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The Little Gem Restaurant, Oak Park, IL
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The Little Gem Restaurant

4.4
4.4
749 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

2 Full Bars with a Speciality Bourbon Collection also features Fine Wines and Craft Cocktails.
Newly Expanded our new restaurant right next door is called ENCORE! by Little Gem and is just as cosy, warm and inviting.
Featuring some pretty cool, Chicago Jazz + Blues Musicians for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Outdoor Dining available weather permitting.
Gift Cards, Private Parties and Customized Menus are available.
Please call (708) 613-5491 or email us : info@thelittlegemcafe.com

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch + Brunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Bar + Lounge Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Live Music Tue 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (708) 613-5491

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Martin Mondragon

  • Catering

    Our Wonderful Chef Loves to Cook!<br />We can cater events up to 100 Guests On + Off Premises<br />Menus offer Hot + Cold Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts.<br /><br />Select Canapes, Hors d'oeuvres, Cheese Boards, Fresh Fruit, Charcuteries, French Crudite's and more.<br />Fresh Seafood : Beef : Pork : Poultry : Vegetarian : Vegan : Gluten Free.<br />Email today us for more info

  • Private party facilities

    Unique, Customized, Party Packages Available in Little Gem +d Right Next Door in Encore! by Little Gem. (A beautiful New Party Private Events Space).Dining : Dancing : Cocktails : Live Music : Formal Dinners : Casual Mixers This Elegant Little Gem is Perfect for Any OccasionParties Fully Customizable to Suit Your Vision, Our Food is Delicious!

  • Private party contact

    Judith: (917) 327-8997

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Cross street

    Lake St.

  • Parking details

    $1 for 1 Hour Metered Street Parking Also two parking lots on this blockFree Street Parking after 8:00pm and Free on Sundays!

  • Public transit

    Green Line Train Harlem Stop just 2 blocks away<br />Bus Transportation along Lake Street, Harlem Avenue Junction is just a Block away.

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz : Vintage Jazz Recordings : World Music : Euro Instrumentals

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 749 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Healthy

  • Near West

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Near West

    Romantic

  • Near West

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Near West

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both great, as usual. Little Gem is one of our favorite places. Thanks to our server Ann!
  2. DO

    DreeOP

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We’ve always enjoyed our meals here by both agree things were a bit off during this visit. As this was a special occasion we ordered a nice bottle and asked our server to bring it right away so it could open up a bit. It was a delicious bottle but when we asked server indicated they did not have a carafe or decanter. Disappointing. The Beet Appetizer with Goat Cheese was good and fresh but had essentially no goat cheese. Literally just a crumble or two on the whole dish. One of us ordered their special Ribeye and the other the lamb chops from their daily menu. Both were fine by it seemed the quality of the meat was lower than in the past. Both meals were just ok. Nothing wrong with them per se but not up to the quality we’ve enjoyed here in the past. A huge hit is their “Encore” space next door. We swung over to hear some jazz and have an after dinner drink. Lovely space and a great vibe.
  3. s

    susieq

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Little Gem is truly a gem. Lovely setting, great food. Service on point.
  4. CS

    CraigS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at Little Gem. The staff were thrilled to have us on our anniversary - got a free crème brûlée (amazing). Great cocktails, great menu. We will definitely return to continue to explore the menu. Awesome environment with soothing gypsy jazz trio (not too loud at all). Highest recommendation.
  5. w

    weezer

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Truly a gem. Nice place for casual Sunday brunch with girlfriends. Friendly, efficient staff. Just a bit loud. Will come back for dinner soon
  6. EB

    EBdining

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is good and bourbon selection good. Service was off last night. Not sure if they were understaffed, but took a while for drink order to get requested and then actually provided. Food seemed to take a while and not hot when it arrived. The side dish came late. Wine order never made it so we got free dessert. Just felt uncoordinated. The live music was nice.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The staff was awesome!!! Food was delicious except the pork chop was dry. Ambiance was nice except the noise level (voices) very loud. Could barely here the background music. We visited for our anniversary and with the hopes of bringing out of town guests for dinner. Not sure what caused the increase seed noise level. Overall, it was a nice experience.
  8. MG

    MaureenG

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Oak Park has many restaurants but we chose this for the menu items & location. Nice place
  9. DB

    DeborahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside, so that us the noise level I have rated. Hope to come again!
  10. J

    June613

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Dinner at Little Gem, Oak Park, was superb as usual. Two orders of salmon and two of hanger steak. Each cooked to perfection. The ratatouille was not what we expected, but nevertheless was tasty. Service was friendly, attentive but not intruding. Hostess was likewise friendly and accommodating. Bartender made a great Manhattan. Noise level was a bit loud, but we enjoyed our stay and lingered at the table without pressure of giving it up. We'll be back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting in downtown Oak Park. Great food and excellent drink menu.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Great food horrible service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming, good service, good food.
  14. CK

    ConnieK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Out of chicken which eliminated much of menu. Music too loud and when asked hostess to turn down she had an attitude. Will not go back.
  15. CJ

    CybeleJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place lives up to it's name. It is so quant and cozy. We sat outside and it was very comfortable. The entire staff was attentive and helpful and the food was yummy! We will definitely go back.
  16. T

    Travelcyn

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place for a birthday celebration. Special occasion ambiance with relaxed vibe. Excellent food. Service was a little slow because they only had 1 waiter. But he gave it his all and was wonderful! Staff shortage seems to be a universal issue. Gave us a free birthday dessert of our choice which was a nice surprise. Hadn’t been here for awhile, but will try to come back soon.
  17. L

