perfect accompaniment to your meal plus our sommelier can help in choosing a fine selection.and our impeccable wait staff caters to your every need to ensure your expectations are satisfied thoroughly. Please your palate and pamper your senses, come out of the ordinary and into Cafe La Cave. Experience it now!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 827-7818

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Maron

  • Private party facilities

    We believe in the highest level of hospitality and dazzling memorable events. Let us book any of your social or corporate events today.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (844) 506-0204

  • Neighborhood

    Des Plaines

  • Cross street

    Higgins and Touhy

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,188 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Northwest Suburbs

    Best Service

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

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  1. LW

    LisaW

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! So sad to say goodbye. Wishing the owners and their fabulous staff all the best!
  2. MB

    MichelleB

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Ambience was great however I was not impressed with food.
  3. TB

    ToddB

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It was a cool looking place but old. Dinner was delicious. However we smelled like garlic when we left because it’s very fragrant in there.
  4. LM

    LauraM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time as always!! Going to definitely miss this place!
  5. K

    sheilaK

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. Will miss them when they close in March!
  6. M

    Mike60657

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sad to see you close. Our dinner was fantastic!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    What an incredible last meal to have at cafe la cave. Obviously very sad to hear they are closing. My husband and I had our wedding here in 2016 so this place holds a special place in our hearts. The food was absolute perfection and loved the gentleman playing music and singing. Beautiful ambiance!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience of the restaurant is unique. The food and service were excellent. Considering the number of people at the restaurant, the noise level was minimal. Very good place to go for a quiet, romantic, or small group gathering.
  9. A

    Aliciamarie

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, elegant and one of a kind. Everything is always done with class and perfection. One of my favorite places
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is what sold us. However, the food was absolutely amazing and at a great value. We will be back.
  11. C

    Cosmo

    Naples

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    food was cold service was poor, but it was new years eve.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got married at Cafe La Cave 15 years ago and it was just as good on our anniversary as it was on our wedding day! Randy and Gus, take extreme pride in what they do to create a memorable experience every time! The staff is amazing, Tino is our favorite!! if you have not been, you are missing out!! Food is outstanding!!
  13. A

    Annie

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Unique environment. Service was top-notch. Food was underwhelming considering the prices. First bite of scallop had a piece of shell which hurt my tooth when I bit down on it. Made me hesitant to go in for a second bite. Just ok…not sure I would return.
  14. CH

    CatherineH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Their service is stellar and the food it exceptional!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    First time dining here. Made a reservation a few months ago to dine after an event at the Allstate Arena. Upon arrival we were seated right away. The ambience is great and the dining room is exactly how I like it. Small. It did take some time for greeting and be provided a menu and have our drink order taken. The better half ordered a Paloma but we were told that they didn’t have the ingredients to make it. For an upscale bar, not having the grapefruit juice seemed a tad odd. The entrees took about 45 minutes to come out, but I feel the wait was worth it. We ordered the Steak Au Poivre and Steak Diane. Note: it’s not every day they make the Diane table side. Assuming it’s only on the weekends. It was also great to see how the staff was constantly moving around and helping each other. Every time someone walked pass, they filled out waters and cleared the table. Don’t get that kind of experience at many places nowadays and it’s pretty refreshing. All in all it was a great experience and would highly recommend it. Next time we go to an event in the area I’m definitely down to stop back in.
  16. PC

    PhillipC

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    As usual the food and service were very good, however, there was a big party of loud and obnoxious lawyers sitting 10 feet away and the music was jacked up so the ambiance of a great meal was spoiled. Large groups shouldn’t be seated in the small dining area
  17. R

    Rocnroll

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been dining at Cafe La Cave for the past 25 years. The quality of the entire experience is always special. They go above and beyond to ensure you leave with the thought that you will return. A great place for special occasions
  18. m

    meeself

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You want expert tableside preparations, this is the place. Nothing but top notch service. Great place to dine.
  19. RF

