The Little Gem Restaurant

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337 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!
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4.5
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4.2
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4.5
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SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th or 5th time at the LIttle Gem and it just gets better & better. Food & service were outstanding and it has become our favorite restaurant in Oak Park. We just relocated to a new apartment building and are now a 5-minute walk away. We'll be back often!

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was superb! Nice atmosphere. We will definitely go to The Little Gem again!

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was actually Impress with everything, the place was nice and cozy. The food was awesome they start us of with garlic bread which I would say was awesome I couldn't stop eating it, then we had the calamari for appetizer, which is also awesome it was fresh, and for my entree I end up with the Lamb Chops. The lamb chops was cut medallion style, I ask the server she said "she thinks it comes in four", but it came with two. The way they marinate the lamb chops is good even the vegetables that came with it was awesome, i just wish for that they would add a little bit more meat, but our overall experience with the restaurant was excellent. It is actually a good place for date night.

C
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had brunch. Food was excellent. Server was a lovely young man who did a great job. The only down side was the decaf coffee was extremely weak. They brewed a new pot for us which was a little stronger. Points for effort though. Will go again.

MR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening celebrating girlfriend’s birthday. Cozy, inviting, atmosphere, excellent food, amiable staff.

RT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great, loved the classic vibe, and this is one place where you can have a conversation and be heard without a bunch of background noise or bad music. Will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Wonderful dinner. Quality of the meal always great!

J
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friends celebrated my birthday with brunch at this charming and delightful cafe. They had us at the $5 bloody mary special but then went on to spoil us with perfectly cooked eggs Benedict and one of the best French toast I’ve ever had. Service was terrific. We’ll be back for one of their evening specials!

EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so delicious and atmosphere was fabulous I came here for my 1 year anniversary and absolutely love it.

PY
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was actually excellent. Service was great… everything worked!

JW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday dinner

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot - it's a little noisy - small space - lots of people talking - but great food

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent, like the look an decor. food was just average. Saying the noise level is"energetic" is being extremely kind. The acoustics are so bad that it virtually impossible to have a conversation with the person across the table from you. Servers actually had to speak to us individually to explain specials etc. Do not plan on ever returning.

SS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sea bass was delicious, the martinis were divine, big portions, great warm crusty bread, excellent service. This place is a little gem. I'll be back.

TG
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good but took quite a while to come up. Not the place to go if you are in a rush. I enjoyed the Royal Pimm's drink, which was reasonably priced at $10.

CL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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 on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
37 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

BK
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A lovely neighborhood restaurant. Happy hour to full on dining, it's a fine place to be.

L
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Truly a little gem!

J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Seafood Risotto, will visit again

RL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

ME
Pittsburgh
147 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
46 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and ambiance!!!

CL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

EC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very poor experience - will not be back.

MT
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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
36 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good soup and salad. Pleasant server. Nice atmosphere.

d
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.