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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Oxford
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House is THE place in Chicago for seafood! Fresh fish and shellfish dominate the menu. My husband and I started with oysters on the half shell and clam chowder--both were outstanding! We chose the pan fried walleye pike for our main course, and it was absolutely delicious! Unfortunately, we did not save room for dessert. Hugo's is a great restaurant. We will definitely return!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was not worth the cost. The chicken was dry and super small portion and the three lamb chops were totally burnt on one side and not worth the cost at all. Allow pie served cold with ice cream?? So many great fish and steak places ...Hugo’s seems to have lost its luster.

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite restaurants!

n
New England
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had. Recommended by a friend. Our server was Art and he was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. He had support from about three other people (servers, water, clean up). All were very friendly.

My wife and I started with bookbinder soup and house salad. Both were outstanding. We split the W.R. Chicago Cut Rib Eye. Just what you expect from a fine restaurant. Very very tender and tasty. We had a side of brussel sprouts - as good as they get.

We wanted to split a desert and ordered their Muddy Bottom Pie. It was out of this world, but big enough for six people easily so we left a lot of it there.

Overall a perfect dinner experience. And with a bottle of wine the bill (only) came to $145 before tip. Can’t wait to go back.

CF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating an anniversary with family and was pleasantly surprised to start off with a complimentary glass of Prosecco! The overall service, as usual, was second to none. The steaks were top notch but the whitefish was bland, slightly overcooked and would not be something we would recommend. But on the whole, the experience was great and a night at Hugo’s / Gibson’s never disappoints.

FF
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Consistently delicious. Could not imagine better service, thanks to Montrose, Art, Harry. Priscilla to greet you. Adam, manager.
It’s a treat to watch the staff serve with precision & excellence.

l
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

busy as usual...this was our 5th time to hugos...everything was going well except for the waiter who has been there for a long time had an attitude...he wanted to take our order as soon as we sat down.. when we politely said no we wanted to relax for a bit... we were then ignored for 20 minutes...not a professional job at all...there was no reason for this guy to cop an attitude other than he was busy making a ton of money in tips...not so much from our table though...hopefully a one off experience...after working hard all week you expect to get great service and no attitude at such a fine restaurant...just proves how one guy can blow the whole night for everyone...

A
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How have we not known about this restaurant before this past visit to Chicago? We always try to find a restaurant within walking distance from our north end of Michigan Ave hotel when we visit Chicago for a weekend getaway. Hugo's is only two blocks from The Drake and I'm not sure how we'd never noticed it before. I will say with complete honesty, this is the best restaurant we have ever had the pleasure of dining in, in Chicago. Service was attentive, and top notch. Our waiter thought of our every desire before we could think of it ourselves. Although the restaurant was very busy, he made us feel like we were his only customers. Portions are very large. To be honest, we over ordered for the two of us. We started with the calamari, which could have easily served a party of 4 or more. We moved on to the main course, where I had bay scallops that are only available a few weeks of the year. I have a specific intolerance that requires me to slightly picky when selecting a dish - to make sure it isn't an ingredient in my food. It was between the scallops and a walleye dish, as to whether the chef could leave out the certain ingredient. Our waiter was so helpful, explaining he'd have to discuss with chef as to whether it could be left out and would that leave me with a bland tasting dish. So I told him to surprise me. Pick which ever one chef thought would work best. He seemed so exited to surprise me! My husband had the seared tuna, but was also interested in the frog legs, a Hugo's specialty. Our waiter suggested he make a small side order of the frog legs, so that he could have the best of both worlds. Perfect choice. He loved both! We picked the twice baked potato and the grilled asparagus for sides- both shareable. To be honest, neither of us have ever seen a baked potato this big. It was like radioactive steroid sized! We couldn't even begin to finish it. It could have fed 4 as a side. The asparagus was perfectly done. For dessert, we shared their pecan pie -huge!

M
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a great experience, aside from the table behind us having a toddler yelling behind us..

food was amazing! Service was amazing! Our waiter was above and beyond!

OT
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Ron made our dining experience very enjoyable.
The food was wonderful. The crab cakes were two generous portions and delicious. The walleye was very tasty and the blackened swordfish was excellent . I ordered the cheeseburger and fries made with Gibson beef. It was , as always cooked to perfection! The firecracker shrimp was our starter and packs a punch as one would expect. Clam chowder also a delicious addition. After everything we were too full for dessert but I would strongly suggest to save room for them. They looked amazing!

OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and spectacular service as always.

k
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Rushed service, courses came on top of each other. Calamari was what you would expect in a fast food restaurant-can bet it was purchased pre-breaded frozen, was small, tough rings-we sent it back. Beautiful sea bass was delivered on a bed of half-cooked peas....very poor choice for such a beautiful and expensive piece of fish. To compensate, head waiter sent a complimentary dessert to the table-not something we would of chosen -we did not eat. Would have thought you could have your own choice of dessert to enjoy. We have visited this establishment numerous times over the last 20+ years and feel it has really gone downhill in respect to service and quality of Chef. We will not visit again. Too many good restaurants in Chicago

E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early and even though then house was packed we were seated in a timely manor. The food and experience were above and beyond as always with the Gibson’s family. There might be a lot of new competition these days but Gibson’s restaurants remain the Gold Standard for fine dining in Chicago as a classic.

