Oaken Bistro + Bar
Valentine's Day at Oaken Bistro + Bar$55.00 per person
Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2022Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one in Oaken Bistro + Bar with a special prix fixe Valentine’s Day three-course meal from Executive Chef Kristen Burman. Available during dinner service Friday Feb 11th, Saturday Feb 12th, and Monday Feb 14th. Glass of Bubble Crispy Shiitake Mushroom Wontons Ginger-lemongrass consomme Salmon Wellington Shrimp and spinach mousse, citrus tarragon buerre blanc Flourless Chocolate Cake and House-made Chocolate Truffles White chocolate, mixed berry gelee $55/person
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Had a wonderful breakfast; grilled pumpkin bread & grapefruit brûlée, yum!!!
Hello Jacalyn, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and giving us a five star review. Your experience is important to us and hope to see you again soon.
Celebrated birthday. Happy hour was the best! Food was delicious. Loved the brisket sliders! Highly recommend for happy hour!!
Adequate if in the area but nothing special. Very pricey.
Hello Nancy, thank you for sharing your feedback. We are adding new items every week to our happy hour and hopefully we can regain your trust to visit Oaken in the near future.
We are glad that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner! Seen you soon. Restaurant Manager AG
We had thanksgiving dinner at Oaken. We knew it would be good but it exceeded our expectations. We came home with leftovers-pecan pie for breakfast and turkey hash for lunch-perfect.
This review means a lot and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your dinner.
Thanksgiving meal was wonderful
Thank so much! We are glad that you enjoyed your thanksgiving dinner with us.
If you like good food, delicious cocktails, and great service, I highly recommend giving Oaken Bistro a visit! One of my favorite things on the menu is the duck tacos, and I normally don’t care for duck! They also have an amazing beer and wine selection! I’ve been here for both breakfast and dinner and will definitely be back again!
We greatly appreciate your repeat business and look forward to the next visit. Restaurant Manager AG
I have never written an Open Table review but everyone who lives in the suburbs should add this to their list - the food is AMAZING and yes it's in a hotel lobby, but that means it's a lot more spacious and airy than most crowded restaurants right now. You can actually have a conversation w/ 6 people at one table w/out yelling :) We had a lot of the apps and entrees between the 6 of us - all great!
Thanks so much for your review, Melissa- one more point for suburban restaurants!! We hope to see you back soon.
Burger was over cooked. Eggplant portion very small. $8 for bread?? This is a “one and done”.
Hello Swifty911, We're sorry you had a poor experience dining with us. We appreciate any and all feedback so that we can address any/all issues! We hope you'll be back so that we can deliver the five-star experience you deserve.
The risotto had no flavor and the consistency was like paste. The server was pleasant, however, did not know what the specials of the day were and was very slow despite the restaurant not being busy.
Thank you so much for your review, Djodjo. This is constructive feedback that we have already taken action on in our training! Hopefully we'll see you again soon so we can knock your socks off!
Was one of the absolutely worst meals I have ever eaten. The chef should be fired his food is an abomination and he may kill someone. To start with we ordered pumpkin risotto, what we got was soup with rice and not a hint of pumpkin or any other flavor. Took 30 minutes to get our drinks after they took the drink order twice. The actual entrees were no better my fiancé ordered spaghetti and meatballs. What she got was a single meatball on a spoons worth of pasta. None of which would we have cared about if the food was good. But it wasn’t the meat ball was raw inside and inedible. My short ribs were for some reason covered with what looked like deep fried Fritos and tasted the same. Overall don’t eat here unless you’re trying to ruin date night.
Hello James, Thank you for your review. What you experienced was definitely not indicative of the standard we hold ourselves to. We will apply your critique in our continuous training to ensure what happened on your visit will never be repeated.
Restaurant just opened this year, but the food was great for such a new restaurant! Everything was seasonal and in varying plate sizes. Great for sharing! Our server was attentive and had a great sense of humor. She made the experience even better!
Thank you for your review! We hope to see you back to share some more soon.
Beautiful contemporary space. Friendly wait staff. Wish there were more items on the menu.
