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Magnolia Cafe Inc - 15 Reviews - 1224 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (773) 728-8785

Magnolia Cafe Inc

1224 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-8785
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Magnolia Cafe Inc - Chicago, IL


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I absolutely love eating here! It's a cozy place with a wonderful staff, great food and innovative cocktail list. It's always of a mix of couples having a romantic dinner and ta...


We agree with everyone, the food is delicious and the wait staff was very nice. BUT, there are lots of restaurants with delicious food. Our experience was on a Friday night at 6...

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Dinner or Brunch or Both 5/16/2006

I have never had a mediocre meal here--everything has ranged from good to superb (although the lemon creme brulee is on the borderline). The beef, lamb and seafood dishes are my favorites and, as such, I have not tried any poultry, but I assume it is good. Go hungry so you can enjoy an appetizer, entrée, dessert and drinks. Brunch is served on Sunday and may be a more affordable option ($8-$15). While not on the menu, crab cakes Benedict seems to be a chef's favorite and has always been on the specials menu when I've gone. The Royale (brandy soaked raspberries in champagne) is a refreshing way to start or end your brunch. more

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Lamb Shank As Big as Your Head 3/10/2006

Well, maybe not that big, but I couldn't finish it--and I really wanted to. What's perfect about Magnolia's is the price:quantity:quality ratio. Yes your steak (or lamb shank) is going to cost somewhere between $25 and $30. But the serving is almost enough for 2 meals, and includes a side or two. And they are able to do this without sacrificing the quality in regards to cut and taste. I've been told that the chef here is a master at two things: chili and braising. I've sampled the braising (lip-smacking--but keep it in your head) but have yet to see chili on the menu. Apparently the chef participates in chili cook-offs. I can't remember his name, but if I find it, I will post it here in a comment. The wine selection was good and includes some very decent ports. I give the restaurant props for attempting the unique: one dessert I had was a lemon creme brulee. I'm glad I tried it but would not try it again; it didn't taste bad, just different. I love interior as well; it has a light and lodgy feel to it--you could dress up or down and still feel right at home. I've also heard the brunch is amazing but have yet to try it. Located in the Uptown area, Magnolia's is nearest to the Wilson Red Line or, if you don't want to go there, take the Clark bus or cab it. more

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Nice Cafe 7/19/2005

This is a very beautiful and quaint cafe in Lincoln Park. It is well kept and the atmosphere is very sophisticated and romantic. They have a very extensive menu with lots of delicious dishes. All the entrees are presented in a very exquisite manner, all beautifully decorated. But I think the design and decoration of the food was better than the actual taste. It's a nice place to go and you get a wonderul experience. But I definitely think the food could be better. more
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  • The Scene
    Magnolia Cafe's 50-seat room buzzes with couples and groups of chatting friends. Tables are tucked tightly together; exposed brick blends with muted-green walls, and fringed...

  • 9/28/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Tuesday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Thursday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Friday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Saturday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sunday 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, Cash
  • Neighborhoods:

    Far North Side, Uptown