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The Curator’s Café

"Food. Coffee. Art."

About Us

The Curator's Cafe - a unique dining experience founded by Tom, a dedicated culinary professional with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Having successfully run his own restaurant in the past, Tom decided to blend his deep love for art with his culinary expertise by opening The Curator's Cafe.

At our cafe, guests have the opportunity to indulge in homemade recipes for both breakfast and lunch, meticulously crafted to offer a delightful dining experience. The Curator's Cafe stands out for its commitment to promoting the arts, prominently featuring and celebrating local artists within its warmly inviting atmosphere.

Tom's venture extends beyond the walls of the cafe with a comprehensive catering service, making his distinctive culinary creations a feature at various events. Moreover, he is actively engaged in enriching the community, hosting art exhibitions, partnering with local charity organizations, and supporting area events.

We would be honored to welcome you to The Curator's Cafe, where the nourishment of body and soul come together through exceptional food and inspiring art!

Areas Served

Joliet, IL | Shorewood, IL | New Lenox, IL | Crest Hill, IL | Plainfield, IL | Lockport, IL | Mokena, IL | Channahon, IL | Minooka, IL

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On 6/15/2024 Barbara H. had this to say:
Great spot for a breakfast sandwich (really enjoyed the fresh, in house made croissants!) and coffee. Wait staff was delightful and had a wonderful chat with owner, Tom. Will be back and try some of the yummy looking lunch menu. So much made fresh in-house! Yum!

On 6/7/2024 Kay Bolden had this to say:
First visit, but definitely not the last! Good food, wonderful staff, strong WiFi, and great music and art. Owner Tom G has built another winner. Love the relaxed, friendly vibe.

On 6/7/2024 Stephanie D. had this to say:
Second time I've been here this week! Everything I have tried I have loved. Breakfast sandwich, frozen coffee, pastries! A MUST try cafe!!!!

On 6/4/2024 Mike had this to say:
Wonderful service, the food was excellent! Definitely recommend for others! Testimonial written by Mike on this site.

On 5/28/2024 Ted Overcash had this to say:
A warm, friendly atmosphere with good food and good service. Our new favorite place for lunch.

Contact Us

The Curator’s Café
1101 Essington Rd Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: (815) 280-5275

Located across the field from Double J Sports Bar

Payment Types Accepted

American Express, Android Pay, Apple Pay, Cash, Debit Cards, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Our Hours

Holiday Hours May Vary. Please Call For Details.

Monday: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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