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Mécénat Bistro & Gathering Place
Mécénat Bistro & Gathering Place

Mécénat Bistro & Gathering Place Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.MecenatBistro.com
  • Email: reservations@mecenatbistro.com
  • Phone: (708) 246-8668
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday 11:00am-11:00pm Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 3pm-8pm

    Closed on Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Robert Kurecki
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Mécénat is a casual, eclectic American restaurant with a creative and unique menu. We offer a full bar, lively atmosphere, and outdoor seating.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Hogan (708) 246-8668
  • Entertainment: We offer live music on Friday & Saturday evenings. Our musicians range from blues to acoustic guitar, soft rock and are easy listening, background music. To see a calender of musicians please visit our website.
  • Special Events & Promotions: At Mécénat we do a multitude of wine tastings and events on a regular basis. The best way to get current information is to visit on our website www.mecenatbistro.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lawn and Wolf
  • Public Transit: We are on the BNSF train line, Western Springs stop. The train from downtown comes out of Union Station and goes west towards Aurora. The restaurant faces the train tracks, so has easy on off access to train.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of street parking is usually available. There are no parking meters.
A word from Mécénat Bistro & Gathering Place
Mécénat is a casual eclectic American restaurant with a creative and unique menu well paired with a notable wine list. We also cater to special events such as tastings, live music & have the ability to host your private party in our private dining room. We offer a full bar, lively atmosphere and outdoor seating. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Mécénat Bistro is a welcome breath of fresh air to the overcrowded and noisy chain restaurants. Delicious food and accommodating staff."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "They usually don't do breakfast, but the food was outstanding. Great presentation. Spinach & bacon quiche excellent."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I have never, NEVER been to a place and be treated the way they treat their guests here. From the host to the owner this was the BEST dinner ever! Food was awesome & uber tasty while still reasonably priced. We took a chance via opentable recommending this in the area-and I fell in love with a bottle of wine recommended by our server, Maurilio. They had some sort of TV show taping going on yet, the food came out promptly and was beautiful to start-and DELICIOUS to finish. Just great, cant say enough goo things!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "It was our first time at Mecenat Bistro with friends who live in the area. The atmosphere is very warm and they had someone playing guitar, so it made a great first impression. Our bruschetta appetizer was very good so I had high hopes for dinner. I ordered the 8oz filet with Béarnaise sauce and brussels sprouts, my husband the Moroccan salmon special. The steak was well cooked but very tough for the cut and being priced at $30. The Béarnaise was bland and detracted from the dish. My husband described his entrée as "not good at all". I hate spending $120 and walking out dissatisfied."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Love having this restaurant right in the neighborhood. Good food, entertainment at the bar if we want to have an after dinner drink, and we almost always see someone we know."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 12:30PM. We were the only ones in the restaurant for at least 45 min. It was sad to see. Since the food and the service are good, I hope this dearth of customers isn't a sign of things to come. It would a shame to loose such a nice eating establishment."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Never a complaint when I go here. I was able to stop in for lunch after a doctors appointment with my Mom. Her & my Dad live in Berwyn & will be coming here now. She loved it & as always Melissa was a doll!!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I love, love, love this place! The food is always deliciously consistent and they always have something new! This time I tried their Friday night fish fry and it was out of this world! Beer Battered! Great experience as always!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Good spot for a date. Can be a little loud so recommend sitting toward back of the restaurant but they do a good job."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Enjoy this restaurant before performances at the great community theater, The Theater of Western Springs. Definitely worth trying both. The restaurant has a new menu which has a much nicer selection than previously."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I love coming here. I meet with clients as well as friends here. I never have an issue with being able to sit & chat or even just work. They're kind to me every time I am there & I will continue to come back."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The 6 of us tried Mecenat on a Wed. night. The décor was tasteful, the service very good, and the food was getting favorable comments during the appetizers (the Buschetta platter, the calamari, and the bacon wrapped dates). Unfortunately, the verdict was not unanimous for our entrees. The braised beef, scallops, and fish selections were fine, but 2 of the people had the beef sandwiches which were so salty that they were almost inedible. Deserts were good and the wine selections (and prices) were excellent. Overall, a pretty good experience but I'd have to try a few more of the entrees to be able to recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I love the food at Mecenat. The chef makes everything very tasty! and the skinny, crispy fries are delish too! If you haven' tried it in awhile, you should. also the bar is gorgeous. oh, and really good live music on Friday nights (usually one musician/singer)."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal here. Been with girlfriends, couples and little kids and there's plenty of space to talk, a big menu to satisfy all appetites and friendly service. Always enjoy going there."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "1st time there, food was great and and so was the service. The atmosphere was cool it was like being downtown on the music player was nice. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everything there made for a fine dinning experience. We were allowed to dine at our liesure"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Always a wonderful place for dinner...now great for lunch, too!!!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I had dined at Mecenat on a Thursday night once before and was very taken with the food, decor, and service. Having had such a good experience, I brought my family to Mecenat on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was very crowded, and clearly our server couldn't keep up. We had to ask numerous times for things to be brought to us. The entrees took forever to reach our table. It was very frustrating because the blackened shrimp, as well as the other dishes we ordered, were all delicious. Our server also took no responsibility for any of the lapses or delays in service and never apologized for things taking so long. If you plan to go on a week night, you are probably all right. But on weekends, stay away."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Good food, The French Onion soup was delicious an everyone in our group loved the flavor of their meal."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Mecenat for a long time and are glad we decided to go back. The friends we brought liked it so much they also purchased a gift card for one of their children. The food is well prepared and tasty. It is nicely presented and, thank goodness, it is not served in mega sizes. The pork chop is especially delicious."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We were tired of the same old Western Suburb resturants and decided to try something new for Valentine's Day. My husband found this restaurant on Open Table and we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. While it doesn't look like much from the street, the atmosphere inside was very appealing. Our server was very attentive and the food was great. Each lady was given a rose to take home for the evening. There was a little band/combo in the front of the restaurant and it was loud or distractive. Overall, it was a great evening and we are happy that we found a new restaurant that we will surely visit again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "A very enjoyable evening. My husband & I both had the butterfish. It was excellent. Our waiter, Joseph, was terrific. Definitely would recommend Mecenat."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "lovely neighborhood spot on par with downtown. Great atmosphere. Loved our meals and will be back soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My Favorite Restaurant ! I've been dining around for a little while trying different styles, places and services and so far I keep going back to Mecenat, Food is great, always perfect! wine list is good and the experience here is been always the best, noise is moderate even if is crowdy specially for me since I have some hearing loos. Is definitely a place to have a good time and and dining experience!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was awesome about this place. Melissa (my server) did a great time letting me & my guests speak. We were having a business lunch & she didn't kick us out or rush us at anytime. The food was yummy & I may be going back again this week for another business lunch. I look forward to trying something else!!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "My wife and I have been here 6-7 times over the last 2 years. We have never had a bad meal and we have had some really good ones. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. The noise level varies but it was never so loud as to impede table conversation. A place which will continue to be among our regular places to go. If anything over the past 2 years this establishment has gotten better and more consistent. If blood orange sorbet is on the menu, order it!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Love that this restaurant is right in or neighborhood. Great place to go for really good food and yet a casual comfortable ambiance. Skatewing was one of the specials the night we went. It's one of my favorite so I ordered it and it did not disappoint. My husband had the braised short ribs, which had a different format, but were also delicious."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I have been here many times and I have never been disappointed. I have recommended Mécénat to many people, and they have always had a very positive dining experience as well."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Our lunch was okay but nothing special and the room was cold. Of course it is hard to heat many spaces in this extremely cold January 2014 so that is not unique to Mecenat Bistro. Service was very good."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I didn't know this restaurant existed before I booked it through "Open Table" which I had never used before.. The food was excellent, the service was great. It was like a "city restaurant" in the suburbs. (Western Springs.) I would definitely recommend it and I shall return!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We find this place to be a good date place. They have good food and they pour an excellent drink. Their appetizers are terrific. It can get a little noisy at the front of the house but they have some seats toward back. I like their bar. Owners are nice down to earth people who are always there."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "A very nice ambiance at this location. We went for lunch and the food/service was excellent. Very nice wine list and great for those who are watching their weight/calories."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I consider myself a city gal and most places in the suburbs are disappointing compared to the great little spots I find in the city-this one was the opposite. They offered those comfort food favorites at prices reasonable to keep me stopping by when I am out this way. Service was some of the best I have ever experienced at a restaurant and everyone from the busboy to the manager was friendly, and helpful. Really enjoyed this spot that is quite deceiving when I am riding by on the train-beautiful interior and atmosphere-a must try for sure! Also, I LOVE their theory on boutique wines and you HAVE to try the sangria!"
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "Mecenat remains my wife and my favorite stops in the suburbs-it is consistently high quality food & service."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We shared a bottle of wine and dined on mussels, shrimp, tilapia and risotto. While the risotto was pasty, the seafood items we ordered were prepared perfectly and made the meal very enjoyable. I highly recommend the mussels. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The wife and I LOVE finding new spots like this one-you know-the ones that arent that well-known or "hidden gems". We were shocked as soon as we walked in-that this little deceiving storefront is a stunning restaurant inside! Host staff was polite and efficient, wait staff prompt & informative. Owner or manager lady stopped by and chatted us up-not the typical "how was your dinner?" brush off either-which is a welcome change from the norm. Lots of the customers seemed to know her and the staff as well. I felt like the menu was generous without being over the top and all over. They appeased my wife's gluten allergy as well as my picky eating-said everything was made from scratch and in house. Definitely making this one of our weekly stops!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I generally like this restaurant as it has good food, wine and service and we typically have a very good overall experience. But this was a disaster. Not sure if it was because it was New Years Eve and maybe the chef was off for the night along with the wait staff or because we ordered off the menu rather than the fixed price menu, but it was a disaster. Food was bland and dry and the service was abysmal. Twenty minutes to get water and longer for bread etc. It will take a while to get over this and return."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Found this by searching for a local place for New Years Eve dinner. My wife and I had a good bottle of wine, some unique menu items not found in the traditiional restaurant. Overall we were impressed with the menu and wine list. Food was very good except for the sweet potato hash (over cooked and dry). Service was attentive but not very informative. Everything we pointed to on the menu was "good" in his opnion and he recommended wine based on price! Luckily I knew some of the wines so I made a good decision without his help. We felt it was a nice place, would likely return when we needed variety, but not something we would run back to for every special occassion or night out."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our family came together at Mecenat Bistro & Gathering Place for my father's 70th birthday. We were all pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and decor of the restaurant. The service was friendly and attentive, and the FOOD was AMAZING!! We were able to hold conversations across the table due to the perfect level of music provided by the restaurant. I highly recommend this restaurant, and I wish I lived closer, I would be there at least 3 times a month!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Never been to a place with better service-and amazing food to boot! Love everything!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013