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Hemmingway's Bistro, Oak Park, IL
Hemmingway's Bistro, Oak Park, IL
Hemmingway's Bistro, Oak Park, IL
Hemmingway's Bistro, Oak Park, IL
Hemmingway's Bistro, Oak Park, IL

Hemmingway's Bistro

4.7
4.7
1105 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
At Hemmingway's Bistro the menu combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients.
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.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 19 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00–21:00 Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00–15:00 Dinner Sun 15:00–19:30
  • Phone number
    (708) 524-0806
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Christopher C Ala
  • Area
    Oak Park
  • Cross Street
    Lake and Oak Park Ave
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Green Line on Oak Park Ave
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • $2 FRESH OYSTERS

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 14:30 - 15:00, 15:00 - 17:30,Sat - 14:30 - 15:00
    Join us MONDAY - FRIDAY, at HEMMINGWAY'S BISTRO, for our Oyster Bar Special from 2:30PM - 5:30PM Enjoy $2 fresh oysters available alongside our daily fresh Seafood Lunch and Dinner Menus!

  • $5 OFF ALL COCKTAILS

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 15:00 - 17:30
    $5 OFF ALL COCKTAILS, WEEKDAYS, 2:30 - 5:30PM

What 1,105 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Best Ambience

  • Near West

    Great for brunch

  • Near West

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Near West

    Great for fine wines

  • Near West

    Romantic

  • Near West

    Good for special occasions

  • Near West

    Most Booked

1,105 Reviews
  1. BessC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food and service are always good. The ambience is cozy and it's never been too loud. If you are looking for authentic French food in Oak Park, this is it!

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  2. SeniorOperaAttendee

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday brunch with live jazz music. Entree plus generous buffet. A glass of champagne. All included. Other drinks extra. Outstanding value for a very special occasion.

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  3. PaulR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner at Hemingway’s Bistro. It’s simple, elegant, and romantic. The food was hot, fresh, and delicious. We will be back.

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  4. MichaelP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met my expectations and truly enjoyed the atmosphere, food and fond memories of previous tomes we dined here!

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  5. PaulY

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, food was excellent, service was great and the place is a true neighborhood gem and I highly recommend it!

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  6. MarkfromOakPark

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife had the red snapper (a special) and I had the seared scallops. We started with an endive salad. Had several reasonably-priced wines by the glass. All first rate. Hemmingway's never disappoints.

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  7. Lisl

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such good ambiance for Valentine’s day! Live jazz, nixe lighting, flowers and candles. Butternut swash ravioli was a bit oily but everything else was great. Great for date night.

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  8. ceez

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was great. Food was ok but not great, especially for the price.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crepes and quiche were delicious. Our server was professional and available throughout lunch. Lovely bistro setting.

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  10. FranciscoV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Food was Delicious & wonderfully French We had the French Onion & Mushroom Soup and they were outstanding !! My Duck was Cooked Perfectly & my Wife Loved the Butternut Squash Ravioli !! BUT, the STAR of the Meal was my Mango Vanilla Soufflé, just Fantastic & my Wife had a Delicious Crème Brûlée !! We will try the Brunch next, with the Grandchildren !! Thank You

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  11. Otto

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My partner and I look young for our age and we were asked if we planned to order any other food after initially ordering an appetizer - clearly insinuating if we can even afford to spend more (this was later reinforced when the waiter kept advising what the prices were.) That was rectified later when I asked for an alcoholic beverage half way through dinner and the waiter asked for our ID and saw our actual age - then immediately looked apologetic for the sass they gave earlier on where they insinuated if we could afford the meal. - we tipped 20% still and we spent $163 after tip and tax - nothing crazy, but also by no means "cheapskates." This is Oak Park, we can afford the meal and we've never received this type of service at previous French restaurants in the Chicagoland area. There were no candles lighting the restaurant, like other intimate French restaurants in the area. I'd recommend at least dimming the lights more and lighting with candles, since they were going for intimate setting, but clearly failed at it with cheap Christmas lights. Our waiter couldn't even speak French, which if I'm going for a "proper" French restaurant, at least hire staff who can speak French. The food was good, but the experience was mediocre at best. Would recommend Bistro Campagne or Mon Ami Gabi for the same price, same great quality of food, but way better experience.

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  12. Luv2eat

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday brunch is always a nice break and the jazz is wonderful. The crepes au gratin were outstanding as always. Unfortunately the sweets were a little disappointing. The brownies were amazing but the cakes were dry and nothing special. The temperature was challenging as it is still winter but the tables in front of the windows were incredibly hot with the sun beaming in.

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  13. JimO

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Impeccable service and wonderful food.

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  14. GaryL

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding, food was wonderful, ambiance was liked by all. Such a pleasure to enjoy conversation without having to shout over noise, and being able to easily hear my companions.

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  15. LisaW

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I asked for a quiet table and that's just what we got…but it didn't feel like we were shoved in the back. The space is beautiful, the service on point and unhurried. The food was delicious. The whitefish was perfectly cooked and from what I could see, my client's steak frites were exactly medium rare. It's nice that the sides are included, making it a very good value.

