Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Food, service and drinks all an A+!

m
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Love the freshness of the food. Great staff service.

PM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. I highly recommend. The prices are on the higher end, but your know that going in. Perfect place for a special occasion.

JA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The frog legs are excellent! Kyle was a great server and made the experience that much more enjoyable!

SK
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Recently made a weekend trip to Chicago with a small group of friends. We had Kellan as our waiter and he was FANTASTIC! He was by far the most personable waiter I’ve ever had and made our experience truly exceptional. Thank you, Kellan!

r
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. And Montrose is an amazing waiter.

PR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good,
However,
This was my first time dining here, and I wasn't prepared for the jumbo dessert. I would appreciate having an option of smaller serving of the desserts for parties of two.

g
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience

T
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service from Kellen! Food was very good, although the shrimp was dry-it was tasty.

OT
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I have dined here a number of times and this past time was very disappointing. My wife and I started with the mussels which we found very bland with little taste. The broth lacked flavor. I had the yellowfin tuna which was prepared perfectly. The side of asparagus was rather thin and very stringy. I had a sweet potato which was only warm not close to being hot. My wife’s steak was done perfectly but came with broccolini which was very unappealing to her as well. I can’t describe why but she did not eat it.
The waiter was friendly but we always felt rushed. I should have perhaps told him we wanted a long leisurely dinner. All in all we we a bit disappointed this time around. To many good restaurants around to go back for now.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service on another busy night at Hugo’s. Food was excellent.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible overall experience and the food was a 10/10. Frog legs are a must. Will be dining there again soon

l
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House is super festive on New Year's Eve. We had great food, thoroughly enjoying the bone -in Filet cooked perfectly at medium rare with a crusty outside. The clam chowder is creamy and excellent with chunks of succulent crab meat and red potatoes. The giant baked sweet potato was beautiful--easily providing a sufficient portion for 4 people. Our only disappointment was that the Key Lime Pie was already sold out -- so we opted out of dessert which is probably a good thing after the rich and caloric dinner!

KS
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! Simon took great care of us.

CW
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, terrific food at a great value. Great place to spend New Year's Eve!

O
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Should have been an off day. I will not consider myself as a regular but this not the first time we visited Hugo’s and our last experience was not the best from a very and “too” casual service in addition of an under cooked NY strip. Every time we visit Hugo’s we have been very satisfied and will be back.

KT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service always

D
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We had a great table and our waiter, Bob, was outstanding. Unfortunately the food disappointed. Highlights were the wedge salad and soups. Several at our table ordered fish and chips. All said it was not good. Too much breading and soggy fish. Check out Joe’s for excellent fish and chips. If we ordered any of the fresh fish offered it probably would have been better but they need to get it right for some of the more basic menu choices.

DK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

JS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Hugo’s is a favorite of our family and we visit a couple of times a year. The restaurant allowed us to change our reservation time (twice) - very accommodating. Table was a bit cramped and poorly located, but our server, Summer, was great and the food was really exceptional. We will absolutely return.

H
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We were seated in a nice booth. Service was good . Hubby and I both ordered the Hugo’s lobster tail at $69 each. We both found the tail to be a bit overdone and on the dry side. We had coleslaw for our side and it was dry and underdressed. The chowder was excellent. We did not have dessert. We were disappointed in the lobster and had expected sweet and tender.

i
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was impeccable and the ambience was festive. Keep up the good work!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting the establishment and it did not disappoint. The filet was cooked perfectly. You could cut it with a fork. The service was prompt and never left you lacking anything at any time.

JC
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are first rate. Great lobster and salmon

j
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

prompt attentive service without feeling rushed and very good food. figure on average of 45pp without apps, drinks, dessert. we will return.

EW
Lincolnshire
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great we had crab cakes and a filet. Both outstanding. Also had the bookbinders soup instead of salad. Would order it again. Our server Kellen was very friendly and gave great recommendations

MM
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The quality of the food was excellent. Crab cakes and grilled.shrimp were outstanding. The service was average and did not match the food quality.

K
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is Always very good, Service is just great & I wouldn’t change a thing. This restaurant is one of the best around, has great crab cakes & tasty Bookbinder soup
It is our favorite go to restaurant in Chicago !

R
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We were disappointed with the recent visit. Yes its holiday time, but that shouldnt be a reason for poor service. My fiance and me were given slow service and recommended ill suited parings with our cold and steamed Alaskan king crab. The brussel sprouts were dominant, dry and flavorless. To add to this, our waiter was slow to follow up on us. I almist forgot, our waiter disgussed the fresh fish options with a tray of raw fish and held it over my mink coat without any realization that he could have dripped fishy water all over it. The bathroom was to be butlered by a woman who took over all the stalls with cheap nasty products she was pushing. She gave me attitude for not going for the pink bottle of hand cream! I live the crab at this establishment but the service was disappointing this time.

GV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Dining room is very tight and the wait staff ran into our table a couple times. Also felt a little rushed. BTW - Not all lobster and filet sizes are listed on the menu.

AG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Never been in a restaurant with such a huge contrast.... Food and wine at the highest level, and service poor as in a fast-food or worse...
At the beginning they make me sit at a table with a column on one side and a lady i never met before on the other one.
Waiters are running all around, no time to follow you in a proper way and to promptly attend your demands.
Considering the prices, i would have expected a much better service quality.

TL
Tulsa
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink. 5 Bean Chowder was delicious. The Walleye Pike was fabulous. Great wine selection. Wonderful atmosphere.

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious and relaxing

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good location and fabulous service

ML
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful family birthday celebration at Hugo’s. Food & Service was fabulous!was very quiet upon arrival but got louder during our dinner.

F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and the food was excellent but a little pricey.

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Bob made our evening with his fantastic trivia!

b
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday dinner with our children and we had a delightful dinner. The food was wonderful and it was such a festive time! Thanks!

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