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Hemmingway's Bistro

4.6
4.6
959 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

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

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 - Fri - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM,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 959 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Best Ambiance

  • Near West

    Innovative

  • Near West

    Neighborhood gem

  • Near West

    Romantic

  • Near West

    Good for special occasions

  • Near West

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    I would like to start by saying overall I enjoyed my dining experience at Hemingway’s bistro. We went to celebrate my cousin’s birthday and the guitarist and singer for the live jazz brunch came over to our table to sing happy birthday to him which was unexpected and very sweet! We would’ve liked being seated closer to the music and buffet area. We arrived to our reservation on time and ended up sitting by the bar while we waited to be seated for 40 minutes. There were tables available and when I inquired to the hostess, she was very rude to me and said we will have a table in another 10 minutes or so but she didn’t say it politely at all and with attitude on her face like I was bothering her. It was very disappointing to experience before our dining experience even began but we came with the purpose of enjoying brunch with live music. We were not seated for another 20 minutes after she said that and there was a lack of communication. She did not walk us to our table she just pointed in the direction. We then had to wait additional time for our waiter to come over to take our order. The table next to us was waiting a long time as well and when we tried flagging them down everyone was looking down and not paying attention. One woman had on red so it was surprising that they could not see her waving her napkin in the air for assistance. Overall I liked the theme of the brunch, the food was ok, and my cousin enjoyed celebrating his birthday. I would just suggest working on getting a better host, customer service and having adequate staffing to accommodate the capacity of the restaurant so that customers can have a better experience.
  2. c

    chingram

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Love this spot, very quaint in the neighborhood and has a good atmosphere. The food doesn’t quite live up to the price unfortunately. Great for cocktails and people watching.
  3. C

    Chicagosavy

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been there since the pandemic. I was so glad to see it back up and running and what an enjoyable night.
  4. AG

    AudreyG

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I asked for a quiet table on open table and we were given one on arrival. Perfect classic French food and service.
  5. PH

    PaulaH

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing find in the heart of Oak Park! Food, service and ambience were outstanding. Our entrees were delicious. The desserts were large enough to be shared. This restaurant is definitely reminiscent of the finest restaurants in Europe. We will definitely be back!
  6. OP

    OdettaP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time for Sunday Brunch. Celebrating a birthday for my guy. Amazing service and food was great. The buffet offered a variety of different items including oysters, snow crab, smoked salmon and fruit and cheese. My entree selection was the crab cake poached egg with asparagus and hollandaise sauce. Very delicious. And the jazz ensemble was lovely. Sung Happy Birthday to my guy which was so unexpected. Really nice touch. Will be back!
  7. A

    Alicia

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and my server was very helpful, she knew the menu and answered all my questions. We were very satisfied.
  8. A

    Aycso

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    This was our second visit and we enjoyed everything even more than on our first visit. Hemingway's Bistro is a neighborhood gem and has a friendly, but not over bearing staff.
  9. MS

    MichaelS

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience is charming and makes you feel like you are in a bistro in France. The food is wonderful, and the service was efficient and friendly. I will definitely go back.
  10. LL

    LeslieL

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal. Got a bit noisy. Staff was wonderful at refilling water, etc.
  11. KS

    KSreviews

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food as always. Charming environment.
  12. MD

    MichaelD

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy our dinners at Hemmingways Excellent food, great cocktails and wonderful service Can’t ask for a better evening
  13. A

    Aycso

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful afternoon with very good food. We will definitely be back for dinner.
  14. m

    mch110

    Chicago

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Romantic yet lively.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daddy daughter day
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely cozy spot with reliably great food.
  17. b

    betsey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious birthday brunch! Hemingway's is a lovely place to meet with people you enjoy and have a bite together. Worthy of special occasions but a good place for an everyday treat, too. Great cocktails and buffet!
  18. I

    Iowaguy

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good wine list with many by the glass options. Given a sample before the pour. Very urban which matched our mood. Convenient to FLW home & studio and Unity Temple. Just plenty to take in on an easy walk.
  19. PO

    PattyO

    Chicago

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary service and a wonderful Sunday night dinner. We enjoyed beef Wellington, whitefish and halibut. Each dish was perfectly presented and delicious!
  20. h

    howcar715

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had the brie cheese and the carrot soup. The brie cheese was very sweet. My spouse had the potato and smoked salmon. He also had the whitefish. The apple tart was ver good. There is street parking. It is the first floor of an apartment building.
  21. L

    Lori

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cute quaint place. Nice for any kind of gathering
  22. B

    Beedolly

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening. Katie was our server, and she was great. We had the Escargots, Shrimp de Jonghe, walleye special, scallops and a seafood strudel that Katie recommended. It did not disappoint! Was very unique. We finished with crème brûlée, and a few glasses of Port. A nice evening, and it was good to see it busy on a Monday evening!
  23. PE

