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Sweet Maple Cafe

Restaurants, Fast Food

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Parking

Street, Private Lot

Price

$$

Attire

casual

Groups

Yes

Kids

Yes

Delivery

Yes

Take out

Yes

Good for

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Caters

Yes

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792 Reviews

792 Reviews

Teresa M

8/26/2014

This is a great breakfast place in University Village. It can get quite crowded, though, and there isn't a lot of space to wait. I would recommend coming in early/late or expect to wait. Last time I was there I got the Sweet Maple-Opolis omelet, it was delicious. We usually get some kind of pancakes to share at the table, last time I think they had sweet potato or pumpkin...delicious!

Eric S

8/26/2014

Food is fantastic. Everything tastes like it was an old family recipe that couldn't be kept quiet any longer and had to be shared with the world. Biscuits are worth their weight in gold.

Dining area is small so the line to get in can be long. Get there early if you can, if not, it's still worth the wait.

Hands down the best breakfast in Chicago.

Ann C

8/26/2014

I recently asked my girlfriend to marry me, while the sun rose over the city skyline. In preparation for this huge event, I called Sweet Maple and asked if they could prepare a very special breakfast for me. Without any hesitation, their staff went out of their way to prepare for us. At 7am, our table was ready with a white table cloth (normally their tables have burgundy table cloths), a reserved sign and beautiful red roses. They also prepared a special breakfast, including heart shaped pancakes and heart shaped biscuits. It was such a beautiful set up that my fiancé started to tear up when she sat down at the table. Food was delicious. Service was amazing. THANK YOU SWEET MAPLE!

Matthew B

8/26/2014

Honestly the best breakfast I've even had. I had the protein power scramble with cheddar cheese. The eggs were cooked perfectly. I got the home fries with bacon and cheddar on top which were excellent. Even the white toast was awesome and obviously freshly made. All around great place. Had to wait about 15 minutes for a table, but it was worth it. Definitely get there early because shortly after we were seated the line about doubles in size.

edwin p

8/26/2014

It was really good. The fries were amazing. Good place to have breakfast

Mary R

12/8/2014

So excited to try Sweet Maple based on so many great reviews. Coffee was terrific and service was attentive and friendly. The hostess did a terrific job managing the many folks waiting on a cold and snowy morning. The multigrain toast was tasty. Unfortunately the rest of the breakfast was really disappointing-potato dishes were likely made from frozen cubes and were over-salted; corned beef was strongly flavored with Worcestershire amid the potato cubes; "special" salmon cakes were almost gray inside and did not resemble any salmon I've ever seen. Poached edges were cooked close to hard, not the medium the wait person confirmed when she took our order. Really wanted to love this place-decided we will not go back.

Eva M

12/8/2014

While out with the hubby I googled breakfast locations in the area and Sweet Maple cafe came up with rave reviews. Once we got there it was a long line, and we thought this must good.there was an elder couple with out of towner, whom they wanted to share this country cuisine with. My husband got the liver with onions, delic.I had pancakes and an omelette, also good. would have given four stars, but the quarters are so tight, And waiting is no fun.

Jocelyn D

12/8/2014

I love this place!! Great French Tost, Pancakes are amazing, as well as for the scrambles. The food there is the best! Absolutely one of the best breakfast in town!

Chicago F

3/30/2015

If you love biscuits then you have to try this place! Eating those amazing little clouds of bread and butter made wonder how many biscuits they actually make on a Saturday morning.

There's a cool little southern feel to place and the servers are beyond excellent. You sometimes have to wait but it goes fast and it's totally worth it. They have good egg sandwiches!

Ariana N

6/6/2015

I wish this place would expand - the food is so delicious but the wait really makes it tough to stick it out. I'm not a pancake girl but these were the perfect cakes - and the butter and syrup come in a little plastic cup. I also liked the cheese and egg sandwich - the biscuit was very different almost corn-bready.

Edward L

6/6/2015

Absolutely amazing. We had 5 different items on the menu and all of them rocked. Possibly one of the best breakfast places I have ever eaten at.

