What You'll Get
Would the Chicago Tribune lie to you? No way! They have, like, 10,000 fact checkers. So you can trust the Trib when they say that "The best fondue establishment in Chicago is Geja's Cafe." And hard as it is to believe, Groupon isn't lying either about today's deal - 50% off this Chicago favorite: you pay $20 for $40 at Geja's Cafe.
Geja's has a wide selection of amazing cheese fondue dips, and delicious bite-sized meats and vegetables for dunking. Check out their fondue menu. Dinners start with the famous cheese-fondue appetizer. You'll then move to the Geja's salad. Next, proceed to an assortment of fresh vegetables, along with eight dipping sauces and an entree of your choice. This biblical experience terminates in a world-ending flaming chocolate dessert fondue, served with fruits, pound cake, marshmallows, and Geja's freshly-ground coffee. Regulars rave about the signature "Prince Geja's Combination": a delicious sampling of aged beef tenderloin, delicate lobster tail, jumbo shrimp, plump Atlantic sea scallops and tender boneless chicken breast.. all of which you will dunk in your steaming cheese cauldron.
Oh sweet Lord, tell me this miracle is true. Tell me these gourmet fondues and this extensive menu of fine wines can be mine. For if you can turn $20 into $40 of wine and melted cheeses, the masses will gloriously make their pilgrimage towards Geja's, located at 340 W Armitage.
It is true! It is true, my friends! Sing it for all of Chicago to hear. Sing it from the top of the steeples, and from the Sear Tower's Skydeck. And better still, hear ye these 164 great Yelp reviews from the Geja's disciples, who've graced Geja's with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Witness these testaments:
- "I find myself still thinking about the tasty swiss fondue that melded so nicely with the green apples.... Oh, so delicious!" - Jackie T.
- "Better food, and bigger quantities than you'll get anywhere else. Impeccable service and a romantic, truly romantic, atmosphere. " - D.J.
- "I cannot say enough good things about this place! This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I am a vegetarian, and they give you so many options. The service is impeccable. The decor is romantic. The perfect upscale date night." - Natalie D.
Religious people: stop reading now; our message to you is complete. Non-believers, read on. OK... so Geja's isn't a religious experience. That said, it is undeniably romantic. You believe in romance, right? You know, that wonderful feeling you get when your ventral tegmental area is activated by the ventral pallidum in the event that your raphe nucleus detects a potential mating partner?
Geja's features live flamenco guitarists, setting the romantic soundtrack for your evening. To preemptively answer the flood of customer support calls we expect: no, the flamenco guitarist are not made of living flamenco penguins - they're dead. Lovers will enjoy the passionate guitar pluckings, and even you single folks out there will feel great eating by yourself at Geja's. You love yourself, don't you? So have a romantic evening with yourself. And if you don't love yourself, you should, so Geja's is the perfect way to fall in love with yourself all over again.
Fondue is generally consumed during events of love and celebration. More than a spot for lovers to enjoy a romantic evening, sports teams frequently contract Geja's to cater their championship matches. Most recently, the Pittsburgh Steelers players lovingly dumped a large tub of Geja's fondue all over coach Mike Tomlin in celebration of their Super Bowl victory. Wiping his eyes clean of fondue with his long, forked tongue, the cream-faced Tomlin was heard to say, "victory tastes like Geja's fondue, which is unbelievably delicious," and, "I love you guys even more now with all this fondue on my face!" Champion coaches everywhere know this taste, but you don't have to win a Super Bowl to have your shot at covering yourself in delicious dips. With today's Groupon, you can do it for only $20!
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 23, 2009. Amount paid never expires. One per table. Must use with order of Premier Dinner. Not redeemable Saturdays. Reservation recommended. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Geja's Cafe
What's your idea of romance? If it includes candlelight, curtained booths, and live guitarists strumming flamenco on their nylon strings, you've likely already spent a night at Geja's Cafe, named #1 of USA Today's most romantic restaurants. If you haven't, picture an intimate fondue restaurant with all the ambiance of a Spanish hideaway—right down to the vintage wine bottles lining the walls. This setting could only be Geja's, a Lincoln Park institution that has traded in melted cheese and melted hearts since 1965. Here's a look at the key elements that keep couples coming back to Geja's for more.
A half-century of memories fills this softly lit eatery on Armitage Avenue. (The restaurant was originally located on Wells Street, then moved to its current home in 1971.) Geja's has played host to literally thousands of marriage proposals over the years, earning it an enduring reputation as one of Chicago's most romantic restaurants. The staff doesn't forget these future brides and grooms, either. In 2010, when Geja's marked its own 45-year anniversary, approximately 35 of these couples returned to the restaurant for a celebration—and around 20 of them renewed their vows out on the patio.
Fine Fondue Dining.
The signature Geja's experience is the four-course Premier Dinner. To start the meal, servers fire up a cast-iron pot filled with brandy-spiked Swiss gruyere, into which diners then dip fruits and breads. A crisp green salad with dijon vinaigrette cleanses the palate for the main course: veggies and your choice of meat—perhaps lobster tail or chicken breast—cooked in sizzling vegetable oil or broth. The communal meal closes with a dessert of pound cake, marshmallows, and fruit dipped in flaming belgian chocolate.
International Wine List.
Geja's Cafe has specialized in wine since opening in the mid-1960s. In fact, the restaurant claims to be the oldest wine bar in the city, and this legacy is written all over the current wine list. Servers will recommend the perfect white, red, or crisp sparkling varietal to accompany your meal; Geja's also works with the San Antonio Winery to produce its own private-label chardonnay, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon.