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The Little Gem Restaurant, Oak Park, IL
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The Little Gem Restaurant

4.5
4.5
686 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
This Intimate, Stylish Little Restaurant is Elegant and Romantic
With a Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere.
A Relaxed Fine Dining Experience.
Casual or Smart - All Feel At Ease.

Reservations are Recommended - Walkins are always Welcome.
We look forward to serving you!

2 Full Bars with a Speciality Bourbon Collection also features Fine Wines and Craft Cocktails.
Newly Expanded our new restaurant right next door is called ENCORE! by Little Gem and is just as cosy, warm and inviting.
Featuring some pretty cool, Chicago Jazz + Blues Musicians for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Outdoor Dining available weather permitting.
Gift Cards, Private Parties and Customized Menus are available.
Please call (708) 613-5491 or email us : info@thelittlegemcafe.com

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch + Brunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Bar + Lounge Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Live Music Tue 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (708) 613-5491

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Martin Mondragon

  • Catering

    Our Wonderful Chef Loves to Cook!<br />We can cater events up to 100 Guests On + Off Premises<br />Menus offer Hot + Cold Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts.<br /><br />Select Canapes, Hors d'oeuvres, Cheese Boards, Fresh Fruit, Charcuteries, French Crudite's and more.<br />Fresh Seafood : Beef : Pork : Poultry : Vegetarian : Vegan : Gluten Free.<br />Email today us for more info

  • Private party facilities

    Unique, Customized, Party Packages Available in Little Gem +d Right Next Door in Encore! by Little Gem. (A beautiful New Party Private Events Space).Dining : Dancing : Cocktails : Live Music : Formal Dinners : Casual Mixers This Elegant Little Gem is Perfect for Any OccasionParties Fully Customizable to Suit Your Vision, Our Food is Delicious!

  • Private party contact

    Judith: (917) 327-8997

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Cross street

    Lake St.

  • Parking details

    $1 for 1 Hour Metered Street Parking Also two parking lots on this blockFree Street Parking after 8:00pm and Free on Sundays!

  • Public transit

    Green Line Train Harlem Stop just 2 blocks away<br />Bus Transportation along Lake Street, Harlem Avenue Junction is just a Block away.

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz : Vintage Jazz Recordings : World Music : Euro Instrumentals

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

What 686 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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. EC

    EmilyC

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely ambiance. We enjoyed the Date Night Dinner. The food and service were both very good.
  2. EW

    EricW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming cafe with full bar and lovely menu. We were early diners so noise level ok but imagined that if full it might be a little bit loud. But service (Alicia) was attentive and responsive; allowed us to drink and dine at our own comfortable pace. Can recommend the cucumber/smoked salmon/cream cheese starter; light and delicious with a cocktail. Overall a “5”. Parking convenient.
  3. PD

    PickyDiner

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The calamari and crostini appetizers were very good. The beet salad could have used more goat cheese. It features prominently in the description but was barely noticeable. We had chosen this restaurant for outdoor seating but the weather proved too hot for that. Indoors was fine, but a bit louder than I prefer.
  4. l

    loveinc3

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Normally I don't find anything wrong with this restaurant but this time they gave me a table next to the back by the cash register. The bar tender was my server even though there were other servers. She gave me pretty good service but for instance she promised to bring me bread for my meal and I never got it because she was busy at the bar. I gave up once I had eaten over half of my steak. She also asked if I was ready for my check when what I wanted was another drink and dessert. This was probably my most disappointing time at this restaurant!
  5. G

    George

    Seattle

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kyle was lovely and gracious; we appreciate his hosting. Your management makes that happen. We love feeling welcomed. 👪
  6. R

    Reggie

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It truly is a little gem. An amazing restaurant tucked away in the heart of oak park. The food was amazing! And the atmosphere is great.
  7. l

    luv2eat

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Food was excellent.
  8. TR

    ThomasR

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The music, service and food was outstanding. We will be back soon! I highly recommend it!
  9. DF

    DavidF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Beautiful venue! Service (bar tender running back and forth) made for herky jerky yet slow service. Prices (lunch) very reasonable. Toast (both sides) on my sandwich were burned (black) so unable to taste whatever was between the toast! Just disappointed as I know TLG could do far better
  10. GB

    GregB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and cocktails, fun atmosphere. Definitely would recommend Little Gem.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The service was spotty (understaffed) and the food was disappointing. We’ve been there several times and the experience was not as expected. Sea Bass was over cooked and the short rib had gristle. Risotto was not the best either.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Caesar and chopped salads. Love the vibe of the restaurant. Will return.
  13. B

    Barb

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely evening and delicious dinner. We started with some refreshing cocktails and all decided to try a few of their pastas. I had the linguini with mussels and it was absolutely delicious. I tasted the seafood risotto and the orrecchiette and both were super tasty. I highly recommend this Little Gem!
  14. CP

    CPNP

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Friday afternoon lunch at Little Gem! We enjoyed cream of mushroom soup, fig and honey crostini, and salad with chicken. We were able to take our time and enjoy the meal without feeling rushed. Give the Little Gem a try, you won't be disappointed.
  15. OP

    OPdiner

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Had eaten here before and enjoyed it. Most recent visit not so good. Service was slow in a half-full room. Good appetizer of steamed mussels, but rest of food came out barely warm and had too much salt.
  16. N

