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Oaken Bistro + Bar, Lake Forest, IL

Oaken Bistro + Bar

4.4
4.4
191 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Oaken is a modern, upscale American Bistro + Bar with a global influence. Enjoy all-day dining in Lake Forest with elevated burgers & salads as well as dishes with more unique, worldly flavor trends like our popular Barbacoa Rotini, Cubano with Roasted Pork Belly, or Braised Short Rib. When it’s time for Happy Hour, the sleek lounge features a craft cocktail menu with signature herbal-infused offerings as well as an eclectic wine list and local beers. Enjoy all day drinks and dining in the contemporary dining room, the inviting 25-seat outdoor patio, or order take-out or delivery. Branch out from your ordinary routine and unearth Oaken!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 6:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (847) 582-6410
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Christian Alejandro
  • Catering
    Oaken Bistro + Bar is happy to cater your next event!
  • Private party facilities
    Gather and entertain at Oaken Bistro + Bar, the only modern, upscale all day dining in Lake Forest, IL Enjoy a flexible American menu with a global influence. Complement your meal with a signature herbal-infused cocktail menu or a bottle from an extensive wine list. Reserve the outdoor patio, a private event room, or buy out the entire restaurant!
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Forest
  • Cross street
    Townline Rd and Field Dr
  • Parking details
    Complimentary parking in the hotel's adjacent parking lot.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    May 12, 2024 only
    Celebrate Mother's Day with us at Oaken Bistro + Bar! Join us for brunch specials, live music, and a complimentary photo area. Our guests will have the option to order off our menu or choose from our delicious brunch specials. In addition to our tasty brunch special, we will also be offering a variety of tasty mimosas to choose from. A deposit is required per person to secure your spot, which will go towards the total bill. We've planned a wonderful day for you and your loved ones, so come celebrate with us! Mother's Day Specials: -Asparagus, morels, smoked egg yolk, wild garlic -Diver scallops, ajo blanco, verjus and miso glaze
    Mother's Day Brunch Photo

What 191 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Suburbs

    Great for brunch

  • North Suburbs

    Good for business meals

  • North Suburbs

    Romantic

191 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in this restaurant. The food was really good and delicious. Pleasant atmosphere and stylish interior design. Our waitress was attentive and polite. Prices are a bit high, but not too expensive. The only con was the size of one of our dishes, I ordered chicken and it was a bit small, but other than that everything was good.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for taking time go give us a review. We appreciate your feedback and are always looking for ways to improve and hope we get the chance to serve you again. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was amazing. I look forward to my next visit.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking time to review our restaurant. We look forward to your next visit as well. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  3. Disappointed

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We are Lake Forest Residents and like to support local Restaurants, however, we will not be returning to Oaken Bistro. There was a large group of people who were quite loud, so it was very difficult for us to hear each other. I think the design of the room with dining tables in the bar, which is where we were seated, is a problem. The tall ceilings also add to the noise problem. My husband ordered the Smash Burger, which he enjoyed, however, the Fries were not hot or crispy. I ordered the steak and would be hard pressed to say it was 10 ounces. It was cooked medium rare as requested, but I was disappointed that even though the menu stated that is came with Bearnaise Sauce, there was none available.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We did have a large group of local parents gathering in our bar area that evening. I can understand how a group that size could raise the volume. We also take your food concerns seriously. We'd love to have you back and show you a better experience. Let us know you are coming, and we'll make sure you have a quiet table and are well taken care of. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  4. IngaG

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my second time in this restaurant and I came back to celebrate my birthday however, the food and service was much better the first time. I was not impressed with the food or the service last night. The food order was wrong, the drinks were to sweet. I liked the place the first visit but got really disappointed last night
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We are always trying to get better, so it pains us to hear that we missed some steps at your table. We'd love to make your next visit even better that the first. If you do choose to visit again, I will see to it personally. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  5. Ilovetoeat

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this restaurant in the Forester Hotel. Delicious food, great service, lovely atmosphere. We shall return soon.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We look forward to seeing you again. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. The chef was very accommodating of the substitution requests. Portions were a little smaller than expected, but the quality was excellent.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 29, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We are always happy to make accommodations. We hope to see you again soon.

