Cafe La Cave

4.6
1033 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1033 people are saying
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ArletteD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, different kind of steak house

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vipRRSSFF
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Dined at Cafe La Cave with a friend. ITT was my friend’s first time but I am a return diner.

The eclectic mix of this restaurant’s indenture is part of its charm. Fancy chandeliers, two story bathroom, cave-like dining room, glowing lights - should I go on??

Service started out spot on but then our server seemed to have lost interest in our table. Other vists offered sharper service.

Our food tasted good. I loved my rice & green beans more than my main. My Diet Coke tasted a bit off (maybe not Diet Coke).

Overall a decent experience. I will return if I am in the neighborhood.

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TracyS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was horrible! Snapper was so tough that it required a fork and knife to cut through it, and a lot of effort from both utensils. Literally could not eat it.

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ElizabethW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional and food was amazing! Our family has been going to Cafe La Cave for decades. So thrilled to be back!

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kacey
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Everything we had was delicious! We will be back soon. Bartender was great too!

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vipLisaC
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as ever. Great classics, never disappoint.

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nana
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Pasta La Cave was very spicy/peppery, but the description gave no indication. Even the seafood on top had way too much pepper.

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vipJohnB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is a reason this place has been around forever. This is one of the best places in the city. The ambiance is like no other and the food and staff are first rate. Plus, where else can you still get Bananas Foster

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vipSuarezSolar
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and the food and service was outstanding!

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EveA
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! The ambiance was unbelievable, the service excellent. Reminded me of Old Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The peppercorn steak was amazing. Please offer a smaller version. The mahi-mahi was fantastic also.

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FredF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great new place for dinner. Very different look compared to others.

JT
JimT1975
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service: top notch.
We ordered steak Diane, chicken piccata and the New York strip steak. All three were prepared to perfection.
For dessert, we had bananas foster and it was superb.

Cafe la Cave is a special place and each time I dine there, they never disappoint!

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RiptonW
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday September 18 was my wife and I 29 wedding anniversary. This restaurant went out of their way to make sure that this was a day to remember. The service was outstanding, the servers make sure that we were well taken care of
They young lady at the front desk made this our day by talking the request of our favorite artist and secured us in a room where we enjoyed the music immensely.

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Theresa
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been here many times and they never disappoint. The best service and food. It is always consistently delicious and top-notch. We got engaged here 12 years ago and always will remember that special night. We brought some family here last night and they loved it. We can't wait to go back. Thank you for another special evening.

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48RFS
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was a little off. Forgot one person's potatoes and the other person's second glass of wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time!!

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vipBruce1111
Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Haven’t been there for 20 years but it was as great as I remember it. Would go back anytime I am in Chicago

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KathyF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My filet mignon was absolutely spot on. Great steak with all the seasonings.
Staff catered to our every need without asking. Wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.

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vipMemphisnette
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A unique atmosphere. The service is unbeatable. The food did not live up to its pricetag. But it is one of those places you should experience at least once. We enjoyed it. The steak was delicious. The potatoes and brocolli really did not have much taste to it.

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vipmeeself
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each and every time we go and have dinner here they never fail to be spot on!!!

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vipWorkingForALivin
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service wonderful food great place for every type of celebration, every day dining, and wish I could eat there every week :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience overall. Good service, delicious food and drinks and we loved the cave look. Something different. Very romantic and cozy. They have Piña Colada FYI (not on the menu), and you can get it virgin if you don’t want to drink alcohol. Had escargot for the very first time, both husband and I liked it, surprisingly. It has consistency of clams and we don’t usually like clams but these were flavorful and garlicky. We had the snapper fish and Diane steak, both delicious. I felt the steak dish lacked flavor but my husband liked it so depends on each person. Steak itself was very soft and good. We got garlic mashed potatoes and veggies as sides, I didn’t like those very much. The veggies were very hard, almost raw, mashed potatoes lacked flavor. But probably if you eat it together with the dish it’s fine, I didn’t realize my snapper already comes with risotto which was delicious.

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NetonyStark
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Busboy was very attentive, waiter was not the best, we feel like he didnt like us for some reason, did not check on us very Often.

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Bobby
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 25th Wedding Anniversary at the same venue as our wedding reception! Great food, service and they sang to us!

Wonderful evening, Gus and Staff treated us like it was 25 years ago!

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JimF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Steak Diane was very tender. The service was good.

JR
JohnR
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 45 years it is still going strong. Food and service still great and staff very hospitable. Love to go to Cafe La Cave when in the Chicago area

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vipQTIPS
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Q Tips & long time friends went for dinner and enjoyed the company, drinks, meal, ambiance & outstanding service. First appetizers – shrimp cocktail for our friends. The Q’s shared raw Oysters. One person ordered the Seafood Medallions – Shrimp, Crab, and Scallops sautéed in a Lobster Brandy Sauce served with Risotto. The other three had: the Salmon Special of the day.

Go and enjoy! We did. Mrs. Q says: it seems dark when you first enter the dining area but you eyes do adjust quickly & they also have a bar area. They have menus that light up for easy reading for those who need it.

Yes, they are following all C-19 regulations needed for a restaurant.

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vipTreed
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been here in many years. The service food and ambience are perfection. Portion sizes large. Would not change one aspect of our dining experience there last night.

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vipSharon
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambience all were excellent as always!!! Caesar salad & steak Diane never disappoint!!

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KateE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe La Cave is a treasure we return to time and again. The food and service is always outstanding and impeccable. We had the always amazing Escargot and this time we tried something different, Seafood Medallions. Another tasty reason to keep returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately not very good. The steak Diane came with two portions of rice as a side. Food otherwise was ok but not great. Restaurant is struggling but if they want people to come back they need some minor tweaks to make it happen. Much better suited as a banquet facility than a restaurant. Unfortunately seems like time has passed them by.

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JoeB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe la Cave is a throwback to the days of elegant fine dining restaurants. Dimly lit tables in a unique cave-like dining room; tuxedoed waiters taking orders; and, entrees flambeed table side. Food and service combine to make this a wonderful special occasion dining experience.

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PattiR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic, soft candle lit restaurant and the ambiance of a Humphrey Bogart set. Food price was higher than average, but it was also very good. Excellent Dirty Martini. Menu offerings is very focused so don’t expect a ton of options. They offer what you would see on any high end restaurant. I do really like the bar area the most. Very unique and the vibe is very relaxed. We will go back.

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CatS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was an outstanding experience from the very moment we walked in! The food was scrumptious, the service attentive, the ambience relaxing. We had a WONDERFUL time!

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vipFoodchaser
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food. For $80 price tag for surf & turf, the service could have been more attentive. We couldn’t enjoy our dining experience fully with overwhelming garlic smell coming from table-side cooking from behind our seat.

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vipGregory
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuisine, service, presentation are all exemplary!!!

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AudreyO
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant for many many years. Also a great dinner, the steak Diane was Devine.

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vipRocnroll
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places around the area
Excellent value top quality food
and great owners and staff

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Smooze
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and very reasonable for the quality of service and food

FAQs

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

Cafe La Cave is rated 4.6 stars by 1033 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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