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Hemmingway's Bistro

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211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2118
+1 708-524-0806
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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238 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A classic French Bistro in the heart of Oak Park. Full bar and wine list. Nightly specials. We tried the foie, escargot, crab cake, whitefish and steak frites. No complaints. Good food and reasonably priced. Service was very good and the atmosphere is pleasant. Street parking only and you will miss it if you do not know the address.

Thank John D
Milwaukee, WI
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135 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We ate lunch here with 4 friends and we all loved the food, the atmosphere, and the service. The menu has great choices and wine was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and yet unobtrusive...an excellent server! All 6 of us have traveled extensively both in the US and in Europe and we'd all visit Hemingway's Bistro again if we... More 

Thank Whinny2
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Hemmingway's Bistro brings my imagination to having dinner in Casablanca (the movie). The ambience, the stucco walls, the bar, the tables are romantic. My husband and I love the corner table. Menu offerings are great. (I love the crusty French bread and sweet butter.) Enjoy!

Thank Diane L
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Our second trip to this charming Bistro for dinner was another hit!! The server could not have been more accommodating to my 92 yr old Mom in helping her select food & drink she would enjoy. Everything was delicious & prepared in the traditional style. Looking forward to trying their Sunday brunch.

Thank Nancy D
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I happen to live in the neighborhood of this restaurant. And after being in the location for almost a year, I decided to venture in to Hemingway Bistro. It was a Sunday morning at approximately 11am. I proceeded to enter the restaurant and was approached by a tall white haired gentleman who did NOT greet me by saying, "Hello, welcome... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I originally stopped by Hemmingway's after the jazz radio station I was listening to in the car mentioned that the place had live jazz music during their weekend brunch service and I was going right by it at the time. I've been back again since for my birthday. A fantastic selection of cold buffet options to supplement your main course,... More 

Thank Greg B
Detroit, MI
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Kind of stumbled into this place as a brunch option. Great good attentive service and reasonable prices. Would definitely go back

Thank bugsy554
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

We have eaten here at least 10 times over the last few years, and on at least one occasion for our anniversary. Excellent French food, good cocktails and fair prices. Service is very good. Very consistent from visit to visit. If you want French without the hassle of going into Chicago, this is the place.

Thank EPrico
Chicago, Illinois
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Love this place. The staff is awesome. I have been coming to this place for years. The food is exquisite. You want to try everything on the menu. You want to come for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. I wish they would stay open until mid-night; I would be right there. Nothing but LOVE for Hemmingway's Bistro because this place... More 

Thank ChattyKat08
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Yes, the extra 'm' in Hemmingway first annoyed me, especially because the bistro is in Ernest Hemingway's old stomping grounds, but if you're able to get over that, and order a French martini, and break some of the crusty baguette, you'll feel better. While the entrance to The Write Inn which houses the Bistro smells like a noxious mixture of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$40
French, American, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2118
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Oak Park
  • Phone Number: +1 708-524-0806

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?