Jen's Guesthouse

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Jen's Guesthouse is your destination for one of the most beautiful dining experiences you will find anywhere. Share a small plate or appetizer ; a bottle of wine, or try any of our prime steaks or fresh seafood. *The patio is first come first serve seating & is not a covered patio* ** We are also available for booking for private events. Please contact us directly for more information. **
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RU
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal and the atmosphere was very lively and festive. We will definitely return.

JD
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Went with some business colleagues and everyone liked their food, the place and the service. Definitely recommend.

CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Hi, Thanks for asking how our experience was!! I have to say that I was disappointed. My husband was more angry than disappointed. We had driven past the restaurant many times and said we wanted to go for dinner. I went to the website to see if they had lamb. It was my husband's birthday and I clicked on the "open table" to request a reservation. I tried to click for 4:00 but it would only allow me to try to get a 4:15 or later reservation. (Which led me to believe they were full for 4:00) It prompted if it was a special occasion. I clicked, yes, birthday. I got a confirmation by email. We were on time at the restaurant for our reservation but there was no seating. We were told by the hostess that there was a party ending and another party starting. When I mentioned that I had a confirmed reservation, she had no answer other than Open Table screwed up. We could sit outside if we wanted or at the bar (Bar was full but there were 2 tables available next to the bar). We opted for the outside but it was very cold so they wheeled two heaters near us. We ordered drinks and they were not very good. My husband asked for a change in his drink as it was not made correctly. The second came out worse than the first. The food was very good! The waiter was very nice! But, I don't think we will be back.

H
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been driving by this place for a couple years now and finally decided to try it out for our anniversary. Everything was outstanding!! Food was delicious and cooked just the way I ordered it. Wait staff was tentative but not overbearing. And the ambouance was very nice. Would like to go there in the summer because the outside patio looks spectacular. Would definitely rate this place high on my list of places to go back to. I highly recommend it to anyone else looking for a new place to eat at that's not your ordinary chain restaurant. I give it 5 stars.

B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food, wine list and service were exceptional. The ambiance could be improved with better lighting; it was too bright for dinner.

r
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great, live music but a little to loud, hard to talk.

A
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jen's guesthouse is a wonderful restaurant with a great bar, wine list and excellent food.
The atmosphere is top notch with beautiful decorations depicting the season. Yesterday the ambience was Fall and tastefully carried out through out the restaurant.

The wait staff is very accommodating and a nice touch when the owners stop by your table to ask how everything is this evening,

Great combo playing in the evening,

PC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My only complaint is that when we arrived with a 1 pm reservation, they tried to put our party of 5 in the corner in the bar area because the big room was reserved for a private function at 3 pm. I told them that we would be gone long before 3 so they put us in the large room that was all set up for the private party. We had people setting up the sweet table behind us and hard as the wait staff tried, you could not help but feel their tension and moving us along as quickly as possible. It was not a relaxing dining experience. The food was good but you really missed the mark with the above scenario.

l
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Chilean Sea Bass it was amazing. Everyone else truly enjoyed their meals as well. Jen's Guesthouse never disappoints!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, great food, great looks, great service!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and beautiful patio! One of my favorite alfresco dining places!

G
Chicago
408 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very nice.
The prices are very reasonable.
Its a neighborhood gem.

MK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible setting. Great food. Wonderful server (Wendy.) We will make this an annual birthday lunch destination!

MP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was excellent but took approximately 1 hr to get entree once we ordered. Waitress kept apologizing but nt her fault. Finally when got it Ribs were missing from combo platter entree. Also took over fifteen minutes to get refill on a glass of wine. Our reservation was for 5:45 on a Friday.We were seated in the bar.

BS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food great service

YC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Jen’s. On this particular visit, the Italian wedding soup and Beef short ribs I ordered both tasted too salty to me. I asked my wife to sample the dishes. She too agreed both dishes were overly salted. I brought this issue to my waitress’s attention. Couldn’t remember her name (young, blond) but she was very gracious in handling the issue. She replaced both items w/o any questions whatsoever. The waitress resolved what could have been a “ This the last time I’m coming back here” situation. Wish I got that young waitress’s name. My wife and I will plan on going back to dine at Jen’s again.

