Hemmingway's Bistro

4.6
351 reviews
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Bistro
At Hemmingway's Bistro the menu combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients. Each day there is a Plat du Jour featuring such staples as Coq au Vin, Caussoulet Toulousain, Bouillabaisse, Beef Wellington and Duck al' Orange.
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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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the Eurepean ambiance. A great place to converse with friends over a wonderful meal.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely family celebration for my mom's birthday. Everything was perfect.
Our server was fabulous!

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Duck over cooked and server initiated sending back to have cooked appropriately. Second time was better but still a bit tough. Fish special was also a bot over cooked. Service impeccable.

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PO
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening—wonderful service and excellent dinner!

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B
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable dinner here. The Maine Lobster special sprice was enticing, but we felt it was overdone, for tail meat was on the tough side. Everything else was great!

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MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Incredibly beautiful atmosphere and terrific service. Food was very good, and we'll definitely be back.

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CB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Hemmingways, and Tom is always the ultimate professional!

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r
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, nice wine list. A real find in Oak Park just down the street from Hemingway's Birthplace Museum.

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OT
Chicago
170 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. Came for the lobster special. Just wonderful. Had the foie gras. Fantastic. Love this place! Could not have been better.

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HB
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I tried this place for the first time. The service was incredible, the food was AMAZING and the atmosphere was just what we were looking for (a place quiet enough to talk to each other). We will absolutely be returning and would highly recommend!

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SJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there. Love the atmosphere, service and food. It's my go to for lunch with friends.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cuisine and service! Also, excellent jazz duo!

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n
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We had heard a lot about Hemingway's Bistro and its survived in Oak Park for at least 10 years, probably longer. We dined there many years ago and at that time we were disappointed. Since then we've heard good things about it and thought we would give it another try. After all, every restaurant has good and bad days. The ambiance is very pleasant reminding one of a European bistro and the menu is very French bistro oriented. However, the food was mediocre lacking in flavor. It also seemed to have been sitting for a while because it was not at proper temperature. Overall, we both agreed that the restaurant did not live up to the hype.

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G
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Expensive with small portions

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and amazing food. We will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress and service was outstanding. Nice ambiance and great food

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DS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hemmingway’s Bistro is always excellent. The food is superb and the service is cordial and professional. The best restaurant in Oak Park!

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PO
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening with amazing food and superior service. Thanks for the wine recommendation.

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WM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always one of my favorite dining spots and again it didn’t disappoint.

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D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I like the atmosphere but having been there a couple of other times in the last year, it would be nice to see a some different or seasonal menu items added from time to time.

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing and reasonably priced!!! I’ll definitely be back.

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a
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The best and freshest Blue Points we had apps were shareable mains were very good deserts were innovative and plentiful we will go back

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OT
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to Hemmingway's for breakfast, lunch or dinner is always a good eating menu. Have been here 6 times in last couple of months as we love taking an afternoon lunch or dinner. On top of the quality of food is really great service every time- from the 'two' Tom's (one morning- second in afternoon) and Frank. We are looking perhaps to a family gathering later this year and really enjoy all the services/quality that would be provided.

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M
Chicago
117 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Server took forever to speak to us. Way too long. It hurt our enjoyment of the meal.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome vibe and place. The service is really good and the food is top notch. Nice touch with the live jazz during Sunday brunch. Definitely coming back soon.

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MS
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the food was excellent and the service was great! The halibut special was delicious and the escargot starter was wonderful as well. There were also several excellent wines.

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G
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Hemmingway’s— and always wonder why we don’t go more often. As usual, our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Our entrees were really good. And, our shared chocolate mousse great as always.

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is terrific, service professional, and the ambiance beautiful! We love this restaurant.

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LL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for 3. I requested a quiet table as one of the guests has a hearing problem and noted that is was a birthday celebration.
We were seated immediately in a quiet part of the dining room. The hostess even turned down the piped in music.
The service was great and even though we were full, the waiter brought a creme brulee with a lighted candle. Perfect.
It was a very nice evening.

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KB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch. There was a nice selection of interesting menu selections. Everything we ordered was very tasty and the service was great.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a birthday celebration. This was our first time. Heard good reviews of this place and they are true. We enjoyed our dinner and excellent service. We also liked the fact we were not rushed at all and could enjoy our drinks and food. Will definitely be coming back.

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PB
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was early enough in the day that we did not have to deal with a mad lunch rush. The food was delicious, we didn’t expect anything less as always. Always a treat to stop in to this lovely restaurant when I pass through Chicago/Oak Park.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant so quaint and hidden.food was delicious.perfect for our anniversary/valentine.

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DN
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Lobster was over cooked and mealy. Pasta was so overdone that it was a pile of pasta goo.

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j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good overall.

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a nice place. Cute and cozy and they do some things very well (Steak Frites, desserts, good wine list.) But the menu doesn't change a lot, and some of the menu items are a miss. It's not cheap, but not horrible either. The service is hit or miss in terms of quality, but always friendly.

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NH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

OK value for money but getting over priced when compared to other local restaurants .

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day dinner out. Love the Bistro
And it’s chef owner and great staff

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JF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food wonderful waiter quiet and quaint. Soup great bread

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful service, we had a wonderful time!

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