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About Permanently Closed - Mecenat Bistro & Gathering Place
This restaurant is permanently closed. Mecenat Bistro & Gathering Place is a casual American restaurant with a creative and unique menu well paired with a notable wine list. We also cater to special events such as tastings, live music & have the ability to host your private party in our private dining room. We offer a full bar, lively atmosphere and outdoor seating. We offer a variety of menu options from steak to fresh seafood.
Western Springs, IL 60558
American, Fish, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 4pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Closed on Monday
Lawn and Wolf
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We offer live music on Friday & Saturday evenings. Our musicians range from blues to acoustic guitar, soft rock and are easy listening, background music.
Plenty of street parking is usually available. There are no parking meters.
We are on the BNSF train line, Western Springs stop. The train from downtown comes out of Union Station and goes west towards Aurora. The restaurant faces the train tracks, so has easy on off access to train.
Private Party Facilities:
Mécénat is a casual, eclectic American restaurant with a creative and unique menu. We offer a full bar, lively atmosphere, and outdoor seating.
We are the perfect place for holiday parties! Book our private room that seats 30-50 diners.
Private Party Contact:
Jack or Rob: (708) 246-8668
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
At Mecenat Bistro & Gathering Place we do a multitude of wine tastings and events on a regular basis. The best way to get current information is to visit on our website www.mecenatbistro.com
Mecenat Bistro & Gathering Place - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We waited nearly 90 minutes for dinner after ordering . The pasta with my dish was cold. I didn't send it back because we needed to get to the theater. It appears that the restaurant couldn't handle the crowd that came. But worst of all it was our server. She was not attentive; didn't get our requests quickly or correct. Overall, a very disappointing experience.
It's a cozy spot with a limited but decent menu. The food is very good. I don't care for the line up of multiple tables along the partial wall separating the bar from the restaurant- you're on top of your neighbor and one person is stuck looking at a wall. The last internal free standing table is on top of the wait staff service area. I don't like that either.
Food good quality but disliked Caesar salad dressing, was extremely garlicky and extra strong taste of anchovies. Fish and orzo very good, portion average and could have been larger for price. My date enjoyed his salad and burger. I loved my wine. Server forgetful with long waits; could not describe 2 of the dishes we ordered. Had great attitude and spirit, though. Don't know that we would return based on value. For the price we had expected something fancier and more impressionable.
Mecenat was a place we would go to every few months. Always good and dependable. Not so much anymore based upon our weekend visit. The service was not good at all - bus person picking a napkin off the floor and handing it back to my son, gross. I also scratched my head when they took salad forks off the salad plates and left them for another use when we had a dinner fork sitting in front of us. Then the delivered a well done steak that was ordered medium rare. My daughter ate it because she didn't want to wait for another one to be cooked (the waitress had to come to the table several times between the salad and entree to tell us our entrees would be right up. They were kind enough to remove that item from the bill. Lastly, they completely forgot about a side.
Not sure what's transpired at Mecenat in the past few months, but it's not what it used to be. Keep in mind, this was prime time on a Saturday.
Poor (understaffed and amateur) service and food. French onion soup very disappointing ; tiny crouton with melted cheese like a little island in a sea of soup. Warm winter salad; tiny, unroasted squash. Overheard owner apologizing to numerous customers. Will not be back.
The service was beyond poor, and there was only one other table of people. The waitress had no idea what the soup of the day was. The salad I had was so puny and flavorless, and was $9. My friend had the french onion soup, and it was barely hoy, a tiny plop of cheese on top, totally unimpressed.
This quaint little neighborhood restaurant was heartbreaking for it's wasted potential. Beautiful space and decor, lovely place to sit and dine with live music the night we were there. Food was mediocre at best which is what made it such a sad evening. Both of our dishes were prepared on a tasteless pasta base. The "French onion soup" was either laughable or insulting. It was made with slices of cheese, yes slices of cheese half-melted over a sad amateur effort at French onion soup. One of us had a eggplant entree which was downright tasteless. Amateur server did not help the evening much. I would not recommend this restaurant until big changes made in the kitchen.
