Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 1114 W Belmont Ave

    Chicago, IL 60657

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  • 773-929-1100

About Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe

Hours
Tuesday To Friday From 07:00 AM To 07:00 PM Saturday From 08:00 AM To 07:00 PM Sunday From 08:00 AM To 06:00 PM

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Last week was our 25th wedding anniversary; I had placed an order with another bakery I had used for 23 years. Saturday morning that bakery called and said they had dropped the cake and wouldn't be able to replace it. \r
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★★★★★

Last week was our 25th wedding anniversary; I had placed an order with another bakery I had used for 23 years. Saturday morning that bakery called and said they had dropped the cake and wouldn't be able to replace it. \r
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I'm finding some of the negative reviews of Bittersweet---at least with regards to the bakery goods--- to be quite off the mark. Bittersweet is one of those small bakery/cafe's that make you feel as though you've just walked into Willie

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I'm finding some of the negative reviews of Bittersweet---at least with regards to the bakery goods--- to be quite off the mark. Bittersweet is one of those small bakery/cafe's that make you feel as though you've just walked into Willie

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This cafe/ bakery is very clean and pleasing to the eye, however we went there for dinner and ordered a roast beef sandwich and they substituded the multigrain bread that was supposed to be served in with day old white bread without even a word or choice in the matter. For a bakery that is really bad, we had high expectations. Won't go back

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★★☆☆☆

This cafe/ bakery is very clean and pleasing to the eye, however we went there for dinner and ordered a roast beef sandwich and they substituded the multigrain bread that was supposed to be served in with day old white bread without even a word or choice in the matter. For a bakery that is really bad, we had high expectations. Won't go back

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As mentioned before they bake and serve short listed but good fresh lunch. I like order half and half special for lunch. It is a soup plus half size of salad or sandwich. Croissants are one of the best in Chicago. They do not have french pastries.
They also have breads from a few top Chicago bakeries.

For those complaining about prices, Eat less but better food!!.

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★★★★★

As mentioned before they bake and serve short listed but good fresh lunch. I like order half and half special for lunch. It is a soup plus half size of salad or sandwich. Croissants are one of the best in Chicago. They do not have french pastries.
They also have breads from a few top Chicago bakeries.

For those complaining about prices, Eat less but better food!!.

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always the place to get the cookies you need,linzers and almond cookies,
and for me either the apple flan, or the wonderful flourless chocalate souffle cake.
if i have time i stay and have one of the daily soups.

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★★★★☆

always the place to get the cookies you need,linzers and almond cookies,
and for me either the apple flan, or the wonderful flourless chocalate souffle cake.
if i have time i stay and have one of the daily soups.

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After spending the last few years living in London and becoming addicted to the macaroons in the London branches of Laduree and La Maison du Chocolat and the numerous patisseries that sell them in Paris, I decided to look for them upon my move to Chicago. I tried them at Bittersweet and they were the WORST macaroons I have ever had. I also tried some of their tarts. awful! They need to send their pastry chefs to France to truly learn the art of making this extremely difficult pastries. However, there is a silver lining for Chicago, I then went to Vanille Patisserie on Clyborne and tried them there. They were phenomenal!! The chef is french and has brought the art of french pastries to Chicago. I wish this store had a more visible location and seating like Bittersweet, because it would then have the atmosphere that Bittersweet has but would have the wonderful pastries that Bittersweet lacks.

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★☆☆☆☆

After spending the last few years living in London and becoming addicted to the macaroons in the London branches of Laduree and La Maison du Chocolat and the numerous patisseries that sell them in Paris, I decided to look for them upon my move to Chicago. I tried them at Bittersweet and they were the WORST macaroons I have ever had. I also tried some of their tarts. awful! They need to send their pastry chefs to France to truly learn the art of making this extremely difficult pastries. However, there is a silver lining for Chicago, I then went to Vanille Patisserie on Clyborne and tried them there. They were phenomenal!! The chef is french and has brought the art of french pastries to Chicago. I wish this store had a more visible location and seating like Bittersweet, because it would then have the atmosphere that Bittersweet has but would have the wonderful pastries that Bittersweet lacks.