Miguel M

8/21/2015

Ambiance and food looked great. To bad I didn't get to enjoy it. I was with a group of 3. Several groups of 2, who arrived after were sat ahead of us. That's understandable even though some of the tables were right next to each other. Then a group of 3 got up and I was sure we were about to be seated. I was wrong a group of 5 with there names on the list after ours was seated. We continued to wait. I was 100% sure we would be seated next. Well I was wrong again. Another group of 3 was seated ahead of us. When we questioned why they were seated before us they said "we normally don't make reservations,but they had reservations."

We left. First time I ever walked out on a restaurant. Very very truly dissapointing experience.

Ken N

10/23/2015

Sunrise omelette was so good! Also ask for sausage and gravy with your biscuit!

redd s

11/28/2015

Actually wasn't busy at all when I dined. Superior surprised. Great food, comfy space and great service. Make this a place to check out if ever in the area! Major Chicago statement

Juan C

11/28/2015

The food I'll give 5 stars but the waiters and vibe is just really poor, I asked for the corner table by the back and they wouldn't give us the table simply because they said its for party's of 6 or more. I didn't mind till 3 white people came in and they rite away sat them at that table I had asked for. Then every time I asked for coffee or something we needed they would take so long to get it, idk was it because we look Mexican but I sure didn't like the way they attended us. Even tho the waiter was Hispanic too. Btw it was around 1:00, which is around closing time and they still dragged to attend us. First and last time I'll be going here, rather go to I hop then to be treated as an outsider.

NiJaal M

12/29/2015

As we were waiting for a table, a lady who had just eaten there came out and said it was one of the best breakfasts she ever had. Such a ringing endorsement! And I must say she is correct!

I went with my lady friend and we split the Sweet Maple-Opolis omelette and the cinnamon roll pancakes. We each had a side of cheese grits. ALL of it was pretty amazing! The pancakes were the perfect amount of sweetness with that wonderful cinnamon flavor. The omelette was cooked perfectly with fresh ingredients. It was great!

Stephanie V

12/29/2015

1 star for customer service. My family and I had the same waitress for both of our visits. The first visit was in February and the 2nd and final visit was on weds November 25,2015. On our first visit it was only my husband and I and the waitress was really rude and rushed us through our lunch. So I gave the place a 2nd chance thinking maybe the waitress was just having a bad day. This last visit was for my sisters birthday and it was ruined by this same waitress. She was rude and asked us to leave because my sister was taking too long to order so we left. We took long to sit because my mother is physically disabled and walks with a cane due to Gillian bare syndrome so the waitress was already upset with us. I just want to share my experience because it happened twice and I'm shocked this waitress is still employed there.

Dana T

1/30/2016

Great hidden gem of the neighborhood! You'll likely have to wait for a table but it's totally worth it! Really good breakfast food.

Jaime

4/9/2016

Go - go early and go often. The only bad thing is that there is never enough seating. So there is normally a line and it does go fast but it is worth it so just relax. If it is cold have only one person wait - leave everyone else in a warm car. The food however is delicious. Pancakes - eggs - french toast - it is all worth trying. The staff is friendly and they know what they are doing. I am not a big fan of going on the weekend cause I do feel rushed - but weekday treat is the way to go.

jessica b

5/21/2016

Plates are big and food has an incredible southern with a hint of mex mixed in. Seating is limited not advisable for big parties u less u come early! Table for 2 no wait at all!

Vissagan G

5/21/2016

Incredible hot chocolate and the biscuit with their homemade maple syrup are notable. The omlettes with potatoes and onions are well done as well.

Jean G

6/23/2016

Plenty of free parking. Food was hot and fast. Nice portion size. Sweet, friendly staff. Only negative things about this place was there was only one toilet! Besides that, quick, inexpensive, cozy spot.

Tory P

10/30/2016

Great cozy restaurant in Little Italy. We stumbled across this place the first time we went, not knowing what to expect. The food and the hot chocolate are absolutely delicious!

Stephen B

10/30/2016

Really great restaurant with homemade everything! The biscuits are a must. The ambiance is great, you feel as if you are eating at your own home... and the food is just as good or even better!

Jonathan V

10/30/2016

Awesome food and never had bad service. Usually crowded on the weekends but it's worth the wait.

Cristian H

10/30/2016

I like the south atmosphere, south style, big line and you must have the south patient. Music jazzy make better experience. Good menu and just need a little bit more of taste to the food and coffee. Staff nice.

Stephanie L

10/30/2016

Great place for breakfast/brunch. Relaxed classic diner vibe. Well known among UIC students as one of the best places on Taylor. I had the French toast, which was delicious.

Dave H

11/30/2016

This place is amazing. In general, I'd say you should prepare to wait for a table. We try to go on weekdays. Weekends are insane and there's not a lot of room to wait inside, so in winter, good luck.

The food is incredible, though.

Cheryl B

11/30/2016

Great food, Great service. Staff so pleasant. Doesn't get any better than that!

Rick M

12/30/2016

Old diner style with tasty food in big portions with reasonable prices. The biscuits are gigantic

Linda N

2/3/2017

Parking was easy, across the street in a parking lot for free or on the street with a meter. The wait was a tad bit long but with popularity I was surprised we didn't wait longer that the 10-15 mins that we did. No place to sit but someone must wait in line to not lose a spot, (or from what we assumed) got seated. Attended to quickly and served in a timely manner. The food was delish and the service great! The only thing that made me slightly uncomfortable is the upkeep of the restaurant. It use some love and maybe a refresher, and I'm sure the kitchen would need some loving too but I would come again when I'm in town. Food and service straight 5 stars, no place to wait & the image is why I gave this place a 4(I would have done 4.5 if possible)

Matt K

2/3/2017

Neighborhood staple. Great pancakes & scrambles. I've never had a bad meal here.

You have to order at least one pancake when you pop in.

Dave P

2/3/2017

Great food in the area but the long wait is a bit of a downer.

Mariana G

3/3/2017

The food tastes great. Through if you go on the weekends you will wait a long time. The restaurant is small.

Cassandra Y

3/3/2017

Always worth the wait. This place has excellent food, very friendly staff, and a diverse crowd.

dan j

3/3/2017

Food is excellent, the service is a long wait ,plan for a good 25-40 minutes to wait and eat

David V

4/4/2017

Small menu, doesn't have waffles. Very small dining area. It seems like a converted apartment building.

James R

4/4/2017

Best southern style breakfast food in all of Chicagoland. Responsible price and big portions, a must is the buttermilk biscuits

Gordon v

5/5/2017

Wonderful food. Try the biscuits. Very friendly service. 20s jazz playing with an older rustic feel. Just a really enjoyable breakfast joint.

Shema R

5/5/2017

The food was good but I paid $23 for three pancakes. I Kidd you not.

Sonjanita M

6/7/2017

We got there on a day when the wait wasn't too long & when it wasn't too packed - thankfully, because this place is TINY! Too small for the amount of traffic. The french toast was good, but I was expecting a little more something...fruit garnish or something. The egg potato dish my friend had looked amazing. Pancakes were huge and okay, but I like a lighter (in color and texture) cake personally. Free parking in the lot across the street but ONLY UNTIL 3PM - enter through alley behind the bbq place.

Sabrina M

6/7/2017

Great service, delicious food and larger portions than I was ready for! It was the first meal we had on our visit to Chicago and it set the tone for an awesome weekend.

Kristine S

6/7/2017

Generous food portions. Charming decor. Busy for lunch.

Larry M

6/7/2017

Great breakfast spot, portion sizes match the price! It is my wife's annual mother's day breakfast

Tara P

7/9/2017

My 1st time there and it was the best breakfast place I've ever been to. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because the location is pretty far from my home. Best coffee by Seattle Best and homemade country southern food from scratch. The place is small with limited seating but I'm going to say that's it's worth the wait. Decor is similar to an old country place.

Corey S

7/9/2017

Soooo....initially I thought the service might be a lil suspect as our waitress must have thought we knew all about the place....but I was wrong. She was great, attentive, pleasant...the food was Terrific...the right proportion of ingredients in the omelette, SALSA was on point and the grits were the right consistency. I NEVER GIVE 5 STARS!

Marc A

7/9/2017

Absolutely wonderful place. I love restaurants that specialize in breakfast. This is one of the best in the city!

Barbara K

7/9/2017

This place can be too crowded, but UIC was on summer break, and we went at lunch time and didn't have to wait. Very good food. We had a baby with us, and they were accomodating of that. Found parking on the street, but be sure you pay up as they will ticket cars in a minute in this location.

