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
335 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (171)fit for foodies (125)hot spot (125)neighborhood gem (118)good for groups (116)vibrant bar scene (100)great for outdoor dining (90)notable wine list (88)romantic (55)late-night find (48)great for lunch (35)scenic view (21)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (13)Show More
  • Vacation night out with family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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 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
  • very average
    nadou
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    the service is fine . prices are on the high end. Overall the food is not that tasty and quite bland. disappointing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night, Great Food
    Phoenixrizes
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The delicious food & lovely ambiance lends it's way to a guaranteed fabulous night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seefood
    seefood
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent drinks, seafood and wine..did not have dessert. Dessert Portions were quite large for two
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood lover's delight
    gdpesq
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Open charming atmosphere. Wide variety of choice. Great quality. Prompt friendly service. Could hear yourself talk amidst the ambiance of live entertainment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot with Clients.
    Laura
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Brought clients in for a late night dinner and everyone enjoyed themselves and loved the food. (especially the chocolate cake!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiter Was great Raul Delacruz
    MinnowVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Service was impeccable as well as the food. The fresh fish and king crab was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food!
    debs
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I brought my parents here to celebrate their 51st anniversary and they loved it. We sat outside, which was perfect. But we all 3 commented on going in to use the restrooms that it was WAY too cold inside and we were very glad we were sitting outside. I know we would not have had such a great dining experience if we sat inside and were miserably cold. I hope the restaurant reads this and changes the temperature....turns down the freezing cold air conditioning. It's also much louder inside...so again, would be a totally different dining experience if my 73 year old parents were sitting inside. Pretty sure they wouldn't have liked it as much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fresh, perfectly prepared seafood. The service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Solid
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great seafood and steak served by a professional staff. We are never disappointed when dining at Hugo's. We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner date!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We came here based on several recommendations from friends and it was perfect! Some of the best crab cakes we have ever had and the drinks were made perfectly! Service was fantastic & an overall great night out with the beau!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    menu items are very pricey and not what you would find at a chain restaurant. extensive wine list
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner spot !!
    Chicagodine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We normally hit our usual spots for dinner when we are downtown Chicago (Gibson's, Carmine's, Tavern on Rush), always walked past Hugo's but never tried it. We finally did last Friday and we are glad we did. Both the food and the service were outstanding. Our waiter Art was extremely accommodating and attentive. Hugo's is now on our preferred list of places to eat in downtown Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.