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1/2 Price Winesday

Every Wednesday 1/2 price select bottles of wine

Tuesday 4pm – 1am
Wednesday 4pm – 1am
Thursday 4pm – 1am
Friday 11am – 1am
Saturday 9am – 1am
Sunday 11am – 6pm

Kitchen Hours Weekday till 9pm
Weekends till 10pm


Some say music is food for your foot tappin’ soul. And here at Hemingway’s Zen Garden it’s just one more essential ingredient for a great time. So if you love live music or you are a picker or singer yourself, you’re in for a treat every weekend with cornerstone bands like Silver Creek, Jazz troubadours, Jake Baxter, Hunter Peables to name a few. 

Music Director: Greg Belter Greg’s ear for booking great music acts puts Hemingway’s as the #1 spot on the east side to see live jazz, rock and roll, roots and country. Check out our calendar and see who’s rockin’ the Zen Garden this week or upcoming shows….if you are a band and want to book a gig, contact  Greg at and reserve your date.

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Whether it’s a deep red, a dry white, a sweet moscato or a hand-crafted Scotch, our full bar will accompany any celebration with good friends. With over fifty craft beers, sparkling wines, ciders and aperitifs and well-selected spirits, challenge any bar in town who thinks they make a better drink than we do…we say Cheers to that!

Mission Statement

When you combine fresh and unique food with great friends, and offer really exceptional wine and spirits, magic always follows.

We believe stories and shared experiences are the flowers of life
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Owners Kimberly and Michael Smith – Culinary and healthy food enthusiasts, artists, organic chicken and bee farmers, an advertising pioneer and a body builder are the inspiration to the Hemingway’s philosophy.

Mike Smith

AKA Smitty, Owner

Renaissance man

First loves are cooking, creating world-class advertising campaigns, art, music, writing and literature, and is serious about humor and one who insists on never letting the truth get in the way of a good story.

Carlin Rose Long

Chef. Culinary Arts Degree, Southern Illinois University
A 25-year professional foodie heads our nimble kitchen. Carlin consistently brings absolute wonder to those who sit at her tables and says “Food and putting surprising smiles on faces is my passion and my vocation in life…and NO! I will not marry and cook for you...but then again, everybody has their price."

Kim Smith


Body Builder

If she isn’t at home with chickens you can find her weight lifting, preparing healthy meals, dancing, going to concerts with her and bartending at Hemingway’s. She lights up the room and always keeps the perfect lemon drop martinis coming.

Roosevelt Long Jr.

His knowledge of food is almost as big as his heart and he brings order to your order. Ask Roosevelt what’s the secret to a great meal and he will tell you “it starts with good friends, a whole lot of love and tolerance and sometimes, a good tequila…and we have all the above."

Kristen Perry

General Manager
A 14-year veteran manager/server/bar tender extraordinaire. There’s a really good reason Kristen’s title has the word “General” in it. She is Hemingway’s field commander and eyes, ears and strategy behind our success. Her wheelhouse is providing personal friendly service, easy and stress-free event planning and knowing how to make a visit a truly remarkable one.

Greg Belter

Beer and Music Guy/Bartender and Server Dude
Greg’s nose for both beer, wine and music comes to us by way of his Catholic upbringing sampling unconsecrated church wine and cheap draught beer and forced to sing at funerals. He makes music happen every week at Hemingway’s Zen Garden and has been known to sit in with local acts playing guitar and harmonica on occasion.


123 East First Street O’Fallon Illinois 62269
Phone 618-632-6008 Cell: 314-650-3537

Or just look for the oldest part of town next to the train tracks between Vine and Lincoln and First and Second street and you’re almost there. 

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Eclectic Bistro in the heart of Downtown O'Fallon, IL

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We are OPEN!

4pm – 11pm Thursday

4pm – 11pm Friday

4pm – 11pm Saturday

We are still outside on the back patio. Thursday is open mic night and Live music Friday and Saturday.