Miramar

4.5
835 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Miramar Bistro combines the traditional French bistro with flair from Havana; from traditional Cuban sandwiches to steak frites, the menu is always fresh and seasonal. Service is friendly and thorough and the ambiance will take you back to 1920 Havana. The French doors open to the sidewalk patio and lend to al fresco dining both for lunch and dinner. Miramar also books parties and banquets up to 300 people.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 433-1078
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gabreil Viti
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Private party contact
Philip Shanks: (847) 433-1078
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Catering
Banquets and parties are welcome. Miramar features three private party rooms that can accommodate events up to 150 people or the entire restaurant can be booked for up to 300 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highwood Ave
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Parking details
We offer valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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Public transit
Metra Train is one block from the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 835 People Are Saying
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PM
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Always a nice place to get together with friends! The service staff is one of the best trained on the Northshore for sure!

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M
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Dined here many times before and been very satisfied until now. My wife ordered the duck entree and they brought chicken. I ate while she sat and waited. They said they were sorry and that was it. Disappointing.

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Have been here before and liked it. This was horrible. The appetizer crab cake was as hard and vastly over cooked. We had tiramisu for dessert-it was so far removed from tiramisu that we sent it back. I will not be returning.

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CD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We made a reservation for 8:45pm. The restaurant closes at 10:00pm. At our arrival at 8:43, the waiter tells us that the kitchen is closed, but they would make an exception and serve us. We barely started the entree when we were asked if we’d have a dessert or not. The restaurant needs to decide if they take a reservation for 8:45 or not! And if they do, they should decide on treating people not as if they’re an imposition.

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N
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best food for the price on the North Shore. The French Onion Soup is awesome. All the dishes were very good that we ordered. The waiter was attentive and helpful when it came to dessert. He was able to add a profiterole to our order. While it is moderately priced the quality is high. It is an overall a nice dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Great wait staff. Good food.

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A
Chicago
170 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is usually good but the prices are high for what you get. I was quite disappointed in the Boullabaise With respect to the contents versus the price.

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N
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my son and I had a taste for French Onion soup and this is the place to go on the Northshore for that dish. It did not disappoint. Somehow the way the melt the cheese is fantastic. My son followed this with the Mac and Cheese which has the same rich melt. I had a salad with seared tuna and that was solid.
Overall a nice meal in a great atmosphere with very good service.

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OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Miramar was mediocre at best. This was my second time there and nothing has changed. The food was ‘meh’ and very overpriced. The service was great and we enjoyed our seats at the restaurant. Unfortunately, that does not make up for the tasteless gazpacho and gnocchi. My steak was cold, the butter solidified on top. My thought is that it had been frozen, but I don’t know that for sure. The bistro salad could have come from a moderate chain restaurant with its shaved carrots and sliced cherry tomatoes. Very uninspired. The four of us were very underwhelmed and probably won’t be going back.

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JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate amazing oysters and a wonderful dinner of sole in a delicious sauce with almonds.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful time. Awesome
Food and service. Just a great place to be for dinner. Thank you to Gabriel and everyone. You all are the best.

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m
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place fantastic

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JW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always. Very attentive service. Nice pours. All around pleasant experience.

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P
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always good...the service excellent. We were celebrating our anniversary and they went out of their way to make us feel special, including bringing us glasses of champagne. It was very special.

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PD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place! Service is outstanding! Food is always so consistent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very personalized service. Felt welcome and cared for

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MC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly wonderful service. Amazing food. Great ambiance.

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PD
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very interesting takes on traditional dishes we enjoy: a mixture of Cuban and French cuisines. My wife had broiled skate with a rich and plentiful assortment of vegetables, while I had the French classic bouillabaisse done with Cuban overtones, especially in the broth, which was more Caribbean than traditional. Altogether an entertaining, very tasteful eating experience, great for diners who wish to try cross-cultural dishes.

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is the best! Miramar would definitely be our go-to restaurant for a nice dinner out if it wasn't so far away for us.

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miramar is among the best restaurants on the North Shore. Excellent bistro faire with a wonderful ambiance and great service.

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BS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Consistently great food and service!

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TM
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for dinner there last week on a gorgeous evening. We sat in front of the windows and were so happy!
It was a Monday night, totally full of great energy and people.
Started out with amazing oysters and only got better from there. Excellent food, great service, lovely wine pairings, and just a fantastic ambience. You feel transported to a European cafe.
Love it!

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanks Miramar! Always enjoy dining with you. Artichoke appetizer and shellfish were spot on as per usual.

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K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. We enjoyed outside seating. Every one was great
Food was awesome and look forward to going back.

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SD
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would make special trips from the city to meet friends for dinner at Miramar, and continue to enjoy it now that I live in the suburbs. The food is consistently good, classic French bistro comfort food. The French onion soup is a meal of its own, with a rich, creamy texture and buttery taste without overpowering the onion. Steak Frites is standard fare, but always delivered as requested.
One of the nicest aspects of Miramar is the service. The servers are professionals, in the same fashion as Paris. They know how to manage the table, food delivery and customer needs. They also seem to enjoy their profession. It's a pleasure to go to Miramar.

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Great atmosphere, great food. Will definitely return!

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m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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BB
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The always dependable Miramar never disappoints. They serve the best Lyonnaise salad and best croque monsiue. The mussels are also terrific.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a very nice restaurant. Food and service was really good.

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

All our meals, Caesar salad, Salad Nicosia were very good. We were seated immediately, given our menus and then waited for an overlong period before a waiter came to take our order, even though there were many waiters milling around. That aside, we enjoyed our experience and will return.

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D
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience, service, food are all excellent. Makes for a lovely dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Food was hot. Service was friendly. It’s a little over priced though.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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CL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st visit in honor of Tony Bourdain, won't be our last!
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), seated at an adjacent table, loves Miramar, too!

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a
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great family celebration at this favorite spot. We all had wonderful food and excellent service in a convivial atmosphere. Well-trained professional staff make such a difference. Thank you Gabe!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary dinner

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Evening with BFF’s

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SA
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good overall but specials are always the same, food quality is good, but seemed better before. Service is excellent and patio seating is nice.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place great food. Could use a little more variety on menu, and wine list. But overall a great experience.

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