Thank you for your review! We have recently expanded our menu with growth in business and covid restrictions lifting. Hopefully this will be a continued trend, and we hope you visit our friendly staff again soon to try some more of our new items!
Brunch was nice and food was inventive and tasty
Thank you, Jacalyn! We hope to see you again soon.
My spouse made the reservation and during the drive said "I think it's next to a hotel", and it turned out to be IN the hotel, the hotel's restaurant. I've never gone to a hotel restaurant FOR the restaurant, without going as a matter of convenience while staying at the hotel, but it was a high quality high value experience as a destination, and the restaurant stands on its own.
Thanks for your review, Rick! We do LOVE being a part of the Forester Hotel, and we also love when our guest appreciate our uniqueness from other hotel restaurants. We hope to see you back soon!
Awesome staff and terrific food. Great french fries-Short rib and mussels were cooked perfectly and the sauces were delicious too! We sat at the bar and really thought the bartender Alyssa was very friendly, attentive, and upbeat! Also loved the ambiance with the candles lit for the evening diners. Try the budino, it's really like the pudding my grandma used to make. We hope to return to the Oaken Bistro soon.
Thanks Susan! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Looking forward to seeing you back soon!
Wonderful meal with Chef Jonathan “JT” Thompson of Oaken Bistro + Bar last night! Had the “Daily Catch” of Wild Alaska Pollock Bouillabaisse prepared with caramelized fennel, scallops, PEI mussels, and truffled nage. Delicious! 🐟 🤤
JT aims to please! Thank you for your review- we hope to see you again soon. Our Daily Catch is always one to look out for!
Beware of the cost of drinks! Ordered a bloody mary - not listed on the menu (maybe shame on me). It was maybe 8 oz (lots of ice). The garnish included 2 green olives, a lemon wedge, and a lime wedge. Upon receipt of the bill the cost was $20!
Thank you for your review! We're sad to see you didn't have a five-star experience with us. If you visit us again, please let us know about your previous experience and hopefully we can make it right!
Thank you, Brian! We're looking forward to having you back for all of the above occasions in the future!!
Nice place. Was quiet. Food was so so. Drinks were good. Good for low key dinner.
Thank you for your review, Sanjay N. We hope to see you back soon to deliver the five-star experience you deserve! Come on in and sample some of our new menu items (rolling out next week!)- we're sure you'll find something you love!!
Wait staff was ok but seemed to be learning. Food again was ok but not exceptional
Thank you for your review! Our entire staff is definitely learning every day, and we are confident that on your next visit you'll be blown away by our service! We'd also love to have you experience some of our new menu items, slated to roll out next week!
Only one server. He did a great job tending bar and restaurant.
Wonderful to hear, Laura! We're glad your server/bartender was able to deliver a great experience. We'd love to see you back soon!
It was a great new spot. We had a signature cocktail and their version of a BLT. Very art deco vibe, we really enjoyed it!
Great to hear, Eloise! We hope you'll return soon to check out our new fall & winter soon-to-come offerings!
We got seated right away but didn’t even get water. We left after waiting 40 minutes with no service. I was very surprised because the chamber of commerce has been promoting This place. Very poor service and at $19.00 for a burger you’d think that it would be good. Also it wasn’t very crowded and they had two waiters but they didn’t seem interested in taking our orders.
Hello GeorgeB, Thank you for your review. We are very sorry that we gave you such a poor experience, and hope that we can make it right! We are addressing the above issues, and hope that you'll be in again for a more positive outcome.
Food was so underwhelming. Sloppy presentation. Small portions. And service sucked!!
Thank you for your review, ReneeB. We are currently working very hard to address the above issues. Hopefully you'll stop in again and we'll deliver the 5-star experience we know we are capable of.
Didn’t realize this place was in a newer hotel, but that didn’t make it any better or any worse… just worth noting. It’s new and times are weird, so I recognize staffing issues are a real thing but the experience from end to end was underwhelming unfortunately. We were hoping for a newer modern option in town with reliable food // instead we got undercooked, cold and under flavored food with lazy presentations. One item was also “sold out” by 6:30 pm on a Friday even though there was almost nobody in the restaurant! Odd. Oh well, wishing them all the best and hope they make it…
We hope so too! Thanks for your review, MichaelB. This was a tough one to read, but these are the types of review that we use as great opportunities for training and improvement. Hopefully we'll see you again soon and overwhelm you this time, with the great food and service we are committed to delivering.
