Caf�� Des Architectes

★★★★☆
Official Site: Café Des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. French Cuisine with a Contemporary Twist!
  • 20 East Chestnut Street

    Chicago, IL 60611

    Cross street: Wabash (near Rush)

    Map & Directions
  • 312-324-4000

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I chose this for a birthday based on the great reviews. It didn't live up to anything I'd read. The food was bland, cold, and not cooked properly. The birthday treat was disappointing - a piece of chocolate, candle, and a few pieces of candy. To top it off, they lost my boyfriend's scarf. The girl told us twice we were wrong - we had not checked one. The manager was completely uninterested in trying to solve the problem. I got a call two days later from the Director of Outlets who could only blame it on the outside company that ran the coat check. He emailed me the following day offering nothing...unless we returned, we should contact him. I was shocked by the lack of customer service and care, and sad for a wrecked birthday.

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★☆☆☆☆

I chose this for a birthday based on the great reviews. It didn't live up to anything I'd read. The food was bland, cold, and not cooked properly. The birthday treat was disappointing - a piece of chocolate, candle, and a few pieces of candy. To top it off, they lost my boyfriend's scarf. The girl told us twice we were wrong - we had not checked one. The manager was completely uninterested in trying to solve the problem. I got a call two days later from the Director of Outlets who could only blame it on the outside company that ran the coat check. He emailed me the following day offering nothing...unless we returned, we should contact him. I was shocked by the lack of customer service and care, and sad for a wrecked birthday.

Pros: The hotel looked nice...

Cons: Pretty much the entire experience

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I absolutely loved this little place. For you art lovers, this is a great little spot to go on break. Wonderful atmosphere, great music, great service, even greater food!

5
★★★★★

I absolutely loved this little place. For you art lovers, this is a great little spot to go on break. Wonderful atmosphere, great music, great service, even greater food!

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Me and wife went to Cafe des Architectes for a weekend brunch and i gotta say the food and the service are real good, the salmon salad had to be the best salad i ever had, the rest of the food is awesome too. This place is great for a morning coffee and breakfast too, the vibe is new and modern.nice place.

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★★★★★

Me and wife went to Cafe des Architectes for a weekend brunch and i gotta say the food and the service are real good, the salmon salad had to be the best salad i ever had, the rest of the food is awesome too. This place is great for a morning coffee and breakfast too, the vibe is new and modern.nice place.

Pros: Great french food and atmosphere

Cons: nothing

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good brunch with a nice menu. pretty fair prices compared to a lot of hotel restaurants in the area.

a nice brunch atmosphere, with big windows and lots of sunlight.

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★★★☆☆

good brunch with a nice menu. pretty fair prices compared to a lot of hotel restaurants in the area.

a nice brunch atmosphere, with big windows and lots of sunlight.

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I had lunch at the Cafe des Architectes while on business in Chicago. I am from Montreal and often travel to France on business. I did not except the place to be so 'French', considering it's in North America. It was therefore a good surprise. The food was delightful, I loved their selection of little desserts, and the wine was soooo good. Excellent experience!

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★★★★★

I had lunch at the Cafe des Architectes while on business in Chicago. I am from Montreal and often travel to France on business. I did not except the place to be so 'French', considering it's in North America. It was therefore a good surprise. The food was delightful, I loved their selection of little desserts, and the wine was soooo good. Excellent experience!

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Had high expectations for the French food of the French hotel (Hotel Sofitel) in CHI. Those expectations were not met - not even close.

Everything about this restaurant is great, except the food.

Chef's muse lobster sushi was overwhelmed with a hot sauce. Dinner rolls were the culinary attraction with the raisin roll the star. Green olive tapenade was interesting but slightly salty. Tomato volute (soup) had a Campbellish character. Arugula salad bland. Entree portion sizes were small. Guinea hen entree had a lamb like taste and sea bass not the freshest. Waiter suggested not to order the risotto entree and characterized it as bland. Side dishes were above average. Desserts - well we were characterizing them with grocery store brands. Even the French coffee tasted like old perculator coffee.

If this is 'French' food, I'll stick with the 'French-American' type found elsewhere in CHI.

Wife said it best, " It's still hotel food ".

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★★★☆☆

Had high expectations for the French food of the French hotel (Hotel Sofitel) in CHI. Those expectations were not met - not even close.

Everything about this restaurant is great, except the food.

Chef's muse lobster sushi was overwhelmed with a hot sauce. Dinner rolls were the culinary attraction with the raisin roll the star. Green olive tapenade was interesting but slightly salty. Tomato volute (soup) had a Campbellish character. Arugula salad bland. Entree portion sizes were small. Guinea hen entree had a lamb like taste and sea bass not the freshest. Waiter suggested not to order the risotto entree and characterized it as bland. Side dishes were above average. Desserts - well we were characterizing them with grocery store brands. Even the French coffee tasted like old perculator coffee.

If this is 'French' food, I'll stick with the 'French-American' type found elsewhere in CHI.

Wife said it best, " It's still hotel food ".

