Cafe Dacha

4.3
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22 reviews
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$30 and under
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Eastern European
Eastern European kitchen features authentic, homemade dishes from Slavic nations, serves select wines and handcrafted cocktails.

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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.4
Value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service are great. Really great experience. Highly recommend it.

DW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed every thing we ordered...and we ordered a lot. Can't go wrong off of the menu. Drink menu is limited but adequate.

SZ
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful comfort food! Perfect for a cold evening.

K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. Service was outstanding, food was delicious! So excited to have a wonderful Russian restaurant so close to home!

N
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, Authentic Russian with Ukranian and Georgian influences. Simply prepared and delicious. Chicken Tapaka is excellent entree. For appetizers Chicken Holodez and Salad Olivie are exceptional. Save the room for Cherry Dumplings for dessert.

c
Chicago
310 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We began our meal with the tongue appetizer. It was 6 slices of tongue with a tiny dollop of garlic sauce atop each. We also tried the vinaigrette salad. It’s a wonderful medley of tiny cubes of beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, dill pickles, and the tiniest peas. Different and delicious. We then shared the beef stroganoff. It was a simple presentation and would have been much better if the beef were not so salty. Also, it would be more palatable and easier to eat if the noodles were long and not short.
We finished with their version of Napoleon. Our Cosmos and the coffee are very good.

F
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Traditional Russian/Ukrainian food, with a few Georgian dishes. The homemade pierogi and pilmeni were excellent, as was the borscht.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food...albeit a bit pricey.

AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New Eastern European restaurant in Highland Park. Don't miss it. Food is authentic and great. Admittedly, pickled herring isn't for everyone (I'm not sure why), but Dacha has a full appetizer and main course menu, and it's definitely worth trying some dishes you've never tried before. The lamb kebabs and Siberian dumplings were both superb. Additionally, they allow BYO, which is a nice plus. We will DEFINITELY go back.

PS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food.

S
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cafe Dacha was a unique experience. My wife and I enjoy eating out but we had never been to a Ukrainian/Russian restaurant. Every dish was new to us. We had pickled herring, borscht which was hot and different and beef stroganoff. It felt like we eating in someone’s kitchen. The waiter, Dan, chose every dish which we thoroughly enjoyed. Be warned, Dan has enlisted in the Army to defend us and will be gone in September. Finally, we had Ukrainian beer that was delicious. The Cafe has been open only for three months. It deserves a long stay in Highland Park.

RH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Will definitely go again. Great food, great service

SZ
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious comfort food.
We met some friends on a rainy night and it wasn't very busy, so we were able to enjoy our friends company in a relaxed unhurried atmosphere. The food tasted delicious...I ordered the stuffed cabbage rolls and they were every bit as good as my mother's. The other entrees were beef stroganoff and goulash and everyone enjoyed theirs as well. Our desserts tasted homemade and very generous. We plan to return soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Food was really salty. Every dish was salty. I hate to say it but they don't know what they're doing. They don't have their drinks listed with me to seem like they only have one beer. I don't think the server was that on purpose but just lack of training he dropped off the food and never came back and checked I want to tell him that the food was salty didn't get a chance. The beef stroganoff was borderline a joke. They serve you pasta which is just like blanched from the pot on to the plate and comes out really dry and then they garnish it with the beef that's really the route you wanna take garnish with parsley but the pasta had no sauce. I wonder if the chef Tates the food there? I would not go back or recommend it based on the food close the followed by the service

B
London
20 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

We loved the salads and dessert crepes but the entrees did disappoint. The lamb kebab while flavorful was well done as was the salmon fillet. That being said the perogie snd ghoulash were good. I will return to try other entrees.

NS
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

The food was good, basic Eastern European food. We enjoyed it. We could not get over the extremely slow service, however. Slow even by European standards.

AG
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food wasn't great. Both gulash and shishceba were too dry

A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing time with friends and kids. Food was amazing and kids enjoyed it as well. We might have been a little too loud, sorry for that. A great place to come visit! Can’t wait for the outdoor patio to open!

MR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was fresh and well presented. Service was friendly and courteous.
Will be happy to come back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I decided to try Dacha for his birthday dinner. They are newly opened and we believe in supporting local restaurants. We do not eat Eastern European food very often so this was a new experience for us. Our preconception of “heavy food” was blown away tonight. The flavors from the borscht soup, to the stuffed cabbage and sausage were sublime. The owners are father (chef) and son who are from Ukraine but now live here and between them, have extensive restaurant experience. The restaurant decor is simple but lovely and the service was great. We will return.

IT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

A great new addition to HP food choices. If you had ever wondered about Russian / Ukrainian food - this is a good place to learn about it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, friendly service. Will definitely be back.