2nd Street Bistro - Highland Park
1825 Second Street
Highland Park, IL 60035Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
2nd Street Bistro - Highland Park
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.2ndstreetbistrohp.com/
- Phone: 8474333400
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Michael Gottlieb
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
- Catering: We will cater any size party, please contact restaurant for detalis.
- Special Events: We would love to host your special event, please contact restaurant for details.
A word from 2nd Street Bistro - Highland Park
Second Street Bistro features upscale American food with a twist. Choose from an extensive selection of appetizers, main dishes and sides made with local and organic ingredients, whenever possible. Appetizer specialties, referred to as “Minors” on the menu, include dishes such as Shaved Organic Brussels Sprout; Roasted Corn and Gulf Shrimp; Truffled Cauliflower Soup; and Braised Rapini. Among the entrees are Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib; Ocean Raised Scottish Salmon; Herb Marinated Amish Chicken; Gluten-Free Quinoa Spaghetti; and Marinated Skirt Steak. Sides such as Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries and Roasted Locally Grown Vegetables are designed to enhance the distinct flavors on the menu. In-keeping with seasonal produce, executive chef, Michael Gottlieb, will also be introducing menu specials on a regular basis, ensuring that only the freshest and best ingredients are used. Second Street Bistro is the only BYOB restaurant in Highland Park, all adult beverages welcome, no corkage!!!Continued
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2nd Street Bistro - Highland Park reviews from OpenTable diners
- Almost ... but not quite.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/26/2012All the right elements, but just off. From the entrance (no sign, kind of a doorway off the street) to the entrees (good mussels but served with burnt toast) this restaurant has the makings of a good place but not quite there. I loved it was BYOB and the service was amazing (despite seeming short staffed, you were never left waiting). Maybe it was an off night - doubt I will try again with other options to choose from.
- Meh.JoeAndTrishaDined on 10/20/20122nd Street Bistro is a perfectly acceptable, if uninspiring restaurant. The dishes were good in concept, but indifferently prepared. Portions were huge, which I'm sure appeals to a lot of people. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable enough. Decor is weird. They seem to be squatting in the remnant of an older restaurant, vestiges of which can still be see on the walls and signage. We probably won't return, but we wouldn't warn anybody off it, either.
- Always a good place to haveOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 10/20/2012Always a good place to have dinner in Highland Park. After having dined here many times since its opening, we feel the chef is maturing in his offerings while not sacrificing basics. It's great that Bobby & Debby use local purveyors for as much of their food as possible--produce, meat, chicken, honey--all from local farms. We love bringing our own wine, a nice & appreciated perq from diners (one can also bring beer/spirits. One possible place for improvement; a nice bread basket would make a nice starter, even if there was a nominal charge ($2-$3) for interesting, warm rolls or bread. Just a thought. Dine here; you'll be happy.Special Features:
- Outstanding! All food is sustainablhowardeceeDined on 10/20/2012Outstanding! All food is sustainably grown or produced, menu is creative and the food is tasty, well-prepared and well-presented. Note that it's BYOB. Try the layered skirt steak, the Amish chicken and the mussels appetizer. Desserts are extraordinary.Special Features:
- We went on A sat. night andNittiVIPDined on 10/20/2012We went on A sat. night and the place was very busy. Food was delicious, service was very good.. It is a very small space, so the tables are too close together, and they are very small. It is very difficult to talk.The chairs are very uncomfortable. Having said that, we still enjoyed the place and will be back, perhaps on a week night.Special Features:
- Thought soups and salads wereOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 10/19/2012Thought soups and salads were very good. Entree very fair. Probably wont go back. Unless for something light. Also got very noisy..
- The food was very fresh; serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 10/5/2012The food was very fresh; service great, the only issue are the chairs. This apparently is Stasha's during the day (hot & hamburgers) they put table cloths on table, but the chairs still feel like you are at a diner, very uncomfortable - especially for a nice dinner. We mentioned this to the manager and apparently we were not the first!Special Features:
- Excellent with an innovativeOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/29/2012Excellent with an innovative menu that changes with the seasons. No wrong steps- everything wonderful!Special Features:
- Can't quite figure out theOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 9/15/2012Can't quite figure out the concept of how this seemingly upscale/interesting restaurant is connected to Stash's (a hot dog place), or is it just next door? On the Bistro side of the space, the menu was interesting if somewhat limited, but all our food was excellent. In particular the corn chowder an a very interesting salad with roasted beets and grilled peaches. The carrot cake dessert was immense: advertised to serve 2 but is even bigger than that. And it was darn good! Decor is inviting and casual with exposed brick and cool art on walls--but the chairs are strange. They seem like leftovers from the hot dog place and are not the right height for the tabletops. In all, this is a promising place that needs to tweak the concept a bit.
