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Hopleaf Bar

#296 of 7,674 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Belgian, European
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5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2828
+1 773-334-9851
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Madison, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hopleaf is a great neighborhood bar. They have an extensive beer list. It was my first time but two others had been there before. I ordered the nueske ham sandwich which came grilled with cheese and slaw in the sandwich. It was crispy, creamy, sweet and savory and melted in my mouth. Also ordered was the brisket sandwich which also... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2,452 reviews
1,353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,564 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't like mussels and I don't drink beer. So what am I doing here? Mussels is the specialty of the house at Hopleaf Bar, fresh from Prince Edward Island, steamed Belgian-style in witterkerke white ale with sliced shallots, celery, thyme and bayleaf. I prefer shrimp or scallops, not mussels. But something else on the menu caught my eye and... More 

Thank Taylor B
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

This place had a good amount of choices when it comes to beers and they are also famous to having some good eats. Unfortunately we already ate when we got there. A very good place to have a few drinks and hang out with friends.

Thank jonjiej
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Heard a lot about the mussels. Probably the worst I've ever had. Broth/sauce was totally tasteless and almost had the look of dirty dish water.. Talk about fennel - no flavor of fennel at all and undercooked on top of it. Almost non-existent mussel meat. Awful experience. Just had to pig out on the fries. What made it okay was... More 

Thank gail s
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

I had been hearing about hopleaf for a long time, and finally got there last night. It was a frigid Chicago January night. The place is super cute and super cozy. I was very excited. We ordered the mussels for an appetizer, and they were indeed very good. The broth was amazing. The salads were o.k. I had the farro... More 

Thank Kate W
Vineland, New Jersey
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203 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Have been visiting Hopleaf for many years when visiting Chicago while here to visit sons. Always a good time, friendly staff, array of beers. They have added wine, and the food pairs well with the beer, etc. Good place to meet up wirh friends. European ambiance. Good place to hang out with friends/family.

Thank jennygirl57
Chicago, Illinois
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2,505 reviews
1,963 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 423 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Hopleaf Bar is located on Clark St., just south of Foster Ave. About the only bad thing is the parking, since there is only street parking. That can be tough, plus the metermaids do work Clark St. But once beyond that, when you enter Hopleaf Bar you will most likely be carded. I must admit that everyone around me was,... More 

Thank Allen21096
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

After 16 years I will always remember this bar. 3 beautiful kids. Thank you. I don't go to bars but best birthday party ever!

Thank Lisa C
Kilkenny, Ireland
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Does it have an extensive beer/wine list? Yes, but so does most bars nowadays. Food is pretty good, but overpriced, especially compared to Europe. Just wasn't that special meal that I was looking forward to. Good service.

Thank hotdrop
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

I've been going to the Hopleaf for 10 years now, and I completely appreciate the low key vibe and extensive beer selection--they even have wine on tap! However, in the past year or so, their food, more specifically their 'frites' and other food items are so over salted it almost makes the trip over more of a question now than... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Belgian, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
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Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2828
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 773-334-9851

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