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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Cozy (17)
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Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Casual (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

My husband and I went to cafe la cave for our first time this year for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. And it was everything we hoped for. From the ambience, to the service, to the delicious food everything was wonderful! I LOVED the feel of being in a cave ♥️

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

First I must say the food was amazing. Waiter not so nice. Drunk lady kinda ruined half the night for most of the people there on Valentine’s Day.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Unique cave room gave me high hopes. Service was exceptional. My husband ordered lobster bisque for an appetizer, and fortunately, our waiter let us know that a similar sauce comes with his seafood medallions, so he may want to order a different soup. So, I ordered lobster bisque and he ordered French onion. Little did we know that the same lobster bisque was poured over my husband’s medallions! For the price of our meals $$$, I don’t think getting a freshly made sauce is asking too much. Using soup to cover the medallions seemed lazy and cheap. Risotto was meh, Chicken piccata was average. The spinach side dish was the best part of the meal.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was really good
Air quality very bad, poor ventilation with flaming steaks,
We stayed too long for the liking of the staff. Rude looks from servers, angry glare from manager on way out.
Not going back

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Due to a move, I have not been able to eat at this favorite restaurant for over 25 years. Despite the extensive remodeling, I was ecstatic that the original cave room and exquisite menu was unchanged. Bravo!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was good a little bland. Service was very slow. From the time ordered drinks to time of getting appetizer was over 40 mins. Then we had to inquire about how much longer it would be to get the main course. Lovely dark environment as far as atmosphere though.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were there to celebrate my wife's birthday along with her very best friend. I had the bone-in ribeye, my wife had the steak diane, and our friend had the night's special which was a 6 ozs. filet and a 6 ozs. lobster tail with garlic mash and asparagus The food was excellent and the drinks were good, however we felt the server could have been a bit more attentive. I also did not like the fact when he was teliing about the specials without mentioning what the prices were. To top it off when the leftovers were packed away, the bus boys just scrap it all into the container rather than placing it neatly. They did comp. my wife an ice crfeam dessert for her birthday. Hopefully on our next visit, all the negative aspects will be gone!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Top notch food and service! A favorite to celebrate our anniversary!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was good. Definitely a unique decor. Only complaint is that it can get a little loud in the room with the bar so close to the dining area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The steaks were excellent and the calamari has the right mix of crispy outside and soft inside.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The seafood medallions were outstanding as was the steak Diane. The service was attentive but not intrusive. We had an altogether lovely experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Gus and his staff were outstanding

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

First class dining experience in every way.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

As always, a great dining experience! The ambiance reminds one of a true steakhouse.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

A fabulous meal. Table side Steak Diane was to die for...The Best...
Desert was a Ice Cream Brandy Alexander ....you would think we were in Wisconsin.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

As always the food and service were extraordinary.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cafe la cave never disappoints. The drinks were wonderful, the dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere was cozy. The cherries julilee was to die for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I’ve never had a bad meal at Cafe la Cave. Always a pleasure with great service and food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Been going to La Cave for over 30 years !

Still the best Dover Sole in the world !

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was fantastic. Steak au poivre was great

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Simply Awesome as usual!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

what a great place used to be a great date place now a great date place with the women you used to date and still do

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Good food and nice ambiance . A special family member was in town and was leaving overseas after visiting the past month. We stopped for dinner at the Cave before she left for the airport.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great pepper steak! Tender and juicy

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was well prepared and was on time. Service was very good and waiter was timely with drinks and dessert menu. Overall, it was a very good experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Cafe La Cave is a special place to dine. It's quiet, the staff is professional and courteous, the food wonderful. If you want, you can grab a seat at the bar and watch sports. Blackhawks always seem to be on when I'm there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The prices were a bit high but I was willing to overlook that because the food was superior and they had many wait staff working all together to make your dining experience wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone that has a special occasion to celebrate.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We have visited Cafe La Cave a number of times and they never fail to serve a first class meal and excellent service.
The Dover Sole and Steak Diane are as good as any around.
A great dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A Groupon brought me here so I hope you continue to offer them. Overall, it was a very delicious experience. Food and service was good and I really liked the variety (lamb, seafood, steak, chicken) - very important to me. I'll definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 12, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 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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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 3, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Perfect as always meets and exceeds every time we visit

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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