Geja’s Café makes Open Table’s list of 2016 “Most Romantic Restaurants in America”

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geja's cafeRecently voted the nation’s Most Romantic Restaurant by USA TODAY, legendary Chicago institution, Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, is planning the most romantic Valentine’s Festival celebration in its 50 year history. For nine days, from Sunday, February 7th through Monday, February 15th, the renowned “Restaurant of Romance” will be elegantly decorated and feature sparkling champagne, Celebration of Marriage Night, live flamenco and classical guitarists, photo keepsakes, and delicious sizzling hot fondue cuisine.“Our goal at Geja’s is to create the perfect Valentine’s Day experience for our guests,” says Jeff Lawler, Geja’s Proprietor. “We will combine all the signature Geja’s ingredients – romantic atmosphere, fine champagne, delicious fondues, lavish decorations and live music – with special flower arrangements, couple massages at Lincoln Park Massage and accommodations at Hotel Lincoln, making it the perfect recipe for romance.”

The nine day Valentine’s Festival celebration includes:

Celebration of Marriage on Monday, February 8th
One of Geja’s most special evenings of year! With proof of total years married, couples will receive a celebration savings of 1% off their food bill for each year married. For example, couples wed 15 years will enjoy a 15% celebration savings. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

Special Valentine’s Dinner Packages

Saturday, February 13th
4:00─6:00 $95 per person
6:30─8:30 $95 per person
9:00─ $95 per person

Sunday, February 14th
1:00—3:00 $80 per person
3:00—5:00 $80 per person
5:30—7:30 $95 per person
8:00—10:00 $95 per person

The Valentine’s Dinner Package includes Geja’s creamy Gruyere cheese fondue, a glass of rose bubbles, Geja’s salad with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, entrée fondue of Beef Tenderloin, Lobster Tail and Jumbo Shrimp, Geja’s luscious flaming chocolate dessert fondue with coffee and a Geja’s keepsake. Special packages Lincoln Park Massage, The Hotel Lincoln and Florist are also available upon request.

Reservations for the Valentine’s Dinner Packages begin Monday, January 11 at 9:00 a.m. Romancers can go to Geja’s website www.gejascafe.com click on the Valentine’s icon to complete their reservation or call Geja’s at 773-281-9101. A credit card payment at the time of reservation is required. Geja’s regular reservation policies and menu will be in place for the remainder of the Valentine’s week.

Named one of the best restaurants in the country for exceptional fondue by the Wall Street Journal, and an ideal destination to celebrate an anniversary by The New York Times, Geja’s Café’s significance spans nationwide. John Davis founded Geja’s Café in 1965 on Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. For six years, Geja’s operated in that location, serving as a Bohemian enclave for artists and writers. In 1969, Davis began the Geja’s Wine Society, one of the nation’s oldest tasting groups, and the restaurant began to be known as Chicago’s first “wine bar.” In need of additional seating, Davis relocated Geja’s to its current Armitage Avenue location in 1971, where the restaurant continues to thrive. The original 1965 bar and many of the fixtures are still a part of Geja’s charming atmosphere. Today, Geja’s Cafe continues to be voted “Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurant” by numerous local and national publications. In 1993, CNN featured Geja’s as the “Best Fondue Dining” in North America. In 2008, Food Network Channel featured Geja’s as the Ultimate Romantic Dipping Place in North America and in 2010 Geja’s was named one of America’s 50 Most Romantic Restaurants by OpenTable.

Known for romantic fondue dining – food one prepares and shares – and an extensive list of fine, moderately priced wines, Geja’s Café features over 20 different types of fondue entrees including cheese fondue and chocolate dessert fondue. An enchanting wine cellar atmosphere, private booths, and subdued lighting contribute to its intimate surroundings. Geja’s Café was recently voted the #1 audience winner for Best Romantic Dining in Chicago on www.CitySearch.com. The Chicago institution has been the site of over 139,000 first dates and 16,306 engagements and diners have enjoyed over 318 tons of cheese fondue and over 1,073,000 bottles of wine in Geja’s fifty year history.

Hours for Geja’s Café are Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11p.m.; Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Valet parking is available. For information on the Valentine’s celebration, please call 773.281.9101, or visit Geja’s on-line at www.gejascafe.com.