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Evanston Restaurants

OceaniqueOceanique
1082 reviews
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Seafood | Evanston, North Suburbs

If you are looking for a memorable dining experience from the moment you walk in the door the Oceanique is THE place. First, the food is spectacular. My wife and I shared a lobster salad, a scallop appetizer, seafood bouillabaisse, and swordfish. We each had a dessert because it was her birthday and the chef insisted on two desserts! From the perfectly delivered plates to the quality of every ingredient the meal was over the top. In addition to what we ordered, the table was adorned with confetti spelling "happy birthday" , little birthday cakes, and candles that brought a big smile to my wife. The chef also brought us two different tasting appetizers which were both delicious and a pleasant surprise. The service was friendly, professional, and timed perfectly. We will definitely be back and hope to bring others with us to experience a fabulous restaurant. More

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NaKornNaKorn
88 reviews
$$$$
Thai | Evanston, North Suburbs

It was my wife’s birthday. We had an amazing time spacious and beautiful, great ambience and nice music and not noisy. One where you can sit quietly, relax and enjoy wonderful food. More

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The Barn SteakhouseThe Barn Steakhouse
414 reviews
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Steakhouse | Evanston, North Suburbs

This is a hidden jewel. The space is spectacular with incredibly high ceilings and beautiful brick work - it really was an old barn. Our group had steaks, lamp chops and pasta and everything was delicious and cooked exactly as requested. We are definitely returning and would highly recommend this wonderful restaurant. More

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Next of Kin RestaurantNext of Kin Restaurant
266 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Excellent food & attentive service. Beautiful atmosphere. More

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Blind Faith CafeBlind Faith Cafe
790 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan | Evanston, North Suburbs

Happy Birthday to me 🎂!!!! Blind Faith has been on my bucket list for a long time. We had 3 people in our party, we were celebrating my 46th birthday. I picked the perfect spot, my friends absolutely love it as well. It was our 1st time there and definitely not our last. My friends have never tried Seitan and they were blown away tha is wasn’t meat, excellent!!! Highly recommend everything, seriously though the flavors in every dish we tried were mind blowing. Service was excellent!!! Thank you so much for exceeding! Love KarmaGirl ♥️ More

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HearthHearth
598 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Loved eating by the fireplace and Zach is an awesome server! More

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Flat Top Grill - EvanstonFlat Top Grill - Evanston
63 reviews
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Contemporary Asian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Always a hit with the kids and a good value! Forces kids to be creative and try something new. More

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Tapas BarcelonaTapas Barcelona
14 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Evanston, North Suburbs

Miguel is always wonderful and the cosmos are delicious! More

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The Stained GlassThe Stained Glass
1417 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

The food arrived very slowly but they were very aware of the problem and kept us notified and gave us free dessert. More

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Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & LoungeKoi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
725 reviews
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Chinese | Evanston, North Suburbs

As always, the food was outstanding, with so many choices. I selected Chinese. The staff was particularly helpful, efficient without being overbearing. The best part is that they have found a ways to manage the loudness that used to be part of the restaurant. It is now quiet. More

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Chef's StationChef's Station
717 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

The food at Chef Station is such a wonderful treat - lovely combinations, beautiful presentations, and delicious flavors! We always have a great meal. The service is also top notch. It's one of our favorite places to dine. More

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KansakuKansaku
347 reviews
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Japanese | Evanston, North Suburbs

I ordered raw tuna, salmon, snapper(I think) and the pristine freshness was remarkable! Will do it again soon More

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Terra & VineTerra & Vine
638 reviews
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Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Overall I think the food and service was excellent. I do however find the house wine choices way overpriced, a glass of wine for $8-10 should be available. 3 wines represented 40% of the bill for a modest meal! More

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Jilly's CafeJilly's Cafe
247 reviews
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French | Evanston, North Suburbs

Enjoyed quiet lunch, warm atmosphere, good food and service, mice ambience. More

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Trattoria DemiTrattoria Demi
80 reviews
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Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Love the atmosphere in this intimate restaurant. Service is friendly and prompt and menu has great selection of pastas and other Italian fare. More

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BoltwoodBoltwood
987 reviews
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Farm-to-table | Evanston, North Suburbs

The food was amazing and I felt like it was healthy. Split the tofu bowl and lentil wrap with the grapefruit juice mimosa. Delish! More

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Symphony's CafeSymphony's Cafe
431 reviews
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American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Food is always fresh, plentiful and homemade. Shoutout to server Luke who gives exceptional customer service. Prices are competitive and ambiance is the nicest in the area for breakfast. More

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Mt. Everest RestaurantMt. Everest Restaurant
43 reviews
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Indian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Great spot for Indian cuisine on the north shore. The staff was very accommodating, and the food is consistently good. More

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Found Kitchen and Social HouseFound Kitchen and Social House
915 reviews
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American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Delicious food. Wonderful service- friendly and attentive but not overwhelming. Lovely place. More

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Whiskey ThiefWhiskey Thief
253 reviews
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American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Little to dark but food was amazing! More

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Farmhouse - EvanstonFarmhouse - Evanston
874 reviews
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American | Evanston, North Suburbs

