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Benjamin Tapas - CLOSED

1849 2nd St, Highland Park, IL 60035 (Formerly Benjamin Restaurant)
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Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Central and Second
Transit: Metra Union Pacific North Line. Highland Park stop is a 2 minute walk.
Description: We support many local distributors by obtaining products from local farms, artisans and boutique food growers. We will do everything on our part to stay as “green” and all natural as possible. Our focus is to provide top quality food and beverage within an elegant yet comfortable dining atmosphere at a an affordable price. You may also enjoy the celebrated cuisine of Benjamin Restaurant in the comfort of your own home with our full service catering. Choose from a selection of delicious offerings on our menu or allow us to create a customized bill of fare exclusively for your event.

15 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My friend and I tried the new tapas menu before Ravinia one evening. We enjoyed our food very much but the restaurant has since closed. It's a shame.

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Lake Forest, IL
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119 reviews 119 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This establishment recently re opened as a Tappas dining experience. We are happy to report they have pulled it off very successfully! We sampled 4 dishes from Tiger Shrimp to Mushrooms all with delightful sauces. The service was very attentive and we are telling our friends to give this place a try. The menu variety means everyone can find something... More

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Highland Park, IL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

In Spain, tapas are often bar food, light snacks or appetizers that tide patrons over before the lunch break -- 2:00-to-4:00 p.m. or between the end of the work day and dinner which can be between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. or even midnight. I've been disappointed by tapas in Chicago area restaurants because they weren't small like Spanish tapas and... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I have lived in highland park for 8 years and was looking forward to trying this restaurant for a meeting with 7 other close friends. When we first stepped in I really enjoyed the contemporary look and indoor decor. The evening went quickly down hill from there. We started out at the bar with a few round of drinks. Service... More

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

My visit to Benjamin Restaurant today to celebrate a friend's birthday was magnificent. We had wonderful food and great service from Tony, our server--all adding to this memorable day. The restaurant changes the menu seasonally, so there are always surprises on the menu along with some selections that remain. This restaurant is a must try!

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chicago area
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78 reviews 78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We came here after a movie..reservations were honored -- plenty of empty tables at 8 pm Friday night -- and we chose to sit upstairs. The two-level dining room is not crowded, but it does make the most use of its space for tables, a bar and banquet seats, which I hate! Menu selection seemed to be long on meat,... More

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Northbrook, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Enjoyed dining here because it was fresh, clean and the service was excellent.The food was prepare and the presentation was very very good,. I had the halibut and everyone else in my party had the scallops My halibut was about 2/3 of an inch thick yet moist and tasty. Truffle fries were enjoyed by all as were the exceptional desserts.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We made reservations at this restaurant last night because we were looking for a nice restaurant in Highland Park to go to before before we attended a concert at Ravinia. I read some on line reviews at both trip advisor and yelp. It sounded interesting but there were several reviews that had a negative tone too so I wasn't totally... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We went for an after theater dinner with some friends, the place is noisy but not intolerable. Service is both friendly and knowledgeable. The food is complex, almost to the point of fussy, but is well prepared and with good combinations. I had the steak with the truffle fries which come with "truffle oil, parmesan, and garlic salt". Three of... More

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Chicago, IL
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Although Benjamin's has been open about a year already this was our first visit. It has a very nice comfortable ambience. The music was little loud when we first walked in, but when asked the staff turned the music down. By the time we left almost every table was occupied, and the noise level was well under control. The staff... More

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