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Hemmingway's Bistro

4.6
4.6
905 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
At Hemmingway's Bistro the menu combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients.
The daily specials reflect the chef's love for fresh seafood. Using mostly East-coast seafood flown in from Boston daily, the chef creates dishes like wild mushroom-crusted halibut on horseradish whipped potatoes and roasted sea bass on Caussoulet beans.
There is also a Parisian seafood bar offering towers of Plateau de Fruit de Mer with fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, and lobster.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (708) 524-0806

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christopher C Ala

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Cross street

    Lake and Oak Park Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line on Oak Park Ave

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • $1.50 FRESH OYSTERS

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Thu - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM,Fri - Sat - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Join us MONDAY - FRIDAY, at HEMMINGWAY'S BISTRO, for our Oyster Bar Special from 2:30PM - 6:30PM Enjoy $1.50 fresh oysters available alongside our daily fresh Seafood Lunch and Dinner Menus!

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Interesting cocktails. Food was well prepared and I loved dessert.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious French onion soup, duck and salmon oscar topped off with mango souffle. Umm.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food in a bistro style cafe! Love the Sunday jazz along with the buffet brunch menu!
  4. CC

    CapttonyC

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding. Weather was good to dine outside. Food and service couldn’t be better
  5. M

    Motts

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An Oak Park Gem - Hemmingway's has great food, outstanding service and is like time-traveling back to a more elegant, relaxed, and refined era. The food skews unfussy French and the wait staff looks like they've made a career of their time at Hemmingways. Inside is luxurious casual and outside feels like a sidewalk cafe in New York or Paris without the crowds. An overall outstanding experience.
  6. PY

    PaulY

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food… as always! It’s a real gem of a place!
  7. s

    sylviab

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love this restaurant.....am continuing to bring several friends for separate occasions just to introduce them to my experiences.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner. Great service and minimal interruptions.
  9. m

    mamamia

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Hemingway's Bistro on Sept. 10, 2022. The server was so gracious and attentive. I had the best duck I have had in years. (I constantly search for good duck!) It reminded me of duck with orange sauce that I once had just outside of Paris many many years ago. Everyone-all four of--was very happy--with salmon, with steak and frites. We were going to order dessert to bring home but ended up gobbling our creme brulee there!
  10. LG

    LindaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat - we will keep coming back and great price for the delicious food. Also fun drink menu - we tried different things
  11. LK

    LisaK

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely, relaxing, very good food. (except the escargot).
  12. r

    rayb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to Hemingways bistro for over 10 years. Great French food and ambiance. Sunday brunch is a fantastic deal. Dinner time is great too!
  13. JL

    JackL

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    I live in Oak Park and Hemmingway's is my favorite place to eat. For lunch yesterday I had a salmon and brie quiche, which was truly the best quiche I've ever tasted, along with a very fresh small salad. My companion had the blackened whitefish sandwich and said it was great. The place has a casual elegance we really enjoyed. The dining room and outdoor seating were both full and the service was pretty slow, maybe someone was absent unexpectedly? But that's a quibble and we weren't in a hurry. Great restaurant.
  14. SF

    SallyF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sweet, little French restaurant. Wonderful food with friendly, great, attentive service. Prices are competitive with other restaurants.
  15. L

    Leah

    Birmingham

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This place is authentic and spot on. Wish I could remember our waiter’s name (guy with an Australian? Accent)—so intuitive and great recs. Loved the menu and ambiance too!
  16. W

    Wyoomal

    Philadelphia

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    split 2 entree. They devided up the plates perfectly. Food deliishious
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As ever, Hemmingway’s provided wonderful food and great service. Our out of town guests enjoyed it very much, as we always do. On a mild summer evening we dined outdoors and it was delightful. Two of us enjoyed the halibut, one the lobster salad and another the mushroom strudel. All delicious. Thanks!
  18. PD

    PeripateticDiner

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed All. Food was delicious. We all had French onion soup and I was the only one who felt it could have more onions and a darker, beefier broth. Otherwise the food was great. I had halibut and the other two had New York steaks. Desserts were mango soufflé and chocolate mousse. We had a good time.
  19. S

    Sana

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was very professional, food is rather mediocre. But the outdoor seating provides lovely atmosphere.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, and the service was exceptional!! Tom was truly one of the best waiters I’ve ever had. He not only gave us great service, but he also helped my friend find a parking spot. He was friendly and patient. He let us enjoy our meal while catching up for 3 hours! I’ve always loved Hemingway’s, and Tom made it extra special! Thank you for a wonderful experience.
  21. LN

    LauraN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Guests at the next table were very loud and possibly drunk. Management did not ask them to lower their voices. It took away from the ambience. The food was excellent, and we will return hoping not to see the loudmouths again.
  22. DY