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had BBQ ribs & they were falling off the bone tender - mmmm. Someone had filet & shrimp and loved it.
Another had salmon, and gave thumbs up. I only wish there was gelato for dessert. Our waitress was friendly and knew about menu items and wine selections.

CC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son was visiting from out of town and he travels a lot for business so he’s used to the restaurant experience. We both enjoyed our meal very much he had the salmon and I had the scallops with risotto which was outstanding we also had a mushroom appetizer which I could definitely have that for a meal on its own. I’ve been there once a week for the last three weeks this is my new favorite place.

LW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely restaurant from when you open the door to when you leave. Very clean and modern. Tables are not that close together which is wonderful. Service was excellent, food was unbelievable. I had a filet and it was cooked perfectly, My guest had the ribs and they fell off the bone and so tasty. I would definitely recommend for any occasion.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my family to Jen's Guesthouse for my wife's birthday. We had an awesome time dining on the patio. Great service. My filet was really good, but the seafood special that my son ordered was Phenomenal. We plan to return.

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoy going to Jen's ! The patio area is beautiful and I can always find something I like to eat! Bravo...you have come a long way since you first opened.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Very nice ambiance. Really enjoyed it!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Overcharged with no apology. By almost 30 dollars.

CL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Jen's Guesthouse is located in a beautiful wooded setting. The outdoor patio is beautiful and unique to any other restaurant in the area. They had soft music playing the background during dinner and the live entertainment beginning around 7:45. The service was great. I had scallops with risotto and it was delicious. Good value as they include your choice of soup an salad with your entree. Many restaurants do not include that. Highly recommend

DE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the first time the four of us was there for my husbands Birthday and it was wonderful. The entertainer was magnificent and sang happy birthday with cow bells. Our server was great and even the owner Mike came up to us, gave my mom a pair of patriot sun glasses to match her hat. What a sweet and professional crowd. Oh, did I mention the food was out of this world. Go there you will not regret it. Our new favorite place to be. Outstanding!!!!
Deena

CC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place . My friend and I went for a casual relaxing lunch which was very good. Our server Jordyn was outstanding. I’ve already invited more friends for another Return visit.

MF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has been a hit with everyone I've taken there. Every meal we've had was wonderful and the desserts are even better. Try to sit outside if you can - it's beautiful!

PL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside and it was beautiful. Very pleasant server, good food.

DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and nice staff. Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and really enjoyed the experience. Planning to return!

CS
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great , our waitress Wendy was fantastic . The group playing was great for dancing . We will definitely be going back!!

OT
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Starting with a 5:30 reservation for a Friday night. We arrived about 15 minutes early-even though most tables were empty and set up, servers standing around, we were made to wait until 5:30 to be seated. A little annoying. Seated on the patio which is beautiful. Relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine. We had appetizers of crab cakes-half blackened and half plain. Disappointed there was no discernible taste difference and they were small bite sized. Bacon wrapped scallops were good and cooked perfectly. The stuffed mushrooms were also very good. Others in the party tried a few specialty cocktails which weren't as expected but were still made well. Smaller wine list than expected by the glass, but respectable options and even a few gems by the bottle. Our server Chris was friendly and present as needed without being intrusive. Overall pretty good experience with the ambiance. By the time we left the patio was packed so make a reservation.

DA
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jen’s is a lovely place to hold our bookclub luncheons. Quaint, conducive to discussion, great food, beautiful atmosphere and wonderful service.

RA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My family had a really nice experience.
Wendy was especially polite, helpful and thoughtful considering our table had "seniors" in attendance.
Yes, we will be back for that dessert!

TU
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very comfortable and friendly experience, the food was very good and the waitress very friendly and attentive !

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beef tenderloin app was delicious. Maddie was our server and was 5 stars

CC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed in the fact that when I made reservations I said it was for a birthday and there was no acknowledgment to my friend it was her birthday or anything that made it special

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bread and soup/salad combo would be great for lunch. Awesome decorating

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicole Gama was our server Saturday night and the food was amazing!!!! The service, atmosphere, and owner all topped it off with an amazing experience!!! HIGHLY recommend!

AL
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great atmosphere. Will be returning.

CB
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid American cuisine with everything deliciously prepared. You can’t miss with any of the house specialties.

We sat outside on the patio and the ambiance was wonderful.

Service was friendly and attentive.

Jen’s has become one of our favorites.

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