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Hemmingway's Bistro

211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2118
708-524-0806
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Ranked #11 of 110 Restaurants in Oak Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Charleston, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My friends have eaten here many times. It was their choice for dinner, since I was visiting the area. I was not disappointed. It's a small attractive restaurant with tables set with crisp white tablecloths. It was a week night at 6:30pm. There were only a couple of tables with diners. Our waitress was personable and attended our needs. One... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Perfect place to get together. The food was well prepared and classic. We had the lobster special. Guests at the next table were raving about the featured fish dish as well. The setting was attractive and the ambiance was calm and relaxing. Lots of local regulars there. Everyone new each other. You really feel at home.

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Westmont, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a cute restaurant inside a boutique hotel in Oak Park. We came for lunch on our way to the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio and House. Other than being across the street from the Hemingway Museum, I'm not sure what is Hemingway about the place but we'll be back. The food was tasty, the place well executed, the service... More

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Oak Park, IL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Yes, it's that season again .....that short window of time to bite into these crunchy, succulent giants. I ate my first soft shell crab at age 15 when my Mother and I went to New Orleans and visited an outdoor restaurant on Lake Ponchartrain. What a delight eating the whole crab shell and all. Since then I have eaten a... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I have had wonderful dinners at Hemmingways and this was my first brunch. My sister was in from out of town and I don't think I could have picked a more perfect local place for us to have brunch! I will be back!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Attentive service; traditional French cuisine, competently executed; and a European feel. What's not to like?

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Madison
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The waitress took 25 minutes to return after handing us menus because she was having an animated discussion with a friend at the bar -- I had to send another waiter to fetch her. The food was not particularly tasty or well prepared when it arrived. The place itself is quite pleasant . It has a nice quiet ambience. I... More

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Chicago, IL - Western Suburbs
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This establishment loses control of their kitchen more often then they should. I don't know if the server forgets to put in the order or they are so backed up they can't get the food out but this is a terrible reputation for a restaurant to have in a prime location. The escargot is canned (not surprising) but they then... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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78 reviews 78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We ate there twice for dinner during a short visit to Oak Park. The food was excellent, well prepared and presented. They have an emphasis on fresh fish and seafood which we took advantage of. It is very full on weekeends so reservations are needed.

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Chicago, IL
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120 reviews 120 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I hesitate to criticize any restaurant in the Oak Park-River Forest area (there are too few & I think I've eaten at all of them at one time or another) but the food at Hemmingway's Bistro was just this side of "ordinary." At lunch, my friend and I ordered liver pate (nice), blossoms in a lemon-butter sauce (fine), and a... More

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