    Napervillean

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    A friend and I had lunch here. I ordered the chopped salad, which consisted of some diced chicken breast, a hard-boiled egg, chopped tomatoes, blue cheese, bacon, salad greens, and vinaigrette dressing. The bacon was undercooked for my taste, but the other ingredients were well-prepared and fresh. For the price, there was remarkably little food in the bowl. A roll alongside would have helped. The water was served without ice, at room temperature. The only reason I am saying "yes" about recommending The Little Gem is that other than diners, Oak Park has so few sit-down restaurants that serve lunch.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place. The food was lovely- we had the lamb. The service was friendly and efficient, and we enjoyed the jazz duo as well.
  18. GA

    GregoryA

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Nice place. For sure going back. Cant wait to try their brunch!
  19. MA

    MikeA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gypsy Jazz Band Thurs. nights Encore side is fantastic!
  20. D

    2Dine4

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was very good but the service was a bit slow. Orders did not all come out at the same time.
  21. CM

    ChristieM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely night.
  22. YB

    YmaniB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here! Would highly recommend this cozy spot!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Disruptively loud Over priced Food was mediocre Drinks were poorly made
  24. K

    Kathleenr

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a party of 6. Every one of us had outstanding dinners- veggie risotto, braised short ribs were fork tender, filet was cooked to perfection! Our server was attentive, our food came out in a timely manner and was hot. The four piece jazz band was phenomenal! I definitely recommend Encore for a memorable dining experience.
  25. I

    Ingrid

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was excellent. Acoustics were terrible as it was quite noisy. Very difficult to have a dinner conversation.
  26. JC

    JanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was my second visit to Little Gem, and my food was yummy…again! The atmosphere is cozy and a welcome escape from chain restaurant dining!
  27. AB

    AzizaB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    First time here and we enjoyed it for the most part. Prices are a little higher than other OP spots with similar menus. We were taken aback when my friend asked for cauliflower instead of broccoli and we’re informed this would be an up charge per the menu. The food tasted excellent but portions will leave you satisfied as in don’t expect to have leftovers.
  28. JG

    JazzyG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Oak Park. I’ve tried many items on their menu, all of which have been very good. The staff are welcoming, friendly and professional.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this was a perfect date night. We decided to sit at the bar to dine; the staff were very professional , attentive and went above and beyond . We stayed for live music, loved the atmosphere very low key. we will add this to our list of regular dining! Braunie is the best bar tender!
  30. SR

    SimonR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Noise level was good noise once the music started… Anna is a “gem” for sure! Love this place!
  31. LH

    LisaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well prepared food in an upscale bistro atmosphere.
  32. c

    candyf

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter -- Edwardo -- was stupendous! Thanks for such a lovely holiday meal.
  33. CL

    ChicagoLady

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. We had a wonderful time. Thank you Ps it was a bit cool. Higher heating temp would make it a touch more comfortable but the good red wine took care of that as we warmed up.
  34. TW

    ToniW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant with tasty food and drinks. The half chicken is delicious. I have had it a few times.
  35. SF

    SheldonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Amazing, intimate atmosphere and great food. Somewhat on the pricey side but worth it. Will definitely be back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and beautifully prepared as we have come to expect. Our server Bronwyn was very personable and attentive, and offered great recommendations on the menu. The atmosphere in the new section of the Little Gem is wonderful and is in keeping with the original part of the restaurant.
  37. RR

    RobertR

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good service and food. Prices a bit high.
  38. CK

    ConnieK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Did not point out that a tip was already added to bill.
  39. AF

    AshleyF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was date night for me and my fiancée and Encore didn’t disappoint. The food was good and so was the music. Will go again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is absolutely amazing , the atmosphere will take you back in time to a speakeasy from the roaring 20's , the food is great (Yummy!!!)

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Little Gem Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 613-5491.

The Little Gem Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 686 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Google Map for The Little Gem Restaurant

189 N Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lake St.

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch + Brunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Bar + Lounge Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Live Music Tue 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    $1 for 1 Hour Metered Street Parking Also two parking lots on this blockFree Street Parking after 8:00pm and Free on Sundays!

  • Public transit

    Green Line Train Harlem Stop just 2 blocks awayBus Transportation along Lake Street, Harlem Avenue Junction is just a Block away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Martin Mondragon

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz : Vintage Jazz Recordings : World Music : Euro Instrumentals

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (708) 613-5491

  • Catering

    Our Wonderful Chef Loves to Cook!<br />We can cater events up to 100 Guests On + Off Premises<br />Menus offer Hot + Cold Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts.<br /><br />Select Canapes, Hors d'oeuvres, Cheese Boards, Fresh Fruit, Charcuteries, French Crudite's and more.<br />Fresh Seafood : Beef : Pork : Poultry : Vegetarian : Vegan : Gluten Free.<br />Email today us for more info

  • Private party facilities

    Unique, Customized, Party Packages Available in Little Gem +d Right Next Door in Encore! by Little Gem. (A beautiful New Party Private Events Space).Dining : Dancing : Cocktails : Live Music : Formal Dinners : Casual Mixers This Elegant Little Gem is Perfect for Any OccasionParties Fully Customizable to Suit Your Vision, Our Food is Delicious!

  • Private party contact

    Judith: (917) 327-8997

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