Rebecca G

8/9/2017

Arguably one of my favourite breakfast places in the city. The grits never let me down and I could live on their biscuits and the coffee is actually good! There's usually a wait if you go on the weekend or a holiday, but it's worth it, and they have seats set up outside, so once you put your name on the list go hang out with your group on the sidewalk!

Amy W

8/9/2017

Used to frequent here 15+ years ago, and made it a must see when we visited recently. So glad that the place hasn't changed- atmosphere is still cozy, biscuits are still flaky, and potatoes are still the best. Love this place- don't change!

gusgusgeol

8/9/2017

Hole in the wall, all day breakfast joint. Good variety, freshly made to order, not at all greasy. Homefries full of fresh herbs and tasty.

Christian B

9/9/2017

The food is superb. However, we were seated after two other parties of the same size who arrived after us. What turned this experience from average to poor was that we received to apology either. Once again, good food just poor organization.

Harsh O

10/10/2017

breakfast options are just amazing..!! do plan in before coming on a Sunday morning as the wait period ranges from a good 30 to 45 minutes...!! the earlier u are the better u are..!!

Carolyn C

10/10/2017

Great breakfast food. Definitely worth the wait in line. They really try to get you in quickly.

Arjan M

11/10/2017

Go early on weekends as this place has limited seating and be prepared to be patient. The food is worth the wait!

Excellent French Toast! The home fries will definitely not disappoint. The pancakes were delicious.

There is a small caveat, you can't split checks and can only pay via one card per table.

Bon Appetit!

Jess O

12/10/2017

I finally got to try this place and I'm kicking myself for not making it sooner, it easily one of my new favorite breakfast places now! Everything was so so good! I ordered the French Toast and it totally hit the spot, the sausage was perfect with the side of eggs I also ordered. I got a sample of the biscuit from my bf and it was perfect. I wish I has also tried their Cinnamon roll pancakes so I will be back there again soon enough!!

Holly S

12/10/2017

Great food and friendly service. The biscuits are really amazing and the cheese grits were a delightful surprise. We all had different omelets and each was really good!

Victoria W

12/10/2017

This was my first time here and I really love the atmosphere, I was created immediately and served within 10 minutes mind you it's a Thursday morning so maybe the traffic is heavy on the weekend. But my food was hot and delicious, so I'm happy!

Delphine D

12/10/2017

Wonderful food, and consistently great service. Best biscuits and pancakes in the city, if not ever

SaraLouise D

1/12/2018

This place is very homey, has a really local, homemade feel. It seems dingy, but in a charming way. Definitely get the biscuits. They're huge and amazing. Quick service, very friendly, small and cozy, and a good selection for everybody. Minimum amount required for a credit card payment, so if you're going alone, plan to order something big.

Cutie P

1/12/2018

Foods great but very small and very busy. Staff is always friendly. Only thing is there hours. They close everyday at 2pm. They stop seating at 1:30pm sharp I would advise to get there before 1:30 to be sure you get seated. The salmon cakes and home fries are delicious.

Dorian H

1/12/2018

I dream of running as smooth a ship as this place! Service is great. I love the space! Get the corned beef hash! Truly homemade and delicious!

Jesus O

1/12/2018

Great little place, awesome food, great atmosphere. The cinnamon roll pancakes are amazing. The coffee is delicious, drink it black trust me.

shari h

2/13/2018

Pricey for breakfast food but everything was delish and hot. Service was professional but impersonal. Expansive menu offering. Loved the potatoes served with my scrambled eggs and sausage. Biscuit was large and tasty. Be prepared for a wait. Very popular place.

Anastasia W

2/13/2018

Always crowded and beware, they close at 2 pm. We had a coffee, a hot choc and muffins. Berry muffin was great, lemon muffin -just okay. The drinks were nice.

Shawna T

3/13/2018

So cute and DELICIOUS! Everything we had was good! But the cinnamon roll pancake was unbelievable! I can't stop thinking about it!

Good food, good service, good location, good prices!

Dori W

3/13/2018

Love Love Love this place.. Came here with a friend... And everything was amazing... I forgot how much I loved this place.. Definitely worth every cent.

Thomas F

4/19/2018

We had an awesome breakfast with my wife.