- Pork Belly with Melon & Cucumber!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/31/2012At first I thought it was weird that there were no appetizers noted on the menu. However, after reading through their extensive list of salads, I found their appetizers were hiding inside each succulent paired roughage. I had their pork belly with cucumber, watermelon, & bbq sauce salad. A must have and I can't wait to go back and have it again. Grilled Skate Wing (like a meaty white fish) was a little bland but properly cooked with great char marks. The dish had a mango salsa that could've had some heat added to it and a coconut curry sauce. The sauce was a little brothy and could've used some thickener or maybe a peanut sauce flavor.Special Features:
- Food was oustanding - delicious,texsunstarDined on 8/31/2012Food was oustanding - delicious, amazing presentation, unique selections. Have been at this restaurant several times and look forward to returning. Chef Michael is creative with his food choices and seasonal selections are perfect for the discerning patron!Special Features:
- Good food - table and seatsOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 8/25/2012Good food - table and seats not particularly comfortable that detracted from overall experience. Enjoyed the visit however and BYO is a plusSpecial Features:
- We've been to Second StreetOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/12/2012We've been to Second Street Bistro several times and each time it just gets better and better! We shared a few appetizers and they were all delicious, especially the shaved Brussels sprout salad. The whitefish is fantastic and the pretzel bread pudding was incredible. Everything is fresh and the preparations are outstanding. The bistro is BYOB which is really enjoyable. We'll be back!Special Features:
- Excellent beef short ribs.ValentineDinerDined on 8/10/2012Excellent beef short ribs. Restaurant is a good value. BYOB makes this a great place.
- ok but nothing specialfuntodineoutVIPDined on 8/4/2012BYOB. Weird place, has 2 restaurants in the same space but they will only let you order from one of the menus at your table. We really didn't get that. There were some decent and creative vegetarian choices. We ordered the risotto with "italian sausage" -it was vegan. Sweet potato french fries were different but good- had cinnamon sugar and black salt- strange sounding, but tasted good. Salad was good-small portion. Server went into huge description of a special they had on the menu only to tell us that they ran out of it! Front dining room was quite loud. We sat in the back room, which was less noisy.
- We enjoyed our Saturday eveningAlwaysHonestVIPDined on 8/4/2012We enjoyed our Saturday evening with friends at this restaurant. We enjoyed our appetizers (mussels, grilled calamari, gazpacho and salad) as well as our entrees (everyone had the pommes frittes special and I had the white fish, which was excellent). No one had dessert. We loved the BYOB aspect, especially as they don't charge a corkage fee. Getting seated at the host stand was slightly confusing and we were unaware that there are actually 2 restaurants in that small space, each with a different menu. Next time, we will request to sit in the more "west" room to avoid that confusion. We will go back.Special Features:
- This was my 4th visit andJilloVIPDined on 8/2/2012This was my 4th visit and least favorite. The mussels were fabulous. The marinated olives did not taste at all marinated. The skirt steak was much too chewy and the grilled calamari was undercooked and had no grilled flavor at all. The quinoa underneath also lacked seasoning. The chicken was delicious.Special Features:
- Incredible! Very, very innovativeOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/1/2012Incredible! Very, very innovative food. Knowledgable waitstaff. Quick, friendly service.Special Features:
- Excellent food...surpriseOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 7/31/2012Excellent food...surprise gem in Highland Park. Small room , quiet on a Wed. nite...could be conversation challenged on Fri. or Sat. nights. Reasonably priced, variety menu.Special Features:
- Great addition to suburban scenemikepVIPDined on 7/29/2012Excellent food and very friendly service make this a welcome addition to our suburban scene. The chef and kitchen are very creative, consistent in execution (we've become regulars), and willing to go out of their way to make something to fit anyone's dietary needs and taste preferences. There are regularly choices on the menu for vegetarians, vegans, people with nut allergies, etc., and the chef has shown that he can modify other items to fit specific needs and still come out with an excellent dish. It's local gourmet for my wife and me, and the best thing is our kids love it too!Special Features:
- Highland Park Gem!OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 7/28/2012This is the best new restaurant on the North Shore! The food and Service are outstanding! Best part is that its BYOB! Farm to Table concept. Seasonal Menu! Carrot Cake and Pretzel Bread Pudding are don't miss!Special Features:
- good food, but too, too noisydavidfVIPDined on 7/28/2012good food, but too, too noisy and not clear until you arrive that it is BYOB
- Great service and wonderful food!hatenicknamesVIPDined on 7/28/2012Our first visit to 2nd Street Bistro was a hit! We enjoyed the high quality food, and service. I enjoyed the soft shell crab special the most, and everyone in our group enjoyed their selections. It is very nice to be able to bring your own wine, too. Our server was one of the best we have ever had and we we saw many things on the menu we wanted to try. We will return soon!Special Features:
- Food was very good, especiallyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/28/2012Food was very good, especially steaks (Skirt and NY Strip). Loved Crispy Pork Belly. It was our first dining in this restaurant. We came on Saturday to celebrate my husband BD, unfortunately this is not a place for special occasion. This place is very plain and very casual. The noise started elevating after 7 pm. After 7:30 we could not hear own voice. The food came out pretty fast, but service was average. The BYOB is a big plus. Not sure if I will come back. It takes 40 minutes for me to drive there. It’s not worth it.Special Features:
- The food was delicious. ChoosingIIJLVIPDined on 7/21/2012The food was delicious. Choosing one entree was a challenge because all seemed to be great choices. However, since soft shell crabs have a short season, I decided upon that as an entree. It was prepared tempura-style served over an excellent type of slaw and accompanied by a sweet-spicy relish. The beet salad served with fennel, cherry tomatoes, beet greens and a vinaigrette dressing was a great first course selection. No room for dessert.Special Features:
- very creative chef. reasonableTtenrabDined on 7/17/2012very creative chef. reasonable prices. BYOB is great feature.Special Features:
- Very loud and uncomfortableOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 7/17/2012Very loud and uncomfortable chairs made this a less than appealing place for a nice dinner. Service was good, but the salads were pretty tasteless. The main course was ok, but they forgot to put a side on my plate. I had the skate, which was too sweet. My wife had the skirt steak which was tasty. Stay for dessert - was by far the best part of the meal. BYOB helped keep the cost down.
