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Blind Faith Cafe
Blind Faith Cafe
(850)
$$$$
Vegetarian / Vegan | Evanston, North Suburbs

Eddy and the team do a fabulous job. Between specials and staples on the menu, service and ambience, this is one of the best restaurants in the Chicagoland area. More

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Oceanique
Oceanique
(1150)
$$$$
Seafood | Evanston, North Suburbs

The server Sarah started us a little sour note, too bad for an otherwise good restaurant. I saw on the door that happy hour was about to end [did not know they had a happy hour!] When asked, the hostess said Happy Hour was only for bar seating. We ordered drinks and asked Sarah our server if Happy Hour applied to seated diners, and she answered somewhat abruptly that HH was over. I looked at my phone and saw it was not, and told her so. She did not apologize, just said she had thought it was over, then took our order. As we placed our food order, realized she had not registered my food allergies posted on OpenTable. I expect a higher level of service when paying $150+ per person. 10 mins later she quoted the "specials" to the couple next table over, whom she greeted as regulars. I called her over and asked why she had not offered us a choice from the evenings specials, and she just got flustered and asked if we wanted to change the order. No apologies, just excuses and an offer to put the a 1"x1" piece of the special on the amuse. Too bad, as the food was a treat! More

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Kansaku
Kansaku
(364)
$$$$
Japanese | Evanston, North Suburbs

I had the striped sea bass and it was delicious. We like this restaurant a lot and have been here often when we find ourselves in Evanston. More

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Next of Kin Restaurant
Next of Kin Restaurant
(370)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Service is outstanding and the food presentation is picture-worthy! Delicious out-of-the-ordinary flavor combinations! Love the decor colors and ambiance! More

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Chef's Station
Chef's Station
(744)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

We had a lovely dinner for my birthday at Chef’s Station. It was a Monday night and quiet...which we appreciated. Table conversation was not a strain. The restaurant was attractive, the service excellent and the food delicious. I especially enjoyed the caramelized onion tart as an appetizer. We would definitely return. More

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NaKorn
NaKorn
(123)
$$$$
Thai | Evanston, North Suburbs

What is happening at NaKorn is artistry. Don't expect pad thai at this thai restaurant. The chefs are bringing authentic thai dishes from their homes and raising them up to the level of high end eating with a moderate price tag. The flavors in the dishes are exceptional and the presentation of them is what you would expect in a much more expensive restaurant. Try the chicken braised in coconut curry or the arctic char. If mango is in season the mango dessert is delicious, playful and full of surprise. This restaurant is a hidden gem. More

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The Stained Glass
The Stained Glass
(1475)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

We went there for a friend’s birthday and had a wonderful time! The food was terrific and the service was great. More

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The Barn Steakhouse
The Barn Steakhouse
(512)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Evanston, North Suburbs

Very beautiful space with great ambiance. The food and service was outstanding. Went there with a friend for the Prix-fixe menu which is from 5-6pm. Great value for the price. Will definitely be back. More

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Hearth
Hearth
(658)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Hearth is arguably the best restaurant in Evanston. The location is impeccable (even free parking is generally available) and the service is top-notch. The servers are attentive without being intrusive and we never felt rushed in any way. We were there for a wedding anniversary (mentioned in our Open Table reservation), which was acknowledged by the staff with a complimentary glass of bubbly (cava if my taste bud are right). We had the zucchini fritter for an open, which I liked quite a lot and would get again. And for our mains, my wife got the duck breast and I got the pork collar, both of which were cooked to perfection. These are both cuts that can be overcooked but that was absolutely not done here. The plating and flavors were outstanding. Please understand that while this is not full-on "fine dinning" (like the other restaurants that preceded them in this location) it is still "high end" and you pay for that. You most certainly get value, but it will not be a moderately priced meal. Definitely a "special occasion" place, but we will be back. More

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Tapas Barcelona
Tapas Barcelona
(82)
$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates | Evanston, North Suburbs

Food is excellent. Service very good. By the time we got there, they had run out of bread. At a tapas place! Sad. More

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Found Kitchen and Social House
Found Kitchen and Social House
(1015)
$$$$
American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Loved it- steak and salmon shareables were delicious. Loved the unusual decor as well More

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Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston
Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston
(1922)
$$$$
Steak | Evanston, North Suburbs

The waiter was super nice and the environment was so calmed with the jazz very romantic night with my boyfriend. The steak was perfect too More

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Flat Top Grill - Evanston
Flat Top Grill - Evanston
(78)
$$$$
Contemporary Asian | Evanston, North Suburbs

There was a 15 to 20 minute wait for the table. But as soon as I showed them that we had a reservation, they took us right in. It was busy but we had a really good server who was really nice. More

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Farmhouse - Evanston
Farmhouse - Evanston
(984)
$$$$
American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Best place for brunch. Everything really is tasty and love that everything is locally sourced. 4 in our party. Fried curds are not the soggy breaded ones you get elsewhere. More a tempora coating. I may be wrong about that. But light and comes with homemade ketchup( nothing like bottled..) and curd sauce. Yum. Frittata was full of farm fresh asparagus, peas and feta and maybe more but can't remember other than it was very good. 2 of us had the open face breakfast sandwich: thick slice of French toast w raspberry ham, thin sliced ham and truly addicting bacon, topped with perfectly cooked fried egg. And there was chicken pozole which the professional chef in the group raved about. Had pitcher of bloody Mary which came with local beer sidecar. Bloody Mary's came garnished with cheese curds,baby gherkin and crispy slice of bacon. In all well worth every dime we spent. Service was first class. Nice to have a server who has actually eaten items on the menu and is enthusiastic about the food he serves. Wonderful place. Definitely going to try dinner. More

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Red Hot Chilli Pepper
Red Hot Chilli Pepper
(73)
$$$$
Indian | Evanston, North Suburbs

The 4 of us had a very nice time. The food was Chinese fusion but not the usual faire which was a pleasant change. Everything was good. Nice to see lamb and many flavorful vegetarian dishes available. Good service and surprisingly no wait at 5:30 on Saturday. More

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Whiskey Thief
Whiskey Thief
(296)
$$$$
American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Really loved Whiskey Thief. We were seated right away in the booth we requested. Megan took care of us for the night and she was attentive and super helpful when we were trying to decide what we wanted to eat and drink. Whiskey sours were delicious. We tried sourdough loaf, pimento cheese and wings for apps. They were all very good. For main dishes, the group had burgers, pulled pork and steak frites. Everyone loved their meal! Too full for dessert so will have to return soon and save room. More

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Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
(783)
$$$$
Chinese | Evanston, North Suburbs

Dinner with the wife More

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Terra & Vine
Terra & Vine
(728)
$$$$
Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

All was good, except the ladies’ restroom ran out of toilet paper and there was paper all around the floor. Disappointing for such a nice restaurant More

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Trattoria Demi
Trattoria Demi
(97)
$$$$
Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Trattoria Demi never disappoints. The pasta special was delicious, the salads fresh, and the service was professional and warm. More

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The Cellar
The Cellar
(189)
$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates | Evanston, North Suburbs

Good food. Zimitriou is a great server, as always. I enjoyed the lamb chops, and every one seemed happy with scampi and salmon. More

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Jilly's Cafe
Jilly's Cafe
(283)
$$$$
French | Evanston, North Suburbs

New ownership has made a dramatic difference overall. Nightly special of Seafood Risotto was perfectly done. Could use an extra waiter of popular nights. Staff was eager to please! More

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Mt. Everest Restaurant
Mt. Everest Restaurant
(54)
$$$$
Indian | Evanston, North Suburbs

My wife and I first experienced Nepalese and Himalayan food when we lived in Bangkok and fell in love with the subtle spice differences compared to the Indian food we knew and enjoyed. Mt. Everest is the first place we've eaten at that truly evokes the Spirit and the atmosphere of the great restaurants in Thailand. The food was superb as was the service. This wasn't the first time we visited and it won't be the last. More

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Rock 'N Ravioli
Rock 'N Ravioli
(219)
$$$$
Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Wait staff was great and knowledgeable of the items on the menu, very attentive for being somewhat busy. Food, wine perfect. More

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Symphony's Cafe
Symphony's Cafe
(462)
$$$$
American | Evanston, North Suburbs

We really enjoy this restaurant. It has comfortable booths, a broad menu, well-prepared food, good service. More

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Bangers & Lace - Evanston
Bangers & Lace - Evanston
(96)
$$$$
American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Half of one of our four entrees was cold, and had to be sent back for reheating. When it returned, the other half had gotten cold! Other than that, the food was very good. More

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Firehouse Grill
Firehouse Grill
(2)
$$$$
American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Always consistent great food and service. Has a lot of different food items and drinks. Friendly staff. More