She ordered a muffin and fresh fruits and both of them were nice : the muffin was tasty and sweet and fresh fruits were ripe.

I had scrambled eggs with spinach ham cheddar with order side of grits and some toasts.

Everything was absolutely perfect and the service was also very friendly.

For sure we'll come back and I think I'll try the homemade pancakes which look yummy.

You definitively want to go there!

David P

4/19/2018

Delicious food. Active staff keeps this place going! It's a popular, on demand spot so please eat your meal, enjoy your time, and please be courteous of other guests who may be waiting for a table. I will be back. A welcoming, cozy spot.

Izamar F

4/19/2018

My friend Nora mentioned this place was one of her favorite breakfast spots! It's a cute, small spot. Great service! Dana was our waitress and she was amazing! The food was delicious and so was my cafe latte. I definitely recommend this spot for breakfast. The biscuit is fire btw, get it instead of toast.

Ryan M

5/19/2018

Wonderful food. Great service too. The atmosphere is very cozy, warm and comfortable. The staff makes you feel right at home.

Da V

6/19/2018

Didn't like it much. Too crowded but good price. My only problem is that they were so busy that they undercooked my pancakes. Brought me a warm cup of coffee. Only tap water. And I feel like I wasted money on food that was supposed to be an enjoyable experience since I finally had my alone time.

Brian P

6/19/2018

A small place on Taylor street. You get a lot of food here. Different options. Their biscuit is pretty big. They are knew for their pancakes and french toast. Weekends only, they have pork chops which was surprisingly good. Overall good experience. They close at 2pm

Marsha D

7/20/2018

This establishment is great! The food and service are wonderful. I go here often and leave just as happy each time.

Sophie K

8/20/2018

Home style breakfast, nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary. If you want classic comforting breakfast this is the place to be.

Excellent service.

I want to give a shout out to our server Taylor tho! When we mentioned that we were from out of town she gave us a bunch of recommendations as to what we should do in Chicago and it made our night super special :).

Rhonda G

8/20/2018

We visited on a Saturday morning and there was a bit of a wait. However, it was well worth the wait. Absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant. Do not leave without trying the biscuits and potatoes. Yummy!

Kyle B

8/20/2018

overall pretty good. I did a create your own omelet and it was cooked well. good amount of food for the price. this restaurant is definitely affordable! kitsy feel to the place. I took one star away due to service being a little slow and it's sort of disorganized at the front door. they should have a please seat yourself sign. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here but if you're in the neighborhood and you are looking for a cheap quality meal I would recommend it.

Michelle L

9/20/2018

I got a mocha, orange scone, and breakfast sandwich. I ate there so the mocha came in a really beautiful mug. The scone was perfect. The sandwich was excellent. Altogether a little expensive around $15 but I splurged. I'd never been before and heard of this location's legacy. It seems to be living up to it.

Bridgette C

10/21/2018

I've been coming here since it opened. It's hands-down one of my favorite breakfast spots on this planet. The food never disappoints, but it's the atmosphere that makes it a feel-good experience every time. At peak times, you will have a wait...but stick around, it's well worth it.

Keya A

10/21/2018

Good coffee. Food was decent. Be prepared to wait on the weekends. Your entire party must be present to get seated. You also can't split checks.

TaNaisha L

11/23/2018

Good breakfast, biscuits taste homemade from scratch, like my grandma used to make. Good service. Just make sure to be prepared, as there is no splitting checks/separate at the table. Our friends were over an hour late to breakfast, so this caused a little confusion when we got ready to pay. Will bring cash next time. And we will definitely be back.

Bonnie M

11/23/2018

Love their homemade biscuits. I had the corn beef and eggs. Corn beef was fresh and cut in cubes- great breakfast joint. Attentive service. Street parking only and open till 2pm.

L M

11/23/2018

Very Cozy...Good food! Large portions! Pancakes the size of plates! Upon ordering... the food took maybe 8 minutes to arrive to our table, No waiting around forever like at a Big chain. This is my new favorite breakfast place!

Josh R.

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6/23/2018

Yummy delicious! We stopped here on our way out of Chicago and I'm so glad we did. I ordered the corned beef hash, my wife ordered the French Toast and my...read this and 706 more

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