    Leman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening for my wife's birthday. The ambiance is great, service was wonderful, would dine here again and again. I wish it stayed open 30-60 mins later
  18. WS

    WilliamS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really cute spot with great food. Sat outside where just enough of the act playing at Encore which was a wonderful bonus. Wait staff is stellar.
  19. a

    asialady1967

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wanted to dine in a restaurant with great food and music, The Little Gem didn't disappoint. Although choices are little limited, food we ordered were tasty and cooked right. Music was nice and did feel fine dining experience. We went on our bday and free desserts were an add on bonus. Server was awesome. I'm not sure if the 20% tip is automatically added to all diners or for 4 and above? Only thing I can recommend, should serve breads with meals and ice on water. Otherwise, it was a perfect bdays for us and will be back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent chef, Martin, is expert in food preparation. The service was great! We have to check out the music at Encore!
  21. c

    chris

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my wife’s birthday, all our food was really good. Was disappointed that they cut the NY Strip from the menu, but the petit filet was exquisite. Honesty one of the best steaks I’ve had. What a great surprise as I normally don’t order fillet.
  22. AL

    AnneL

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Love the jazz combo at Encore. So talented and so much fun!
  23. LY

    LynnY

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A little chilly 1 bring a sweater!
  24. MB

    MomoB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful late afternoon dinner outside!
  25. KV

    KathyV

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Great brunch. Great atmosphere. Highly eecommend the Sunday brunch.
  26. KC

    KaylaC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food came out too fast and we felt rushed but everything was pleasant and delicious
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My friend and I sat outside. Another shade umbrella would have been welcome, but the table and umbrella we had were 80% adequate. The meals were very tasty. I was pleased that the grilled chicken on my salad was cooked perfectly, succulent and perfectly seasoned, rather than being an afterthought. The service from Anna was attentive and professional.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Thanks as ever! Little Gem is one of our go-to places in Oak Park.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Our dinners came within 5 minutes of ordering, so were not made to order, but were just reheated. 5 minutes! The dinner listed as short ribs appeared to be roast beef. Was not like any short ribs we have ever seen. Crispy onions on top of polenta were cool, obviously not freshly fried. Really disappointing and not cheap. We have previously liked this restaurant, but won’t be back anytime soon.
  30. B

    Bridget

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Always a great experience! Food service all great!
  31. LB

    LoriBri

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Guy playing in encore was way too loud could not have any type of conversation at the table…… food wasn’t up to normal par for Little Gem either
  32. JF

    JudyF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish I could remember our servers name! She was fantastic!! Attentive without being invasive, informative and cheerful.
  33. KC

    KarenC

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Martin is back and my salmon was delicious. I was too hungry to take a photo. Dug into the food as it was served!
  34. l

    laurac

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious brunch/breakfast
  35. HM

    HelenM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not our first time but it had been a while since we'd been for dinner. Drinks, appetizers, entrees ... all delicious. Everyone in our party was happy with their order. Our server was friendly and attentive. Very pleasant dinner out.
  36. L

    Lisa

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Excellent service. Almost no spacing between appetizer and entree, which meant that my friend’s entree sat on the table getting cold while she at her appetizer. My entree was fine but very under seasoned and bland- steak was cooked how I asked. Side was an Al dente broccoli stalk that tasted like it was seasoned w lemon juice and that was all. Florettes were yellowing. Overall, was fine but nothing to write home about.
  37. CK

    ConnieK

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Out of chicken which eliminated half the salads and sandwich on menu. Music too loud and hostess had an attitude when asked to turn it down. But disappointment.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place — a real “gem”. Food was delish and our server Carlos was excellent. We will definitely be back!
  39. DR

    DamianR

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant has an intimate space which doesn’t overwhelm. The food was fresh and well prepared. The service was also excellent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food5service4ambience4
    Food was outstanding, We were celebrating our anniversary. The restaurant knew it was our anniversary, but never gave us the opportunity to order coffee or dessert. Little gem rushed us through the dinner. I will go there but not for a special occasion.

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.4 stars by 749 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 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Little Gem Restaurant

189 N Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lake St.

  • Neighborhood

    Oak Park

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch + Brunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Bar + Lounge Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Live Music Tue 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    $1 for 1 Hour Metered Street Parking Also two parking lots on this blockFree Street Parking after 8:00pm and Free on Sundays!

  • Public transit

    Green Line Train Harlem Stop just 2 blocks awayBus Transportation along Lake Street, Harlem Avenue Junction is just a Block away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Martin Mondragon

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz : Vintage Jazz Recordings : World Music : Euro Instrumentals

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (708) 613-5491

  • Catering

    Our Wonderful Chef Loves to Cook!<br />We can cater events up to 100 Guests On + Off Premises<br />Menus offer Hot + Cold Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts.<br /><br />Select Canapes, Hors d'oeuvres, Cheese Boards, Fresh Fruit, Charcuteries, French Crudite's and more.<br />Fresh Seafood : Beef : Pork : Poultry : Vegetarian : Vegan : Gluten Free.<br />Email today us for more info

  • Private party facilities

    Unique, Customized, Party Packages Available in Little Gem +d Right Next Door in Encore! by Little Gem. (A beautiful New Party Private Events Space).Dining : Dancing : Cocktails : Live Music : Formal Dinners : Casual Mixers This Elegant Little Gem is Perfect for Any OccasionParties Fully Customizable to Suit Your Vision, Our Food is Delicious!

  • Private party contact

    Judith: (917) 327-8997

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