Maple Tree Inn

4.7
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902 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern

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About

Maple Tree Inn was awarded the very prestigious honor of being named in the Top 50 Southern Restaurants In America by OpenTable in 2018. We are proud to announce that the Maple Tree Inn has permanently relocated to Homewood, IL. We have maintained almost 100% of our staff and they have made the move with us. We are thrilled to be opening in Homewood in early 2020!
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 boutique wines on draft, signature hand crafted cocktails, and an impressive craft 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 hom
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(708) 388-3461
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Erich Wennberg
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Idlewild Lane
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Parking details
FREE PARKING in a large, well lit, private parking lot.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 902 People Are Saying
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4.7based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ND
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sisters and I were so excited to finally coordinate our schedules in order to finally eat at the Maple Tree Inn. We’d all heard great reviews from friends. Our dining experience was WONDERFUL! Our server was friendly and so helpful. He happily answered all of our questions as well as made suggestions. We tasted each other’s food and all of it was DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to eat at your new place in Homewood!!

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for everything.

BS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great night! We'll see you at your new location!

SO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience! I look forward to the new location in Homewood, Il.❤️💯💯❤️

p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found out that Maple Tree Inn was leaving its temporary location as of 9/16/19. Had an out-of-town visitor and wanted her to experience the cuisine before they close and move. Easily made a reservation for that evening via OpenTable. Arrived early and was seated immediately. Had an appetizer that was new to us (Voodoo Nuts) - a little spicy. Had 3 different entrees and each of us enjoyed what we ordered (shrimp, fried chicken, jambalaya). Split a dessert (Banana Foster pudding) - yummy. Sorry they are closing (this was a one-year, temporary location after the fire destroyed the previous location in August 2018) and looking forward to more excellent meals with top-notch service in 2020 in Homewood.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant! Comfort food and awesome drinks, not to mention the energetic New Orleans type of atmosphere!

G
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time with great food

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Maple Tree Inn provides a wonderful dining experience. The staff is freindly and professional. Our waiter was very attentive without being intrusive. Food is one of a kind!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the seafood boil...a special on Sundays...absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to go back.

m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Good stuff. Not the typical South Side Western Ave bonehead food.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The staff went over and above when I asked for plastic ware. I am currently receiving chemo and silverware causes metallic taste. I forgot to bring my set and staff went into their basement stock to get plastic ware to accommodate me. Couldn’t ask for more service with compassion.

GO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to go there as soon as we heard it was closing in mid September. They will reopen in Homewood in the New Year. The food, drinks and music are fantastic. We sat at the bar on a slow Thursday night and had a wonderful time talking about New Orleans, local restaurants and the future of the Maple Tree Inn with the bartender. Another perfect night out at the Maple Tree Inn.

WM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mapletree Inn has sone of the best food, drinks, and service that I hs eve we had. It truly is hands down one of my all-time favorite restaurants.

e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maple tree is our absolutely favorite restaurant! I was married in New Orleans and their food is outstanding so when I want to go back to that New Orleans style atmosphere, maple tree is the place! The bistro exceeds its standards with class and ambiance!

N
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and beautifully plated. Their cocktails were also great. We’ll be back!

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was looking forward to having the Fried Green Tomatoes they didnt have any and no Key Lime Pie. I was very disappointed.

KH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Smoked brisket was excellent. A little fatty but overall sauce and taste was superb! Jalapeno cornbread is a favorite

DD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a ball everything was perfect . The customer service waa amazing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It's small and intimate place. My server was truly a sweetheart (kind and very attentive.) I had Good food !!! And good drinks!!! . A nice go to spot!!!!

AE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved the food and the service. Not so much your draft Hurricanes, tasted like plain orange juice. The cheese cake special was awesome. We were at the old location almost to the day before the fire and wanted to give the temporary location a try. Parking around the corner at the lot was convenient. I would definitely go back.

h
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff were very helpful when we requested a certain dish.









The food was everything we had remembered. We will return. Thanks for keeping your good menu.

E
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is small but the food was amazing. Morgan our waiter was very attentive and made sure we were taken care of . I was charged for an entree I didnt order he apologized and gave me a ten dollar gift card for next time. I will definitely be going there again. I had an amazing margarita also.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were fantastic. We sampled big - Gumbo, oysters, crab cakes, bbq shrimp and fried catfish. Jumbo was Ok, quality of ingredients was good but needed more spice. The oysters were very tasty but a little small. The crab, shrimp and Catfish were A++. How you can fry catfish, get a nice thin but tasty crust on it and then have the inside perfect and NOT greasy at all. A work of art!

There new temporary location (fire in the old location) restricts the size of their food and beer menus. I’m looking forward to their expanded menus in the future. Until then, it is well worth a trip to Blue Island - I came from Andersonville on the northside of the city. I’d have no issue making the trip again!

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely post comments to OpenTable but want to call Maple Tree out as a terrific place. The new location opened after a fire at the larger old location in Blue Island and they’ve done a wonderful job on both the food and the facility. The bartenders and waitstaff are very outgoing and helpful. The food is authentic and the portions are large. Highly recommended

BB
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Crab cake, catfish, brisket and gumbo we delicious!

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Maple Tree Inn never disappoints. The temporary location is charming and intimate. Service was impeccable as Ozzie our waiter was friendly and accommodating. The oysters were still sizzling when served and had a wonderful flavor. I had the burnt ends which were extremely tender and had a Smokey sauce. Drinks are amazing and quite a variety to choose from. Love Maple Tree Inn and will continue to return as they rotate their menu. Great evening

MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service! Can't wait to go back

DB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was really good. The service was top notch. And the overall appearance and quality of the restaurant was great.

OT
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shared some appetizers and drinks. Husband got input from Ozzie our server/bartender on stouts-he enjoyed. Ozzie is always a delight! Chardonnay on tap was good. Fried green napoleon app is different-served with squash instead of green tomatoes due to not being in season. Bland in comparison. Oysters were pretty good though. Found out that the location on Western will be there longer than anticipated which is disappointing. Missing the larger food menu and craft cocktails and beer selection, but hanging in there in the hopes that 'when they build it, we will come!'

AW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tho I truly miss their original location it was nice to be able to taste their food again in this temporary location. Service was great as always and food was delicious as well!

z
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Reduced menu, but they are trying and still open after the fire.

BG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal and drinks!

LS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always! Ryan was great! Chef went above board for our anniversary! 3rd year in a row celebrating here! Thanks again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fried catfish was cooked very well & had a good flavor. Chicory coffee was a “tasty” dark roast but could’ve been hotter. Beignets were delicious! Service was excellent. Ambiance was nice. My friend & I went early (3:30pm reservation), so it was quiet and food was served rather quickly. I would like to return once their new original location reopens.

VA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was good our server was a bit slow but overall a great experience

DT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food,excellent service and fabulous music!
Intimate restaurant.

LL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brisket was cooked to perfection! I loved every morsel!

WC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ready for the original location to re open with the full menu. Only bummer was the seafood boil doesn’t include crawfish. Food is fantastic though and the place is always friendly.

DD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What an amazing dinner. The Sunday Seafood Boil was just fabulous. And I have never had frog legs as good as the ones in the boil. Can't wait for the old building to get finished with the rebuild since the temporary place is a bit small and loud. But anyone who wants an authentic creole meal needs to come to Msple Tree Inn. Thank you Erich and Katie.

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