Pros: Complimentary Hotel Parking

Cons: "It's Still Hotel Food"

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I am French, from Paris. This is the one and only real French Restaurant in Chicago. I tried all the others so-called French Restaurants here: They are adapted to "American taste" and American expectations. Cafe des Architectes serves true French food (no extra sugar in sauces for exemple), the staff is as discret as they are in France ( = does not interrupt your conversation every 5 minutes to ask if you are doing okay, like a child) and very observant.
If you really want to eat French, that is THE place to go.
+ Ladies, if you are on a diet, eat lunch & dinner at the Cafe des Architectes for 7 days and you'll see what I mean (Quality over quantity = your body feels it and it shows).
Et voila. Bon Appetit.
Sylvia

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★★★★★

I am French, from Paris. This is the one and only real French Restaurant in Chicago. I tried all the others so-called French Restaurants here: They are adapted to "American taste" and American expectations. Cafe des Architectes serves true French food (no extra sugar in sauces for exemple), the staff is as discret as they are in France ( = does not interrupt your conversation every 5 minutes to ask if you are doing okay, like a child) and very observant.
If you really want to eat French, that is THE place to go.
+ Ladies, if you are on a diet, eat lunch & dinner at the Cafe des Architectes for 7 days and you'll see what I mean (Quality over quantity = your body feels it and it shows).
Et voila. Bon Appetit.
Sylvia

Pros: REAL FRENCH Restaurant, from service to setting to dishes.

Cons: Absolutely None

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I found this restaurant on citysearch and was totally satisfied with it. The ambience was nice and formal, very modern and beautiful settings. Service was great; I love the French accent of the waiters too! I like the way the have smaller amount for the appetizer to give you an initial taste, and then just the right amount for the entree; I am sure you don't feel hungry stepping out of the restaurant, unless you look for a huge meal. And the food actually has some Japanese influence too, even in the way they decorate the dishes.

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★★★★★

I found this restaurant on citysearch and was totally satisfied with it. The ambience was nice and formal, very modern and beautiful settings. Service was great; I love the French accent of the waiters too! I like the way the have smaller amount for the appetizer to give you an initial taste, and then just the right amount for the entree; I am sure you don't feel hungry stepping out of the restaurant, unless you look for a huge meal. And the food actually has some Japanese influence too, even in the way they decorate the dishes.

Pros: Great food and servic

Cons: Expensive

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This is even better than European bistros - an ambience of a European bistro combined with the best of what American service has to offer, great price-quality ratio, delicious food. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

This is even better than European bistros - an ambience of a European bistro combined with the best of what American service has to offer, great price-quality ratio, delicious food. Highly recommended.

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I had a great experience at the Cafe des Architectes where food, service and atmosphere met my expectations.

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★★★★★

I had a great experience at the Cafe des Architectes where food, service and atmosphere met my expectations.

Pros: food, staff, atmosphere

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I had dinner at Cafe des Architectes with my girlfriend for our 1st year anniversary, and we had a great service.
The server helped us in choosing our dishes and was able to answer any questions about the menu.
They also offered us a beautiful dessert (white chocolate and raspberry mousse cake) with Happy Anniversary written on it.
I will definitely recommend this restaurant.

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★★★★★

I had dinner at Cafe des Architectes with my girlfriend for our 1st year anniversary, and we had a great service.
The server helped us in choosing our dishes and was able to answer any questions about the menu.
They also offered us a beautiful dessert (white chocolate and raspberry mousse cake) with Happy Anniversary written on it.
I will definitely recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Valet, Atmosphere, Food

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Loved it. We had Sat. brunch...and they take reservations, which is great. The Poached Eggs w/ crab is to die for, and the whole experience was great. Only thing I didn't like was that the service was a little bit lacking, but not bad.

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★★★★★

Loved it. We had Sat. brunch...and they take reservations, which is great. The Poached Eggs w/ crab is to die for, and the whole experience was great. Only thing I didn't like was that the service was a little bit lacking, but not bad.

Pros: Food, Location, Design

Cons: Service not the best

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The pastries (especially the chocolate croissants) are just like you would find in Paris! Fresh and yummy. Very good breakfast crepes and fresh squeezed orange juice. Beautiful decor and very hip.

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★★★★★

The pastries (especially the chocolate croissants) are just like you would find in Paris! Fresh and yummy. Very good breakfast crepes and fresh squeezed orange juice. Beautiful decor and very hip.

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Beautiful food, cool people and swanky service. Great place to relax and be taken care of. We will return.

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★★★★★

Beautiful food, cool people and swanky service. Great place to relax and be taken care of. We will return.

Pros: Nice staff, Cool decor, Not stuffy

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This was one of the worst dining experience we have ever had for a long long time. Fancy names in the menu only turn out to be major culinary disappointments. To top it off, the seating was uncomfortable with cold drafts coming down our backs. This was a miserable experience.

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★★☆☆☆

This was one of the worst dining experience we have ever had for a long long time. Fancy names in the menu only turn out to be major culinary disappointments. To top it off, the seating was uncomfortable with cold drafts coming down our backs. This was a miserable experience.

Pros: location

Cons: terrible food

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The oh-so-architectural all-day cafe in the downtown Sofitel Chicago Water Tower hotel reflects a more-is-more mentality with a cherry-red banquette curving along slanted full-length windows, chairs that look like they come from a Milanese…

 

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