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Cafe La Cave, Des Plaines, IL

Cafe La Cave

4.6
4.6
1165 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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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
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Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 827-7818

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Maron

  • Private party facilities

    We believe in the highest level of hospitality and dazzling memorable events. Let us book any of your social or corporate events today.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (844) 506-0204

  • Neighborhood

    Des Plaines

  • Cross street

    Higgins and Touhy

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,165 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Northwest Suburbs

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  2. S

    Sailing111

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a Caesar Salad wonderful. Our table side steak Dianne was absolutely over the top. Served beautifully and the taste was outstandingly delicious!! We had a side of asparagus that hit the spot. Our wine 🍷 was a Duckhorn 🦆 Merlot. Dessert was a chocolate cake ganache with a raspberry sauce. We 🥰 loved everything. The table side service on the entrée and all the attention was just what we wanted for a special occasion thank you Gus and staff !
  3. JM

    JimMc

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice selection of wine to go with their excellent food. My wife had the Chilean Sea Bass and I had the filet. Both were done perfectly and tasted great. The ambience of the Cave makes for that perfect experience. As for the service, they are professional and personable at the same time. This is a must go place.
  4. MH

    MHBW

    West Palm Beach

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional, food was great
  5. J

    John

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to place for special occasions. Been comming here for many, many years and never had a bad meal or service form Gus and Tino. You just can't do better when it comes to great food and service.
  6. JF

    JoeF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always….
  7. TT

    TheresaT

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and great staff. Have been going here for years. Attended dinner and special events. Also, had business meetings and events with great results.
  8. VK

    ValentinaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and romantic place. They are very attentive to guests requests. Loved it!
  9. JG

    JoshG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem for sure! Kind of an old school vibe, but amazing food plus great service.
  10. J

    Julz

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our Anniversary we we’re married their 28 years ago!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Allways the same…. Excellent. Straight up cocktails great food & service
  12. DT

    DavidT

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    The mash potatoes tasted very spoiled. Hopefully I don’t get sick. Told waiter, but he did nothing.
  13. DG

    DennisG

    Salt Lake City

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Don't let the exterior of the building turn you off. Once inside, the Cave is very cool and intimate. The food and service were outstanding. They were very accommodating with our requests. Each course was better than the last. It has an authentic and almost throwback vibe. What a delightful surprise. I will go back next time I'm in the area.
  14. MD

    MikeD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent. Had the grouper special. It was one of the best pieces of fresh fish I have had in a very long time.
  15. M

    Moody35

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I go to Cafe La Cave a few times a year and it’s always wonderful. The food is always outstanding, service perfect and ambiance is inviting. I’m never disappointed.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner
  17. m

    meeself

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to get a stupendous meal. A winner every time
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, some cooked right at the table! Piano player and atmosphere complete a perfect dinner. Thanks
  19. NA

    NATALIEP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    ALL WAS GOOD UNTIL OUR BILL CAME. SOME OF THE AMOUNTS FOR THE FOOD DID NOT SHOW THE EXACT AMOUNT, DUE A PRINTING PROBLEM.. WE HAD TO GO OVER THE ENTIRE BILL WITH OUR WAITER.
  20. E

    Enforcer

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you frequent any fine dining restaurants then you know what you get for the price. Cave always delivers Great food with gracious service with prices that are lower than most places The ambiance in the cave is like no other couple that with the lit up bar and it’s great for any occasion. Family owned and operated makes it additionally special. You can’t go wrong if it’s great Steaks or seafood.
  21. MC

    MaryC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Amazing food and service! The restaurant has music, very, very nice and elegant for dinner or a celebration. The owner of the restaurant stayed with us for more than a couple of hours past closing as we were celebrating my friend's birthday. Many, many thanks for making our evening the best ever!!
  22. MT

    MikeTracy

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very romantic vibe. Great food and service. I will definitely return.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The service was as-expected and the atmosphere memorable. Unfortunately, the food was far from what it used to be. The Chateaubriand was tough and gristly with vegetables that were lukewarm and mushy and our companion’s NY Strip was overdone. The bananas foster for desert was wonderful, as always. I hope this was just an outlier due to an understaffed restaurant and kitchen (they had a wedding reception the same evening).
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going to this great restaurant for 40 yrs another fantastic experience we had our first day date here 28 yrs ago we celebrated our 25 anniversary I never have been disappointed
  25. MO

    MichaelO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding in every way! Great food and exceptional service.
  26. J

    Jkjk

    Tampa

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As an ex-restauranteur who eats out every night virtually I live 75 miles away and I would rate it consistently for the last 40 years as one of the finest experiences on the planet. Service, ambiance, food an excellent dining experience
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! We had a family dinner here for my 40th and it did not disappoint. We loved the small and cozy setting and the musician was a very nice touch. Food was all delicious and tender, and it was fun to have the Bananas Foster made right at the table. The food is priced as you’d expect for a fancier restaurant. Drinks were delicious as well!
  28. NT

    NeedToGetBackSooner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly an icon of a restaurant. Great food, great service, and of course the interior which still impresses.
  29. G

    Gregory

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time fabulous food as always and the atmosphere is perfect for intimate dinner.
  30. NS

    NancyS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff is always superb! Food was excellent full of flavor and great portion! Bananas Foster sis not disappoint ! Yum!
  31. L

    Lyndazim

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    This was our first it will be our last visit to this restaurant. both of our entrées did not meet the quality we expect it from this restaurant. The shrimp Dejong lacked any sort of garlic flavor. The strip steak was ordered medium rare but was delivered medium well. We did not return the items to be recooked as well avoid any sort of a scene at the restaurant. The sides were also a disappointment as well as the white chocolate mousse cake which was very dry.
  32. M

    Maria

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary Dinner. The food, service, and restaurant was great. Our place for celebrating special events.
  33. LT

    LeonardT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service. Gino is an excellent server.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Overpriced, noisy, smoke filled room from cooking at tables. Wine list was 4 times retail and not worth spending money on It. Did not enjoy experience.
  35. T

    Tif13

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service for the last 15 years. This is the place you go for table side service, leisurely dining and old school elegance. Always excellent food, decadently rich sauces and well-made cocktails. Bananas Foster!!!
  36. AJ

    AndrewJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We look forward to our annual anniversary meal here. Again the restaurant did not disappoint. From the maitre d' greeting to the waitstaff we were treated very well in a relaxed, comfortable but professional manner. The food was excellent, being quality ingredients very well cooked. The suggested wines paired nicely with our courses. A wonderful evening. Looking forward to next year.
  37. AP

    AnnaP

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  38. QT

    QTIPS

    Chicago

    94 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Q Tips & long time friends went for dinner and enjoyed the company, drinks, meal, ambiance & outstanding service. We especially enjoyed visiting with our long time friends. Appetizers – Caesar salad for him & Lobster Bisque for the other. Mrs. Q had the French Onion Soup & the other half had Lobster Bisque. The Q’s had: Seafood Medallions – Shrimp, Crab, but no scallops at this time, sautéed in a Butter Sauce served with Risotto. Our friends each had: Pasta A La Cave – Linguini served with Shrimp, Lobster in a Tomato Garlic Sauce. Our friends shared Ice Cream for Dessert. A bit pricey but still an enjoyable evening. 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 don’t have menus that light up for easy reading anymore. The company can’t get any more supplies.
  39. KK

    KathleenK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Owner Gus and long-time experienced server Tito offer outstanding service. Steaks-- and especially the Steak Diane-- are superb, as well as everything else. Ambiance is warm and inviting. Always a spectacular dining experience!
  40. JS

    JosephS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 1165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Cafe La Cave

2777 S. Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Higgins and Touhy

  • Neighborhood

    Des Plaines

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Maron

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (847) 827-7818

  • Private party facilities

    We believe in the highest level of hospitality and dazzling memorable events. Let us book any of your social or corporate events today.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (844) 506-0204

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