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  • Sarah R.

    This place has a quick turnover. They seat you very fast, which is nice when you want to go out for a quick brunch. Be aware that there is, however, always a wait- although, like I said, a quick one. The menus are paper, so they don't take them away from you (unless it's the specials menu). All entrees come with 2 sides, which are large. GET THE CINNAMON ROLLS AS A SIDE. Just. Do it. Take my word for it. They (usually) come out warm. Two FLUFFY cinnamon rolls with warm, gooey icing drizzled (read: glopped) on top. Hnnnng they're incredible. They come out before the meal, which I'm not a fan off because I fill up on just cinnamon rolls. I would prefer they came out WITH the meal. They are very accommodating, when it comes to the food. I love omelettes. You can get egg whites in place of eggs, and you can even build your own! I love that option. The omelettes are cooked very well. They sauté the veggies FIRST, which is how it should be done. The cheese on top is always browned to perfection. The fruit side is a decent portion. The service is usually fantastic, even when the servers are "in the weeds," as we say in the service industry (or in "normal terms," very busy. They fill your water or coffee whenever it needs to be done. They're very friendly, even from the moment that you walk in the door. Basically, you just need to hit this place UP!

    (4)
  • Romana Y.

    Good, solid omelets/pancakes/french toast/cinnabons!! Metropolis Coffee Cinnabons are a must! Omeletes come with 2 sides (fruit plate/2 cinnabons/slices of toast- all good portions). Good service at all locations

    (3)
  • Michael R.

    Great food, especially the Swedish Breakfast. AMAZING cinnamon rolls, the best part about them is the icing is slathered on them right before they come to you. I did give them a 4 star rating because the coffee is fairly bad. I've been there a few times for meetings an just to eat, and I never get the coffee anymore. That all aside, good service, great food, will definitely go back.

    (4)
  • Ryan C.

    Went in for brunch on a Sunday and had a short wait. The waitress was somewhat slow and a little awkward, but overall nice. Food was average for a brunch place, but the cinnamon rolls were great. I've been once and would probably go again, but am not in a huge rush to make it back in.

    (3)
  • Jenny Z.

    What a find! Came here for Saturday morning brunch around 10am and was seated immediately. Food: I ordered the veggie Benedict with cinnamon rolls and fruit, boyfriend got the regular Benedict with cinnamon rolls and fruit. All the food was EXCELLENT, and portions were huge! Instead of just two sad pieces of spinach, I got two huge heaping piles of all sorts of vegetables (spinach, carrots, zucchini, peppers, etc...). The eggs were also poached perfectly, and the hollandaise came on the side which was excellent, because most restaurants just drench it on. The regular benedict came with enormous pieces of ham - extremely generous portions that were larger than the English muffin even! I snagged a taste, and it was very flavorful ham too. There are no words for the cinnamon rolls. Everything you've heard is true. One note on the side of fresh fruit - this was ACTUALLY fresh fruit. Most places just give you some old cantaloupe and honeydew. Ann Sather's gives you blueberries, raspberries, a cherry, watermelon, strawberries, AND melon. I could have gotten just two sides of fruit and felt like I got my money's worth. Service: So good. We were well-attended to without feeling rushed. Our waters were consistently full, and the waitress was incredibly kind. Overall, just an amazing experience. I'd love to come back and try some of their Swedish food! This is definitely going on the regular list.

    (5)
  • Asenath N.

    Came here for brunch with a friend. Seating: We got there early so we were seated right away. By 11am on a Sunday the place was packed and there was along wait. I will recommend getting there earlier. The restaurant is not very big. Food: the food was amazing. I ordered the a steak and eggs which comes with 2 sides plus biscuits. I got the cinnamon rolls as side and it was very large. I was only able to eat half of my food and I took the rest home. You will not be disappointed with the food. Service:The wait staff were fast and friendly. As soon as we were seated a waiter came and got our drink orders. Price: meal + orange juice came out to $13+tip

    (4)
  • Adam A.

    Always a joy. Cinamon rolls are king here. Get on it.

    (4)
  • Melissa M.

    We had the traditional eggs benedict (really well prepared w/slightly spicey hollandaise, which was good), country benedict (really good), salmon benedict (great if you like seafood for breakfast) and the cinnamon rolls warranted coming back a second time. They are the best I've had.

    (5)
  • Michael P.

    Blah blah blah o.k. service blah blah blah wow great big cinnamon rolls blah blah blah standard breakfast diner with moderately better selection blah blah blah food is decent but nothing special blah blah blah.

    (3)
  • Lati T.

    Coffee and cinnamon rolls...is all I need to come back here every time! The restaurant is so cute and the staff is always on point. Parking is easy in the back...which is nice because otherwise, who knows where I would park...such a busy area!

    (5)
  • Eric F.

    (NOTE: I translated this to Swedish for the Yelp 100 Challenge: Stockholm. For the English version of this review please scroll down to the original.) Ja, jag har upplevt bättre ... Var? Just här, bara ett par år tillbaka. När jag växte upp i Chicago Ann Sather var en institution. Det är vinkeln ... Svensk mat ... en av mina favoriter. Det var (och är fortfarande) känd för sina kanelbullar och andra bröd som Limpa. De tjänar fortfarande en brödplatta men det är ingenting som den rikliga plattan och olika bröd som de använde för att tjäna här. En annan fantastisk måltid här var frukost ... med svenska pannkakor, potatiskorv, ägg, kött, hash, och färskpressad apelsin eller grapefrukt) uICE. De har fortfarande många av dessa poster men igen, ingenting så bra som de brukade. Sen till lunch och middag de brukade ha ett enormt utbud av verkliga svenska rätter, liksom svenska köttbullar (fläsk och kalvkött trippel marken och smaksatt med svartpeppar), lamm Stew, stekt sill, ohärdad skinka, och alltid dagens special att dö för. Nu köttbullarna smakar albondigas, och jag är säker på att de är gjorda av nötkött. Och även nu har de mer vanliga biljettpris, smörgåsar, hamburgare, spagetti ... det är inte samma sak. En anledning är att när jag växte upp Ann Sather och hennes familj av svenskarna fortfarande var i köket. Nu kökspersonalen är nytt, inte svenska, och de inte riktigt bryr eller förstår den subtila, folklig köket som är Svensk mat. 80 procent av de gamla favoritobjekt är fortfarande där, men de är alla lite annorlunda, lite mindre ... och inte svenska. Detta är och bör förbli en traditionell plats ... för som en vanlig diner det kommer att misslyckas.

    (3)
  • Tony F.

    Good muffin. Thanks for the chocolate milk. Sorry, I didn't order more, but I really just needed a place to duck into a booth and read, for a while. Again, thanks... the muffin really was quite good.

    (3)
  • Michael V.

    This is a great, affordable brunch option in Lakeview with some of the best cinnamon rolls around! Went to Ann Sather on the holiday friday for brunch with two friends around 10 am. The place looked packed but there's a whole huge dining room you can't see from the outside so we only had to wait like 10 mins. Service was friendly and they did a great job refilling waters and coffees throughout the meal. I ordered the monte cristo frech toast, which was an enormous plate of delicious food for only like $11! The liggenberry jam they give with it goes great with the ham and french toast covered with eggs on top. You get TWO side dishes with just about every meal which is awesome. And one of those side options is TWO cinnamon rolls. So really, you're only choosing one side, because you will be ordering the cinnamon rolls. They are huge, creamy and delicious. Great food and great service for a very reasonable price. I'll definitely be coming back!

    (5)
  • Bryan L.

    Had an excellent breakfast here! Looking forward to the return trip! The Sticky bun was KILLER! Wife had the traditional Benedict. I had a veggie omlet. With i'd known the portions were so big! We could have easily cut our stuff in half and still had left overs. Great service too!!!!!!!!!!

    (4)
  • Maty M.

