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Lizzy J Cafe and Catering, Chicago, IL

Lizzy J Cafe and Catering

4.3
4.3
201 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
We specialize in creating an extraordinary twist on everyday comfort foods. We believe that every guest should have a memorable experience. Our philosophy is that excellence is in the details, and we won’t settle for any experience that is less than excellent.
Lizzy J has been featured in Chicago Tribune, Open table blog, and seen on Food Network Super Market Stakeout.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-food-breakfast-ina-chicago-restaurants-0318-20200313-pbjohdt7rvahfm5pjgx5qbteo4-story.html

https://blog.opentable.com/best-local-neighborhood-restaurants-chicago-reservations-takeout/

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Café, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 9:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 739-9044

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Jamie Gilmore

  • Private party facilities

    Have you ever considered hosting your own private event? Can you see yourself enjoying a five-course meal with your friends and family? If so consider using our space for your next event.

  • Neighborhood

    Ravenswood

  • Cross street

    Lincoln and Montrose

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Cafe, Chef's Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, High Tea, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

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What 201 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This establishment was closed, however I wasn’t informed when i booked the reservation. I was sent notifications all the way up until the time I reserved. No one was there, no one answered the phone, and no one responded back on social media. I was taking my parents there for their 70th bday and they were so heart broken to see that our plans were ruined. BAD FOR BUSINESS!
  2. FG

    FruGlo1

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant is CLOSED permanently and I was not notified. Traveled a distance to find out they closed. Terrible way to run a business and gas is too costly to have wasted it driving here
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Rsvp 2 weeks in advance and received a txt message asking me to confirm my rsvp just to come to the location ON MOTHERS DAY & it was closed !!!! No heads up, no call or anything . Went to comment on the owners page just for my comment to get erased and for her to announce days later they’re closing the Chicago location . Just as she took the time to write that long, fake ,sad paragraph a phone call from an employee or whomever could’ve been done to save a pointless drive and ruined plans . So inconsiderate my comment was erased but not one person message me to apologize for the inconvenience. Wish I would’ve looked at prev reviews instead of IG Because this isn’t this spots first time doing such . JUST TRASH
  4. SB

    ShunteB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made reservations via online no one ever called to tell us that they would be closed due to private event . Drove 1 hour and 3 mins for nothing so so unprofessional
  5. AM

    AracelyM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Reservations were difficult to make & despite making reservations a month in advance, it was closed! There was our group, who arrived early with a flower arrangement for the table (we wanted to surprise our previous supervisor) only to be left out in the cold! No notice, no apology….
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    THEY WERE CLOSED, saw multiple other customers going to door for their reservations, and the establishment was closed. They weren’t answering the phones whatsoever. We traveled all the way north of downtown Chicago from Itasca for them to not be open. Worst of all, they were still accepting OpenTable reservations all day. They have great ratings, but this first impression is about as bad as you can get. Won’t be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and our waiter was great. I will definitely be back.
  8. MT

    MishaT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    They didnt offer anything that is on the online menu or on the menu that they have displayedon the monitorinsideof the restaurant, once we got seated we scanned the menu only to choose from five different things that we didn'twant, they didn't have pancakes, French toast or hashbrowns and they only offered dark meat for the chicken we were told that those items were seasonal, the Waffles were dry they tasted like cardboard with nutmeg I got my eggs 15 minutes after I got my waffle its was just terrible you have to walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom I was very disappointed I will never return.

    Lizzy J Cafe and CateringResponded on April 24, 2022Thanks for your visit to Lizzy J during Choose Chicago Resturant Week. We value the input of our guest and utilize the information as teaching opportunities. We are aware not everyone will enjoy our menu. We thank you for giving us a try. Wishing you all the best in your food travels.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, this was our first visit we will definitely be back. Looking forward to my next visit!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular… definitely will go again and definitely will recommend for sure 10/10 would recommend

    Lizzy J Cafe and CateringResponded on April 24, 2022Thanks for the review

  11. ST

    SuzanneT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top 10 brunches in Chicago! Grits are amazing (either with Shrimp, Catfish, or build your own!) Everything is made from scratch and it shows. Very small space, so make a reservation. And... it's BYOB!

