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Cafe La Cave

Des Plaines , IL
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LOCATION

2777 Mannheim Road
Des Plaines, IL US 60018 (map)

PHONE

847-827-7818

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Unique to the Chicagoland Area
Cafe La Cave is a Rarity among Banquet Halls.
A Menu that combines Classic Continental and French Cuisine along with our attentive Wait... Read more
Unique to the Chicagoland Area
Cafe La Cave is a Rarity among Banquet Halls.
A Menu that combines Classic Continental and French Cuisine along with our attentive Wait Staff
and Beautiful Atmosphere Creates the Ultimate Setting
for a Truly Memorable Experience Read less

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INFO FOR CATERING

What is your maximum catering capacity?
320

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1991
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Glamorous, Other
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
320
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
40
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Stacey
Wedding:
12/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We went for tasting and the food here is unbelievable. Randy has been helping to coordinate every step of the way.
We went for tasting and the food here is unbelievable. Randy has been helping to coordinate every step of the way.
We went for tasting and the food here is unbelievable. Randy has been helping to coordinate every step of the way. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Carrie
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Our WONDERFUL wedding that took place at Cafe La Cave.
Thanks to Randy and Carrie ---> E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G was P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!!
Our wedding couldn't be the success that it was without them.
Randy & Carrie are TRUE PROFESSIONALS.
During planning, Randy will work with you to stay within your budget. Listen to everything he has to say/suggests --- because he knows what he's talking about!
Randy is a natural and could do his job with his eyes closed and hands tied behind his back.
The ceremony and reception was BEAUTIFUL .... Lighting, drapes, tables ...
The ENTIRE staff is OUTSTANDING ... Very friendly, upbeat, attention to detail ...
The food was DELICIOUS ... The BEST food our guests every had at a wedding ... LOVED the pasta (done perfectly), filet & chicken~ INCREDIBLE!
The patio was a GREAT bonus and provided another place for fun and conversation.
Nothing but RAVE reviews from our guests ... THE BEST WEDDING THEY HAVE EVER ATTENDED!
Our WONDERFUL wedding that took place at Cafe La Cave.
Thanks to Randy and Carrie --- E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G was Read more...
Our WONDERFUL wedding that took place at Cafe La Cave.
Thanks to Randy and Carrie ---> E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G was P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!!
Our wedding couldn't be the success that it was without them.
Randy & Carrie are TRUE PROFESSIONALS.
During planning, Randy will work with you to stay within your budget. Listen to everything he has to say/suggests --- because he knows what he's talking about!
Randy is a natural and could do his job with his eyes closed and hands tied behind his back.
The ceremony and reception was BEAUTIFUL .... Lighting, drapes, tables ...
The ENTIRE staff is OUTSTANDING ... Very friendly, upbeat, attention to detail ...
The food was DELICIOUS ... The BEST food our guests every had at a wedding ... LOVED the pasta (done perfectly), filet & chicken~ INCREDIBLE!
The patio was a GREAT bonus and provided another place for fun and conversation.
Nothing but RAVE reviews from our guests ... THE BEST WEDDING THEY HAVE EVER ATTENDED! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow - Café La Cave was the perfect place to host my wedding. It's a family run business and Randy and Carrie have a TON of passion for what they do and provided soooooooo much help along the way. Randy has a lot of expertise planning a wedding and made great suggestions of how to set up the room, the look / feel of the centerpieces, the perfect linens, the flow of the evening and so much more. Carrie was super responsive to every one of my emails and had so much patience for all my questions along the way. ALL of the guests raved about the food (one person even said it's the best food he's eaten anywhere in this whole life) and the service was impeccable. A lot of people said it's the best wedding they've even been to and it's all because of Café La Cave. In addition to this Randy has a lot connections in the industry and he helped me find uplighting, centerpieces, linens, and chairs at a great price. Best of all - all this amazing food, service, and TLC come at a very reasonable price. Book your wedding here - you'll be happy you did!
Wow - Café La Cave was the perfect place to host my wedding. It's a family run business and Randy and Carrie have a TON of Read more...
Wow - Café La Cave was the perfect place to host my wedding. It's a family run business and Randy and Carrie have a TON of passion for what they do and provided soooooooo much help along the way. Randy has a lot of expertise planning a wedding and made great suggestions of how to set up the room, the look / feel of the centerpieces, the perfect linens, the flow of the evening and so much more. Carrie was super responsive to every one of my emails and had so much patience for all my questions along the way. ALL of the guests raved about the food (one person even said it's the best food he's eaten anywhere in this whole life) and the service was impeccable. A lot of people said it's the best wedding they've even been to and it's all because of Café La Cave. In addition to this Randy has a lot connections in the industry and he helped me find uplighting, centerpieces, linens, and chairs at a great price. Best of all - all this amazing food, service, and TLC come at a very reasonable price. Book your wedding here - you'll be happy you did! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Mark and Nicole
Wedding:
7/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Hands down the best venue outside of the Chicago city limits. We have never seen a more beautiful set up. Randy was very professional and extremely easy to work with. There's an obvious reason why he is recruited all over to work on weddings. He made our ceremony and reception more amazing than we could have ever imagined. And because of all his experience and involvement our day was completely stress free and we were able to enjoy the reception with our family and friends. He was there to guide us and make sure everything was done smoothly and in a timely manner. In addition to Randy, the staff at la Cave were extremely professional as well. Everyone worked as a team to make our wedding special for us and our guests. And the food was amazing! Our guests raved that it was the best they ever had. Overall, our wedding is something that we will never forget because it was the most beautiful and enjoyable experience for all involved.
Hands down the best venue outside of the Chicago city limits. We have never seen a more beautiful set up. Randy was very Read more...
Hands down the best venue outside of the Chicago city limits. We have never seen a more beautiful set up. Randy was very professional and extremely easy to work with. There's an obvious reason why he is recruited all over to work on weddings. He made our ceremony and reception more amazing than we could have ever imagined. And because of all his experience and involvement our day was completely stress free and we were able to enjoy the reception with our family and friends. He was there to guide us and make sure everything was done smoothly and in a timely manner. In addition to Randy, the staff at la Cave were extremely professional as well. Everyone worked as a team to make our wedding special for us and our guests. And the food was amazing! Our guests raved that it was the best they ever had. Overall, our wedding is something that we will never forget because it was the most beautiful and enjoyable experience for all involved. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Cafe La Cave by far made everything perfect for my wedding reception. They are professional, they help you in every way and make a nervous bride feel at ease.
Randy is so professional, caring and a wonderful MC. My guest all loved the food (every part of the meal) I could not be happier that I picked Cafe La Cave for my wedding reception.
Cafe La Cave by far made everything perfect for my wedding reception. They are professional, they help you in every way Read more...
Cafe La Cave by far made everything perfect for my wedding reception. They are professional, they help you in every way and make a nervous bride feel at ease.
Randy is so professional, caring and a wonderful MC. My guest all loved the food (every part of the meal) I could not be happier that I picked Cafe La Cave for my wedding reception. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Gigi
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We had our daughter’s wedding at Cafe la Cave. The phone calls and messages from our guests, complimenting us, keep coming in!