    YUM YUM YUM! As a breakfast food lover, this is a great place! Obviously we cannot ignore the cinnamon roll side option (that you must get). Each entree comes with two sides, so make one of them theses tasty rolls! We were in a large group brunching on a late Sunday afternoon, as you do. We went to the Belmont location as it is supposedly larger and we thought we could get our group of 8ish in faster. We had no problem getting a table, maybe this was just good timing. Each person seemed more than happy with what they got and the prices were more than fair. Had it not been almost Sunday afternoon and all of us not dragging a bit from the night before, we may have had bundles of fun taking advantage of the fact that this place is byob.

    (5)
  • AV G.

    Let me pile on. Have been here a million times over the decades--Not a big fan. Just met some others there for Memorial Day brunch--Free parking, BYO, had the best Turkey Reuben ($10) EVER--nice service, fun place.

    (5)
  • Janet E.

    I love it here. When i moved by belmont and school i was enthralled to live next to my favorite breakfast joint. I came here everyday for months and both hostesses know me and my corgis. You may have seen them sitting on the sofa in the first room. The food is always good no matter how busy they are. Some times it gets too busy to dine in which is fine by me but i can see why some people get frustrated but you gotta wait for the good things in life.

    (5)
  • Yvonne B.

    Legendary cinnamon rolls! I haven't had one, but they did look scrumptious delumptious. I ordered the chilled fruit soup, a side of bacon, and a chai latte. A few moments later I was informed that it was not available and that I could have hot chocolate instead. My meal cost $13 after tax and tip. My chilled fruit soup was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend it. The broth was a thick sort of fruit juice and plump pieces of fruit bobbed in it. I was delighted that there were plump raisins mingled with the other fruit. They added a mature dimension. The bacon was regular, thick-cut bacon that you could get from the grocer. There were about four or five pieces and all of them were cooked crispy with bits that were just slightly chewy. I must admit that my hot chocolate wasn't memorable. The atmosphere at Ann Sather is bright and lively. It was obvious that there were many conversations cumulating in a single space but it wasn't difficult for me to have a conversation with the other people at my table. There is a counter stocked with baked goods, booths, and tables. The walls are bright and a quote is inscribed around the top boarder. People bunched together inside the door and around the counter waiting for a table. There were tables available but it seems as if Ann Sathers doesn't seat people until their entire party is present. Furthermore, they didn't have a waiting list so people weren't necessarily seated according to the amount of time they waited. Some of the Ann Sathers employees knew my dining companions and it was a blatant difference between how they treated me before and after they knew I was part of their party. The employees disregarded me and did not smile at me while I waited for my friends. Once my friends came the employees lit up and were favorably interactive.

    (4)
  • Señorita Rodrigue Z.

    I came to Ann Sathers after one of my coworkers told me about this great place. I had my doctor's office down the street and was really hungry after my appointment. I drove down belmont and found Ann Sathers. I passed up the parking lot 3x, why? Because you cant even tell the parking lot is in the back of Ann Sathers. In order to access the parking lot, you have to drive through a small entrance between the buildings on belmont. The entrance is so narrow, people dont realize it is for cars. Once you pass the narrow entrance, your led to a lot behind the buildings. I was told this place is located at what once was a funeral home, and that strange things tend to happen. When I entered the place, I did get goosebumps but I think it was more my mind than there actually being something there, I hope. I was seated immediately. It is very crowded and seems to have alot of regulars. I could tell because all the tables were talking amongst each other. Immediately upon seating, I was served small sweet bread to tie me over. I dont usually eat the basket of breads because sometimes we dont know how many times it has gone to another patron n theyve touched it. (Its my annoying germ phobia jk). I ordered the eggs benedict with spinach. It came with cubes potatoe hash and it was delicious. Of course, I couldnt come to The Ann Sathers and not have one of their known cinnamon rolls. These rolls are bigger than the plate they are served on! I was told by the hostess, that the cinnamon rolls are served all day and people buy them by the box full. Unfortunately, I was stuffed with my breakfast that I took my cinnamon roll to go. However, when I warmed it up and ate it the next day it was so good. I think my dentist will be disappointed in the amount of sugar that roll had, all good stuff :). This place is clean, has great selection of breakfast items and is known for their huge cinnamon rolls made all day. If you go to the Belmont location, make sure to park in the parking lot, otherwise good luck on finding parking!

    (4)
  • Sazsha M.

    Cinnamon Rolls!!!!! They're just the best here hands down. And you can order them as a side dish...they come in pairs too!!! Soo warm and gooey and sugary...Yum. Definitely not an everyday treat unless you're looking to be the next Jared...before the Subway endorsements. Other then the deliciousness mentioned above the food is pretty good. A bit pricey. The restaurant has been pretty packed everytime I've been there but service is good.

    (4)
  • Char Y.

    i heard great things and came for breakfast. we ordered traditional benedict - ok swedish pancakes - ok cinnamon rolls - too sweet the breakfast foods were just ok. there was nothing special about this place.

    (2)
  • Elaine M.

    I had been reading about this place for years and just happen to be in the area and walked by. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was breakfast in the morning. I had really high exceptions and this place didn't disappoint. Just make sure you have plenty of room in your stomach and lots of exercise in your near future. I think I ate a week's worth calories in one meal. I had the "French Toast Fantasy" - Marscarpone-filled cinnamon rolls, battered, grilled and topped with granola and fresh seasonal berries. Man was that good! My dining partner had the Monte Cristo Breakfast - Two pieces of our homemade French toast topped with a slice of ham and scrambled eggs with Swiss cheese. Served with a side of imported lingonberries. Also fantastic. Not only do I think that I will go back, I think that I need to go back. But not too soon, I need to mark some miles first.

    (5)
  • Sarah S.

    I was really excited to go to Ann Sather with a large group of friends of mine while doing some wedding plan for one of them. I had heard such good things about the food but I was not impressed by the food or service. I was greedy and wanted bottomless hot chocolate like they offer for the coffee! Sadly it's a one shot kind of thing. My friends and I all placed our orders and our server had some confusion over some of the ordering, he brought the wrong juice, kept asking us what we ordered yet wasn't writing it down, and we had to ask multiple times for napkins & silverware. Our meals all started to come out, cinnamon buns galore, pancakes, omelettes! Our waiter brought me my side of cottage cheese and as all the meals came out it became clear mine wasn't with the rest. He walked away and I was sure to go get my food - Nope! He was gone forever with no sign of him. When he finally came back in, my friend waved him down and asked if my meal was coming. He said oh~ and ran off to see what was going on. Somehow my meal got missed in the mix and by the time it came, I had eaten half of my friend's cinnamon bun and my cottage cheese so I was pretty darn full. Oh wells, lunch for the next day! The cinnamon buns live up to the hype. They are massive, gooey, warm and delightful. 2 cinnamon rolls for $3 is a steal! For my main dish, I had the traditional eggs benedict for $9.95 with Poached Eggs, Country Ham and Hollandaise Sauce. I liked it but wasn't blown away. I really have a hard time getting past the poor, unapologetic service here...I think my food didn't taste quite as good due to it! :P I know, I know, it was all in my mind but still! I'm not going to hold my poor experience against Ann Sather though. I'd love to go back and hopefully get a different server and try more items on their menu.

    (2)
  • Marcus G.

    Came here on a Saturday morning after helping a friend move, and this place is great! Food was really good and we didn't have to wait long for a table of four; it also wasn't that crowded either. Our server was on top of things and coffee and water was always filled! I had the Lumber Jack breakfast burrito and it was simple and straight to the point. Flour tortilla with bacon, hash browns, eggs and cheese. I'll definitely come here again! Also, it's BYOB!

    (5)
  • K R.

    This was a nice comfy spot. I had the biscuits with gravy and was not disappointed. We also had the Cinnamon rolls, which were fresh and AMAZING!!! They also have fresh juice (orange, banana and strawberry mixture) which I absolutely love. Definitely will be back.

