Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.13mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.37mi
  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.13mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.37mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.13mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.37mi
  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.13mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.37mi

About Cafe Robey

Our neighborhood café serves up Chef Kevin McAllister’s Modern American fare – against the backdrop of Wicker Park and Bucktown’s bustling six-corner intersection. Join us for brunch and dinner every day of the week. With our open kitchen and double height ceilings, every seat in Café Robey gives way to the streetscape of Milwaukee and North Avenues.

For any parties larger than 6, please call for reservations, 872-315-3084

2018 West North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Daily: 7.00am - 2.00pm

Dinner: Sun-Thurs: 5.00pm - 10.00pm

Dinner: Fri-Sat: 5.00pm - 11.00pm

Cross Street:
Damen avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(872) 315-3084

Website:
http://www.therobey.com/#robey

Parking Details:
$19 up to 4 hours

Public Transit:
Damen avenue - Blue Line

Executive Chef:
Kevin McAllister

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Robey Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Special Occasion (22)
See All
Fit for Foodies (22)
Romantic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Great for Brunch (15)
Cozy (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Fun (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Casual (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Scenic View (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Sort by
S
173 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Austin)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service1
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

This is one of my favorite spots for breakfast or brunch. Great atmosphere and food. I want to try dinner too.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great spot. Interesting menu, but portion size makes it pretty pricey for dinner. Crispy Pork Belly is a can't miss.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value2

 
·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great service, very good food and an easy space for conversation. I very much enjoyed Café Robey.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was awesome, loved the salmon. The staff was attentive and engaging. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service2
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was decent but a little cold when it came out. Coffee/espresso drinks were disappointing for the price. Overall, okay but overpriced.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of the few places that offers brunch earlier than 10 am. Service was great. Cocktails were amazing as was everything we ordered - brioche French toast, hash brown sides, omelette, Cuban sandwich and eggs Benedict. Also didn’t feel like we were crammed in and could really enjoy ourselves. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 29, 2017

A nice neighborhood gem. Start you’re evening with a drink on the top floor, Up and up bar, and complete your evening with dinner at the lobby level Cafe Robbie!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our server was pretty terrible. We got food before our first drinks even though the host took our drink order after we sat for 10 min without seeing our waitress. Our drinks were consistently empty and often waited for 10+ min for a new drink. Worst of all my scallops came and after a bite i realized they were pure mush. The waitress even commented that she had never seen that. They removed the dish from our bill but didn’t offer anything else.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service1

 
·Dined on December 20, 2017

I booked a table for 6 for a business lunch at Cafe Robey. It was everyone's first time and we all loved it. The atmosphere and noise level was perfect for a lunch with colleagues, or any occasion. We will most definitely be coming back. I even suggested my partner and I go back for a date.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 18, 2017

Taste and tasteful are what the Robey cafe has to offer. You'll like the gastronomic variety it has with its chicken, salmon and branzino dishes.
On the tasteful front the interior design of the cafe is trendy yet, a hint of vintage nostalgia is its essence. Tastefully done indeed.
But all that is not worth going to or coming back to if the service is not par excellence. Well I have kept coming back to the Robey Cafe and, its Up and up lounge at the rooftop. So there I rest my case.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I was really impressed. My husband saw an old menu online. So, he wanted to order something from the old menu. After, I convinced him to try what was current, he could not believe how good the food was. So, thank you for being different.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We enjoyed our meal as well as the ambiance of the place. Waiter was rice though.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service1
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I love the new menu! Lots of great food and interesting additions.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Thought the food was overpriced. So many good restaurants in the area at a much better value. Waitress tried to upsell us on every decision we made.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The avocado toast with egg and crab was exceptional. The brioche French toast was delicious. Will definitely be back for dinner!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Meal was good but portions were rather small and over priced for what it was. The environment is beautiful and service was great!

Tags: Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

 
·Dined on December 3, 2017

Server was inexperienced and made many mistakes including the fact that she totally forgot the two salads that we ordered. Instead, all of our appetizers and main dishes arrived at once but all were cold. When it came to dessert, I was given an old menu that contained some items that were no longer available. Very disappointing

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service1
value2

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

If scallops weren't under cook then I would have rated it 5 star.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Appetizers were unimpressive, entrees amazing and desert, ok.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is a great place with excellent food at good prices, waiting to get discovered

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Fantastic Thanksgiving option for our small family. Our server was adorable and attentive. Our host was friendly and informative and Chef Colin was superb.
Each dish was uniquely prepared and exploding with flavor. Loved our visit and will go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for their Thanksgiving meal! Great price deal and amazing food. We were seating promptly , and served shortly after! Service was stellar and kind. We would definitely go back for another thanksgiving and/or a dinner with friends. Highly recommend.!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Stopped by Cafe Robey on Thanksgiving for a quick brunch and was pleased with our experience. Drinks were very good, as was the food. Would def brunch here again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

 
·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was very good, my coworker had the duck hash and I had the cheeseburger. Both dishes were made with fresh local ingredients and skillfully prepared. Portion size was just right and price was very reasonable.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is a beautiful spot for dinner and drinks for small groups or, upstairs, larger parties. Tasty food and drink, personable service, and attractive decor and some playfulness as well.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Full disclosure we had a GILT city but we had a wonderful dinner with great service (shout-out to Zach on his recommendations!). Already talking about when we should go back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a very tasty brunch, especially the banana bread with honey butter. Service was very attentive despite the room being busy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My open table reservation was not reflected and the hostess did not offer me any type of apology or acknowledgement.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent service and food, would go back anytime! Good sized plates for the price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lovely meal with lots of opportunities for sharing (small plates). The venue is beautiful with large windows and a warm and inviting decor. The staff was attentive and very helpful with menu selection.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was amazing. I don’t usually write reviews on open table, I was so impressed with their food that I just had to. The interior is great, the food was amazing, and the service was superb. The only downside is the location - the area can get pretty packed and obnoxious on weekend, and parking can be difficult. I recommend public transportation or uber getting there.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Delicious!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and service in a hip environment

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Really delicious food!!! My date and I had the chicken and the salmon, and ciders. The service was friendly and the interior was trendy and cool. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The place was empty. Hostess seats us next to the only other occupied table. We asked if we could sit someplace so we were not right on top of each other. She moves us with an attitude and then seats the next group right next to us. At this point there are only three tables occupied. Either stupid, bad service, or bad attitude. Take your pick. This could be one of the reasons the place was empty. Food is great!!!

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.