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Tue, 2/20
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Cafe Robey

190 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Neighborhood Gem (27)
  • Good for a Date (26)
  • Special Occasion (24)
Our neighborhood café serves up Chef Kevin McAllister’s Modern American fare – against the backdrop of Wicker Park and Bucktown’s bustling six-corner intersection. Join us for brunch and dinner every day of the week. With our open kitchen and double height ceilings, every seat in Café Robey gives way to the streetscape of Milwaukee and North Avenues.

For any parties larger than 6, please call for reservations, 872-315-3084
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Daily: 7.00am - 2.00pm

Dinner: Sun-Thurs: 5.00pm - 10.00pm

Dinner: Fri-Sat: 5.00pm - 11.00pm
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Phone number
(872) 315-3084
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kevin McAllister
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Cross street
Damen avenue
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Parking details
$19 up to 4 hours
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Public transit
Damen avenue - Blue Line
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Cafe Robey can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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What 190 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

It took a while for our food to come out (we were there for brunch) but waiter brought us a treat while we were waiting and the meal was delicious.

TavernAtThePark (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Love the cookies and milk!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I’ve been looking forward to dining at the Robey cafe since it opened on my neighborhood, but was waiting until the glitches of a new restaurant would be ironed out. That being said, they haven’t been.
The food was on point and would give it 4.5 stars. We tried panzanella salad, pork belly and the beef dish. Cocktails were above average. My significant other ordered gin and tonic for his second round, and I think the tonic was forgotten. Although the gesture of extra gin is appreciated, he was just looking to have a simple drink.
Service was where Robey fell short. Our server was very pleasant when was present, but failed to check on us for most part. The menu wasn’t explained at all, and was just greeted with: are you ready to order, as if it was a ma-n-pa diner. Salad came out within a reasonable time, but pork belly app took as long as the main course beef dish. Server didn’t check if we needed another round of drinks, and after about 20 min I ended up asking their manager if he minded putting an order in for us. After dinner, another server asked if we wanted to look at a dessert menu and we said: yes. Our actual server just brought back our check without even asking if we were interested in anything else. Having worked in the industry, that’s just rude. Their manager did ask how everything went and apologized for the hiccups, but even with an offer to make it right, I don’t think I will be back; this city has far too many other great restaurants to check out with properly trained high end restaurant staff.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food. Nice waiter. Cool bar on the top of the hotel as well!

AbrahamLinksys (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Robey is a gem, in a changeling sea of hipness.
Left a restaurant across the street, with the food uneaten on the table and took sanctuary at a far better place. Not only was the food far superior, but the staff was great, and welcoming. A great and welcome reprieve from a (we could care less) strange and absurdly loud kiddy corner competitor.

We were happy to leave the former and pay, as the clueless staff could not bother to notice that we were revolted by the food, the staff was clueless and the room was uncomfortably noisy and a “scene”.

Robey felt like a warm vacation spot in the midst of an arctic tundra.

Then the server mentioned the “local’s discount”. This included a 20% savings to maintain a local clientele of more or less regular patrons. Our server mentioned not only the discount, but was happy to know we four lived within 6 blocks and were happy to frequent for great food and service...
We received no discount.

The next visit we met out friend from Majorca at the train and headed in. This would be our second visit.
The server was the same and we reminisced with him of our prior visit and the lovely sanctuary offered from a crappy competitor across the street. He recalled the visit, and again welcomed us.
So when it came to the matter of the bill, server spaced the discount we left it alone lest we embarrass present company.

Upon the third visit (birthday). Four neighbors rendezvous and we enjoyed (so far) our meal during restaurant week. Our conversation elaborated to leave no doubt that we lived nearby and yet when the 3rd bill arrived, we received no discount.

OK. We uncomfortably discussed if we should ask the server about how the discount actually worked...
She explained that during restaurant week the discount advertised outside by zip code now, didn’t apply, to specials, but if we could produce an Amazon receipt or other proof of a living nearby, we’d be given a discount next time.

Embarrassed by the reply, we vowed to never return.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Great first time at Café Robey. Ordered the carrot, pork belly, and shrimp - all were delicious and service was excellent. We'll be coming again!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Great! Came here by myself for restaurant week. Thoroughly enjoyed the tea and meal

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Cafe Robey sports a chic interior that is paired with disingenuous host interactions, less than average food and cocktails, and service that is always met with some sort of excuse.

Not a complete train wreck, but would not recommend or return to the restaurant. Fingers crossed for at better experience on the rooftop for drinks.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a fantastic brunch at The Robey, and will definitely be back! The menu items were delicious, the vibe was very brunch-chic, and I'm so glad this is in my neighborhood!!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Our food took a very long time to arrive. Once it did arrive it was not anything special.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We’ve been wanting to try Cafe Robey and came for brunch with our 2 year old. Great food, server was awesome and loved the atmosphere. We’ll be back! The avocado toast and sausage were amazing!

vipHeatherC (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Been here several times and love the atmosphere and going up to the rooftop bar for after dinner cocktails. Our waitress who we also had at our last visit seems like she is doing us a huge favor and like she'd rather be anywhere else. Once maybe you are having a bad night, twice its just uncomfortable. It was also a birthday dinner and that wasn't even mentioned. We had apps and four entrees and each person said they were just ok to bad. I would go back for drinks upstairs but we won't be going back for dinner. Too bad because we really love the space.

vipJordanB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We went to Cafe Robey for restaurant week, and it was wonderful! Everything was so delicious and our server Carly was awesome. We also learned they have a neighborhood discount Mon-Wed that's 20% off your entire bill. We'll definitely be back!

AntwanN (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for the first time for a birthday brunch with a friend. Overall the ambiance is nice. Food was ok, nothing spectacular. The server and staff were polite it missed several opportunities to get the order right. I ordered eggs “ over hard”. The first time they brought me hard boiled eggs. When I asked the staff if he understood what I was requesting, He said “no”. After providing clarification, the order was remade a second time. This time the eggs were “sunny side” up. Nope. So...I’m not sure what happened. Eggs are pretty basic. Definitely not going back for food. They didn’t seem to listen or communicate clearly to the kitchen. If i ever go back it would be for tea, nothing more. It’s not worth the frustration or the feeling like you are micromanaging the chef.

LMNH (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

*Not very friendly stuff on the front of the restaurant.
*Very poor service.
*Food has good presentation but lack flavor.

~Instead of the smell of good food this restaurant has a horrendous artificial odor scent.

~Our clothes and hair got impregnated with this chemical perfume/ambiance sent.

Thank you.