    (4)
  • Caroline A.

    Fun facts: - BYOB - Not one but two sides including cinnamon buns as big as your head. Well, not quite but plenty of sugar and warm fluffyness to keep you going We went at prime brunch time on a Saturday and despite the crowd waiting for tables, we sat down within 10 minutes. The waiter was a sweet heart and never kept us waiting. My veggie omelette was fresh along with my side of fruit. This place is nothing fancy, your typical diner brunch but it really hits the spot!

    (4)
  • Steve K.

    Amazing food (the cinnamon rolls alone are as good as everyone says), and our waitress Christine could not have been sweeter. A great way to start the day!

    (5)
  • Pam D.

    I've eaten here a few times and come back for good, fast consistent food and service.The restaurant has two dining rooms so, it may look busy upon entering but, to the right they have a larger dining area. We like coming to Ann Sather's cause we know their menu isn't super huge like some restaurants, which just confuse you. We've only eaten here for Breakfast but, they serve Lunch and Dinner items also. Their Breakfast menu consists of a variety of omelets, eggs benedict, pancakes and breakfast wraps which probably weigh 2 pounds. Each entree comes with a choice of two sides for one price, usually $10 or under. Their famous cinnamon rolls with powdered sugar frosting are included as a "side dish", and they come served as a set of two! You gotta get them! No matter you can't finish eating them, just ask the server to wrap them up for you to go. A nice afternoon snack. The wait staff is attentive and friendly and reloads your coffee cup before it hits empty. If your waiter is busy, they all seem to help one another out and all you have to do is ask another waiter if you can't find yours. I usually order the Swedish Coffee which is a blend of nutmeg and brown sugar added to the coffee served with a dollop of whip cream. It's really good and they'll refill this tall beverage with extra coffee to help dissolve the sugar. It reminds me of Christmas. We used to pay for parking on the street and then discovered Ann Sather's has their own, private parking lot. You CAN miss the entrance to the lot, it's kinda narrow. There is a super friendly parking attendant guiding you where to park in the lot. Ugh! First time in the lot I didn't realize I should tip him, but now I do. Totally worth the $2 - $3! The negatives: I wish they would steam clean their floors or get new grout in the tile. The floor always looks dirty and gross. They have 2 unisex bathrooms on the main level and men and women's separate bathrooms in the basement. It would be nice if they got cleaned more frequently. Also the tread on the staircase is coming off and is a huge tripping hazard.

    (3)
  • Mr. A.

    Pretty good food. Coffee is okay and the service is nice. Easy in and easy out just a down home place. Get the sticky buns.

    (4)
  • Ashley B.

    Cinnamon rolls. That is all.

    (4)
  • Meredith S.

    We came here for the cinnamon rolls... and had no idea everything else was going to be so good too! NO MATTER WHAT, order cinnamon rolls. Each dish comes with two sides, so there's no excuses. But with the rest of your meal coming, don't overload. The rolls are probably the best thing to wrap up and take home with you to enjoy as a snack later. Even though it was New Years Day, we got seated in more than a reasonable time from our arrival. Our super friendly server was quick and helpful since we were newbies to the menu. My girlfriend and I shared the crab cake benedict, which has a little spicy kick to the crab. Eggs were cooked perfectly and the Hollandaise was DELICIOUS. Totally gets my approval, though I would probably opt for the classic next time, the crab itself left something to be desired. I got a side of biscuits and sausage gravy, which I LOVE but can rarely find done right. This place has got it. The biscuits were super fresh and fluffy, and you can tell the gravy is made right there. Perfectly seasoned, nice bits of sausage throughout, and if my stomach had allowed for it, I would have ordered a second serving! If I lived in Chicago or any near by suburb this would be my GO TO brunch spot. WIN.

    (4)
  • Kevin J.

    We went to Ann Sather at 8 am on a Sunday morning. We were greeted immediately and were able to get a seat next to the front window. The server was there within a minute or so and was very friendly and attentive. We went there to try the cinnamon rolls, and they did not disappoint. So rich, sweet, and soft. It was everything we had expected and more. My girlfriend ordered an avocado delight wrap, which she really liked. I had the Swedish pancakes with lingonberries with a side order of Swedish potato sausage. I have childhood memories of homemade Swedish pancakes that a family friend who was an old Swedish lady that spent half of her life used to make. This took me right back. The potato sausage was excellent as well. Although we were able to be seated right away, it was roughly 9 am when we left, and the place was full with a line out the door. I would advise getting there early. Overall, awesome food and great service. I can't wait to try lunch there.

    (4)
  • Rubin K.

    Cinammon Roll Review only! I think my friend described it best...think of the center of any cinnamon roll you've ever had. It's the softest, fluffyest part that you wish you could devour over and over again. Well luckily Ann Sather offers that goodness throughout the entire cinnamon roll. It is the answer we've all been asking for. Even better, it's not too sweet. Unlike Cinnabon that drizzles this overly rich sweetness over all of it. This just has a nice glaze like a perfectly glazed donut. I haven't tried anything else here, but apparently they have cinnamon roll french toast where they take their famous cinnamon rolls and make it into french toast and put mascapone cheese in between. They top it with granola and fruit, but again I've never had it...it just sounds awesome. Cinnamon roll was $1.65 I believe and it was wroth every bite. Soooooo bommmb.

    (5)
  • Colleen P.

    Went here with two friends while visiting Chi Town, went here for lunch, tried the crab cake sandwhich, amazing. The food was so quick, waitress was friendly. Downside, I felt like you were on top of one another, but I understand Chicago is a big crowded city so it happens. Prices were good, lots of choices for lunch, easy to split the bill. Sticky buns were amazing! You get two sides and one sticky bun side means you get two! Cool! Enojyed it a lot!

    (4)
  • Stephanie H.

    Really people?! I was so underwhelmed here. I actually live a few blocks from the Belmont location and had just stayed away from it because there are so many other brunch places in the city. And I have to say I won't be back. The cinnamon rolls are good but in a nasty way. They are huge, and a lot like those mall-tastic Cinnabon rolls. FYI- my personal fave mall cinnamon rolls were from T.J. Cinnamon's which I don't think are in the midwest. On to my food... I ordered an omelet which was like a giant hockey puck. I can make better at home. The hash browns were alright and the bacon was fine. My service was great and everyone who worked there was really nice. It didn't seem that crowded for a late Sunday morning, so maybe others are catching on that this place is incredibly overrated.

    (2)
  • Jessica S.

    It has been awhile since I have been here but I do remember that I really liked my cinnamon roll french toast. I like that you can get the cinnamon rolls to go pretty quickly too

    (4)
  • Amy L.

    Obviously the cinnamon rolls are amazing. You should go just for those. I used to avoid going here because of their omelets. I judge breakfast places on their omelets, and Ann Sather just didn't make the mark. I went back recently because a friend wanted cinnamon rolls, and they must have done an omelet makeover because I ordered the Mediterranean omelet and it was awesome. It was stuffed with yummy spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and feta. I also like how there are multiple healthy side options, like sliced tomatoes and fruit, so you aren't stuck with greasy hash browns. Bonus: It's BYOB and they'll bring you fixins for bloodies or mimosas. nom nom

    (4)
  • Amy M.

    Ooooh my god, what can I say? So we walked in around 9:45am on a Tuesday morning and this place was JAMMIN'. It was super busy and noisy, but the waitstaff was attentive, had us seated immediately, and our food arrived in less than 15 minutes. And ooooh the food. I admit, I have a super sweet tooth and the fact that I could get cinnamon rolls as a side with my breakfast was the reason I came. And the cinnamon rolls did not disappoint! I'm not ashamed to say I had them both nearly eaten before the eggs showed up. The eggs I was a little disappointed with, but nothing I can't overlook. Overall, for $8.50 there was so much food I was in pain walking out of the front door. Now that I live in Lakeview, this is my number one breakfast stop.

