Cafe Selmarie

★★★★☆
  • 4729 N Lincoln Ave

    Chicago, IL 60625

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  • 773-989-5595

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Have a few minutes to eat or need a quick bakery treat ? I love to eat at selmarie. They have a large menu of soups, sandwiches and light meals. The staff is very friendly and don't mind altering means to meet you needs (I hate bree).

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★★★★★

Have a few minutes to eat or need a quick bakery treat ? I love to eat at selmarie. They have a large menu of soups, sandwiches and light meals. The staff is very friendly and don't mind altering means to meet you needs (I hate bree).

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This place remains the most consistent & reasonable restaurant in the neighborhood. Whether you prefer simple foods or more complex tastes, Cafe Salmare sets the standard for consistency. Their baked goods are excellent & are beloved by my family. You won't be disappointed!

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★★★★★

This place remains the most consistent & reasonable restaurant in the neighborhood. Whether you prefer simple foods or more complex tastes, Cafe Salmare sets the standard for consistency. Their baked goods are excellent & are beloved by my family. You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Excellent Food, service & ambience

Cons: none

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I first came here last fall, and the first thing I noticed was the delicious-looking pastries at the counter. I ordered a Croque Monsieur, one of my favorite dishes, and I was glad I did--the bread was deliciously eggy and the ham and cheese were top quality. The green salad it came with was also very fresh. Everything else I tasted was also very good, especially the turkey and brie sandwich (another of my favorite combinations). I would probably be back more if I didn't live so far away, but now that the weather's a little nicer I look forward to biking up there sometime soon.

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★★★★☆

I first came here last fall, and the first thing I noticed was the delicious-looking pastries at the counter. I ordered a Croque Monsieur, one of my favorite dishes, and I was glad I did--the bread was deliciously eggy and the ham and cheese were top quality. The green salad it came with was also very fresh. Everything else I tasted was also very good, especially the turkey and brie sandwich (another of my favorite combinations). I would probably be back more if I didn't live so far away, but now that the weather's a little nicer I look forward to biking up there sometime soon.

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I have lived in the Lincoln Square neighborhood all my life and remember when Cafe Selmarie was just a small store. However, over the last couple of years their service has declined: pastries are stale and their menu doesn't have much taste or variety. Also the number of screaming kids that are left unattended by their yuppie parents is appalling. It does ruin the dining atmosphere. The service there seems to cater to the yuppie clientele and ignore the average joe for service. It's sad to see Lincoln Square ruined by the customers and snobby service.

1
★★☆☆☆

I have lived in the Lincoln Square neighborhood all my life and remember when Cafe Selmarie was just a small store. However, over the last couple of years their service has declined: pastries are stale and their menu doesn't have much taste or variety. Also the number of screaming kids that are left unattended by their yuppie parents is appalling. It does ruin the dining atmosphere. The service there seems to cater to the yuppie clientele and ignore the average joe for service. It's sad to see Lincoln Square ruined by the customers and snobby service.

Cons: Ambience, Service

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"The Cafe" as we call it, has some of the best pastries i have ever tasted. My husband LOVES the lemon bars and i cant get enough of the macadamia nut bars. The mac-n-cheese is awesome. Everyone at the cafe is extremely nice and helpful. I love sitting outside with a cup of coffee and a pastry with my friend Kay!!! The kids love going wih us because of the cute cookies they always have. I would recommend trying Cafe Selmarie!

PROS: GREAT PASTRIES
CONS:

5
★★★★★

"The Cafe" as we call it, has some of the best pastries i have ever tasted. My husband LOVES the lemon bars and i cant get enough of the macadamia nut bars. The mac-n-cheese is awesome. Everyone at the cafe is extremely nice and helpful. I love sitting outside with a cup of coffee and a pastry with my friend Kay!!! The kids love going wih us because of the cute cookies they always have. I would recommend trying Cafe Selmarie!

PROS: GREAT PASTRIES
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I've gone to this place a few times, because of some reviews and recommendations. I'm very picky about pastries and this place always let me down. From their various buns, croissants, muffins, cakes... they were all rather tasteless. The texture was mostly ok, but the taste was completely lacking. Coffee is ok, and their hot breakfast food was pretty good, but their pastries, forget it. I was really shocked and disappointment, because that's where their reputation is and have a very nice looking display. Like I've said, I've gone a few times and kept trying various pastries but every time they disappointed me. I'm done with this place. There are much better places in the area for dessert.

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★★☆☆☆

I've gone to this place a few times, because of some reviews and recommendations. I'm very picky about pastries and this place always let me down. From their various buns, croissants, muffins, cakes... they were all rather tasteless. The texture was mostly ok, but the taste was completely lacking. Coffee is ok, and their hot breakfast food was pretty good, but their pastries, forget it. I was really shocked and disappointment, because that's where their reputation is and have a very nice looking display. Like I've said, I've gone a few times and kept trying various pastries but every time they disappointed me. I'm done with this place. There are much better places in the area for dessert.

Pros: good looks, hot food

Cons: pastries, cakes

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After leaving Ravenswood, I still come back here for the unusual, intricate, and flavorful offerings. I always know I will trying at least one thing I've never eaten or even heard of before, but I can't remember a dish I didn't like. I love their pureed soups. Their entrees are always a delicious escape from the ordinary. Sometimes I'll just order a soup and an appetizer to save room for their marvelous desserts. (I recommend the raspberry tarts, even the lemon bars!) People shouldn't bring small children here, and that's no fault: not every restaurant should be teaming with misbehaved children. The sophisticated atmosphere is part of its charm, including the always-changing wall art (it doubles as a gallery for local artists.) The menu is rather small, but they always have interesting specials.

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★★★★★

After leaving Ravenswood, I still come back here for the unusual, intricate, and flavorful offerings. I always know I will trying at least one thing I've never eaten or even heard of before, but I can't remember a dish I didn't like. I love their pureed soups. Their entrees are always a delicious escape from the ordinary. Sometimes I'll just order a soup and an appetizer to save room for their marvelous desserts. (I recommend the raspberry tarts, even the lemon bars!) People shouldn't bring small children here, and that's no fault: not every restaurant should be teaming with misbehaved children. The sophisticated atmosphere is part of its charm, including the always-changing wall art (it doubles as a gallery for local artists.) The menu is rather small, but they always have interesting specials.

Pros: classy food, great desserts, specials

Cons: sometimes crowded

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Since Cafe Selmarie is small and popular with the locals, it is not a great place to be at seven on a Friday or noon on a Sunday. The crowds, noise, and wait can be grating. To better enjoy the cafe, come at two on a Tuesday, or seven on a Thurday. The food is the same, and the atmosphere is what it should be: a peaceful neighborhood cafe with tasty pastries.

2
★★★★☆

Since Cafe Selmarie is small and popular with the locals, it is not a great place to be at seven on a Friday or noon on a Sunday. The crowds, noise, and wait can be grating. To better enjoy the cafe, come at two on a Tuesday, or seven on a Thurday. The food is the same, and the atmosphere is what it should be: a peaceful neighborhood cafe with tasty pastries.

Pros: Pastries, Patio, Local

Cons: Crowds, Kids

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I've been going here since 1988 when it was a tiny 1 room place. As they expanded, the food has gotten worse. Half the bakery items I get are stale or taste horrid. I am shocked how many screaming kids are here. The coffee is good (Inteligentsia) but don't make a trip here for pastries. It's gone downhill since they started catering to yuppies who've ruined Lincoln Square.

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★★★☆☆

I've been going here since 1988 when it was a tiny 1 room place. As they expanded, the food has gotten worse. Half the bakery items I get are stale or taste horrid. I am shocked how many screaming kids are here. The coffee is good (Inteligentsia) but don't make a trip here for pastries. It's gone downhill since they started catering to yuppies who've ruined Lincoln Square.

Pros: Location

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People say don't bring kids here but they're bringing them in droves. This is the spot for the professional mother's society is seems. If you don't want to be around kids or want to escape from kids youve left at home think twice before coming here. This is also due to the fact that because of the room architecture noises are louder. And tables are very close together. Many times someone's backside is on my table because of the goings on at the next table. The food's good and the desserts are good but there's a lot of extraneous stuff to contend with. And they've raised their prices...and lowered the amount of food on your plate for it. You may just want to check out Lutzs.

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★★★☆☆

People say don't bring kids here but they're bringing them in droves. This is the spot for the professional mother's society is seems. If you don't want to be around kids or want to escape from kids youve left at home think twice before coming here. This is also due to the fact that because of the room architecture noises are louder. And tables are very close together. Many times someone's backside is on my table because of the goings on at the next table. The food's good and the desserts are good but there's a lot of extraneous stuff to contend with. And they've raised their prices...and lowered the amount of food on your plate for it. You may just want to check out Lutzs.

Pros: good food, desserts

Cons: , not a lot of room

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I have to agree with the earlier reviewer who said not to bring kids here. To look at it, you would think that this is the perfect spot for a nice mommy lunch--they have a really nice patio, it is pretty laid-back, but the prices are high and there isn't a whole lot of choice.
I think the cakes are great, but the food is nothing special.......

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★★★☆☆

I have to agree with the earlier reviewer who said not to bring kids here. To look at it, you would think that this is the perfect spot for a nice mommy lunch--they have a really nice patio, it is pretty laid-back, but the prices are high and there isn't a whole lot of choice.
I think the cakes are great, but the food is nothing special.......

Pros: good cake, nice outdoor area

Cons: , not kid -friendly

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By far one of the best bakeries in the city! All of their confections are outstanding and worth the wait that must usually be endured on weekends. The excellent staff made my wedding cake and I couldn't have been happier with their graciousness and helpfulness. Our guests loved the unique choice of flavors and the beautiful workmanship.

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★★★★☆

By far one of the best bakeries in the city! All of their confections are outstanding and worth the wait that must usually be endured on weekends. The excellent staff made my wedding cake and I couldn't have been happier with their graciousness and helpfulness. Our guests loved the unique choice of flavors and the beautiful workmanship.

Pros: Desserts, Friendly/Prompt

Cons: Can be crowded, No so good parking

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Not every restaurant can satisfy families with young children. Some places aren't meant to be enjoyed by kids. If you want them to be happy, ammused, and pay $5, take 'em to McDonalds! I happen to enjoy Selmarie...

2
★★★★☆

Not every restaurant can satisfy families with young children. Some places aren't meant to be enjoyed by kids. If you want them to be happy, ammused, and pay $5, take 'em to McDonalds! I happen to enjoy Selmarie...

Pros: Yummy goods

Cons: Parking not so great

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Very quaint corner restaurant and bakery in Lincoln Square. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner I have entertained family, friends and large (10 people) groups. I'll keep returning again and again. There is something here for everyone! TRY IT!

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★★★★☆

Very quaint corner restaurant and bakery in Lincoln Square. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner I have entertained family, friends and large (10 people) groups. I'll keep returning again and again. There is something here for everyone! TRY IT!

Pros: Menu Variety, Desserts

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Do NOT bring children here. Unless you want them sitting in front of an overpriced omelet or extravagant, tasteless French toast. Two bites later, as most youngins will do, and youre stuck with this very large bill for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Theres just nothing charming about an overpriced, stuffy, pretentious cafe that thinks anyone under the age of 21 an insignificant consumer.

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★☆☆☆☆

Do NOT bring children here. Unless you want them sitting in front of an overpriced omelet or extravagant, tasteless French toast. Two bites later, as most youngins will do, and youre stuck with this very large bill for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Theres just nothing charming about an overpriced, stuffy, pretentious cafe that thinks anyone under the age of 21 an insignificant consumer.

Pros: outdoor seating

Cons: poor service, overpriced, stuffy

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This small combination bakery-pastry shop-cafe is a busy place at lunchtime and on weekends. It's understandable---fresh flowers and white tablecloths make for a charming daytime sojourn. The menu features light Continental fare---pasta,…

 

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