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Cafecito

Cuban Restaurant and Café$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
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  • Ross B.
    Ross BranniganNovember 2, 2016
    Amazing artisan sandwich store in downtown Chicago. Amongst the many sub chains, it sets itself apart. Long queues at lunch. Recommend "the jerk" sandwich with grilled chicken and Caribbean spices.
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelOctober 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cortadito is one of my favorite espresso drinks in all Chicagoland. It takes the sugar and milk ur too afraid to add and serves it straight up. I go nuts for anything with their guava jam.
  • Ganula B.
    Ganula BorgilchuluunMarch 23, 2016
    The Best Cuban sandwich in the city with great price. If you hungry but too early for your dinner, go to this place and get the best Cuban sandwich you will ever have and comeback again.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 28, 2012
    This Cubano is delicious, and the key to its success is the citrus-garlic-marinated, cumin-rubbed lechon asado and the perfect toasting (whoever is operating the plancha needs a raise). -BC Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    This Cubano is delicious, and the key to its success is the citrus-garlic-marinated, cumin-rubbed lechon asado and the perfect toasting (whoever is operating the plancha needs a raise).
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MacApril 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Authentic Cubano sandwiches in the heart of downtown Chicago. A hidden gem! Don't forget to add a side of plantains.
  • Casey V.
    Casey VickersAugust 25, 2011
    The Pallomia without onions is my go to, I got mushrooms once it was amazing. Also don't pass on the Churo it's fantastic! Owner works the counter as well, he's great, like all the staff. Visit often
  • Raed M.
    Raed MansourMarch 31, 2016
    Fast Cuban food in the South Loop. Pollo Arugula and the Cubano are great starters but go deep into the menu for some real Caribbean flavors. Crowded with students, so seating us limited.
  • Heather F.
    Heather FolsomAugust 15, 2014
    The chivito was def the standout winner of the meal... The flavors just meshed together perfectly. The potato salad was also very good but the churro was stale & Cuban was burnt. I will be back!
  • Chrys J.
    Chrys JohnstonSeptember 29, 2013
    Try the Cafe Con Leche. Cuban espresso combined with a teaspoon of sugar and steamed milk. A perfect combination of ingredients for a light, not to sweet cup of coffee.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the caldo gallego from our 100 Best list: With white beans, potato, spinach, ham and chorizo, it’s every bit as smoky, porky and satisfying as the restaurant’s Cubano.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 1, 2015
    The Cubano is one of my favorite sandwiches in the city, be sure to order black beans and white rice on the side.
  • Cat G.
    Cat GaoMay 10, 2014
    This place is wonderful and super inexpensive. Get the Cubano or Lechon sandwiches and a café con leche!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    There’s no confusion over the star of the show here: The Cubano’s crusty bread is toasted just right, its roast pork juicy, its pickles thick, and its mustard and gooey cheese plentiful. Read more
  • Zuby H.
    Zuby HJanuary 15, 2013
    The tilapia criolla is one of my favorites paired with the rice and beans side. Sandwiches are freshly made and affordably priced for downtown. Can't go wrong.
  • noemi r.
    noemi romanJune 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want a quick bite, come before noon or after 1pm. The Cubano sandwich is a must try. And if you like coffee, get the cafe con Leche.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StappMarch 1, 2015
    The most delicious cortadito (espresso with milk) and lots of vegetarian options. I picked the Jardin. The service is very fast and the food is delicious!!
  • Amy J.
    Amy JMay 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe con leche is amazing! Only $2 for a large too! Bring cash though because they have a $5 minimum charge. It's a great spot for authentic, tasty, strong, inexpensive coffee.
  • Charmaine *.
    The pollo chimichurri is the best!!! The chimichurri sauce is what makes this delicious chicken platter amazing; served with black beans & rice with plantain!! ♡♡
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJanuary 7, 2016
    Everything is good here, but my favorite is cafe con leche & black bean soup. If you're near Millennium Park, it's a great place to grab a bite. 
