CDA

3.8
1434 reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Following Governor Pritzker’s directive on Sunday, March 15, 2020, which mandates that all restaurants, bars and nightclubs immediately cease operation, CDA has temporarily closed. For dining enjoyment at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, In-Room Dining will remain available from 6am-11pm daily.

Food and drink is the focal point of any social gathering and CDA is a community meeting place that encourages making new friends and connecting with old. Our food, beer, wine, and cocktails are inspired by the bounty and diversity that the Mediterranean has to offer. We work with local farmers, growers, and purveyors to help showcase products that are true to the region and are in the peak of their seasonality. Our chefs create a unique dining experience with familiar classic small plates that are delivered in fun and creative ways, all focused around the concept of sharing. We encourage you to sip a drink. Share as much food as you can. Hang out. And feel welcome
What 1434 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.6
food
4.0
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3.7
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3.6
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KimJ
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a staple when I visit Chicago !! The French Press and fresh croissants are a must!

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viplovetheFrench
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the lunch. We were the only people in the room as it was a bit late, 1:30, when we arrived and we were never rushed. Very pleasant experience.

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Parps
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious affordable food with awesome atmosphere.
We will go back, highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best meal on rest week- new to neighborhood and will be back!!!

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TonyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

This restaurant has changed. They used to have a real chef, they don't anymore. Felt like pre-cooked, warmed up, cafeteria food.

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NickE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great dinner. Lovely staff. Really enjoyed our time.

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MarinaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Did not meet my expectations. It use to be my favorite French restaurant.. Yelp, Open table still have old photos and reviews. Now it’s new menu, slow service and just pure disappointment

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

While the food was quite delicious, it was overshadowed by the poor service and ambience. The ambience feels like a 90s chrome explosion, very harsh and not enjoyable. For the service, we were very disappointed that we ordered several courses to share, and specifically asked for them to be spaced out so we could enjoy each course as it came. All five dishes were delivered within five minutes of each other. It was not an enjoyable experience. Sadly, I do not think we will return.

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vipMike
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They never seated me and said I didn’t have a reservation

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vipReinaC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Sergio was wonderful and the male back waiter was very attentive but the older female with glasses who served us was awful. She hardly came by except for when she was trying to rush our meal and make us leave.

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vipTioBob
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In addition to the CDA experience, the following experience at Le Bar was AbFab!!!

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vipMela526
Chicago
366 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice small plate choices. The mushroom tartine was outstanding!!! The seabass was cooked perfectly and large enough to share if you had a couple small plate dishes. The seabass was truly wonderful. Save room for dessert because they also were quite good. The almond cake would be a recommendation. Service was sort of slow but I think server did a great job considering it did not look like she had enough help the evening we visited.

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eat2live
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service—formerly Café des Architectes, rebranding a success!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Unfortunately not as good as the former Cafe des Architectes. The food was alright overall. The appetizers / tapas were very good. We had a large group so we ordered a dozen different ones and most of them were excellent. The main courses were acceptable but nothing memorable, even the paella which seemed to be one of the specialties. So i would recommend sticking to the appetizers and tapas. Service was lacking and unattentive, despite the restaurant being more than half empty when we were there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Disappointed, on yelp says French and now it's Mediterranean. Menu is completely different. Shrimp wasn't fresh, the salad too salty, waitress said the baby octopus is good, we tried it but it's bland, and the fish was supposed to be sea bass, she says it's the most popular, it's nothing like any sea bass i had in other restaurants, doesn't taste like it, doesn't look like it. Paella was under cooked, we had to cancel it, cuz we don't want to wait 30-45 mins for it. All the pictures on Yelp for the former French restaurant looks good, that's why me and my friends wanna try it out, but not the actual Mediterranean restaurant now, service is slow too, not recommended.

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vipBabb
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food excellent, but service from waitress a little
Slow! Bus boys excellent!

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SusanneD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is perfect place. The small plates are exquisite, and the atmosphere is quiet but also lively.

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AlexandraK
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

They are super understaffed. Service was terrible. Took us over an hour to get our food, and we were one of only seven tables. The food was good at least. Appetizer was a super small portion, paella was an adequate size. Overall there are much better places in Chicago to spend that kind of money.

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vipDenise
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed both the food and tge ambiance!! Will definitely come back!!

