Maple Tree Inn

4.6
759 reviews
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Maple Tree Inn was awarded the very prestigious honor of being named in the Top 50 Southern Restaurants In America by OpenTable in 2018. Shortly after, the Maple Tree Inn suffered a devastating fire. But, like the great city of New Orleans, WE WILL REBUILD! In the interim we have opened Maple Tree Inn Bistro, a temporary location while we build a new, permanent Maple Tree Inn.
We are still committed to the art of Cajun/Creole cooking & maintaining our status as the first and longest-running Cajun/Creole restaurant in Chicagoland. We are featuring a menu of our signature dishes including our Hickory Buttered BBQ Shrimp, Country Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crawfish Étouffée, and many more! We have 4 boutique wines on draft, signature cocktails on draft, and an impressive canned beer list. Our hand crafted, premium cocktail menu highlights the very best of our repertoire. We look forward to hosting you & providing you with all the comforts of New Orleans, just a little closer to home!
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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new bistro site is smaller than the original but definitely just as amazing as always! Great food, delicious cocktails & the pecan pie was delectable. Can’t go wrong with Maple Tree Inn!! A+!!

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DB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great food, Great Time

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NL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times and always a great experience!!!!

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m
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've recommended this restaurant to everyone I know!!!!!

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lobster tail served with the lobster risotto was served raw and only that meal was taken off bill. Should’ve been compensated a little better. Steak frites and BBQ shrimp was good as well as the drinks.

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was equally great. We had a table of eight, and the table was available when we arrived. The steak frites was really good and cooked perfectly.

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's always a great experience when we go here. The food, service and ambiance is still the same, great!

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The temporary location buzzes with as much excitement as the original. The cocktails and food continue to be excellent. The oysters were flavorful and easy to eat. I had the Crab Appetizer which was creamy and filled with a large amount of crab. The white chocolate bread pudding with raspberry was delicious.

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KM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best New Orleans style restaurant in the Midwest. #voodoonuts

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c
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great lighting, sound, service and food- more vegetables please!

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CD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines dinner - because we know NOT to go out on the 14th.

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AA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always excellent - high quality fresh ingredients prepared with care. Service was good. The downtown Blue Island location is easy to reach. The music mix is always great. It was a little different this time - more old school soul than New Orleans music. We enjoy both.

Maple Tree Inn is always a treat.

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were married at the original
“ Tree “ and dine as often as possible there .
We decided to get out and I made a late reservation at the Bistro . We were not disappointed . Gina , our server , was super !
Everything I like in wait-staff . There but not there . We had a lovely evening and can’t wait to return to Olde Western to the “ Big Tree “ . Oh yes , almost forgot ; the food was fantastic !

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’m always happy when you make a reservation weeks in advance and seating asked for is honored.

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great
Service was outstanding
Drinks were First Class

Thanks

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EW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktail service at the bar, friendly and knowledgeable. Barbecue shrimp was served with grits that were delicious and enhanced the shrimp.
I am so happy to see the temporary space works for them, it is intimate and cozy.
Long time customer will return soon.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Good food, great ambience, comfortable and cozy. Our waiter, Aziel, was very efficient and friendly.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Best of the best from the original menu! Highly recommend for any occasion.

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E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was limited but the items on the menu were representative of the type of food
available. The New Orleans type of food was what we came for. The Jambalaya and the
Gumbo were quite good. I look forward to a menu with greater number of selections.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maple Tree is one of my favorite restaurants. I'm happy they were able to reopen after the fire. Cheers to Maple Tree and staff.

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BG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic New Orleans/Cajun - great value and portions. Service was excellent, attentive and discreet.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been a maple tree enthusiast since their location was on regular Western Ave., before the move to Old Western Ave. Had a lot of great dates, anniversaries and just plain fun with friends. It's hard to express how elated I was that they opened a temporary location after the fire. It's a limited menu, but I'll take it. This particular evening we went for the hickory smoked bbq ribs. Amazing. Makes Famous Dave's look like the Pizza Hut of ribs. The Chef hasn't lost a step, nor has the bar. Thank you Maple Tree!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This was our first time eating here since they moved after the fire. We were very excited.
We had a reservation. We arrived a few minutes late. We were greeted by the hostess who curtly informed us that there is another reservation at 730. Ours was for 6pm.
I have dined at restaurants that have a limit before. However no where on the website, when we made the reservation or in the restaurant is it stated that there is a time limit.
Not being informed ahead of time and the way we were told by the hostess soured our experience immediately. Once sat we were brought bread. But no butter. No big deal. We asked our server for some. He said sure. But never brought it. He walked past our table several times. And we asked again. Still nothing. We eventually got the bus boy to bring some.
Again, not a huge issue. But my experiences in the past were always much better.
After that things improved. The food was delicious.
Just not sure what is going on with service.

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice accommodations for a party of 6.

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

Great food and cocktails. The fried fish was magnificently cooked to perfection. The ribs were also amazing. However , the man-n-cheese could use a bit more work

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GF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always wonderful flavors, wonderful service and a great time.
laissez le bon temps rouler!

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LL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was a little disappointed in the limited menu since moving to a new location. However, I ordered the BBQ shrimp and grits and it was delicious.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ribs were superb , crab cake just keeps getting better and better. Excellent service and intimate ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful. We’ve been searching for good southern/Cajun food in the Chicago area. Will definitely comeback.

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j
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It’s been over 15 years since I have been to Maple Street Inn. I remembered the food being so fresh an delicious, I was expecting that same experience again. Sadly it was not. Salty and not fresh. We are not going back

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CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What great ambiance and service! The bartender Emily is outstanding!

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We have been to the Original Mapletree many times and have always had a wonderful experience. Unfortunatley, the new "Bistro" was completely different and lacked many of the items we order evertime we visit. The oyster shooters and jalapeno muffins were both removed from the menu. This was really dissappointing. The crab cake and pork rillette were not worth the money. Will not return to this location.

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JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The menu was very small and only 1 nonfish item. The gumbo was poor as were the beignets if you want to call them that. Very pricey. Ill wait for the original to reopen

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VW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Food Great time Great Service
Highly Recommended.

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MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I'm all for ambiance, then again; I appreciate to see my food, be able to read the menu, and see the people I'm with/talking to. Way too dark boarder on cave-like. Otherwise top notch all round.

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KG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Maple Tree, and were delighted to see that the temporary "Bistro" location seems to be doing great business while they work on rebuilding the main location after it burned down. The food (reduced menu), drinks, service, and atmosphere were almost as great as in the regular location, and we're just happy that one of our favorite places will survive this setback.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

I was very disappointed. I was excited that this restaurant recently reopened, but the food experience is not the same. Our entire table sent their food back.

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CW
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Island Staple and must have

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L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic meal!!! I had all the specials they were awesome.

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AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to the new location, same amazing food, ambiance and service. The blackened redfish is still my favorite entree, the oysters were spot on and drinks were great.
Glad to have Maple Tree Inn back and looking forward to my next visit!

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