Chef and owner Greg Baxtrom (along with farmer Ian Rothman) opened Olmsted in the heart of Prospect Heights. The 50-seat restaurant showcases a seasonal menu that pulls from Baxtrom’s experience at Alinea, Per Se, Atera, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and most recently of Lysverket in Norway. In addition, the space includes a lush, 25-seat backyard garden that Baxtrom designed with Rothman, former horticulturist at Atera, where the two met and became friends. Repurposed wood from an old barn on Greg Baxtrom’s family home outside of Chicago are seen in touches throughout the restaurant, such as the framing around the chef’s counter and in the bookshelf housing Baxtrom’s extensive cookbook selection.
Greg Baxtrom’s Olmsted has been featured in various Best-of-the-Year lists in outlets such as The New Yorker, Forbes, and Conde Nast Traveler among many others. Additionally, Olmsted was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant in 2017.
Awards & Press
- James Beard Award