Pros: European style seating and atmosphere

Cons: The pastries

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I ordered a birthday cake here and I agree while the cake was very pretty on the outside, it was very dry and tasteless on the inside. The icing tasted like paste, it had no flavor. The chocolate cake was dry and not enjoyable. I asked for fresh strawberries on the inside of the cake and I was disappointed when I got little chunks of strawberries in the strawberry gel, exactly what I didn't want. We ended up throwing most of this cake away and eating a deliciously moist cake from Jewel. Very disappointed and I would not go back here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered a birthday cake here and I agree while the cake was very pretty on the outside, it was very dry and tasteless on the inside. The icing tasted like paste, it had no flavor. The chocolate cake was dry and not enjoyable. I asked for fresh strawberries on the inside of the cake and I was disappointed when I got little chunks of strawberries in the strawberry gel, exactly what I didn't want. We ended up throwing most of this cake away and eating a deliciously moist cake from Jewel. Very disappointed and I would not go back here.

Pros: friendly, pretty cake

Cons: dry and tasteless

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Suburb to city without recommended sources, (dry cleaner, florist, etc.) but when we received a peach tart from Bittersweet..i found my new sweet supplier...since that first tart, i have ordered over the phone and in person , pastries for all occasions...the wait staff is very knowledgeble and always come up (patiently) with good ideas when i start to hem and haw over decisions...to my great joy they even serve in a lovely cafe, wonderful tasting and creative meals....no more suburbs..hello Bittersweet

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★★★★★

Suburb to city without recommended sources, (dry cleaner, florist, etc.) but when we received a peach tart from Bittersweet..i found my new sweet supplier...since that first tart, i have ordered over the phone and in person , pastries for all occasions...the wait staff is very knowledgeble and always come up (patiently) with good ideas when i start to hem and haw over decisions...to my great joy they even serve in a lovely cafe, wonderful tasting and creative meals....no more suburbs..hello Bittersweet

Pros: all thumbs up

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Cake was beautiful at first glance but after specifiying that I was looking for a dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting, I learned that they have to coat the cake with some gooey white stuff in before adding the dark chocolate ganache icing and the white showed through the icing. Plus the cake was very dry and tasteless. The dark chocolate filling between the layers was pretty good but not worth the effort to maul a piece of cake just to get to the small sliver of "good stuff." It was dissappointing. to say the least, to pay $130 for a cake with the bulk of it ending up in the trash.

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★★☆☆☆

Cake was beautiful at first glance but after specifiying that I was looking for a dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting, I learned that they have to coat the cake with some gooey white stuff in before adding the dark chocolate ganache icing and the white showed through the icing. Plus the cake was very dry and tasteless. The dark chocolate filling between the layers was pretty good but not worth the effort to maul a piece of cake just to get to the small sliver of "good stuff." It was dissappointing. to say the least, to pay $130 for a cake with the bulk of it ending up in the trash.

Pros: Person taking my order was very nice

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Everything from the tasting to the last bite went really well. We had a quick scare when they called us to tell us the original icing we had was having a problem, but they sorted things out and it looked perfect when it arrived. We requested a slightly different cake with a light yellow (I forget the name?wife would know) cake on top and a cheese cake layered under. We had numerous people tell us it was the best cake they?ve ever had. Thank you VERY much!

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★★★★★

Everything from the tasting to the last bite went really well. We had a quick scare when they called us to tell us the original icing we had was having a problem, but they sorted things out and it looked perfect when it arrived. We requested a slightly different cake with a light yellow (I forget the name?wife would know) cake on top and a cheese cake layered under. We had numerous people tell us it was the best cake they?ve ever had. Thank you VERY much!

