Topaz Cafe

After visiting Topaz Cafe, we wondered why we hadn’t encountered and tried this venue before. With a fine dining menu, beautiful dining room, expansive and covered outdoor deck, coupled with extremely friendly and knowledgeable service, this restaurant became one of our favorites after just one visit. The outdoor deck alone is so wonderful, that it is worth a visit when Chicagoland weather allows for it – and being covered, it could easily be a three season destination.

Since we arrived slightly before the restaurant’s opening time, we sat and enjoyed some wine by the glass in the large bar. Having a good selection by the glass, we also enjoyed an appetizer at the bar accompanied by great service for the short time we waited for our table on the outside deck.

Inside Topaz Cafe
Inside Topaz Cafe
Wine beautifully displayed at Topaz Cafe
Wine Beautifully Displayed at Topaz Cafe

While at the bar, we tried the Spicy Beef Tartar with black garlic emulsion, apricot, cornichon, aged gouda, brioche, and Calabrian chili. It is a wonderful twist on tartar and provided a great start to our evening.

Spicy Beef Tartar
Spicy Beef Tartar

Once seated outside on the deck, we continued our meal and everything exceeded expectations.

The Deck at Topaz Cafe
The Deck at Topaz Cafe

The mushroom risotto was especially good, with the pureness of mushroom flavors coming through every fork full.

Mushroom Risotto
Mushroom Risotto

A special for the day was a seafood appetizer which could be ordered both as a half and full order – I don’t think there is anything better than fresh chilled seafood eaten outside on a beautiful Chicago (in this case Burr Ridge) afternoon.

Seafood Appetizer
Seafood Appetizer

For entrees, we tried the filet which was perfectly prepared and the ricotta gnocchi, with the latter prepared in a short rib and orange creamy beef jus. Outstanding.

Filet of Beef
Filet
Gnocchi
Risotto

Cobbler for dessert capped everything off wonderfully.

Cobbler
Cobbler

After this wonderful visit, I am sure we’ll be back again and again. Especially in summer to enjoy the deck, but also year round to enjoy the wonderful food, wine and service. Visited June 2015.

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