Lake Street Kitchen + Bar
Lake Street Kitchen + Bar

Lake Street Kitchen + Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lakestreetkitchenbar.com/
  • Phone: 7083835253
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday -Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch- 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Kurosaki
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harlem Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are several parking options at Lake Street Kitchen + Bar including free street parking, metered lots, parking garages, pay-by-space lots, and surface pay lots.
A word from Lake Street Kitchen + Bar
Lake Street Kitchen + Bar serves an eclectic menu that is farm-to-table, seasonal, fresh, and homemade every day of the week offering lunch/brunch, dinner, and late night dining. The menu offerings come from a melting pot of influences--like the diversity of the restaurant's Oak Park community--and range from American comfort food to Mediterranean, Cajun to Italian, Basque to Spanish. The menu changes with the seasons to offer food at its peak flavor.



Chef Jason Kurosaki leads the kitchen. During his impressive culinary career, Chef Jason has worked for three James Beard award-winning chefs and one best restaurateur nominee.



The seasonal food menu is accompanied by a unique line up of beer, wine and cocktails. The beer offerings include local and craft beers on tap and many more in bottles and some cool retro cans. The wine list offers a variety by the glass and bottle and includes wines from several organic and biodynamic vineyards.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Lake Street Kitchen + Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (6)neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)special occasion (1)good for groups (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Updated comfort food
    AmyH
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is the second time I have visited with my husband and two young boys. We all ordered what we had the last time because we enjoyed it so much. Two people love the pizza/flatbread and I love the bacon sandwich. 1/2 price bottles of wine on Wednesday and they will wrap bottle if you don't finish. Service was good--one server training another. Very attentive. Had a small problem that was dealt with quickly--no complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be back
    TamiT
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Waited 15 min after being seated before I was waited on. Manager or owner saw this because he sat and visited with people he knew at the next table. Other waiters saw too, but it was not their table so did not care. Food is nothing special. Service is slow. This place is dirty. Sidewalks desperately need to be washed down before tables are set out daily. It smells when you walk by in the morning because of how dirty it is. This restaurant has a perfect location and could be a gold mine but they need a new chef, better trained wait staff and better cleaning practices. I've eaten here several times only because of the location, but this will be my last time until I hear things have changed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eddiecVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was very good. The service was friendly but a little slow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the Lake Street Kitchen + Bar reviews archive.
  • Only Fair
    NoGo
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This place is too noisy. It was hard to have a conversation inside. Other than the one flatbread we ordered, the other two items were terrible. Inedible even. Both had to be sent back to the kitchen. We placed another order for a flatbread. The flatbreads are great, but I would be afraid to order anything else from the menu. Maybe the menu is too ambitious for the kitchen staff to handle. They should concentrate on making the flatbreads. The waitress was very pleasant, and handled the situation well. If it were not for the flatbread, I would give this restaurant only one star. We were looking forward to a nice dining experience, but were greatly disappointed. Sorry to have to give a thumbs down, but we definitely will not be coming back.
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  • Surprisingly good
    Ezekiel
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This restaurant usually exceeds my expectations. Even when they are busy they seem glad to see me. The sidewalk cafe is delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out with kids
    ap23dine
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I think we reserved a time that was a bit too early 5:15 on Friday because the staff was not quite ready. Overall it was good but next time no kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate with a small group!
