I live in Milwaukee and work for a college. We met with a group of 5 graduates of our college for lunch and to talk about Chicago area events. The food was great. Everyone enjoyed it. We all had the iced tea and loved it. I had the omelet (this was March so it may be a different omelet depending on the time of year) and really enjoyed it. Not to filling, it came with a great side salad. The volume was low enough to hear each other easily. The locals all said they plan to come back.
Drove special from Ohio to meet up with friends for brunch. Reserved for 5 people but had to add 2 more people but they will not accommodate. Sat 4 of us by the bar and The rest by a table while the whole time a table was available next to us. The food was average
This was one of the most exquisite meals I’ve had in Chicago. It was hard to choose which dish to order because everything looked fantastic. The wait staff guided us through and offered exceptional service. Every detail was wonderfully curated. The beef was my favorite followed closely by the lemon tarte dessert. Loved it.
The food was great and the service was outstanding! Its a small but mighty menu. The lounge upstairs looks inviting. Highly recommend!!!
The food was great, service was phenomenal, and very fun atmosphere!
The portions are pretty small and the food quality is just average
Interesting and creative menu. Great veggie dishes. Trout rillettes excellent!
Two thumbs up for Cafe Robey! The service was excellent and food was great. They were attentive and gave my husband special treatment because it was his birthday. Do not miss this restaurant, or the view from the Up Room.
The service was amazing. Only surpassed by the food. My favorite dish was the duck. Absolutely to die for.... Hope to be back soon! (Complementary milk and cookies were the perfect night cap!)
Great take on old standards, try the amazing Cuban sandwich- slightly disinterested staff
The signature scent of the Robey is divine, and the avocado toast is exquisite.
Great brunch experience!
Great atmosphere, great service, pretty average good. Nashville hot chicken was sweeter than spicy and the pancakes were dense and heavy.
Really cool space with great views of the action in Wicker Park / Bucktown. Everything on the menu we ate was well prepared and delicious. Recommend to everyone.
Food was uniquely delicious and unexpected.
It took a while for our food to come out (we were there for brunch) but waiter brought us a treat while we were waiting and the meal was delicious.
Love the cookies and milk!
I’ve been looking forward to dining at the Robey cafe since it opened on my neighborhood, but was waiting until the glitches of a new restaurant would be ironed out. That being said, they haven’t been.
The food was on point and would give it 4.5 stars. We tried panzanella salad, pork belly and the beef dish. Cocktails were above average. My significant other ordered gin and tonic for his second round, and I think the tonic was forgotten. Although the gesture of extra gin is appreciated, he was just looking to have a simple drink.
Service was where Robey fell short. Our server was very pleasant when was present, but failed to check on us for most part. The menu wasn’t explained at all, and was just greeted with: are you ready to order, as if it was a ma-n-pa diner. Salad came out within a reasonable time, but pork belly app took as long as the main course beef dish. Server didn’t check if we needed another round of drinks, and after about 20 min I ended up asking their manager if he minded putting an order in for us. After dinner, another server asked if we wanted to look at a dessert menu and we said: yes. Our actual server just brought back our check without even asking if we were interested in anything else. Having worked in the industry, that’s just rude. Their manager did ask how everything went and apologized for the hiccups, but even with an offer to make it right, I don’t think I will be back; this city has far too many other great restaurants to check out with properly trained high end restaurant staff.
Great food. Nice waiter. Cool bar on the top of the hotel as well!
Robey is a gem, in a changeling sea of hipness.
Left a restaurant across the street, with the food uneaten on the table and took sanctuary at a far better place. Not only was the food far superior, but the staff was great, and welcoming. A great and welcome reprieve from a (we could care less) strange and absurdly loud kiddy corner competitor.
We were happy to leave the former and pay, as the clueless staff could not bother to notice that we were revolted by the food, the staff was clueless and the room was uncomfortably noisy and a “scene”.
Robey felt like a warm vacation spot in the midst of an arctic tundra.
Then the server mentioned the “local’s discount”. This included a 20% savings to maintain a local clientele of more or less regular patrons. Our server mentioned not only the discount, but was happy to know we four lived within 6 blocks and were happy to frequent for great food and service...
We received no discount.
The next visit we met out friend from Majorca at the train and headed in. This would be our second visit.
The server was the same and we reminisced with him of our prior visit and the lovely sanctuary offered from a crappy competitor across the street. He recalled the visit, and again welcomed us.
So when it came to the matter of the bill, server spaced the discount we left it alone lest we embarrass present company.
Upon the third visit (birthday). Four neighbors rendezvous and we enjoyed (so far) our meal during restaurant week. Our conversation elaborated to leave no doubt that we lived nearby and yet when the 3rd bill arrived, we received no discount.
OK. We uncomfortably discussed if we should ask the server about how the discount actually worked...