  • Catherine H.
    Catherine HuffmanAugust 22, 2015
    The cafe con lech iced was perfect on a hot day. Also got the ropa vieja, which was insanely delicious on a hot day. I'd recommend it to anyone!
  • Linda B.
    Linda BlancoNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Cubano! If you're daring, try the ropa vieja with sweet plantains & black beans. If it's the daily special, get the grilled tilapia - while it lasts! Black beans & rice Cuban style! Riccissimo!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    There’s no confusion over the star of the show here: The Cubano’s crusty bread is toasted just right, its roast pork juicy, its pickles thick, and its mustard and gooey cheese plentiful.
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReidMarch 7, 2016
    Cuban sandwiches were yummy and good value! Also get the black beans and white rice on the side if you want to turn lunch into dinner.
  • Alexia M.
    Alexia MainFebruary 2, 2015
    The caldo gallego is absolutely a must! The service was great and the atmosphere really makes you feel like you're at a tiny Cuban cafe!
  • Leah J.
    Leah JubinalOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tilapia sandwich with habanero salsa is a winning combo! And if you need a pick me up, their cafe con leche is really good too!
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    The Timba sandwich combines Swiss cheese with sweet guava spread on crispy sub bread—new tastes that should be mild (but tasty) enough for even super-picky types. Read more
  • Carolyn P.
    Carolyn PavelkisMarch 24, 2015
    Great breakfast. Amazing Cuban sandwiches for lunch. The white bean soup is also delicious. And they make a great soy latte.
  • Dan J.
    Dan JAugust 14, 2012
    Chivito--fantastico! This place is as good as anything found at Bayless' Xoco...for less than half the price. I will definitely be back!
  • Mariana S.
    Mariana SanabriaJune 11, 2010
    any of their sandwiches will do but one of my favorites is the guava-q sandwhich. order this with a side of black bean and corn salad and on your way out order a cafe con leche.
  • Nadia E.
    Nadia ElisaMarch 1, 2015
    Ah, I haven't had a Cubano sandwich this good in years. A caldito gallego is the perfect side and finish it all off with a café con leche :)
  • Alex W.
    Alex WitekJuly 22, 2012
    Definitely try the Cubano. It's the classic Cuban sandwich, done just right. If you're in town at te Hilton or the Congress Plaza, gove this hip place a try.
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionDecember 20, 2011
    Sign up for their text message alerts to get specials and promotions! Oh and don't forget to try their fabulous sandwich selection!
  • Caryn J.
    Caryn JendroJune 14, 2013
    The tilapia criolla sandwich is incredible. Fresh and flavorful. Also try the steak chimichurri sandwich. Delicious!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Best-WilsonSeptember 20, 2011
    A bit of a hike from where I work, but you can't beat the cheap Cuban sandwiches, or the delicious cafe con leche or mango pie. Mmm...
  • Gabrielle R.
    Gabrielle RosasApril 30, 2013
    Cubano...so delicious and one of the best lunch deals in the area.
  • Phillip P.
    Phillip PlatzMay 6, 2010
    The Chivito is definitely THE sandwich to try. With steak, ham, bacon, fried egg, shoestring potatoes... there's something for everyone but our vegitarian friends. Try it, you won't be upset!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Their cafe con leche is my morning crack. The pollo chipotle sandwich and ropa vieja platter are also favorites of mine!
  • William W.
    William WilsonApril 19, 2013
    Loved the Roja and Jerk sandwich. The flavor was so terrific. Can't wait to get the Cubano next!
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedJuly 11, 2015
    Cuban coffee, iced on a hot day. So authentic here. Be prepared for a line, and it moves fast.
  • Devon H.
    Devon HallidayNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sandwiches and coffee are equally amazing! Try the Caramel Latte you will not be disappointed
  • Cheapism
    CheapismApril 13, 2011
    Get authentic Cuban sandwiches seven days a week. Their website offers coupons for a free house coffee with purchase of a sandwich, among other deals. Sandwiches are priced from $3 - $6. Read more
  • Darren G.