    Sara
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I met three friends for a birthday celebration on a Saturday night. I was pleased to find it was large enough that it didn't feel crowded and the noise level was just right for carrying on a conversation. Ambiance was nice and so were the staff. Food was tasty and priced reasonably. I particularly recommend the flatbreads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Good Service
    almd0915
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food at Lake Street is amazing! Great flavors and fresh ingredients right down to the coleslaw. The food is expensive (About $30 per person if you don't order a cocktail), but it is very flavorful. At times, service was a little slow, but the server was energetic and accommodating. Lastly, we ordered a meat and cheese board ($29), and were a little disappointed at the amount of each item we chose. The meat and cheeses were quality, and certainly worth the cost, but be prepared for small portions if you order a board. Overall, the restaurant is great. Quite yummy and unique!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little pricey for what I received
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Had the Mussels special. Tasty, but a relatively small portion and no salad, etc. included. A bit pricey for a small bowl of tiny mussels!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing flavors
    Longwool
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was amazing and subtle ways the flavors in some of the dishes work together worth a repeat visit. A warning to date night types looking for a spot to converse though...this place is LOUD on a Friday night when packed. That would maybe keep us from visiting again when it's busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's day treat
    Jolly
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Being the silly man that I am, I waited to book a reservation on the day of valentine's day. Not smart. However, I decided to use Opentable to see what was still available. I happened upon lake street bar and grill. My wife and I had eaten here once before on an afternoon when it was slow. It was also during lent and my wife had given up cheese (they have a great charcuterie) so it wasn't the best experience. However, for this valentine's day it was a truly awesome experience. They had our table reserved by name and we were sat immediately. The service was great considering how busy it was. This place is a bar and restaurant and both were hopping on valentine's day. Service was still good. The food tasted great. A+ experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu good food
    nebraska
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Interesting menu good food expensive by contrast to other venues locally in Oak Park area
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lively atmosphere, despite
    smellish
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    A lively atmosphere, despite there being a snow storm that night. The staff was wonderful, accommodating and friendly. I enjoyed the veggie chili and my date had the soup, which were both great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Downtown OP Spot
    kate
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    I took a couple friends from the city to Lake Street Kitchen + Bar for dinner on an early dinner. They had a good table for 6 of us, but it was under some direct lights that got VERY hot. Several times my co-diners remarked how warm it was. We had some wine flights and beer. The drinks took some time, but the waitress explained them well. We had a selection of flatbreads, lamb sliders, salad, and lentil quinoa cakes. Everyone certainly liked the food, but I felt the quinoa cake was a little overpriced for what you got at $11. Overall, the food was good, and I'd go back, but not race there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for drinks
    diner
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Good for a quick bite or drink before (or after) a movie at the Lake Theater. Small portions.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I ate all over Oak Park and
    Spoonme34
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I ate all over Oak Park and this place is the best by far!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wish it had more spice
    Neighborhoodfan
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I want to like this place. I have had perfectly fine lunches here and the service is always friendly and prompt. The ambience is just right mix of neighborhood and trendy with a mix of tables, Craft brews, and hip staff, however I have found the dinner entres lack the right flavors to make the food noteworthy. A good place if you want a drink and some flatbread or a cheese plate but not worth going out of your way for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's so HOT about it?
    Foodie4Fun
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Our main meat dish was served cold when it should have been hot... If it was cooked before our other dishes at least put it under a heating lamp. Wine/beer selection was nice. Lighting was weird and kept changing throughout the duration of the meal. Server was friendly. Inquired about birthdays as it was a special dinner celebration however there was nothing special done by this venue which was a bit disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent although
    jimA
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Food was excellent although the portions were a little small for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was excellent
    OPdiner
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    The service was excellent and the location is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I met someone at Lake Street
    bonbon24VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    I met someone at Lake Street Kitchen + Bar for a business lunch, and while we both enjoyed our food very much, the noise level was extremely loud. It was difficult to talk for quite a while until things calmed down after about an hour. We both had the flatbread lunch combo, and were impressed with the food and the service. I was also impressed with the beer and wine list, and plan to return soon -- but not in a business context. It feels like a fun place to come in the evenings with friends for drinks and bar food, due to the extensive craft beer menu, as well as a good place to watch sports.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Depends on the day and time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Server was lovely; very friendly and efficient. Staff accommodated moving tables due to a very fussy child next to us. Food was good though not as good as past visits. Must depend who is creating the flatbreads. Out of most popular ice cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter (stock more!). I will likely go back because it's in my neighborhood but my friend has already made other requests for her next visit. It's a good place; please stay on top of things management!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    YvonneVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Lake Street Kitchen + Bar provides consistently decent food and solid drinks. Their food is nothing special or memorable, but it'll do when you're hanging out with family or friends for dinner and drinks. Their drinks are better than the food. Service can be hit or miss depending on your server. I've found that Noelle and Ronald (?) are especially good and noticeably different from others. In fact, I would go out of my way to be seated in their sections. There have also been a couple times that Lake Street Kitchen + Bar reported that I was a no-show when I was actually 15 minutes early and spent tons of money while I was there. I've also been given attitude by certain staff members when I was minding my own business.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the biggest fan
    YvonneVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    I mean, this place is okay. It's got solid food and drinks. Buuuut... the seats aren't always clean or very comfortable. The service is hit or miss. The food is okay. Not for foodies, but it's not a dive either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really enjoyed this place.
