Hemmingway's Bistro

4.6
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547 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bistro
At Hemmingway's Bistro the menu combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients. Each day there is a Plat du Jour featuring such staples as Coq au Vin, Caussoulet Toulousain, Bouillabaisse, Beef Wellington and Duck al' Orange.
The daily specials reflect the chef's love for fresh seafood. Using mostly East-coast seafood flown in from Boston daily, the chef creates dishes like wild mushroom-crusted halibut on horseradish whipped potatoes and roasted sea bass on Caussoulet beans.
There is also a Parisian seafood bar offering towers of Plateau de Fruit de Mer with fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, and lobster.
What 547 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Special birthday celebration. Delicious food and attentive but not overly attentive service.

D
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Hemmingway's Bistro. There were 8 of us and we were very well taken care of. The server even split the bill for the couples AFTER he had presented the bill!

The food was excellent, everyone enjoyed it.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Ambiance was pleasant. The service was friendly and just right. French restaurant w excellent seafood options. Definitely would go back.

CN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The end of Valentine weekend was so sweet here. Great food, a beautiful room and attentive staff - perfect!

DT
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Hemingway's Bistro was celebrating the Valentine holiday weekend with at least two
seatings on Saturday night. My husband and I both enjoyed entrees from their special
Valentine menu. Our waiter, though very helpful and considerate, was quite busy. The
dessert special was disappointing, but nicely presented. We like this restaurant and will
have have dinner there again when it's not as crowded.

CV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We hosted a small baby shower at Hemmingways and had
a wonderful experience. It was easy to communicate ahead of the event and everything was set up as we had discussed. The food and service was exceptional. I would definitely host another event at Hemmingways!

WL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent, try the Whitefish, as was the service!

JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Bright and cheery (in daylight). Love getting warm fresh bread; sets the bar for everything to follow!

LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places. Food and service are excellent, and ambience makes me feel like I'm in Paris... especially when we're seated near the front window area.

MO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had an excellent Valentine's day dinner there. I had the seafood strudel, and my wife had the shortribs en croute. Both were quite outstanding. The crab cake appetizer was also excellent. Good selections of wines by the glass.

MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious, authentically prepared French food, locally sourced when possible. Free dessert for my mom for a special birthday celebration.

TS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a gem. A charming atmosphere,.xcellent service. and exceptional food. We started with the mussels, then had the wilted spinach salad for two which is prepared at the table. We couldn't get past the appetizer section and each got an additional appetizer as our entrée. My wife got the crab cake and I got the salmon on a potato pancake with horseradish sauce. We left very satisfied and content.

D
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there on Super Bowl Sunday. The place was empty. It was our anniversary.

Service was very attentive. The food was excellent.

BB
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the jazz musicians. If you want to talk and hear the music request a table at the back of the restaurant. We did and were glad.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience3

Food was truly not that tasty at all. Disappointed.
Their bread was sooo old and just warmed up. I just don’t like when places call themselves French bistro but really very far from it.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food for a great price. I will most definitely go again.

RF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great comfort food!

JB
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Except for the noise level, it was a great experience and I will come back again!

g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

I have written several five star reviews of this place and am a regular customer, so it is with reluctance that I file a mediocre review. I came for lunch, by myself, during their Sunday brunch but ordered from the breakfast menu. The waitress appeared to be new and inexperienced, did not greet me or ask me if I wanted anything to drink (not even coffee!), but simply asked if I wanted anything to eat. The order (scrambled eggs with salmon and toast) came with one tiny, sad looking piece of toast. I asked the waitress why -- after all, even the greasiest spoon diner will provide two pieces of bread! She checked with the chef and said that no one ever eats the second piece so they stopped providing it. They will give me a second piece on special request (though they did not ask ahead of time whether I wanted one or two). The lack of service and attention to detail is unusual for this place -- probably should not have gone during their brunch. But it was a bad enough experience to report.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food.

CS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice spot for a business lunch, food and service was just right. Not too crowded and quality place.

LY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice French restaurant with unique wine list for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Super fresh ingredients and perfect vinaigrette on the salads. Attentive, professional service in a bright, warm atmosphere. Highly recommend.

OP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An undervalued treasure in Oak Park, I'll be back again shortly.

DT
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a delightful dinner at Hemmingway's Bistro. On a wintery evening mid-week Hemmingway's staff offered us a choice of enticing entrees, a sophisticated wine list and top-quality service. The space is not large but it doesn't feel crowded. We will certainly return to this restaurant soon. It looks like they have a tempting jazz brunch.

j
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience, as we usually do, when we came here to celebrate my wife's birthday. Service was excellent--our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly.

M
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took advantage of the lobster special ... it was wonderful.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, great music! Overall great ambiance

OT
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always excellent service and outstanding meals. We average about 5-6 times of year to have an appointment We thoroughly enjoy each time- meal & staff!!

PW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We met my husband's brother and his wife there for a post-holiday luncheon. It is a warm and welcoming room with a traditional French bistro menu. My cassoulet, the Monday lunch special, was delicious and there was more then enough left for my lunch the next day. My husband enjoyed his steak frites, my sister-in-law her crepe, and my brother-in-law his scallops. We had been here years ago, but it is a long drive from our home, and we had forgotten about it. That won't happen again.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food and presentation!

BC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb preparation every time. The waiter and chef put together a special plate for our picky vegetarian daughter. Excellent wine list. The room has character all its own, and can feel in any season like a set from a 1950 movie; one expects to glance over and see Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly at the next table, where they would also be eating well, lingering, their privacy uncompromised.

SP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant. Always dine there when I come to Oak Park

t
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First visit to Hemmingway's Bistro. It lives up to its name both in atmosphere and in menu. The intimate setting and service makes you feel as if you are in Paris. I enjoyed the French Onion Soup and the Smoked Salmon. Many other choices on the menu were tempting as well. I was there with old friends and the quiet atmosphere , even thought it was busy, allowed us to easily have a conversation. I would definitely return if I was nearby.

R
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love this place. Its perfect for meeting up with someone you haven't seen in a while.
They put us at a lovely little table, bring us drinks, and only come over to take our order & check on us. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and friendly but he seems to take the temperature of each table & knows how much attention they need. He makes great suggestions and the food is always delicious. We usually order the baked brie to share as an appetizer but this time we ordered the cheese plate. It was phenomenal and we will now be torn between the two because both are perfect. I highly recommend this place. You won't be disappointed.

s
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

The service was extremely slow! Only 1 dish was good of 5. Hugh disappointment! I won’t be coming back ever!

FF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful food and service - Aron is the best! Oysters and champagne are always perfect and the entrees are a great mix of classic bistro and more innovative finishes from mussels and frites to duck and gnocchi.

G
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Tried their Sunday jazz brunch. Hemmingway’s never disappoints me. The atmosphere is very authentic and cozy. Brunch wasn’t as good to me as their dinners but festive and delicious and will return.

L
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Restaurant was loud at the bar area. Service was sporadic on this occasion.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Server was very nice but made several mistakes (wrong soup, forgot to order soufflé so it took an hour after entrees we’re done, never brought tea) and these were not acknowledged. We will be back because we support local businesses and love the place but this was a disappointment.

T
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a bad experience a few years ago and had not been back. We decided to give it a try again and we are so glad we did. The service was outstanding, the food was excellent, and we love the charming ambience. We will be back often. We are so happy to have this restaurant back in our rotation.