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vipjcp3
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lynn is a very good waitress. We appreciated her personality and her service.

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vipKarenB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Although there was a private event at CDA, accommodations were made in Le Bar for our dinner and we were able to order off the CDA menu. Much appreciated. Food was delicious

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vipMaaya
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food !!!! Highly recommend . Great new menu not that old one was bad. A little more French would make it better.

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LaurenL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

With new menu, good food, and good service....and best of all, quiet so grown ups can talk

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vipswasgrafx
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very glad to find the rebranded/reconfigured CDA take shape in the Sofitel. Focused around "French Bistro" small bites, shared plates portions. The charcuterie selections and cheese are to die for, Jamon Serrano took our lead as well as Bresoala and Sobrasada. We made our own platter and it came served with toast points, jams and honey glazed nuts. we added Manchego over the Camembert. it was way too hot for a spreadable cheese. We decided to make shared plates our meals and can't get enough of the Crispy Haloumi, you'll fight over the crunchy bits. The Baby Octopus was prepared sous vide and grilled to perfection... all this made a great meal for two. We can't wait to come back and make it to table portions and dessert.

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vipMidagegirl
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went here with a girlfriend using a Travelzoo voucher. We both had 2 glasses of wine and ordered the wild mushroom tartine, pea ravioli, stuffed eggplant, and grilled branzino to share. The ravioli was delicious and I did enjoy the branzino and tartine. The eggplant was not what I expected and had a tartness that was a bit odd for me. My friend enjoyed it though. For desert we shared the lemon tart and hazelnut/chocolate served in a jar. Overall, a nice dinner.

I would come back here with a voucher, but generally it's a bit out of my price range.

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vipMariaA
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Unfortunate that they've shortened the name to "CDA" and lost the imagery of Cafe des Architectes--because the room at the Sofitel is SO lovely: light-filled, geometric and extremely pleasing. I've been here through the years and miss the haute cuisine frenchi-fied food a bit. The "sharing" menu and american-style egg breakfasts seem a rung down from their former fare, but it still is a beautiful and very tasty spot for brunch. A companion had the lobster omelet, which was delicious, as was the shareable shrimp dish, and we had the bomboloni for dessert, which were divine. Pastries are standard there and the chocolate croissant was perfection. Service was a bit slow but very friendly. If you are looking for a fancy, gold-coast brunch spot that is both pleasing to the eye and palette, CDA is a great choice.

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RonEric
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time always there at CDA. Staff is always so nice. We were there for brunch and our server was so attentive. The food is always delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyable space, meal, and service...

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MartinJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Disappointing-- some creative elements to the food but mostly overpriced food and beverage, mediocre service, and disappointing ambiance (other than a nice window). We were one of only 3 tables at 7 pm on a Friday night (with nice weather)-- so wondering how it got 1405 reviews averaging 4.6. Not sure where those people were but it seems like ratings might be confused with its predecessor, Cafe de Architectes, as CDA is a new offering-- according to staff. This is a hotel restaurant trying to make it in the upscale restaurant market, but it still seems like a not so great hotel restaurant.

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vipAdityaD
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food but lackluster ambience. Oddly empty for a good value.

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netski
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, chic atmosphere and good food. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing. Service was poor-seated over 15 minutes before someone checked in with our party.
Food was overlooked and cold when delivered to table.
So regretful I took visiting friend to this restaurant.

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melf
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine for breakfast !! Excellent menu options and nicely prepared food.

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Amantedelacomida
Mexico City
20 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Muchísima comida. Un exceso. Excelente sabor.

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vipCharlieGarrido
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation and it was confirmed this am.
HOWEVER THESE IDIOTS CLOSED THE RESTAURANT FOR A PRIVATE EVENT.

this city is too good, I’ll never be back.

Dumb Dumb Dumb

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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vipChicagoan
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall1food4service4ambience4

It was closed but we received no notice of that. Disappointed that they did not let us know.

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vipCarolynD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience2

The food was not that good. The décor needs updating...getting shabby. But our waiter was excellent.

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RitaK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was wonderful! My cheeseburger, not so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I think they should improve the wine list. The options at lower end where two expensive and not worthing. 60 usd for a Pay’s Doc. Come on! I didn’t see good cabernets fron California. The waiter was very kind though.

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CDA is rated 3.8 stars by 1434 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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