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I decided to visit Bittersweet (it's close to where I'm visiting friends) after a good review in Chicago magazine. I was a little concerned by some bad reviews I read here, but actually I had a really nice experience. I was there around 2 pm, when there were about five others at the counter also. It's a nice shop, though not in the most upscale neighborhood (for example, I passed a lot of ummmm . . . "adult" shops and "We Call the Police" signs in store windows on the way there). I spent a few minutes looking around -- lots of delicious pastries. They have a system where you can take numbers and wait your turn, but no one was doing that as there were (as I said) only a few of us in line. A previous reviewer here mentioned the tables being close together. I'd estimate (eyeball) the table spacing as being almost two feet apart. It didn't seem cramped to me. My server was excellent: pleasant, patient with me the newbie, and friendly. In fact she seemed like she'd just read a nasty review on here about service and was DETERMINED to prove it wrong. She even brought up the weather (it was a lovely day) when there was a slight lull in my asking her questions about the food (which I did a lot of, though a little worried I was taking too much of her time). I got the pistachio French macaroon and a burned baked butter custard with incredibly fresh raspberries on top -- both absolutely delicious. The ice cream wasn't particularly outstanding (they had a roasted banana ice cream and then just ordinary flavors). Here's my recommendation: get pastries to go, and definitely sample the fruit tarts. Also, don't go during peak times. There are tables inside, but also benches outside (though again, not the nicest neighborhood). The #77 Belmont bus stops almost right outside Bittersweet. This is not the best bakery I've ever been to, nor is it an indispensible "Chicago experience," but I certainly recommend going if you're nearby and looking for something sweet.

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★★★★★

I decided to visit Bittersweet (it's close to where I'm visiting friends) after a good review in Chicago magazine. I was a little concerned by some bad reviews I read here, but actually I had a really nice experience. I was there around 2 pm, when there were about five others at the counter also. It's a nice shop, though not in the most upscale neighborhood (for example, I passed a lot of ummmm . . . "adult" shops and "We Call the Police" signs in store windows on the way there). I spent a few minutes looking around -- lots of delicious pastries. They have a system where you can take numbers and wait your turn, but no one was doing that as there were (as I said) only a few of us in line. A previous reviewer here mentioned the tables being close together. I'd estimate (eyeball) the table spacing as being almost two feet apart. It didn't seem cramped to me. My server was excellent: pleasant, patient with me the newbie, and friendly. In fact she seemed like she'd just read a nasty review on here about service and was DETERMINED to prove it wrong. She even brought up the weather (it was a lovely day) when there was a slight lull in my asking her questions about the food (which I did a lot of, though a little worried I was taking too much of her time). I got the pistachio French macaroon and a burned baked butter custard with incredibly fresh raspberries on top -- both absolutely delicious. The ice cream wasn't particularly outstanding (they had a roasted banana ice cream and then just ordinary flavors). Here's my recommendation: get pastries to go, and definitely sample the fruit tarts. Also, don't go during peak times. There are tables inside, but also benches outside (though again, not the nicest neighborhood). The #77 Belmont bus stops almost right outside Bittersweet. This is not the best bakery I've ever been to, nor is it an indispensible "Chicago experience," but I certainly recommend going if you're nearby and looking for something sweet.

Pros: Yummy treats, good service

Cons: Not all prices listed for bakery items; unsavory neighborhood

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I had high expectations from Bittersweet, after reading glowing review upon glowing review about their wedding cakes. After going in for a tasting, I feel fairly disappointed. I think perhaps they are getting to the point of having so much business that they don't need to provide friendly and helpful customer service anymore? It seemed to me that they really didn't want our business. Upon being greeted by the woman who was facilitating our cake tasting, we were told (AWKWARDLY) that I was the first pregnant bride she had ever dealt with. Nice opening, huh? With little fanfare, we were left with a pile of photo albums of cakes, a couple plates of plain cake squares, a platter of fillings, and instructions to taste different combinations and decide what we liked. Now, I'm not one for sales pitch, but the assumption seemed to be that we were there, therefore we had already decided we wanted a cake from Bittersweet, therefore we could be processed like cattle (and sure enough, there were two other tables of cattle going through the same experience while we were there). No discussion of the bakery, what they felt distinguished them from other bakeries, what made their cakes special or unique... And when we took more than 10 minutes to discuss the combinations of flavors that we liked, we felt very much like we were wearing on the woman's patience. Now, in her defense, we had shown up 10-15 minutes late (we called ahead to warn them), and perhaps by doing so, we really threw off their schedule; however, we feel we gave a consistent impression that we were willing to wait as long as was needed for service, in order to avoid inconveniencing others by our lateness. There was no mention of free delivery of the cake, which was quoted at more than $400 (for a cake to serve 70) plus tax and $35 delivery. I don't know, though the cake and fillings were good, and some of the example photographs were stunning, the whole experience really left a bad taste in our mouths.