    RobynF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there and celebrated my birthday with DH and in-laws. Spectacular from start to finish. Tino, our server, spectacular, attentive. Gus, (host? Manager?) cooked tableside along with another man I didn’t get his name. It was EVERYTHING I could’ve asked for and the best meal I’ve had in decades. Shrimp de jonge, escargot, oysters, rack of lamb, steak Diane, dauphinois potatoes that melted in your mouth, bananas foster, and dirty martinis that would make you slap your mama. Yes yes YESSS
  20. GG

    GladysG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way. Went back after 30 years and the good, service and ambiance li ed up to my expectations.
  21. D

    Dietmountainluv

    Greensboro

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The service was spotty. It was like our waiter would disappear for 14 minutes. It took us over 30 minutes just to place our app order. The food was good. It is quite dark
  22. j

    judithc

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Cafe La Cave and could not be more pleased with our restaurant pick. The atmosphere was just perfect. Very unique, very beautiful. We received personalized service from the staff which just added to the experience. The food was excellent. We had Steak Diane which is served table side. All in all the experience was wonderful and a great way to celebrate our event.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was wonderful and the service was great. The food was delicious and we all enjoyed ourselves.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  25. S

    Sailing111

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a Caesar Salad wonderful. Our table side steak Dianne was absolutely over the top. Served beautifully and the taste was outstandingly delicious!! We had a side of asparagus that hit the spot. Our wine 🍷 was a Duckhorn 🦆 Merlot. Dessert was a chocolate cake ganache with a raspberry sauce. We 🥰 loved everything. The table side service on the entrée and all the attention was just what we wanted for a special occasion thank you Gus and staff !
  26. JM

    JimMc

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice selection of wine to go with their excellent food. My wife had the Chilean Sea Bass and I had the filet. Both were done perfectly and tasted great. The ambience of the Cave makes for that perfect experience. As for the service, they are professional and personable at the same time. This is a must go place.
  27. MH

    MHBW

    West Palm Beach

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional, food was great
  28. J

    John

    Chicago

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to place for special occasions. Been comming here for many, many years and never had a bad meal or service form Gus and Tino. You just can't do better when it comes to great food and service.
  29. JF

    JoeF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always….
  30. TT

    TheresaT

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and great staff. Have been going here for years. Attended dinner and special events. Also, had business meetings and events with great results.
  31. VK

    ValentinaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and romantic place. They are very attentive to guests requests. Loved it!
  32. JG

    JoshG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem for sure! Kind of an old school vibe, but amazing food plus great service.
  33. J

    Julz

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our Anniversary we we’re married their 28 years ago!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Allways the same…. Excellent. Straight up cocktails great food & service
  35. DT

    DavidT

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    The mash potatoes tasted very spoiled. Hopefully I don’t get sick. Told waiter, but he did nothing.
  36. DG

    DennisG

    Salt Lake City

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Don't let the exterior of the building turn you off. Once inside, the Cave is very cool and intimate. The food and service were outstanding. They were very accommodating with our requests. Each course was better than the last. It has an authentic and almost throwback vibe. What a delightful surprise. I will go back next time I'm in the area.
  37. MD

    MikeD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent. Had the grouper special. It was one of the best pieces of fresh fish I have had in a very long time.
  38. M

    Moody35

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I go to Cafe La Cave a few times a year and it’s always wonderful. The food is always outstanding, service perfect and ambiance is inviting. I’m never disappointed.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner
  40. m

    meeself

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to get a stupendous meal. A winner every time

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cafe La Cave offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 827-7818.

Cafe La Cave is rated 4.7 stars by 1188 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Cafe La Cave

2777 S. Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Higgins and Touhy

  • Neighborhood

    Des Plaines

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Maron

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (847) 827-7818

  • Private party facilities

    We believe in the highest level of hospitality and dazzling memorable events. Let us book any of your social or corporate events today.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (844) 506-0204

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