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About Cafe La Cave

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!

2777 S. Mannheim Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday open at 4:30 pm

Cross Street:
Higgins and Touhy

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 827-7818

Website:
http://www.cafelacave.net/

Executive Chef:
Chef Maron

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 12:30pm - 5:30pm. For reservations, please contact the restaurant directly.

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Cafe La Cave Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Romantic (34)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Notable Wine List (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Fun (4)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 2 days ago

We got seated immediately. Ordered our drinks. We waited ten minutes never got a menu. We had to ask for a menu. I had the chicken with mushroom risotto. It was more like a soup rather than how describe.thw noise level was pretty high. The main dinning room is where the bar was. It was very old and warn type restaurant. Would not recommend. Sorry we went.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My favorite place in the Chicago Suburbs

Great food, service and ambiance

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Disappointingly ordinary for a not inexpensive dinner.. Old school service was nice.. salmon was overcooked.. wines were abysmal--which would seem like the easy part--Just flat with minimal flavor. Cave decor amplifies conversation across the room, couldn't hear my partner across the table. Lots of food prep in the dining room, cool idea but noisy and not impressive. Wouldn't go back--

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food3
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We are from out of the area and had never heard of it so we took the chance. It was amazing!!! My colleague had the dover sole and it was beautifully prepared. I had a red snapper prepared with plenty of extras without disturbing the taste of the fish. Truly appreciated the experience!

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food5
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It's a very unusual restaurant. We liked our anniversary dining experience. Thank you to helping us to celebrate our special day !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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food3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is one of our top favorite restaurants . Love the ambiance(cave like is very different), food(steak Diane is FAB), and our server,Tino is very attentive. It is pricey but read previous sentences.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Cafe la cave never disappoints. We went there for a birthday dinner. Service is sophisticated and exceptional. We love the wait staff and appreciate their attentive service.
The food was filling, and well prepared. I emphatically recommend this place without any reservations!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything was great. We got married here and live coming back to eat at the Cave!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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food5
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of the best dinner we ever had! Steaks, sides and drinks were delicious!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Celebrated our 5th anniversary and it was wonderful. The staff was amazing and spent the perfect amount of time checking in on us. Wanted to come here for years and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Perfect as always meets and exceeds every time we visit

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Amazing service and very high quality dining. Great experience throughout the entire dinner. Only thing is that is was quite a bit noisy but otherwise the entire dining experience was truly amazing!!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service was fantastic and the food was tremendous. One of the best kept secrets in all of Chicagoland.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

A wonderful anniversary !

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The filet with bordelaise sauce and rack of lamb were as good as we have ever had anywhere. A superb meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Wonderful dinner out for our anniversary. The Steak Diane made table side was delicious!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I've been here three or four times before and it's always consistently good. The Steak Diane needs to be on everyones bucket list. My date enjoyed her Chicken Piccata. Everything! Down to the hard boiled egg in my wedge salad was outstanding.
I hope your visit is as enjoyable!

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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great Ambience, service was superb,

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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a very nice evening! The food was great,as well as the service.
We ordered the steak and chicken piccata. There are no complaints from either one of us.
Have been here many times for different occasions and never a bad time! Will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Everything was wonderful as always, except for the man who now prepares the steak diane tableside. He found it necessary, while cooking my meal, to leave twice -- once to get himself a drink and a second time to deliver appetizers to another table. I found that quite unprofessional. Later, another table ordered the steak diane, and he did the same thing--went and got himself a drink during the middle of preparing the meal. The previous, older gentleman who prepared the steak diane, never, ever left once he started to prepare my meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Everything was great, food, service and ambiance for our special. Anniversary. Will definitely go again

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Never a disappointment. Always a great dining experience. Gus and crew always deliver good food and great service at reasonable prices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Worth the drive! Great menu selection & impeccable service! Can tell the staff genuinely cares about your experience. Look forward to dining again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This place was on my restaurant bucket list, it didn't disappoint.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The place hasn't changed since it opened over 40 years ago. Which is good. Still very unique and intimate. Where else can you eat good food in a cave?

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Several of us loved our dishes, several liked them. It would have been a great experience with elegant ambiance had the massive number of very loud people not congregated for most of our meal at the bar, which is in the restaurant, unfortunately. Honestly, they ruined it for us, especially those harder of hearing, since we could no longer successfully converse. Apparently the bar in the restaurant is where people attending banquet events go prior to the start of their events, and they get very very rowdy... not appropriate for such an expensive restaurant. First and last time at this restaurant, unfortunately.

Beautiful ladies bathroom with brass swan faucets.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Visit after 30 years and the excellent continental style service and food still reigns. Table cloth, suited attendants, food served from wheeled carts, and table side steak Diane and whole flounder. Highly recommended. Banquet rooms for large parties available. One of the rare offerings in Chicago area or the country. This is what great dinning experience should be without feeling out of place.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

The service was EXTREMELY slow! Shrimp was so fishy it was inedible. Beranaise sauce had no taste. I was so excited to go there but it was over all very disappointing!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 26, 2017

A very nice evening! My wife loved her Dover Sole and it was a good birthday with the daughter and her boyfriend.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent service. Went there prior to Zanies. Food was great and service was exceptional.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Beautiful place for a romantic night. The food was phenomenal and the atmosphere was on point.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The Steak Diane was the best then add in the fresh asparagus topped off the the fallen chocolate souffle. We couldn't ask for more!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Food was way overpriced. The servers were rude and made us feel uncomfortable, as they would snatch our plates away. It was just an unpleasant experience, where I literally just wanted to finish my food asap and leave. It was definitely not worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This is one of the last classic restaurants in Chicago and the food is superior and has not diminished over the years but the service was slow and not up to par for a restaurant of this quality

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Romantic
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Wish that side items where included with dish. Side salad wasn't made by the table. Used to. Had to ask for more butter.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

My wife and I came back after getting married here in August of 2014. One taste of the Filet, and we were right there. Amazing steak, seafood, drinks and service. This is one of those places that if you haven't tried it out yet, you should definitely add it to your list!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The cave room is beautiful but the food and service are truly the things that make us want to go back again and again. Many things are cooked and/or prepared tableside which lends to the nostalgia. The Caesar salad and dover sole were beautifully prepared and presented, as was the double rack of lamb for two. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We would return in a heartbeat! Began with perfectly crafted cocktails (Stoli Elite up/dry martini and Cuba Libre). Wine list was not huge but some definite gems like the 2013 Turley Old Vines Zinfandel we enjoyed! Food was outstanding. Started with app special of coconut crusted lobster over mixed microgreens - cooked perfectly with delicate crispy coating and moist, tender, sumptuous lobster inside. Sauces and greens were perfect enhancements. Entrées were seafood medallions with sauteed spinach and Dover sole filleted tableside with Hollandaise drizzled asparagus. Prep, portions, presentation, flavors, textures and consistencies were PERFECT. Ended with a delightful "cheesecake martini" - delicate, creamy cheesecake served in a martini glass with delicious, not too sweet fresh raspberry sauce and great coffee. Service was attentive but not smothering; professional but not "snooty"; friendly but not overdone and well-paced - basically perfect for our tastes! Ambiance is a little"kitschy" (cave motif) but not distracting or distasteful. Overall exceptional evening. Highly recommend!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Probably one of the last REAL French Dining options in the area. Well priced, service prompt and very attentive, courteous.
Will return.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We were there to celebrate a birthday which was included on the open table reservation however it was never acknowledged at the restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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