    Darren GennettenJuly 6, 2013
    The Jerk is probably my favorite sandwich. Today I tried the Café Con Leche, and it was swell.
  • Kara H.
    Kara HSeptember 8, 2014
    Great food! Almost everything on the menu is worth trying. Worth the trek and wait.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Sandwiches are always solid but don't sleep on the caldo gallego. Some damn good soup. Also, pineapple soda.
  • Rebecca L.
    Rebecca Luna6 days ago
    I don't see what all the fuss is here. There wasn't much flavor to the pork in the Cubano. If there was any, it was likely overshadowed by all the mustard. Was my first visit and probably my last.
  • Vicki G.
    Vicki GerentesFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything guava is a must, especially the Guava-Q and the guava batido! :)
  • Mike H.
    Mike HensleyMarch 10, 2015
    The Chimichurri sandwich is great! And the cafecito is a must have drink!
  • Gabriel F.
    Gabriel FerreiraAugust 3, 2012
    Even the normal espresso with milk is amazing. It's REAL coffee, if you know what I mean...
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 11, 2014
    Great sandwiches at cheap prices. I like the churros and the salads too.
  • Keenan A.
    Keenan AdamsOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    15% discount for staying in the hostel, so make sure you visit while staying
  • Kari
    KariApril 13, 2016
    Ropa vieja sandwich and everything on the menu is as cheap as subway or jimmy john's but 10 times better
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunApril 11, 2014
    Good sandwich! Really want to try the salads next time. Nice Hispanic music in the background.
  • Parama B.
    Awesome sandwiches and coffee. Cheap and great food. Worth multiple visits.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaJuly 8, 2013
    Killer sandwiches for a good price. The cubano and ropa vieja are delicious!
  • Patrice Y.
    Patrice YursikOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Cuban coffee and pastelitos in the city! Everything I've had here has been awesome
  • Jose Antonio E.
    Jose Antonio EspinalDecember 12, 2015
    This is real strong cuban coffee. The best I tasted during my stay.
  • Jay W.
    Jay WestMarch 31, 2015
    The choripan is amazing. Argentine chorizo and chimichurri yummmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • Maureen
    MaureenJanuary 30, 2013
    Popular lunch spot! But a great sandwich (the bello) at a decent price!
  • Sharon E.
    Sharon ElizabethMay 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cafecito, Desserts, Sandwiches are the best.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SobleJanuary 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The ropa vieja sandwich is an absurdly delicious thing to eat.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChenMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Everyone loves the sandwiches but try the exotica salad. It's one of the best salads I've ever had.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PerulliFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cubano sandwich, don't forget to get a churro!!!
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing place, great food, great prices!! You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
    Cuban sandwiches. The spinach shrimp salad was also refreshing!
  • Sid D.
    Sid DebJuly 12, 2012
    By far the best coffee ever. Try cafe con leche with dolce de leche. Mmmm, mama lucious!
  • Bilgen O.
    Bilgen OğuzSeptember 25, 2016
    It was really crowded but we managed to find somewhere to sit (somehow). The porsions were so big that none of the people in my table could finish their food. The taste was super
  • R O.
    R OrellanaJune 1, 2013
    Best coffee everrrr. Get the pitcher, it doesn't need sugar <3
  • Juan V.
    Juan VivasAugust 6, 2015
    The iced cafe con leche it's so good, don't think it, get the large
  • Cynthia B.
    Cynthia BurkeDecember 18, 2012
    Delicious Cubano and Jerk sandwiches, the pastries are irresistible
  • Rani
    RaniMay 31, 2014
    Their iced cafe con leche is to die for. Order it.
  • Luiz E.
    Luiz EduardoOctober 30, 2014
    Cubano for the quick meal, one of the platters to go if you got some time.
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RebellonSeptember 9, 2014
    The Cubano panini is mouth watering! Love the music... did I just visit Havana?
  • Noemí P.
