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262 reviews
|Coffee & Tea|Chicago, IL 60605 United States

412 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 United States

(312) 939-7855

Open now:7:30 am - 11:00 pm



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You probably will not find any actual artists in Artists' Cafe, as the Café is named for the Fine Arts Building, where the restaurant resides. Artists' Cafe serves reliable diner fare, such as burgers, omelets and roast chicken. The prices are a little high for a diner, but it is a better bet than the chain restaurants found nearby. The patio is a nice place to sit in the summer. Grab a bite and go play in Grant Park, just a couple of blocks away.

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Rachel review for Artists' Restaurant
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4 months ago

11/20/2022, 02:31 AM
Could be such a neat place Located in the Fine Arts building and so close to theaters and museums, the Artist's Snack Shop could be such an interesting place. Unfortunately, it is not very clean and the food is greasy.
SunnyStripes S. review for Artists' Restaurant
SunnyStripes S. on Citysearch

10 years ago

02/01/2013, 14:56 PM
I love the variety of menu items!!!! They have wonderful salads and sandwiches. It is a great atmosphere for having lunch with the girls!!! The service is always great!!!
FeatherWeight D. review for Artists' Restaurant
FeatherWeight D. on Citysearch

10 years ago

01/14/2013, 00:11 AM
We came for breakfast and it was a beautiful day to look out at Grant Park. The waitress was nice and food arrived quickly
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serpentine delight G. review for Artists' Restaurant
serpentine delight G. on Citysearch

10 years ago

12/26/2012, 01:42 AM
The twentysomething waitress serving the outdoor cafe at the Artists' Restaurant (or Artists' Cafe, as it is popularly known) wears an outfit suitable for a workout - shorts and a loose black t-shirt. And work out she does, moving fast between bar, kitchen counter and her outdoor domain, kicking the door open, schlepping plates and glasses, bending down to reach for some papers a guest dropped on the floor. About to pick up a platter laden with hamburger and french fries, she stops and addresses the guy in the kitchen: "That's cold. I won't serve this." A new platter is made while she rushes back out. It's a warm afternoon; almost all the outdoor tables are occupied. Owner Irene reigns behind the cash register, conversing with the customers ("Have you had a nice lunch?"), and allowing some of the waitresses, at one point, to gather around a guest who is a singer. The cafe sees its share of celebrities; one employee names Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jim Belushi as two who have graced the premises.
Fruity P. review for Artists' Restaurant
Fruity P. on Citysearch

10 years ago

12/18/2012, 16:11 PM
The food was pretty good. I saw the grilled cheese sandwich highly recommended, so I ordered that, despite the fact that normally I would never have ordered a grilled cheese at a restaurant. It didn't disappoint.
LochNess M. review for Artists' Restaurant
LochNess M. on Citysearch

10 years ago

12/10/2012, 10:36 AM
We had a pleasant lunch here. The inside is such a throwback to a 50s dining restaurant. Loved it. Food was good - I had a club called some British aristocratic name: Wellington? Huntington? was tasty. My bf had a similar sandwich on a croissant, which he said was also good. They have an impressive drink menu, and the dessert selection was pretty awesome.
Lender L. review for Artists' Restaurant
Lender L. on Citysearch

10 years ago

12/04/2012, 14:23 PM
Again, amazing great times at this Cafe back in the 90's ate here a LOT after school at the Art Institute. Updating review soon....
HazelEyes D. review for Artists' Restaurant
HazelEyes D. on Citysearch

10 years ago

11/28/2012, 16:41 PM
I was in town for a Conference at the Hilton, just down the street, and a friend and I walked here for dinner. The menu is an interesting mix of ethnic and American foods. I had the Greek grilled cheese sandwich, which was feta cheese, tomatoes and red onions on pita bread. It was good and reasonably priced
Dixie L. review for Artists' Restaurant
Dixie L. on Citysearch

10 years ago

11/21/2012, 14:57 PM
I really like this place. The staff is friendly, the food is good, great coffee and the people watching can't be beat. It has a cozy diner feeling despite being a fairly large cafe.
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