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Hemmingway's Bistro

4.7
4.7
857 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
At Hemmingway's Bistro the menu combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients.
The daily specials reflect the chef's love for fresh seafood. Using mostly East-coast seafood flown in from Boston daily, the chef creates dishes like wild mushroom-crusted halibut on horseradish whipped potatoes and roasted sea bass on Caussoulet beans.
There is also a Parisian seafood bar offering towers of Plateau de Fruit de Mer with fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, and lobster.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (708) 524-0806

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christopher C Ala

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Cross street

    Lake and Oak Park Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line on Oak Park Ave

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • $1.50 FRESH OYSTERS

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Thu - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM,Fri - Sat - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Join us MONDAY - FRIDAY, at HEMMINGWAY'S BISTRO, for our Oyster Bar Special from 2:30PM - 6:30PM Enjoy $1.50 fresh oysters available alongside our daily fresh Seafood Lunch and Dinner Menus!

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What 857 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Best Food

  • Near West

    Best Service

  • Near West

    Best Ambiance

  • Near West

    Great for Lunch

  • Near West

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Near West

    Romantic

  • Near West

    Special Occasion

  • Near West

    Most Booked

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  1. A

    Ayten

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice crowd. Fresh flowers on tables…. Cloth linens. Buffet crowded….. maybe look at trying to reposition it.
  2. L

    Laura

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy quiet bistro tucked away in an elegant old hotel built about 1920. Nice menu. Best herbed white fish I ever had. Reasonably priced. Our waiter Tom was great. We will definitely be back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent, service was friendly and attentive; but they were very busy and I think a little understaffed.
  4. RL

    RichardL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding. The restaurant is quaint! Ambiance was just right. It felt as though we were at a restaurant in Europe, will definitely be returning.
  5. DY

    DavidYale

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our excellent 3-hour lunch with professional and min-intrusive service. The chilled cucumber soup was especially refreshing on a warm day. This bistro is a still an under appreciated neighborhood treasure (and, selfishly, we like it that way).
  6. DK

    DianeK

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our experience was great. We were celebrating a birthday and the food and service were especially outstanding.
  7. l

    lisad

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Father’s Day dinner
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific Father’s Day brunch.
  9. CP

    ChristineP

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We always search for someplace quiet, elegant, and small. We will keep returning to Hemingway's in Oak Park for this reason.
  10. SM

    SMCBelle

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to make a last minute reservation. Attentive service. Delicious food and tasty drinks. Nice options and satisfied every.single.time.
  11. C

    Chris

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is a little community gem. Great food and drink in a very cozy, romantic environment. They have the lighting right! Have never had a bad meal here. French food at it's finest with good wine menu and mixed cocktails.
  12. R

    Roberta

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant is calm, beautiful, with a noise-deadening ceiling, white tablecloths and our waiter, Juan, was way nicer than he had to be and we were grateful.
  13. I

    Iowaguy

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just what we were looking for in a lunch spot in Oak Park. Excellent wine list and very good food.
  14. NV

    NVP1

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Quite noisy. Axel our server was delightful. The dining area is too small and tight. Food tasted ok not that out of this world. I enjoyed that my ordered is rightfully low-salt as I wanted it. Steak is ok. Need upscaling of menu, and place.
  15. GB

    GeneB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious. I hard the fish and the vegetables that went along were exception. The cocktails were a bit pricy, but experience was great
  16. SM

    SMCBelle

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet setting. Wonderful ambiance. Attentive service. Delicious food. Repeat customer. Worth it every time!
  17. S

    Sharon

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice leisurely lunch, excellent service. Food as always, was very good.
  18. L

    marieL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. Atmosphere was quite lively for a Tuesday night. Service was a little slow. Our table received difference soups than we had ordered, but the ones we were served were quite tasty and we did not complain.
  19. J

    Jillybean

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After a long day of walking, this was our reward - a nice quiet dinner at Hemmingway’s Bistro. And it did not disappoint. We had great service and a wonderful meal. I had the Walleye that also included Morel mushrooms. omg….it was so good. There were 4 of us dining and we all loved our meals.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly outstanding! Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The wine list, while not long, was thoughtfully curated with many interesting selections. The service was also superb. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area!
  21. EC

    Eli4Carole

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch with our Daughter
  22. PL

    PamelaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very nice place ambience-wise but nothing special regarding the food. Would recommend to a friend but would mention the cons so they can make informed decision.
  23. MW

    MartinaW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely place to sit and linger Best cocktails and Happy Hour oysters are a fabulous deal. Very friendly service. We come often and stay long.
  24. MS

