|Venue name:||Café Brauer, Lincoln Park Zoo|
2021 N Stockton Dr
|Cross street:||between Dickens Ave and LaSalle Dr|
|Transport:||Bus: 22, 36, 73, 151, 156.|
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
I went to the Cafe Brauer May Patio Preview as a Time Out Tastemaker and was pleasantly surprised at the versatility of this widely-known location in the heart of Chicago.Cafe Brauer offers beautiful sights of the skyline, a waterfront patio, and shaded seating for scorching summer days at the zoo. Drink highlights included a complex watermelon Paloma, bitter blood orange margarita, and smooth cucumber martini. Though the staff is incredibly hospitable with it's open kitchen and quick service, the prices seem slightly high- the impossible burger and fries (a vegan alternative to the typical burger) runs $19. Beside the prices, which one might excuse because the park itself is free, Cafe Brauer is a family-friendly, healthy, and more sophisticated alternative to the classic popcorn and cotton candy carts seen in the area.
WORST experience ever. They happen to have their doors locked, making you come through the patio area to "be seated." Did not know that and we came through the main doors and was shown were to be seated and the guy mentioned something about locking their doors so people can't use their restrooms if they are going to the zoo. Anyways, we sit down and waited to be served or even observed at the least and no one came for well over 10min. When I got up to get menus and ask who the server was, the lady said "oh, we were wondering what you all were doing." 😒 really, sitting down at a table...at a resturant and they wondered what we were doing. (THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!) so a waiter was supposed to make it over to the table after I spoke with that lady, I then had to get up again and go to the hostess to get a menu and ask for our waiter. Finally, a ladt comes by and takes our order (not our actual waiter). We asked to move tables after a couple of people left, since it was super hot and we were at a table under an umbrella that really didn't cover much. After waiting a long time, our food came out by other waiters and what I assume to be a manager. My food was overcooked and I just didn't care to get up again to get another waiter, so I didn't/couldn't mention it to anyone, because no one ever came back around. I had to flag a waiter down and ask for a refill and the check. Then as another lady walked by, I had to ask her who our waiter even was. By this this time, I had stopped this lady at least 4 different times. I found all of this to be ridiculous since they we're only serving the patio area, which probably has no more than 20 tables and have well over 5 servers. Despite having multiple waiters, they were highly unorganized and seemed to be so rushed for whatever reason. I got up to take my daughter and niece to the restroom and had to walk from the patio to the inside and this waiter was damn near harassing me about being a customer or not and where we were headed...😐I find it hard to belive that none of these people in this ENTIRE F***ING resturant couldn't see me or my table of 5 this entire time. Y'all are lucky I didn't go off on y'all when I had the chance!!! Better believe I didn't leave a tip.🙃
The patio at Cafe brauer is a perfect outdoor brunch/lunch/dinner place in the warm months of Chicago. As you drink and eat, you can easily view the skyline over the pond. Cafe brauer is dog friendly so bring your pup along too! All of the menus contain a bit of variety so everyone should be able to find something they like. The bloody marys are excellent and could be enjoyed all day. You can't go wrong with a patio or turkey burger. Both come with homemade chips or for a bit more you can pick a different side. If the wait is long for a table, pop over to the zoo while you wait. The Patio at Cafe brauer is a must if you're in Lincoln Park.