Hemmingway's Bistro

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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and a lovely way to celebrate our anniversary. We have been to Hemmingway's often over the past 12 years and it has always been a wonderful experience.

HC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Bistro omelette was bland. I don’t recall tasting cheese. The salt helped. Perhaps I will try out the boullaibasse next time

o
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect dining experience. We took guests & they were wowed!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm convivial atmosphere. Server was friendly, informative and fun. Food as always was amazing! Great wine. Music was a nice touch and just the right level.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and decor added to the delightful menu. Seating was a little cramped, but acceptable. Neighbors conversations were annoying when they were discourteous you loud, but ignorable.
We will look forward to our. Next visit.
Thank you Hemmingway’s!

JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemmingway’s is our go to for French Bistro food. It’s consistently good, great ambiance and very good service. Excellent wine list and very good desserts!

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Overall a decent meal but definitely not fantastic. Drinks were delicious, cheese plate was wonderful and french onion soup was great. Main course was were things went off the rails a bit. Steak Frites was ordered as medium rare but came out medium well, dry and with quite a bit of gristle. The pot pie was good but the menu should stipulate that it includes mushrooms. We took the servers recommendation on the dessert a chambord soufflé, which we were advised would take 30 minutes to prepare. So we placed that order when we placed our dinner order and asked that the server time it appropriately. Sadly our dinner plates were cleared and we waited roughly 30 minutes before we caught our server to advise that unfortunately we had to leave as we had another engagement. The server insisted on bringing the dessert which was extremely hot. We attempted to enjoy it as I signed the credit card slip and burned my tongue as a result. Subsequently we were then late to our other engagement. Really was started out wonderfully kind of ended in flames. Very disappointing but based on the other reviews I’m guessing our experience was a one-off. We will probably try again but not for a while.

j
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bread that they put out on the table is sooo good. Crusty on the outside and soft inside. I had a Seafood entree with lobster scallops shrimp asparagus and a cream sauce all wrapped up and baked in a phyllo dough. Delicious. My friend had the ever popular white fish. Hard to find too many French Restaurants now a days.

TH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was good, things got very busy and noisy, and we had to wait an extra 10 minutes for our check.

Open Table needs to correct their spelling of Hemingway’s.

JC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A wonderfully romantic spot for our anniversary celebration. The server was perfect and teh food was wonderful. All in all a great experience. We will definitely return!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent menu with lots of great choices. Everything we had was very good. I highly recommend Hemmingway's.

TD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent - dessert was decadent. The service was peerless. The price mounts up, which is the only drawback. A great restaurant for special occasions.

KM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal
And service.

W
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were shocked at the price of the brunch since the venue's web site did not indicate a brunch menu on Sundays.

C
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good brunch menu.
Friendly attentive service.
Lovely room — but quite noisy (from other diners).

KM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food is awesome. Service was off.

d
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My umpteenth visit. Never had a bad meal there. This time I tried a different salad: spinach and bacon. Prepared tableside with flaming alcohol. Showy yet the most delicious salad ever. Every other diner wanted one because of heavenly aroma! I don't think I'll ever order any other. Service is always friendly and impeccable. My favorite restaurant in Oak Park.

FF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the experience of dining at Hemingway’s Bistro. The ambience and decor is as special as the food and service is always top notch!!

FF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. We appreciated a quiet table to celebrate birthdays with out of town guests

MK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Oak Park neighborhood location. Wonderful choice of apps, entrees and desserts. We enjoyed with our friends who are "regulars." Will definitely revisit!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

To hot and the food was ok. The soufflé was burnt on top

G
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way. Table was in a very quiet place, food was delicious, waiter attentive and service timely. Will definitely be back.

M
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific Brunch with a good friend in an out of the way location in Oak Park! Excellent! Charming! Small restaurant on the first floor of the vintage White Hotel on
Oak Park Avenue. The Cold buffet had salads, cheeses, quiche, smoked salmon, vegetables as well as dessert options of creamer brûlée, bread pudding, cookies, fruit.
Each customer also gets to pick a “main” dish from a menu, including eggs, omelettes, meat options and fish.
My friend & I had the white fish and it was delicious ! You also get a glass of champagne and unlimited coffee in the set price. Great service. We will be back!

TH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was great. The food and staff were great, and the ambiance is really nice.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel most restaurant are a bit salty but here is not. Overall it is fresh and delicious. Also, service is nice. Our kids get some stickers to kill some time.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

KM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for lunch and champagne!

D
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful! Frank, our server was very attentive. Food delicious. Menu wonderful. Most of us had chicken pot pie. Group of 7 were highly pleased with choice of restaurant.

e
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kept secret in the Western Suburbs and French Cuisine for Lunch unreal. Special for sure.

FF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Charming bistro with good food and attentive, non-intrusive service from our waiter, Frank.

PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience and outstanding service. We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Hemmingway's Bistro

JA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped in for a late night dinner after an event. We shared a light meal meal of a beet salad and whitefish. It was a perfect amount and delicious.

TJ
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service in an atmosphere that recalls the traditional bistro. Great wine list as well. Bravo!

e
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelled at EVERY level, outstanding value!!

N
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Oak Park for ladies lunch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our special go to place!

t
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love getting together at Hemingway
My favorite is the Trout almondine

RC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent quiet restaurant with excellent french dishes

CL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent experience overall. Wait staff was fantastic. Food very good

SH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good service. I enjoy it every time I eat there.