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★★☆☆☆

I had high expectations from Bittersweet, after reading glowing review upon glowing review about their wedding cakes. After going in for a tasting, I feel fairly disappointed. I think perhaps they are getting to the point of having so much business that they don't need to provide friendly and helpful customer service anymore? It seemed to me that they really didn't want our business. Upon being greeted by the woman who was facilitating our cake tasting, we were told (AWKWARDLY) that I was the first pregnant bride she had ever dealt with. Nice opening, huh? With little fanfare, we were left with a pile of photo albums of cakes, a couple plates of plain cake squares, a platter of fillings, and instructions to taste different combinations and decide what we liked. Now, I'm not one for sales pitch, but the assumption seemed to be that we were there, therefore we had already decided we wanted a cake from Bittersweet, therefore we could be processed like cattle (and sure enough, there were two other tables of cattle going through the same experience while we were there). No discussion of the bakery, what they felt distinguished them from other bakeries, what made their cakes special or unique... And when we took more than 10 minutes to discuss the combinations of flavors that we liked, we felt very much like we were wearing on the woman's patience. Now, in her defense, we had shown up 10-15 minutes late (we called ahead to warn them), and perhaps by doing so, we really threw off their schedule; however, we feel we gave a consistent impression that we were willing to wait as long as was needed for service, in order to avoid inconveniencing others by our lateness. There was no mention of free delivery of the cake, which was quoted at more than $400 (for a cake to serve 70) plus tax and $35 delivery. I don't know, though the cake and fillings were good, and some of the example photographs were stunning, the whole experience really left a bad taste in our mouths.

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If you are looking for a nice, cozy, neighborhood bakery with tasty pastries and at least decent waitstaff, this is not the place for you. I have repeatedly tried to like to like Bittersweet and I have been there on three different occassions. The only redeeming thing about this place is the cuteness of the store. It is very small with tables pushed tightly together. The staff is usually too busy talking to each other to tend to customers who are seated or trying to get some bakery item to go. The last time I went, the girl was very rude. I ordered an italian soda and she filled the entire cup with ice so there was barely any drink in it; a total rip-off with no regard for the customer. She even wrapped my cafe in the same box as a few short bread cookies I ordered and the cookies inevitably got pressed up against the cake and both items were ruined. If it was so important to save money, I would have wrapped the cookies in a napkin, but she chose to mush them together in one box. There are many other bakeries in the city that are more worth your money and will actually please your tastebuds. This is not the place for anyone who knows food or wants to be treated well. To be honest, the previous reviews were mostl iikely written by the store staff or owners. Avoid this place at all costs!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

If you are looking for a nice, cozy, neighborhood bakery with tasty pastries and at least decent waitstaff, this is not the place for you. I have repeatedly tried to like to like Bittersweet and I have been there on three different occassions. The only redeeming thing about this place is the cuteness of the store. It is very small with tables pushed tightly together. The staff is usually too busy talking to each other to tend to customers who are seated or trying to get some bakery item to go. The last time I went, the girl was very rude. I ordered an italian soda and she filled the entire cup with ice so there was barely any drink in it; a total rip-off with no regard for the customer. She even wrapped my cafe in the same box as a few short bread cookies I ordered and the cookies inevitably got pressed up against the cake and both items were ruined. If it was so important to save money, I would have wrapped the cookies in a napkin, but she chose to mush them together in one box. There are many other bakeries in the city that are more worth your money and will actually please your tastebuds. This is not the place for anyone who knows food or wants to be treated well. To be honest, the previous reviews were mostl iikely written by the store staff or owners. Avoid this place at all costs!!!!

Pros: People having the ability to work

Cons: The service and food is outrageously poor

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We just got married and we couldn't have been happier with our cake from Bittersweet. They were a joy to work with from beginning to end. They have a wonderful tasting process that allows you to combine their cakes with their fillings. They provided a tasting cake prior to the wedding to ensure we got the cake we expected (the cost of the tasting cake was deducted from our final bill, so it was essentially free). They will give us a free one year anniversary cake if we bring in a photo of the cake from our photographer, so we don't have to eat yucky freezer burned cake on our anniversary. Finally the excecution of the cake on our wedding day was flawless. We got a chocolate cake with chocolate and mocha mousse filling, with buttercream frosting and a chocolate pour over the top of the buttercream. The cake was beautiful and delicious. The serving size were perfect as well. I hate going to weddings where you barely get a piece of cake. All in all, I would recommend them to any bride to be!!

