The Heritage

4.2
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43 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Heritage is an American restaurant built on the mutual love and respect of valued local partners from breweries and distilleries to farms and purveyors. The menu focuses on fresh, seasonal and farm-focused dishes and interpretations of American classics. Located just outside Chicago’s city limits, The Heritage, which opened in fall 2016, has quickly become a staple in the flourishing Forest Park and Oak Park communities. Featuring a space that parallels the ethos of its cooking philosophy and menu, the cozy, yet charming dining room seats 54 and serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
What 43 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.5
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3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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scho0127
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Fish was fishy. That should tell you all you need to know.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night out. Food was fantastic.

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urban
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always enjoyed my meals here. The Heritage has become my go-to for taking people out for dinner or any other special occasion (also when I'm just too lazy to cook). Usually it's dinner; this was my first brunch. We went towards the end of the meal window for our work meeting, which was a good choice because the restaurant was just a bit quieter then. We still had an hour forty-five to brainstorm and dine together, and that was plenty. My guests and I enjoyed our food and the excellent service very much.

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AyannaK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I started going here when they first opened, and the service and attention was impressive. Now, perhaps they’ve gotten more customers, they have changed. I’ve been back a few times and thought this, but this last visit was most disappointing. The host seemed put out by my seat request even though the restaurant was half empty (or half full:)). The waiter failed to let us know two items were no longer available letting us ponder over the menu for too long then when we ordered telling us. The menu description did not mention granola on an item, but my son doesn’t eat granola. My meal’s flavor was weak. Just disappointing. I was hoping the heritage would be a good option for a craft dinner experience in the suburbs, but meh:/.

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vipJimB
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Staff is always excellent. Food and cocktails top notch. Atomic Fireballs were missing this time around, but I'll get a bunch on the next visit.

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OPFoodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Forest Park/Oak Park. Great food, great cocktails, good ambiance and incredible value for the quality you're receiving. Highly highly recommend!

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Alison
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Heritage so much, and even though they had an issue with OpenTable and over-booking reservations, they still managed to seat us at the bar! Thank you!

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LuisT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Heritage is a gem. You can feel the attention to detail and the creativity.
The service is really good.

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RuiQi
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, but not great for vegetarians, and terrible for vegans.

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Alan
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for an early Valentine’s Day dinner - were very impressed with the interesting prix fixe menu selections and the price! Also, THANK YOU for the varied non-alcoholic drink offerings. Very nice for a special occasion dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Server was not really busy, but not very attentive. Server was friendly. Hostess was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Beautiful fresh beat salad was fantastic and I loved, LOVED the crispy cauli. Service was professional and just right. (Not too talky, but helpful and knowledgeable about the menu)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A nice atmosphere for brunch with friends. Drink and food were great.

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vipPete
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite spot in all of Chicagoland. Everything, I mean everything, I ever ordered here has been a pleasant surprise. Tasteful, satisfying and balanced. Nothing out of place on my pallet and always hits the spot. A little fringe but not frilly. I will be returning again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Coq au vin was really just baked chicken. It is supposed to be a stew. The skimpy sauce was tasteless. Look up recipes for this dish to see how it is made.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks very good and seemingly very fresh. Our waitress was extremely attentive and the staff even went out of their way to accommodate dietary restrictions for me and my friend (gluten and dairy-free). Sat at a table in the middle and felt fully apart of the restaurant but also able to have personal conversations easily. Wonderful find.

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MeredithS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great, leisurely dinner - we sat and talked for hours, and our servers were extremely gracious and didn’t rush us at all.

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vipJulie
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

A neighborhood gem. A bit pricier than its neighbors, but the food does not dissapoint.

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Foodie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything great. Service gets a bit diminished as they get closer to close time.

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends for brunch - will have to return for dinner. Get the doubles!

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JohnH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Very limited menu and very pricey. Food and service were good but overall not a good value. Review the menu on line prior to going to ensure you like the limited options.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

A very disappointing meal, food took a very long time and was not cooked through

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience. A great time to be had in Forest Park. Looking forward to returning.

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TinaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting.
Service was friendly, and attentive, although I feel there were some missed opportunities.
They didn't share the happy hour menu with us until I asked about the sign outside.
Overall, a very nice experience.

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vipGramma
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I can’t really comment on noise level, because we were almost the only customers.
They have one of the most interesting and tasty brunch menus I’ve seen.

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vipDWW1
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was fair at best. Long time at table before server came by, long wait for food. VERY small portions of good food, went home hungry.

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tqbrook
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely, relaxing brunch. Drinks and food were wonderful.

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vipGinaD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

The server seemed rushed and annoyed. Never acknowledged the special occasion, did not highlight any menu items. Food and atmosphere is always amazing.

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HaleyR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was even better.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great experience when I visit The Heritage. Best cocktails, exquisite food and the staff is friendly and attentive. Definitely recommend. ~Maria

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The food was delicious from start to finish. The chicken and honey pie are a must. The only complaint was the noise level. Very loud and hard to have a conversation.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I went for brunch with 3 friends. I hadn't been there in about a year. The service was slow and one of the of the orders got messed up because the burger wasn't cooked to specifications. We were finished when my friend finally got her meal which she ended up getting to go. The waiter wasn't attentive at all and we tipped accordingly. Something may have changed since my first time there last year. Or maybe they were just having a bad day. I don't plan to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Chef does superb job. Love it.

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Chris
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We like this place a lot, however, if you have a couple cocktails it can get pricey pretty quickly. Group of 5 with bill over $300. Sometimes tough to have a conversation when it gets loud. Seems to do pretty well as all tables were full on a Thursday night. Nice to have in the neighborhood, but, at the cost...will only choose for special occasions.

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vipGrandmereP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a joyous experience with two birthdays to celebrate! Two of us arrived early and sat at the bar for cocktails, which were delicious! We ordered oysters— and this is the only criticism — I could have sworn they were on the menu at $2 each, and we were charged $4 each, a fact I didn’t notice until I got the electronic receipt. Other than that, we ordered a variety of menu items, both small and large plates plus birthday desserts, and all the food was delectable, beautifully prepared and presented. Service was attentive and fun, without interfering in our conversation. Altogether a winner. We will definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and unique menu with an excellent wine list and cocktail list to match!

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Ezekiel
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for Sunday brunch- tasty Bloody Mary with mustard seeds. and a nice menu. We enjoyed the smoked salmon toast and the omelette.

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OPFoodie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite places in Oak Park/Forest Park. Great food, great drinks and surprisingly well priced for the quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great and our server seemed friendly and competent, but the food took an extremely long time to come out from the time we ordered.

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HSS802
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We like coming here, but the affogato dessert was disappointing this time because they ran out of the right kind of cookies for it. They substituted another cookie but it was not the best. Should have just cancelled the dessert.