Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

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After years of searching far and wide for a location to open the follow-up restaurant to the highly successful Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, owners Hugo Ralli and Steve Lombardo found what they were looking for right under their noses. In February of 1997 they launched the seafood companion to the Chicago legend they had created with Gibsons and named it Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House. The restaurant is dedicated to the same principles as its predecessor, unbelievable portions, value and quality coupled with memorable service.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for a birthday dinner. Food and service were excellent. You have to try the frog legs appetizer. The only downside was our table location was a bit cramped.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

They shoved us in the back room that was stale, freezing cold and empty. It was extremely rude and ruined our dinner. The manager was not helpful and didn't seem to care.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food and Service were fantastic. Never Disappoints!

KU
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hugo's is a delight every time! Best restaurant in the city.

CM
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Crab cakes are the best in the city and Bob our server was great. Special treat to eat in the Winston Churchill office elevator! Always a a great way to go with Gibson’s or Hugos

ET
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back here one day!! Highly recommend.

MW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Hugo's has great seafood, Huge-o desserts, great ambiance, and a great location.

It *can* be crowded, especially on holiday weekends.

EH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The crowds waiting for tables were intimidating, couldn't wedge ourselves into the bar for a pre-dinner drink, but they honored our 6:30 reservation right on time. The server was as friendly and helpful as could be and steered us well on choices. Great food: oysters with a delish vinaigrette, tuna and peppers for me, and creme brulee for dessert as good as it gets. More crowded and noisy than I usually like, yet it was also a mood-lifter to be surrounded by so many people enjoying a Saturday night out. Felt like a part of a collective good time.

AG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious and great service.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service2ambience4

Everything was great, beside the fact they ran out of many items on the menu. Overall good experience!

AL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I was surprised at how dried out the crab cakes were. The crab legs were too salty to consume. The filet slider was supposed to be medium plus but arrived well done and charred. I’m almost 100% sure the Don Julio we asked for was not Don and in fact something else it burned like absolut vodka. Unfortunate. This place used to be good.

LP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

all food was bland and without seasoning. dining room was crowded, loud and freezing from front door constantly opening. server was fast and attentive.

M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love how the menu is filled with a variety of comfort foods. The best part: DESSERT

SF
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

One of the few places in Chicago to get frogs legs and they are superb.

GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food and the crab cakes are fabulous . the crab cakes are so big that you can split them with your date. the service was also great.

UB
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Hugo’s to celebrate Valentines Day (a day early). We had amazing food and fantastic service. It’s become one of our favorite spots when visiting Chicago.

m
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hugo’s is a classic place to enjoy a superb, wonderful dinner. The seafood menu was unbelievably good. Can’t believe the Dover Sole that was part of Valentines Day special, was just the best. I’m always very pleased with their food and service. Great place to spend your special occasion.

JS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service from front door to wait staff was awesome. Great place to feel welcome

Steak was great, fish was Luke warm and mediocre. If wasn’t special occasion would have sent back to kitchen. Fish has to be piping hot.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Very good food but the 14oz Filet was kind of dry on the ends. Perfect in the middle but dry on the ends and did not have great flavor. Still a good steak and great place though.

SW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine, really enjoyed the frog legs. Made my wife happy on her birthday, thanks a lot!!!

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

First, let me begin by saying the food was very good. I was on travel staying at the Waldorf Astoria and was looking for the same five star service. However, the waiter was not attentive, he spoke to a white couple sitting directly across from me for 10 minutes off and on. I could not get his attention to provide me with a box so I asked the gentleman who was busing the tables to bring me one. He did not bring me the check so I asked the manager. He spoke to the other couple about where they were from North Carolina here on vacation, they spoke about politics and who he has seen that is famous like Jesse Jackson. They spoke about the Republicans etc you get my point. He left me abruptly in the beginning while going over the menu to run over to their table to place their food on the table as it came on a tray. Most businesses go out of business not because of the food or the ambience. They go out of business because the leadership does not train the staff to provide excellent service. I left him a $5.00 tip which he did not deserve but I gave the man busing the tables $10.00 just for bringing me a "BOX" . God help us for not treating EVERYONE with the same dignity and respect. Blessings to you all. Dr. Deborah L Tillman
(Lifetime TV America's Supernanny)

FR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here last Saturday night for the first time, had to wait 25 minutes despite reservation - but they comped us a glass of wine. Service was attentive. The New England Clam Chowder was excellent . We both had planked whitefish and that was excellent as well.

JF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spot on as always. Our waiter was conscientious and helpful. We never felt rushed. It was exactly what we wanted. We had a fantastic dinner while visiting with friends. Thanks

LP
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Unfortunately it was a very crowded night and we had to wait 30 min. For our 7 pm reservations. We were seated at 7:35.

The food was great and our service very good too.

The topper was the fabulous desert!!! We enjoyed celebrating our daughters birthday and son’s graduation.

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All great!!

AF
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was dynamite and the service was outstanding! Fun environment!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our annual trip to Chicago for the Car Show.

ND
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet table, good food and cocktails

CG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, a bit pricey, but that's expected when it's a Gibson's restaurant. Great, attentive service.

RH
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Do not go here for the famed walleye. They never have it! I have called TWICE and was told it was on the menu. When I arrived both times was informed that they do not. Abruptly left the second time, and went to Shaw's and enjoyed their Lake Perch.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service

DZ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience. The drinks are also done very well. Just love this place

BT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was a birthday celebration. Five friends out for the evening at a new restaurant all of us had been to Gibson’s, but not Hugo’s. The biggest issue is that we were five people at a table for four. The placement of the table made for a somewhat uncomfortable space. Not good.

The food was excellent. We had a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts. All were beautifully prepared and delicious. Expensive, but worth it. There are a number of more reasonably priced dishes, but we didn’t choose them!

Ulysses was are server and he did a good job. Knowledgeable and accommodating.

This is a great “special occasion” spot. Will certainly return.

KH
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were amazing and offered great suggestions. Fresh seafood was fantastic

SR
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were four guys enjoying a fun and delicious dinner!
The sea bass and Seared tuna was remarkable! Service was great and we had a great evening!

S
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we visit Chicago we always go to Hugo’s!! We love everything about the place!

m
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Our waiter, Kellan, was the best! He did everything he could to make sure we had everything we needed throughout our dinner. The food was outstanding. The drinks were delicious. We cannot wait to go back!

M
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was wonderful! I highly recommend the Chilean Sea Bass and the Crab Cakes. Excellent flavor in every dish!

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome place, great food, phenomenal service.
Brandt our bartender/server is amazing. His attention to detail and overall professionalism and personality is by far five stars.
Originally from Chicago, but now in Texas and travel to Chicago a few times a year; we try to hit Hugo’s each trip.
The walleye is excellent, burgers are great and steaks are some of the best in town. Oh and the clam chowder and Bookbinders soups are very good.
All meal portions are hefty so bring an appetite.
Cocktails are a must here and they do it right. You get an old fashioned the way it should be made.

r
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food, and a nice diversity of entree options. Always my go-to when people visit.

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