Hey Nonny

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Located in downtown Arlington Heights, Hey Nonny offers an intimate live music experience where great music, scrumptious food, and excellent drinks deliver patrons a bit of that “Hey Nonny Nonny” carefree bliss.

Hey Nonny is comprised of two parts: a music listening room where great musicians engage with the audience, and a farm-to-table Bistro.
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TL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Limited menu , high priced for nothing special. $17 for shrimp and grits? There were 4 shrimp and no sides . Waitress did not know what kind of shrimp not was it on the menu. They said, we have the best burgers but could not tell me what kind of beef. Did not refill coffee either.
Noisy singing that was not very good, more annoying. Maybe it’s better at night. Waitress did run down the street after us because we left the credit card. Very nice of her to do so.

Hey Nonny
Responded 2 days ago

Hey there TamL! Thanks for checking out our brunch! We'll work hard on making sure our staff know the provenance of our shrimp and beef. We're sorry that you didn't love Elaine Dame's singing -- she is simply one of the best jazz standards singers in Chicago and most folks adore her. And we're happy that you appreciated that Brittany ran down the street to get you your credit. Come back soon!

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RH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their eclectic brunch choices!

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The experience was great, music was great except that it was very difficult to hear her, somehow the acoustics in the room weren’t right. Although it was enjoyable. We’ll be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant- the food is great and the vibe is awesome:)

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for Bluegrass Brunch on Saturday morning. Music was very good and not at a level so loud that you couldn't converse at the table. Brunch menu was great. Lots of choices. Would do again but might try Jazz brunch on Sunday mornings.

Hey Nonny
Responded 2 days ago

Hey csb059! Thanks for coming in for the Bluegrass Brunch and for your kind words. Definitely check out the Jazz Brunch too -- also a ton of fun.

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service....and a great show after!

DB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Limited food options but otherwise good gathering place

Hey Nonny
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for your kind words, DenB! We keep our food options limited because everything is fresh. We have no food freezer. Our limited menu allows us to make sure everything is always fresh off the delivery truck.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

GREAT venue for dinner and a concert!!!! So easy to sit down, eat and then walk next door to a concert! What a find!

CN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was decent but a little pricey. Service was slow but friendly. The venue is very intimate and fun.

Hey Nonny
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for our feedback. We have dropped a few of the prices on our menu recently and will re-evaluate on our next menu print to offer great food at a fair price. Thanks again for the feedback and your support of Hey Nonny.

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CQ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Lots of flavor and creativity in all four of our dishes.

Happy hour drinks were great.

Happy hour music was very entertaining.

Hey Nonny
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you so much for your positive review of Hey Nonny. We have worked hard to stay current on both our drink and food menu, and to improve the overall quality. Your support is noted and we will continue to keep the standards high and keep improving our food, drinks, and operations.

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DF
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time here a few months back and so tried it again. The food is fantastic - highly rec the cheese boards and calamari. The steak salad was also delicious.

Leave room for the old fashioned (or two).

Hey Nonny
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for the feedback on your experience. I agree the calamari and cheese boards are good menu items. The steak salad is one of our best sellers since updating the menu so thank you for that positive feedback. Your support and feedback is crucial to our business so thanks you for the great review.

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TJ
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Band room is awesome.

Hey Nonny
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for the positive review you gave Hey Nonny! We appreciate you noticing the band room and would agree it is a great space. We also are very happy to hear you like the food. Thanks again for taking the time to show us some love, best to you.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time having dinner and then listening to the music. Would definitely recommend. Our waiter Conner was great - friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu.

Hey Nonny
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for the positive review of your visit to Hey Nonny. It makes me so happy to hear that Connor did such a wonderful job with your group. We are happy to have him on our staff and will reward him for a job well done. Thank you so much again for your support and positive review. Best wishes to you!

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KC
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our dining experience was terrific. The food was amazing, atmosphere casual and relaxing and I cannot wait to go back!

Hey Nonny
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for the positive review. We are so happy to hear you loved the food and will continue to only improve the menu. We cannot wait to see you on your next visit to Hey Nonny!

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c
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is exceptional. Our server was very friendly. The owner went around to tables to introduce himself and make sure everything was okay. The jazz brunch was really nice and we would certainly return!

PM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, highly recommend the cheese board!! The staff was fantastic, will definitely come here again!

p
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the intimate venue. The food was delicious and the service great. We went to see Callaghan show and as I have always loved Callaghan, it was wonderful. In the small venue, it seemed so personal. I will be watching for more acts to come that we may find appealing. Callaghan is what drew us in the first time but I look forward for more to come.

BK
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live this place. Great music and a place to listen also a place to talk and have the music pleasantly in the background. Great food and service. Wonderful friendly staff! You’ll go and want to come back again!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Overall good, mix up between host and wait staff meant our server didn’t come over for 10+ minutes as she was unaware we were there! Once we asked hostess to check on server status she came right over and took orders.