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Evanston Diners' Choice Winners

Evanston's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Blind Faith Cafe
Blind Faith Cafe
(850)
$$$$
Vegetarian / Vegan | Evanston, North Suburbs

Eddy and the team do a fabulous job. Between specials and staples on the menu, service and ambience, this is one of the best restaurants in the Chicagoland area. More

OpenTable Diner -
Oceanique
Oceanique
(1150)
$$$$
Seafood | Evanston, North Suburbs

The server Sarah started us a little sour note, too bad for an otherwise good restaurant. I saw on the door that happy hour was about to end [did not know they had a happy hour!] When asked, the hostess said Happy Hour was only for bar seating. We ordered drinks and asked Sarah our server if Happy Hour applied to seated diners, and she answered somewhat abruptly that HH was over. I looked at my phone and saw it was not, and told her so. She did not apologize, just said she had thought it was over, then took our order. As we placed our food order, realized she had not registered my food allergies posted on OpenTable. I expect a higher level of service when paying $150+ per person. 10 mins later she quoted the "specials" to the couple next table over, whom she greeted as regulars. I called her over and asked why she had not offered us a choice from the evenings specials, and she just got flustered and asked if we wanted to change the order. No apologies, just excuses and an offer to put the a 1"x1" piece of the special on the amuse. Too bad, as the food was a treat! More

OpenTable Diner -
Chef's Station
Chef's Station
(744)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

We had a lovely dinner for my birthday at Chef’s Station. It was a Monday night and quiet...which we appreciated. Table conversation was not a strain. The restaurant was attractive, the service excellent and the food delicious. I especially enjoyed the caramelized onion tart as an appetizer. We would definitely return. More

OpenTable Diner -
Hearth
Hearth
(658)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Hearth is arguably the best restaurant in Evanston. The location is impeccable (even free parking is generally available) and the service is top-notch. The servers are attentive without being intrusive and we never felt rushed in any way. We were there for a wedding anniversary (mentioned in our Open Table reservation), which was acknowledged by the staff with a complimentary glass of bubbly (cava if my taste bud are right). We had the zucchini fritter for an open, which I liked quite a lot and would get again. And for our mains, my wife got the duck breast and I got the pork collar, both of which were cooked to perfection. These are both cuts that can be overcooked but that was absolutely not done here. The plating and flavors were outstanding. Please understand that while this is not full-on "fine dinning" (like the other restaurants that preceded them in this location) it is still "high end" and you pay for that. You most certainly get value, but it will not be a moderately priced meal. Definitely a "special occasion" place, but we will be back. More

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Kansaku
Kansaku
(364)
$$$$
Japanese | Evanston, North Suburbs

I had the striped sea bass and it was delicious. We like this restaurant a lot and have been here often when we find ourselves in Evanston. More

OpenTable Diner -
NaKorn
NaKorn
(123)
$$$$
Thai | Evanston, North Suburbs

What is happening at NaKorn is artistry. Don't expect pad thai at this thai restaurant. The chefs are bringing authentic thai dishes from their homes and raising them up to the level of high end eating with a moderate price tag. The flavors in the dishes are exceptional and the presentation of them is what you would expect in a much more expensive restaurant. Try the chicken braised in coconut curry or the arctic char. If mango is in season the mango dessert is delicious, playful and full of surprise. This restaurant is a hidden gem. More

OpenTable Diner -
Next of Kin Restaurant
Next of Kin Restaurant
(370)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Service is outstanding and the food presentation is picture-worthy! Delicious out-of-the-ordinary flavor combinations! Love the decor colors and ambiance! More

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The Barn Steakhouse
The Barn Steakhouse
(512)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Evanston, North Suburbs

Very beautiful space with great ambiance. The food and service was outstanding. Went there with a friend for the Prix-fixe menu which is from 5-6pm. Great value for the price. Will definitely be back. More

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Flat Top Grill - Evanston
Flat Top Grill - Evanston
(78)
$$$$
Contemporary Asian | Evanston, North Suburbs

There was a 15 to 20 minute wait for the table. But as soon as I showed them that we had a reservation, they took us right in. It was busy but we had a really good server who was really nice. More

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Found Kitchen and Social House
Found Kitchen and Social House
(1015)
$$$$
American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Loved it- steak and salmon shareables were delicious. Loved the unusual decor as well 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.

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.