    (4)
  • Sruts A.

    If you've heard of the Ann Sather cinnamon roll and have not had it yet, I can only say that I am disappointed in you. Served warm with the icing oozing over the roll, it is delicious and puts you in a state of content almost as soon as you've sat down. I'd recommend the Breakfast platter and the Chicken Fajita Omelete. The portions can be shared comfortably. Don't worry about waiting for a table. Just walk in and tell one of the several waitresses and they will lead you directly to a table. The service is fast, friendly and efficient; the staff is fantastic!

    (4)
  • Caroline M.

    How to get a big booty-- Step one: Eat cinnamon rolls (x2) Step two: Eat a cake batter cupcake from Molly's Step three: Repeat step two about 4 hours later. Step four: Eat peanut butter pie before bed. Yes, this was my Saturday last weekend. Don't judge. Ann Sather was an excellent choice to bring my bff from out of town. She is a sugar slut like myself, however, not as intense as me. It's okay, she's learning. We balanced out the sugar overload by getting some savory goodness. I had the special of the day, which was a veggie filled skillet dish, complete with crispy hash browns. It was great! Most importantly, our server kept the coffee flowing!! Woohoo! May I recommend the Ann Sather/Molly's/More/Kith and Kin diet to you?

    (4)
  • Cecil S.

    Everyone loves their cinnamon rolls (comes in 2 servings per order); personally I like eating a meal like the Swedish or the French Toast Fantasy and then asking them to pack the cinnamon roll to go at the end of your meal. Most entrees are just under $10, great place to go for breakfast on any given day. Expect it to be busy during Saturday/Sunday brunch, I've never had a wait time over 20 minutes though, so can't complain.

    (4)
  • Carol J.

    Wow, this certainly is long overdue. I've been going to Ann Sather for years, I can't believe I haven't posted this yet. Let me start with two facts: I am Swedish and I don't really like breakfast stuff. There I said it. With that being said, I have two words: cinnamon rolls. Even if you are more of a savory girl, these gooey, spiced rolls will seduce even the most jaded of palates. I mean its hard to hate on something so delicious, usually hot out of the oven, drizzled with sugary sweet frosting. The perfect balance of roll to drizzle ratio, and done the way my grandmother used to. The Swedish pancakes here are as authentic as you would get in any cafe in Stockholm and the lingonberry jellies are the real deal. Don't be shocked to find a slice of Scandinavia in the heart of Boystown. If you knew Chicago history, you would know that this area was once home to a sweet little Swede enclave with the old Medusa's nightclub being a Swedish singing club in the 40's-60's. On top of swift service and consistently fantastic breakfast they offer some unique options like strawberry orange juice and fortified coffee. There is almost always a wait but its well worth it and this is one of the few places left in the area that offer parking for their guests. And their menu is not limited to Swedish swagger. You can get an omelet flying other flags, delicious meaty bacon, sausage, English muffins, scrambles and hash browns to die for. There are healthy options too, including fresh fruit and oatmeal I think. I never look at that side of the menu. On another note, Ann Sather offers catering! When I recently had to cater a brunch for 100 out of town folks, they made it super easy with 1 call. They sell their cinnamon and pecan rolls by the dozen as well as mini muffins and even a very fairly priced continental breakfast, hot menu options and so on. Their catering person, Ann, was extremely helpful and made sure I didn't over order and even better, my order was ready and waiting when I zoomed in to pick it up on a hectic Sunday morning. I cannot recommend them enough for making a chaotic and crazy event so much smoother.

    (5)
  • Sarah Y.

    Portions are huge! Service is friendly! Place is unpretentious and laidback! You know you'll get a decent hot meal here. The cinnamon buns were a fabulous starter, and I got the swedish dinner sampler for my main. I really liked the roasted duck, the sauerkraut and the swedish meatballs on my plate. The prices are also quite reasonable. I can totally see myself hopping in for another no frills meal!

    (4)
  • Cheryl L.

    I was in Chicago for 2 days and HAD to make a pit stop here because of my love of cinnamon buns and after seeing it showcased on the Food Network... Chicago in $24.00 show I happened to catch. It was an easy commute and walk from the L. It smelled delicious inside....like fresh sweet breads. I bought only 1 bun and it was so cheap and delicious. It probably would have tasted better warm but I just grabbed it and left. Loved it! Loved the 1.60$ price, too!

    (4)
  • DeShaun C.

    This place was so nice, I visited it twice during my recent (and first) visit to Chicago. I was told that the cinnamon buns were to die for, and that they served breakfast all day. Unfortunately, "all day" ends at 3pm. Perhaps they are operating on Swedish time. The first time, I sat down and had the smoked salmon benedict. The egg yolk wasn't as solid as I hoped for, but it was still tasty. I was with my girlfriend, who had the traditional benedict, which she enjoyed as well. You get two sides to go with the breakfast, and between the two of us there was an order of hash browns with cheddar, a fruit bowl, and 4 cinnamon buns. The hash browns were pretty standard. No complaints there. The fruit bowl was really varied, which is a plus. Two kinds of apples, blackberries, raspberries, 3 kinds of melon, strawberries, grapes, and kiwi. The cinnamon buns could have been a meal on their own. They were large, soft, very fresh, and drowning in icing. These things were beyond sugary--I swear I could hear my pancreas wince ever so slightly. This isn't a complaint, though, as they were really tasty and enjoyable. Add to this experience the fresh strawberry/orange/banana juice, and I left there knowing that this place raised my expectations for breakfast in restaurants. Well then, why the 3-star? At the start of this review, I said I visited twice. Well consistency seems to elude Ann Sather. The second time, I decided to get an omelet, hash browns (no cheese) and cinnamon buns. The omelet was actually rather flavorless, and slightly burned. Hash browns were slightly burned. The cinnamon buns were--hold on, wait for it--slightly burned! This, of course, left ME feeling slightly burned, because I was expecting to leave just as satisfied, and instead I was a bit disappointed. Overall, I was pleased with my experience with this restaurant, even though it is a very limited one. If one of these existed back home (New York), I would definitely visit on a regular basis, provided more of my visits went like my first, and less like my second.

    (3)
  • Casey N.

    Ann Sather is the brunch equivalent of the missionary position- after your first time, it's not all that exciting, but it's solid and it's reliable, and if you live nearby, you'll probably wind up there every so often because it's so convenient. If you know what to order, you're in good shape, but Ann Sather does have its fair share of underwhelming menu offerings. Here's my take on a few of the menu options: -Cinnamon rolls: a must, coming here and not getting an order is practically sacrilegious -Southern Decadence: Southern-style biscuits and gravy with sausage and poached eggs, I'm from Georgia and even I can say these are some darn tasty biscuits -Biscuits and gravy with sausage: same deal as above minus the poached eggs -Turkey Club: solid go-to -French toast: also solid - Traditional eggs benedict: meh, I've had better -V4 omlette: skip it -Avocado delight wrap: also skip -Hash browns: these should not be called hash browns, they're like the baked potato's bastard child. I always make the mistake of ordering them expecting delicious, crispy shredded goodness and wind up with chunks of mushy baked potato. False advertising. Expect to wait to get a table and don't expect great service. It's cheap,quick and dirty. Go for the cinnamon rolls, come back for the....cinnamon rolls

    (3)
  • Paul A.

    Stay away from this area during the day as well as night. The shady characters that roam the streets make it ripe for your wallet or cellphone to be stolen.

    (2)
  • Angela P.

