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The Little Gem Restaurant

4.6
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396 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 - Walkins are always Welcome.
We look forward to serving you!

Gift cards, Buy Now & Dine In Later, are available. Please either call in at (708) 613-5491 email us at info@thelittlegemcafe.com.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 396 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTodd
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We didn’t appreciate the 1.5 hour limit on our dinning, which we were not made aware of until we arrived. We weren’t forced from our table but we don’t appreciate feeling rushed when you spending $$$ for dinner.

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RobertR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food good and service very good.

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vipChris
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time inside dining since February. Felt very safe. Plenty of room for social distancing. Food was quite excellent. Great job

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fjdkjl
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

great little place have never been disappointed. very nice staff

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BarbaraH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lovely little bistro had sidewalk seating for us. It so reminded me of a bistro in Europe. The menu has a wide variety of tempting apps, entrees and desserts. There was a daily fall Manhattan that was tasty. Our server was very conscientious following mask guidelines. I really look forward to returning either for dine in or take out.

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vip2withfriends
Milwaukee
113 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate outside so noise is not really relevant. Only one server at lunch and she was kept busy. We were in no hurry and did not feel unattended. Food was very good....and portions were sizeable. All 3 of us took home enough to have for supper. Will return.

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vipdaruma
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had the "Sliced Prime Rib Sandwich." I should have taken a picture of it but I was a little taken aback I guess to think of it at the time. Was not pretty or appetizing looking, although taste was ok. Was expecting thickish slices of reddish brown roast beef. Was more like shaved super thin the dark brown color of gyros. The cucumber mint martini was good. My wife liked the "Seafood Risotto" but they charged $4 more than what was listed on menu. Ate outdoors but its on the sidewalk so people kept walking through. Based on this experience, probably won't be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the sirloin steak and it was delicious. I love the chimichurri sauce that comes with it. Chef Martin told me he got a new supplier whom provides more marbling on the steak. It was delicious which I followed up with his homemade Godiva mousse!

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vipedwardcostello
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I was there with three other people and there was not one item that the 5 previous stars where well deserved, truly a GEM of a restaurant

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JRod
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Well portioned and great tasting food. If looking for small venue with a nice ambiance the little gem is a spot to check out.

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TraceyT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Underwhelming. We have been to The Little Gem several times and have had good experiences, which is why I booked it for our anniversary celebration. Not so much tonight. I booked a table a few weeks in advance to ensure outdoor seating and noted that it was for an anniversary. Neither the host nor our server mentioned the occasion. OK. As we sat down, the host explained their COVID protocols -- masks on for any interactions with staff, QR code instead of menu on the table, the table is turned over in 90 minutes. Got it. We used the QR code for our food menu, but then were given a paper cocktail menu along with it. Huh? Bread plates and silverware were brought to the table with what appeared to be single-ply paper towels as napkins. Huh, again. There was no evidence of hand sanitizer or wipes for diners to use, despite the COVID protocols listed by the restaurant on OpenTable. The Little Gem website and QR menu were quite clear about a "Prime Rib Special Friday & Saturday!", which my husband was looking forward to, yet when we asked our server, she said, "Oh, there's no prime rib" (and we had an early reservation, so doubtful they were "out"), in a tone that was like "how strange that you are asking". The dressing on my Caesar salad was sparse. Our second round of cocktails, ordered before our entrees, arrived just as we were eating our last bites. The table was not cleared throughout the meal, and I ended up stacking plates and empty cocktail glasses in a corner of the table just to make room. At one point, the server left a water pitcher that she had been using to fill other tables on the table -- not COVID-safe. This is not an inexpensive venue, and we were quite disappointed. I applaud Little Gem's measures to keep their staff safe, but those measures need to extend to patrons. Pedestrians are permitted to walk through the outdoor seating (it's a public sidewalk), and as one might expect, their mask compliance and social distancing wer uneven.

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vipVirginiaIsForDiners
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We ate outside on the sidewalk- nothing too special but given the circumstances, we We’re just happy to be out. Everything else was outstanding from the toasted garlic bread through to the chocolate mousse. Excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Menu was a typical brunch menu. Mimosas for $5 was nice. Slightly overpriced for a avg food. Service was spotty. Not really memorable

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The restaurant was very loud. The appetizer we ordered seemed to be microwaved bread with cheese - gross! I also tried to order a few other things and they were out. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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vipDiningMom
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I really wanted to like this restaurant. Food was pretty and nicely prepared, but the underlying ingredients did not seem fresh. Filet tasted more like a tougher steak. This might have been overlooked if the service had been better. We waited a full 75 minutes before being served appetizers, despite other diners being seated well after us and being served some of the same dishes 20 minutes earlier than we were. It was odd. It did feel like a neighborhood restaurant so perhaps regulars were prioritized. Our appetizers were actually quite good when they did arrive and the restaurant did not charge us for them, which was very nice. We might consider returning when things are back to normal and would maybe ask what their signature dishes are before ordering. This might be more of a roasted chicken restaurant.

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JulieB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing.