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  7. IngaG

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! Service was great too. This is the llace to come anytime of the day for brunch, lunch or dinner to enjoy food and drink
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on March 18, 2024
    We appreciate your review. While we love this review, we do see that you have had experiences that were not up to our standards, and we invite you back to try us again. We really do appreciate the kind words, and hope to return the favor with great food and service. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  8. Alex

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Did not expect this to be in a hotel… the atmosphere was nice, food was okay. Wings were okay, not the best, not the worst. Empanadas were very good, as well as the burger, Caesar salad was not the best. 
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 20, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review, we always appreciate feedback. We've recently made changes to our empanadas specifically because of guests like yourself. As for other the items you weren't impressed with, we're always happy to get direct feedback if you ever want to reach out. We welcome another opportunity to impress you with great food and service. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  9. EssieS

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oaken Bistro was our stop before a play at Citadel Theater. But what we thought would be a quick bite to eat with a cocktail turned out to be a really fantastic experience! Our server Dane was attentive and got our orders accurate as well as making some fabulous suggestions for food choices ... the honey/goat cheese app was out of this world and a generous portion as well. We happen to love a good old fashioned cheeseburger and this place did not disappoint with a nice slight char taste to it. Our cocktails, a Negroni and their special Oaken Old Fashioned were both yummy and well crafted. The manager was seen many times strolling thru the restaurant to be sure everything was top notch and the busser kept our water refilled. The ambience was a warm and inviting vibe despite having a modern appeal, which can be a tricky combination. We plan to return very soon!!
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 29, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us such a nice review. We love being part of a wonderful evening. We can't wait to see you again. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal food, service was great will definitely be back
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 20, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a great review. We look forward to seeing you again. Gabriel Boden General Manager

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience for our first time. Loved that the manager came over to say hello! Definitely will be back.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 29, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We love having the opportunity to meet our guests. Hope to see you soon. Gabriel Boden General Manger

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  12. HungryPeeps

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Have had catering from restaurant, which was very good. We were very disappointed with the quality and taste in house.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on February 5, 2024
    Hello Hungry Peeps, We appreciate feedback. I would love to hear more about your experience and how we can make it better. Gabriel Boden General Manger

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  13. MaryR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was tasty, service - friendly and fast. Liked that is was quiet enough for conversation.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 17, 2024
    Mary, Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We love that your food was tasty. We hope we get the chance to see you again soon.

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  14. SherrieL

    Chicago

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did not realize it was in the Hyatt business area. We were pleasantly surprised how nice this place was with good food.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 17, 2024
    Thank you Sherrie, We appreciate you taking time to give us a review. While we are located in The Forester Hotel, our intention is to stand alone for food, beverage and service. We are glad you found us and hope to see you again.

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  15. ExpertDiner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Susie our waitress was wonderful-so attentive and has a great personality. The food did take over an hour to be brought out to us from when we ordered to when it came out which felt very long. The prices are fairly high for having to wait and the salmon which almost all 6 of us ordered was overcooked. I suppose it was because we had to wait so long and they were down some staff in the kitchen. Just a guess.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on December 26, 2023
    Thank you for taking time to write a review. We agree that an hour is a long time to wait for your meal. Please know that we work hard to ensure that every plate comes out to our chef's expectations. From our chef and myself, we sincerely hope we get the opportunity to see you again and give you that experience you expect from Oaken Bistro.

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  16. anonymous

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great setting, food, service. Would recommend to anyone who wants a lovely dining experience.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on December 26, 2023
    Thank you for the 5 stars. We hope to see you back soon.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were surprised to find Oaken Bistro Bar in a Hyatt Place, but decided to give it a try. It was a lovely setting and our server could not have been nicer. The kitchen was a bit slow, but our server kept us informed and we had lots to talk about, so it was no big deal. The Penne with Mushrooms, sausage and cheese was fantastic, the portion size perfect and the presentation in a skillet made for a fine meal.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on December 26, 2023
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We appreciate all feedback. We think you will find the same attentive service along with food made to our chef's standards in a prompt manner the next time we see you. Thanks again!

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  18. Lakshmi

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very bad food
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for taking time to review us. We hate to hear about bad experiences, but if you have any specifics please feel free to contact us directly. We'd love to hear from you.

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  19. JWL6

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    There was a wedding party having brunch in the restaurant - and they were quite lively and energetic. That was all fine and fun. Just know that the acoustics are such that the restaurant can get quite loud when there are more people or groups.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to write a review, and we always appreciate feedback. While we do get occasional large groups, especially from The Forester Hotel, a group like that is not common. We hope that doesn't deter you from returning. You will find like many of our reviewers that we are typically a quiet restaurant.

