We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Once Upon a Bagel

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
+1 847-433-1411
06:00 - 20:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 06:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 20:00
Sat 06:00 - 17:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

91 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 91: English reviews
Deerfield, Illinois
Level Contributor
40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friendly, casual place with GOOD food. Jewish style deli, but not kosher. Great sandwiches and salads, delicious omelets, good Jewish style soups. Order at the counter and they bring it to your table. Large carry-out. Busy and bustling at lunchtime, all part of the experience.They also have a large business of deli trays for pick-up or delivery.

Thank Gerald L
Level Contributor
339 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My go-to breakfast treat - they give you 3 nice blintzes with sides of sour cream and warm cherry sauce. Great every time. Also have a huge selection of breakfast and lunch items - and great service, too.

Thank smdds
Mundelein, Illinois
Level Contributor
121 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

If you like bagels, corned beef, various salads and soups, this is the place. For me it is worth the 40 minute trip to get great food.

Thank Stan K
1 review
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

A Highland Park classic- eat in or take out delicious food - lots more than just bagels. Great soups, deli meats, smoked salmon, tuna salad, and so much more.

Thank Debbie S
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Very delicious food. Mish mosh is my all-time favorite soup. A bit overpriced but I would say worth every penny!!

Thank 890ava
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Level Contributor
45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is a great deli. Very traditional. Choice of bagels and bialys is great. Get them with a schmear. Soup and sandwiches are excellent. Something for everyone even Mexican entrees if want. Always found staff there efficient and courteous. When you leave grab some bagels, cream cheese and a sweet.

Thank Livewire2014
Northampton, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My Chicago culinary exploits were only enhanced by this delicious Jewish deli in Highland Park! Once Upon a Bagel offers a wide variety of food for all ages at reasonable prices. The service is fast and the setting is comfortable. The portions are large enough for just about anyone (one of my most important criteria in rating eateries). This is... More 

Thank The-Count-of-Tuscany
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Jerry and his late partner Morris open this place in Highland Park in about 1995. Not only are the bagels the best(!) the staff he put together have been working there for about all the time it has been open. Great sandwiches' and the chicken soup is superb. Happy bagel hour starts at 4PM daily with fresh bagels made in... More 

Thank niceguyfromchi
Lincolnshire, Illinois
Level Contributor
29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Traditional bagel options and limited bakery items. If you are looking for old school deli style bagels and sandwiches his s the place. Local favorite. Their donuts are also great but they only have chocolate topped. Great deli style salads. Family owned and all their restaurants are great

Thank EconGeek
Highland Park, Illinois
Level Contributor
31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Always good fresh food eat in or carry out. their chicken soup is the best not too salty Though if you buy it frozen it doesn't always mix well! Many choices of bagels shape & size

Thank Adrienne R

Travellers who viewed Once Upon a Bagel also viewed

Highland Park, Lake County
Highland Park, Lake County

Been to Once Upon a Bagel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Soups, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 17:30
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Once Upon a Bagel staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?