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CHICAGO’S MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT FEATURING FONDUE DINING & FINE WINES!
For over 50 years, fondue dining at Geja’s Café has been a favorite indulgence for Chicagoans as well as out-of-towners. It’s a perfect way to kindle romance, celebrate a special occasion or simply join family and friends for a fun and unforgettable dining experience.
So that you enjoy all we have to offer, we suggest Geja’s four-course Premier Dinners. In a candlelit room, surrounded by the music of Flamenco and classical guitar, you’ll be presented with creamy Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, served with fresh breads and fruits for dipping. Our crisp green salad, dressed with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, offers a counterpoint to the rich, warm cheese fondue appetizer. Next, you’ll cook your choices of Australian lobster tail, jumbo gulf shrimp, aged beef tenderloin, atlantic sea scallops or chicken breast in a pot of sizzling soybean oil or broth. The main course is served with a mound of fresh vegetables and eight savory dipping sauces. Our famous chocolate fondue is flamed table-side, and presented with marshmallows for roasting, along with moist pound cake and fresh fruits for dipping into the velvety Belgian chocolate.
Geja’s Cafe features the ingredients to make your evening an event you’ll remember for years to come. Our professional staff will guide you through your dinner and help you choose the perfect wine to complement your meal. Come find out what has made Geja’s Cafe one of Chicago’s most admired restaurants for over 50 years.
Geja’s Café’s atmosphere has come a long way from the early years of 1965-1971 in Old Town to its present look in Lincoln Park. Geja’s Café has long been heralded as Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurant. In 2015, Geja’s Café was named America’s Most Romantic Restaurant by a USA Today’s reader poll. Some of the ingredients that have contributed to our atmosphere being so unique is our candle-lit dining room which feels like a wine cellar that is filled with live classical and Flamenco guitar music.
Unlike other restaurants where you spend time waiting on your food to be prepared and delivered, at Geja’s Cafe you have the opportunity to be a part of the experience! You will enjoy the opportunities to create lasting memories by getting hands-on throughout the premier fondue dinner. From dipping grapes, apples and assorted breads into a creamy gruyere to cooking various meats, seafood and assorted vegetables to your desire and then creating that perfect bite with one of our eight house-made sauces, to roasting marshmallows over a flamed pot of Belgium chocolate and dunking various types of fruits, pound cake and rice krispy treats. You will have plenty of memorable experiences that will be remembered for many years to come!
As you partake in the fondue experience, you will most certainly strengthen the relationships that you have! From first dates, to anniversary celebrations, to every day special occasions, your time at Geja’s Cafe will definitely become a rewarding and memorable experience.
The History of Fondue
While fondue cooking has been around for centuries, cheese fondue started as a way of life for shepherds. When they traveled away from their homes, they carried with them wine, cheese and bread to eat. They melted the cheese in a pot of wine over an open campfire and dipped the crusty bread to enjoy a warm filling meal. The entree of fondue has its origins in the vineyards of Europe. During the grape harvest, land owners placed heated pots of oil in the fields so that the grape pickers could eat a hot meal without having to leave the vineyard. The chocolate fondue was born in the United States in the 1960’s when Swiss born chef of Chalet Suisse restaurant created the dish to help launch his new chocolate bar. Geja’s has brought together these 3 old world ways of fondue cooking to one new world experience known as the Geja’s Premier Dinner.
Fondue dining is the last form of communal dining experiences. And while Geja’s Cafe is know for being romantic, it isn’t just for couples. Throughout the evening you will have plenty of opportunities to smile, laugh, reminisce or simply develop a new bond with whomever you’re sharing this experience. Fondue is for everyone who wants to create a memorable evening; be it family, friends, co-workers or even the newly acquainted.