The Little Gem Restaurant

4.6
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360 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The service is terrific, the food is wonderful (we love the calamari) and the ambiance is lovely. Music plays softly in the background and isn't overwhelming. What a magnificent "little gem" in the suburbs.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

OB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a martini in the bar or a dinner with a date. Great little gem....

g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our reservation was honored and we were seated immediately. I chose this restaurant for candlelight dinner. There was a candle on our table, but the vibe was not romantic; it was loud with laughter and conversation. Our table was intimately placed and l enjoyed our seating
The onion soup received rave reviews, and we both ordered it. It did not disappoint, it was delicious and l would definitely order that again. My husband had New York Strip Steak cooked to perfection. On the night we were there Prime Rib was the special. I ordered that and it was the best that l’d ever eaten.
Wait staff was courteous, friendly and attentive.
I would recommend The Little Gem to friends and I already have.
The owner even stopped by our table to check on us and helped us by snapping our picture

SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lovely ambiance. Great place to spend time and catch up with friends.

A
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We arrived at 8:40 PM and were promptly told the kitchen had closed at 8:30. Bear in mind the posted hours are 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM. We were handed negus and asked to make a dinner selection immediately. Food was OK but service was rushed entire time as staff wished to close establishment early to go home. Granted, it was a slow night but not the way to treat repeat customers who honored a reservation and arrived during posted hours. Doubt I’ll return.

OT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful surprise! Excellent food and an ambiance that is rare in most restaurants! Friendly, accommodating and attentive staff make the name a perfect description!

ME
Pittsburgh
156 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great option for brunch.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Hard to recommend to anyone. Right as we walked in we were told that we would need to finish our dinner so they can seat the reservation after us. We hadn't even been seated yet! In all my years of dining, I have never been greeted that way. Especially since our reservation noted it was our first time there. First and ONLY. I don't like going to restaurants to spend money to be treated that way.

ME
Pittsburgh
156 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this "gem" of a restaurant in Oak Park. The dinner date for two is a great promotion on Mondays and Wednesdays.

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night with live music. Music was fun but too loud.

HC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate spot with charming decor, great food and wonderful service. Can’t wait to go back again.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

wonderful!

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BA
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Try the Little Gem Omelette. It's the best I've ever had.

RL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great, servers excellent, and the Gem Cosmo is a gem!

ES
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was average and acoustics not so good.

O
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife, daughter & I ate here on a Saturday evening. We made a reservation. My wife had the stuffed pork chop, my daughter had the gluten free half chicken & I had the chicken paprikash. Everything was excellent! It is a little pricey but worth it.

WS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us dined for lunch. All of us from out of town. Enjoyable experience.

c
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I thought the food was good but not outstanding, the service was okay, and the value for money was okay.

JH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a nice restaurant for New Year’s Eve and this place was perfect! Great food nice atmosphere and they even gave us a half glass of champagne!

l
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really love this restaurant. However, on this occasion it was a little too loud. One party in particular seemed to be having a little too much fun and there was an especially loud woman in the party. Other than that, the experience was great as usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The music was concert-volume, making it difficult to talk to each other. The food was good.

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
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 on December 4, 2019
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
5 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
11 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
38 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.