It truly was a night we will never forget! The room looked amazing, the food was unbelievably delicious, service, decor were all just perfect, No detail was missed — even better than we ever could have imagined. The special touches resulted in an elegant and fun evening for all ages!

I will recommend Cafe la Cave to everyone! Randy, who helped coordinate everything, was invaluable to me!
We had our daughter’s wedding at Cafe la Cave. The phone calls and messages from our guests, complimenting us, keep coming Read more...
We had our daughter’s wedding at Cafe la Cave. The phone calls and messages from our guests, complimenting us, keep coming in!

It truly was a night we will never forget! The room looked amazing, the food was unbelievably delicious, service, decor were all just perfect, No detail was missed — even better than we ever could have imagined. The special touches resulted in an elegant and fun evening for all ages!

I will recommend Cafe la Cave to everyone! Randy, who helped coordinate everything, was invaluable to me! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Christina
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
I have nothing but wonderful things about Cafe La Cave! Everything was perfect! The food was phenomenal. It was fresh, hot, and delicious! The service was impeccable! The people that you work with at Cafe La Cave were amazing. They made all ,y wedding dreams come true. All of our guests couldn't stop talking and complementing how wonderful everything was from the cocktail hour, to dinner, to the desserts. Thank you Cafe La Cave for everything! It was a dream come true! Something out of a fairy tale!
I have nothing but wonderful things about Cafe La Cave! Everything was perfect! The food was phenomenal. It was fresh, Read more...
I have nothing but wonderful things about Cafe La Cave! Everything was perfect! The food was phenomenal. It was fresh, hot, and delicious! The service was impeccable! The people that you work with at Cafe La Cave were amazing. They made all ,y wedding dreams come true. All of our guests couldn't stop talking and complementing how wonderful everything was from the cocktail hour, to dinner, to the desserts. Thank you Cafe La Cave for everything! It was a dream come true! Something out of a fairy tale! Read less
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Kevin
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
For all the guys out there...this is coming from a pretty normal 29 y/o guy so hear me out. If your fiance wants to book here...agree with her. I was a little nervous at first booking at this place..Randy seemed a little "intense" and the "style" of wedding was a little different. I have been to at least 15 weddings over the last three years...I have never experienced a wedding like this before (and I am not just saying this because it was our own..although Im sure i am a little biased.) but it was outstanding!!!! From the second we walked into the room we knew it was going to be a CRAZY/GREAT night. Everything was done and looked spectacular!!! Randy was VERY relaxed and helpful...just blended in with the crowd and informed us casually of what was going to happen next (5 stars to Randy and his crew and service) The lighting, curtains (make sure to get the drapes/curtains in the back of the wedding table), DJ (Chris Vittorio SPIN DJ was FABULOUS)(Fleur du Jour Chicago by Kate Powell had OUTSTANDING and REASONABLE priced flowers) to the way the agenda of the wedding went. The food was outstanding...people are still talking about how good that it was. Drinks flew freely from the bar. My only regret was not eating enough of the appetizers during cocktail hour :(

