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Hemmingway's Bistro

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211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2118
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Old world Charm

I love Bistros. The food very nice but a long wait. We had drinks but the server did not if we wanted another! Not many guests, we where early around 6pm.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great restaurant in the landmark Write Inn Hotel. It is from the 1920's and has the flair and ambiance of a gentler time. The atmosphere is outstanding, the food is outstanding, they make and pour a proper cocktail. The wine list is short, but is reasonable and pairs nicely with the menu. Another treat, one of the few places... More 

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I love Bistros. The food very nice but a long wait. We had drinks but the server did not if we wanted another! Not many guests, we where early around 6pm.

Thank Jeri1003
Saint Louis, Missouri
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77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Dinner with the extended family was a hit at this cozy & quaint French restaurant. We enjoyed acorn squash bisque, trout, halibut, and delicate greens. The service was first rate. Not the place to get in a hurry. Great atmosphere and delicious food. A+

Thank Scott G
Dubuque, Iowa
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122 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

This is like a trip to a 1920's French bistro. Intimate, charming. The staff was attentive. We had breakfast and it was perfect, but hardly a culinary challenge. I would love to return for dinner.

Thank OlGreyMare
Longmont, Colorado
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

After attending a conference in River Forest, my husband and I were looking for a small intimate place to dine. Hemmingway's Bistro looked perfect. We were warmly greeted and attended to very graciously. They are especially good at keeping your water glass filled. Most of the dinner was quite tasty. However, my husband ordered the "chicken pot pie" which our... More 

Thank FoodieinColorado
New Orleans
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I completely love the ambiance of this romantic restaurant. Being here was truly the highlight of my stay at the Write Inn and the decor is posh and intimate with charming accents and a fantastic staff that works hard at giving you fine service. The food is exquisite and an incredible value for your money. Every time I dine here... More 

Thank butterflyshadows
Oak Park, Illinois
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Hemingways is a solid go-to for Oak Park. It is a very traditional french restaurant. So take that as you want. Friendly staff, great flavors for food and fair price for what you are getting. Its a nicer place and will need a reservation for the weekends. They also have specials every night. The mussels and the Coco Van is... More 

Thank Frischstcks
Oak Park, Illinois
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We love Hemingways...whether it's a family dinner with our sons or a romantic dinner, it's a go to for us. It really does feel like a Parisian bistro with classic dishes, great crusty bread, really good wine selection and a cozy atmosphere. We'll do a full dinner but also go for appetizers and drinks and dessert. It's a great late... More 

Thank lara t
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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204 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This fine dining establishment is first class all the way! Superior food and service. Atmosphere reminds one of eating in the dining room of a refined mansion.

Thank Abenture
New Berlin, IL
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

My husband and I recently stayed at the Write Inn in Oak Park. We did not know about Hemmingway's Bistro until we checked into our room, so we decided to have breakfast at the Bistro the next morning. We totally loved the atmosphere ~ as if you were dining in France! The ambiance, wait staff and food created the perfect... More 

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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
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?