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Hemingways Zen Garden

American, Bar, Wine Bar
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123 E 1st St, O'Fallon, IL 62269-2127
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

This is a small place with eclectic decor. We had some good experiences here in the past, but the last couple of visits were very disappointing. Food was not consistent, service fair at best. We gave them more than a second chance, but won't be back.

Thank ValeriePie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Tried out a new menu item this week - Blackened Shrimp and Sriracha Pasta. Stocked full of veggies and topped with plenty of shrimp! Actually had plenty of shrimp to last all the way through the last bite of pasta - When does that happen??? Always enjoy visiting Hemingways! The staff is super friendly!

Thank FlowCharter
O'Fallon, Illinois
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

I've eaten here several times now. I usually get the bison burger and roasted potatoes which is delicious. However they are incredibly slow getting their food out. Also it can get extremely noisy inside as the interior construction doesn't absorb the sound of people talking and just echoes instead. The noise level is best if there isn't more than just... More 

Thank keffan
O'Fallon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We love to go here for lunch, always something new and delicious. Also a great place to stop for a drink with friends

Thank grami24
O'Fallon, Illinois
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282 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

This is a welcome break from the many bars that constitute the bulk of dining options in the "downtown" area of O'Fallon. The ambiance reminds my wife and me o small eateries we encountered in the late 60's in San Francisco off the tourist routes. The menu, while somewhat limited, does offer a nice variety of choices, and our bill... More 

Thank Charlie282
O'Fallon, Illinois
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Food is excellent, noise is terrible. Wish you would look into that don't eat there because of the noise. But food is great.

Thank jaynegraves
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Love stopping here for lunch when I want a better quality type of food than just typical bar/lunch. This place is great for couples and dinner choices as well when you are looking for something a bit different. Gotta check out their wine deals on Wednesdays!

Thank Saluki86
Fairview Heights, Illinois
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

When Hemingway's Zen opened it was an eclectic place with an extensive wine list. The focus was as a upscale hip wine bar. However it has not kept up with that vibe. We visited some time ago for their special 1/2 price Wednesday wine event to find out it was cancelled. We stayed and ordered food and drinks. The food... More 

1 Thank Brian M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Been going here for a few years now. Great food, service, and atmosphere. Wonderful selections of beers and wine.

1 Thank Kevin G
Okawville Illinois
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

After wine tasting down the street at Fezziwigs, we needed something to eat! We enjoyed this little eating establishment. We ordered the hummus appetizer, and really enjoyed it. The hummus is house made and there were a couple of varieties on the plate. I enjoyed a flatbread, and my husband order the Opah fish special, and he enjoyed that. The... More 

Thank GoIlliniMom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 E 1st St, O'Fallon, IL 62269-2127
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  O'Fallon

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