Miramar

★★★☆☆
  • 301 Waukegan Ave

    Highwood, IL 60040

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  • 847-433-1078

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I have to wonder if people think with such a sophisticated Executive Chef and Owner as Gabriel Viti that Miramar is just "another" restaurant in Highwood. Seriously, the true secret of Miramar is in the ingredients. The things I love on

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★★★★★

I have to wonder if people think with such a sophisticated Executive Chef and Owner as Gabriel Viti that Miramar is just "another" restaurant in Highwood. Seriously, the true secret of Miramar is in the ingredients. The things I love on

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The food here is predictable and a boring. They haven't changed the menu significantly since it opened and the cuisine is frankly tired. I ordered their standard spinach salad with goat cheese. It was overdressed and the spinach was far too mature to be in a salad -- it should have been in a cooked dish. The macaroni and cheese was undersalted, tasteless glop. The frites are matchstick-style and are greasy and hard to eat (they should really make true steak frites, especially to accompany the mussels). The outside seating would be lovely IF the sidewalk were wider, the restaurant weren't on such a busy street, and (most importantly) it were on the west side of the street instead of the east -- despite the awnings one always gets blasted by the sun during lunch outdoors. The restaurant is hopping on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights but is otherwise a place to have a quiet, chatty meal. The decor is gorgeous -- salted mirrors and chipped tiles all make it feel authentically colonial and early 20th century. I never use the valet parking -- I don't go at peak times and when I do go, I park for free on a sidestreet & stroll over. The waitstaff are quite friendly for the most part; they always greet customers in a warm way. I would only go here again for drinks and dessert -- the food is just not good enough to justify any price. I've sworn off going back to Miramar until I hear that they've turned the menu and food preparation around. There are too many decent, interesting choices in Highwood to have to put up with this ick. When it opened, it was really the only bistro around -- that's just not the case any longer.

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★★☆☆☆

The food here is predictable and a boring. They haven't changed the menu significantly since it opened and the cuisine is frankly tired. I ordered their standard spinach salad with goat cheese. It was overdressed and the spinach was far too mature to be in a salad -- it should have been in a cooked dish. The macaroni and cheese was undersalted, tasteless glop. The frites are matchstick-style and are greasy and hard to eat (they should really make true steak frites, especially to accompany the mussels). The outside seating would be lovely IF the sidewalk were wider, the restaurant weren't on such a busy street, and (most importantly) it were on the west side of the street instead of the east -- despite the awnings one always gets blasted by the sun during lunch outdoors. The restaurant is hopping on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights but is otherwise a place to have a quiet, chatty meal. The decor is gorgeous -- salted mirrors and chipped tiles all make it feel authentically colonial and early 20th century. I never use the valet parking -- I don't go at peak times and when I do go, I park for free on a sidestreet & stroll over. The waitstaff are quite friendly for the most part; they always greet customers in a warm way. I would only go here again for drinks and dessert -- the food is just not good enough to justify any price. I've sworn off going back to Miramar until I hear that they've turned the menu and food preparation around. There are too many decent, interesting choices in Highwood to have to put up with this ick. When it opened, it was really the only bistro around -- that's just not the case any longer.

Pros: fun, beautiful interior -- lovely on a summer evening or afternoon

Cons: food is tired and uninspired; outdoor seating is sunny and hot

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If you do not have a reservation on the weekend, expect a wait. Although, I'm not sure why. The food was inedible and the menu was about as extensive as a car's oil change options. I was told that I could only eat at the bar, because I didn't have another person in my party. The only thing redeeming of this place was the bartender, he was willing to please - especially when the noisy people crowded around me as I tried to eat and the door kept opening allowing the cool breeze on my back.
Don't use the Valet service. The sign says $6, the Valet people will charge you $8 instead and tell you to give a tip to the driver.

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★★☆☆☆

If you do not have a reservation on the weekend, expect a wait. Although, I'm not sure why. The food was inedible and the menu was about as extensive as a car's oil change options. I was told that I could only eat at the bar, because I didn't have another person in my party. The only thing redeeming of this place was the bartender, he was willing to please - especially when the noisy people crowded around me as I tried to eat and the door kept opening allowing the cool breeze on my back.
Don't use the Valet service. The sign says $6, the Valet people will charge you $8 instead and tell you to give a tip to the driver.

Pros: Stella Beer on Tap, The Bartenders

Cons: The food, The other workers

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Paris meets Cuba at this picture-perfect French bistro, where the buzz of conversation mingles with a lively Latin soundtrack. The room's attention to detail is dazzling, with antique mirrors, a gleaming floor of tiny…

 

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