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About Whitney's Cafe (Oak Lawn)

Best Sunday Brunch in the neighborhood!
Happy Hour weekdays 4pm-7pm.
Tucked inside the Hilton Oak Lawn hotel lies the award-winning restaurant, Whitney's Cafe.

Whitney's Café's fresh seasonal menu and the finest ingredients are highlighted on a changing menu of creative and delectable dishes. Open seven days a week, Whitney's Café offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and the very popular Sunday Breakfast Buffet and Brunch. Whitney's Café's casually elegant atrium setting, superb cuisine and attentive service create a first-class dining experience. A favorite with neighborhood residents as well as hotel guests, Whitney's has been delighting diners since 1982! Consistently voted "Best Restaurant" and "Best Sunday Brunch" in the Chicago Southland... stop in and let us show you why! And while you are here, relax and unwind with a favorite beverage in 95th Street Bar & Grill.

9333 S. Cicero Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday: 6:00AM - 11:00PM.

Friday - Saturday: 6:00AM - 11PM.

Sunday: 6:00AM - 11:00PM.

Cross Street:
95th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(708) 229-8888

Website:
http://www.whitneyscafe.com/

Catering:
Contact banquets and catering at 708-229-8850

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Private Party Facilities:
Terrace Room

Private Party Contact:
Restaurant Hostess: (708) 229-8888

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

This Thanksgiving let us worry about the dinner so you can spend time with your family and friends. Reservations are available for parties small and large. Thank you for being our guest!

Whitney's Cafe (Oak Lawn) Ratings and Reviews

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food

3.8

service

3.7

ambience

3.7

value

3.8

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81% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (73)
Great for Brunch (71)
Good for Groups (66)
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Great for Lunch (62)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
Romantic (35)
Kid-friendly (33)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Notable Wine List (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Casual (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Authentic (1)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our Server was so funny, amazing, mindful of our time.
Next time I go back I will make sure I go back on her time.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We went on a Friday night around 630pm. There was 1 server and 1 busboy working! Luckily only 6 tables being used, but I felt bad for the server. She did as good as she could have! The manager came by at two different times and checked to see if everything was going alright (very awkward and rushed interaction as he was spinning his radio around while asking). Clearly his focus was on the bridal party/wedding group in the bar as he didn't help out the server in any way the entire time we were there. The food was pretty good (minus the pizza). We had been here once before and our experience the first time was better but still nothing to rave about. Mostly surprised that on a Friday, with $4 Happy hour food and drink specials, for 3 hours, they could only manage 6 tables in restaurant and actually expected that based on having 1 server staffed.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Cherie's service was slow and inaccurate. Ordered salads and apps and she forgot to place salad orders. Had to ask again which made me late, taking salads to go. Did not pack to go utensils.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

My server Elise was the best!! She gave me excellent service and she is the only reason I will be returning and telling all my friends to join me! She gave me the best service I ever had anywhere in the world! She deserves a raise just for being her!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We celebrated Fathers Day at Whitneys...It was a beautiful setting...Cozy, and eye catching. The waiter was such a positive personality. He kept the atmosphere at a high level. He talked to us and was very pleasant and genuine in his interchange. This is the go to place for intimacy, family gathering, or couple celebration. We will be back again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Went to the restaurant. Was told to sit anywhere. We did just that. They gave us menus and then came back and said we had to move. We were seated at a table by the window. They said someone just called and wanted all the tables by the windows. We were told they had a buffet available and I said I would have that. We were then told they did not have a buffet. Finally decided just to leave. Felt they did not want customers as the place was empty.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Overall it was a decent experience. However, there was an extra $13 service charge for a selection service buffet. In addition, I ended up giving a tip as well. I also wish the restaurant would have provided a small container for carryout. So with that said, we. did not get our money's worth.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Large variety of food mostly delicious but some of the meat was dry from being on heaters too long.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I was very disappointed with this restaurant. It was a brunch and the food was cold. I found two ants crawling on the serving spoons and when I told one of the hostess, he took his time to come and remove the spoons. The servers were not attentive and had to be reminded several times what we asked for. They ran out of apple juice that my daughter requested. The desserts were not inside the restaurant but outside in the hallway and they were not covered. They were very hard and dried out. The same with the rolls, fruit, salad; I think these items should have been covered in some way. It was the worst Mother's Day Brunch I have ever experienced and will not return or recommend this to anyone.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2017

The place wasn't busy but it took our waitress a long time to get to our table and she didn't fill all of the request made.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We arrived on time for our reservation no one came to our table for a half hour and it wasn't that busy servers were standing around, finally the bus boy took our order. Food was cold, obviously not fresh when we asked to receive warm food they gave us Tator tots instead of fresh hot hash browns. Water downed mimosas because the were free I imagine. We get our bill and the charged us for a child (which 12 & under are free according to the reservation and promotion online) and $30 for service. I tried to explain to the hostess the mistakes and That we are not paying for service we did not receive, while explaining to her the issues she answers the phone completely ignoring me. I had to ask for her manager which he took care of everything. That hostess should be let go, she was Very disrespectful to other customers and for the money you spend here totally not worth bad good, bad service and Very bad customer service beware. One star is not worthy but you can't submit without adding

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We were seated close to the buffet but not so close that we felt crowed. There was plenty of room to navigate. My only complaint was that by the time we hit the salad bar there was only greens left. The other salads were gone. The service was efficient without hovering.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