    MichaelS

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took my 94 year old mom for a late “Mother’s Day” celebration. The waiter was exceptionally accommodating to her. Food was great, and the room was lovely. Can’t wait to go back!
  25. JS

    JohanS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Brunch is overpriced for what it is and was considerabley more expensive than the prices I had noted when choosing a location for Mother's Day. Hemmingway's Bistro is a bright, vintage room in an old Oak Park hotel...great for brunch. They had nice live jazz for their brunch. The waiters did a good job of keeping the small appetizer table stocked with smoked salmon, oysters, shrimp etc. But there were several issues. Continuing with the appetizer table, the three very average cheeses were in huge chunks that were difficult to access. There was a salad/slaw that I could not identify. Moving on, the crepes and Croque Madam entrees were blanketed with cheese and served in a small gratin dish. It would have been much easier to enjoy these entrees if they were turned out onto a plate...even my 20-something sons had a challenge as did my 92 year-old MIL. My lamb, requested rare, got it 50% right, with half very rare and half grey and hard with a large piece of gristle running through the middle. The herb-crused whitefish was quite good. The champange was nice. Service was capable but had a lot of tables to cover, both inside the restaurant on some outside tables. The two key issues. First, I responded to call on Monday to confirm a Sunday reservation...that's fine. Then I get another email asking me to confirm my reso "by noon tomorrow" or I lose my table. Called about 10pm, spoke to someone who was quite appologetic when I mentioned that I had already RSVP's and she then confirmed the reso. I called back the next day to confirm my confirmation and was asked to leave a credit card number. Finally, the cost of the brunch was quite high for what it was ($49 for a ham and cheese sandwich or some crepes). It was much higher that the ~$40 I had seen earlier. Perhaps it was higher pricing for Mother's Day, but would like to have known. We won't be back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a classy place. Excellent cocktails and delicious appetizers!
  27. JS

    JSteak

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely table in a quiet nook. Juan, our server, was very attentive. As always, the trout almandine was fantastic. We were there for my 60 birthday celebration. Truly, a nice night out.
  28. SM

    SMCBelle

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive service. Delicious food and wine. My husband and I love the endive salad, and tried the lamb and lobster, which were prepared to perfection. Excellent wine selection and always happy with a lovely red Bordeaux. A chocolate pecan tart and expresso are wonderful dessert choices to have if you want an extra treat. Worth every penny!
  29. GW

    GaryW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice all around. Cosy atmosphere, fine buffet with very fresh seafood, whitefish dinner always very good.
  30. C

    Chrissie

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went for Easter "dinner". Beef Wellington, Steak Frites, Foie Gras, Escargot, and desserts were delicious and cooked perfectly. Wait staff was busy, but attentive. Great spring decor!
  31. J

    John

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, right across the Free Church which is now a concert venue. Eat before or after the concert. we had no feeling of being rushed. Wine selection is somewhat limited but we both enjoyed our individual choices very much. My wife and I had a wonderful date night.
  32. CK

    CathyK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very enjoyable lunch. Service was excellent and would definitely recommend the crepes.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We were celebrating our 49th anniversary of our first date. The staff provided a free crème brûlée with a candle at the end of our dinner.
  34. P

    Pang

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was wonderful and the service as always was the best!
  35. RT

    RogerT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, server was attentive without being a bother. Prices very fair. Just like a French Bistro should be. Easy to find parking.
  36. E

    Epidine

    Charleston

    149 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The rabbit ragu would be better described as pasta with rabbit and cream sauce. It's quite bland. The duck was very good. Good wine choices. Desserts are excellent. Great service. Great bread.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great traditional French atmosphere...and wonderful food. Love their New York steak. Service always on point.
  38. PP

    PeterP

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Frites were uncharacteristically mushy (oil not hot enough?). Otherwise, food was excellent (halibut was outstanding, duck l’orange was delicious, chocolate mousse was a delightful surprise). Service — although young — was some of the best in Oak Park. Well done!
  39. TJ

    ThomasJ

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I very much enjoyed this for a romantic dinner! My lobster pasta dish was excellent!
  40. EC

    EugeneC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hate writing great reviews now because then the place gets packed and I have to wait but that's just bad Karma, so here goes. The Bistro is FAN Fing TASTIC! All around great place to dine if you love French food and great ambiance. The menu doest change much but they do have specials. It's the best place in the oak park area for sure! Table dinner for 2 with drinks was just over a hundred dollars.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Hemmingway's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 524-0806.

Hemmingway's Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 857 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Hemmingway's Bistro

211 N Oak Park Ave Oak Park, IL 60302

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lake and Oak Park Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line on Oak Park Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christopher C Ala

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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