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Hopleaf – Unpretentious gastropub

Hopleaf is a gastropub with world class food that is perfect for any occasion. You can pop in with some friends or make it a full blown date night with your significant other. This gastropub has that rare ability to feel homey and at the same time be a unique destination.

Almost divided in sections, each area of the bar has a unique feel. The room off the entrance is dark and divey, straight ahead looks and feels like a more traditional restaurant and around the corner is a bright back bar with high ceilings.

Although all the food I’ve tried at Hopleaf is amazing, the showstoppers are the duck reuben and the Belgian mussels. The duck reuben is perfectly fatty, salty, sour and sweet. The slow roasted duck slices are so generously portioned that they literally spill out of the sandwich. The Belgian mussels in white wine with plenty of butter are not to be missed either. Dunking the frites in the leftover broth could be a dish on its own.

The bartenders can definitely help you select a great beer to pair with the fine food served here. The list is pretty extensive and ever rotating. In fact, the beer list is enough of a draw to make Hopleaf worth a visit even if you’re just planning to enjoy a drink.

You should note that Hopleaf is a strictly 21 plus bar and restaurant. Even during lunch hours you’ll have to leave the kiddos at home.

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Details about this spot



5148 N Clark St, Chicago

Telephone number


Opening Times

Sun - Fri 12:00 - 02:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00


Main dish from: USD 10


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)