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The Little Gem Restaurant, Oak Park, IL

The Little Gem Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1091 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
This Intimate, Stylish Little Restaurant is Elegant and Romantic
With a Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere.
A Relaxed Fine Dining Experience.
Casual or Smart - All Feel At Ease.

Reservations are Recommended - Walkins are always Welcome.
Full Bar with a Speciality Bourbon Collection, Fine Wines and Craft Cocktails.
Newly Expanded to right next door Also Check Out ENCORE! by Little Gem it is just as cosy, warm and inviting.

In addition we have a Private Party Room for up to 70.
Food + Drink Party Packages Available.
Outdoor Dining available weather permitting.
Gift Cards, Private Parties and Customized Menus are available.
Please call (917) 327 8997 or email us : info@thelittlegemcafe.com

We look forward to serving you!

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Bistro, European
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Bar + Lounge Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (708) 613-5491
  • Payment options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jonathan Vukelich
  • Catering
    Our Wonderful Chef Loves to Cook!<br />We can cater events up to 100 Guests On + Off Premises<br />Menus offer Hot + Cold Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts.<br /><br />Select Canapes, Hors d'oeuvres, Cheese Boards, Fresh Fruit, Charcuteries, French Crudite's and more.<br />Fresh Seafood : Beef : Pork : Poultry : Vegetarian : Vegan : Gluten Free.<br />Email today us for more info
  • Private party facilities
    Unique, Customized, Party Packages Available in Little Gem + Right Next Door in Encore! by Little Gem. (A Beautiful Party Private and Events Space).Dining : Dancing : Cocktails : Live Music : Formal Dinners : Casual Mixers This Elegant Little Gem is Perfect for Any OccasionParties Fully Customizable to Suit Your Vision, Our Food is Delicious!
  • Private party contact
    Judith: (917) 327-8997
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Park
  • Cross street
    Lake St.
  • Parking details
    $1 for 1 Hour Metered Street Parking Also two parking lots on this blockFree Street Parking after 8:00pm and Free on Sundays!
  • Public transit
    Green Line Train Harlem Stop just 2 blocks away<br />Bus Transportation along Lake Street, Harlem Avenue Junction is just a Block away.
  • Entertainment
    Live Jazz : Vintage Jazz Recordings : World Music : Euro Instrumentals
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Date Night Dinner for 2 w/Bottle of Wine $99

    $99.00 per party

    Multiple dates available
    A 3 Course Dinner for 2 with a Bottle of Wine 1 Appetizer and 1 Dessert, 2 Salads and 2 Entrees App: Fig and Honey Brie Crostini Salads: Caesar Salad or Mixed Greens Salad Entrees: Angus Hanger Steak flavorful and tender steak, roasted potatoes, vegetables cabernet red wine reduction Boneless, Slow Roasted Half Chicken roast potatoes, carrots, natural chicken gravy Salmon Filet pan seared salmon filet, ratatouille, baby arugula pesto Vegetarian Risotto seasonal roasted vegetables, imported aborio rice Dessert: Godiva Chocolate Mousse ~ blueberries and fresh cream (exclusive of tax and gratuities)
    Date Night Dinner for 2 w/Bottle of Wine $99 Photo

What 1,091 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Great for brunch

  • Near West

    Hot spot

  • Near West

    Neighborhood gem

  • Near West

    Romantic

  • Near West

    Most Booked

1,091 Reviews
  1. MarcusL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my go to restaurant. I love everything about it.