In the end its your wedding and what you make of it...get up and dance and have fun!! Get the crowd going a little and this place will ROCK!! I never write reviews on stuff...but I HAVE to because it was such a outstanding wedding/service. I am not trying to gloat or say how great our wedding was but I know how helpful reviews like this can be. There was not a single mishap. I know this is a stressful time trying to find the right venue...listen to Randy and his advice...he may have "different" ideas then the normal wedding but he is deff. right on and will make your wedding one that EVERYONE will remember!!!
For all the guys out there...this is coming from a pretty normal 29 y/o guy so hear me out. If your fiance wants to book Read more...
For all the guys out there...this is coming from a pretty normal 29 y/o guy so hear me out. If your fiance wants to book here...agree with her. I was a little nervous at first booking at this place..Randy seemed a little "intense" and the "style" of wedding was a little different. I have been to at least 15 weddings over the last three years...I have never experienced a wedding like this before (and I am not just saying this because it was our own..although Im sure i am a little biased.) but it was outstanding!!!! From the second we walked into the room we knew it was going to be a CRAZY/GREAT night. Everything was done and looked spectacular!!! Randy was VERY relaxed and helpful...just blended in with the crowd and informed us casually of what was going to happen next (5 stars to Randy and his crew and service) The lighting, curtains (make sure to get the drapes/curtains in the back of the wedding table), DJ (Chris Vittorio SPIN DJ was FABULOUS)(Fleur du Jour Chicago by Kate Powell had OUTSTANDING and REASONABLE priced flowers) to the way the agenda of the wedding went. The food was outstanding...people are still talking about how good that it was. Drinks flew freely from the bar. My only regret was not eating enough of the appetizers during cocktail hour :(

In the end its your wedding and what you make of it...get up and dance and have fun!! Get the crowd going a little and this place will ROCK!! I never write reviews on stuff...but I HAVE to because it was such a outstanding wedding/service. I am not trying to gloat or say how great our wedding was but I know how helpful reviews like this can be. There was not a single mishap. I know this is a stressful time trying to find the right venue...listen to Randy and his advice...he may have "different" ideas then the normal wedding but he is deff. right on and will make your wedding one that EVERYONE will remember!!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married here a few weeks ago, and our wedding was everything we dreamed it would be, and more! From the pre-wedding planning with Carrie and Randy to the night-of service, we had a wonderful experience. The food was excellent, the wait staff was attentive, and the overall flow of the night was spot on. Randy was great to work with, and he clearly knows his business. I was a bit concerned when he had me think outside the box about the flow of the evening, but I am SO GLAD I listened! The dance sets he suggested were a ton of fun, and my guests had a ball! The entire Cafe La Cave staff really helped our vision of a perfect wedding become a reality. Our guests continue to compliment us on such a great party!
My husband and I got married here a few weeks ago, and our wedding was everything we dreamed it would be, and more! From Read more...
My husband and I got married here a few weeks ago, and our wedding was everything we dreamed it would be, and more! From the pre-wedding planning with Carrie and Randy to the night-of service, we had a wonderful experience. The food was excellent, the wait staff was attentive, and the overall flow of the night was spot on. Randy was great to work with, and he clearly knows his business. I was a bit concerned when he had me think outside the box about the flow of the evening, but I am SO GLAD I listened! The dance sets he suggested were a ton of fun, and my guests had a ball! The entire Cafe La Cave staff really helped our vision of a perfect wedding become a reality. Our guests continue to compliment us on such a great party! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Lisa
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
This place worth the money you spend. Future brides check it out, you cant go wrong. Randy and Carrie You are the best.
This place worth the money you spend. Future brides check it out, you cant go wrong. Randy and Carrie You are the best.
This place worth the money you spend. Future brides check it out, you cant go wrong. Randy and Carrie You are the best. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Christina
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend any wedding or event at Cafe La Cave! Carrie and Randy are amazing, talented, creative, and such down-to-earth people to work with...there are not enough good words for them! When my husband and I were looking for a venue, we remembered Cafe La Cave and walked in to check it out. Upon meeting Carrie, we were instantly impressed by the venue, the space, planning options, and her willingness to accomodate our needs. Randy was very helpful in coordinating the event and planning every detail perfectly so that my husband and I were able to enjoy the event. His high energy coupled with his amazing attention to detail made our wedding better than anything we could have imagined! I felt like I was living my fairy tale wedding. The staff themselves were absolutely wonderful and excellent ...they were always attentive, waiting on our guests, and attending to everyone's needs. My family and friends said they have never been to a wedding with such great service. In addition to everything, the food was so delicious! Guests had their choice of filet, chicken, or salmon. We heard nothing but compliments throughout the night. Carrie even worked with me since I have multiple food allergies to make sure I had a special meal. My husband and I are very very happy and pleased we had our wedding at Cafe La Cave. Carrie and Randy worked hard to make sure our day was truly special and memorable. They treated us like family and got to know us so that our wedding reception reflected who we are as a couple. They delivered on every promise and went above and beyond!
I highly recommend any wedding or event at Cafe La Cave! Carrie and Randy are amazing, talented, creative, and such Read more...
I highly recommend any wedding or event at Cafe La Cave! Carrie and Randy are amazing, talented, creative, and such down-to-earth people to work with...there are not enough good words for them! When my husband and I were looking for a venue, we remembered Cafe La Cave and walked in to check it out. Upon meeting Carrie, we were instantly impressed by the venue, the space, planning options, and her willingness to accomodate our needs. Randy was very helpful in coordinating the event and planning every detail perfectly so that my husband and I were able to enjoy the event. His high energy coupled with his amazing attention to detail made our wedding better than anything we could have imagined! I felt like I was living my fairy tale wedding. The staff themselves were absolutely wonderful and excellent ...they were always attentive, waiting on our guests, and attending to everyone's needs. My family and friends said they have never been to a wedding with such great service. In addition to everything, the food was so delicious! Guests had their choice of filet, chicken, or salmon. We heard nothing but compliments throughout the night. Carrie even worked with me since I have multiple food allergies to make sure I had a special meal. My husband and I are very very happy and pleased we had our wedding at Cafe La Cave. Carrie and Randy worked hard to make sure our day was truly special and memorable. They treated us like family and got to know us so that our wedding reception reflected who we are as a couple. They delivered on every promise and went above and beyond! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/9/2012
5.0/5.0
I LOVED EVERYTHING!!!!! Randy and his GREAT team made my dream wedding come TRUE!!!!! They worked with us so much!!!!! They were awesome!!!!!They service was GREAT! All my guest were HAPPY about everything!!!! There are no words for me to say anymore how much my husband and I LOVED everything. You just need to experience it for yourselves! Go and check it out!! HURRY they book up FAST!!! :)
I LOVED EVERYTHING!!!!! Randy and his GREAT team made my dream wedding come TRUE!!!!! They worked with us so much!!!!! Read more...
I LOVED EVERYTHING!!!!! Randy and his GREAT team made my dream wedding come TRUE!!!!! They worked with us so much!!!!! They were awesome!!!!!They service was GREAT! All my guest were HAPPY about everything!!!! There are no words for me to say anymore how much my husband and I LOVED everything. You just need to experience it for yourselves! Go and check it out!! HURRY they book up FAST!!! :) Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Scott
Wedding:
8/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Gem of the Northwest

(On August 12th, I had the pleasure of having my daughter’s wedding reception at Café la Cave. I cannot extend any greater recommendations to the positive and profound experience I encountered and of my fortunate selection of this exceptional banquet facility. My wife and I could not be more delighted in every aspect of our daughter’s special day.)
_____________________________________________________

The art of serving a customer has never been more prevalent than at Café la Cave in Des Plaines, Illinois.

So often, we, as customers or guests, are attended in some type of rotational manner amongst a number of tables assigned to a wait staff. The wines usually arrive within a timely manner, the dinner is served, the coffee is poured, and one leaves with no distinction between one dinner venue to another. For a wedding venue to be distinct, the banquet hall has to be extraordinary. This distinction is found at Café la Cave. Without a doubt, Café la Cave is that extraordinary.

Customer Service
From the moment you walk in the door, you are welcomed as if you are an important VIP to enter that night. You are cordially escorted to your dining area, the chair is pulled out for you, and an introduction to whom is your maître d’ as well as your wait staff and sommelier are accomplished. (Usually, I have to ask for names.)
Your coffee cup never runneth empty, and your wine glass is never unattended. If you leave your seating during your meal, a warming cover is amply placed to preserve your dinner at the intended temperature. The staff that serves you could not be more responsive and caring to your dinner enjoyment. The staff is seasoned and has waited on the likes of celebrities to politicians who know of this hidden jewel. Never do you feel rushed or as if you are waiting. The service is exquisite.

Dining Experience
Aperitifs and drinks are readily available while an array of delectable Hors d’oeuvres are served expeditiously throughout the reception. The sampling of flavorful delights succumbs only to the anticipation of your main entrée which is not only artistic in its presentation but bountiful in flavor as you acquiesce to the subtle spices and light sauces that define each and every bite. Prior to your entree’s arrival, no ordinary salad will do. Café la Cave offers special pasta dishes that establish a new sensation in the revelations of fine dining as well as a cucumber wrapped balsamic salad that is light and flavorful. You are left intrigued with the heavenly feast which awaits as your main course is soon to arrive.

No matter what the entrée may be, I have only known it to be as close to perfection as one can imagine. Adorned with complimenting light sauces, each of two succulent breasts of chicken titillates your senses to the degree that would make any restaurateur beg for the recipe. The filet mignon and steaks make you forget about any of the best steak houses. The Atlantic salmon and the Chilean sea bass are unquestionably fan favorites as you surrender to the salacious pleasures of your dining experience.

As for the consistent slew of drinkers in your party, the bar doesn’t close while dinner is served. The libations and signature drinks pour freely. The bar remains open the entire night through. Your guests will not need to have rows of drinks set at the table in military formation. At ease soldier. Everyone can relax.