The menu is outstanding - all that it is marketed to be - wonderful food, nicely presented. While the service was pleasant and helpful, my dining partner and I both felt the service needs to be addressed, in terms of how to actually serve: a typical note, the salt and pepper were loaded in the wrong shakers (in the US, the salt is in the shaker with fewer holes...they had it backwards.) Also, when presented in service of this level, the pepper is ALWAYS presented on the diner's left (it's the spice of Kings, after all). This is minor; more to the point, when drinks were served, the server didn't know who-got-what. Okay in a coffee shop; not okay in a restaurant this level. Serve from the left. Pick up from the right. Don't serve by handing across a guest. Etc.
The servers were polite, appropriate and enthusiastic, but not quite as experienced as they will be in future. That said: the food is superb, and we intend to go back. We put the service glitches down to the pandemic, and made no complaint.
Thank you, BobS! We appreciate your comments. Yes, the pandemic has given us some extraordinary challenges, but we are well on our way to hitting our stride! We hope to see you sooner than later to deliver your 5-star experience.
We tried this place out for a birthday celebration. The service was excellent. The menu was small but everything was done well. Drinks were top notch!! We will come again someday... but I suggest they obtain a decadent chocolate dessert and add to the menu!!
Hello DrLucie, Thank you for choosing us for your special occasion! We appreciate the compliments and feedback; incidentally, we will be making some menu changes in the near future. Whether or not there will be chocolate cake is tbd, but hope you swing by to find out!
We went for Sunday brunch and it was very quiet and easy to get a table. I had eggs Benedict with crab and spinach. Delicious and reasonably priced. I’d definitely go back when I’m visiting the area.
Hello Doug, Great to hear you enjoyed your brunch experience! We'd love to have you back any time to sample even more of our offerings from our ever-evolving menus. Thank You, The Oaken Team
Our server was very knowledgeable about menu. We were very pleased with our wine choice. Twice a manager asked if everything was right with our food and beverage. Great experience, we will return!
Thank you for sharing your experience Jean! We look forward to your return soon.
Great spot. Hidden gem!
Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you again soon.
Attentive service and good food! I favor the light, openness in the dining area. I'll be back!
Thank you Mark! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Food was inventive and delicious! Cocktails creative and tasty.
Thank you Andrea! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Waitress Abby was nice, friendly, delightful. Food solid to good. Ambiance is where the restaurant comes up short for me. Its a restaurant inside the lobby of the hotel. Nice and clean and fresh, just a big somewhat sterile design.
We are lucky to have Abby. We apologize that your experience cause your perception of us to be less favorable. We do hope you will return, so that we may show you what we are truly capable of.
The hostess was delightful.
Our server was great.
The skirt steak was very good.
It was a very pleasant experience.
Thank you for the review, We will share your feedback with the team. We look forward to serve you again soon!
This was a fantastic place to meet an old high school friend! Service and food was amazing .
Great drinks menu and atmosphere.
Lovely catch up for the last 31 years :)
Will surely be back.
Thank you for sharing, we love hearing that we were able to assist in making your special moment memorable. We look forward to your return.
Service was terrible. Wait staff seemed unhappy to be there. 20 min after our party of 4 ordered, they came to tell us they were our of an item. Charges on bill included the out of stock item. Portions were small. One piece of zucchini bread 8$. Salad wit a few slice of fruit 13.
We do apologize for the lack of service we provide that day. We have made corrections since then and hope we can convince you to come back. My Name is Alex G. feel free to connect with me at anytime at 847.582.6410
The service was great. Nice warm welcome and friendly staff. The salad was outstanding. The gnocchi was extremely salty. The flash fried trout was a very small portion. The butterscotch dessert was also salty.
Thank you for your review. We will address your concerns, and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon.