Oak Park >Oak Park Abbey
“can not make that claim whenever we go we have a great time and the food is outstanding.”
“It's sad to see what poor service patrons can get at a neighborhood venue, and as an Oak Park resident I was embarassed by this in front of my out of town guests.”
Love Karaoke?. I love going to the Velvet Rope on Friday Nights for Karaoke with Creoke! The Dj is fantastic and everyone really gets into it. The food is fabulous as well, they just added some new things, like the Baked Lobster Macaroni. Its delicious and creamy with large chunks of lobster. Yummy. As for drinks, I highly reccomend the Pomegranate Martini or a Velvepolitan. Both are delectable. Prices are fair and the staff is friendly and enthusiastic. The atmosphere is just all around fun. Its definitly a great place to relax or party, regardless of the night. If you've never been, ask to go upstairs! They also reserve space for parties which is nice. My friend had a birthday there and we all really enjoyed ourselves!
The Abbey has Closed. Just wanted to tell everyone that the Abbey has closed. I personally was very disappointed since everytime I went there, I had wonderful service and I just absolutely loved the place.
If you like no personality this is for you. We were quite excited to try this place based on reviews plus it would make a nice end to a day doing cultural stuff in Oak Park (FLW). We were the only customers but this did not prevent the staff ignoring us completely. It makes you wonder sometimes whether these people are really interested in building a business. The wine list is quite good and reasonable value but not exceptional. The decor and space is attractive. It's clearly not a go-to place since no one else came in over an hour. Pity.
Great Food. Not sure why the previous person had a bad experience at the restaurant. I can not make that claim whenever we go we have a great time and the food is outstanding. The wine list has a lot of variety to chose from. We love the live Jazz on Saturday since it changes every weekend. We hope that previous reviewer don't deter people from this little gem in Oak Park.
Awful Experience. Sure they were short staffed, but that did not entirely explain the poor wait service. The worst part - when the bill came our party was surprised there wasn't a 2 for 1 special as was adverstised on MetroMix. When this was explained to the owner, we were simply told the special was no longer in effect (even though it was still being advertised!), and the owner did NOTHING for the inconvenience. I was excited to frequent a neighborhood wine bar (my husband and I had been here several times over the last few months), but I have to say we will never be back. It's sad to see what poor service patrons can get at a neighborhood venue, and as an Oak Park resident I was embarassed by this in front of my out of town guests. One more thing - the food isn't very good. It's mediocre at best, and my husband and I are done giving it another shot and holding on to hope it will improve.
Oak Park gets a cozy neighborhood wine bar--the first ever--with gourmet grazing..
Locals are lured to this storefront watering hole, where they sip wine and beer at a handsome dark wood bar or at high-tops or cafe tables. The comfy, unpretentious setting is decorated with warm ochre walls and vintage-inspired chandeliers.
An old anecdote has an Oak Park-bound Chicago teamster telling a newcomer, "Oak Park is where the taverns end and the church spires begin." Local restaurants serve alcohol, but there are no bars or taverns so this cautious burb created a new category of liquor license for wine bars still required to serve food. The compact, moderately priced wine list has options like a jammy Campus Oaks Zin, with several glass pours but no flights or tastes. Premium beers on tap include Guinness, Harp and Boddington's; a miniscule menu of grazing options offers a handful of upscale apps, thin-crust pizzas and panini to satisfy hunger pangs.
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