Customer Satisfaction
When preparing for a wedding, Randy Sutter, the in-house wedding planner and co-owner of Café la Cave, exudes confidence in helping you design and develop the wedding of your dreams. The uncertainty of choosing well or poorly is diminished, and the stress level is immediately eliminated. You are in Randy’s reliable hands. He has the “Elite List” for choosing your photographer, florist, band, deejay, linens, chairs, and even wedding entertainment. Not pushy or pretentious, Randy simply gives valued advice that could not be trusted to just anybody. The smooth transition from a wedding’s beginning to its end could not be more important. Randy takes care of all the obvious and not so obvious details from pin-spot table lighting to the coordination of your contracted vendors. The timing of every nuance that is envisioned throughout your ceremonious event is crucial, and it takes an established wedding planner to make everything go as planned. To pull off the perfect wedding, it takes a talented wedding planner. It takes Randy Sutter of Café la Cave.

If you want a no-worries reception for your “once-in-a-lifetime wedding” and one that your guests will remember and talk about more than any other wedding in which they attended, Café la Cave is the number one choice that will leave you with no regrets. It truly is… the gem of the northwest.
- Scott Gallus
Park Ridge, IL

For more information, contact Café la Cave at:
Phone: 847.827.7818 • http://cafelacaverestaurant.com
Gem of the Northwest

(On August 12th, I had the pleasure of having my daughter’s wedding reception at Café la Read more...
Gem of the Northwest

(On August 12th, I had the pleasure of having my daughter’s wedding reception at Café la Cave. I cannot extend any greater recommendations to the positive and profound experience I encountered and of my fortunate selection of this exceptional banquet facility. My wife and I could not be more delighted in every aspect of our daughter’s special day.)
_____________________________________________________

The art of serving a customer has never been more prevalent than at Café la Cave in Des Plaines, Illinois.

So often, we, as customers or guests, are attended in some type of rotational manner amongst a number of tables assigned to a wait staff. The wines usually arrive within a timely manner, the dinner is served, the coffee is poured, and one leaves with no distinction between one dinner venue to another. For a wedding venue to be distinct, the banquet hall has to be extraordinary. This distinction is found at Café la Cave. Without a doubt, Café la Cave is that extraordinary.

Customer Service
From the moment you walk in the door, you are welcomed as if you are an important VIP to enter that night. You are cordially escorted to your dining area, the chair is pulled out for you, and an introduction to whom is your maître d’ as well as your wait staff and sommelier are accomplished. (Usually, I have to ask for names.)
Your coffee cup never runneth empty, and your wine glass is never unattended. If you leave your seating during your meal, a warming cover is amply placed to preserve your dinner at the intended temperature. The staff that serves you could not be more responsive and caring to your dinner enjoyment. The staff is seasoned and has waited on the likes of celebrities to politicians who know of this hidden jewel. Never do you feel rushed or as if you are waiting. The service is exquisite.

Dining Experience
Aperitifs and drinks are readily available while an array of delectable Hors d’oeuvres are served expeditiously throughout the reception. The sampling of flavorful delights succumbs only to the anticipation of your main entrée which is not only artistic in its presentation but bountiful in flavor as you acquiesce to the subtle spices and light sauces that define each and every bite. Prior to your entree’s arrival, no ordinary salad will do. Café la Cave offers special pasta dishes that establish a new sensation in the revelations of fine dining as well as a cucumber wrapped balsamic salad that is light and flavorful. You are left intrigued with the heavenly feast which awaits as your main course is soon to arrive.

No matter what the entrée may be, I have only known it to be as close to perfection as one can imagine. Adorned with complimenting light sauces, each of two succulent breasts of chicken titillates your senses to the degree that would make any restaurateur beg for the recipe. The filet mignon and steaks make you forget about any of the best steak houses. The Atlantic salmon and the Chilean sea bass are unquestionably fan favorites as you surrender to the salacious pleasures of your dining experience.

As for the consistent slew of drinkers in your party, the bar doesn’t close while dinner is served. The libations and signature drinks pour freely. The bar remains open the entire night through. Your guests will not need to have rows of drinks set at the table in military formation. At ease soldier. Everyone can relax.

Customer Satisfaction
When preparing for a wedding, Randy Sutter, the in-house wedding planner and co-owner of Café la Cave, exudes confidence in helping you design and develop the wedding of your dreams. The uncertainty of choosing well or poorly is diminished, and the stress level is immediately eliminated. You are in Randy’s reliable hands. He has the “Elite List” for choosing your photographer, florist, band, deejay, linens, chairs, and even wedding entertainment. Not pushy or pretentious, Randy simply gives valued advice that could not be trusted to just anybody. The smooth transition from a wedding’s beginning to its end could not be more important. Randy takes care of all the obvious and not so obvious details from pin-spot table lighting to the coordination of your contracted vendors. The timing of every nuance that is envisioned throughout your ceremonious event is crucial, and it takes an established wedding planner to make everything go as planned. To pull off the perfect wedding, it takes a talented wedding planner. It takes Randy Sutter of Café la Cave.

If you want a no-worries reception for your “once-in-a-lifetime wedding” and one that your guests will remember and talk about more than any other wedding in which they attended, Café la Cave is the number one choice that will leave you with no regrets. It truly is… the gem of the northwest.
- Scott Gallus
Park Ridge, IL

For more information, contact Café la Cave at:
Phone: 847.827.7818 • http://cafelacaverestaurant.com Read less
Services Used: Band, Wedding Cake, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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baboon612
Wedding:
11/4/2006
5.0/5.0
Best people to work with, very accomadating, best food you can get at a wedding. Well worth the price.
Best people to work with, very accomadating, best food you can get at a wedding. Well worth the price.
Best people to work with, very accomadating, best food you can get at a wedding. Well worth the price. Read less
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LAE
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Cafe La Cave. I had my wedding there in the fall and it was perfect! The planning leading up to the wedding was made simple with the help of Tina. She is very informative and great to work with- she is truly an angel. On the day of our wedding, my husband and I were able to enjoy ourselves because Randy worked out every detail in advance... and handled the last minute issues without getting my husband or me involved. Best of all, the food and service was spectacular. Our guests only had good things to say about our wedding and that in itself was priceless. The Cave costs a little more for a wedding but it is worth every penny... I promise! I cannot express how happy we were and I can honestly say that our wedding would not have been as wonderful as it was if we were not at Cafe La Cave.
I cannot say enough good things about Cafe La Cave. I had my wedding there in the fall and it was perfect! The planning Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Cafe La Cave. I had my wedding there in the fall and it was perfect! The planning leading up to the wedding was made simple with the help of Tina. She is very informative and great to work with- she is truly an angel. On the day of our wedding, my husband and I were able to enjoy ourselves because Randy worked out every detail in advance... and handled the last minute issues without getting my husband or me involved. Best of all, the food and service was spectacular. Our guests only had good things to say about our wedding and that in itself was priceless. The Cave costs a little more for a wedding but it is worth every penny... I promise! I cannot express how happy we were and I can honestly say that our wedding would not have been as wonderful as it was if we were not at Cafe La Cave. Read less
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marv
Wedding:
7/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Our daughter's wedding at Cafe La Cave was wonderful. Randy is a professional with many years of experience yet he still has a passion and the energy to organize and conduct the reception. Listen to him - he will make it easy!

The food was delicious and the service impeccable. The staff is attentive and every course was served at just the right moment and temperature.

We received many compliments on the whole wedding experience at this venue.
Cafe La Cave and Randy do an exceptional job at a reasonable cost.

Don't be afraid to let Randy sing at the reception - he is great at that too!
Our daughter's wedding at Cafe La Cave was wonderful. Randy is a professional with many years of experience yet he still Read more...
Our daughter's wedding at Cafe La Cave was wonderful. Randy is a professional with many years of experience yet he still has a passion and the energy to organize and conduct the reception. Listen to him - he will make it easy!

The food was delicious and the service impeccable. The staff is attentive and every course was served at just the right moment and temperature.

We received many compliments on the whole wedding experience at this venue.
Cafe La Cave and Randy do an exceptional job at a reasonable cost.