I marked ambiance a bit lower due to being at the table right next to the bus station...we kept getting bumped, and heard clattering dishes, and watched bussers scrape plates into the trash. Generally a low-key spot to unwind on Friday night. Servers are friendly, and didn't rush us. Food is generally good, though the fries with the special shrimp appetizer were stone cold
We've gone to Mecenat for several years. The last two experiences have been less than stellar. The most current was on a Sunday evening. We were seated immediately, as the restaurant was not croweded. The waitress told us they were out of several items that were always on the menu -- so it was not any nightly specials. It tooks us a while to get our bruchetta appetizer as they were out of the crab cakes, and then we waited for our entrees quite a long time. The owner apologized for the delay and did send over two glasses of wine, which was very much appreciated. However, the pork loin was very dry and the salmon had a weird tomato glaze of some type -- the vegetables were barely steemed. So, all in all, we probably would not be back for dinner any time soon.
We visited Mecenat to celebrate my Wife's birthday. My wife and her sister chose appetizers as entrees to complement the special soup offered that day. They were disappointed to learn that the flaming brie was not an available appetizer that evening. I had a salad and the shrimp special. Both were excellent. Even though the restaurant was not very crowded, our server seemed to disappear for long periods of time. Ladies enjoyed the wine special. my cocktails were very good. We did announce that we were celebrating a birthday but received no response from Mecenat.
Service was good for being in the bar. I made a reservation and they put us in the bar for dinner on Mother's Day. The dates and bruschetta were delicious. The strawberry salad was also great! Then we had the longest wait for our main meal to come out because I guess they were short in the kitchen. It really put a damper on my Mother's Day because after the VERY LONG wait my fish came out and was burnt. So disappointing!
Server was friendly and efficient even though she was clearly busy
Some of the food was excellent but the chicken sandwich was almost inedible. The chicken breast was well seasoned but dry. It was served on an over toasted bun with nothing on it. It was like eating cardboard dust. The fries that came with it were hot,crisp and flavorful
We did not see one of the items that was listed on the brunch menu
As we live some distance away we probably won't hurry back but the place seemed full with happy locals
I don't usually write a negative review, but I'm so disappointed with a recent experience. We've been going to Mecenat Bistro for a year now, since moving to the area. We met the owner early on and several times when we've returned, we have reached out to the owner, saying hello, etc. He has never once greeted us or thanked us for coming to his restaurant, even when we've brought new friends (customers) with us. Most recently, we ordered the chef's penne pasta with grilled chicken special. The pasta and spicy sauce were delicious but the chicken was tough and chewy. I couldn't eat it. We calmly, quietly told our waitress (when she finally checked on us). After several minutes and odd looks from other staff and the owner, no apologies were made and there was a mere $5 reduction on bill. Wow, no apology, no offer of another entree, just here's your bill. We will not go back nor will we ever recommend this restaurant to anyone. We'll take our business and our money to restaurants where customers are appreciated and treated like guests.
I love this place and would come back this place is so good and the food is even better the staff was great I can't say anything bad I just can't and we got roses I think from the owner or manager what a lovely guy .... I love this place I wish o I new sooner about this place
My wife and I went there for Valentine's Day ( actually the day before) and had a lovely dinner. Menu is not extensive, what we
Ordered was well prepared and very tasty. Greeted by the owner after we were seated and my wife was offered a fresh rose, which was given to me to give to her !! Very nice touch!!!
It got very busy towards the end of our meal, but you could still converse at a normal tone !
A very nice place for dinner and we will be back!!
For the extreme prices this restaurant charges, the portions were very small and food was very bland tasting. My cod was no show stopper, very bland, nothing special. My sister had some kind of fish that began with an "e". I couldn't believe how small the portions were, no garnish, no pizzazz. It looked like three little medallions of food on a huge plate and for $25!!. A tiny medallion of fish, a tablespoon of carrots and a tablespoon of fingerling potatoes! Very disappointing.
Sat at the bar to have a drink and an appetizer. Service was excellent, bartender was very attentive. Shared an appetizer of mushroom and blue cheese bruschetta and it was wonderful. Had a light dinner and everything was great. A nice quiet place to go in the neighborhood. Also, great during the nice weather to sit outside.
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