The Little Gem Restaurant
Casual or Smart - All Feel At Ease.
Reservations are Recommended - Walkin's are always Welcome.
We look forward to serving you!
This is one of our favorite restaurants. The service is terrific, the food is wonderful (we love the calamari) and the ambiance is lovely. Music plays softly in the background and isn't overwhelming. What a magnificent "little gem" in the suburbs.
Great place for a martini in the bar or a dinner with a date. Great little gem....
Our reservation was honored and we were seated immediately. I chose this restaurant for candlelight dinner. There was a candle on our table, but the vibe was not romantic; it was loud with laughter and conversation. Our table was intimately placed and l enjoyed our seating
The onion soup received rave reviews, and we both ordered it. It did not disappoint, it was delicious and l would definitely order that again. My husband had New York Strip Steak cooked to perfection. On the night we were there Prime Rib was the special. I ordered that and it was the best that l’d ever eaten.
Wait staff was courteous, friendly and attentive.
I would recommend The Little Gem to friends and I already have.
The owner even stopped by our table to check on us and helped us by snapping our picture
Great food. Lovely ambiance. Great place to spend time and catch up with friends.
We arrived at 8:40 PM and were promptly told the kitchen had closed at 8:30. Bear in mind the posted hours are 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM. We were handed negus and asked to make a dinner selection immediately. Food was OK but service was rushed entire time as staff wished to close establishment early to go home. Granted, it was a slow night but not the way to treat repeat customers who honored a reservation and arrived during posted hours. Doubt I’ll return.
A wonderful surprise! Excellent food and an ambiance that is rare in most restaurants! Friendly, accommodating and attentive staff make the name a perfect description!
Great option for brunch.
Hard to recommend to anyone. Right as we walked in we were told that we would need to finish our dinner so they can seat the reservation after us. We hadn't even been seated yet! In all my years of dining, I have never been greeted that way. Especially since our reservation noted it was our first time there. First and ONLY. I don't like going to restaurants to spend money to be treated that way.
Love this "gem" of a restaurant in Oak Park. The dinner date for two is a great promotion on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Fantastic night with live music. Music was fun but too loud.
Intimate spot with charming decor, great food and wonderful service. Can’t wait to go back again.
Try the Little Gem Omelette. It's the best I've ever had.
The food is always great, servers excellent, and the Gem Cosmo is a gem!
Food was average and acoustics not so good.
My wife, daughter & I ate here on a Saturday evening. We made a reservation. My wife had the stuffed pork chop, my daughter had the gluten free half chicken & I had the chicken paprikash. Everything was excellent! It is a little pricey but worth it.
Three of us dined for lunch. All of us from out of town. Enjoyable experience.
I thought the food was good but not outstanding, the service was okay, and the value for money was okay.
We were looking for a nice restaurant for New Year’s Eve and this place was perfect! Great food nice atmosphere and they even gave us a half glass of champagne!
I really love this restaurant. However, on this occasion it was a little too loud. One party in particular seemed to be having a little too much fun and there was an especially loud woman in the party. Other than that, the experience was great as usual.
The music was concert-volume, making it difficult to talk to each other. The food was good.
Our 4th or 5th time at the LIttle Gem and it just gets better & better. Food & service were outstanding and it has become our favorite restaurant in Oak Park. We just relocated to a new apartment building and are now a 5-minute walk away. We'll be back often!
The food was superb! Nice atmosphere. We will definitely go to The Little Gem again!
I was actually Impress with everything, the place was nice and cozy. The food was awesome they start us of with garlic bread which I would say was awesome I couldn't stop eating it, then we had the calamari for appetizer, which is also awesome it was fresh, and for my entree I end up with the Lamb Chops. The lamb chops was cut medallion style, I ask the server she said "she thinks it comes in four", but it came with two. The way they marinate the lamb chops is good even the vegetables that came with it was awesome, i just wish for that they would add a little bit more meat, but our overall experience with the restaurant was excellent. It is actually a good place for date night.
We had brunch. Food was excellent. Server was a lovely young man who did a great job. The only down side was the decaf coffee was extremely weak. They brewed a new pot for us which was a little stronger. Points for effort though. Will go again.
Had a lovely evening celebrating girlfriend’s birthday. Cozy, inviting, atmosphere, excellent food, amiable staff.
Food and drinks were great, loved the classic vibe, and this is one place where you can have a conversation and be heard without a bunch of background noise or bad music. Will be back!
Wonderful dinner. Quality of the meal always great!
My friends celebrated my birthday with brunch at this charming and delightful cafe. They had us at the $5 bloody mary special but then went on to spoil us with perfectly cooked eggs Benedict and one of the best French toast I’ve ever had. Service was terrific. We’ll be back for one of their evening specials!
Food was so delicious and atmosphere was fabulous I came here for my 1 year anniversary and absolutely love it.
The food was actually excellent. Service was great… everything worked!
Great spot - it's a little noisy - small space - lots of people talking - but great food
Service was excellent, like the look an decor. food was just average. Saying the noise level is"energetic" is being extremely kind. The acoustics are so bad that it virtually impossible to have a conversation with the person across the table from you. Servers actually had to speak to us individually to explain specials etc. Do not plan on ever returning.
The sea bass was delicious, the martinis were divine, big portions, great warm crusty bread, excellent service. This place is a little gem. I'll be back.
Food was good but took quite a while to come up. Not the place to go if you are in a rush. I enjoyed the Royal Pimm's drink, which was reasonably priced at $10.
The wait staff were fantastic ! The food was good and the ambiance was lovely. A perfect Sunday evening birthday celebration.
We have been here enough to give it a proper rating now. About 4 times. Each time we left overall happy. The staff is good, the food tastes great and the prices are fair. Nothing really wows us like crazy but we definitely like Little Gem and will continue going there.
Food was delicious. We had the salmon, short ribs, seasonal veggies, truffle fries and brussel sprouts. Each bite was as good heavenly. I don't live in the area but if I did, I would make this a "regular' spot. Cozy, charming, excellent service.