DD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What is not to like? We've been here at least 7 times since they opened. Never disappointed - in food OR entertainment. We were pleasantly surprised by the new menu in our last visit. GREAT change-up.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to dinner and a show. What great atmosphere! The food and drinks were amazing. We all cleaned our plates...the food was so delicious. Great place to see live music. Staff was courteous and professional. Couldn’t have been better!

DS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burgers are great, exceptional. The chocolate pot de creme is very tasty, and rich - share with someone. Their music room is wonderful - you can hear all genres of music, and every seat is a good seat.

DB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Beat calamari ever had! Will be back.

AF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, as was the service. The sound was great at the show and I like that the restaurant was separated from the music area. I’m going again tonight!

KA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

While the food in this location was fantastic, the service was less than desirable.

Hey Nonny
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hey KAtB. Thanks for visiting Hey Nonny and we're thrilled that you enjoyed the food. We work hard to train our staff for great service and we are always trying to make it better. We'll ask privately for more details of your service issues if you'd be willing to provide them. Thanks!

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M
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Two people in our party did not like their dinner. Need better service

Hey Nonny
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hi Cheryl. Thanks very much for coming to Hey Nonny. We'll reach out to you privately to see if we can get some details about your dinner. We're always trying to improve our customer service. Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great live band performance

D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a small group to the bluegrass brunch on Saturday morning. No cover for an excellent, professional band. Volume was loud enough to enjoy, but still allowed for some conversation. The food was really excellent and the service was great. Very tasty mimosa's. A little bit on the pricey side, but good for a special outing.

H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have recently changed their menu, i think k for the better. More items that I would like to try. I had the steak and kale salad which was delicious and my husband had the chicken and brie sandwich.

WL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was very good. It is a smaller venue and very cramped. The layout could be better. As such, every time someone walked behind my table, my chair was bumped making it unpleasant to sit and eat.

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Live music was great

ID
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed a delightful Sunday Jazz Brunch. The music was first rate and the space is chic, open floor and has great acoustics. Food was yummy, albeit a bit pricey, but hey, it's brunch and there was jazz!

MH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue! The sound system is amazing and the size of the venue is perfect to see a band. Loved everything about the place: perfect size, nice location, plenty of seating, cool decor, great food, good service, excellent sound system, free parking next door, and solid value. Had a wonderful time and look forward to many more shows!

LR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The music venue is a perfectly intimate setting for Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman! We had not been here before, but will certainly return.

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service, recommend the French toast.

DX
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good but I didn't like the vibe. Too much going on in the dining room. The videos projected on the wall behind the bar in full view of diners was a visual & aural distraction. The thump of the bass coming from the live music space attached to the DR and the blast of noise that filtered in every time the door to that space was opened was not a welcome complement to our experience. Be a restaurant with appropriate, low level live dinner music in the DR or be a music venue that serves food w/o a DR. Being both doesn't work for me. Wait staff could use some polish - I can do without attempts to upsell appetizers. Still, glad to see Hey Nonny in town & hope it succeeds. I'm sure it has plenty of appeal to many.

KT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent establishment for dining, entertainment and getting together with friends. Picture on Google maps doesn’t capture how pretty the neighborhood and restaurant is. Small intimate venue for music and dining makes going to Hey Nonny a delightful experience. Highly recommend.

M
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I expected a larger brunch selection, but food was good.

Hey Nonny
Responded on September 18, 2019

Hi Marilyn! Thanks for checking out the Hey Nonny Sunday Jazz Brunch! And we're thrilled you enjoyed the experience. Your comment is a good one -- we don't offer a giant breakfast menu (nor a buffet) -- instead, we try to focus on having a few high quality things that are fun, interesting, tasty and attractive. We think that this helps make the Hey Nonny brunch a really entertaining and high quality experience. Come back soon!

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H
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for yoga, great yoga teacher, stayed for brunch. The $10 charge for yoga was applied to our brunch bill. Great food, service, and atmosphere. There was a Jazz band inside that we could still hear from the outside patio.

WW
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Hey Nonny is basically a bar serving food. Limited menu; loud ambience even when the band wasn’t playing next door and ok food. My husband’s pork chop was flavorful but mostly fat. My steak frites was rare even though I ordered medium and a little tough. (And there were two blonde hairs in the frites🥵.) Overall, stick to the burgers and sandwiches and go to hear the music not to talk to friends.

Hey Nonny
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thanks for visiting Hey Nonny, and for your comments! Hey Nonny is indeed a bar serving fun, interesting food; it has a lively atmosphere (people talking, background music). Blonde hair? Our video records show that the server who took your order was blonde, but she didn't prepare or serve the food. Nobody with blonde hair was involved in prep or service. It appears that you have blonde hair, but that can't explain it. We're reviewing our procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again.

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