Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.hugosfrogbar.com/
  • Phone: 3126400999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bellevue Place
  • Public Transit: Accessible by elevated train (Chicago/State) and city bus (lines 36, 151)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available directly in front of the restaurant. The charge is $14.00.
A word from Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago
After years of searching far and wide for a location to open the follow-up restaurant to the highly successful Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, owners Hugo Ralli and Steve Lombardo found what they were looking for right under their noses. In February of 1997 they launched the seafood companion to the Chicago legend they had created with Gibsons and named it Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House. The restaurant is dedicated to the same principles as its predecessor, unbelievable portions, value and quality coupled with memorable service.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
330 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (168)fit for foodies (126)hot spot (122)neighborhood gem (119)good for groups (109)vibrant bar scene (97)notable wine list (87)great for outdoor dining (79)romantic (49)late-night find (44)great for lunch (29)scenic view (18)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (10)Show More
  • Trish
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A great place with great food. We ate twice during our stay and enjoyed every minute and mouthfull! Our waiters were informative, personalble and extremely attentive to all our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service slow - food average at best
    sodlid
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were seated on time. It took us sitting in our seat ten minutes before anybody bothered to come and take our drink order. It took a long time to get our food, which isn't always bad, except nobody ever came back to check on us and I certainly could have used another beer. I was dry for twenty minutes. Finally when food came I was asked if I wanted another drink. By that time I was used to drinking only water (by the way, the water-fillers etc. did a great job) and gave up on any more beers. We were done with dinner for 20 minutes before we saw our waiter again and could ask for our bill. Never going back - too many other options in the area. - by the way, trout was below average.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An awesome experience all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful evening of wine and food. We started off with a fabulous crab cake that was big on flavor and size, and easy to share, then we shared a cup of clam chowder and cup of lobster bisque that were amazing, and topped of the meal by sharing one pound of crab legs, and an 8 oz lobster tail. All of this in wonderful surroundings and topped off with great, friendly, knowledgeable staff. A must try for anyone in Chicago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great choice
    GBgirl
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We hadn't been to Hugo's in a while so decided to return while in town for a conference and it was as good as we remembered. Crab cakes are a must...and I don't normally like crab cakes! So much crab meat, so delicious. Our wait staff and bartenders were great as usual, making it a fun night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    Birthday44
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great ambiance, but noisey! We were first going to be seated in a corner booth that would have been way too tight, but our hostess graciously put us in another booth that was more open and comfortable. Delicious food and great service! I was very pleased with our menu choices and the entire evening. Our waiter, Frank M made a great recommendation for my entree because I couldn't decide between 2 items. We were in no rush and didn't feel rushed by the wait staff and it didn't take long to receive our food from the time we ordered. Frank made sure I received a birthday treat of ice cream. We were actually way too full to order dessert. Great dining experience! I would recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hugo's Frog Bar is hoppin
    Topher33
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    High energy hot spot, restaurant has great ambiance that makes you feel like it is the place to be. Broad fish menu plus Gibson steak menu means there is something for everyone. Unique twists on common dishes makes this a unique dining service. The service is great, the staff very personable. A definite must when you are in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Spot in Tourist-y Neighborhood
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Enjoyed the outdoor seating and prompt service. The food came in large portions, and the wine list was solid.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Hugo's Frog Bar
    Jeanne
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had the best server ever! Mike (a/k/a Mikey, Mikey-O) was wonderful, so attentive, and made our night even more enjoyable. Food was great; it always is. The salmon was perfect!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre Service
    Judgie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Atmosphere was great. Waiter was less than enthusiastic in describing the menu. He did not make you feel like there was anything special about the menu. His attitude conveyed the thought - just order its all the same. I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Barbie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I go to Hugo's every time I'm in town and it is always great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Robertonthego
    Robertonthego
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Outstanding taste and cooking of fish. Definitely a must go in Chicago, but reservation is essential for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation night out with family
    Beefy59
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We visit downtown once a year while on vacation and try a different restaurant ever year. We were not disappointed with this years selection in Hugo's. The ladies started with a Martini that were outstanding. It had been a few years since I tried frog legs, they were fall off the bone tender. Soup / Salad were OK, Lobster, Crab Legs, Sea Bass and Swordfish were prepared perfectly. All of the seafood was very fresh with melt in mouth with flavor. The bone in ribeye, (WR Special) was tender with great flavor, might have been a little off of the advertised 22 oz. All in all we will return for another night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not really worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Hugo's is okay but other fish houses at the same level are better. The space is unpleasantly crowded and the food, while good, is not exceptional. The very best thing we had was the cherry pie; that would be worth a late-night visit.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our visit was a weeknight, and it was busy' (always a good sign) Our server was on time, our drinks never went dry, and our food was perfect. Thanks and Kudos!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was tremendous and the service second to none. Our waiter was phenomenal and took great care of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent fresh fish
    great2eatout
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Hugo's has great service and excellent fresh fish. You can spend a lot or you can choose some less expensive entrees. I especially like the Lake Superior whitefish. Portions are large!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Mfroggy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was fantastic. Best crab legs and frogs legs ever!! our server was on point with great salesman ship and delivery. They have fit a lot into a smaller space so the tables are a little close together, it's a little loud but it seemed very upscale and was very busy and poppin with people. Overall it was amazing!! Also enjoyed the live piano music. Great time for birthday dinner and first time in Chicago😊
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find
    MelDMcG
