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Once Upon a Bagel

1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
+1 847-433-1411
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bialys” (11 reviews)
“bagels” (70 reviews)
“soups” (19 reviews)
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PMAll hours
American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love the hustle and bustle dining experience. No one can beat their bagels and chicken salad. When we want to stay in our pj’s pick-up is the best way to go!

Thank DSMChicago
Reviewed 3 October 2017

There is nothing I would not order on the huge menu from the scrumptious matzo ball soup to the scoop of California Tuna Salad on the Garden Salad ( try the amazing vinaigrette dressing!) to corned beef on rye, to the stellar bagels (a bargain...More

Thank travelchat
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Very good breakfast in a noisy restaurant with very tight spacing between tables. Self service pretty much.

Thank Jurgen P
Reviewed 7 September 2017

They have an extensive menu. It would be extremely hard to go here and not find something to order that you would enjoy. Everything that I have ever had here has been delicious. Not fine dining, but really good food. I have been here at...More

Thank Elwood M
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This place will not disappoint. Close your eyes and you are transformed into a NYC Jewish deli with all the fixins. The bagels are heavenly and most midwesterners don't know what a bialey is but you must try one. You order at the counter and...More

Thank Dawn C
Reviewed 8 August 2017

If you want good old homestyle breakfast food or miss your city deli/bakery then this is the place for you. Low frills just good food, GREAT bagels and matzo soup. My kids and husband love their doughnuts and cookies. If you are looking for a...More

Thank wrightway2015
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

what do you think about a restaurant who chooses to add pink food color to their expensive lox cream cheese? i call it fraud, deceptive practices, larceny, or you make the call. By the way, no ingredient labels on their food like so many other...More

Thank droffilc
Reviewed 24 July 2017

It's a "no frills" deli that serves up delicious, fresh bagels, with homemade schmear and yummy sandwiches. It's open for a good chunk of the day, and you can always expect a steady group of customers either grabbing bagels to-go, or eating in their simple...More

Thank Nicole C
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We have been coming here for years and I've never had a bad meal. There's really something for everyone. It's no frills, good food.

Thank raneemarc
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Once upon a Bagel is an old style Jewish deli, with a bagel factory. We go there for the freshly baked bagels, from plain to onion, sesame, garlic, corn rye, etc. I personally love an everything bagel, but for some reason I can't figure out,...More

Thank Steve R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 847-433-1411
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