- The food was very goodandms1206VIPDined on 7/14/2012The food was very goodand we liked the byob policy, but the experience was marred by the poor service. Server was very slow in first coming over to our table and then forgot to order not only one appetizer but also one entree. The noise level in the restaurant was so loud it made it difficult to talk to the person sitting right next to you.
- Food was good, but the noiseOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 7/14/2012Food was good, but the noise level on a Saturday night was deafening. My friend and I got tired of shouting ourselves hoarse, packed up half our dinners and fled. I'll never go there again unless it's on a Wednesday night or something. Plenty of good food elsewhere, where ambiance is comfortable. It was also super warm in there, and our waitress had far too many tables – they seemed short of help, as even the greeter was bringing out dishes. It's BYOB which is fine as I'm not a drinker, but the waitress didn't even ask if we might like something besides water to drink (iced tea or whatever).
- LOTS OF NOISE... HARD TO COVERSE.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/14/2012LOTS OF NOISE... HARD TO COVERSE. IT WAS OUR SECOND VISIT... FOOD WAS GOOD BUT I DON'T THINK WE WILL GO BACK.
- grilled squid could have usedOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 7/8/2012grilled squid could have used more acidity. same thing with the beet salad as it was a bit bland. would like more bread with the mussels to sop up the delicious sauce. chicken was well cooked. not sure i understand why there were cucumbers under the chicken. who wants hot/warm cucumbers?
- We have eaten there 5 or 6OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/7/2012We have eaten there 5 or 6 times before, but we are unlikely to go back. The waitress missed our table and didn't takeout order for quite some time. Eventually she offered us dessert even though we did not get our entrees. It took almost an hour to get our food even though the restaurant was only about half full. My wife's entry was overlooked but we hardly wanted to send it back. It looked like a place that had given up when the new restaurant opened up across the street.
- Everyone enjoyed their meal!!SophieVIPDined on 7/7/2012Everyone enjoyed their meal!! Can't wait to go back!Special Features:
- Try it but be patient and BYOBOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/30/2012New find. Food was very good. The server was excellent, however there were some service problems, I believe beyond the server's control. i.e. very slow getting the food out. Not having the side we ordered and not knowing about that until we asked for it after our diner was served. I hope these problems will be ironed out by the next time we visit.Special Features:
- The owners were friendly andOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 6/30/2012The owners were friendly and happy to have the business but the wait staff could not remember much even with only two tables occupied. The food was creative and lovely however.Special Features:
- We had a good dinner at 2ndmadame1971VIPDined on 6/28/2012We had a good dinner at 2nd Street Bistro. Two of us ordered a mixed green salad, but the greens were extremely bitter. The waitress was very accommodating and had the salads removed from our bill. The main courses were very good, and the chocolate cake for two was huge and delicious. The BYO factor is a plus. I would try this restaurant again.Special Features:
- most uncomfortqable chairsOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 6/26/2012most uncomfortqable chairs I have ever sat in..that alone would keep us from returning
- Food was great. Hard to enjoyMunchieDined on 6/24/2012Food was great. Hard to enjoy experience in a hot dog jointSpecial Features:
- The food was wonderful andlfrenchVIPDined on 6/22/2012The food was wonderful and our waitress was very knowledgeable. We will definitely be going back to try the Pretzel Bread Pudding! The chicken and vegetable risotto are amazing.Special Features:
- We had a lovely dinner --OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/17/2012We had a lovely dinner -- terrific appetizers, very innovative raw brussel sprout salad. We both had fish for entrees. the trout was delicious, and my friend claimed her salmon was very well seasoned. Dessert was a huge portion of caramel bread pudding. Absolutely scrumptious. We'll go back.Special Features: