About Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago
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.
**RESERVATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE PATIO**
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours of Operation:
Dining Room: 3PM-Midnight Daily
Patio: Mon-Fri 3PM-Midnight; Sat-Sun 11AM-Midnight
Bar: 3PM-2AM Daily
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking available directly in front of the restaurant. The charge is $14.00.
Accessible by elevated train (Chicago/State) and city bus (lines 36, 151)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Hugo’s Frog bar is always “hopping” and features nightly live entertainment in our piano bar. Seafood is flown in fresh from around the world & delivered to Hugo's two to three times daily. The menu also features selected cuts of Gibsons’ Prime steaks.
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago Ratings and Reviews
Great dinner event celebrating a friend's 50th. The star of the show was probably the crab cakes, but all the entrees were fabulous. We had oysters to start and the wine (Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc) was a safe and perfect accompaniment. If I had to fault the food for anything it would be the desserts. I don't understand why restaurants of this caliber persist in serving manufactured pap as a dessert - no care in the preparation or delivery. It seems that size is all that matters and everything else is pointless. I am not a chef, but my desserts are way better. The service was great, portion size was on the large side and even though the restaurant was full and popular I do feel it is over-priced for what you get.
Overall a good night. Good food and not really over or under priced for a specialty restaurant. Crab cake was really good. Personally I like Shaw’s crab bites better than Hugo’s, but they were still good - just needed something other than a creamy dip option. Chilean sea bass was wonderful, as was the sweet potato chimmichurri on my salmon. Service was on point. Would go back, but doesn’t quite make my “phenomenal dinner” list.
Had family and friends in from out of town, everyone wants to experience the Chicago Steak House environment, where better than Rush Street and Hugo's or Gibson's. As always food was excellent, staff very good, Saturday night so a lot of people and birthdays celebrated, totally met expectations. Will dine there again without hesitation. Dinner lasted 3 hours but because we were talking and having a great time, waiters did not rush us or try to flip table.
Food was very good- Our waiter was inattentive to us (very attentive to other parties)- service was not quite perfunctory but was "mailed in" I still left a good tip( I and mt wife both worked as waiters for long periods of time). However, my reaction to our treatment will be to not return to your restaurant and not recommend it to others
This is a dynamic fun restaurant. To start we had the crab cake which was delicious. Also, the clam chowder was the absolute best I have ever had. The drinks were perfect. Now the part that was disappointing. My husband and I felt like we were shoved into a very tight space very close to the kitchen and I was seemingly holding up a column that was literally touching my shoulder and obscured my view . I was unable to move feeling like I was in a tiny box. I am angry at myself for not complaining but the restaurant was packed and we were so close to other patrons ...I did not want to make a fuss . ***Also a note to the chef...the stuffed lobster was over cooked, dry and the tips of the lobster were burned black and the smell of char was so strong it made me lose my appetite ...(also an ammonia taste that I assume happens with burning the shell) so, I ate off my husband's plate. The claws were the only part of the lobster that was eatable. Also, the bone in filet we ordered med rare was well done all around the outer edges except for a couple bites close to the bone. We ate at the sister restaurant Saturday night (Gibsons Italia) and it was superb....we will stick with it....except for maybe coming back to Hugo's for drinks and appetizers at the bar.
We met work friends here for a Sunday evening dinner and we ate like royalty. Our waiter suggested apps, drinks and desserts and never steered us wrong. Crab and avocado salad was amazing! The guys all had outstanding steaks - nothing less than expected considering this is Gibson's cousin restaurant. I had the rock fish which was good but maybe a little overdone and could've used a little more oomph in the seasoning. Dessert was the biggest slice of ice cream cake you could imagine and we (5 of us) barely made a dent.
One word of warning: it adds up quick! We had pre-dinner drinks, wine with the meal and a few after dinner drinks, three apps, five entrees and one (and a half- the brought me mango sorbet after I asked if they had any fruit) dessert - $$$$
Our experience from beginning to the end was outstanding!! The minute we walked in we were greeted kindly and then headed to the bar!! The bar was packed, but the bartenders were fabulous and acknowledged us and then got our drinks. You could tell they enjoyed their jobs!! Then we headed to our table and the atmosphere was fantatstic! From the lighting to all the people!! Our waiter was great and his knowledge was greatly appreciated. Our meal came out in great time!! The place was packed!! The food was some of the best I have ever had. We had salmon, crab cakes, clam chowder, and crab legs. Wonderful!!!!!
Great food with particular emphasis on terrific fresh seafood...and Hugo's did not disappoint. (The halibut was especially wonderful). Our server, Robert, was on his game and provided us with efficient and friendly service. The drinks were well prepared and the wine selection was decent. We thought the mussels were just OK and the salad had way too much salad dressing....but that's my bad...I normally ask for dressing on the side. All in all a pleasant dining experience in a lively restaurant. A bonus was the live music in the bar area where we sipped an after-drink before heading home.
Restaurant was packed, we arrived 10 minutes before our reservation and were told at minimum 30 minutes. About 20 minutes in two seats opened at bar, so we decided to eat there. Bartenders were awesome and very helpful with menu.
We ended up splitting a salad, steak and Lake Perch. Food was absolutely perfect and was the star as it should be
Taking a business group there on Nov 13th based on this visit!
I'll keep this short so we can focus on the most important take-away from our last visit to Hugo's, which is this: That sea bass was without a doubt the most delicious, perfectly prepared, moist and flavorful piece of fish I've ever eaten in my life. End of story!
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