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Hemmingway's Bistro, Oak Park, IL

Hemmingway's Bistro

4.7
4.7
1132 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
At Hemmingway's Bistro the menu combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients.
The daily specials reflect the chef's love for fresh seafood. Using mostly East-coast seafood flown in from Boston daily, the chef creates dishes like wild mushroom-crusted halibut on horseradish whipped potatoes and roasted sea bass on Caussoulet beans.
There is also a Parisian seafood bar offering towers of Plateau de Fruit de Mer with fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, and lobster.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (708) 524-0806
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Christopher C Ala
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Park
  • Cross street
    Lake and Oak Park Ave
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Green Line on Oak Park Ave
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • $2 FRESH OYSTERS

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM,Sat - 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join us MONDAY - FRIDAY, at HEMMINGWAY'S BISTRO, for our Oyster Bar Special from 2:30PM - 5:30PM Enjoy $2 fresh oysters available alongside our daily fresh Seafood Lunch and Dinner Menus!

  • $5 OFF ALL COCKTAILS

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    $5 OFF ALL COCKTAILS, WEEKDAYS, 2:30 - 5:30PM

What 1,132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Near West

    Best Overall

  • Near West

    Best Food

  • Near West

    Best Service

  • Near West

    Best Ambiance

  • Near West

    Great for brunch

  • Near West

    Good for business meals

  • Near West

    Great for fine wines

  • Near West

    Romantic

  • Near West

    Good for special occasions

1,132 Reviews
  1. StacyK

    New York City

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our second visit. Staff is always lovely and gracious. Took leftovers home.

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  2. robinm

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is first time I’ve been disappointed. Perhaps staffing issue however very disappointed as I had out of town guest.

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  3. Stella

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top restaurant in Oak Park. Excellent in every way and a pleasure of linger over your meal where you can enjoy a conversation.

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  4. luv2dine

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I thoroughly enjoyed Hemmingway's. The food was excellent as well asa the drinks. We had shrimp scampi,white fish and steak frites. All were very tasty and generous portions. The service was great despite the crowd. Loved the atmosphere. Felt like I was actually in a Paris Bistro. Will definitelycome again

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  5. peterg

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been dining at Hemingway’s Bistro for literally decades. The food is well thought out and expertly presented. It’s a friendly local restaurant and I am never disappointed. Kate was our server. She is excellent with a quick wit and great customer service.

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  6. AnnG

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A charming little dining room. The bread was excellent. Our server was very nice. Ordered a dessert that took 35 minutes to prepare when we ordered our meals, so it would come directly after our entrees, as we were going to a play after dinner. We let our server know that. Salad wasn't very flavorful. We both had fish entrees. Good, but not exceptional. Once our entrees were cleared away, our server told us dessert would be out in about eight minutes. We waited another 25-30 minutes. The dessert for which we waited (a souffle) was fine but didn't knock our socks off. The cream that was served with my coffee had turned. Between that and the dessert delay, I would have expected dessert to be comped, but it wasn't. Not likely to go back.

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  7. BartsTastes

    Naples

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The decor is attractive the service attentive , Two of us had the scallops which were outstanding, but the 2 of us that had the beef Wellington were disappointed. The pastry was soggy, the druxelle tasteless and the beef overcooked. (likely pre-cooked and then reheated.) All the reasons that make a beef Wellington magnificent were missing.

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  8. Gettyvisitor

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The picture advertised on this website for this restaurant shows the picture of "Fruit de Mer," but this dish is not available for order. It is deceiving as we went there to order this seafood platter. So disappointing. The service is awesome, and the waiter deserves the credit.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely little place that will impress your parents and out-of-towners. Cozy feel, incredible seasonal menus, and a desert menu not to miss. It can get kind of loud during busy hours because it's a small space, but if you time it right, you'll get an intimate fine-dining experience that exceeds expectations!

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  10. Lola

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a nice meal. French onion soup outstanding

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  11. xmas

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding martinis, food and service. Will be back soon.

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  12. Aycso

    Chicago

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hemingway's Bistro has become our go to for good food, excellent service and ambiance that makes us want to return before we complete our meal Hemingway's remains a neighborhood gem.

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  13. FitFoodie

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday brunch at Hemingway Bistro was a great way to prepare for our FLW Studio and Home tour. We ordered off the menu and enjoyed our selections...crepes and crab cakes. Our server was most helpful with neighborhood tips and the restaurant and food were very instagrammable ;)

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  14. rocarol

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of our favorite spots. We go for special occasions or on the spur of the moment. This time was the latter. The restaurant was nearly full when we arrived. We started with an excellent French 77 cocktail. The special butternut squash soup was velvety and full of flavor. The French onion soup is a classic. The cassoulet had all the hallmarks of comfort food. The meat was perfectly cooked and the beans creamy. The perfect bite. The rabbit ragout had a creamy mushroom sauce reminiscent of a stroganoff. The perfect ending to the meal—profiteroles.

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  15. Psyched

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Sunday Brunch. Highly recommended. Food is always outstanding, music delightful, and ambiance A+. This is my favorite restaurant of all time.

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  16. AnneO

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxing, comfortable, great service, delisious food

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  17. Theresa

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was wonderful. My only complaint was that it was very warm in the restaurant and that the table are really close together. It makes it hard to get in and out to go and visit the buffet table for brunch.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hemingway Bistro has a list of French favorites all cooked perfectly. The duck was superb. The wine we chose was excellent.