    Noemí PeñaMarch 30, 2016
    Great milkshakes(guanánaba or guayaba)and sandwich bread.Friendly place.
  • T H.
    T HSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    I have no idea why the music is always so loud but it is so be prepared for that.
  • Fonso M.
    Fonso MMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The palomillo and iced café con leche are amazing !
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionApril 25, 2012
    Great prices for delish food! Try the Ropa Vieja!
  • Heather H.
    Heather HarmetApril 11, 2012
    Need something sweet? Try the guava pastry, or tres leches. Mmmm.
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MendozaJune 27, 2010
    Chimichurri Steak was DELISH! Ropa Vieja is also good. They serve Guarana and other import sodas. Tres Leches is decent.
  • Sharon E.
    Sharon ElizabethMarch 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pressed sandwiches, black bean soup,Cuban coffee, desserts
  • Claudia O.
    Claudia OcampoJanuary 17, 2014
    You simply do not use chimichurri on authentic Cuban dishes
  • Demi
    DemiSeptember 24, 2013
    Absolutely amazing sandwiches and everything from the bakery!!!!!
  • Italia
    ItaliaNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The mamey batida is delish! Must try!
  • Esteban P.
    Esteban PinoAugust 25, 2014
    Cortadito doble, very good Cuban coffee with a sweet taste!
  • Ben A.
    Ben AlbersSeptember 24, 2014
    The Cubano is the best I've had in the city
  • Thomas A.
    Thomas ApplegateJanuary 26, 2010
    For meat I love the jerk chicken and pollo chipotle and veggie I get the jardin - and plantain chips. Great staff!
  • Phuong H.
    Phuong HAugust 18, 2015
    Three words: Delectable cubano sandwiches!
  • Yaideliz R.
    Yaideliz RoldanDecember 31, 2015
    Chivito Must Have!
  • Fernanda A.
    Fernanda AlvesDecember 10, 2014
    Cuban! The (American) coffee is also legit
  • Andre W.
    Andre WilliamsMay 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great sandwiches especially the cubano!
  • Max
    MaxDecember 4, 2015
    Relaxing backpacker vibe with authentic food and coffee.
  • Juan V.
    Juan VivasAugust 6, 2015
    Sandwiches, coffee, iced coffee
  • Katie C.
    Katie CampbellNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The owner is so nice! Always gives u free things.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezMay 30, 2016
    Pollo Chipotle was quite delicious! Wasn't too spicy
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    The hot cocoa can lead to a good date spot
  • Michael F.
    Michael FloeringMay 28, 2016
    The Guava Q is a fantastic sandwich!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MacJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ropa Vieja skirt steak sandwich was delicioso! I must return for a Batidos (Cuban milkshake) once it's warmer outside.
  • Jay W.
    Jay WestNovember 17, 2012
    Try the Chivito. You won't be disappointed.
  • Ansell
    AnsellOctober 10, 2016
    Tried two sandwiches, both were dry and uneventful. Cheap though.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MJanuary 31, 2013
    The most authentic Cuban sandwich I've had since living in Miami.
  • Sandra
    SandraJanuary 10, 2016
    Amo este lugar con la fuerza de mil soles, vayan por ese Chivito y un café con leche. Sí, mucha gente pero se te recompensará. Te amo por siempre, Cafecito.
  • Fernando A.
    Sandwich Chivito y Arugula Salad espectaculares!Además tienen de los mejores hilos musicales que se puede tener!
  • Roberto G.
    Roberto GallegosSeptember 30, 2016
    Excelentes sandwiches y café a un precio muy accesible. Primerísima opción si se quiere comer algo rápido y barato.
  • Milene C.
    Milene Castelo BrancoAugust 6, 2014
    Cafe muito bom, semelhante ao brasileiro. O pao e magnifico!!!
  • Arturo L.
    Arturo LunaAugust 19, 2016
    A pesar de ser un lugar cubano, solo una de las baristas te atiende en español si ve que eres hispanoparlante.
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