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  20. KatieK

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very slow. My lunch was a small salad with very dry grilled chicken. With a glass of wine, my bill was $50. Little pricey!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very lovely place to eat! The vibe was great, and the service was awesome she catered to us. We didn't wait long for the food. I had the applewood eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. It was not good at all. The biscuits were hard and dry like thick crackers and the overall dish had a very lemon taste but a bitter taste. The coffee was not good as well. I would say if it wasn't for the food they would have gotten a better rating.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on November 13, 2023
    Thank you for taking time to write this review. While we take all reviews seriously, we have coincidentally made some new changes to our menu, that do address your comments directly, including adjustments to our benedicts. Also, while we are very proud to serve Big Shoulders coffee, and their Ethiopian Sidamo Natural is a wonderfully unique and special coffee, they are supplying us with a new blend for our house drip coffee that we plan to start serving next week. We hope you consider trying us again and letting us know what you think of the changes.

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  22. CatreseM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our evening and will definitely be back.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for the wonderful review. We're looking forward to seeing you again in 2024. Happy New Year!

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  23. GoodMemories

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are looking for a wonderful meal. This is the place. Everything we have had here has been great.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for the wonderful review. As we look back on 2023, these reviews make us excited for the new year. We want you know we appreciate your feedback and hope to see you in 2024.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall a solid meal. Salmon was excellent as were the short ribs. Server was super! A little noisy because of groups at bar but not too bad. Will come back!
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on October 31, 2023
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review, and the kind words about your server. We hope to see you soon.

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  25. LisaP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were delicious. Both of our meals were messed up but we made it work. I recommend being much more careful as we had noted it on our reservation and when we ordered that we had a severe gluten allergy. Messing up food orders when you have a table like this can be terrifying.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on October 16, 2023
    Lisa, Thank you for the kind words, but in our opinion there is no room for mistakes when handling food allergies. Please know we have heard your concerns and are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again.

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  26. Nananan

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hamburgers were very good. The atmosphere was good and well as the keyboard player. Great find.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on October 31, 2023
    Thank you for the kind words. We're keeping the music going every Friday from 7pm-10pm. We hope you come back to see us soon.

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  27. Joanie

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely fabulous meal here. The service was spot on. I would recommend to all. However one thing was so unsettling to me. It was 6p.m. on a Sunday night and we were the only 2 people in the entire restaurant. Either this is the best kept secret or Oaken isn’t doing a very good job advertising. No kidding, everything was wonderful including coffee and dessert. If I had one complaint it would be that there was no cappuccino available. Try it!
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on November 13, 2023
    Thank you so much for the review, and we agree Sunday dinner can be a little quiet here. We appreciate you helping spread the word, and hope to see you again soon. We will have cappuccino for you next time.

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  28. Hostmom

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Bartender was our server, did not encourage us to order food even though we were there for dinner. Offered taste of a wine that was about to turn. Told us that our food would take a long time because the kitchen was really busy, even though there were only a few people in the restaurant. Presumably because of hotel guests ordering. We had a reservation for dinner but ended up leaving after appetizer and a drink.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to review Oaken Bistro. As we look back on 2023 we realize we missed a few reviews. I think you will find we have made some positive changes with our service team since your last visit. We always appreciate your perspective and feedback as we strive to make your next visit better than the last. We hope to see you again in 2024. Cheers!

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  29. KCreviews

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great find. Food quality and taste was outstanding. My cocktail was a little so-so but everything else was excellent. Recommend and I will be back!
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to review our restaurant. As we look back on 2023 we realize we missed a few reviews. We always appreciate your perspective and feedback as we strive to make your next better than the last. We hope to see you again in 2024. Cheers!

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  30. Steve

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Comfortable environment
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to review Oaken Bistro. As we look back on 2023 we realize we missed a few reviews. We always appreciate your perspective and feedback as we strive to make your next visit better than the last. We hope to see you again in 2024. Cheers!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was bland, under-seasoned, and horribly overpriced. It was nearly $100 for flavorless salmon coated in a greasy butter sauce, two coffees, and an equally bland chicken Milanese. The ambience is equally soulless, being located in chain hotel in a corporate office park. Unless you are staying at the hotel with a corporate account and no other option nearby, there is no reason to spend so much money for such unappetizing food in such a charmless location.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to review Oaken Bistro. As we look back on 2023 we realize we missed a few reviews. I think you will find we have made some positive changes with our kitchen team and our menu since your last visit. We always appreciate your perspective and feedback as we strive to make your next visit better than the last. The team we have in place are committed to being more than a hotel restaurant. We are proudly part of the Lake Forest community and want to show them the best food and service possible. We sincerely hope to get an opportunity to see you again in 2024.