    Service here definitely gets a solid 2.5, but I had to go with a 4 to round out the amazingness that is the Ann Sather cinnamon roll. Holy shit balls good. Anyways, we walked in and were basically ignored for a good 2 minutes which I thought was a little annoying, but they were busy so I cut them some slack. We were seated and greeted by our server and placed our order rather quickly. Two eggs for my cousin which came with the potatoes and the cinnamon rolls and I went with the spaetzle with gravy. She seemed to really enjoy her meal and I LOVED mine! Those cinnamon rolls are like nothing I've ever tried. They are so tender and soft and had just the right amount of sweetness. It was like the whole thing was the gooey middle. SOOOO good!! And the spaetzle was also amazing, little crispy edges and the gravy they served with it was so flavorful and savory. Yum! I can't wait to go back with Fred and show him what this place is all about! =] In fact...I will be stopping in this Sunday to pick up a platter of those fab rolls to bring to my cousin's house for PRIDE!! Holla!

    (4)
  • Danny M.

    If you want diabetes immediately, stop by Ann Sathers and pick up some cinnamon rolls. Guaranteed, every time. I am pretty sure they are injecting icing into Chicagoans as we sleep to get us addicted. Lets set the scene for you ...Get in to Ann Sathers and try to go on an off hour. You will get seated promptly and the service is very attentive. Expect to order quickly and then receive the food just as fast. My favorite meal of all time ...The western omelet (ham, onions and peppers, and feta cheese). I could eat this 4 times on Saturday and still have a yearning for more. My partner tells me the Mexican omelet is good too (avocado and veggies). With every egg meal, you get 2 sides. That is TWO, folks. Two. If you come here and dont get the cinnamon rolls, just go ahead and step in front of traffic. You get TWO (notice a theme?) per order. I always ask for two center cut rolls with extra sauce. Yum! You can easily split these with another person and are very satisfied. You can also score fresh fruit, hashbrowns, toast, etc for a side. I find that after I eat my eggs and cinnamon crack rolls, I don't have much room for the other carbs. The reason they lost of the fifth star is because I think some of the other menu items are mediocre, breakfast wraps included. Although portions are food. Ahh, the great debate. Quantity vs quality? As a side not, Ann Sathers cinnamon rolls were recently featured on the Food Networks "THE BEST THING I EVER ATE". They filmed at this Belmont location in February. If you can get Karen as your waitress, she can tell you all about it!

    (4)
  • Ryan H.

    Came here only to have cinnamon rolls. They were okay - not the best I have ever had or warranting a visit in and off themselves. The rest of the menu looks good, I would come back and check it out some time.

    (3)
  • Samantha E.

    Came for breakfast after hearing rave reviews about the cinnamon rolls. They were pretty good and service was very prompt. Plus, for giant two rolls a la carte it is only $3.35.

    (3)
  • Maggie W.

    This restaurant is located on one of the worst streets in Chicago besides the West and South sides. Belmont Avenue is being run by people looking for easy targets. They prey on everyone....looking for an iPhone, wallet, or just deciding to "wild out" and mob attack you. I wouldn't dine here anymore because one, the food is terrible, and two, it's run by an alderman who could care less what happens to his 44th ward.

    (1)
  • Ellie R.

    I think I would eat gruel from this place as long as it came with a side of cinnamon rolls. Luckily, the food is definitely above gruel level, and it comes in gut-wrenchingly enormous proportions that one meal at Ann Sather's means that I'll probably be too full to eat for the rest of the day. I also enjoy the grab-and-go cinnamon roll service, which is a major necessity in a pinch (the pinch being pretty much any occasion - friends visiting, small celebration, creepy woman in my face on the red line, etc). I love the atmosphere, the service is good, and it's a nice hopping brunch place for a weekend morning.

    (4)
  • Kathi F.

    Get the cinnamon rolls! Be patient with the waiters in the Belmont & Broadway locations because they seem forever understaffed, but frankly the food and price level are worth it. This is a great place to take parents because it's simple and not trying to be trendy or pompous in any way.

    (5)
  • Marshall G.

    Disgusting. I don't think this place needs much more of an explanation than that. If you want to really treat yourself for brunch go to somewhere like Marmalade or Bongo Room. It will be the same price and you'll have a much higher quality experience. The person I went with doesn't think I gave this place a fair chance so let me rethink this. No, I think that getting scrambled eggs that were so burnt that there was no more yellow in them and being served a double plate of icing slathered cinnamon rolls (with at least 2000 calories per plate) to eat before I get my charred entree is....well....disgusting. There's just no point in going to this place.

    (2)
  • Bobuzzi C.

    Cinnamon Rolls.... so good. Everything was really fresh. Strawberry Orange Juice is delicious. It gets crowded at prime brunch times and there isn't much room to stand, so be aware if going on a rainy/cold day.

    (5)
  • Isaias M.

    I did enjoy the service and the food here. If half stars were available I would have given an additional half. I tried this place based on many recommendations and was not impressed with the food at all. The service was amazing though.

    (3)
  • Lexie V.

    HOLY BREAKFAST! Easily tied for the best breakfast I have ever had. The cinnamon roll french toast is absolutely out of this world fantastic. The coffee was great, the atmosphere was cozy, and the service was wonderful. I'm really looking forward to going back!

    (5)
  • David K.

    I've been coming to this Ann Sather for awhile, so I was really confused when I went here today and it was so disappointing. Of course, the cinnamon rolls were *Amazing* but apart from that, everything was a bit disappointing. First--I felt bad for our waitress, I felt like she had every table in the place (even though there was another waitress?) and she was running around like crazy. It took forever until we were able to put our orders in. I'm not blaming her, and it was a Tuesday afternoon, so it wasn't super busy, but it was still crazy how slow everything was. After we ordered, the food took forever. In my observation--all of the tables our waitress had seemed to have put their orders in at the same time, which meant that all of our food came out at the same time--it looked a little chaotic--I thought restaurants usually tried to stagger tables so that this doesn't happen, but they didn't seem to do this today at Ann Sather. After the food finally came out (which was a very long time compared to other times I've been here), it was really disappointing--two of us ordered eggs benedict dishes and our eggs were overcooked. The yolks were hard! But weirdly, there was some runny yolk on my plate--I really was confused about where it came from. The food was just okay--I had the Southern Decadence--the gravy was ok, but not the best. The sausage was good though. I also feel bad since I don't feel like the issues were our waitress's fault--it just seemed like they didn't know how to staff their dining area. It was odd. She was friendly and refilled our coffees constantly, but when we ordered an extra drink, it never came...I don't know, it was odd. Overall--it's a decent spot and I'll probably stop in again, but I'm happy to know that there are many other good breakfast places in the neighborhood.

    (2)
  • Jennifer F.

    It's a good thing my man is about to become a dentist... because YUM YUM sugary cinnamon bun YUM! The rest of the menu is really quite mediocre. There are definitely better places for omelettes, hash, benedicts, crepes etc. But it is quite amazing that with your meal, you get a choice of 2 sides, and 1 side of cinnamon rolls = 2 cinnamon rolls... Which means you could get 4 cinnamon rolls as your SIDES! Score! Brunch was busy, and there was a small wait, but once you've got a tender, warm cinnamon bun in your mouth, your world will be a better place.

    (4)
  • Helena G.

    I had brunch with a friend here last Saturday. My expectations were high since this place is very busy. I shared a veggie Benedict eggs with my friend. It was awful, very dry and without any flavor. We also had some fruit and a disgusting cinnamon roll. It was huge and it had tons of sugar and the flavor wasn't great. I liked the strawberry banana natural (I hope it was natural) juice. The waitress pushed us a lot to pay and at that time it was no line there.

    (1)
  • Derek B.

    Yes, the cinnamon rolls are great. Other than that, though, I've never had a great experience here. The servers always feel rushed. They never engage. Their eyes are already on the next table, and they give lots of generic "mm-hmm"s. And I've tried a few different egg dishes and always been disappointed. They are always grey, dry, and bland.

    (3)
  • Ben N.

    Five or six years ago, we visited Chicago from our then-home in New Orleans and stayed in Lakeview. Upon our arrival in town, we wanted some quick, uncomplicated comfort food for a late lunch. Ann Sather was just down the street and seemed to fit the bill. It did. But beyond that, I have no idea what we ate that day, so it must have been pretty forgettable.... Except for those friggin' cinnamon rolls. Neither my wife nor I especially is a big fan of the cinnamon roll in general, but those things took it to another level altogether. So on this last visit to Chicago we were staying downtown, and we wanted a big breakfast one morning. We remembered the cinnamon rolls and remembered that Ann Sather was right by the Belmont stop. Breakfast at Ann Sather, compared to our lunch from a few years back, is pretty damn satisfying. You might blanch at the prices on the menu ($8-11 for rather standard-issue breakfast plates), but then food starts arriving and the portions are monstrous. If it's not top-end breakfast fare, it's certainly better than average and easily worth the price, and there are tons of choices. Smoked salmon benedict was nicely prepared and well worth ten bucks. Biscuits and sausage were really good. Ann Sather's rosemary-heavy hashbrowns are delicious. And of course the cinnamon rolls. You gotta get those, if only those. A steal at $3 for two softball-sized rolls. Our server, Shane, was terrific: Genuinely friendly, and always on top of everything without being remotely annoying about it. If this guy doesn't have a second job in a high-end restaurant with the much-bigger tips, he sure deserves one. (Or, hell, for all I know, he might be qualified for and deserve an excellent job outside the restaurant industry altogether.) This location has a comfortable, casual, appealing cafe atmosphere. All in all, Ann Sather probably has nothing to knock your socks off aside from the cinnamon rolls, but it's a really solid breakfast experience nonetheless. P.S. Ann Sather bills itself as a "Swedish" restaurant, and while Swedish items and influences definitely appear on the menu, it seems like more of a straightforward diner/cafe than anything else.

    (4)
  • Sarah A.

    I love this place!!! This is especially good for brunch on Saturday or Sunday mornings when you are hungover. During these days I pretty much want one of everything on the menu. The best omelette here is the V-4. It has artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes and asiago cheese. Really refreshing and I love all of the different vegetables. And for the sides, I get fruit (to make myself seem healthy) and cinnamon rolls. Now about the cinnamon rolls. I could go on and on about how great they are. They are crispy on the outside, hot on the inside. And the place loads the rolls with frosting, which is my favorite part. They also taste great as leftovers.

    (5)
  • Michael B.

    The fantasy French toast is a must. Made out of stuffed cinnamon buns. Groan....

    (3)
  • Steph D.

    Breakfast served with a "side" Cinnamon roll. Seriously?! I am sold. Delcious and reasonably price breakfast.

    (4)
  • Justine M.

    I came here the day of the huge blizzard and it's lucky we did! No one was in there (cuz of the storm) but for all of the people who did come in, all their dishes were only $5! That included the cinnamon rolls! NOTE: This was only because of the huge blizzard. Food was pretty okay, nothing memorable. Cinnamon rolls were clutch.

    (3)
  • Julia J.

    So, I made a stupid mistake and decided to take my in-laws, a party of 12, to Ann Sather's on a Sunday morning at 11am. Though I wasn't too stupid because I did call the day before to let them know we were coming. Since we had a large party, they took our reservation. It didn't matter though- we still needed to wait 30 minutes for our table, which was annoying because we were a very large group, the place was packed and there was no where to stand except outside in the freezing cold. When we finally did get seated, our server took our drink orders and go those out right away but didn't reappear for a good 25-30 minutes to take our order. But our food came fast and it was delicious. Had the eggs benedict this time, which was pretty good- much better than the omelet. This is a small thing, but I was really happy with the quality of the fruit cup- it wasn't all melon, which was great. Everyone was very satisfied with their meal. So another good experience with Ann Sather's food, but I would never return with a large group. I'd think 2-4 max on a weekend, especially when it's so cold!

    (4)
  • Coleman B.

    One of my biggest pet peeves in food is when you order something that is listed as "crab" and is served as imitation crab (which is a mix of pollock fish and real crab) and is really really nasty. So when I ordered the crab cakes benedict which are described as cajun style crab cakes and was served POLLOCK i sent it back. Its a shame to let this single experience define my opinion of this restaurant but I find it misleading and very unappetizing. They asked me if I wanted anything else, and to be honest, no not really. They took it off the bill and gave me a pack of cinnamon rolls which I really truly appreciate, very friendly, but come on guys. Pollock is not crab, change your menu. Busy, but friendly. Food quality... CHOPPED.

    (2)
  • Matthew T.

    I have been to this location several times and it is always packed. All of the food that I have had was awesome! The portion sizes were great. The cinnamon roll tasted great as well. This is one of the restaurants in Chicago that I would reccomed anyone go to. It is also reasonably priced.

    (4)
  • Dodge S.

    Got breakfast here a few weeks ago. Did not know ahead of time what an amazing menu selection we would have to choose from! Of course we picked the cinnamon rolls, which came to our table served hot, dripping with icing. Also did not know this place was Swedish like the IKEA furniture store. My wife ordered a french toast special called Monte Cristo Breakfast, and could not stop talking about it after we left. It was so good, french toast, ham, swiss cheese, scambled eggs, and a side of lingonberries. I think I got the Swedish Breakfast Sampler, a swedish meatball, a swedish pancake, potato sausage, and one egg. The wait staff was mostly comprised of young men who were quick to take your order and returned often to check on your table, refill your water glass, etc. We really enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait to make an excuse to visit Lakeview again so we can stop in for more goodies.

    (4)
  • Stephanie H.

    The cinnamon rolls here are amazing. When you get them as side, you actually get two, and they are the most ooey-gooey yummy things ever. The breakfast food is good; no complaints there. My only qualm is that during one visit, I split something with a friend, and the bill included a split fee, which the server did not tell us about. Other wise, this place is great!

    (4)
  • Amanda W.

    We were seated quickly despite the Saturday brunch crowd. The salmon and dill omelet was delicious and plenty big. I'm allergic to gluten, so was disappointed in the side dishes offered. The waitress let be swap those for a side salad. She also brought spicy mustard to go with my omelet, which I never would've thought of, but it was delicious! So: great service, great food. Very happy!

    (5)
  • Jelena Z.

    This is the first time I've ate at Ann Sather without gorging on their famous cinnamon rolls... le sigh! But, I left just as satisfied as usual without the guilt: Mexican omelet made with egg whites, avocado, salsa, peppers and onions and a side of fresh fruit with an English muffin. But, don't cry for me Argentina - despite the healthy aspect, my meal was still straight up delicious! Our server was very accommodating and refilled my coffee about 7 times (necessary for a java junkie like myself!). And, they set up my largish group of colleagues in a private room so we could banter without annoying other customers... believe me, we're a boisterous bunch! Still, if you make it to Ann Sather, don't leave without indulging in a massive, gooey cinnamon roll and their fresh strawberry banana orange juice.

    (4)
  • Aditi G.

    This place is DELISH! I went with my best friend and her sister who had been there once before because they were raving about it and I was very excited because I also heard it was good and wanted to try for myself! I got the smoked salmon benedict and it was super light. On an english muffin (perhaps wheat?) with the salmon, poached egg, and dill. And the hollandaise sauce was on the side which was really awesome. I don't like my eggs benedict to be swimming in sauce like Michael Phelps! lol And of course with breakfast you get TWO sides. (!!!) Got the famous cinnamon rolls (you get 2 which are the size of your head) as well as the homemade hash browns. All so scrumptious! I would definitely go back!

    (4)
  • Meredith B.

    We only had a 5 minute wait for a group of 5 on a holiday weekend warning, so I was willing to forgive the gunk on my spoon and just use my husbands. However, when I got to the bottom of my cup of coffee and saw a Splenda packet at the bottom of my cup, I was pretty appalled. Plus, the servers reaction of "oops, I won't charge you for that" seemed a little underwhelmed since it looks like the dishes are not being cleaned. They get a star for being fast and the cinnamon buns and biscuits being good (not fantastic though). I won't go back because, in all honesty, I spent the entire meal being grossed out about whether my dishes were clean or not. I can save a lot of money eating off dirty dishes at my own house, thankyouverymuch.