It was the most disappointing "brunch" I have ever been to. Having a U-shaped area with fruit plates by the hot food and regular plates by the fruit was an indicator that disappointment was imminent. Touted as "the best brunch" would have only been true if cold cereal with stale milk was the alternative. Absolutely NOTHING about this venue was anything but below average . Sorry I wasted a family holiday here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The omelet starion should have 2 chefs not 1 and the food in the warmers should be rotated. Example the French toast was inedible as it was so hard

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Atmosphere was really weird. The food was ok. It's in a hotel so it was noting special for food.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Food was delicious. We both had onion soup & crab patties. Dessert was Cheesecake pot stickers. Very good. Waitress very helpful. The only thing was the coffee at $4 was high.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Food was great! Happy Hour brisket slider NEEDS to be on full menu (amazing)! Server did well. Drinks had alcohol over-poured.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Wonderful dinner with friends. Worried that no one else was in the restaurant at 6:30 pm on a Saturday when we came in, but everything was wonderful - good food, good service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Very unhappy with 1st waitress. She didn't seem to understand basic language for
waiting on tables....(still water vs sparkling water, didn't know if they served bottled water,...) Could not clearly explain special "Restaurant Week Menu" Took a long time to check on us.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2017

My sisters and I enjoyed the Sunday Brunch together. We were very pleased with the food and the friendly staff. The price is absolutely unbeatable for the value. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2017

No host. Only one server was working. Small portions of food. Expensive compare to other restaurants in the area

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2017

Actually it's funny that you've asked if I would recommend Whitneys because today at our Senior mtg I did just that. I really enjoyed my lunch there and would definitely go back. Our group is located in the vicinity and area always looking for places to go. Thanks so much for the chance to check Whitneys out.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Outstanding Value, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Waitress was good but restaurant didn't seem to be ready to be open and serving on Christmas.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Very much surprised. Never know what to expect on a holiday - maybe slow service, maybe server rushing you out the door to make room for another customer, cold food or all of the above. However, our server was great, we were not rushed at all, food was hot, delicious, and plenty of it. Happy that Whitney's offered a senior discount even on a holiday as there were 3 seniors in our group.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Food was very good. But not enough food selections for price.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Very good food and exceptional service. I recommend it.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2016

This is a nice place to dine and could be even nicer if they would hire more wait staff and cooks and stop working the few faithful to death. They never have enough service/cook personnel although they know Sunday brunch time is extremely popular and busy and the number of customers who come as no surprise. Though it's a buffet, and folks help themselves to the food, there is yet a need for wait staff and more than one beat-down chef! They shoot themselves in the foot because of this.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Had Thanksgiving dinner here - reservation was for 5:30 p.m. Our server was very good and attentive and food was good, but empty tables around us were not cleared from earlier diners. Buffet area from earlier in the day was cleared, but not very attractive to look at. Would suggest a screen of some type. Seemed like they were just waiting for us to leave, so they could set-up for the next day.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Went to Whitney's for their Thanksgiving Buffet. The food was very good, especially the carved ham and turkey. Delicious but a little over-priced.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Great waitress and food was delicious. I will be returning soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2016

Wonderful, attentive waitress and delicious food! The sliders, club sandwiches and desserts are fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2016

Love our waitress but don't know her name! She's a bit older but always really great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2016

We did the Sunday brunch and found the food to be fresh and well prepared. There were minimal selections although all were quite tasty. However, the hash browns were, at best, a tepid temperature. One major complaint was that our waitress was most inattentive. When we were able to locate her she was chatting with other staff or spending a lot of time chatting at nearby tables and we had to summon her to our table. We had not been to Whitney's for some time, however I think we will try a return visit for lunch or dinner. Hopefully, we will secure a more attentive wait staff.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2016

About the only complaint I have is with the hostess' lack of customer service. She definitely requires training or retraining. My wife and I were not greeted with a smile or pleasant demeanor. She was not conversational, and even after I had mentioned that i had a reservation under Open Table, she never referred to me by name. Allgauer's in Alsip provides that exact service. On to the wait staff. She was extremely accommodating and very professional, all while being very pleasant. The food was excellent. My wife had the Eggs Benedict and I chose the buffet. The buffet was always well stocked, and everything tasted fresh and cooked just right. The eggs, French Toast, fruit selection were delicious. I have to mention the bacon. It had a hint of smokiness that tasted as though it was cooked with actual hardwood and didn't simply have flavor added. I recommend having breakfast at Whitney's.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2016

Clean, cozy, friendly environment with wonderful food

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Healthy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2016

The freshness of the food items
The attention to detail.
The food was slightly above par

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Great Mother's Day brunch. The price included the buffet and an entree we had the brisket which was delicious. The bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's made the value excellent. Service was a bit slow but acceptable for such a busy day.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2016

I had always heard about The Mother's Day Brunch there and I'm glad I got to experience it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2016

My husband and I had a 7:00 pm reservation. nobody came to the table for 10 min, not even to bring water or ask if we wanted a drink...we had to wait for everything, much longer then normal. then when we asked for bread, waitress then tells us we have to order it...it doesn't come with dinner, and it takes 10 min. BREAD. who doesn't give bread? then she ordered and we never did receive it. Food was good, dessert, my crème bulee was burnt on top, cant eat burnt sugar...waitress was doing a party in back and large table but it was not a crowded restaurant. very disappointed and it was our anniversary.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Our server was amazing. Definitely will come back.

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