Miramar
Miramar

Miramar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://miramarbistro.com/
  • Phone: (847) 433-1078
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:00am; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm Sunday Dinner: 2:00pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Gabreil Viti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Banquets and parties are welcome. Miramar features three private party rooms that can accommodate events up to 150 people or the entire restaurant can be booked for up to 300 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Philip Shanks 8474331078

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highwood Ave
  • Public Transit: Metra Train is one block from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A word from Miramar
Miramar Bistro combines the traditional French bistro with flair from Havana; from traditional Cuban sandwiches to steak frites, the menu is always fresh and seasonal. Service is friendly and thorough and the ambiance will take you back to 1920 Havana. The French doors open to the sidewalk patio and lend to al fresco dining both for lunch and dinner. Miramar also books parties and banquets up to 300 people.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Miramar reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (41)good for groups (26)special occasion (21)notable wine list (19)hot spot (19)great for outdoor dining (18)romantic (14)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent ambivalence - food was OK
    VinuVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We went here with some friends - not very crowded on a cold Monday night - the appetizers (Foie gras, escargot, salad) were excellent but the main courses were disappointing. The Dover Sole was oversalted and dry and the duck cassoulet average - more beans than meat! However the pasta was super. So a mixed review - maybe the night??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to rave about
    Cliffy
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The servers were attentive. The menu is fairly limited so hopefully you find something you like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Fun Evening
    Bjbdiner23
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We always go to Miramar with the same couple ... it's 'our' special place that all four of us enjoy. We had a wonderful meal as always. We got the special calamari appetizer that was off menu, since we know about it and are always willing to make it for us. Our favorite wine was no longer on the menu though, and the alternative recommendation was slightly disappointing. I would like to see a few additional desert choices, too. Overall, a great atmosphere, enjoyable food, and perfect service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miramar
    HLJVW
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Dinner was great. Service was really good - waiter had great personality and perfect suggestions. Nice bar to have a cocktail first before dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very good service; fresh tasty food; we always enjoy ourselves at this restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Night
    AnnJVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere! Wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun night
    HollyBVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was great and the service was even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner
    Spnllovr
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food excellent service at comfortable price - Congrats for surviving and staying awake during the channel swim
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good stuff
    HungryGuyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    What they do, they do well. I would, however, like to see a little more depth on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice casual dining experience
    Willy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nice casual dining experience. Some of the items were absolutely delicious (linguine with white clams ) and others just very good ( crepe with spinach ). Service exceptional. Honored reservation time and tried their best to provide wonderful service. In general would recommend this restaurant. Prices in the higher range.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    FranYan
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My 4th visit to Miramar and it won't be my last! Seafood was fresh and well prepared, and service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictably good
    Roger
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Has never failed us - great, simple French bistro food, always a few good specials, nice wine list and friendly, helpful staff. Perfect for a night out with friends - or even the kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They make you feel they care
    Kayab783
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was outstanding since the moment we crossed the door. Good job!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Terrific North Shore Bistro
    WexOneVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Miramar just keeps getting better. Food and service, even on a very busy Saturday night -- outstanding!! Steak frites in three options, and great roast chicken are outstanding mains, the Endive Salad and escargot apps never disappoint. Only desserts need some work. All-in-all, just outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Chesley
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Fun atmosphere and decor. Good menu, drinks, ambiance, service. My new go-to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Location
    LouMVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've been to Mirimar many time and it is always a good experience. The staff is friendly and the food just excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food with limited menu run by Gabriel Viti who has been a highly successful restauranteur. Highly recommend if you are looking for a bistro atmosphere with a casual setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and lively atmosphere
    mimiB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Best steak frite!! Wish there were better sound control - the backroom was painfully loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • basic, reliable, always a pleasure
    WilmetteBoxer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Numerous visits, seldom disappointed. You might find the roasted duck a bit dry, however, but the macaroni and cheese is good, lamb shank good, burgers too. Onion soup is a winner as is the pate plate (which should come with toast points, but the breads are good). A shame there is no unsalted butter. Attentive, friendly service, no airs. Big, robust food, not a place for savoring or for contemplation--bouncy, lively, noisy, just what it claims to be. Will certainly go back for the satisfying food and the bustle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, as usual
    JudiB
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We moved to Upper Michigan a few years ago, but make it a point to eat at Miramar whenever we're back in town. The food is perfectly prepared, and the service is impeccable. Never had anything here that wasn't wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 411 reviews are from the Miramar reviews archive.
