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Chi Cafe

Chinese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant · Armour Square
2160 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, United States
Open until 4:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 8:00 AM–4:00 AM
  • Fri–Sun
    • 24 Hours
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 147 votes

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    Leo K.
    "... sirloin in sweet saki, salt and pepper squid, chi stir fry special, chicken wings..."(6 Tips)
    Rishik P.
    "Sizzling beef in saki sauce, and the salt and pepper pork chops!"(4 Tips)
    Renalin J. M.
    "My boyfriend & our friends LOOOVE their Salt & Pepper Squid."(3 Tips)
    Vithida S.
    "Anything with sweet saki sauce."(2 Tips)
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  • good for a late night
  • Chinese food
  • saki sauce
  • pepper squid
  • sweet saki
  • authentic
  • pan fried turnips
  • tea
  • casual
  • lively
  • good for groups
  • Hong Kong food
  • fish balls
  • smoothies
  • beef
  • good for a quick meal
  • family-friendly
  • breakfast food
  • stir fry
  • soup
  • Chad B.

    Plenty of surprises on the menu. Try the salt and pepper smelts.

    Chad Bell · September 28
  • Heather B.

    It was okay. I just ordered vegetarian noodles. Good for late night post drinking.

    Heather Bell · September 17
  • Harper W.

    I had the chicken satay, and the beef and broccoli and both were delicious. The service was good too, and it's nice and clean.

    Harper Wentz · July 6
  • Debbie Y.

    Rice noodle dishes, fried rice

    Debbie Yee · June 26
  • Debbie Y.

    Authentic casual Hong Kong style fare- would recommend the rice noodles! Good food for a good price.

    Debbie Yee · June 26
  • Alex D.

    Beef with saki sauce was incredible.

    Alex Dobyan · June 3
  • David S.

    A chic, couple-friendly Asian cuisine. However, it is NOT a true Chinese restaurant. There are far better places to dine if you are looking for a Real Chinese dining experience.

    David Stevens · June 2
  • Sarah F.

    Huge menu and portions for a good price. Expect to take home leftovers!

    Sarah Falkenthal · February 26
  • Anthony M.

    Each table has a hidden drawer of utensils & napkins.

    Anthony Martorina · February 21
  • jc T.

    Romantic fun

    jc Tomlin · February 18
  • Samantha R.

    I've never been to Asia but I imagine I would frequent places like this there. Order some delicious soup and noodle dish, get yourself a ginger tea, watch Chinese TV & bask in the seedy neon lighting.

    Samantha Rangel · January 30
  • Rishik P.

    Sizzling beef in saki sauce, and the salt and pepper pork chops!

    Rishik Pillai · January 15
  • Andy T.

    Food is so cheap that almost every dish is under 10 dollars.

    Andy Tao · January 2
  • Michael D.

    One of my favorite authentic Chinese food joints in Chicago. I have yet to try anything I did not like. But beware the Szechuan chicken: it will literally destroy your mouth.

    Michael DiGilio · December 29, 2014
  • Karthik C.

    Kung pao chicken and chi cken noodle soup wad okay

    Karthik Challa · August 30, 2014
  • Heather S.

    Great hours, prices, portions, & flavor! I really liked the garlic chicken fried rice & beef chow mein but next time I'll ask for extra meat.

    Heather Smith · August 19, 2014
  • Jough D.

    Best hot & sour soup ever.

    Jough Dempsey · August 7, 2014
  • Aarif L.

    It was delicious and it reminded me eating in the cafe in Hong Kong.

    Aarif Leung · July 25, 2014
  • Glecy B.

    Everything was superbly delicious. It was perfect for my choosy palate.

    Glecy Bernales · June 9, 2014
  • Max C.

    salt and pepper smelt with some white vinegar ftw

    Max Celestino · May 11, 2014
  • Brent

    Try and purchase one of the vests that the servers are wearing. They are holy

    Brent · December 18, 2013
  • Crystal G.

    Great for my late night black tea and wonton cravings!

    Crystal Gonzalez · September 4, 2013
  • Jessica L.

    Open late! Try the fried sticky rice with dried shrimp and sausage. Yum.

    Jessica Lynn · September 3, 2013
  • Rainier B.

    Ask for the Kansas city shuffle

    Rainier Bigueras · August 3, 2013
  • Yer M.

    Bad experience. I ate a dirty squid. Poop and waste. It add discussing.

    Yer Moua · July 19, 2013
  • Vithida S.

    Anything with sweet saki sauce.

    Vithida Sueblinvong · July 16, 2013
  • Jing N.

    The sunrise specials are what I always get here. Cheap, fast, and good.

    Jing Ng · June 27, 2013
  • Natalli K.

    Do not be scared of the little black balls in your smoothie..... they are tapioca.... really big tapioca balls!!!! They are not monkey balls!

    Natalli Kosenkova · May 12, 2013
  • Rachel P.

    Best place for breakfast meals in Chinatown- includes drink!

    Rachel Poon · May 4, 2013
  • Chayant T.

    Salt and pepper pork chops are always satisfactory.

    Chayant Tanti · March 27, 2013
  • Austin

    try the fukin fried rice

    Austin · March 15, 2013
  • Cliff A.

    The nicest staff! Everyone is always welcome!

    Cliff A. · March 3, 2013
  • Cedric A.

    Try the fried fish filet w/sweet saki sauce. Delicious, breading is very light, sauce isn't overpowering (a very slight dip will do), comes w/a bowl of steamed rice. Order a side of chinese broccoli!

    Cedric A. · February 16, 2013
  • Scott H.

    Pork belly, sizzling eggplant, salt n pepper Squid extra jalapenos, hot n sour soup, mango smoothie... Call it a day.

    Scott Hinden · January 26, 2013
  • D. Pham

    Love the pan fried turnip patties!

    D. Pham · January 25, 2013
  • Gloria C.

    good for dim sum, snacks & meals, open 8am-2am, til 5-am on weekends!

    Gloria Chin · January 16, 2013
  • Tim H.

    "Japanese Tofu with King Mushroom" is awesome!! the tofu is sooo crispy and the sauce is delicious

    Tim H · December 31, 2012
  • Henry W.

    Awesome place, although there is no cell service to be had here

    Henry Winn · November 18, 2012
  • Claudia R.

    Try the Salt & Pepper it!

    Claudia Richardson · October 9, 2012
  • Bob B.

    One of the best Chinese places in the city.

    Bob Brown · May 13, 2012
  • Alvin B.

    honey ginger tea!

    Alvin Black III · May 6, 2012
  • bella d.

    don't get curry spaghetti or the rolled noodles. really gross texture going on there.

    bella dichoso · April 13, 2012
  • David H.

    Curry Fishball. Enough said.

    David He · April 8, 2012
  • Catrina A.

    Lemon tea and the beef chow mein are my favorite

    Catrina Anderson · March 14, 2012
  • Iron M.

    First time here and already impressed by the decorations and special drawer with utensils built in the booth. Total awesomeness & open late!

    Iron Man · February 26, 2012
  • Seema N.

    superb visit

    Seema Nautiyal · January 28, 2012
  • Amanda S.

    Cool bathroom... Ideal for a chick

    Amanda Sue · January 15, 2012
  • Jeffrey M.

    Salt and pepper smelt

    Jeffrey Mabilangan · September 15, 2011
  • Tammy

    Late night (opens til 5am) hot spot in Chinatown. Great food, friendly staff, and your bill will be cheaper than 2 mcdonald's meals. Can't beat that.

    Tammy · September 4, 2011
  • Kristina W.

    Best wonton soup.

    Kristina W · August 30, 2011

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