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  19. RobertC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    For over 20 years this has been one of my favorite French venues and my absolute favorite Oak Park restaurant, that’s what makes this review so difficult. Unfortunately the restaurant put a child in charge of the host stand, our experience was unbelievably rude and childlike, she literally told us to go sit down when we asked about our reservation. Someone should take the time to explain to this young lady what it takes to be successful in the hospitality industry. I will not be back…..

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  20. AliceR

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner at Hemingway’s Bistro! Many thanks for the excellent service and food!!

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  21. Perl

    Chicago

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    All our dishes were outstanding. Beautifully prepared classic bistro cuisine.

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  22. rocarol

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a birthday celebration. Started with a French 77 cocktail followed by the mushroom soup special. The beef Wellington is one of my husband’s favorites. It did not disappoint. The special raspberry soufflé was the perfect finish. Thanks Axel for taking such good care of us.

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  23. Kbug

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a delightful little bistro that could be so much more than it is. The food is well flavored - the whitefish entree and lobster salad were good, but the mussels were small and many of them were not fully opened enough for us to be comfortable eating them. There was a LOT of sauce - almost too much, was more like a soup than a sauce. The bread is good, but should be served warm. Last, while the service was pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly, the pace was unreasonably, annoyingly, ridiculously slow. We waited a full hour between our appetizers and the main course, then another 30 minutes for the souffle, which we had - by that point - ordered two hours before!! I appreciate unrushed meals as much as anyone, but we were at the table for >3 hours for one appetizer, one entree and a shared dessert. That's too long.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was great. Allowed us to have conversation but also was there when we needed to order.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience! The food and wine, service too, was amazing. So much fun.

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  26. KevinN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mia and the wait staff were so terrific! Their recommendations were on point and the food was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend the dining experience here!

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  27. BessC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food and service are always good. The ambience is cozy and it's never been too loud. If you are looking for authentic French food in Oak Park, this is it!

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  28. SeniorOperaAttendee

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday brunch with live jazz music. Entree plus generous buffet. A glass of champagne. All included. Other drinks extra. Outstanding value for a very special occasion.

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  29. PaulR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner at Hemingway’s Bistro. It’s simple, elegant, and romantic. The food was hot, fresh, and delicious. We will be back.

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  30. MichaelP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met my expectations and truly enjoyed the atmosphere, food and fond memories of previous tomes we dined here!

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  31. MarkfromOakPark

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife had the red snapper (a special) and I had the seared scallops. We started with an endive salad. Had several reasonably-priced wines by the glass. All first rate. Hemmingway's never disappoints.

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  32. PaulY

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, food was excellent, service was great and the place is a true neighborhood gem and I highly recommend it!

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  33. Lisl

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such good ambiance for Valentine’s day! Live jazz, nixe lighting, flowers and candles. Butternut swash ravioli was a bit oily but everything else was great. Great for date night.

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  34. Coco

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service at Hemingway's is always wonderful. Onion soup is always outstanding! My husband's steak was excellent. Chicken pot pie was under salted and sort of flavorless. Everything could have been about half the size. Lovely setting, but tables are very close together. On Valentine's Day, the crowded atmosphere was a little overwhelming. I have had better food at Hemingway's on many occasions, so I will still go there and recommend it to friends.

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  35. ceez

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was great. Food was ok but not great, especially for the price.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crepes and quiche were delicious. Our server was professional and available throughout lunch. Lovely bistro setting.

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  37. FranciscoV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Food was Delicious & wonderfully French We had the French Onion & Mushroom Soup and they were outstanding !! My Duck was Cooked Perfectly & my Wife Loved the Butternut Squash Ravioli !! BUT, the STAR of the Meal was my Mango Vanilla Soufflé, just Fantastic & my Wife had a Delicious Crème Brûlée !! We will try the Brunch next, with the Grandchildren !! Thank You

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  38. Otto

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My partner and I look young for our age and we were asked if we planned to order any other food after initially ordering an appetizer - clearly insinuating if we can even afford to spend more (this was later reinforced when the waiter kept advising what the prices were.) That was rectified later when I asked for an alcoholic beverage half way through dinner and the waiter asked for our ID and saw our actual age - then immediately looked apologetic for the sass they gave earlier on where they insinuated if we could afford the meal. - we tipped 20% still and we spent $163 after tip and tax - nothing crazy, but also by no means "cheapskates." This is Oak Park, we can afford the meal and we've never received this type of service at previous French restaurants in the Chicagoland area. There were no candles lighting the restaurant, like other intimate French restaurants in the area. I'd recommend at least dimming the lights more and lighting with candles, since they were going for intimate setting, but clearly failed at it with cheap Christmas lights. Our waiter couldn't even speak French, which if I'm going for a "proper" French restaurant, at least hire staff who can speak French. The food was good, but the experience was mediocre at best. Would recommend Bistro Campagne or Mon Ami Gabi for the same price, same great quality of food, but way better experience.

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  39. Luv2eat

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday brunch is always a nice break and the jazz is wonderful. The crepes au gratin were outstanding as always. Unfortunately the sweets were a little disappointing. The brownies were amazing but the cakes were dry and nothing special. The temperature was challenging as it is still winter but the tables in front of the windows were incredibly hot with the sun beaming in.

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  40. JimO

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Impeccable service and wonderful food.

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FAQs

Hemmingway's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 524-0806.

Hemmingway's Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Hemmingway's Bistro

211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lake and Oak Park Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Park
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Green Line on Oak Park Ave
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Christopher C Ala
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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