Located just minutes from downtown Chicago and the surrounding suburbs in the spectacular Burr Ridge Village Center, Topaz Café embodies a friendly urban-chic ambiance. We offer a unique Contemporary American menu featuring steaks, chops and seafood.
The unique, fresh, innovative flavors can be enjoyed while dining in a beautiful and charming setting. The warm, inviting interior shows off a beautiful chef’s table, an elegant V.I.P. room, a spacious party room, a stunning outdoor patio, and a charming lounge with a unique collection of martinis and an extensive wine list. The spacious interior includes two private dining rooms, which serve as the perfect place to host parties or events.
Local restaurateur and owner, Branko, is a Serbian native who moved to Chicago in 1988 and began to steadily gain experience in the hospitality industry, from hotels to restaurants. He accepted the position of director of service at the University Club of Chicago in 1999, further developing his fine dining skills.
In 2004, Branko combined the best of all his experiences to open his first restaurant, Amber, in Westmont, a nearby Chicago suburb.
Four years later, Palikuca opened Topaz in another suburb, Burr Ridge, quickly followed by a third restaurant, Dolce’s. Under his direction, Topaz was Michelin-recommended in 2012 and 2013, and earned admiring reviews from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
Joining Topaz upon it’s opening in April 2008 as the daytime manager and special events coordinator, Becky’s love of entertaining began at home with hosting parties and special events for friends and family.
Becky spent 20+ years creating and executing events in the Scrapbook Industry for corporate, retail, customers and consultants. Her expertise extends into the community where she has served on boards and committees organizing events for many non-profit organizations.
Her extensive experience and strong attention to detail will ensure your event is one to be remembered!
Dusko’s journey in the hospitality industry began in 1998 in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. In 2002 he embarked on a voyage with Celebrity Cruises traveling the world for 8 years. Here Dusko expanded his knowledge and skills and developed high standards in fine dining environments. This strengthened his passion for the hospitality industry.
In 2010, Dusko connected with Branko in Chicago. Together they reinvented Amber Café, which was recognized in 2012 as one of Open Table Diner’s Choice top 10 American restaurants in Chicago.
In 2012 Dusko managed Piccolo Sogno Due. Two years later destiny re-connects Branko and Dusko. Determined for another great story, Dusko returns to Topaz, joining Alex and the team to ensure quality service and exceptional dining experience to Topaz’s guests.
Chef Julian Ross was born and raised in the North Suburbs of Chicago. Growing up, Julian could always be found helping his Mother and Grandmother in the kitchen. As a young boy, his time spent in the kitchen developed into a love and passion for food and family. When it came time to choose a career path, it was easy – Julian just always knew he wanted to cook and create in the kitchen.
He chose to go to culinary school at Johnson & Wales in North Miami Florida. Following Culinary School, Julian worked in various hotels and resorts in Florida and upstate New York. A pull to be closer to family brought Julian back to the Chicago area where he worked at P.F. Chang’s for 7 years. Craving a change of pace and chance to experiment with unique dishes and menus, Julian joined the team at Topaz in January 2016.
When Julian is not cooking – he is still cooking! He loves to cook for his family, including his wife and two young children (and another on the way!). Or, you may find him hanging out at the local Farmer’s Market, his own home garden or behind the lens of his camera.