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vipDktenor
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food in a safe environment. We ate inside and we’re adequately spaced from other tables. The food was uniformly very good. The room, even with reduced patronage, tends to be loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night! This place was lovely and the staff great. I sent my plate back because I didn’t understand how they prepared boneless half chicken when a half of chicken is normally 4 pieces. The chef came out to explain how they remove the bones and keep the chicken attached. I was grateful for the explanation. The chicken was amazing! Moose and flavorful! Will be back.

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KrysT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time going. Both times the food was amazing!! I love their brussel sprouts! The cucumber mint martini was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. They also have this cookie and ice cream desert that I’m going back to get today! So happy I stumbled across this place!!

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vipJoemc
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A favorite local french place we like to go. Only issue is the service can be a little slow and not spaced out. For example we ordered, received and finished our appetizer before getting our first drink on this occassion.

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ElizabethH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, portions just right
GREAT Social Distance protocols in place

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vipKitka
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Little Gem has been our local favorite for a while, and we continued to enjoy great carry-out service from here once COVID-19 hit. Today was our first time dining in public since March, and we couldn’t have felt in better hands. Top notch protocols and sanitary standards with no compromise to the menu. Highly recommended, again!

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MamaR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on patio with ample social distance. The staff was friendly , server Monica a was great and food was delicious. The dinner for 2 was perfect and I’m still talking about the flourless chocolate cake one week later!

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vipKatieB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tried their new cocktail, Moonlight, I think. Delicious, refreshing, not too sweet. Nice work Kurt! Beet salad was outstanding. Filet was good. Staff were friendly and accommodating. A very nice evening. I’ll be back.

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vipUsed2baserver
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great little neighborhood place! Food is always good, service is very good

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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GerryR
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside dining surprisingly empty, perhaps given to early time or people’s concern about the virus constrictions .Our reservation was graciously moved up when our out of state guest arrived early.Additional carry out meal of soup and mussel linguini arrived home hot and tasty.

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StevenS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hardest part was deciding what to choose off the menu, everything looked so good. And then you see them bring dishes to the tables next to you and you go ooooo, what's that. We had the vegetable risotto and the stuffed pork chop. Both were delicious

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Frequentbruncher
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was delicious but took quite a long time, especially considering the fact that restaurant was not at all crowded. My husband’s pork chop was missing the cheese it was supposed to be stuffed with, but to be fair the waitress did give him a new meal free of charge. We finished and said no to dessert, then sat there another twenty minutes before she though to ask if we wanted the check. This was after it took us nearly an hour to get our entrees. I might go back because the short ribs really were delicious, but I only if I wasn’t in a hurry.

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EaUnd
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, good wait staff, but pricey (Get to 50char limit)

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RayH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This is our third time at this restaurant. We were there a couple of times shortly after it had changed ownership (previously was Marion Street Grill) then not for a couple of years. Our first experience was good; food was good, server was quirky but attentive, ambiance was okay though I preferred the decor of the previous establishment. It had always been a very warm inviting room but new owner had chosen a cooler pastel color palette that didn't go well with the exposed brick and copper ceiling. Our second trip there was not as good; food wasn't as good, same quirky waiter with all the same patter. Hence the reason we hadn't been there for a couple of years. But we were out to celebrate a birthday and were looking for a change from our usual Oak Park spots. First, we had made reservations but were seated right next to the hostess station with a little separator partition. The table was 2 two-tops pushed together, which would have been okay except one table was a good half-inch shorter than the other. What made it worse is that the music for the restaurant is supplied from a boom box sitting by the hostess station. The volume might be fine across the room but sitting right next to it it was way too loud. We had to ask twice for them to turn it down. And again, we had made reservations and at the time we booked the restaurant was wide open. This particular location should be left for walk-ins. Then the waitress was pretty inattentive, and the staff overall just seemed kind of badly trained. The bus boy kept serving the wrong plates to the wrong people. They had given us 3 setups for a table of four and it took 45 minutes before they corrected that. I ordered a martini and it sat warming at the bar for a good 110 minutes before my wife walked over and got it. The stemware is industrial grade. Just so many details they got wrong at this price point it should be better. The food was very good but the overall experience was not satisfactory.

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Alice
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the risotto (veggie and seafood!) and the fig/brie appetizer was also excellent. This was my third time here. I will surely be a repeat customer and recommend to all my friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

It took us over 2 hours to have lunch. I finally had to walk up to the bar to ask for the check so we could leave. And to top it all off, we were there celebrating my birthday, and though I had very specifically stated that I was medically gluten free, my food arrived with two pieces of today plopped on top. They remade it for me, but by the time I got my food most of the rest at the table was finished eating. And then, they didn’t even offer to give a discount for messing that up. I won’t be going back.

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LisK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Overall the dining experience was fine, not great, not bad. Drinks were OK, appetizers were OK, dinner was OK. We were expecting a lot more and really wanted to like everything but it was not rave worthy. Server was rushing us through every part of our meal. Fig & Brie app was very average and could use a bit of work for the price.

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vipAndyD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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OskarB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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gailpj
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

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StacyL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 4.6 stars by 396 OpenTable diners.

The Little Gem Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thelittlegemcafe.com/shop.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.