Don't be afraid to let Randy sing at the reception - he is great at that too! Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
5/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Cafe La Cave is one of the best venues to host a wedding reception in the north suburbs. It is very classy restaurant. One of the few venues that is genuinely nice to work with, very accommodating, flexible, professional, unique and most importantly the food and service is great! Randy was our coordinator. He was worth every penny! He made the floor plan, itinerary, he announced our wedding party, and engaged with all our vendors to ensure that everything went smoothly. It sure did! Everyone there at Café La Cave is great to work with. We were able to transform the banquet room into a 1940s soirée with the help of Café La Cave and Yanni Design Studio. We received tons of compliments from our guests and even the staff from the restaurant were in complete awe. Café La Cave is the perfect venue to host your special day!
Cafe La Cave is one of the best venues to host a wedding reception in the north suburbs. It is very classy restaurant. One Read more...
Cafe La Cave is one of the best venues to host a wedding reception in the north suburbs. It is very classy restaurant. One of the few venues that is genuinely nice to work with, very accommodating, flexible, professional, unique and most importantly the food and service is great! Randy was our coordinator. He was worth every penny! He made the floor plan, itinerary, he announced our wedding party, and engaged with all our vendors to ensure that everything went smoothly. It sure did! Everyone there at Café La Cave is great to work with. We were able to transform the banquet room into a 1940s soirée with the help of Café La Cave and Yanni Design Studio. We received tons of compliments from our guests and even the staff from the restaurant were in complete awe. Café La Cave is the perfect venue to host your special day! Read less
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Lea7
Wedding:
8/7/2009
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Cafe la Cave. Our wedding was better and more beautiful than we ever imagined... Thanks to Cafe la Cave and Randy! We are still getting compliments on how great the food and service was. Hands down this is the best place for a wedding reception! Randy went above and beyond helping us plan and getting the all of the big and little details perfectly right.
I would highly recommend Cafe la Cave. Our wedding was better and more beautiful than we ever imagined... Thanks to Cafe Read more...
I would highly recommend Cafe la Cave. Our wedding was better and more beautiful than we ever imagined... Thanks to Cafe la Cave and Randy! We are still getting compliments on how great the food and service was. Hands down this is the best place for a wedding reception! Randy went above and beyond helping us plan and getting the all of the big and little details perfectly right. Read less
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dorothy
Wedding:
4/19/2009
5.0/5.0
PHENOMENAL!!! I initially went in to scope out Cafe La Cave as a joke, like "ya rite, I could never afford this place" but it was truly reasonable, and I am not made out of money. I don't know how to begin telling how fabulous Randy, the coordinator, is. I was planning my wedding from 1800 miles away and he made it flawless. The whole crew really made my wedding a masterpiece. It was more accomedating that I could have ever expected. The coordinator really helps you with every single thing, even recommending the greatest vendors. I would marry my husband there every weekend if he would only let me. It was amazing.
PHENOMENAL!!! I initially went in to scope out Cafe La Cave as a joke, like "ya rite, I could never afford this place" but Read more...
PHENOMENAL!!! I initially went in to scope out Cafe La Cave as a joke, like "ya rite, I could never afford this place" but it was truly reasonable, and I am not made out of money. I don't know how to begin telling how fabulous Randy, the coordinator, is. I was planning my wedding from 1800 miles away and he made it flawless. The whole crew really made my wedding a masterpiece. It was more accomedating that I could have ever expected. The coordinator really helps you with every single thing, even recommending the greatest vendors. I would marry my husband there every weekend if he would only let me. It was amazing. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
2/13/2009
5.0/5.0
This place is amazing- from the staff down to the ambiance of the reception! If you are looking for romance and elegance...look no further!
This place is amazing- from the staff down to the ambiance of the reception! If you are looking for romance and Read more...
This place is amazing- from the staff down to the ambiance of the reception! If you are looking for romance and elegance...look no further! Read less
Services Used: Band, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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TR
Wedding:
7/5/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband insisted to have our reception at cafe le cave, because he knew we couldn't go wrong with the great food they serve. Not only was the food great, but the service was awsome. Randy and his staff do a great job at putting everything together. I felt so at ease knowing that everything was taken care of, that I had such a great time having fun at my wedding. Randy takes such great pride at his work. My husband loves how Randy's voice sounds when he announces the wedding party (makes you get goose pumps). The dinner and dancing is all choreographed nicely so that everyone can enjoy it. The banquet hall has been updated to a tasteful decor. Some of our guests who smoke enjoyed the outdoor bar area. So many people to this day tell me how much fun they had at our wedding and how good the food was. I can't wait to go back again for dinner at the restaurant.
My husband insisted to have our reception at cafe le cave, because he knew we couldn't go wrong with the great food they Read more...
My husband insisted to have our reception at cafe le cave, because he knew we couldn't go wrong with the great food they serve. Not only was the food great, but the service was awsome. Randy and his staff do a great job at putting everything together. I felt so at ease knowing that everything was taken care of, that I had such a great time having fun at my wedding. Randy takes such great pride at his work. My husband loves how Randy's voice sounds when he announces the wedding party (makes you get goose pumps). The dinner and dancing is all choreographed nicely so that everyone can enjoy it. The banquet hall has been updated to a tasteful decor. Some of our guests who smoke enjoyed the outdoor bar area. So many people to this day tell me how much fun they had at our wedding and how good the food was. I can't wait to go back again for dinner at the restaurant. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Mlowderman
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Café La Cave is seriously one of the best wedding venues in all of Chicago. My wife and I were completely blown away by the beauty, elegance and service of everything and every person at Café La Cave.

From Day one, this place was unbelievable to work with. Café La Cave told us from the beginning that they would give us a “Chicago Style” wedding reception for half the price. They delivered on that promise! My grandma told me that it was the most elegant wedding she had been to in her life. My aunt told me that it was a nicer wedding than some “hoity-toity” wedding in New York City that she and my uncle went to last year. I have had at least a dozen people tell me that the food was unbelievable and the filet melted in their mouths. Two of the three people that received a vegetarian plate told us that it was the best vegetarian plate of food that they have ever had at a wedding.

We looked at over 20 reception halls in the Chicago area before picking Café La Cave. We would have made a HUGE mistake had we not chosen to go with Café La Cave. We have had so many of our guests compliment this place on the service, quality of the food, elegance of the room and overall fun of the night. The staff at Café La Cave is unbelievable. I have not had better service in my life. They were very professional, very attentive and were so very accommodating.

If you’re looking for an awesome reception venue, you have to look at this place. And, when they say they will give you the best wedding reception, they mean it. And they will deliver on that promise. You will have zero regrets by going with this place. As far as the price goes, they rate very well with many other reception halls in Chicago and are much cheaper than anything that you’ll find in the city. We have been to weddings in the city and they were not nearly as nice and elegant as Café La Cave.
Café La Cave is seriously one of the best wedding venues in all of Chicago. My wife and I were completely blown away by Read more...
Café La Cave is seriously one of the best wedding venues in all of Chicago. My wife and I were completely blown away by the beauty, elegance and service of everything and every person at Café La Cave.

From Day one, this place was unbelievable to work with. Café La Cave told us from the beginning that they would give us a “Chicago Style” wedding reception for half the price. They delivered on that promise! My grandma told me that it was the most elegant wedding she had been to in her life. My aunt told me that it was a nicer wedding than some “hoity-toity” wedding in New York City that she and my uncle went to last year. I have had at least a dozen people tell me that the food was unbelievable and the filet melted in their mouths. Two of the three people that received a vegetarian plate told us that it was the best vegetarian plate of food that they have ever had at a wedding.

We looked at over 20 reception halls in the Chicago area before picking Café La Cave. We would have made a HUGE mistake had we not chosen to go with Café La Cave. We have had so many of our guests compliment this place on the service, quality of the food, elegance of the room and overall fun of the night. The staff at Café La Cave is unbelievable. I have not had better service in my life. They were very professional, very attentive and were so very accommodating.

If you’re looking for an awesome reception venue, you have to look at this place. And, when they say they will give you the best wedding reception, they mean it. And they will deliver on that promise. You will have zero regrets by going with this place. As far as the price goes, they rate very well with many other reception halls in Chicago and are much cheaper than anything that you’ll find in the city. We have been to weddings in the city and they were not nearly as nice and elegant as Café La Cave. Read less
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Michele
Wedding:
11/9/2013
4.9/5.0
Randy you are the GREATEST! Thanks for everything the night went off perfectly thanks to you and your fantastic staff. Guests said it was the best food they ever had at a wedding and the most beautiful wedding they have EVER been too.
Randy you are the GREATEST! Thanks for everything the night went off perfectly thanks to you and your fantastic staff. Read more...
Randy you are the GREATEST! Thanks for everything the night went off perfectly thanks to you and your fantastic staff. Guests said it was the best food they ever had at a wedding and the most beautiful wedding they have EVER been too. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Rachel
Wedding:
12/14/2013
4.8/5.0
The food was great!!!!!!!!!!!!
The food was great!!!!!!!!!!!!
The food was great!!!!!!!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Candy
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.6/5.0
The place is not the most modern and chic place but the european romantic decor of the place sold me (and the beautiful staircase for pictures). We worked with Randy, the coordinator. Randy is very nice and knowledgeable. The best is that he knows many different vendors where when we wanted recommendation on getting something we want he is able to either recommend someone or even book it for us, for a good price! That was more than we expected from a venue coordinator. Randy has been doing this for a long time so he is very experienced. However, he likes to do things in a certain way and he will persuade you to follow him. If you are open to it it will work out great but if you have something else in mind, you will need to strategically discuss it with him (which is what we did in our case and it worked out fine!). With that said, the flow of the night went great and Randy had everything to do with it to make it exactly how we wanted it as we needed our night to be fastly paced. He was in particular helpful with rehearsing for our ceremony! He did another rehearsal the day of the wedding (without my request) so everyone involved has all the practice they needed. The flower girls and ring bearer would not have performed perfectly if it hadn't for the rehearsals! The sweet table we ordered from them we SO MUCH more than we expected! There is coordinator fee and captain fee we need to pay. At first we weren't sure why we are paying for it but when we have received such good service the entire night we knew it was worth it. When we are exhausted and tipsy by the end of the night,the captain already have everything loaded onto a huge chart for us to take to our car! THAT definitely was a life saver at that point of the night. Almost forgot, food definitely was better than what is expected from a banquet hall, and the package included BOTH soup and salad (usually just either one). Great quality for the cost.
The place is not the most modern and chic place but the european romantic decor of the place sold me (and the beautiful Read more...
The place is not the most modern and chic place but the european romantic decor of the place sold me (and the beautiful staircase for pictures). We worked with Randy, the coordinator. Randy is very nice and knowledgeable. The best is that he knows many different vendors where when we wanted recommendation on getting something we want he is able to either recommend someone or even book it for us, for a good price! That was more than we expected from a venue coordinator. Randy has been doing this for a long time so he is very experienced. However, he likes to do things in a certain way and he will persuade you to follow him. If you are open to it it will work out great but if you have something else in mind, you will need to strategically discuss it with him (which is what we did in our case and it worked out fine!). With that said, the flow of the night went great and Randy had everything to do with it to make it exactly how we wanted it as we needed our night to be fastly paced. He was in particular helpful with rehearsing for our ceremony! He did another rehearsal the day of the wedding (without my request) so everyone involved has all the practice they needed. The flower girls and ring bearer would not have performed perfectly if it hadn't for the rehearsals! The sweet table we ordered from them we SO MUCH more than we expected! There is coordinator fee and captain fee we need to pay. At first we weren't sure why we are paying for it but when we have received such good service the entire night we knew it was worth it. When we are exhausted and tipsy by the end of the night,the captain already have everything loaded onto a huge chart for us to take to our car! THAT definitely was a life saver at that point of the night. Almost forgot, food definitely was better than what is expected from a banquet hall, and the package included BOTH soup and salad (usually just either one). Great quality for the cost. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Cafe La Cave responded with the following comments:

Candy & Sum
Thank you for the wonderful review! It was our pleasure and Thank you for letting Cafe La Cave host your Wedding Day! Come back and visit us for Dinner.
Thank You from
The Entire Cafe La Cave Staff
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Kelly
Wedding:
7/19/2008
4.4/5.0
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Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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CareSoko
Wedding:
3/29/2008
3.6/5.0
Great place!
Great place!
Great place! Read less
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