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★★★★★

We just got married and we couldn't have been happier with our cake from Bittersweet. They were a joy to work with from beginning to end. They have a wonderful tasting process that allows you to combine their cakes with their fillings. They provided a tasting cake prior to the wedding to ensure we got the cake we expected (the cost of the tasting cake was deducted from our final bill, so it was essentially free). They will give us a free one year anniversary cake if we bring in a photo of the cake from our photographer, so we don't have to eat yucky freezer burned cake on our anniversary. Finally the excecution of the cake on our wedding day was flawless. We got a chocolate cake with chocolate and mocha mousse filling, with buttercream frosting and a chocolate pour over the top of the buttercream. The cake was beautiful and delicious. The serving size were perfect as well. I hate going to weddings where you barely get a piece of cake. All in all, I would recommend them to any bride to be!!

Pros: To die for sweets and cakes

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Bittersweet is one the things I miss most about moving out of Chicago. I used to go there almost every day for coffee and delicacies, and on Sunday mornings I would treat myself to an egg salad sandwich that I still dream about. When I got married in Chicago in 2000, my husband and I knew that our cake had to be from Bittersweet, and we were thrilled with it. It was the prettiest and most elegant cake I had ever seen or tasted, and was worth every penny. I highly recommend their wedding cakes. Yummy!

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★★★★★

Bittersweet is one the things I miss most about moving out of Chicago. I used to go there almost every day for coffee and delicacies, and on Sunday mornings I would treat myself to an egg salad sandwich that I still dream about. When I got married in Chicago in 2000, my husband and I knew that our cake had to be from Bittersweet, and we were thrilled with it. It was the prettiest and most elegant cake I had ever seen or tasted, and was worth every penny. I highly recommend their wedding cakes. Yummy!

Pros: Best bakery in Chicago, location is great

Cons: Parking can be difficult, can be crowded

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Note to self: enjoy life more--move to Chicago, Belmont neighborhood, eat every day at Bittersweet.

A tough two weeks in Chicago was temporarily transformed into Paradise daily with visits to Bittersweet. The owners are wonderful people. I have arranged to have their products sent to Sacramento, CA and received them in lightning time, all goods in perfect condition. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Contino from the Arostegui and Saia families in California -- your generosity and talents have never been more appreciated.

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★★★★★

Note to self: enjoy life more--move to Chicago, Belmont neighborhood, eat every day at Bittersweet.

A tough two weeks in Chicago was temporarily transformed into Paradise daily with visits to Bittersweet. The owners are wonderful people. I have arranged to have their products sent to Sacramento, CA and received them in lightning time, all goods in perfect condition. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Contino from the Arostegui and Saia families in California -- your generosity and talents have never been more appreciated.

Pros: Product, every single item! Generosity, Friendliness

Cons: we live in California--but they deliver!

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To treat yourself to a gourmet lunch, take home a perfect cake, have delicious homemade icecream on a hot day, marvel at the beautiful display of goodies--from cookies to breads, from tarts of various flavors to numerous gift items, there is no better place to visit than Bittersweet Bakery and Cafe. It offers a touch of class with its marble-topped tables and fresh decorative flowers. The display cases are well-lit and attractively designed. Scrumptious, not to be missed!!! We've returned many times and will continue to do so!!!

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★★★★★

To treat yourself to a gourmet lunch, take home a perfect cake, have delicious homemade icecream on a hot day, marvel at the beautiful display of goodies--from cookies to breads, from tarts of various flavors to numerous gift items, there is no better place to visit than Bittersweet Bakery and Cafe. It offers a touch of class with its marble-topped tables and fresh decorative flowers. The display cases are well-lit and attractively designed. Scrumptious, not to be missed!!! We've returned many times and will continue to do so!!!