    (2)
  • Mel C.

    I went here at 9:00am on a Thursday and there were only two other patrons. I got great service from a friendly and cheerful waitress. I ordered scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, cinnamon rolls, and tomato slices. I'd never been here before, but had been advised to not leave without getting the cinnamon rolls. I'm glad I did and wish I had taken some to go to share. The prices are reasonable and it's cutely decorated. I'll definitely go back to get more cinnamon rolls and try something else :)

    (5)
  • Joyee L.

    This is my second time trying out this restaurant. The first time I had and okay meal. This time, things were disastrous. The biggest strike was the fact that it took waiting ten minutes, and me having to ask for our server before we got any attention from our server. On top of that, he pretended as if nothing was wrong. I understand that it was busy, but we didn't get acknowledged. Instead, we got served by 3 different bus boys, each of whom had not communicated with the server at all. Furthermore, my food was atrociously bad. I ordered the sampler lunch plate and everything was mushy and bland: the spaetzle, my duck, the sausage. Our cinnamon buns were also doughy. I ate there yesterday, and am still feeling kind of sick thinking that I actually tried to eat my lunch. The one plus was the Swedish coffee.

    (1)
  • Brett F.

    Cotton candy, sweet and low, let me see that cinnamon roll Come on, cinnamon roll, just make that cinnamon roll To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back Now dip baby dip, come on let's dip baby dip baby Dip baby just dip, baby dip baby dip Just Dip, Cotton Candy sweet and low Let me see that cinnamon roll Huh? You mean you don't just love the 69 Boyz?! youtube.com/watch?v=Jbxi… Yup, I totally broke out my horrendous and clichéd 90's hip hop ditty expertise to pay a little homage to the world's mostest bestest freshest and loveliest cinnamon rolls. Ann Sather, I love you! It's true, I can NOT get enough of your ooey, gooey, melty, smushy cinnamon rolls... be still my heart, I've found bliss. As if remarkable roll paradise wasn't enough, Ann Sather actually boasts a boatload of fabulous, well-portioned and absolutely delicious menu items that do any breakfast aficionada proud. Think eggs benedict galore (steak, salmon, crab, veggie, traditional), gorgeously executed Monte Cristo sammies and, one of my favs, purely Scandinavian Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries. Go on, get an order, these beauties do not disappoint! I had most appreciation for the healthy and delightful V4 Omelet with fluffy eggs, grilled artichokes, crispy asparagus and a generous topping of salty Asiago cheese. Y-U-M! Since every egg dish comes with two sides I could justify a to splurge a bit - ok, a lot - on those warm cinnamon lovelies (you get two enormous ones) and a beautiful little fruit plate chock full of fresh berries, bananas, peaches and watermelon. Juicy! Yes Ma'am, this was pretty much plentiful brunch perfection personified. Service from the charming and superb Nancy was as spot on as could be. Bountiful hot coffee, quick on dishing up those beloved carbs and all with a wink and smile. Sigh. If only she could provide a post-meal nap, too, I'd be golden. While the rolls are first-rate, Ann surely is no one hit wonder. Set this satisfying soundtrack to your weekend programming, you'll thank me for it!

    (4)
  • Lupe D.

    Ann Sather, I can't get past those cinnamon rolls!!! Oh My Goodness! Heaven on a plate! Yes, everything else is good, but those cinnamon rolls.... just thinking about them now I am wondering when I can make my way back to you???!!! People, do yourself a favor, if for no other reason, go to Ann Sather to try those fresh cinnamon rolls! everything else is just details!

    (4)
  • Jonathan B.

    Ahh Ann Sather's. This place is extremely popular and I don't mean to poo poo on all of the positive reviews, because overall this is a very nice breakfast/brunch spot. The cinnamon rolls are extraordinary and the portions are worthy of several meals (I generally like to split a meal when going here). The prices are very reasonable too. However, I went here about a week ago and thought I'd give the eggs benedict a try. I must say I was extremely disappointed. It was hardly eggs benedict at all. There were pros and cons, so let me elaborate. First, the muffin was stale but we had a very large party and it's possible that it had been sitting around for a while. The muffins weren't soggy and that's a big deal. The eggs were done fine and the ham was fine to - hard to mess up. If that's all that was required then I would have gotten an egg McMuffin at McDonald's! But as other eggs benedict enthusiasts are aware, the hollandaise is where it's at. The hollandaise was barely edible! There was no flavor of lemon. It was heavy instead of light and whipped. It was extremely peppery and salty. I stopped eating it and tossed the leftovers. I am giving Ann Sather's 2 stars simply because I KNOW they can do better. I have high expectations for an otherwise great brunch spot.

    (2)
  • Darren F.

    came here a few times and all i got to say is cinnamon rolls! no need to order anything else because they are just ok.. but the cinnamon rolls is a must have! probably the best that ive tried so far!

    (3)
  • Christina F.

    Took the bf here a while ago and am so glad I did. It's ridiculous how much food they give you. I can't remember what we ordered since it was so long ago (like over a year) but I remember walking out of there with leftovers for the next 3 days. And oh my goodness- the cinnamon rolls. WOWEEKAZOWEE!!! So good! Although, if you're on a diet I would not advise them. Or, no, I would but after you eat take a nice long food coma and then hit the gym or you may have trouble fitting into those skinny jeans the next day. :)

    (5)
  • Alejandro T.

    Fair enough the place has this elegant atmosphere and it's pretty cozy but the food itself (which is hopefully the reason you came here) is just okay. If you come for brunch be sure to come early and make a reservation, otherwise you might be waiting for a while...the servers are friendly and try to be super fast, which is a plus! And their hot chocolate is delicious! They brag about their cinnamon rolls but in the end, they are no different from the kind you can bake at home, only that these ones are gigantic, so that I still would recommend them as a side, just don't expect any fireworks with 'em. One thing that bothers me is how they make home fries instead of hash browns, maybe it's their Scandinavian way, but they really need to get this straight. Their portions are big and you get two sides, so make the best of it...you can have a really decent brunch for sure, but it won't be the type of brunch that will blow your mind away, although you will be able to take leftovers home because they do give out lots of food :)

    (3)
  • Stephanie M.

    its hard to find a good comfort food, breakfast place in the city. everything is trendy and small. that's not what i think when i'm going to a breakfast joint. i always go for their crab benedict. homemade crab cakes, topped off with poached egg and their house hollandaise sauce. delish! its definitely enough for 2 meals. i know its homemade crab cakes too because they had me wait for it once while they made a fresh batch. well worth the wait! it was nice that they gave me a heads up before i ordered and i had my sides to keep me occupied anyways. with an egg dishes, you have your choice of 2 sides. as one of your sides, you MUST get the cinnamon roll. they give you 2 gigantic buns topped off with gooey icing. the buns are fresh and fluffy... stuffed with cinnamon sugar in the middle.

    (5)
  • Lai-Nin W.

    Wait wasn't too bad for a Sunday afternoon, which is pretty close to a damn miracle in this neighborhood what with all the youngins.... I got the traditional eggs benedict (pretty much what you would expect) a fruit cup and some hashbrowns. Hashbrowns were delicious and the fruit cup was a little wilted but still tasty. I took a few stars off though because the food was alright, but not particularly tasty. The sweet rolls are supposedly what they're really known for, but I found them to be kind of ridiculously sweet (like put you in a diabetic coma sweet). Pretty good though! Will probably be back :)

    (3)
  • Linnea L.