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  32. Alicia

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They have a strange menu for the area, too many Southern and Mexican options. The prices are high for the small portions and quality. It’s very loud in the evening with the strange music.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great customer service.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to review Oaken Bistro. As we look back on 2023 we realize we missed a few reviews. I think you will find we have made some positive changes to our menu since your last visit. We always appreciate your perspective and feedback as we strive to make your next visit better than the last. We hope to see you again in 2024. Cheers!

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  34. NickN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice restaurant. Food was good and our server was very nice. Would go again if back in the area.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to review Oaken Bistro. As we look back on 2023 we realize we missed a few reviews. I think you will find we have made some positive changes as we close out this year. We always appreciate your perspective and feedback as we strive to make your next visit better than the last. We hope to see you again in 2024. Cheers!

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  35. BrenZ

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food on the limited menu is outstanding. Their cocktails are creative and their wine selection is well rounded.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to review Oaken Bistro. We have made some changes to our menus. We hope you get a chance to come see us again soon.

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  36. Matthew

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant is nothing more then a Hotel Bar and Bistro with very expensive, but mediocre food. The quality of the food was standard for a Hotel Bar and Bistro, but not standard for the price. Even at 30% less the main dishes would still be over priced for the quality. We did not stay at this hotel, but had I been staying I would have left the hotel to find food.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to review Oaken Bistro. As we look back on 2023 we realize we missed a few reviews. We always appreciate your perspective and feedback as we strive to improve. As a restaurant, we are committed to being the best in Lake Forest, and not simply a restaurant in this beautiful Forester Hotel. We hope we get an opportunity to see you in 2024.

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    Chicago

    26 reviews

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    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a family brunch, and everyone found something they liked on the menu. All our food was delicious, eggs prepared as requested, and it came in a reasonable amount of time. After our meals were delivered the server disappeared. No refills of sodas, tea or water. Had to flag another server eventually for our bill. This is not the first time we have had this problem.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on October 31, 2023
    Thank you for taking time to give us a review. We are actively working on bringing our service up to the standards you expect. We hope to see you again, so you can see the changes we've made.

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  38. MariaA

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Oakton Bistro continues to deliver excellent food. Highly recommend.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on June 30, 2023
    Maria, Thank you so much for taking time to share your thoughts with other diners! We are so thrilled you enjoyed everything with us and hope to have you dine in with us again in the near future!

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  39. JimmyS

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant has a menu that is full but, alot of items were not available.
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on May 26, 2023
    Hi Jimmy, Thank you so much for taking time to review your experience with us. We have taken a closer look as our ordering processes to ensure we are ready to serve you all of the wonderful items we have to offer. We hope to have you back dining again soon. -Oaken Bistro + Bar

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  40. Kate

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious breakfast! The arugula salad, Bloody Mary's, egg Benedict, Lake Forest breakfast and salmon were all fantastic!
    Oaken Bistro + BarResponded on May 14, 2023
    Dear Kate, Thank you so much for taking time to review our restaurant! We would love to know more about your experience with us, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed our delicious breakfast items, along with our Bloody Mary's. -Oaken Bistro + Bar

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You can order delivery directly from Oaken Bistro + Bar using the Order Online button. Oaken Bistro + Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 582-6410.

Oaken Bistro + Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Oaken Bistro + Bar

200 N Field Dr, Lake Forest, IL 60045-2513

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Townline Rd and Field Dr
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Forest
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 6:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary parking in the hotel's adjacent parking lot.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Christian Alejandro
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (847) 582-6410
  • Catering
    Oaken Bistro + Bar is happy to cater your next event!
  • Private party facilities
    Gather and entertain at Oaken Bistro + Bar, the only modern, upscale all day dining in Lake Forest, IL Enjoy a flexible American menu with a global influence. Complement your meal with a signature herbal-infused cocktail menu or a bottle from an extensive wine list. Reserve the outdoor patio, a private event room, or buy out the entire restaurant!
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