Pros: quality display and taste

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bittersweet is quiet, cute and the food/sweets are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. try everything! including their half coffee/half hot chocolate drink.
i will definitely be using this bakery for my wedding cake one day. :)

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★★★★★

bittersweet is quiet, cute and the food/sweets are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. try everything! including their half coffee/half hot chocolate drink.
i will definitely be using this bakery for my wedding cake one day. :)

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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I tried Bittersweet after a friend told me that when she gets married she would order her wedding cake from there. I have ordered a cake from there and it was modern looking--ganache frosting, happy birthday message written in gold on a chocolate square--but a bit dry, even the recipient of the cake told me that she found the cake a bit dry and suggested I not bring a cake from there again. They are also pricey. Their tarts (about $3 for a small one) and Tiramisu (about $5+ for one that would serve 1 or possibly 2) are quite good, but expensive. I have not been impressed by any of the cookies even as delicious as they look. Their cherry clafloutis is outstanding, and I am not a cherry fan. Parking is not that bad.

PROS: Clafloutis, tiramisu, tarts
CONS: Prices, cakes

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★★★☆☆

I tried Bittersweet after a friend told me that when she gets married she would order her wedding cake from there. I have ordered a cake from there and it was modern looking--ganache frosting, happy birthday message written in gold on a chocolate square--but a bit dry, even the recipient of the cake told me that she found the cake a bit dry and suggested I not bring a cake from there again. They are also pricey. Their tarts (about $3 for a small one) and Tiramisu (about $5+ for one that would serve 1 or possibly 2) are quite good, but expensive. I have not been impressed by any of the cookies even as delicious as they look. Their cherry clafloutis is outstanding, and I am not a cherry fan. Parking is not that bad.

PROS: Clafloutis, tiramisu, tarts
CONS: Prices, cakes

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This pastry shop has some delicious treats! I really love their cupcakes. They have very rich cake and frosting flavors and they decorate them beautifully!

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★★★★☆

This pastry shop has some delicious treats! I really love their cupcakes. They have very rich cake and frosting flavors and they decorate them beautifully!

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This is both a bakery and a good place for lunch, serving salads, sandwiches, soup, etc. They are mainly known for their cakes and pasteries. They look beautiful and taste as good as they look, which is sometimes hard to come by. Wide variety, everything is fresh.

PROS: great food
CONS: Parking can be difficult

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★★★★☆

This is both a bakery and a good place for lunch, serving salads, sandwiches, soup, etc. They are mainly known for their cakes and pasteries. They look beautiful and taste as good as they look, which is sometimes hard to come by. Wide variety, everything is fresh.

PROS: great food
CONS: Parking can be difficult

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how can anyone not like this place,there is something for everyones taste.unless of course you dont have any taste............

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★★★★★

how can anyone not like this place,there is something for everyones taste.unless of course you dont have any taste............

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This shop has some really cute cookies and beautiful cakes on dispaly for weddings and other occassions. Some of there desserts are very good while others are just mediocre. I think it's another one of those over-priced trendy cafes. The brownies are pretty good. The decor is nothing special. You can also sit in the shop and enjoy your dessert with some tea or coffee. It's a nice one time experience.

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★★★☆☆

This shop has some really cute cookies and beautiful cakes on dispaly for weddings and other occassions. Some of there desserts are very good while others are just mediocre. I think it's another one of those over-priced trendy cafes. The brownies are pretty good. The decor is nothing special. You can also sit in the shop and enjoy your dessert with some tea or coffee. It's a nice one time experience.

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Visiting from San Francisco, we had heard of Bittersweet Bakery and had it on our list to visit. By chance we found ourselves driving by the bakery and decided to try it out for lunch. We enjoyed our lunch so much, we returned three more times during our short vacation. Each day there is at least one featured home made soup, sandwich, salad and quiche on the menu. The soups were great. We tried the tomato/jalapeno, mushroom, eggplant and cucumber (served chilled and very refreshing). Each served with a large slice of fresh bread. I don't remember the types of sandwiches we had, but they were all big and delicious. Each served with a choice of fresh fruit, potatoe salad or potatoe chips. Even though we were feeling full with the lunch, we forced ourselves to try their desserts. The capachino, lemon, pecan tarts were wonderful. We will return.