    PamE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. However, when we arrived, there were a lot of empty tables in the front area where it is so beautiful. We arrived for a 3 o’clock early dinner, and the hostess placed us all the way in the very very back of the restaurant, which was empty and it is not very pretty back there. I do not understand why she did this because when we left at 5 o’clock all the front tables were still empty. We were disappointed and we did end up getting a nicer table but it wasn’t in the nice area of the restaurant.
  24. GY

    GingerY

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A solid experience as always. The salad Lyonnaise has shrunk for sure, but it's either that or increase the price. Service very good. Could have used water refilling.
  25. LW

    Lorraine18W411

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The Steak Frites was medium rather than the medium rare requested. The Walleye was excellent. Our waiter Juan was outstanding.
  26. E

    Epidine

    Charleston

    156 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    156 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Best meal I've ever had at the restaurant. Good beet and orange salad, great scallops and the profiteroles are always delicious. Wine is too expensive, but that's not new. Service is usually very good, but this night it was lacking. It wasn't that busy, but we waited ages for the server to return for more wine and dessert.
  27. MG

    MarGT

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were seated among large groups that were very noisy and they kindly reseated us to a much quieter section near the live music which was not being played too loud. Our server, Tom, was extraordinary and we can't wait to come back and be seated in his section.
  28. K

    Kathy

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience2
    Our server, Juan, was wonderful. Unfortunately, the evening for us, and for the two tables (one on each side) was sub-standard last evening. We were seated at one of the tables along the wall just opposite the main entrance. Near the main door was a boisterous table of 8. They weren't just loud, they were exceptionally loud. At times, this group were shouting, and raising both arms up (like the signal for "touchdown!") and were passing around a plastic ziploc bag of a substance they spooned onto their plates. Pot edibles? Hard to know. They should have been in a sports bar, not a nice eating establishment. The tables on each side of us were very annoyed, as were we. One table next to us (a couple of women) were mad. They left shortly after we arrived, saying it had ruined their evening. The table on our other side were a couple that had come in for an enjoyable dinner date. They, and we, could barely hear ourselves speak over the noise of the laughing, shouting, very happy table of 8 just across from us all. By the time we were almost through dinner, they were just getting their salads, so I'm assuming they had enjoyed a few drinks and were in for a long night. My husband asked our waiter if he would please ask the restaurant manager to come to this section of the restaurant and listen to the noise to assess whether or not the sound level was acceptable. I do not know if this happened or not. The sound went up and down. By the time the dessert came I was more than ready to leave. If management had heard the conversations of annoyance due to this out of control group they would have been appalled. More than one group will be waiting for some time to decide whether or not to return. Why? Because management did not deal with it. It is tough as a manager to do this. We understand, but something must be done or you will continue to alienate customers.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful food and thoughtful service, as ever. Thanks!
  30. T

    Tony

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and ambience. It was a little noisy, but a wonderful place.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crepes and quiche were well prepared and delicious. Our server was attentive and professional.
  32. BB

    BostonBred

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We love this restaurant. We go often. We got a rookie server, cold soup, tough lamb and just a mediocre experience this time. Other tables had much better service. We told our waiter we were celebrating 2 birthdays when we arrived and he forgot. We left without dessert, disappointed.
  33. DF

    DrFood

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent overall. The food was good, except for the baked fish special is blend. The service was excellent. The restaurant is generally quiet. This is not for the young crowd type who like loud bar like venues.
  34. CA

    CAROLR

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is charming and delicious The atmosphere is adorable and comfortable
  35. JL

    JenniferL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely dinner as always, Remember to save room for dessert!
  36. R

    Rudy

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delightful experience- excellent staff
  37. g

    gomijo

    Key West

    116 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Charming ambiance, although must go down a short flight of stairs to enter. Service was professional, albeit rather slow for our 3 pm meal. Leftover "brunchers" were quite loud (having a good time, though!) and hampered my ability to hear my dining companions. Menu was ambitious, and our selections were more "misses" than "hits." The bread service was delicious, and the beet salad enjoyed by my companions. Beef Wellington was just o.k., as was the strip steak. The seafood strudel was more of a "pouch," and the seafood therein was very dry - saffron cream sauce was barely evident. Parking was difficult, but not unexpected.
  38. JS

    JanS

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely restaurant. Great food, service and ambiance
  39. RT

    RosemaryT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from food to service was great.
  40. BC

    BClarke

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wednesday night is just super with live jazz. Couple this with the food, ambience and service - it’s a super spot!

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 4.6 stars by 959 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
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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