Old-school Italian with a modern twist is the theme at Osteria Ottimo is a popular Orland Park restaurant. Rustic and cozy, the restaurant’s interior features a well-stocked bar framed by exposed brick arches, hardwood floors and stylish banquette seating while outside a pretty, seasonal patio is perfect for a spot of al fresco dining. Fresh, locally sourced produce make familiar but creatively plated dishes.
Osteria Ottimo, 16111 S La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL, USA, +1 708 403 3366
Q Restaurant serves some of the most creative, tasty food in town. The restaurant’s culinary focus is Asian fusion with dishes that reference the owners’ Vietnamese heritage alongside nods to French and American cuisine: Vietnamese beef stew and baby back ribs with wasabi sweet potato and corn sriracha aioli are just a few menu highlights. Inside, Q is chic and understated with a sleek bar serving fine wines, cocktails and a number of creative martinis.
Q Restaurant, 11379 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL, USA, +1 708 966 2179
Square Celt Ale House & Grill
Square Celt Ale House & Grill is already fast staking its claim in Orland Park’s dining scene. As its name might suggest, the food at Square Celt features plenty of Irish pub grub such as corned beef and cabbage with colcannon and classic shepherd’s pie. Inside its stylish and lively with a cozy fireplace and plenty of TV screens to keep sports fans entertained, while outside there’s a large beer garden perfect for sampling Square Celt’s long list of craft brews in summertime.
Bilssful Banana Café
Blissful Banana Café gives local diners a fresh, healthy take on much-loved casual eats. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the café serves regular menu items like sandwiches, paninis and entrees alongside daily specials like Black Forest French toast and pork belly tacos with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.
Joy of Thai
Joy of Thai may be small but it’s certainly big on flavor. Fresh and authentic Thai cuisine based on tried-and-tested traditional recipes is the order of the day and though many of its dishes are typically spicy. Plenty of familiar curries and noodle dishes feature on Joy of Thai’s menu alongside creative specials like pan-fried catfish with basil and eggplant, all topped off with a dessert menu including Thai custard and mango with sticky rice.
Joy of Thai, 11013 179th Street, Orland Park, IL, USA, +1 708 995 1232
Mama Maria’s is a lively restaurant cooking up Mexican street food and drinks. Tacos are Mama Maria’s specialty, choose from fillings like flash-fried tilapia with spicy slaw and chipotle aioli or spiced pork with onion, cilantro, and roasted pineapple, but burritos, sizzling fajita platter and enchiladas are served too alongside plenty of appetizers and sides. Don’t leave without having a drink or two: there’s craft beer and specialty cocktails to choose from, plus a range of tequilas available straight up, on the rocks or in one of Mama Maria’s handcrafted margaritas.
Mama Maria’s, 16117 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL, USA, +1 708 403 3346
When Café Miele’s owner paid a visit to a pancake house it inspired him to set up his own breakfast and lunch joint, and several years later, he achieved his dream. Naturally, plenty of pancakes feature on Café Miele’s menu but there’s plenty more classic breakfast dishes to choose from like eggs benedict, French toast, skillets and omelets. Lunchtime offerings include salads, burgers and sandwiches and guests can craft their own drinks at the café’s juice bar from a range of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Café Miele, 11315 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL, USA, +1 708 873 5707
Yucca Asian Cuisine
For the most diverse Asian fare in town, foodies are well advised to head to Yucca Asian Cuisine. A huge sushi menu featuring sashimi, nigiri and signature rolls offer plenty of choice while elements of Japanese, Chinese and other Asian cuisines come out in eclectic entrees like chicken teriyaki, Kungbao prawn and traditional pad Thai. A sleek and contemporary dining room featuring a full sushi bar and subtle nods to Eastern Asian culture complements the authentic eats.
94 West opened over a decade ago, and since then the restaurant has gained a reputation for its traditional steakhouse and seafood dishes. A classic, warm design features throughout the restaurant while a charming patio with its own fountain is the perfect place to try 94 West’s signature cocktails.
94 West, 15410 94th Avenue, Orland Park, IL, USA, +1 708 364 9494
The Ale House Grill
Nestled on the edges of the beautiful Bur Oak Woods, The Ale House Grill is a restaurant, tavern and sports bar serving classic American fare in laidback, welcoming surroundings. Downstairs, The Ale House Grill’s restaurant serves an eclectic menu with something to suit everyone, from handcrafted pizzas, burgers and sandwiches to mouthwatering entrees like filet mignon with tender asparagus or blackened salmon with wild rice – all offered alongside a good range of beers. Upstairs, the eatery’s sports bar is open until 4am and offers casual bites and Mexican eats.
The Ale House Grill, 13500 S Harlem Ave, Orland Park, IL, USA, +1 708 460 8330