L
Philadelphia
281 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Saturday night can be a mad house, but the staff always rises to the occasion. Our guests were 90 minutes late due to confusion on the time and an accident on Lake Shore Drive, so two of us had a long wait. We were given a table in the bar area for sometime and even complimentary appetizers. The food is always good, and the service attentive.

BP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was very crowded when we arrived for our 8:30 reservation. We were told they were running about 20 minutes behind but at 9:30 we still were not seated. We were able to sit at tables at the bar and order drinks. The waitstaff could not have been more apologetic and they comped us several appetizers for our wait. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was very festive. I would definitely go back!

JD
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always try to dine at Hugo's at least once during our annual November trip to Chicago. This year was as good as always! The bone-in ribeye was excellent. I am glad we split the twice baked potato because it was almost as large as a football. Our waiter Simon was fantastic! We will be back next year!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not impressive at all. The food was so so and services were primitive.

EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great restaurant! We especially enjoyed the calamari appetizer and the bookbinder soup!

RS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food!! We love this establishment, the food is always amazing.

OT
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

food and service outstanding. 8pm reservations for 2 turned into 8:45 seating. Staff was apologetic and did give us a free appetizer. overall very good experience. the crab cakes awesome and the steak
(Australian ribeye) fantastic. Yes we will be back

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful service and fantastic food! A Chicago must!

F
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I'm a fan of Gibsons and Hugo's, but this time was a disaster. At the moment the hostess brought us to our table, the bus boy ran in front of us and blocked our way to sit down. He was in such a hurry to clear up the other two settings that he gave no regard for the fact that we were standing there waiting. The waitress who was so consumed with her speech about the food was oblivious to the fact that I asked two questions while she was talking. Needless to say, she ignored the questions and went on to ask what we would like. We ordered at that point. I ordered a saled along with an entree along with my wife. The bus boy brought the saled and within 2 minutes of receiving the saled, another server brought the 2 entrees. The waitress then stopped over and asked if everything was alright knowing full well I was still eating my saled. I told her to take the entrees away until I finished my saled. She did so with a huff and a puff as if it was my fault. During the entire meal, the bus boy stook over our booth and no sooner than I put the fork down, he would stick his arm across the table to clear plates. The bus boy was so close during the entire meal it felt like he was sitting next to me in the booth. i don't usually wright bad reviews like this, but a little attention and training might stop this experience from happening to other customers

4
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good for my guests however, the sea bass was tiny and the accompanying peas and mushrooms were a laughable portion.Waiter seemed to think that was correct portion. Don’t throw your money away.

k
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu choices and excellent service!

K
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent super fresh seafood. Well prepared. Great service and good prices.

PA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely best restaurant in Chicago hands down!!! Food was perfect !! And the service was amazing !!! It was so good we are Going back again tonight !!!

b
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cake in the city! We go to Hugo's happy hour quite frequently.

JA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server Omar was the best. Food and drinks were great but it was all about the service. They don't like to give out their names but I insisted and Omar reluctantly obliged.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We waited 45 minutes even though we had a reservation. The food was great though and they did comp out appetizers. Don’t go here if you need to get to a show or other appointment

n
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top seafood restaurants in Chicago. The food is fresh, the atmosphere is conducive to conversation, and the staff is helpful and attentive.

G
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent everything but noise level deafening.

LP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bob our waiter was amazing; great experience!

GB
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great menu choice but a little underwhelmed by the food particularity the under seared fillet steak on the bone which was also cold.

t
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was good but the walleye is amazing.

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hugo’s is one of our favorite restaurants. The location in the Rush Street area is great for watching people and enjoying Chicago nightlife. The food is very good and the wait staff are very attentive to the needs of their customers.

EH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was our second trip to the restaurant. Overall the service was excellent and we enjoyed the ambience. However, my food was just barely warm. I had the blackened swordfish, which was delicious, but it was only warm and several of the sides were also only warm. Given the price one would expect that the food really should come out warmer than it was. Excellent seafood and salads.

MR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We attended Hugo's on a Friday evening at 5:30p with a party of 7 and found the service to be slow and our server was not as attentive as we would have thought given the prices of the entres. The seared tuna was very good as were the steak sliders. However we found the overall experience and value did not match the overall price of the dinner. I will make reservations at another restaurant in the Rush Street area next time.

CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was very good. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. We had 5:00 reservations so I was quite surprised that when it came to ordering Creme Brûlée for dessert they were already out of it - at 7:00 on a Saturday???

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