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Hemmingway's Bistro

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211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2118
708-524-0806
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A wonderful choice for a private party

My friend's rented the restaurant for a few hours early on a Friday evening. We had a prix fixe menu that worked for everyone. Almost all the choices were gluten free or could be made gluten free. The staff was very friendly. We walked from the Carleton Hotel which is just a few blocks away. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
LEllen12
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We have dined here many times as my parents and brothers live in Oak Park. This is where my parents like to go, so we go.It has great ambiance which makes it enjoyable by itself. Parking is not bad and if you can't find a spot close valet is very inexpensive. The wine list is not expansive but acceptable, hitting... More 

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New Farm, Queensland, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We popped in by chance for a coffee late afternoon and we were welcomed with open arms. The service was exceptional, the coffee was perfect and the profiteroles scrumptious. At 5 o'clock in the afternoon to have such treatment was a real surprise and we would love to go back again. The gentleman who was on duty is a credit... More 

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Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My friend's rented the restaurant for a few hours early on a Friday evening. We had a prix fixe menu that worked for everyone. Almost all the choices were gluten free or could be made gluten free. The staff was very friendly. We walked from the Carleton Hotel which is just a few blocks away. We loved our Oak Park... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have dined at Hemingway's Bistro twice in the past 30 days. Both meals were very, very good. The staff is very accommodating. The setting is lovely. Parking is difficult, however, they do offer valet parking.

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New preston CT
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111 reviews 111 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

When I go to a restaurant I expect to be treated in a way that enables me to enjoy my dinner. The good: a very pleasant waitress and very good food. The bad: they had a large party and completely ignored us and the wait for the food was horrific.After a number of complaints the food finally arrived. An apology... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My husband and I came here on our anniversary and were very happy with our experience. The food was prepared with care and was delicious. Both my Steak Frites and my husband's Herb Crusted Whitefish were flavorful and presented beautifully. My only critique is that my steak was not cooked to 'medium well' as requested. My 'Lil Chocolate Balls' for... More 

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Minneapolils, MN
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59 reviews 59 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We almost always have dinner here when visiting family in River Forest. It is our family's favorite restaurant for special events. The food and service are always fabulous......we only have wonderful things to say about this restaurant.

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Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We had Sunday brunch. Although we live nearby, we had not been to this restaurant for a number of years. It did not disappoint. Lovely brunch with live jazz music that did not overpower. We had Thomas who was as charming as could be. Very accommodating, did not rush us, good service. You choose from a number of items on... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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111 reviews 111 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

After touring the birhtplace home of my favorite author, Ernest Hemingway, and was headed to the Museum, I needed something to eat. The word Hemmingway caught my attention. So I stopped to eat here. It was a great restaurant. The waiters were great and friendly, very proffessional at their jobs, and the food was delicious. The atmosphere was great too,... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

White table cloth an cloth napkins. Very friendly but formal wait staff. Great food and reasonably priced. They have a full bar and an extensive wine list we just had a glass of Pinot and the boneless short rib sandwich. Lots of special items on the menu.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2118
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Oak Park
  • Phone Number: 708-524-0806

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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