She explained that during restaurant week the discount advertised outside by zip code now, didn’t apply, to specials, but if we could produce an Amazon receipt or other proof of a living nearby, we’d be given a discount next time.
Embarrassed by the reply, we vowed to never return.
Great first time at Café Robey. Ordered the carrot, pork belly, and shrimp - all were delicious and service was excellent. We'll be coming again!
Great! Came here by myself for restaurant week. Thoroughly enjoyed the tea and meal
Cafe Robey sports a chic interior that is paired with disingenuous host interactions, less than average food and cocktails, and service that is always met with some sort of excuse.
Not a complete train wreck, but would not recommend or return to the restaurant. Fingers crossed for at better experience on the rooftop for drinks.
Had a fantastic brunch at The Robey, and will definitely be back! The menu items were delicious, the vibe was very brunch-chic, and I'm so glad this is in my neighborhood!!
Our food took a very long time to arrive. Once it did arrive it was not anything special.
We’ve been wanting to try Cafe Robey and came for brunch with our 2 year old. Great food, server was awesome and loved the atmosphere. We’ll be back! The avocado toast and sausage were amazing!
Been here several times and love the atmosphere and going up to the rooftop bar for after dinner cocktails. Our waitress who we also had at our last visit seems like she is doing us a huge favor and like she'd rather be anywhere else. Once maybe you are having a bad night, twice its just uncomfortable. It was also a birthday dinner and that wasn't even mentioned. We had apps and four entrees and each person said they were just ok to bad. I would go back for drinks upstairs but we won't be going back for dinner. Too bad because we really love the space.
We went to Cafe Robey for restaurant week, and it was wonderful! Everything was so delicious and our server Carly was awesome. We also learned they have a neighborhood discount Mon-Wed that's 20% off your entire bill. We'll definitely be back!
Went for the first time for a birthday brunch with a friend. Overall the ambiance is nice. Food was ok, nothing spectacular. The server and staff were polite it missed several opportunities to get the order right. I ordered eggs “ over hard”. The first time they brought me hard boiled eggs. When I asked the staff if he understood what I was requesting, He said “no”. After providing clarification, the order was remade a second time. This time the eggs were “sunny side” up. Nope. So...I’m not sure what happened. Eggs are pretty basic. Definitely not going back for food. They didn’t seem to listen or communicate clearly to the kitchen. If i ever go back it would be for tea, nothing more. It’s not worth the frustration or the feeling like you are micromanaging the chef.
*Not very friendly stuff on the front of the restaurant.
*Very poor service.
*Food has good presentation but lack flavor.
~Instead of the smell of good food this restaurant has a horrendous artificial odor scent.
~Our clothes and hair got impregnated with this chemical perfume/ambiance sent.
Terrible service, although the food was decent. Seemed over priced, though. Also, I had told the hostess when I confirmed my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and she said they'd bring out little desserts and that never happened. Disappointing all around, as I've been to the rooftop multiple times and had a great time up there.
We stayed in a nearby AirBnB and saw the place from the street. It has serious curb appeal. Lovely space if not a tiny bit cold, but it was about 19 degrees outside. We had to wait a very long time to even order coffee. The place was not even crowded, but there seemed to be one waiter and a couple of runners. And the waiter had a terrible attitude. He acted as though we were lucky he bothered to walk over and speak to us. The food was very good especially the eggs Benedict. I had the chilaquilas which were more like breakfast nachos than chilaquilas but what was I expecting in Chicago? Buttermilk pancakes were tasty.
I must say that I would return again but hopefully there will be a different server next time.
This is one of my favorite spots for breakfast or brunch. Great atmosphere and food. I want to try dinner too.
FYI, if you order fish, make sure to tell them how you want it cooked. My salmon was too rare for me. Service was great.
Great spot. Interesting menu, but portion size makes it pretty pricey for dinner. Crispy Pork Belly is a can't miss.
Great service, very good food and an easy space for conversation. I very much enjoyed Café Robey.
The food was awesome, loved the salmon. The staff was attentive and engaging. Nice atmosphere.
Was disappointed with Cafe Robey. The service wasn't very great and the food was sub-par. The $12 Bloody Mary tasted like it had a lot of artificial lime juice in it and was hard to drink. 4 people in my group on the omelette and 3 of them were extremely oily and one seemed to have sand or dirt left in the spinach so left a crunchy texture behind. The rooftop bar here is very neat and I would highly recommend visiting for that spot, but the brunch at the Cafe downstairs left a lot to be desired.
The food was decent but a little cold when it came out. Coffee/espresso drinks were disappointing for the price. Overall, okay but overpriced.
great location and beautiful space. amazing service. though not a family restaurant, they were on top of accommodating a toddler- nice high chair, pulled mac and cheese from brunch menu to dinner. food was only so so. small portions, high prices, no great flavors.