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Cafe La Cave, Des Plaines, IL

Cafe La Cave

4.5
4.5
1207 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (847) 827-7818
  • 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

What 1,207 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,208 Reviews
  1. dand

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Glad that the closing date of the restaurant was extended; got my last chance to visit. Bittersweet.

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  2. meeself

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was THE last day for this truly one of a kind restaurant and their great employees, Tino,Gilberto,Tom and on and on. VERY VERY SAD!!!

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  3. momof3

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the whole dinner. Great service. Wish you weren’t closing

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  4. LesL

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    perfect in every way - great ambiance - great service - great good !! love it !!!

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  5. MariaA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe La Cave is closing, and we are very sorry to see it go. The food, service, and ambience were all excellent. They still make the best Caesar Salad. We will miss it. I ordered the Mahi Mahi special served with sides of garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. The potatoes were exquisite. Light, very flavorful, and with the perfect balance of garlic and butter. The Mahi Mahi, was perfectly prepared in a lemon buttery, garlic sauce. For dessert, we had the upside down chocolate soufflé. Again, very delicious. If you can book a reservation before its last night (which I think is on Friday 3/24), I would highly recommend doing so.

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  6. MichaelB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is sad to see this establishment end its run. Everything, as always, was outstanding. Thank you for all of the wonderful times over the years.

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  7. LindaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVED it and will sorely miss this iconic restaurant that has become a tradition for so many these past 46 years! Our love to Gus and all the family and workers for many moments of joy, great food, and unbeatable ambience! Don’t need more real estate— wish all this could be reversed for La Cave to remain another 50 years!!! The Rageb Family 😘

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  8. YazminR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So sad this place is closing as it is beautiful and the food is wonderful.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The Dinner was outstanding! Crab Cakes, Lobster Bisque, Seafood Medallions, Vegan Risotto, Steak Diane (prepared tableside) Baked Potato and to top it off whipped cheesecake & Bananas Foster (cooked tableside). All cooked to perfection and sealed with a Chef’s Kiss. Over 40yrs of excellence! Happy to have one last experience before you close for good. Best Wishes to ALL at the Cave and wish you ALL the best in your new endeavors. Thank you for the memories.

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  10. shareef777

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    You felt it right when you walked in. It was more a night club than a restaurant. Management should really focus on getting noise levels lowered. Having a live musician singing 50s songs doesn’t help. Siente the night yelling at my wife just so she can hear me. With that said, the food was excellent overall. Wife had the lamb chops, while I had the seafood medallion. We also had the beef satay and crab cake appetizers which were really tasty. Our soups weren’t that great though. Wife went with the French onion soup and tasted watered down. I had the lobster bisque which tasted more like tomato soup. But those main entrees were spectacular. The chops were super tender and the seafood was cooked perfectly with an amazing risotto. While I loved the food, we won’t be returning because of the ambiance.

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  11. Lisa

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food as always!!! We miss them when they close.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Food was delicious and service was excellent. Heading back before this icon of a restaurant shuts its doors for good, sadly.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. Luis

    Chicago

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful experience, my only regret is that I found this gem when it’s scheduled to close its doors. The food and service was superb.

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  14. ChristineS

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last hurrah for a closing business. Always loved coming here food is outstanding service impeccable. Will miss this place

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Old and tired.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are going to miss Cafe La Cave.

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  17. KathyG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great sorry they are closing.

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  18. SherriD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Our first time there and sad they are closing.

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  19. traveler

    Chicago

    61 reviews

    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Since these are their final weeks of business it was very busy and even with a reservation.we had to wait over 30 min for a table. Service was good, food hot and tasty. Bad end to the evening when our waiter lost and couldn't find our credit card.....

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  20. ChrisD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I know they are closing in a month but our (my husband and I) dinner experience on Valentine’s Day was disappointing. I thought they’d want to go out on a higher note after 40+ years. Staff was inattentive and food was over cooked. Oh well.

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  21. LisaW

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! So sad to say goodbye. Wishing the owners and their fabulous staff all the best!

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  22. MichelleB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience was great however I was not impressed with food.

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  23. ToddB

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  24. CelesteBrandon

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awwww. Cafe La Cafe will miss you! We always have a wonderful time and dinning experience.

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  25. LauraM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time as always!! Going to definitely miss this place!

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  26. Skeilak

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & service. Will miss them when they close in March!

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  27. Mike60657

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sad to see you close. Our dinner was fantastic!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  30. Aliciamarie

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, elegant and one of a kind. Everything is always done with class and perfection. One of my favorite places

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance is what sold us. However, the food was absolutely amazing and at a great value. We will be back.

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  32. Cosmo

    Naples

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    food was cold service was poor, but it was new years eve.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!!

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  34. Annie

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  35. CatherineH

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience. Their service is stellar and the food it exceptional!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  37. PhillipC

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    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

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  38. Rocnroll

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  39. meeself

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You want expert tableside preparations, this is the place. Nothing but top notch service. Great place to dine.

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  40. RobynF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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

Cafe La Cave is rated 4.5 stars by 1207 OpenTable diners.

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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

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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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (847) 827-7818
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