    Lizzy J Cafe and CateringResponded on April 24, 2022Wow thanks for the kinds words.

  12. JM

    JessicaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite brunch places! My recommendation is to go early! They often sell out of the favorites!
  13. LM

    LauraM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious! A little expensive, but worth it!

    Lizzy J Cafe and CateringResponded on April 24, 2022We thank you for your visit to Lizzy J Cafe. Look forward to seeing you soon.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The staff at the restaurant were friendly, polite and welcoming. We were immediately greeted and told we would be seated shortly. The restaurant allows patrons to BYOB, the server suggested we go get our drinks from a nearby store, bring them back to the restaurant and that our table should be ready when we returned. Our reservation was at 12:15 and we were seated around 12:30. We were extremely excited to eat at the restaurant because of the southern cuisine and the many choices offered on the menu. When we viewed the menu at the restaurant, they were only offering the 5 choices featured on their Restaurant Week Menu. This was a bit disappointing because we expected to have the option of selecting food from the brunch menu. We weren’t the only people bothered by this because 4 other guest decided to dine elsewhere due to the limited options offered on the Restaurant Week Menu. We sat down, made our food selections and began drinking our mimosas. About an hour into our meal, we were told by the waiter that there was another party of 4 that would arrive in about 15 minutes and they would need our table. We had to rush to finish our meals and waste the champagne we purchased. I have dined at restaurants that place a 2 hour time limit on guests, which is plenty of time for guests to eat and enjoy their meal. This place was small, but cozy so they need to space out reservations to allow sufficient time for guests to enjoy their meal. The food was delicious and staff was polite; however I did not appreciate the 15 minute warning to finish my meal, limited options or wasting my money on the champagne I purchased.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was waiting for us when we arrived. The staff greeted us as soon as we entered the establishment. Our waiter was very attentive. The food came to the table hot and delicious. We love Lizzy J and Mrs. Jamie the owner is phenomenal.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delish! Really enjoyed my catfish and grits(perfecto)...Lizzy has a genuine feel as if you are visiting out of town at a relatives house.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small intimate vibe. The waiter was actually the owner and she was just great. I love her hard work and dedication to her business and I can’t wait to see her new location and what else she plans to do. Food was amazing first and foremost. I had the fish and grits 🤤 and I tried the peaches and cream French toast double yum 😋 It’s BYOB and if you forget just like a walk away is the liquor store which was a plus. I plan to use her catering service in the future.
  18. D

    Destiny

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lizzy J is an exceptional woman. I asked if she had any vegan/vegetarian options, and although she did not, she had the kitchen make something special for me. She was even open to my feedback on the food. My guests loved their meal and ate the leftovers. I was glad my family could enjoy this cute facility and environment.
  19. SS

    ShatondraS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!!!! The owner/Chef was so personable, me and my girls had an amazing time!!! Definitely will be putting this spot at the top of my brunch list!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Lizzy J, Time to enlarge the location❗️ Chicago wants to eat your food❗️ Have a G R E A T time in LA. We read about you in the new Mariano’s magazine. Mac & Cheese, yes❗️ The recipes are EVERYTHING 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
  21. EK

    EmilyK

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Very busy and it is a small cafe. Be sure to book a reservation. We thought there would be mimosas but it was BYOB. They run out of the good stuff fast so go early. Cat fish was amazing!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    There’s nothing like comfort food for Sunday brunch. It’s a beautiful day and this is a great neighborhood staple. I nearly swallowed my catfish and grits whole, and the homemade hot sauce was something else. Any time a business owner shows face is a good feeling, and it was great meeting the famous Lizzy! The sweet potato waffle was a great spin on a classic breakfast favorite, and it was light enough to share. The background great music was perfect and set the vibe 🙂
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Insane food and very fair prices. Owner is impressive, attentive, and courteous. Definitely will go back.
  24. R