    As a Swede (born and raised), I always seek out the Swedish places to eat whenever I move somewhere new. I came here for breakfast once, and it's an okay diner with good coffee, free refills and somewhat greasy food. But I did in no way think it resembled anything Swedish apart from the fact that I guess we eat omelettes in Sweden. The choices on the menu are nothing especially Swedish and is something I'd expect to find (with variation) in other breakfast diners too. The cinnamon buns are good, but way too sugary. I don't understand the obsession with the frosting on cinnamon buns in Chicago, IKEA does it too and there is way too much of it. It's a shame, because the actual buns are really moist and delicious. I had the salmon dill omelette and it was well made, a big portion and I was full when I left the place. I would come back, but not for the "Swedish" food. It would be more for the free coffee refill (and we know that Swedes love that!) and the fact that it's a nice place to sit in. I wouldn't recommend it as a Swedish restaurant, though. If you want the authentic experience, try Tre Kronor. They even have the julbord (Swedish Christmas-themed smörgåsbord).

    (3)
  • Nichole F.

    Love this place! This was my first time at this location. It was pretty big compared to the Broadway location. The service was very good. The food was awesome bi had the crab cake benedict - sooooooo good! My sides were cinnamon rolls ( a must order!!!) and fruit and sausage links. Everything was great. Such a great place for breakfast or lunch.

    (5)
  • Dennis S.

    The freshest eggs I've had in years. Delicious. Great Swedish pancakes. Constant refills of our coffee. Everything about the service was professional and perfect, to go along with all the other features of the Ann Sather restaurants that everyone writes about (like the giant cinnamon rolls). Now that I know they have a deal for parking in the garage next door, this will be my Ann Sather of choice.

    (5)
  • Justin S.

    Like many other breakfast/brunch spots, this spot had a nice cozy feel to it. The seating along the walls can be a little crammed so you might find yourself trying to speak over other people's conversations so if you'd rather not compete, ask for an interior table. The cinnamon rolls are a must. I feel like splitting with another person would probably do the trick but if you've got a huge appetite, devour one on your own. I think I might ask for extra frosting/cream next time...good stuff! I had the French Toast Fantasy which was awesome! Thought the fruits with the cheese were a good mix. The gf had the Smoked Salmon Benedict which I had the pleasure of finishing off the next morning and I couldn't help but wonder how much better they would have been if I had them fresh! Two thumbs up! The service was super nice to top it off. It was like having your sweet old grandmother take care of you haha! Sweet! I think if I were ever driving by any AS location in the morning, I'd make a quick pit-stop just to pick up a cinnamon roll & coffee to go.

    (4)
  • Bridget K.

    I really like this location of Ann Sather for a few reasons. Number 1 as a person who relies heavily on the L to get around town. This place is a hop, skip and a jump from the Belmont stop which serves the Red, Brown and Purple Express trains. Number 2 the inside is cute with the paintings. Its a feast for the eyes. Now on to the real reason for visiting Ann Sather's the food. I went on a Sunday morning for brunch around 11 am. My friend and I walked in a were seated right away. We looked at the extensive menu, trying to figure out what we wanted to eat. You're at Ann Sather's so a cinnamon roll is a MUST. I wanted something a little more substantial then just just having a cinnamon roll and coffee. I opted for the French Toast Fantasy as noted on the menu Rachael Ray tried it in an episode of $40 a day in Chicago. I enjoyed it. It was exactly what I was looking for, the cinnamon roll taste but a little more substance. The food was good and the service was decent. It's a good location to meet at due to how close it is to the L along with restaurant parking behind.

    (4)
  • Marie H.

    I like this place for the brunch vibe, but I don't think that the food is anything special. The cinnamon buns are big and tasty, and the rest of the menu is generally okay, and satisfies my hunger, but I don't find myself craving anything. Standard, fast, and still nice brunch stop.

    (3)
  • Katie T.

    My absolute favorite brunch place in Chicago. I've already come here three times, with friends and my family and it passed the test with all three different groups. Their portions are ample, the service is always friendly and great, its BYOB (which is great for brunch if you want to bring your own wine and champagne), has its own parking lot and the food good and reasonably priced. What more would you want from a brunch place?

    (5)
  • Joshua M.

    I'll start this off by saying I haven't been to Ann Sather in quite some time. There are so many better brunch places in the city that this place never even pops up on my radar as a possibility because I know that: 1. It'll be packed 2. The service kind of sucks 3. It will be full of tourists/food network fans The cinnamon rolls are huge. I'll give them that... But honestly I think they taste like the small ones you cut off of a roll that came out of a pressurized tube. They're not bad per-say... Just nothing special... Other than being the size of your head. Personally, I think it's more fun to bust open the tube against your counter top than to wait in line for a table at Ann Sather. Their other breakfast dishes are fair. Nothing incredibly inventive in my opinion. Avocado in an omelet? That's so bold! No, really, it isn't. Last time I was at Ann Sather, I came to the realization that the line going out the door had a lot to do with the service. Customers cannot leave the restaurant until they pay, yet when it was time to get the bill, the server was out of sight. I have a piece of golden advice I'd like to offer the wait staff at Ann Sather: Tables won't turn over until they have their bill. There I said it. The secret is out. Really, nothing drives me more crazy than being the party who's holding up a table in a crowded restaurant (and if you do that, you should be stoned in public), but they don't make it easy. Ann Sather is solid, and it's a Chicago institution. For that, it gets 3 stars, meaning A-OK, and only A-OK. There's massive room for improvement, which won't happen because... Well... They're a Chicago institution.

    (3)
  • Rob W.

    Came here from a suggestion from my cab driver!!! I got there saturday morning and enjoyed a great breakfast. The veggie omelet came out like a fritatta and was DeLISH. Coffee was flowing and the service was great. Yes the cinnamon roll was amazing... Light and chewy. Best part was our sever Kelly, you can tell she is a seasoned pro! When she went to one table she hit her entire section, my coffee always full. Nothing pretty to look at in terms of decor but the food speaks for itself. I look forward to coming back next time I am in Chicago.

    (5)
  • Max S.

    If you are ever in Chicago and close to an Ann Sathers, go there. Split the Cinnamon Bun with a friend. Die. Then go to heaven.

    (4)
  • Adam B.

    Great service! Alfredo was our server. Great guy, made good suggestions and was very nice. Food was great. Obviously the cinnamon roll are always good, but the mexican omelette was outstanding!! As was the salmon bendedict. The fruit salad is fresh and has lots of fresh tasty fruit in it. Even the cottage cheese was good.

    (5)
  • Jenna P.

    I used to come here all the time, to the old Belmont location. Yes, the cinnamon rolls are legendary, and rightfully so. But I also enjoy the swedish pancakes with lingonberries, yum! It's a little pricey for a breakfast place, but you do get a lot of food. I liked the old Belmont location much better. The new place is always, always, always crowded, chaotic, and loud. The tables are tiny and reeaaallly close together. I miss sitting by the fireplace at the old location!

    (3)
  • Meredith B.

    My friend and I ended up at Ann Sather since the wait was too long at Kanela and we were hungry! There was only a 15 minute wait at about 11:15 am on a Sunday, so not too bad. They clearly run a tight ship at Ann Sather - servers are fast on their feet and it's noisy in there. After we were seated, I got some mint tea (generic teabag and small kettle of water) and my friend had coffee. I ordered the breakfast wrap with avocado, tomato, onion, green pepper, cheese, and scrambled eggs - that came with two sides, so I picked fruit and cinnamon rolls. The idea of getting a side of cinnamon rolls is completely ridiculous. You get TWO with a side order - easily enough to fill one person up without eating anything else. The wrap came with a side of salsa that looked like it was made from tomatillos. The wrap was pretty huge - I could only eat half and brought the rest home for my boyfriend. But I have to say - I wasn't too keen on it. The ingredients weren't well-distributed; my first several bites were only avocado and egg, and I was sure that the server had gotten my order wrong. Finally, toward the middle, I observed a few stray tomato pieces and a few green pepper bits. It just wasn't what I wanted. I wanted a wrap that contained a decent amount of the advertised veggies - that's the whole reason I ordered it. The scrambled eggs inside the