  • Food, service and decor wonderful
    SaturdayNiteDiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The only problem was the flies. Yes flies. The doors were open because of the lovely weather and outdoor dining. We were in doors and had to swat away flies while dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuban/French
    Kiki
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Surprisingly good, very interesting menu selection. The mussels were superb and I had a lamb shank that was excellent. Interesting French/Cuban ambiance!! they need to offer Cuban coffee.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bravo
    WonderlandVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have wanted to dine at Miramar for a long time. After one visit it has become my favorite place on the North Shore. Menu and food are outstanding. Leave room for dessert as well. Ambience is old world romantic. Felt like we were in another country. Excellent wine selection. If you are a couple, ask for the table with the tall red leather chairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    TravelingLady
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Not the friendliest environment. Had reservations for two nights within 5 days of each other. Same waiter. Not one ounce of recognition. Even with reservations, I was made to feel as though they were "working us in!" Table was at front door as soon as you walked in. Both nights. Service was "standard." Food was good. Nicely presented. VERY noisy!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A bit of Paris
    Lola
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Perfect restaurant. Perfect food... Perfect atmosphere... Perfect music. Love!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoors on a beautiful day
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The comment about noise reflects outdoor dinning, inside it was very quiet. My coworker and I sat outside and were treated to a number of beautiful old cars driving past. Because the cars were different models and years I assuming it was a normal Friday afternoon and not a car rally. Food was great, service was great and I would definitely return. I haven't spent much time in Highwood but Miramar is a reason to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Winner!
    Knit1Cook2
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great energy, great atmosphere, great service, great food! On nice days, the open air concept is a hard to find treat in this area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jman
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was very poor, the food was for some dishes good and for others fair...overall the staff seemed to be too busy to really care. The price points were high for the quality we received. I doubt we would be back unless they pay greater attention to the quality of the food and the level of service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice time and good food.
    LauraJean3
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had been looking forward trying Miramar for a while, and it was a very nice time. The service was great (speedy and attentive and very high-class) and the ambiance was wonderful. You could really tell that this place has built upon its charm year after year! The food was really good. Is it the best food in Highwood? I would say it ranks up near the top, though there are a couple of other really nice places in town that compete for that title. What we had was really good - calamari for an appetizer (some of the best I've had), tomato basil gnocchi for me and lamb shank for my husband. The gnocchi was soft and pillow-y with great consistency, and the lamb shank was falling off the bone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty but pricey
    SaturdayNiteDiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was great. My husband had an appetizer that was over $26. The attention we received from the wait staff was lacking. Very loud. Which can be ok but just thought I would mention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • feels like Europe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had great food, and especially liked the bistro menu where there were different levels of pricing you could choose from. Attentive and gracious service by the waitstaff once we were seated, although upon our arrival there was no one to greet us and it felt awkward.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Desserts a must
    Paige
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had lunch this time and I find the dinner menu much more appealing, but the desserts were all outstanding and we each shared all around each dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GeffVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Great Service, Great FOOD as always.....................................................................
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun spot for dinner w/ friends
    ChrisAVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We ate @ Miramar on a Saturday night. Place was packed, very vibrant and the staff did a great job getting us seated. Food was good and Miramar made a great place for a relaxing & enjoyable evening with our friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It's always an extra special treat when the crespelle is on the menu. Everything was fabulous as usual and service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miramar - always a great decision
    LFij
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Miramar has never let me down. Food and Beverage always exceptional. Their service can not be beat, hands down the best service without being intrusive. I always leave wanting to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too greasy...
    Sonia
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    If you like real French cousin, this place is not for you. Food was too greasy, I could taste butter, but not the food itself. Nothing special...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They drive it home here
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Super efficient service, tender and delicious steak with pepper sauce, very loud and challenging for conversation but good energy and atmosphere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cost of dining out
    TVdirector
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I had expected to have difficulty locating a parking place and actually parked right outside the front door.The meal was pricey but worth it. Everyone on staff was very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service but with surpris
    XaviFoodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Cozy restaurant and very nice service. Double check what you order is what you want...the tiramisu was very strange and the duck salad was unexpected as well
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.