We went to the Farmhouse for breakfast. It was our first time here. The atmosphere was attractive and homey. Service and food was great! We will return. More

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Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - EvanstonPete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston
1809 reviews
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Steak | Evanston, North Suburbs

Thank you for a great evening! More

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The CellarThe Cellar
151 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Evanston, North Suburbs

The Cellar is consitently very good! The Tapas menu gives lots of choices to have individually or share. More

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Red Hot Chilli PepperRed Hot Chilli Pepper
63 reviews
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Indian | Evanston, North Suburbs

It was delicious and fun and the service was great for such a large party including 5 kids. It was tremendous. More

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Bangers & Lace - EvanstonBangers & Lace - Evanston
88 reviews
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American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Met friends for dinner. There were four of us in a back booth . Much prefer the booth to the communal eating - they do not offer many booths - mostly communal dining or small tables right next to each other . Great variety of drink options . We all enjoyed our beers and cheese curds . I got a Chicago dog and fries - it was just average. Service was really good . Vibe was energetic - a little loud . More

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Rock 'N RavioliRock 'N Ravioli
172 reviews
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Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

A great place to celebrate a birthday. Food was very good and the atmosphere is nice and cozy. Not too bright. The bar upstairs with live jazz was also very fun. Only critique would be the high price for bottles of wine relative to the quality. Otherwise we really enjoyed it and will be back. Great service too! More

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Firehouse GrillFirehouse Grill
1 review
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American | Evanston, North Suburbs

An Evanton neighboorhood favorite! Come in and enjoy a craft beer, great burger, and friendly atmosphere! More

Evanston Diners' Choice Winners

Evanston's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
OceaniqueOceanique
1082 reviews
$$$$
Seafood | Evanston, North Suburbs

If you are looking for a memorable dining experience from the moment you walk in the door the Oceanique is THE place. First, the food is spectacular. My wife and I shared a lobster salad, a scallop appetizer, seafood bouillabaisse, and swordfish. We each had a dessert because it was her birthday and the chef insisted on two desserts! From the perfectly delivered plates to the quality of every ingredient the meal was over the top. In addition to what we ordered, the table was adorned with confetti spelling "happy birthday" , little birthday cakes, and candles that brought a big smile to my wife. The chef also brought us two different tasting appetizers which were both delicious and a pleasant surprise. The service was friendly, professional, and timed perfectly. We will definitely be back and hope to bring others with us to experience a fabulous restaurant. More

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Chef's StationChef's Station
717 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

The food at Chef Station is such a wonderful treat - lovely combinations, beautiful presentations, and delicious flavors! We always have a great meal. The service is also top notch. It's one of our favorite places to dine. More

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Blind Faith CafeBlind Faith Cafe
790 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan | Evanston, North Suburbs

Happy Birthday to me 🎂!!!! Blind Faith has been on my bucket list for a long time. We had 3 people in our party, we were celebrating my 46th birthday. I picked the perfect spot, my friends absolutely love it as well. It was our 1st time there and definitely not our last. My friends have never tried Seitan and they were blown away tha is wasn’t meat, excellent!!! Highly recommend everything, seriously though the flavors in every dish we tried were mind blowing. Service was excellent!!! Thank you so much for exceeding! Love KarmaGirl ♥️ More

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HearthHearth
598 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Loved eating by the fireplace and Zach is an awesome server! More

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The Barn SteakhouseThe Barn Steakhouse
414 reviews
$$$$
Steakhouse | Evanston, North Suburbs

This is a hidden jewel. The space is spectacular with incredibly high ceilings and beautiful brick work - it really was an old barn. Our group had steaks, lamp chops and pasta and everything was delicious and cooked exactly as requested. We are definitely returning and would highly recommend this wonderful restaurant. More

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Next of Kin RestaurantNext of Kin Restaurant
266 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Excellent food & attentive service. Beautiful atmosphere. More

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The Stained GlassThe Stained Glass
1417 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

The food arrived very slowly but they were very aware of the problem and kept us notified and gave us free dessert. More

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Tapas BarcelonaTapas Barcelona
14 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Evanston, North Suburbs

Miguel is always wonderful and the cosmos are delicious! More

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Flat Top Grill - EvanstonFlat Top Grill - Evanston
63 reviews
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Contemporary Asian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Always a hit with the kids and a good value! Forces kids to be creative and try something new. More

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Terra & VineTerra & Vine
638 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Overall I think the food and service was excellent. I do however find the house wine choices way overpriced, a glass of wine for $8-10 should be available. 3 wines represented 40% of the bill for a modest meal! More

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Discover Evanston

In suburban Evanston, you'll find one of Chicagoland's most noteworthy dishes: stuffed pizza. A deep-dish pan is filled with layers upon layers of toppings, sauce and cheese and is covered with an extra stretch of dough before baking. The price on stuffed pizza can be cause for a bit of sticker shock when compared to everyday pizza pies, but as a college town, Evanston has plenty of options more suitable for those on a budget. Two other Windy City favorites, Italian beef sandwiches and all-beef hot dogs on poppy seed buns, are noteworthy examples. Those looking for a more refined dining experience will find that the menus of table-service restaurants feature Midwestern comfort dishes built around meat, cheese and an assortment of farm-fresh vegetables.