Hemmingway's Bistro

4.6
577 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 577 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

So happy to have a safe date night out. Heaters in tent were great, wonderful service and good overall experience.

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vipKatherineR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Managed to adhere to all of the current dining restrictions and still provide a really nice and attentive experience

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BobChico
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As gave many cafes, Hemmingway's has had to move outside -- onto the patio and even onto Oak Park Avenue (where we were seated!). On a warm, buoyant evening, they pulled to off beautifully. Excellent entrees as always, a vin de maison to match, and a superb raspberry souffle to finish. A gem of near-west suburbia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, especially for the price. Excellent service.

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vipJonathanS
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

As always the service and food were excellent. The inside of the restaurant is very nice but with covid They can only serve outside. They have done the best they can in front of the building but there are other restaurants that have regular outside areas that are nicer.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed being at this restaurant. Perfect for a date.

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vipMatsi
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch this time. We also decided to eat just the appetizers along with their delicious mushroom soup. Their wine list is mainly French but they also have some American wines. This time I didn't get their creme brulee for dessert, which I love. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. I love the cozy feel of this bistro.

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vipfoodie
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was 3 of my friends and we live downtown. We went on Open Table as we were looking for a place for lunch when we were leaving the Monet gardens in Garfield Park and found your restaurant. It was great and we will return.

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vipPamK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely early dinner with friends who live in Oak Park.

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vipMARTY
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had 6 o’clock reservations and were seated at 5:55p.m. Not very busy and we sat outside. THERE WAS ‘“NOT 6 FEET OF SEPARATION BETWEEN EACH TABLE”!! . We did not get our main course until 7:40. I ordered a NEW YORK STEAK. IT WAS TOUGH AS NAILS AND GRIZZLY. We had escargots as an appetizer, and they had very little taste. So for the three of us it was $75.oo per person and most definitely not worth it. We had a very nice waiter but he was incredibly slow.
When I made the reservations I asked if we would be able to get the lobster dinner, I was assured we would. So when we got there , we were told that it was not on the menu anymore. Yet two weeks prior when I had made the reservations we were told they would have it. Overall a very very dissatisfied meal and evening!!@

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vipGratefulFoodie
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the experience. The only disappointment was that a few items on the OpenTable menu were not on the restaurant's menu, given that I chose the restaurant because of these items (mussels). In all, the ambiance, service, and food outweighed any disappointments.

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vipalanh
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s favorite restaurant. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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MargaretO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food great service

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vipAnneL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

we had to track down a waiter, but once we did the service was great and food deliscious.

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frans
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemingway’s remains one of my favorite places in the neighborhood. Amazing martinis, love the goat cheese salad and always a good fish when we want something more filling. The seating on the patio area is great!

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vipNone
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was painfully slow. It took 20 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge our table. Food was meh.

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vipFoleyD608
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Frankly, the Manhattan was not great; and the portion of lamb chops were very small. And, the server did not bring the right side dishes (I subbed). We like the restaurant and will return, of course.

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vipDiana
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quaint restaurant. We have been there many times. Good fish, wine selection and great soufflés. Highly recommend for special occasion. A bit expensive for everyday dining but we go mainly because we find it charming and have always had good food.

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vipNYEatMezeJustOkay
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great oysters.. service attentive. Wish more people were in ..we were the only ones.

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SandraP
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

For fine dining, should be remodeled feels very antiquated & dirty carpet. Old fake flowers in back room & bathrooms, both men & women’s are very dirty & need to be cleaner. Modern, & use paper towels. I had to use toilet paper to open door.
Food was overpriced. & wine is very pricey. But it doesn’t feel like a high end restaurant so the price doesn’t match the ambiance & service. Downtown prices but no atmosphere.

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Mpat
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemingway’s is a lovely restaurant located in the Write Inn in OakPark, IL.
It is small, intimate and very charming. The food and wine is paired well.
Fresh delicious dishes are served for lunch, brunch and dinner.
Hemingway’s is not over done; it is simply charming and delicious.

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WILLIAMD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Saturday Brunch/Lunch. The food was expertly prepared and delicious. Our server was excellent.

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vipCarolynB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. As always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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
8 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!

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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
61 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.

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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!

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vipDeniseT
Richmond
24 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
9 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!

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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.

FAQs

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

Hemmingway's Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 577 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.