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  2. plaschbro3

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We dined here for father’s day and thought the whole menu was available, unfortunately it was limited to the brunch special. $55 per adult for a small appetizer which was very tasty, a main course and dessert. I got the steak and eggs. My server didn’t know what kind of steak it was. The cook seemed fine but all I could taste was the char on the outside. The potatoes were hard and flavorless. The eggs were supposed to be over easy, but they were over hard. My wife got the boneless roasted chicken and said it tasted sour and her carrots were very hard. Now for the kids. $25 for chicken tenders, fries and a pop. So $50 for 2 kids. The chicken tenders were burnt and dry. The kids barely ate anything. The fries were ok, a little on the crispy side as well. I did complain about it and the server took it away to show the chef and brought it back in a to go box. I was told that the boys could get free dessert which wasn’t included in the $25 kids menu.??? Anyway the dessert was good. Chocolate mousse and tiramisu. So to recap, nice ambiance, decent service, tasty appetizer and dessert, poor main course and way over priced in my opinion. Not going back.

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  3. RobertR

    Chicago

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food there is always good. Drinks are overpriced and you can’t be sure what brand you’re getting.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for a lively reunion with 4 college friends. Never hurried but always attentive service. Yummy bloody mary too!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always The Little Gem Cafe was amazing. The service and food was perfect. The flavor, quality, and value of the food is always great. Service is just right you never feel rushed or ignored and the staff is super friendly. Can not recommend this location enough as the perfect date night spot.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Friendly, attentive service and good food! Thanks!

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  7. Gary

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to The Little Gem Restaurant for a business lunch. The experience was very pleasant. The food was good (Caesar Salad + Salmon and a Steak Sandwich). The restaurant can be a little loud when crowded, but it's worth visiting if you haven't and it's worth a repeat visit if you haven't been for a while.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I celebrated my birthday here the only thing that was good was the entertainment which th made us pay for. The service was terrible the lamb chops were horrible the salad was stupid they put a big hunk of lettuce on the plate for the Caesar salad second time trying this place each time terrible service. Won't be back again!! Janet terrible management she hung up in one of my guests face when they try to call minus 10 Stars
    The Little Gem RestaurantResponded on June 5, 2024
    We also have a zero star rating for this party. Rude and Disruptive. Impossible to Please. Aggressive and offensive.

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  9. AnneM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been here before for dinner but this review is about brunch. We had a small family brunch for a HS grad and it was just superb. Everyone’s plates were fantastic. It was prob the most tasty and well made brunch I’ve had no joke. Everyone had a lovely time.

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  10. FishLover

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food Filet was outstanding Scallops au gratin were good but cheese was almost milky Good quality wine by the glass. Bottles were better (no big surprise) Music by Bowmanville fantastic. More than good background

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FAQs

The Little Gem Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 613-5491.

The Little Gem Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1091 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Little Gem Restaurant

189 N Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lake St.
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Park
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Bar + Lounge Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Bistro, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    $1 for 1 Hour Metered Street Parking Also two parking lots on this blockFree Street Parking after 8:00pm and Free on Sundays!
  • Public transit
    Green Line Train Harlem Stop just 2 blocks awayBus Transportation along Lake Street, Harlem Avenue Junction is just a Block away.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jonathan Vukelich
  • Entertainment
    Live Jazz : Vintage Jazz Recordings : World Music : Euro Instrumentals
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (708) 613-5491
  • Catering
    Our Wonderful Chef Loves to Cook!<br />We can cater events up to 100 Guests On + Off Premises<br />Menus offer Hot + Cold Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts.<br /><br />Select Canapes, Hors d'oeuvres, Cheese Boards, Fresh Fruit, Charcuteries, French Crudite's and more.<br />Fresh Seafood : Beef : Pork : Poultry : Vegetarian : Vegan : Gluten Free.<br />Email today us for more info
  • Private party facilities
    Unique, Customized, Party Packages Available in Little Gem + Right Next Door in Encore! by Little Gem. (A Beautiful Party Private and Events Space).Dining : Dancing : Cocktails : Live Music : Formal Dinners : Casual Mixers This Elegant Little Gem is Perfect for Any OccasionParties Fully Customizable to Suit Your Vision, Our Food is Delicious!
  • Private party contact
    Judith: (917) 327-8997
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