    Rachel

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were friendly and welcoming, food was delicious, and atmosphere was warm and cozy.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Place is small but cute. Service was prompt.
  26. c

    citychic

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our food. We had to carry out due to my friend's medical issues, but he enjoyed the food he ordered.
  27. MW

    MaryW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waffles, shrimp and grits as well as Eggs Benedict have exceptional flavor. Portions are generous!
  28. GE

    GeraldE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Came few minutes after scheduled time, but could not be served because they immediately gave the table to a walk in. There is usually a 15 min grace period but i wasn’t given that due to a private party. This was very heartbreaking and annoying. Parking took up all my time and because it took awhile i lose my spot due to your location? Absolutely tragic. Never coming back.
  29. GE

    GraceE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The place is super small. They host private parties and I feel like if they are going to host private parties they need to block out that time from letting others book. We got there and were told that we have only 1 hour to order our food and eat because we need to leave before their event comes. ??? I do not believe that this place should be taking any reservations let alone dine-in services. They were also understaffed. It was like I was getting served food in a friend's apartment.
  30. VK

    VernadineK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the waiter. This is my second visit and can’t wait to go back for my birthday. The grits and fudge is fye!
  31. P

    Patricia

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. The food and service was exceptional. Highly recommend.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our reservation was for 1:15, space I'd very limited but they sis a good job on getting bus seats within 10mins of our time. Unfortunately while the food was tasty, a lot of the items were out of stock so the menu selection was slime. I would be willing to go back at a earlier time to see if that makes a difference.
  33. JP

    JenniferP

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    My boyfriend and I made a reservation for Sunday, February 6, at 1 pm. We arrived 15 minutes early and were promptly seated. The restaurant is extremely small, and I had to ask another guest to let me by as there was barely room between tables. When we were seated we were told to use the QR code to view the menu as well as order our food. Upon scrolling the menu on Toasttab there were several items that were already sold out. This was unfortunate, as many of the sold out items were what we came for. I decided to order the catfish and my boyfriend ordered the Freddy’s favorite with wings. The server came over to review our order with us and also to inform us that they ran out of wings. My boyfriend only wanted wings, so decided to order the catfish instead. We also asked about getting a pot of tea, and the server recommended several that we liked. After choosing a pot of tea, the server let us know that everything would be out shortly. The food did not take long to arrive. The catfish was fresh and fried to perfection. The grits were a bit clumpy for my liking but had a great flavor along with the hot sauce that surrounded the grits. We never received our pot of tea, but it also didn’t show up on our receipt. Overall, the available food was amazing. Would we return? Perhaps to pickup a to go order to enjoy in the the comfort of our home, but I probably wouldn’t return to dine in.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Love the food but I didn’t like the rushing at the end they give an hour for a group of 4 and by the time the food got to table at least 30 min has gone by, I wasn’t even done yet when we got a reminder of 5 min if I’m spending money in food I would like to seat and enjoy it not shoving in because time is up that ruin it for us my friends didn’t have time to finished their coffee or drinks either
  35. MS

    MaggieS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and they played the birthday song! The staff is enthusiastic and welcoming. The food is excellent. I had the chicken and waffles. The fried chicken thigh was perfection.
  36. ZB

    ZakiyyahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was exceptional it was just one party there that has voices that really carried.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and even more amazing food. Highly recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Today was my friend and I first time dining and all I can say is the food was amazing and the service was excellent. LizzyJ was very professional and very friendly. I really recommend this restaurant and will be back
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a great and pleasant experience! Fresh food and great service is delivered each time I’m here! Love the ambiance !
  40. C

    Cutlip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an absolutely wonderful spot. I live I the area and had been meaning to try. So glad I finally did. We also got to meet Lizzy herself and she is a gem! Amazing food and service. Will be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Lizzy J Cafe and Catering is rated 4.3 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lincoln and Montrose

  • Neighborhood

    Ravenswood

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 9:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Café, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Jamie Gilmore

  • Additional

    Cafe, Chef's Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, High Tea, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

  • Phone number

    (773) 739-9044

  • Private party facilities

    Have you ever considered hosting your own private event? Can you see yourself enjoying a five-course meal with your friends and family? If so consider using our space for your next event.

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