Mécénat Bistro & Gathering Place
Maybe not the bisonWe had a fine time at Mecenat Bistro except for the member of our party who ordered the bison - it was very tough. However, without us even asking Mecenat removed the charge for the steak from our bill. They had also asked if he would like them to prepare something else for him. It was very good customer service and I certainly will go there again. The house pinot noir was very good and the wait staff was very pleasant.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spot before theaterWe love going to Mecenat before performances at the Theatre of Western Springs. Not only are the food and drinks great, but when we show our theater tickets we get 15% off.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFancy flavorful foodWow, was I impressed with the food at Mecenat Bistro. The ambiance reminded me of the neighborhood restaurants I used to frequent in the city. Everything was extremely flavorful, and uniquely prepared. We enjoyed the butternut squash soup and a wonderful fish dish with asparagus on top and a pea sauce circling the plate. The neon green color looked odd but the complement of flavors to the mashed potatoes and fish was delightful.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding RestaurantMy wife and I live in Western Springs and this was our first visit. The restaurant looks small from the outside but once you step in you realize that it is a perfect size for a relaxing evening. The food (I had the fish) was outstanding along with the server, the service and the ambiance. My wife had a special bread pudding along with a wonderful soup that was absolutely amazing. Portion sizes were perfect. The manager Kelly stopped by the table and is one of the nicest managers we have ever met. The server saw me watching the large screen TV and asked if we would like a closer table which we did move to. The food and drinks were served quickly. We never felt rushed and will return with our friends for another enjoyable dinner.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love it hereWe love that they change the menu. They keep a few specialty items like the Hawaiian Fish. This visit I had the Chicken Quesadilla and Smoked Prosciutto Bruschetta they were wonderful. The others in the group enjoyed their food as well. A great place to have dinner or drinks.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service. TheGreat food and service. The live music on Saturday nights is a wonderful feature, but the recorded music should be turned-off. We appreciate the kitchen's ability to go beyond the menu to accommodate a member in our party.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a Find!We dined at Mecenat for the very first time on a Saturday night; had heard of it and seen the menu online and decided to give it a try. We were very pleasantly surprised that the small storefront housed a cozy, welcoming space with a nice decor. Wine list was pretty good and not outrageously priced. Food was great--bacon-wrapped dates to start, salads (wedge salad and spinach with an amazing dressing) next that were larger than the usual, and then entrees. The diablo skirt steak was prepared just right, and a special of pan-roasted walleye was delicious as well. Service was neither too rushed nor too slow. Had an after dinner drink in the bar, with nice conversation with the owners. We will definitely go back!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Mother's Day CelebrationMy family took me here the Saturday night before Mother's Day. We had a wonderful meal! Food and drinks were
delicious. Service was outstanding! All six of us had a wonderful time!! great family gathering spot!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat mealIt was our second visit and they didn't disappoint us. The first time there we just had drinks at the bar and it smelled yummy so we decided to go back another night for dinner. The mussels were delicious, I loved the creamy sauce! I can't wait to go again and try the duck that people around us were raving about. Our server Shari was delightful. We will definitely go again very soon.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThere were six people in ourThere were six people in our party and all enjoyed there meals very much! It was a great place to go before a play at Western Springs Theater. We will be back! The food was very good.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a neighborhood gem.This is a neighborhood gem. Great food, nice atmosphere, excellent staff, owner stopped at the table to ask how everything was. On this night, the waiter was somewhat too eager to take our order, serve the food and clear. It is such an enjoyable place, we did not want to rush. One con...the wine by the glass is too pricey. Order a bottle if you can.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe came in on a Sunday earlyWe came in on a Sunday early evening. Very quiet, great service and food. We'll go again if in Western Springs.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is excellent. The duckFood is excellent. The duck with citrus risotto was outstanding. A little slow on getting dessert and coffee!
However, that would not deter me from enjoying this restaurant again and again.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe last visited Mecenat aboutWe last visited Mecenat about a year ago. This is only because we don't live in the area, but after dining there last Saturday, we'll be back soon and we plan to bring our friends. It's wonderful to see how this restaurant has grown in a year.
The restaurant, especially the seating near the bar, has a very warm, happy feel to it. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. There's an excellent wine list, as well as a good assortment of beers and cocktails. We enjoyed the brie and apple bruschetta appetizer. Just the right combination of flavors. For entrees, we can highly recommend the duck as well as the pasta. For dessert, the white chocolate/ dark chocolate brownie appears confusing on the menu, but it anyway.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMécénat is a shining starMécénat is a shining star in Western Springs. The owners are genuine and really care about making their customers comfortable and happy.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM"don't change a thing"This quaint, neighborhood restaurant has a sophisticated menu/wine list, very skilled kitchen staff and wait staff. Menu choices are varied and reasonabley priced. Food is great. Although a little noisy, I liked the energy. If you want no noise, look for a sound proof restaurant, if you can find one. I am very glad to have this restaurant in the neighborhood and will return often.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways ExcellentOne of my favorite neighborhood places. Everyone is wonderful. The food is always great.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMOn our Short-List!Our 2nd visit, and LOVED it even more than the 1st :) Can't say enough good things about Mecenat! This time I will say "Upscale food & decor -with- Neighborhood feel & attentiveness"... It's definitely on our short list of great places to dine!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food; great atmosphere!Seriously good food, and loved the atmosphere! They had a guitar player for most of the evening, and we groaned when he appeared. BUT pleasantly surprised to find ourselves humming along with his quietly played music, and noticed that others were, too :) Very enjoyable, so much so that we are going back again in another week to celebrate our anniversary!3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server was extremely congenial,Our server was extremely congenial, and he knew his wines and liquors backwards and forwards. The owner, Kelly, was around as usual, and that is a good thing. I love this place, as often as I can ask friends to meet me there. My only problem is that I like their bread and mussels so much that I don't venture as much as I should around the menu. When I do, it is excellent, and I believe they have a new me nu now.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first time toThis was our first time to visit this restaurant. It was recommended by a friend and I'm glad she told us about it. We loved everything about the meal from the beginning to the end. If you are looking to try a different restaurant, this would be the place.2/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT FIND!Our group had an excellent meal at Mecenat. We ordered a variety of appetizers and entrees. We enjoyed the swordfish, hamburger, spinach salad, quesadillas, several different bruschettas and other items. Everything was superb and well-prepared. The spinach salad is out of this world. The wait staff was knowledgeable and pleasant. Impressive wine list although prices are a bit high. We tried 5 different desserts. All excellent. Mecenat is a real find.2/19/2013 12:00:00 AM