Cafe 28

★★★★★
  • 1800 W Irving Park Rd

    Chicago, IL 60613

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  • 773-528-2883

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My wife rarely orders seafood but got the halibut. It was amaaaaazing. I ordered the marinated skirt steak and was upset when I was done eating because there wasn't anymore left to eat. The food was wonderful, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect. I would recommend this to everyone I know.

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★★★★★

My wife rarely orders seafood but got the halibut. It was amaaaaazing. I ordered the marinated skirt steak and was upset when I was done eating because there wasn't anymore left to eat. The food was wonderful, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect. I would recommend this to everyone I know.

Pros: Fun atmosphere

Cons: None

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Excellent cuban/mexican food. Good food and great drinks. Wait can be long even if you have a reservation. Tried to book a bridal shower and there was a miscommunication as they already had the restaurant booked for the day/time they had previously told me was available. But good atmosphere for dinner and drinks with friends.

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★★★☆☆

Excellent cuban/mexican food. Good food and great drinks. Wait can be long even if you have a reservation. Tried to book a bridal shower and there was a miscommunication as they already had the restaurant booked for the day/time they had previously told me was available. But good atmosphere for dinner and drinks with friends.

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I really enjoyed Cafe 28. We went in the middle of the week so it was not busy at all. We sat outside, which was perfect for a summer night. The food was so good!!! Everything we ordered was good. The menu is small, but I couldn't decide what to get because everything looked so good. We shared a few different meals and they were delicious. The halibut was excellent. The spinach quesadillas were different, but possibly the best I have ever had. Our service was really good. I did not like one of the drinks I ordered and the server brought out another option without question. He was very attentive and we had such a good time. I would definitely recommend!!!

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★★★★★

I really enjoyed Cafe 28. We went in the middle of the week so it was not busy at all. We sat outside, which was perfect for a summer night. The food was so good!!! Everything we ordered was good. The menu is small, but I couldn't decide what to get because everything looked so good. We shared a few different meals and they were delicious. The halibut was excellent. The spinach quesadillas were different, but possibly the best I have ever had. Our service was really good. I did not like one of the drinks I ordered and the server brought out another option without question. He was very attentive and we had such a good time. I would definitely recommend!!!

Pros: Everything we ordered was tasty!!!

Cons: Cocktails did not have enough alcohol. They were good, but too watered down.

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We've been to Cafe 28 twice now. Both times, the food was delicious). The first time we went, the service was great. The most recent time, though, we went on a busy Friday night and left less than impressed with the waitstaff. We were seated at the "extra" table that was placed in an area where there just happened to be room for one. This was fine by us, since we just wanted some dinner. However, the less-than-desirable table came with less-than desirable service. We didn't get the list of specials until our waiter came to take our order (and we sat there for about 15 minutes waiting to place our order). We were never offered more bread/butter either. And at one point, one of the servers came to take the extra chair from our table in the middle of our meal -- I was using its rungs to rest my foot on (I'll also mention that, shortly after being seated, one of the servers was leaning on the chair while talking to someone else -- while we were sitting there!).
The food was delicious though. The bread (not warmed, weirdly enough) and spicy-sweet butter were a great start to the meal, and if our waiter had stopped by for more than half a second, we might have asked for more. For the main course, I had the cuban pork, which was an explosion of flavors, a tangy sauce complemented everything very well; the fried yucca was delicious (Cuban hush puppies?). My husband had the scallop and lobster risotto, which was amazing. We opted to skip dessert, though the last time we were there we had the tres leches cake which was tasty (though it had coconut on it -- we're not huge fans).
All in all, we would probably go back for the great food, but not on a night so busy that the service suffers tremendously.

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★★★★☆

We've been to Cafe 28 twice now. Both times, the food was delicious). The first time we went, the service was great. The most recent time, though, we went on a busy Friday night and left less than impressed with the waitstaff. We were seated at the "extra" table that was placed in an area where there just happened to be room for one. This was fine by us, since we just wanted some dinner. However, the less-than-desirable table came with less-than desirable service. We didn't get the list of specials until our waiter came to take our order (and we sat there for about 15 minutes waiting to place our order). We were never offered more bread/butter either. And at one point, one of the servers came to take the extra chair from our table in the middle of our meal -- I was using its rungs to rest my foot on (I'll also mention that, shortly after being seated, one of the servers was leaning on the chair while talking to someone else -- while we were sitting there!).
The food was delicious though. The bread (not warmed, weirdly enough) and spicy-sweet butter were a great start to the meal, and if our waiter had stopped by for more than half a second, we might have asked for more. For the main course, I had the cuban pork, which was an explosion of flavors, a tangy sauce complemented everything very well; the fried yucca was delicious (Cuban hush puppies?). My husband had the scallop and lobster risotto, which was amazing. We opted to skip dessert, though the last time we were there we had the tres leches cake which was tasty (though it had coconut on it -- we're not huge fans).
All in all, we would probably go back for the great food, but not on a night so busy that the service suffers tremendously.

Pros: yummy mojitos!, delicious butter, well-seasoned dishes

Cons: service on busy nights is terrible

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Cafe 28 is an amazing place. Flavor is infused into every dish, even the butter (believe me, you'll be asking for the recipe)! The ambience is relaxing, the food is hearty and excellent. Definitely great for a romantic evening, a large dinner party or fun with the kids!

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★★★★★

Cafe 28 is an amazing place. Flavor is infused into every dish, even the butter (believe me, you'll be asking for the recipe)! The ambience is relaxing, the food is hearty and excellent. Definitely great for a romantic evening, a large dinner party or fun with the kids!

Pros: service, food, ambience

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I love Cafe 28. I've only ever gone in for dinner, and the menu is small, but everything I've ever had there has been delicious- even the staple roast porc dish is slightly unusual and very delicious. The portions are on the large side, the atmosphere is friendly, and the atmosphere is nice. The outdoor seating area is nice and they have some nice wines. The main cons are that it can get kind of noisy when it gets crowded, the tables are very close together, and you may very well have to wait a while on their busy nights (they don't take reservations for groups with less than 5 people). Despite that, it's still worth it- the entrees are mostly in the $10-$25 range and the food is great. Have a mojito in the bar while you're waiting for a table!

2
★★★★★

I love Cafe 28. I've only ever gone in for dinner, and the menu is small, but everything I've ever had there has been delicious- even the staple roast porc dish is slightly unusual and very delicious. The portions are on the large side, the atmosphere is friendly, and the atmosphere is nice. The outdoor seating area is nice and they have some nice wines. The main cons are that it can get kind of noisy when it gets crowded, the tables are very close together, and you may very well have to wait a while on their busy nights (they don't take reservations for groups with less than 5 people). Despite that, it's still worth it- the entrees are mostly in the $10-$25 range and the food is great. Have a mojito in the bar while you're waiting for a table!

Pros: Excellent food, friendly staff, not overpriced

Cons: Noisy, long wait, no reservations

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I really enjoyed this restaurant. At first I opened the menu and thought "thats it, just two pages?" But, as I looked at every item on the menu, I got excited and could not choose what to order. The waitress suggested the Caipiroska for a drink, which we loved and got a little buzzed from just one. As we were waiting for the food, I could not get enough of their butter. It was like they whipped sugar and a tad of crushed red pepper in the butter. I ordered the Cuban Roast Pork, which was great. My friend ordered the Honey Jalapeno Pork Chops. We both tried each other's meals and loved them. I eventually found myself dipping my pork into her sauce. All and all, I was very pleased with my experience and would suggest it to anyone who loves all kinds of meat.

2
★★★★★

I really enjoyed this restaurant. At first I opened the menu and thought "thats it, just two pages?" But, as I looked at every item on the menu, I got excited and could not choose what to order. The waitress suggested the Caipiroska for a drink, which we loved and got a little buzzed from just one. As we were waiting for the food, I could not get enough of their butter. It was like they whipped sugar and a tad of crushed red pepper in the butter. I ordered the Cuban Roast Pork, which was great. My friend ordered the Honey Jalapeno Pork Chops. We both tried each other's meals and loved them. I eventually found myself dipping my pork into her sauce. All and all, I was very pleased with my experience and would suggest it to anyone who loves all kinds of meat.

Pros: Priced fairly, Wonderful food, great atmosphere

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I went here for brunch recently and had a pretty good experience. There was no wait to sit; in fact it looked like they were at less than 1/2 capacity. Service was attentive and friendly. I had the honey-glazed porkchop with eggs and it was great. Actually the eggs were overcooked (I wanted over easy, got over hard), but the porkchop was well worth the price on it's own, being not unlike the porkchop they have on their dinner menu, though substantially smaller (thank God!) I will definitely go back.

2
★★★★☆

I went here for brunch recently and had a pretty good experience. There was no wait to sit; in fact it looked like they were at less than 1/2 capacity. Service was attentive and friendly. I had the honey-glazed porkchop with eggs and it was great. Actually the eggs were overcooked (I wanted over easy, got over hard), but the porkchop was well worth the price on it's own, being not unlike the porkchop they have on their dinner menu, though substantially smaller (thank God!) I will definitely go back.

Pros: great food, no wait brunch, good service

Cons: parking tough

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I come here on my birthday every year for two reasons: my birthday is the 28th, and this is one of my very favorite places to eat in the city. Everything they serve is outstanding and beautifully presented. Some of my favorites are the coconut shrimp, the ropa vieja, the chicken or spinach floutas, and the specials are always great. Even the butter they serve with the table bread is memorable: a touch sweet and a kick of spicy. The only drawback is this restaurant is so popular, it can be mobbed to the point that you may not be seated for a long time. But go there on off-peak hours, and you'll be very pleased.

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★★★★★

I come here on my birthday every year for two reasons: my birthday is the 28th, and this is one of my very favorite places to eat in the city. Everything they serve is outstanding and beautifully presented. Some of my favorites are the coconut shrimp, the ropa vieja, the chicken or spinach floutas, and the specials are always great. Even the butter they serve with the table bread is memorable: a touch sweet and a kick of spicy. The only drawback is this restaurant is so popular, it can be mobbed to the point that you may not be seated for a long time. But go there on off-peak hours, and you'll be very pleased.

Pros: outstanding food, pretty atmosphere, variety of specials

Cons: crowded

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We had to wait 2 hours after my friend's party reservation because the restaurant didn't hold tables for us. They said our whole party had to be there to be seated, but they let another party sit down in a special room with only some of their guests. The food was mediocre for the price. I wasn't impressed at all, and when a restaurant screws up someones reservation, I expect them to try and make up for it. They lost my business for good.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had to wait 2 hours after my friend's party reservation because the restaurant didn't hold tables for us. They said our whole party had to be there to be seated, but they let another party sit down in a special room with only some of their guests. The food was mediocre for the price. I wasn't impressed at all, and when a restaurant screws up someones reservation, I expect them to try and make up for it. They lost my business for good.

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I loved there breakfast! Chirzo(mexican sausage)is really good. Good portions size, you can share some of the plates. It is a little expensive, so I only go some of the time. Well worth giving this place a try!

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★★★★★

I loved there breakfast! Chirzo(mexican sausage)is really good. Good portions size, you can share some of the plates. It is a little expensive, so I only go some of the time. Well worth giving this place a try!

Pros: Good Staff, Great Breakfast

Cons: , expensive

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The food was very flavorful and authentic. Loved the butter! Couldn't get enough of the bread because of how great the butter tasted. Normally, if a restaurant that serves latin food has a trendy look to it, the food is not even close to authentic. That's just been my experience. But at this place, you get the best of both worlds. Great crowd. We arrived at 7:30 and it was crowded. We had to wait an hour but it was worth the wait and we managed to snag a tiny table to enjoy our drinks. I highly recommend the place. Great job!

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★★★★★

The food was very flavorful and authentic. Loved the butter! Couldn't get enough of the bread because of how great the butter tasted. Normally, if a restaurant that serves latin food has a trendy look to it, the food is not even close to authentic. That's just been my experience. But at this place, you get the best of both worlds. Great crowd. We arrived at 7:30 and it was crowded. We had to wait an hour but it was worth the wait and we managed to snag a tiny table to enjoy our drinks. I highly recommend the place. Great job!

