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About Cafe Marie-Jeanne

An all day cafe featuring house baked artisan breads and pastries, breakfast and brunch every day, excellent coffee, killer sandwiches, and an ever evolving dinner menu. Our beverage program focuses on natural wines hand picked to compliment our food, craft spirits, and local beers. We also offer retail food, coffee, wine, beer and spirits.

1001 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Café, American, French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Sunday & Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00 pm, Monday & Wednesday - Friday: 7:00am - 5:00 pm

Lunch: Sunday - Monday & Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Brunch: Sunday - Monday & Wednesday - Saturday:open till 5pm

Cross Street:
Augusta Blvd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(773) 904-7660

Cafe Marie-Jeanne Ratings and Reviews

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1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Casual (8)
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Cozy (6)
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Quiet Conversation (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Overall I enjoyed my experience. I did feel it look a long time for someone to come to my table. Someone other than the waitress noticed and asked if I would like anything to drink and she was attentive. It took awhile for the waitress to get to our table. Other than that, the food and drinks were amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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food5
ambience5
service4
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

A real neighborhood gem at a trendy intersection, Care Marie Jeanne might not be the glitziest spot on the block, but man, does it deliver. Serving up classic french dishes with contemporary twists, there's an ever-rotating, seasonal menu and daily specials on a wall-mounted chalk board. Service is knowledgeable, the atmosphere is inviting--classy but cozy, and I pretty much want to go back as I'm writing this review.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 23, 2017

My wife and I went to Cafe Marie-Jeanne for a wedding anniversary dinner. We arrived a few minutes before 6 p.m. on a Sunday. We opted to sit outside at first because the music was a little loud for our tastes inside. (This gave us a fine view of the traffic on Augusta Blvd.) The service was excellent, if fairly casual. The menu is somewhat limited but outstanding nevertheless. Our server was helpful and knowledgable about a couple of obscure items. If I have any complaint, it's that she didn't mention the specials, which were posted on a board inside but not on the printed menu. We moved inside after a cocktail and starters, at which point the music volume had been dialed down. We were more than happy with everything we chose, including an unfiltered Italian wine that was delightful. Kudos to the kitchen: whoever is selecting and preparing food is doing a superb job.
For what it's worth, I'll mention that I'm 68, and my wife is 10 years younger. There was one other couple in our age bracket at the restaurant on the day we visited. I am anything but a hipster -- and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I will definitely go back, including for brunch.
Cafe Marie-Jeanne lives up to its name: it's a real cafe, and a treat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Had heard mostly great things from several friends, but unfortunately the experience fell below expectations. Significant execution issues on a couple dishes (morel toast and cauliflower ); both were woefully oversalted, morels additionally were gritty (i.e. not cleaned properly) and dill completely overpowered the dish. Duck frites was definitely the star dish (loved the duck fat French fries, among the tastiest I have consumed) and we enjoyed the meat and cheese platter. Even though we had a very early reservation they were "sold out" of a few dishes (even a chalkboard special) which seemed odd (why not erase the "sold out" item)? Service had positive and negative qualities; on the positive server coursed out our order well and quickly noticed a dish not to our liking and made a substitution. On the negative, my knife fell while server was at the table as duck course was delivered; when server walked away I assumed she was retrieving a new knife for me, but she did not return (possibly she did not notice, but would have been difficult to have missed). Nice relaxed, casual vibe, but table sizes are on the smallish size. Portions were generous, so assuming the food is generally better executed there is potential for a solid value.

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food3
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service3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Best restaurant of all time!

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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I've had brunch here several times, but finally came for dinner. Despite ordering poorly on my part (I always do that), I sampled plenty from tablemates and everything was delicious. The smoked chicken, pickled fishes, mushroom toast, steak tartare, all good. As were the cocktails. The hardest part about coming here is deciding what to get- you need 4-5 trips to satiate every craving.

I will say that the counter girl on Sundays for brunch, the three times I've been, is always cold, short, and unfriendly. It's a shame because everyone else is lovely. Get past her and your experience will be great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

My wife and I got a reservation here for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We found out about it from watching "Check Please". What a great find. We were seated immediately and service was impeccable throughout our dinner. The waitress was very helpful and attentive, without hovering. The food was in a word, OUTSTANDING!!!!!! My wife had the steak frites, I had the Arctic Char, and we shared the smoked beets. Uh, smoked beets?!? Wow! I'm not even a regular beet eater, but I almost ate my fork in an attempt to get every tasty, smoky, morsel. OMG! My wife loved her steak and I Ioved my char. We didn't stay for dessert, as we had other dessert plans already, so I can't comment on those offerings. All I can say is patronize Cafe Marie-Jeanne and you will kick yourself for not eating there sooner!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 12, 2017

this was a real treat. From the apple,fennel, walnut salad to the crudités in a wonderful cheese dip, the evening started well. We drank good cider, great craft beet and some nice wine. Enters were mushroom risotto, steak frites and an a smoked fish omelet served with sweet potato purée and roasted cauliflower. Yummy. Dessert was great too. Afogato and dense chocolate cake. I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Outstanding Value
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Marie-Jeanne is literally the best. My husband and I were spoiled and used to live across the street. It's a gem for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Very good pâté. The Arctic char was delicious. I would pass on the sweet potato purée.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Casual
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food3
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service5
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great, classic dishes; lovely ambiance; complimentary cava on New Year's Eve was a pleasant surprise

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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Food is always seasoned perfectly and service is fantastic.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2016

First time @ CMJ for my gf's B-Day. 45 seconds after being seated in the best rear booth we were served two glasses of an excellent Cava ~ on the house! The oysters were fresh and plump and the cheese (Delice de Bourgogne for $6!) tasty and creatively presented - I thought it was wavy sliced cauliflower at first. The risotto was the best I've ever had - major comfort food. The smelt/clam combo disappeared like magic and the delicious Pot de Creme was served with a candle for the occasion. To drink ~ classic Manhattans and an OK but serviceable Rioja (Vina Ilusion) for $45. Did I mention that Ryan also played my all time favorite song?

Warm and fabulous staff + awesome eats at great value ~ I look forward to attending their Sunday brunch and trying so many other lunch and dinner options. Put CMJ up there with Le Bouchon when yer lookin' for cozy and satisfying French cuisine here in Chicago ~ 12 gold stars!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Romantic layout with small style ambiance. Went mid week and not busy which enhanced our enjoyment. Excellent service and food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Avacado toast is a favorite, and the yogurt fruit and granola. The server we had was really off... like he had a hard time hearing us, couldn't open a wine bottle like AT ALL.. and other than that it was fine.

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food3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2016

The food was so fresh and creative. We had a wonderful time with the staff as they were incredibly attentive.
Highly recommend!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2016

The online reviews made this look more lunch/brunch oriented but dinners were beautifully presented. We stuck with cheeses and pate and small side dishes. All were exceptional.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2016

The dishes were great. Lots of complementary flavors and textures shows the attention to detail. The smoked chicken is the best in the city.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Everything about Cafe Marie-Jeanne is perfect. The epitome of a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2016

The service was very good! Our server was very knowledgeable. The wine list is quite limited and we felt the pours were quite small. It makes more sense to order a bottle, with the most expensive bottle being $45, not bad.

The smoked chicken was delish. The "fancy meat & cheese" selection was diverse and rotates. we loved the rabbit, turnip stew. Overall a great experience. The ambiance is very casual, cafe like.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2016

Always a great spot for brunch!! Quiet and quaint and easy going...

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