    DavidYale

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Generally fine, as usual. And comfortable outside. Attentive but not intrusive service. However, my duck entree was served cold. (I should have sent it back.)
  23. l

    liketoeat

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as always! The service and food were great!
  24. PC

    PatrickC

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been going to Hemmingway's for many years for dinner and an occasional breakfast. Never disappointed.
  25. PO

    PattyO

    Chicago

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly paced dinner starting with a nice cocktail and ending with a delicious blueberry lemon tart. Service was outstanding -- one of our favorite dinner destinations. Dining room is beautiful.
  26. G

    Goodeater2

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a pleasure. Consistent. Delicious. Great cocktails.
  27. t

    trent

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really inviting space made me feel like I was in Europe.
  28. j

    jojo

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing combination of a vintage charm, outstanding food, quality service, good choice wine list and all at a fair price!!
  29. LR

    LittleRedTT

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful for lunch! Beautiful food …. amazing service. Just lovely!
  30. MM

    MagpieMama

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I’m in town I try to make it to Hemingways. It never disappoints. The food is delicious. The portions are perfect (not giant like most places). The wine selection is outstanding. The chocolate mousse is a must have. It’s a little slice of France in Oak Park.
  31. J

    Jen247

    Chicago

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fun and jazzy spot for a Sunday Champagne brunch. Love Petra's voice and the staff is terrific. Always fun to be in a spot where everyone is enjoying themselves.
  32. E

    Epidine

    Charleston

    152 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Hemmingway's is very hit or miss. There are some things that are consistently good -- the wine, bread and desserts. Starters and the entrees are not. The crab cake starter was fair, though the apple slaw with it was very good. The chicken liver pate is excellent. A soft shell crab special was over-breaded and then seemingly deep fried which killed all the flavor and delicacy of the crab. Likewise, a stack and frites was so-so. Fries were greasy and and breaded tomato was bland with too much breading. The ambiance is pleasant and the service is usually very good.
  33. n

    nancyg

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Most everything was good. The food server and dinners were great! The drinks were so so. The bar was very crowded so not sure that had impact on the drinks. Also the coffee was not good.
  34. T

    Tessla

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service & food. Love supporting Chris Ala…. Outdoor dining too!
  35. n

    nathan

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Small suggestion with huge impact: Candles on the outdoor tables after dark would improve the ambiance dramatically!
  36. C

    Chris

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with old friends from college. Great meal, great service (Damian?)..never a bad meal at Hemingway’s.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My friend came in from out of town, excited to show her this place since we normally have a great experience at Hemingway’s but this night was particularly poor. We were sat on the patio, there were 3 of us but the wait staff pulled two circular tables together, one of which was wobbling, next to a giant black SUV far away from the other guests on the other side of the entrance and actual patio. I asked if we could sit on the real patio but the wait staff told me they were unable to accommodate even though there were plenty of empty available tables. While isolated in what seemed like a 1 car parking lot in front of the place, I watched as the entire patio had been served drinks, appetizers, dinner, all before our drinks and aps arrived despite having been seated before any of the other tables. Went inside to see if the restaurant itself was busy potentially causing the delay, and there were barely any people inside. The waitress apologized but we had been sitting there for over 2 hours before our meal came. My dinner was absolutely awful, a cold mushroom pastry dish that was soggy and barely edible. I could barely stomach a single bite and let the waitress know, my partners dish was over cooked and both plates were well in the $20-$40 range. I ended up giving the waitress my card to pay for the entire table because I was super embarrassed at how terrible everything was, and frankly just wanted to leave as soon as possible. She offered to comp dessert but honestly did not want to stay another minute. It was wildly different than most experiences at Hemingway’s but am hoping this review helps this place return to their normal standard.
  38. o

    oldfoodies

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    We love Hemingway’s & eat there whenever we are on the area. The food & drinks were great, as always, but the service was not up to par. It took forever to place our order & then even longer to get our food. We will go back, but it was very disappointing and not up to its usual standards.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Good servers and hosts must be hard to find. We had brunch here and the concept was lovely. Beautiful food buffet plus an entree of your choice. However the hostess was very inexperienced and lacked polish. The server was slow and also pretty rough around the edges. Food was amazing! We left there very full of cheesy gooey goodness. Also great oysters and smoked salmon. Too bad about the service. All else was excellent.
  40. SD

    SteveD

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    French onion soup wasn’t very good. Didn’t Carmelita the onions enough so was watery and had very little taste. Hollindaze sauce was off and tasted of too much wine. Food was sub par for a restaurant that gets good reviews. Must have been an off day. They were nice enough to remove the soups from the bill.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Hemmingway's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 524-0806.

Hemmingway's Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 905 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Hemmingway's Bistro

211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lake and Oak Park Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line on Oak Park Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christopher C Ala

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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