Cafe Amano opened its doors for business in downtown Elmhurst in February 2005.  The owners, Marco Conte and Chris DePodesta, traveled throughout Europe to gather ideas on creating the perfect European establishment in Chicagoland.

The original Café Amano concept was a French / Italian inspired coffee, wine and dessert bar. Approximately six months after opening, our patrons began asking for more food; at this point we stepped up to a full service concept to serve our unique style of cuisine.

In January of 2006, the Chicago Daily Herald recognized Cafe Amano as one of the “top ten new suburban restaurants.”  We have been featured on 190NORTH’s weekly television show. Over the years, we have continually educated ourselves to bring our diners the true taste of cuisine from around the world.

Over the years, Café Amano has grown our clientele base and has expanded into catering and special events.  We have been a preferred caterer at Elmhurst Park District’s Wilder Mansion, the Elmhurst Art Museum and the Peabody Estate at Mayslake in Oakbrook.

Further expanding in November 2014 we relocated into our current space which includes a large kitchen operation, sit down bar area, quaint dining room and on-premise banquet room.

Café Amano has received many accolades over the years from the Daily Herald, West Suburban Living, Suburban Life Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Elmhurst Press and Elmhurst Independent.  We also maintain high ratings on Yelp, Trip Advisor and Urbanspoon.

Small Plates

Soups & Salads



Monday through Friday | 11:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pick 2 of the following

Small Plates

Soups & Salads



Fish & Seafood

Beef, Lamb & Veal



Amano Fusion Bar Handcrafted Martinis $12

Pink Rose

Tanqeray 10 Gin, St. German Liqueur, Fresh Muddled Blueberries Infused with Fresh Rosemary


Milagro Reposado Tequila, Pomplemousse Liquor, Fresh Lime Juice served in a half salted martini glass

Dirty Dragon

NABA Shoten Sake, Grey Goose Vodka & Olive Juice

The Mastic Tree

Homericon Liquor, Effen Cucumber Vodka, Fresh Lemon Juice & muddled English cucumber

Violet Hour

Grey Goose Le Poire, Blackberry Syrup & Fresh Lemon Juice

Del Rio

Organic Banana Liqueur, Del Professore Sweet Vermouth, Fresh Orange Juice & Prosecco

Blood Orange Basil Mojito

Bacardi Rum, Lime Juice, Blood Orange Puree and Basil served on the rocks with a sugar rimmed glass

Amano Fusion Bar Handcrafted Cocktails $10

Brazilian Old Fashioned

Old Crow Bourbon, Banana De Brasilia Liquor & orange bitters served on the rocks

Amano Mule

Smirnoff, Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice & Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Caribbean Brew

Mt. Gay Black Barrel, Apricot Liqueur, Fresh Lemon Juice & Samuel Smith Organic Apricot Beer

The Mad Queen

Hendricks, Lillet Blanc, Fresh Grapefruit Juice & Peach Puree

Twin Peaks

High West Double Rue, Tremontis, Fresh Lemon Juice & Demerara Syrup

Wine List

Sparkling & Champagne

Bin 101 Aria, Rose Cava, Spain

Bin 102 Moscato, Gancia di Asti, Italy

Bin 103 La Marca Prosecco, Italy

Bin 104 Mionetto Prosecco, Italy

Bin 105 Moët & Chandon Nectar, France

Bin 106 Moët & Chandon White Star, France

Bin 107 Aria, Rose Cava, Spain

Bin 108 Moscato, Gancia di Asti, Italy

Bin 109 La Marca Prosecco, Italy

Bin 110 Mionetto Prosecco, Italy

Bin 111 Moët & Chandon Nectar, France

White Wine

Bin 301 Complices de Loire “Pointe D’Agrumes,” France

Bin 302 Sauvignon Blanc, St. Supery, Napa

Bin 303 Sauvignon Blanc, Cakebread Cellars, Napa

Bin 304 Fume Blanc, Mondavi, Napa

Bin 305 Viognier, Stags Leap, Napa

Bin 306 Pinot Bianco, Alois Lagaeder, Italy

Bin 307 Pinot Gris, A to Z, Oregon

Bin 308 Pinot Grigio, Santa Margherita, Italy

Bin 309 Pinot Grigio, Barone Fini, Italy

Bin 310 Chardonnay, Mercer Canyons, Columbia Valley

Bin 311 Chardonnay, Trefethen, Napa – Oak Knoll

Bin 312 Chardonnay, Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo

Bin 313 White Zinfandel, Beringer, California

Bin 314 Torrontes, Diseno, Argentina

Bin 315 Nieto Senetiner, Argentina

Bin 316 Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, Washington

Bin 317 Gewurztraminer, Chateau St. Michelle, Washington

Bin 318 Equilibrium, Franciscan, Napa

Bin 319 Little James Basket Blanc, Cosme St. Chateau

Bin 320 Kuentz Bas Domaine Alsace, France


Red Wine

Bin 501 Antinori Villa Toscana, Italy

Bin 502 Cabernet, Dynamite Vineyards, N. Coast

Bin 503 Cabernet, Josh Cellars, North Coast

Bin 504 Pinot Noir, Meiomi, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Mont.

Bin 505 Pinot Noir, Rex Hill, Willamette Valley

Bin 506 Pinot Noir, King Estate, Oregon

Bin 507 Pinot Noir, Rodney Strong, Russian River

Bin 508 Pinot Noir, Bridlewood, Monterey

Bin 509 Zinfandel, Seghesio Old Vines, Sonoma

Bin 510 Zinfandel, Klinckerbrick Old Vines, Lodi

Bin 511 Zinfandel, Rosenblum Vintners Cuvee, California

Bin 512 Malbec, The Show, Mendoza Argentina

Bin 518 Sangiovese, Castelluccio Le More, Italy

Bin 519 Sangiovese, Bruno Giacosa, Dolcetto D’Alba, Italy

Bin 520 Beckmen “Cuvee Le Bec” Blend, California

Bin 521 Sangiovese, Valpolicella Ripossa Luigi Righetti, Italy

Bin 522 Chianti Classico, Banfi, Italy

Bin 523 Frescobaldi, Nippozano, Chianti, Italy

Bin 524 Merlot, Trefethen, Napa Oak Knoll

Bin 526 Merlot, 14 hands, Columbia Valley

Bin 527 Complices de Loire Chinon “La Petite,” France

Bin 528 Mad Dog & Englishman, Spain

Bin 529 Blend 175, Bridlewood, Central Coast

Cellar Selections

Bin 701 Chardonnay, Cakebread, Napa

Bin 702 Altamura, Napa

Bin 703 Darioush Signature, Napa

Bin 704 Vieux Telegraphe, Chateauneuf du Pape, France

Bin 705 D66, Grenacha, California

Bin 506 The Prisoner, Napa

Bin 707 Biale “Black Chicken,” Napa

Bin 708 Cabernet, Frog’s Leap, Rutherford-Napa Valley

Bin 709 Cabernet, Cakebread, Napa

Bin 710 J Daniel Cuvée Lail Vineyard 1998, Napa

Bin 711 J Daniel Cuvée Lail Vineyard 1999, Napa

Bin 712 J Daniel Cuvée Lail Vineyard 2001, Napa

Bin 713 Cain 5 Vineyards 1998, Napa

Bin 714 Quintessa, Cabernet 1998, Napa

Bin 715 Opus One 1996, Napa

Bin 716 Opus One 1998, Napa

Bin 717 Amarone, Tezza, Valpantena, Italy

Bin 718 Cabernet, Robert Mondavi, 2003 Napa

Bin 719 Cabernet, Robert Mondavi Reserve, 1998, Napa

Bin 720 Cabernet, Robert Mondavi Reserve, 2003, Napa

Bin 721 KlinkerBrick “Old Ghost” Lodi, California

Bin 722 Cabernet, Sequoia Grove, Napa

Bin 723 Pinot Noir, Sanford, Santa Rita


Come and celebrate that very special occasion with us at Café Amano.  Private seven-course fixed price dinners with wine pairings for eight guests are available by reservation.  Menus are seasonal and feature the finest cuisine from around the world.


Café Amano has on-premise, private event facilities for up to 80 to 150  guests.  Whether for business meetings, bridal or baby showers, surprise birthdays, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, or social parties, you and your guests will be provided with a first class, memorable experience.  Chef Marco will assist you in planning your special day from menu through flowers, music and other niceties.


From elegant full service dinners and cocktail parties to backyard picnics, rest assured that our seasoned staff’s experience and knowledge will create a memorable experience for you and your guests.

Let Café Amano cater your next home or business event at a venue of your choice outside of our restaurant for up to 250 guests.  Sit back and relax while we coordinate the music, bands, tents, tables, chairs, and flowers.  Café Amano is a Preferred Caterer at Elmhurst’s very own Wilder Mansion, the Elmhurst Art Museum, The Peabody Estate at Mayslake in Oak Brook and more.



116 E. Schiller Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126


Monday – Thursday

11:30 am - 10:00 pm


11:30 am - midnight


4:30 pm – midnight


Reserved for private events

Telephone, Email, Etc.

Phone   |   630-279-9333

General   |   Marco@CafeAmano.com

Catering   |   Events@CafeAmano.com

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