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Café des Architectes

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Critic’s Notes

The setting, the staff, and the food exude modern Gallic charm in this smart hotel dining room. Greg Biggers’s creations excite with visual flair and shrewd juxtapositions of classic and global flavors as in his wonderful crab cakes with chipotle aïoli and scallion purée; housemade pickles, jams, and preserves enhance meals, including charcuterie and (and tastings of (housemade) cheese. Gratis starters and final macarons, lovely desserts, serious wines, and well-crafted cocktails make up for service lapses.

Dishes We Liked

Foie gras au torchon ($18), wild king salmon with artichoke purée ($26), chocolate malted milk balls filled with chocolate mousse ($10)

Related Stories

"Dining Tidbits," Nov. 11, 2008

"Dining Out: Match Points," April 10, 2009

"Greg Biggers, the New Chef at Café des Architectes," Jan. 19, 2011

Additional Information:

Price: $70-$99
Cuisine: Contemporary French
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: B, L & D daily. Br Sat, Sun.
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