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Evanston Restaurants

OceaniqueOceanique
1115 reviews
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Seafood | Evanston, North Suburbs

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Oceanique in celebration of two birthdays and appreciated the great care while we were there. Thanks to Mark and Renee! More

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NaKornNaKorn
105 reviews
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Thai | Evanston, North Suburbs

Food is incredible. Staff is very kind. Service is well executed. More

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

Very nice host and waiter and water man etc! Food was tasty and filling and fresh! Enjoyed our experience and lunch very much ! Thank you. More

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

I took a friend to Next of Kin for his birthday. I felt the food was excellent. The server was attentive and the ambience was pleasant with a low noise level. Could not have been more pleased with my selection. More

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HearthHearth
633 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

This is really a hidden gem. Every bite is amazing. I had the Crispy Buffalo Mozzarella appetizer and the pork collar entree. I would have licked each plate, but that would be rude. The cocktails are innovative and wonderful, lots of wines by the glass. My husband got venison for the second time because he can't make himself get anything else. He loves it. Wait staff is completely knowledgeable about every item on the menu and very low key and helpful. The atmosphere is calm and inviting and they have a cute cocktail lounge too. Can't say enough good things about Hearth. More

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

Excellent food and service! Love this place! Everyone is really nice and helpful. More

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Trattoria DemiTrattoria Demi
87 reviews
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Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Best Italian food I have had in a long long time. Everything in the menu is worth trying! More

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

The Barn is the real deal with fantastic food, a great atmosphere and excellent service. It's as good as any steakhouse in the city and by far the best option on the Northshore. Nothing else comes close. More

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KansakuKansaku
355 reviews
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Japanese | Evanston, North Suburbs

Great intimate atmosphere. Not to crowded or dark. Not too loud. Food is fantastic. They do not skimp on ingredients or portions. Service excellent. A little expensive. More

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

The location in Evanston was ideal, with some of our party coming from Milwaukee and others from downtown. Service was terrific, attentive without being overbearing. We ordered at our leisure and each item came out at a good pace. The food was good and we enjoyed the selection. Each course had rich flavors and we finished our meal with creme brûlée and profiteroles, both yummy. We will certainly return. More

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

Great food, as always! Quiet too! More

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The Stained GlassThe Stained Glass
1450 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Outstanding whitefish preparation and salad. Service was beautiful also. The regular creme brulee in the sampler was the best; the others were more a good idea than a successful concoction. But on the whole, a most enjoyable evening! More

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

The best service and dining experience we have ever had! They really value the customer and the food is phenomenal! Definitely recommend! More

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

This is our second time visiting Found since moving back to Evanston. I LOVE this restaurant!!! The food is outstanding and so is the service. We typically will eat at Gibson’s, Morton’s, Steak 48 etc, but all of those places are boring compared to Found. It’s my new favorite. I would highly recommend it. The staff make it a wonderful dining experience as well! More

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Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - EvanstonPete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston
1867 reviews
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Steak | Evanston, North Suburbs

Great food as always. Excellent steaks and vegetable sides. They also make a fabulous dirty martini! More

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

Service was impeccable More

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Whiskey ThiefWhiskey Thief
278 reviews
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American | Evanston, North Suburbs

Great drinks, service and food. Was loud for our group of 5 to chat. More

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

This isn't fine dining. This is good, basic, Indian food in a very friendly, welcoming atmosphere. I went here with a friend with the intention of having a two hour conversation; we needed to be able to hear each other. Mt. Everest was perfect for us. We will return in a couple of months a do it again. More

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

Great service from the staff and management. Participated in their Table 23 charitable partnership program. Definitely a good experience. More

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

This place is more of a bar then restaurant. The menu is small, and consists of small plates. The portions are decent, bigger than standard appetizer size. We really enjoyed bacon wrapped dates. Swordfish tacos lacked flavor, and arugula salad was nothing special. Overall, it was a good experience. The place is best suited for dinner with one or 2 people. Not good for groups or special occasions. More

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

They were able to accommodate a group of 12 with very short notice. The service was impeccable and the food is great. More

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

Terrific meal, great wine list and excellent service. Overall great value for the experience. My Short Rib was delicious and paired great with the Chianti Classico Riserva we selected. More

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

Such a lovely restaurant, small, quiet, intimate, perfect for a birthday dinner such as we enjoyed. The tomato/cucumber/mozzarella salad was especially delicious. However, it's kind of pricey - over $100. for two people, which included one wine and 2 desserts. We would certainly go back for a special occasion. Lunch is a little more reasonable and the menu is great. More

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

We went on a Friday night , our first table was under a blasting vent, our second table was by two loud groups, not unusual for a place like that on a Friday night. I think for this guest, I'll go back on a week night. The soup was fantastic, my date enjoyed all the beer choices and his meal. Our server was quick and thoughtful. Plenty of other items on the menu I want to try. More

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

Love the food and atmosphere. Our server was a bit slow in getting refills, boxes, the check, etc. That is my only complaint. He didn't have that many tables to concentrate on and it just seemed to take too long. We were there for 2 hours and it didn't need to be so long. Otherwise, great! 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
1115 reviews
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Seafood | Evanston, North Suburbs

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Oceanique in celebration of two birthdays and appreciated the great care while we were there. Thanks to Mark and Renee! More

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NaKornNaKorn
105 reviews
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Thai | Evanston, North Suburbs

Food is incredible. Staff is very kind. Service is well executed. More

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

Very nice host and waiter and water man etc! Food was tasty and filling and fresh! Enjoyed our experience and lunch very much ! Thank you. More

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HearthHearth
633 reviews
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Contemporary American | Evanston, North Suburbs

This is really a hidden gem. Every bite is amazing. I had the Crispy Buffalo Mozzarella appetizer and the pork collar entree. I would have licked each plate, but that would be rude. The cocktails are innovative and wonderful, lots of wines by the glass. My husband got venison for the second time because he can't make himself get anything else. He loves it. Wait staff is completely knowledgeable about every item on the menu and very low key and helpful. The atmosphere is calm and inviting and they have a cute cocktail lounge too. Can't say enough good things about Hearth. More

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

Excellent food and service! Love this place! Everyone is really nice and helpful. More

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Trattoria DemiTrattoria Demi
87 reviews
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Italian | Evanston, North Suburbs

Best Italian food I have had in a long long time. Everything in the menu is worth trying! More

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

I took a friend to Next of Kin for his birthday. I felt the food was excellent. The server was attentive and the ambience was pleasant with a low noise level. Could not have been more pleased with my selection. More

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

The Barn is the real deal with fantastic food, a great atmosphere and excellent service. It's as good as any steakhouse in the city and by far the best option on the Northshore. Nothing else comes close. More

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

Great food, as always! Quiet too! More

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

The location in Evanston was ideal, with some of our party coming from Milwaukee and others from downtown. Service was terrific, attentive without being overbearing. We ordered at our leisure and each item came out at a good pace. The food was good and we enjoyed the selection. Each course had rich flavors and we finished our meal with creme brûlée and profiteroles, both yummy. We will certainly return. 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.