$25 for $50 Worth of Fine French-American Dinner Cuisine and Drinks at Magnolia Café

Uptown

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In a Nutshell

  • Creative French-American fare
  • Cozy evening atmosphere
  • Small-batch, boutique wines
  • Outdoor patio

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Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Valid for dinner only. Tax & gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A good French-American restaurant isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons; it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Satiate while you socialize with today's deal: for $25, you get $50 worth of fine evening cuisine at Magnolia Café in Uptown. This fine establishment is open every night for dinner except Mondays, as it's closed for company-wide potato-sack races.

Magnolia's cuisine combines French and American culinary influences with seasonally fresh ingredients for a cross-cultural fine-dining experience. Starters include delicate and flavorful items like magnolia crab cakes over sweet corn, pico de gallo, and caper aioli ($12). Peruse a pasture of salads ($8–$10) or move on to classic eats such as the 8 oz. Angus Magnolia burger with lettuce, grilled red onion, tomato, and jalapeno bacon served on a pretzel bun ($15). Larger entrees ($22–$29) range from a roasted half Amish chicken to the grilled beef tenderloin and braised beef short rib with spinach, ricotta gnocchi, carrots and a red wine reduction ($28). Check out the entire dinner menu here.

Since 2001, Magnolia has thrived in the revitalized Uptown neighborhood. There's a 25-seat outdoor patio that will materialize once the sun reboots and ample street parking (valet offered on the weekends) for easy vehicular storage while you feast. The restaurant's cozy atmosphere inside and out is a mixture of smooth jazz notes, friendly chitchat, oxygen, and nitrogen.

Reviews

Check, Please! has featured Magnolia Café, and the Chicago Reader and Centerstage Chicago recommend the eatery for its superb sustenance and alluring ambience:

  • Tasty cuisine, soft yellow lighting and a cozy, elegant dining room make the Magnolia an ideal choice for a date, whether it's your first time out together or your 50th wedding anniversary. – Abigail Derecho, Centerstage Chicago
  • For meat lovers there are several good options such as braised beef short ribs over sauteed spinach with bacon-and-cheddar mac ’n’ cheese and onion rings. Desserts are an event: gianduja-chocolate bread pudding is served with creme anglaise, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce, while the caramelized banana split is homemade ice cream topped with chocolate and caramel sauces and whipped cream. Servers aim to please, and the wine list has some fine selections. – Laura Levy Shatkin, Chicago Reader

Yelpers give Magnolia Café four stars, and Citysearchers give it a perfect five:

  • I enjoy both the brunch (try the stuffed french toast!) and the dinner menus. The waitstaff is always very friendly, and when it is warm outside there is even an outdoor patio. – buffy1976, Citysearch
  • I absolutely love eating here! It's a cozy place with a wonderful staff, great food and innovative cocktail list. – bd1234, Citysearch

Magnolia Cafe

Chef Kasra Medhat's refined culinary techniques draw from his diverse gastronomic history, from his childhood filled with Turkish- and Iranian-style family meals to his college internship at a Chicago gourmet restaurant, as well as his catering work. Today, Kasra captains Magnolia Cafe, where he infuses all that passion and experience into his innovative French-American recipes.

In the kitchen, Kasra and staff cobble together ingredients plucked during their peak growing season in a variety of meat and seafood dishes. Upon white tablecloths, plates of appetizers and entrees meet with the house's specialty martinis and boutique wines in crystalline glasses, which are great for clinking or playing pieces from Mozart's glass-harmonica phase. Soft jazz music pulses amid the exposed brick and beams that ring the dining room, which is speckled with hanging photos of the flowers from which the establishment takes its name.

Customer Reviews

If you don't mind paying for the best, that's what this is. A bit pricy, but worth it. The chef is simply brilliant.
Zoran M. · August 27, 2015
Great food
Sarah B. · August 27, 2015
The menu was cleverly brilliant and delicious. I highly recommend making reservations or getting there early if a Saturday night as it fills up quickly!
Dawn M. · August 25, 2015
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    Uptown

    1224 West Wilson Avenue

    Chicago, Illinois 60640-5517

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