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Cafecito

#177 of 7,682 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood:
Downtown / The Loop
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26 E Congress Pkwy, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605-1236
+1 312-922-2233
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07:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for some good tasting food in a very casual atmosphere, this is your place. I gave Cafecito an average review because of my Cuban Sandwich. It was just okay and I felt it should have been a little more memorable. That said, the Cuban coffee was excellent. My husband had Ropa Vieja and it was delicious.... More 

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Thank 970susan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Walked in and received immediate attention from staff regarding food order and very prompt service to the table. Tasty authentic Cuban food served by efficient and friendly staff. A really enjoyable lunch experience.

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Thank Edel O
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

On my visit to chicago. I stopped by a cuban restaurant to have breakfast, but costumer service was horrible. The food was over cooked, they advertise as being a cuban restaurant but they lack of a lots of original plate. When i try to order the food the clerk was not very helpful and they took for ever to bring... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We discovered this little gem by accident. My wife and I were strolling towards Michigan Avenue and saw this small Cuban cafe. It can get crowded, but mostly because the food is excellent and not very expensive. Finding the restroom is a little tricky- it's out the door and upstairs, so you'd better ask. However, the sandwiches were so good,... More 

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Thank Ken N
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

A friend introduced me to this place around corner from library and next to hostel. Refreshing alternative to chain sandwich shops. Menu diverse with fresh greens and flavors. I got la costa with turkey avocado chipotle . Yum. Perfect for afternoon hunger.

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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Awesome Cuban food in the Central Business District (Loop). Give this place a try, a meal probably goes for about $10. Nothing in the Loop is truly "cheap". But this is a popular place for the weedday lunch crowd.

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Thank Robert G
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Cafecito is a great little Cuban coffe sandwich shop. Their pressed sandwiches are amazingly tasty, fresh, well thought out in ingredient combination, and the location can't be beat. I honestly didn't realize they also served coffee! I love the sandwiches!

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Thank Mike H
Akron, Ohio
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for a pre-party snack for my husband and me on NYE. El Toro pressed sandwich and black bean soup were both fabulous. Will definitely go back for more!

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Thank Mojee C
St Louis
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This fast food style Cuban sandwich shop was great! The sandwiches were about 7-8 inches long - a generous serving for the price. The kids turned theirs into combos for $1.79 more to add chips and a soda. I did the same but with black bean soup for $3.29. The ingredients were fresh and of good quality. We will visit... More 

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Thank jb1233
Chicago, United States
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This is a fantastic little Cuban Cafe. Must get there early if planning to eat lunch as it is not secret the food is amazing. Enjoyed this little spot very much!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Cuban, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 E Congress Pkwy, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605-1236
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-922-2233

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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