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Hemmingway's Bistro

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211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2118
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our second trip to this charming Bistro for dinner was another hit!! The server could not have been more accommodating to my 92 yr old Mom in helping her select food & drink she would enjoy. Everything was delicious & prepared in the traditional style. Looking forward to trying their Sunday brunch.

Thank Nancy D
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I happen to live in the neighborhood of this restaurant. And after being in the location for almost a year, I decided to venture in to Hemingway Bistro. It was a Sunday morning at approximately 11am. I proceeded to enter the restaurant and was approached by a tall white haired gentleman who did NOT greet me by saying, "Hello, welcome... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

I originally stopped by Hemmingway's after the jazz radio station I was listening to in the car mentioned that the place had live jazz music during their weekend brunch service and I was going right by it at the time. I've been back again since for my birthday. A fantastic selection of cold buffet options to supplement your main course,... More 

Thank Greg B
Detroit, MI
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136 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Kind of stumbled into this place as a brunch option. Great good attentive service and reasonable prices. Would definitely go back

Thank bugsy554
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

We have eaten here at least 10 times over the last few years, and on at least one occasion for our anniversary. Excellent French food, good cocktails and fair prices. Service is very good. Very consistent from visit to visit. If you want French without the hassle of going into Chicago, this is the place.

Thank EPrico
Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Love this place. The staff is awesome. I have been coming to this place for years. The food is exquisite. You want to try everything on the menu. You want to come for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. I wish they would stay open until mid-night; I would be right there. Nothing but LOVE for Hemmingway's Bistro because this place... More 

Thank ChattyKat08
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Yes, the extra 'm' in Hemmingway first annoyed me, especially because the bistro is in Ernest Hemingway's old stomping grounds, but if you're able to get over that, and order a French martini, and break some of the crusty baguette, you'll feel better. While the entrance to The Write Inn which houses the Bistro smells like a noxious mixture of... More 

Thank Lisa D L
Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

My brother and I went because our birthdays are only one day apart. The duck was tremendously cooked, and we also ordered mussels as an appetizer. Thank you, it was worth every penny. We will be back.

1 Thank Amyjane1965
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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215 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Finding Hemmingway's was serendipitous. We got tickets to tour the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright house and studio. So, I Googled for nearby restaurants and found this highly rated restaurant, which one one website, chicagotraveler.com, rated as "the best French restaurant in Chicagoland." I agree! And it may rank as one of the best in the US. First, the rumor is... More 

1 Thank Bloodman33
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74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I think we had never experienced more professional service, down to the busboy. The food was great, the room charming, the other patrons classy and friendly. I could live here.

Thank MnVan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $40
French, European, American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, 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
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

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