The Little Gem Restaurant

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321 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 - Walkin's are always Welcome.
We look forward to serving you!
What 321 People Are Saying
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CL
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The wait staff were fantastic ! The food was good and the ambiance was lovely. A perfect Sunday evening birthday celebration.

AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been here enough to give it a proper rating now. About 4 times. Each time we left overall happy. The staff is good, the food tastes great and the prices are fair. Nothing really wows us like crazy but we definitely like Little Gem and will continue going there.

BU
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. We had the salmon, short ribs, seasonal veggies, truffle fries and brussel sprouts. Each bite was as good heavenly. I don't live in the area but if I did, I would make this a "regular' spot. Cozy, charming, excellent service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food and service were good, but nothing outstanding. I was looking at the menu and it seems fairly expensive, but they do have killer specials that greatly justified the experience.

L
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to stop in for brunch with my best friend. 6 mimosas later..... lol
We started with the beet salad and then I had the quiche and she had eggs! Dolly took great care of us , as usual!!!!! Love my neighborhood “LittleGem”!

UK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Truly a little gem!

J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I liked my dish (filet) but as far as vegan options for my dining companion, need more selection

B
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sunday brunch for 6. There were no other customers when we arrived. Food was excellent. Service was not. Waitress brought three entrees at once, including two orders of quiche. The other three had to wait ten minutes for food, one of which was also quiche. Hour and a half....

JH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Seafood Risotto, will visit again

RL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was good but a little oily. My husband's dish was mostly filler without much seafood. Beautiful place.

ME
Pittsburgh
142 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So we did the Date Night for Two, which is an amazing deal. Appetizer, salad, and dinner - and a bottle of wine for $75. That is unbelievable, and worth it. Food is great. The ambiance is top notch. We sat at the bar, which is a cozy space. Kim, the bartender, is personable and know her stuff. She also served us. She is spectacular.

AS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level only relevant when live music playing. Never disappointed with anything we've ever ordered here. Great variety and preparation. Interesting cocktail offerings too.

d
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quaint, outstanding servers Biana and Chris, and the boneless ribs dinner plate was fabulous! Thank u!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and ambiance!!!

CL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is truly a quite, little gem in Oak Park! Brunch was really great!

EC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to this restaurant and it continues to be one of our favorites in OP. The wine selection is limited but never disapoints. Not a large menu but what is there is satisfying and always good.

KJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very poor experience - will not be back.

TL
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the atmosphere. The service is good - even though they have to repeat what they say multiple times and ask you to repeat yourself because they cannot hear you because it is SO LOUD inside. It is a shame. Such a lovely place. We keep giving it "another try." Maybe 5 or 6 times over the last 18 months. No more. With the lovely painted tin ceiling, the lovely brick walls, the wood floor and the glass along one side, there is no place for the sound to be absorbed. A couple chatty tables was hard. Then, the place filled up. Awful. Could not hear - shouting to hear the person across the table from you at times. Even the wait staff said it continues to be an issue. I have been in when they have live music (lovely violins), but, playing regularly (not loudly), made it impossible to have a conversation WHY DOESN'T THE OWNER ADD SOUND ABSORBING TILES OR ART? I have two other friends who now refuse to go back. I'm done. IF they change, I will enjoy it. Hard to relax and enjoy a meal when it is so very loud. Unacceptable. And I really like the place. We spend a lot of money dining out and will not ruin an evening again.

L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I enjoyed dinner with my wife. The food was delicious and well made. However, it took them 30 minutes to get our entrees on the table. There were several other tables that arrived after us and ordered after us that received their entrees well before we did. We were given free glasses of wine but it still left a bad taste in our mouths that it took so long to get our meals. Our appetizer came out pretty fast but the entree did not. Unappreciated and we will probably opt not to return because of such.

BO
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good soup and salad. Pleasant server. Nice atmosphere.

d
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint ,serving oustanding vegetabke quiche, served by exceptionally efficient and welcoming, Bianca. Thankyou !

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent and service very good though the server seemed somewhat inexperienced. May be loud if the restaurant was full. Tables doe two are too close toghter.

KS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals were well prepared with flavor (veggie risotto and seafood risotto). Pleasant server was attentive and responsive to our requests with a smile .

R
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Much needed neighborhood restaurant with excellent menu in Oak Park. The name says it all - a little gem for quiet conversation, easy access, in rain or shine. Service is unobtrusive and professional. Menu creative and delicious with an eye toward healthy food.

ME
Pittsburgh
142 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Very quaint. Great brunch options. And the cocktail list is creative. Try the citrus basil Manhattan.

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took some time for wait staff to come to our table. I had to go find them. Onion soup was superb. Margarita was especially good with orange in it.

D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Servers were pleasant but not enough help so a bit slow. Excellent food - appetizers and entrees. We did not have dessert. A little expensive for everyday dining but I would definitely go back. Outdoor seating available.

L
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar yesterday morning for mimosas with a friend! Got there before they opened but due to the extreme heat.. Judith the owner let me in!! She was very friendly and we chatted for a while. Dolly was our bartender and made us feel like we were old friends. Love their food but yesterday we didnt eat...Next time. So glad I moved back to Oak Park .. this is one of my favorites!

B
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

First time visiting with my friend. Nice cozy setting and decent food. Good place for a date.

IR
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service superb as always. Wine list short, but offerings excellent.

M
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was average. We got the $75 dollar date night menu- 1 appetizer , 2 entrees, 1 bottle wine and 1 dessert.

I got steak which was average at best. My girlfriend got salmon, which she really liked.

OT
Chicago
134 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely spot with a warm and inviting atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

I was expecting more based upon the reviews. I was underwhelmed. The croquet was a boring, the risotto better than expected, the French toast was ok and the burger was as expected. It was all just okay.

GT
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice little restaurant in Oak Park. Good food. Good service.

AR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All good, date night option was very nice...

r
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a family birthday on a Tuesday night. It is hard to imagine a happier place with a great band, hostess/singer, and wonderful and friendly service. The food was tasty too. This is a great restaurant.

MB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful treat for us both. We wanted something close to home that was delicious and satisfying. The little gem is just that, a quaint hidden surprise with delectable dishes. The only drawback is there was a larger party that was super loud. Funny when they received their entrees the noise all but stopped. This is a testament to the the wonderful and simple menu items.

CK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fabulous service, great value for date night specials. Very loud but I love a busy restaurant.

B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was really great. I had the gouda stuffed pork chop with potato and green beans. It had great flavor and was done well. The mac and cheese side was also really good. Other's at the table enjoyed the orecchiette and sausage and the seafood risotto. The brie and honey crustini was fine but I doubt I'd get it again. The service was excellent. Attentive without being intrusive.

My only one complaint would be the noise level. We went on a Thursday at 7:00pm and the restaurant was full. The noise just seems to bounce around and we found ourselves straining to hear or shouting at each other. Just a heads up for anyone going with anyone with hearing difficulties or looking for a quiet spot. Small complaint and I'm not sure there is anything that can be done about it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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