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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4.6
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vipCarolynB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. As always!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great, specials were fantastic, we will be back!

JP
vipJP007
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After all these years, it has still not lost it's charm and great food.

KM
vipKarleeM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for. Relaxing lunch. Food and wine are awesome.

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dinnerfor2
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It's not really worth the hype, too noisy and tables are way to close together, it's very difficult to have a personal conversation with having to raise your voice over the the table next to you .

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vipPhilM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the restaurant to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Excellent food, drinks, and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was knowledgeable, cordial, and engaging . The food was wonderful—delicious and well-presented. Hemmingway’s Bistro is one of our favorite local places.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff are what makes this a great experience!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special birthday celebration. Delicious food and attentive but not overly attentive service.

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vipDktenor
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Hemmingway's Bistro. There were 8 of us and we were very well taken care of. The server even split the bill for the couples AFTER he had presented the bill!

The food was excellent, everyone enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was pleasant. The service was friendly and just right. French restaurant w excellent seafood options. Definitely would go back.

CN
CynthiaN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The end of Valentine weekend was so sweet here. Great food, a beautiful room and attentive staff - perfect!

DT
vipDeniseT
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Hemingway's Bistro was celebrating the Valentine holiday weekend with at least two
seatings on Saturday night. My husband and I both enjoyed entrees from their special
Valentine menu. Our waiter, though very helpful and considerate, was quite busy. The
dessert special was disappointing, but nicely presented. We like this restaurant and will
have have dinner there again when it's not as crowded.

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vipCarolV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hosted a small baby shower at Hemmingways and had
a wonderful experience. It was easy to communicate ahead of the event and everything was set up as we had discussed. The food and service was exceptional. I would definitely host another event at Hemmingways!

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WilliamL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, try the Whitefish, as was the service!

JR
JamesR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Bright and cheery (in daylight). Love getting warm fresh bread; sets the bar for everything to follow!

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LoriD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places. Food and service are excellent, and ambience makes me feel like I'm in Paris... especially when we're seated near the front window area.

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vipMarkfromOakPark
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an excellent Valentine's day dinner there. I had the seafood strudel, and my wife had the shortribs en croute. Both were quite outstanding. The crab cake appetizer was also excellent. Good selections of wines by the glass.

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MusicalFan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious, authentically prepared French food, locally sourced when possible. Free dessert for my mom for a special birthday celebration.

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ThomasS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. A charming atmosphere,.xcellent service. and exceptional food. We started with the mussels, then had the wilted spinach salad for two which is prepared at the table. We couldn't get past the appetizer section and each got an additional appetizer as our entrée. My wife got the crab cake and I got the salmon on a potato pancake with horseradish sauce. We left very satisfied and content.

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vipDktenor
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on Super Bowl Sunday. The place was empty. It was our anniversary.

Service was very attentive. The food was excellent.

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the jazz musicians. If you want to talk and hear the music request a table at the back of the restaurant. We did and were glad.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Food was truly not that tasty at all. Disappointed.
Their bread was sooo old and just warmed up. I just don’t like when places call themselves French bistro but really very far from it.

JB
JosephB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food for a great price. I will most definitely go again.

RF
vipRachaelF
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great comfort food!

JB
JeffB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Except for the noise level, it was a great experience and I will come back again!

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vipguyinchicago
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I have written several five star reviews of this place and am a regular customer, so it is with reluctance that I file a mediocre review. I came for lunch, by myself, during their Sunday brunch but ordered from the breakfast menu. The waitress appeared to be new and inexperienced, did not greet me or ask me if I wanted anything to drink (not even coffee!), but simply asked if I wanted anything to eat. The order (scrambled eggs with salmon and toast) came with one tiny, sad looking piece of toast. I asked the waitress why -- after all, even the greasiest spoon diner will provide two pieces of bread! She checked with the chef and said that no one ever eats the second piece so they stopped providing it. They will give me a second piece on special request (though they did not ask ahead of time whether I wanted one or two). The lack of service and attention to detail is unusual for this place -- probably should not have gone during their brunch. But it was a bad enough experience to report.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.

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LizY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice French restaurant with unique wine list for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Super fresh ingredients and perfect vinaigrette on the salads. Attentive, professional service in a bright, warm atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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ChuckS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot for a business lunch, food and service was just right. Not too crowded and quality place.

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OPFoodie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An undervalued treasure in Oak Park, I'll be back again shortly.

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vipDeniseT
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a delightful dinner at Hemmingway's Bistro. On a wintery evening mid-week Hemmingway's staff offered us a choice of enticing entrees, a sophisticated wine list and top-quality service. The space is not large but it doesn't feel crowded. We will certainly return to this restaurant soon. It looks like they have a tempting jazz brunch.

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johnb
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience, as we usually do, when we came here to celebrate my wife's birthday. Service was excellent--our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly.

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vipMissy
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took advantage of the lobster special ... it was wonderful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great music! Overall great ambiance

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent service and outstanding meals. We average about 5-6 times of year to have an appointment We thoroughly enjoy each time- meal & staff!!

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PaulaW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met my husband's brother and his wife there for a post-holiday luncheon. It is a warm and welcoming room with a traditional French bistro menu. My cassoulet, the Monday lunch special, was delicious and there was more then enough left for my lunch the next day. My husband enjoyed his steak frites, my sister-in-law her crepe, and my brother-in-law his scallops. We had been here years ago, but it is a long drive from our home, and we had forgotten about it. That won't happen again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and presentation!

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BobChico
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb preparation every time. The waiter and chef put together a special plate for our picky vegetarian daughter. Excellent wine list. The room has character all its own, and can feel in any season like a set from a 1950 movie; one expects to glance over and see Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly at the next table, where they would also be eating well, lingering, their privacy uncompromised.

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SueP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Always dine there when I come to Oak Park

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