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★★★★★

Visiting from San Francisco, we had heard of Bittersweet Bakery and had it on our list to visit. By chance we found ourselves driving by the bakery and decided to try it out for lunch. We enjoyed our lunch so much, we returned three more times during our short vacation. Each day there is at least one featured home made soup, sandwich, salad and quiche on the menu. The soups were great. We tried the tomato/jalapeno, mushroom, eggplant and cucumber (served chilled and very refreshing). Each served with a large slice of fresh bread. I don't remember the types of sandwiches we had, but they were all big and delicious. Each served with a choice of fresh fruit, potatoe salad or potatoe chips. Even though we were feeling full with the lunch, we forced ourselves to try their desserts. The capachino, lemon, pecan tarts were wonderful. We will return.

Pros: variety, quality, quantity

Cons: parking, crowded

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Never make the mistake of trying to come in here on the morning of, say, Mother's Day: You won't be able to see the counter. Bittersweet is such a lovely bakery for special-occasion desserts, and the small dining area is reminescent of a Frence patisserie.

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★★★★★

Never make the mistake of trying to come in here on the morning of, say, Mother's Day: You won't be able to see the counter. Bittersweet is such a lovely bakery for special-occasion desserts, and the small dining area is reminescent of a Frence patisserie.

Pros: Fantastic desserts, Good lunch

Cons: Crowded on holidays, A bit spendy, Difficult parking

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I went into Bittersweet to order a birthday cake for my roommate (a HUGE chocolate fan) and it was so fun-- you get to pick the kind of cake, the filling and the frosting/glaze and then they garnish with fresh flowers or "confetti". My roommate's cake was beautiful... a six inch, four layer chocolate cake with dark chocolate mousse and dark chocolate glaze garnished with fresh baby pink roses. The inscription was written in a very unique and beautiful way. And, after the outside was destroyed through cutting, we ate the best birthday cake we'd ever had. It was delicious room temp and heated up. We ate it without ice cream because we didn't want to taint the amazing flavor. Go to Bittersweet!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

I went into Bittersweet to order a birthday cake for my roommate (a HUGE chocolate fan) and it was so fun-- you get to pick the kind of cake, the filling and the frosting/glaze and then they garnish with fresh flowers or "confetti". My roommate's cake was beautiful... a six inch, four layer chocolate cake with dark chocolate mousse and dark chocolate glaze garnished with fresh baby pink roses. The inscription was written in a very unique and beautiful way. And, after the outside was destroyed through cutting, we ate the best birthday cake we'd ever had. It was delicious room temp and heated up. We ate it without ice cream because we didn't want to taint the amazing flavor. Go to Bittersweet!!!!!!!

Pros: Dessert, Service, Picking out cake

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Then you have to try the Chocolate Mousse Cake here! It is phenomenal! It is seriously like mainlining chocolate. I have shared this find with many friends and family, and have had many requests to bring the cake to the next social function.

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★★★★★

Then you have to try the Chocolate Mousse Cake here! It is phenomenal! It is seriously like mainlining chocolate. I have shared this find with many friends and family, and have had many requests to bring the cake to the next social function.

Pros: Pleasant staff, Reasonably Priced

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While the overall appearance was upscale, we were disappointed with a number of the items that we tried. The muffins were dry and somewhat old. The brownies were very greasy (and wrapped in tissue). The cookies were above average.

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★★★☆☆

While the overall appearance was upscale, we were disappointed with a number of the items that we tried. The muffins were dry and somewhat old. The brownies were very greasy (and wrapped in tissue). The cookies were above average.

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Bittersweet was not what I expected for a neighborhood bakery. It's a bit more upscale than the usual Chicago bakeries. I loved the food and the dessert and it's a really cute place. The only complaint that I have (and it really isn't a complaint) is that it is a little pricey compared to places like it.

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★★★★★

Bittersweet was not what I expected for a neighborhood bakery. It's a bit more upscale than the usual Chicago bakeries. I loved the food and the dessert and it's a really cute place. The only complaint that I have (and it really isn't a complaint) is that it is a little pricey compared to places like it.