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First of all our waiter Matt was the best! He was so personable and attentive. My boyfriend had the walleye and I had the steak and cake. The steak was cooked perfectly and the crab cake had very little filler. The sauce for the crab cake was to die for!!!! The walleye was really tasty as well. Great place and we will make a point to dine here during our next visit to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent from start to finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Super service, tasty, all freshly cooked food, good wine selection by the glass, professional & very friendly staff (and it was packed out). Would def. recommend & go again when visiting Chicago next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dining
    MaybonesVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent menu, Excellent food and Good service from most. When in Town, add this to your dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BTJK
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food very good, tables way too tight making the noise level very high, otherwise very good place for dinner, sea bass was fantistic.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feast for eyes, ears, mouth
    pmbaker
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Took my wife for her 30th birthday (though I didn't tell the waiter b/c she hates being sung to at restaurants) and we really enjoyed ourselves! There was great live music around the corner from where we were sitting, but it didn't detract from our ability to have a nice conversation. The food was better than outstanding - we shared frog legs, crab cake, steak medallions oscar style, and sea bass. It was fresh, hot, delicious and just the right amount of food. The wine list was pretty extensive. We shared a bottle of moscato and the service was so good that we never had to refill our glasses. The restaurant is in a vibrant part of town and is itself well appointed. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pricey but good
    krismc70
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food. Pricey but par for the neighborhood. Must have the creme Brule.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    SarejVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We always have Hugo's on our restaurant list when we visit Chicago. Best crab cakes anywhere. Good service always.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faboulous food
    NotthatPicky
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was excellent! I had the walleye and a side of mushrooms - it was perfect! My parents loved their meals too - Mom had the Dover sole. The waiter was fun and service was very good. Hugo's is vibrant and loud (so not a good place for a romantic dinner) and lots of fun. A guy in the booth behind us photo bombed our picture - too funny! Definitely a great place to go in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rock solid
    SidVVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great food, wine list to my liking and very good service. Can be noisy but most recently we lucked out with the 'Winston Churchill elevator booth' which cut down on noise and made it more romantic. A go-to for special occasions but the menu is broad enough for more frequent visits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hugo'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Very good food but it should be for the amount they charge. The server spoke loudly and did not seem to have the experience and/or personality for this position. What made this a good experience was that the food was very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    RockstarVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had friends in Chicago from out of town and we wanted to pick the perfect place. The waiter was very knowledgeable and very attentive. The crab ceviche and the sea bass and big crab leg was simply outstanding, the best sea bass I have ever eaten. Thank you for a wonderful experience! Our friends loved it and we all had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE IT
    FoodiequeenVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been so many times because I live in the neighborhood, just have never written a review!! Everything is fantastic!!! Oysters, crab legs, tuna, steak, crab bisque soup, and the list is endless. I've had everything on the menu and you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • philVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    very consistent and always great food and service never disappoints in what you receive at the restaurant. portions are oversize
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Service too fast!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Fast service is generally commendable. However, in this case it felt like we were being rushed to get the table ready for the next group. We were served our appetizer on literally a minute from ordering, which was fine. Then, when the first person at our table finished their soup the bowl was whisked away and within a couple of minutes our mains were brought out. The food was excellent and our server very knowledgeable and friendly, but the meal felt very rushed which maybe it was as the restaurant was packed and people were waiting, but it's not a great feeling when you want to enjoy the food and conversation and not get whisked out within an hour of sitting down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago Fun!
    YUMMY1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We stay at the Sofitel, walk to Hugo's down Rush after starting with Champagne at the Sofitel. Typically drink too much, go clubbing after dinner to work off buzz, then take a cab back the arduous walk of 5-6 blocks. GREAT night out recipe every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • damedinerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    An enjoyable experience from the greeting at reception to walking out with a baggy filled with part of the unbelieveably large-----and delicious!----key lime pie. Great service. Frog legs among the best I've eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We came here on a random Tuesday. Restaurant was fairly busy. We sat at the bar and had a drink. Great wine, great bartender! We were enjoying the bar ambiance so much we thought about eating at the bar rather than take our table! Ended up getting seated. Had a fantastic server! Ordered oysters to start- delish! Husband ordered bookbinder soup, a wedge, and the double baked potato (his fav). I ordered the Tuna Steak. It was wonderful! Cooked the way I wanted it and the sesame crust added a lot of texture! Hugo's is basically Gibson's little sibling- some of the same items carry over.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • millertime2
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Really nice time looking forward to coming back. Very kind gesture for the complementary birthday Crème Brule. Thank you very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family get together
    chitowngirl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This evening was a such a treat all around. Great food, wine, friends and family. The wait staff is the best around. Thanks for making it such a pleasant and fund time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Chicagoeats
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was amazing. Portions are large so share with friends. Every time we're in Chicago we go to Hugo Frog's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great gem
    Liz7944
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place was great. Great food selection. Whether you are hungry for seafood/fish or something less "fishy". We were able to sit and chat with friends and not have to shout. Our waiter was absolutely hilarious and fun to be around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music
    Lana
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The site said there was music. I would like to see it. We were placed far from the piano. That was a pitty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience!
    Chasser
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    When we visit Chicago, we love staying in different neighborhoods and trying different restaurants. This was our first visit and it was a total winner. Food was wonderful. The service was exceptional. Dishes were explained, questions were answered, all in a professional but very friendly way. They made us feel comfortable and welcome. The wine list was grand. The decorating was very tasteful and inviting. We found everything to be totally delightful and such fun. It is definitely on the list for our return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate