Oak Park >Food & Dining > Winberie's Restaurant & Bar
151 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL | Directions 6030141.888565 -87.794742
Lunch: Mon - Sat, 11:00am - 4pm. Dinner: Mon - Thu, 4pm - 10:30pm; Fri, Sat, 4pm - 11pm; Sun, 1pm - 9pm. Brunch: Sun, 10am - 1pm
Neighborhoods: Oak Park
Brunch = La Quinta quality – I went here after I had heard the brunch here was good. I should have known, since it's a recommendation for a place in oak park. The brunch was 3-star hotel quality. Something you would get at a Marriott, Holiday Inn, La Quinta etc for free. Normal business fair, with a guy making omlets and another crepes. Now this is fine, I don't mind it...but for $18 a person I expect a much better brunch. Wait staff while pleasant, was slow. Never got my kitchen order. Waited what seemed like an eternity for refills of drinks.
Terrible customer service. They think they are doing you a favor. Oak Park now charges 25 cents per 10 minutes to park on the street till 8:00 p.m. – We have been going here for years because they are convenient. Saturday night we had finally had it. I ordered a meal I order regularly. I asked to substitute these wonderful potatoes. They said they would up-charge-I said fine. They did what they did the last three times I ordered them-they didn't bring them. This time, they tried to bring the regular potato-like I wouldn't notice. I said-this is the wrong potato. The waiter brings me back what was obviously a potatoe that was either left over from someone's plate or the last of a pan, with no topping, and dried out from the microwave. I said, "You're kidding, right?" He took it back-returns, then admits that they were out and baking more. I said, "This is the samething that has happened the last three times. Maybe plan ahead. I was a server for years. I'm a patient woman. I don't mind waiting,but I don't like someone trying to fool me." They eventually brought the potatoes, they weren't good, they never apologized, didn't take anything off our bill, and up-charged for the potatoes. This is how they are. And the reason they are this way-is because they can be. They are owned by one of the huge companies-Nabisco or something. I love Oak Park. I will never go there again. They have some really good dishes-but they are inconsistent, and they do not care about their customers. And this one manager, a guy, works during the day, couldn't be ruder, nastier, snobbier... Also, they are over-priced. They have a nice wine list-but it is ridiculously over-priced. They take themselves a bit seriously. I'm pretty irritated. And I'm the kind of person who tips well, no matter what, and almost nothing bothers me in a restaurant. This bothered me. It would be lovely if we could all send them a nice little message. Service matters...
Good for the after-movie light meal – My fiance and I ordered the chocolate fondue to share. Her recommended wine turned out to be an excellent choice, and the coffee I ordered (I forget the name, but it has the orange and chocolate flavor added) was FANTASTIC. The fondue filled the belly well, and we were able to enjoy the evening outside. Service was attentative, friendly and helpful. A pricier establishment, but since I have not had any other dishes yet, I can't give a more specific critique of the menu.
Horrid Service – The food is bland and salty. Wish such a compliment could be given the staff. I thought it was some kind of play but it wasn't. THEY ARE RUDE, and downright abbusive. The manager doesn't even deserve to clean tables. The hostess is a primidana. DO NOT GO TO THIS ESTABLISHMENT!!!!!!
Winberie seafood outstanding – Each of us tried a salmon dish: salmon in parchment with seasonal vegetables and red potatoes as well as salmon on grilled plank. Both were delicious and tender. The cost was remarkably lower than expected for such high quality food. The restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and is kid friendly too.
Cool corner cafe offers great views of passersby and delicious down-home cooking. – The Scene
Hip Oak Park couples and singles spark conversation in one of Winberie's two wood-trimmed dining rooms. Gold sponge-painted and exposed brick walls add warmth, while meandering classical music, contemporary ad prints and potted palms lend a touch of class. Enthusiastic servers know the menu inside and out.
Expect full-flavored dishes with Italian and French bistro leanings. Dynamite Sticks pack a real punch--crisp-fried flour tortillas wrapped around seared Gulf shrimp, applewood bacon, andoille peppers and cheese with cheese-tomato remoulade for dipping. Entrees are solid: Crunchy, Parmesan-herb encrusted chicken puttanesca nestles on a bed of creamy garlic risotto with green olive relish. Char-grilled tilapia topped with wilted spinach is ocean-fresh and finished in tangy organic lemon-olive oil. Desserts include Tollhouse Pie with warm chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and toasted pecans, a sweet, gooey chocolate lover's delight.
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