Pros: Yummy Desserts, Nice Decor

Cons: A Little Pricey

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No doubt about it, Bittersweet's treats are yummy! Their salads, quiches, sandwiches and coffee are good too. However, they are a lot more pricey than the neighborhood bakeries I grew up with and the neighborhood bakeries I frequent now. Also, I am sorry to say that the service is very poor. It seems that every time I've been there, the wait has been very, very long with no "thank you for waiting" or "sorry for the long wait" to greet me when my turn finally arrives. A more friendly staff (or at least more staff) would add so much to this place. For an "upscale" bakery, this place is great but at these prices, it's definitely a special occasion kind of store.

2
★★★★☆

No doubt about it, Bittersweet's treats are yummy! Their salads, quiches, sandwiches and coffee are good too. However, they are a lot more pricey than the neighborhood bakeries I grew up with and the neighborhood bakeries I frequent now. Also, I am sorry to say that the service is very poor. It seems that every time I've been there, the wait has been very, very long with no "thank you for waiting" or "sorry for the long wait" to greet me when my turn finally arrives. A more friendly staff (or at least more staff) would add so much to this place. For an "upscale" bakery, this place is great but at these prices, it's definitely a special occasion kind of store.

Pros: Great treats, Nice, warm space

Cons: Poor service, Inattentive service

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I have never experienced a more divine collection of pastries! Each treat was better than anything I have enjoyed anywhere else. All of my visits to Chicago include daily pilgramages for peaceful indulgence at Bittersweet. Judy Contino!--noone does it better than Judy!!
Please be sure to look again after ordering and enjoying...there will be something new fresh from the kitchen, most likely brought to your table for your valued opinion.

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★★★★★

I have never experienced a more divine collection of pastries! Each treat was better than anything I have enjoyed anywhere else. All of my visits to Chicago include daily pilgramages for peaceful indulgence at Bittersweet. Judy Contino!--noone does it better than Judy!!
Please be sure to look again after ordering and enjoying...there will be something new fresh from the kitchen, most likely brought to your table for your valued opinion.

Pros: Dessert Perfection, Variety, Ambiance

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We got our wedding cake at Bittersweet for our July 2002 wedding. They customized it precisely to my specifications, and the pricing was reasonable. A plus: I brought them my parents' vintage cake topper from their wedding, and Judy told me to renovate it myself so I wouldn't have to pay them a lot for labor, and then bring it back for them to place it on the cake. I really appreciated it, and she gave me tips on how to improve its appearance, too.

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★★★★★

We got our wedding cake at Bittersweet for our July 2002 wedding. They customized it precisely to my specifications, and the pricing was reasonable. A plus: I brought them my parents' vintage cake topper from their wedding, and Judy told me to renovate it myself so I wouldn't have to pay them a lot for labor, and then bring it back for them to place it on the cake. I really appreciated it, and she gave me tips on how to improve its appearance, too.

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This is such a pretty little bakery, it lightens my mood just stepping inside. Stop in for a cup of coffee and a rich, buttery, flakey croissant and you'll not be disappointed. Pretty, perfectly cut and arranged cookies and pastries stand out in the display case. Beatuifully decorated cakes are also on display around the bakery, tempting you to find an excuse to have a party so you can take one home.

2
★★★★★

This is such a pretty little bakery, it lightens my mood just stepping inside. Stop in for a cup of coffee and a rich, buttery, flakey croissant and you'll not be disappointed. Pretty, perfectly cut and arranged cookies and pastries stand out in the display case. Beatuifully decorated cakes are also on display around the bakery, tempting you to find an excuse to have a party so you can take one home.

Pros: Beautiful space, Delicious pastries

Cons: Doors that open in, Street parking

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Delightful bakery and cafe! Viewing window allows you to enjoying watching the artists at work. I was there in July for lunch and dessert. Soups are to die for, quiche was the best I've tasted. Cookies and tarts were delicious. The staff was happy and helpful.

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★★★★★

Delightful bakery and cafe! Viewing window allows you to enjoying watching the artists at work. I was there in July for lunch and dessert. Soups are to die for, quiche was the best I've tasted. Cookies and tarts were delicious. The staff was happy and helpful.

Pros: fresh, eye-pleasing, on redline

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This cozy Lakeview cafe draws rave reviews for its fresh, delicate pastries and other baked goods, from miniature lemon meringue tarts to fancy decorated cookies and cakes. From morning till early evening, neighborhood…

 

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