    Norma
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Really enjoyed this place. The weather was so nice, we could eat outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice central downtown Oak Park
    redbraid
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Great food, with a twist. Nice bar scene also. Staff is great, ask for Jay, on top of his game. Nice place to people watch and relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Jafie
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    Me and my wife dined here and were not excited! The best thing about our trip was the flat bread. However the rack of lamb was not seasoned good and the cuts were awful. My beer was room temperature at best!! The waiter did not care telling me "we'll you can't taste the flavor if its too cold" Really? That's the best you can say? Last time I checked men enjoy Ice cold beer. Save your money and time.
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  • I find the dinner menu to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    I find the dinner menu to really lack substance but the flatbreads are a solid option.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food in Oak Park!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    This was our first visit to Lake Street Kitchen and Bar, but certainly not our last! We both enjoyed our perfectly prepared seafood dishes--grilled baby octopus, and sea scallops. The sea scallops, served with fresh peas and pea sprouts, as well as pureed sun choke, was exceptional: I ate everything on my plate. The octopus, often found overcooked in restaurants, was beautifully prepared and seasoned. The whole evening was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a fantastic waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    We had a fantastic waiter - he waited on us another time we were there and he actually remembered our drink order this time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food!!!!!
    WestHampstead
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Interesting menu, with a lot of variety. Good specials on wine. A great place to go when we just don't feel like cooking and don't want a huge production of a meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything about Lake Street
    notafoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Everything about Lake Street Kitchen and Bar was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We made a reservation last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    We made a reservation last minute, and although there was not space when we arrived, we were welcomed and enjoyed a drink while we waited for a table. We shared everything we ordered, and our server did a great job of phasing the food. We didn't feel rushed at all but didn't wait long for anything either.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loved the food ant the atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Loved the food ant the atmosphere! A 'foodie' twist on comfort food :) caught up with a high school friend I hadn't seen in 20 years - we sat and talked for hours and never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great neighborhood standby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    A great neighborhood standby - we always come here with guests. The menu isn't that exciting, but the food is continuously good quality and prepared well. And the chocolate hazelnut torte is divine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Gem in Oak Park!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Another gem in Oak Park which is no stranger to energetic upscale restaurants.My Valentines Night was awesome and my girlfriend loved the food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really like this place.
    Slaw
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    I really like this place. It's in a convenient location, the wait-staff is great and the atmosphere is where I want it to be. There is also a decent craft-beer selection and the food is good as well. What else is there?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oak Park Gem
    TcoatVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Third time dining here, all have been very good. First time for dinner, expanded menu beyond the stellar flatbread pizza's and panini's did not disappoint. Pork Loin was good, although a bit overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit overpriced for the quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    A bit overpriced for the quality of the food that you get. The chalkboard beer menu was not updated, and I noticed similar lack of attention to the website.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first visit to this restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    Our first visit to this restaurant. We liked it, however there was a mixup with the order that had to be corrected. The food was good and the cost was ok, too. We like coming to Oak Park and will likely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet