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Oaken Bistro + Bar, Lake Forest, IL

Oaken Bistro + Bar

4.4
4.4
192 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Oaken is a modern, upscale American Bistro + Bar with a global influence. Enjoy all-day dining in Lake Forest with elevated burgers & salads as well as dishes with more unique, worldly flavor trends like our popular Barbacoa Rotini, Cubano with Roasted Pork Belly, or Braised Short Rib. When it’s time for Happy Hour, the sleek lounge features a craft cocktail menu with signature herbal-infused offerings as well as an eclectic wine list and local beers. Enjoy all day drinks and dining in the contemporary dining room, the inviting 25-seat outdoor patio, or order take-out or delivery. Branch out from your ordinary routine and unearth Oaken!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 6:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (847) 582-6410
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Christian Alejandro
  • Catering
    Oaken Bistro + Bar is happy to cater your next event!
  • Private party facilities
    Gather and entertain at Oaken Bistro + Bar, the only modern, upscale all day dining in Lake Forest, IL Enjoy a flexible American menu with a global influence. Complement your meal with a signature herbal-infused cocktail menu or a bottle from an extensive wine list. Reserve the outdoor patio, a private event room, or buy out the entire restaurant!
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Forest
  • Cross street
    Townline Rd and Field Dr
  • Parking details
    Complimentary parking in the hotel's adjacent parking lot.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    May 12, 2024 only
    Celebrate Mother's Day with us at Oaken Bistro + Bar! Join us for brunch specials, live music, and a complimentary photo area. Our guests will have the option to order off our menu or choose from our delicious brunch specials. In addition to our tasty brunch special, we will also be offering a variety of tasty mimosas to choose from. A deposit is required per person to secure your spot, which will go towards the total bill. We've planned a wonderful day for you and your loved ones, so come celebrate with us! Mother's Day Specials: -Asparagus, morels, smoked egg yolk, wild garlic -Diver scallops, ajo blanco, verjus and miso glaze
    Mother's Day Brunch Photo

What 192 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Suburbs

    Great for brunch

  • North Suburbs

    Good for business meals

  • North Suburbs

    Romantic

192 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our dinner very much. The service was outstanding and the food was very good. I had the chicken breast with risotto. It tasted great, but the breast was very small and the amount of risotto was a bit overwhelming.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in this restaurant. The food was really good and delicious. Pleasant atmosphere and stylish interior design. Our waitress was attentive and polite. Prices are a bit high, but not too expensive. The only con was the size of one of our dishes, I ordered chicken and it was a bit small, but other than that everything was good.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on April 8, 2024
    Thank you for taking time go give us a review. We appreciate your feedback and are always looking for ways to improve and hope we get the chance to serve you again. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was amazing. I look forward to my next visit.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking time to review our restaurant. We look forward to your next visit as well. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  4. Disappointed

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We are Lake Forest Residents and like to support local Restaurants, however, we will not be returning to Oaken Bistro. There was a large group of people who were quite loud, so it was very difficult for us to hear each other. I think the design of the room with dining tables in the bar, which is where we were seated, is a problem. The tall ceilings also add to the noise problem. My husband ordered the Smash Burger, which he enjoyed, however, the Fries were not hot or crispy. I ordered the steak and would be hard pressed to say it was 10 ounces. It was cooked medium rare as requested, but I was disappointed that even though the menu stated that is came with Bearnaise Sauce, there was none available.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We did have a large group of local parents gathering in our bar area that evening. I can understand how a group that size could raise the volume. We also take your food concerns seriously. We'd love to have you back and show you a better experience. Let us know you are coming, and we'll make sure you have a quiet table and are well taken care of. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  5. IngaG

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my second time in this restaurant and I came back to celebrate my birthday however, the food and service was much better the first time. I was not impressed with the food or the service last night. The food order was wrong, the drinks were to sweet. I liked the place the first visit but got really disappointed last night
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We are always trying to get better, so it pains us to hear that we missed some steps at your table. We'd love to make your next visit even better that the first. If you do choose to visit again, I will see to it personally. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  6. Ilovetoeat

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this restaurant in the Forester Hotel. Delicious food, great service, lovely atmosphere. We shall return soon.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We look forward to seeing you again. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. The chef was very accommodating of the substitution requests. Portions were a little smaller than expected, but the quality was excellent.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 29, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We are always happy to make accommodations. We hope to see you again soon.

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  8. IngaG

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! Service was great too. This is the llace to come anytime of the day for brunch, lunch or dinner to enjoy food and drink
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    We appreciate your review. While we love this review, we do see that you have had experiences that were not up to our standards, and we invite you back to try us again. We really do appreciate the kind words, and hope to return the favor with great food and service. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  9. Alex

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Did not expect this to be in a hotel… the atmosphere was nice, food was okay. Wings were okay, not the best, not the worst. Empanadas were very good, as well as the burger, Caesar salad was not the best. 
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 20, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review, we always appreciate feedback. We've recently made changes to our empanadas specifically because of guests like yourself. As for other the items you weren't impressed with, we're always happy to get direct feedback if you ever want to reach out. We welcome another opportunity to impress you with great food and service. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  10. EssieS

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oaken Bistro was our stop before a play at Citadel Theater. But what we thought would be a quick bite to eat with a cocktail turned out to be a really fantastic experience! Our server Dane was attentive and got our orders accurate as well as making some fabulous suggestions for food choices ... the honey/goat cheese app was out of this world and a generous portion as well. We happen to love a good old fashioned cheeseburger and this place did not disappoint with a nice slight char taste to it. Our cocktails, a Negroni and their special Oaken Old Fashioned were both yummy and well crafted. The manager was seen many times strolling thru the restaurant to be sure everything was top notch and the busser kept our water refilled. The ambience was a warm and inviting vibe despite having a modern appeal, which can be a tricky combination. We plan to return very soon!!
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 29, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us such a nice review. We love being part of a wonderful evening. We can't wait to see you again. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Oaken Bistro + Bar using the Order Online button. Oaken Bistro + Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 582-6410.

Oaken Bistro + Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 192 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


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Oaken Bistro + Bar

200 N Field Dr, Lake Forest, IL 60045-2513

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Townline Rd and Field Dr
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Forest
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 6:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary parking in the hotel's adjacent parking lot.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Christian Alejandro
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (847) 582-6410
  • Catering
    Oaken Bistro + Bar is happy to cater your next event!
  • Private party facilities
    Gather and entertain at Oaken Bistro + Bar, the only modern, upscale all day dining in Lake Forest, IL Enjoy a flexible American menu with a global influence. Complement your meal with a signature herbal-infused cocktail menu or a bottle from an extensive wine list. Reserve the outdoor patio, a private event room, or buy out the entire restaurant!
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