Top 10 Restaurants in Oak Park, Chicago's Cultural Village

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9 February 2017

Located just to the west of Chicago, Oak Park, Illinois is a quiet escape from the ‘Windy City’. Home to the largest collection of residential properties designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway, this village of just over 51,000 residents is not to be missed. Here are 10 restaurants to try on your visit.

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Aripo’s Venezuelan Arepa House

Aripo’s Venezuelan Arepa House offers Oak Park an authentic taste of Venezuela. The menu here includes 14 varieties of Venezuelan arepas as well as plenty of empanadas and other Venezuelan specialties, like pabellón criollo. The recipes have been passed down within the family for generations, which is why Aripo’s is able truly reflect Venezuelan culture and traditions in its food.

Aripo’s Arepa House, 118 N Marion Street, Oak Park, IL, USA,+1 708 386 1313

Barclay’s American Grille

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Seafood, $$$
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Barclay’s American Grille is ‘the place to be’ in Oak Park and serves classic American food with a variety of toppings and decadent homemade sauces. There are also many vegetarian and gluten-free options available. The interior design of the restaurant incorporates traditional and contemporary styles and showcases photographs from the restaurant’s namesake, Philander Barclay. The bar has several high definition flat panel televisions for sports enthusiasts to watch their favorite team while enjoying a cocktail. Located in the Carleton Hotel, this is a great place for meeting up with friends or having a relaxed dinner with your family.

Buzz Café

Cafe, Vegetarian, Vegan, American, Gluten-free, $$$
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Buzz Café puts a lot of emphasis on family, community and good food. Located in the Oak Park Arts District, Buzz Café showcases the work of local artists and musicians in addition to serving fair trade coffees and organic, locally sourced food. There are also many vegetarian and vegan options available and a delicious brunch served on Sundays. Whether you are looking to enjoy a quiet coffee or participate in Open Mic night, this Certified Green Business will not disappoint.

Hemmingway’s Bistro

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Grilled Lobster
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Hemmingway’s Bistro magically combines fresh ingredients from the Midwest with traditional French dishes to create a delightful culinary experience. The chicken served in the restaurant is Amish free-range and the meats are all natural. The chef, Chistopher C. Ala, emphasizes freshness and flies in fresh seafood from Boston daily. There is also a Parisian seafood bar available which serves a variety of lobster, clams, shrimp and oysters.

The Kinderhook Tap

Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Located just 8 miles from downtown Chicago, The Kinderhook brings a casual, yet sophisticated urban atmosphere to Oak Park. This gastro pub only serves the highest quality product. The meat they serve comes from local grass fed cows and free-range all natural chicken and pork. The fries are cooked in non-trans fat oil and they only source ingredients from local farmers. The Kinderhook Tap is a cozy spot to enjoy a drink or dinner for those interested in good food and eco-conscious eating.


Munch is the place to go for homemade vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine in Oak Park. The menu is packed with exciting dishes such as the ‘hippy hemp seed breakfast salad’ and ‘kale Portobello tacos’. Munch is a vegetarian paradise but even meat-lovers will leave satisfied.

Munch, 104 N Marion Street, Oak Park, IL, USA, +1 708 848 4226

New Rebozo Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Prairie Bread Kitchen
Prairie Bread Kitchen | © David Wilson/Flickr
New Rebozo Mexican Restaurant provides guests with delicious Mexican food served in a casual and friendly atmosphere. A healthier alternative to traditional Mexican food, chef Paco doesn’t use pork fat or heavy grease in his dishes. When dining at New Rebozo, ordering a mole is a must. Be sure to ask about the off-menu fiesta mole, which consists of six enchiladas topped with six different moles.

Prairie Bread Kitchen

Cafe, Pastries
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Prairie Bread Kitchen is a great option for people on the go. In addition to baking delicious breads and pastries, Prairie Bread Kitchen is an active community member in Oak Park. Leftovers are donated on a daily basis to local charities, and feed hundreds of people in the community. The cafe also displays the work of local artists and photographers and even provides a baking schedule online so customers can check in advance when their favorite bread will be available. This is a great stop for a morning coffee and breakfast on your way to work or before heading out for some sightseeing.

Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar is located in the historic Scoville Square building that was constructed in 1905 by the founding family of Oak Park. Winberie’s offers traditional comfort foods and salads, in addition to a large selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Situated within walking distance of many of the village’s popular tourist attractions, this is a great spot to stop for a bite after a busy day of sightseeing.

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