Maple Tree Inn

4.7
817 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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GE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was told a must go to place.
Was not disappointed!

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T
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Unfortunately. I don’t like the new location. It’s smaller than the last and menu selection is now very limited. I’m told they’ll be back at original location by next year sometime, maybe I’ll come back then but for now I’m not impressed.

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the decor and the lively New Orleans music. We had the Hickory Buttered BBQ shrimp with grits, and jambalaya. Both were outstanding! Service was prompt and very friendly. We will definitely be back to try new dishes.

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

The food and cocktails at the Bistro is as good as ever and that is saying something as the Maple Tree has always had high standards. This temporary location lacks the ambiance of the original, but it is a nice clean, convenient space with a staff that goes out of their way to make you feel at home.

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G
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time ! Very relaxing!

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Liked a Few of the Appetizers very much, but felt the Crab Cake's crust was Too Hard.

DIrty rice wasn't the best, and the Ribs were very Tough (we like fall off the bone) but their Fish Was Very Good, and they just reopened, and we like the smaller menu, so we'll try them again.
**Need some Better Wine Selections!

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G
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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FM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants ever! Great food. Great history and story. This will exceed any expectations!

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for our Anniversary dinner. Maple Tree never disappoints, even in the new space they had to cobble together while their original location is rebuilt.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service the staff accommodated is and we had a great dining experience.

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat when we dine here. Gina- our server was AMAZING!! and made superb drinks. I think she secretly wanted to get us "lively" to make us eat more. Which we did!! I see you Gina :) So excited that y'all had biegnets this time. They are always sold out. See y'all soon.

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EM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They’re currently and temporarily in a new location but still amazing! Can’t wait to enjoy the old place again, as I am a big fan of MTI. Thanks to our amazing server and service, we will of course return.

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EH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizers and drinks were the standouts. Definitely worth the 40 minute drive. We will be back for sure!

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MW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our first time at the temporary space and although smaller it has a great vibe and full crowd. Louder than the other but not to the point where you can't hear your companions. Food was the same caliber as before the fire. The only negative was the service. Circling staff but didn't seem to have a plan to clear plates between courses. Literally the server walked away during our ordering of appetizers. I'm hoping it was a bad service night but the food would make me go back

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OT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a 4:30 reservation and was seated right away. Went especially for the Fried Green Tomato Napoleon-absolutely the best! Light and decadent at the same time! Can't wait though for the rebuilding to be complete so the craft beer list and other full menu items can return.

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JR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an awesome experience. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Miss the old location! Not a full menu

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been looking for a place that captures the level of Cajun like New Orleans and we now can say we found it!! We will definitely be back!

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D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Decided to visit the Maple Trees temporary location. Much smaller location and they change the menu not for the better. No more seafood gumbo. No need to go back.☹️

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BG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved our birthday celebration at The Maple Tree Bistro. The food was superb and our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. We could not have asked for a better meal. This was our third visit to this dining establishment. All 6 of us highly recommend it.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night with my ALL TIME FAVORITE WIFE & ALL TIME FAVORITE GRANDDAUGHTER! The staff was awesome. We were seated and treated to great service, excellent food and even a kiddie cocktail. I had heard about the red fish with crawfish etouffee and it did not disappoint! We will most certainly be back to explore the menu!

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants and as usual, everything was excellent. This was first time at the Bistro location after the fire and was glad they were able to capture the ambiance of the original location.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Good Cajun. Great service but very pricey. Vey limited selections

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Some of the food was slightly different but delicious as always. They treated me and my siblings well for our birthdays! Cannot wait until they move into a larger building.

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything but I miss the old menu and location.

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RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first trip back after the original location was destroyed by fire. They are in a new location, a smaller venue with a familiar but limited menu featuring just their most popular dishes. Food and service were excellent. It was good seeing them back on their feet.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We hadnt been there in forever.We were not disapointed,from cocktails to apps thru dinner......AMAZING...Will b back soon

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maple Tree Inn continues to provide a wonderful dining experience in the south suburb of Blue Island. While in a temporary space until their old building is rebuilt, they have managed to maintain their high level of customer service and wonderful menu choice.

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TW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This resturant , The Manager Morgan, host , servicers are the absolute best. I couldn't have ask for anything better!!! I took my dear friends there recently and they were treated like VIP members!!!! Such a pleasant environment!

Thanks for a wonderful experience

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good, just a bit cramped and the sweet tea was not sweet. Some of the items we were looking for was unavailable.

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding, some very creative dishes. Must try the Voodoo Nuts.

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TM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time visiting what is now Maple Tree Inn Bistro, since the fire last summer. The temporary location is small but comfortable enough for the same Maple Tree feel. The food is still delicious, the service is still excellent and the prices are still reasonable. I will visit again soon!

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was just there with two long time friends that wanted to have some laughs over dinner. They did not disappoint. One of my buddies just mentioned to the bar manager that he was a fan of tequila and before he knew it, she whipped him up a poblano margarita that wasn't even on the menu. Two of them had the gumbo and I had corn & crab chowder, both of which were incredible. The dinner was lights out. Two of us had hickory buttered BBQ shrimp over a bed of jalapeno cheddar grits and my other friend had the etoufee. Three hungry guys, three satisfied customers.

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AW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing! Service was AWESOME! Truly enjoyed myself. My only request is a bigger menu. I know that this may be due to the temporary location, but I seriously cannot wait to try everything!

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed the dinner very much.The dessert was fantastic

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JN
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. First try since the burn. Was slightly disappointed that the menu was not in full but was not disappointed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, savory food!

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, drinks, and service. Homey and adorable, great night.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

It’s a long way from the old Maple Tree Inn. Food was dry without flavor. A special bourbon drink was very good. The place was cold but weather outside was bitter cold.

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