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  16. PatriciaP

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always… food is exceptional, service excellent and ambiance lovely. 5 stars always👏

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  17. JeffR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place never disappoints. We had the escargot, mushroom bisque, salad, duck and rack of lamb. All met expectations. A very nice selection of wines by the glass allowed each of us to have a glass that we enjoyed

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  18. OakParkExploring

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    First time dining here and we enjoyed it very much. Great bistro atmosphere. It took a while to get the waiter to come to the table but we just ordered at the bar on our own and topped off our own glasses throughout the meal. I shouldn't complain as we were 20 minutes late and they still held our table. The beef wellington was delicious! I don't get wrapping meat in pastry but my wife said it was very nicely cooked. The meat was delish. I had the Chilean sea bass, which I hesitated to order as I hear there are only about 20 left in the ocean... but I thought this place would do it well. It was an A- as some of the edges were "crispy." Someone said that was the French element but I'm not sure. In the end we enjoyed the evening and will be back - I'll try the scallops next time, which was my choice until I heard the bass was the night's special.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful brunch on Sat. Great service. It's quite a lovely place. Restaurant very nice even though the hotel is closed and its interior is kind of sad. Needs nicer foyer, chairs to wait.... And better handicap access, less stairs. Look forward of eating there again, French flair, maybe dinner...

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  20. BobS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite dining experience! The ambience, the food, the service are all above and beyond expectations.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible. Service is on point. Ask for Juan! You won't be disappointed.

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  22. Mark

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful and cozy atmosphere with good food and drinks

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  23. Apache

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the restaurant but need to be honest. The food is very uneven. Have dined only for Sunday brunch so this is not reflective of dinner menu or its quality. But recent brunch experience was just OK. One of my guests eggs were overcooked. Another thought the breakfast sausage was greasy. All four dishes looked great but were not warm. Love the atmosphere & service is terrific. Feel the output from kitchen can be better. Not giving up on your establishment. There’s a little to like!

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  24. AngieM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love, love, eating here. The food and service are exceptional.

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  25. WendyG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has been a favorite special night out place for us for years. In fact, it's been decades. I'm sure it must have changed hands and chefs over that time but it never disappoints. The prices are reasonable for the kind of meal you are getting.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think I could happily live off of the baked brie there until my arteries clogged.

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  27. Travelcyn

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Hemmingways! Service and ambience impeccable. Best and freshest white fish around and delicious French bread, onion soup, and house made desserts make for a perfect meal.

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  28. CynthiaM

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hemmingway's Bistro is our go to restaurant for New Years Eve. When we arrive for our reservation, we are seated promptly. The atmosphere is festive. We never feel rushed. The service and food are always outstanding. A great restaurant for a special occasion.

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  29. MichelleD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tom was an excellent waiter and the food and ambience were delightful!

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  30. LorraineB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been several times and always have delicious food and excellent service.

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  31. ErrolMd

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is always amazing. It has become our go to place for special occasions. The pear based martini was delectable. The salmon with lobster medallions was perfect. Wonderful deserts of pumpkin donuts and crème brûlée. And an extremely attentive waitress and staff. And the oysters - perfect size and flavorful. Thanks for an amazing Christmas Eve dinner.

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  32. MichaelS

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. The food is French-influenced, and all is delicious. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. Don't like the 3 percent charge for credit card purchases!

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  33. PeterS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Looking for classic dining experience with waitstaff dressed in whites and a menu that reminds you of dining with your grandparents in the 70’s then Hemmingways won’t disappoint. It has a classic flare that is welcomed in today’s modern dining. However, the food does not meet the expectation. Fish was over done, duck confit was so-so. Steak was an unidentified cut. Don’t get me wrong it was fine and edible but not worth the large tab at the end. I don’t regret visiting cause it is a memorable experience. I just won’t go back.

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  34. Sabthrax

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Burger was overcooked, French onion soup was undersalted, fries were ok - but a bit too soggy. I will go again for the classic old guard dining vibe, but with much lower expectations.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An intimate restaurant with delicious food. Great wine list and cocktails.

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  36. Eater

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hemmingway's beautiful sunny dining room is always a pleasure to visit. The food is very good, the atmosphere is pleasant--lively, but not noisy–and best of all, the service is EXCELLENT. This is a rare spot where you can talk with your friend without being interrupted at the worst times, where they give you some space to have a conversation and really enjoy your friends, but they are right there when you need them. There's a lot of good food to eat, but very little professional service. Bravo.

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  37. LoopDiner

    Chicago

    219 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    219 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, it was very good. It took a while for the shrimp (I never got any) and lox to be replenished on the buffet. Perhaps you could have a backup platter of each ready to go instead of waiting to prepare a platter only once the buffet platter has been depleted. Also, we requested a quiet table but were seated in the noisy front section. But, overall, we were quite pleased and are happy to see that your restaurant is thriving.

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  38. Clarence

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent way to celebrate the holidays with dear friends with brunch at Hemingway's!

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  39. SusanP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sophisticated friends from Belgium and Lebanon agreed that Hemingways was an exceptional dining experience. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the wait staff excellent. We will be repeat customers.

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  40. squid

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a lovely glass of wine as well as the quiche and crepes gratinee for lunch. We wanted to order the soufle, but it would have taken an hour to cook (hint: If you want the soufle order it early with the meal). All of the food was delicious and the atmosphere very relaxing.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Hemmingway's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 524-0806.

Hemmingway's Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1105 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:00


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Hemmingway's Bistro

211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Lake and Oak Park Ave
  • Area
    Oak Park
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00–21:00 Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00–15:00 Dinner Sun 15:00–19:30
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, French American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Green Line on Oak Park Ave
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Christopher C Ala
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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