Pros: Authentic, Great Ambience, Nicely Priced

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The food & atmosphere are equally splendid. This can be a casual or more upscale dining experience depending on your mood. Sunday brunch is really good but be sure to get there before the crowd does! This place is ALWAYS crowded as the restaurant speaks for itself. They have recently expanded which was a nice surprise and the decor is warm and inviting. If you've never been to Cafe 28, I would hightly recommend going.

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★★★★★

The food & atmosphere are equally splendid. This can be a casual or more upscale dining experience depending on your mood. Sunday brunch is really good but be sure to get there before the crowd does! This place is ALWAYS crowded as the restaurant speaks for itself. They have recently expanded which was a nice surprise and the decor is warm and inviting. If you've never been to Cafe 28, I would hightly recommend going.

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I had the good fortune to find myself at Cafe 28 on a weekend trip to Chi-town this past summer and was treated to one of the most enjoyable dining experiences of my life. The Mojitos, impeccably poured, could only be described as the feel good drink of the year. The exposed brick and intimate lighting served as the perfect backdrop to the sumptuous food that was placed in front of us by the very attentive staff. My only complaint is that I still have not found its equivalent in NYC.

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★★★★★

I had the good fortune to find myself at Cafe 28 on a weekend trip to Chi-town this past summer and was treated to one of the most enjoyable dining experiences of my life. The Mojitos, impeccably poured, could only be described as the feel good drink of the year. The exposed brick and intimate lighting served as the perfect backdrop to the sumptuous food that was placed in front of us by the very attentive staff. My only complaint is that I still have not found its equivalent in NYC.

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One of my favorite restaurants in the city and I've been to a lot of them. The food is consistently outstanding and and excellent value. You won't be dissappointed with anything on the menu. Wash your meal down with a pitcher of sangria.

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★★★★★

One of my favorite restaurants in the city and I've been to a lot of them. The food is consistently outstanding and and excellent value. You won't be dissappointed with anything on the menu. Wash your meal down with a pitcher of sangria.

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I am never disappointed when I leave Cafe 28 and I usually have to be rolled out of there from eating so much. The atmosphere is very lively and it's always crowded. It's hard to choose between their many tasty appetizers. And let's not even start talking about the bread and butter that they give you with your meal. The bread comes with a spicy butter that's amazing! And their Tres Leches cake is so delicious it should be against the law!

2
★★★★★

I am never disappointed when I leave Cafe 28 and I usually have to be rolled out of there from eating so much. The atmosphere is very lively and it's always crowded. It's hard to choose between their many tasty appetizers. And let's not even start talking about the bread and butter that they give you with your meal. The bread comes with a spicy butter that's amazing! And their Tres Leches cake is so delicious it should be against the law!

Pros: Moderate prices, Excellent food

Cons: Bad parking, Long Wait/Crowded

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What a wonderful way to spend an evening. After hearing raves about this place I had to try it myself and I am hooked. The flavors are exceptional, although the service is a little inconsistent. This hip place fills up fast but it's well worth the wait. I have yet to be disappointed by the cuisine. Definately on the top of my list of favorite places to eat. Rumor has it the brunch is great, too.

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★★★★★

What a wonderful way to spend an evening. After hearing raves about this place I had to try it myself and I am hooked. The flavors are exceptional, although the service is a little inconsistent. This hip place fills up fast but it's well worth the wait. I have yet to be disappointed by the cuisine. Definately on the top of my list of favorite places to eat. Rumor has it the brunch is great, too.

Pros: Exotic Flavors, Family Owned, Fun

Cons: Inconsistant Service, Crowded

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It can get kind of trendy and hip here at night, but the hidden surprise is to head in for weekend brunch/beakfast. The menu is packed with so many fun choices that it's hard to pick just one -- from omelets to Cuban sandwiches, everything looks great. Plus, the prices for brunch are terrific.

2
★★★★☆

It can get kind of trendy and hip here at night, but the hidden surprise is to head in for weekend brunch/beakfast. The menu is packed with so many fun choices that it's hard to pick just one -- from omelets to Cuban sandwiches, everything looks great. Plus, the prices for brunch are terrific.

Pros: Great brunch, Cuban entrees

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This neighborhood restaurant keeps growing, having added another room to its cozy front bar and spacious, sunny middle dining area. It's a comfortable, cheerful place, with exposed-brick walls, handsome dark-wood…

 

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