The Stained Glass

4.5
1498 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of downtown Evanston since 1999, The Stained Glass Bistro has earned a reputation as the perfect spot both for special occasions and a casual bite to eat. The culinary duo of Chef Germain Gonzalez and Chef de Cuisine Paul Caravelli specialize in contemporary American dishes with French, Latin, and Asian inspirations.
Enjoy the world-class wine program, featuring over 30 wines by the glass, 8 wine samplers, and an extensive bottle list, in a warm, welcoming environment complete with wood-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls.

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Sun 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Thu 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 8:30PM - 9:00PM

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. This is a favorite place for us. Been here at least 15 times over the years. Some favorite items still on the menu. Interesting specials. My meal wasn’t as good as some I’ve had here, but that was mostly the choice I made, not the quality or the preparation of the food. They gave the birthday boy a comp dessert without our knowing beforehand; very nice touch! Will still recommend this place to others. Will continue to come back.

d
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A perfect evening of delicious food and lovely wine in a quiet sophisticated setting with good friends.

SM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meals were delicious and our server was welcoming. The ambiance was calm and elegant without being stuffy.

E
Chicago
444 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Stained Glass a few times, and it always gives us a wonderful meal and rewarding experience. This was a birthday celebration for my wife and we were comped a dessert after dinner! Before that were starters of cream of spinach soup (amazingly creamy and buttery!) and deviled egg (three of them with a salmon mousse...unique!) My wife had the special, Steak Oscar: a generous filet with lobster topping! I've never seen that preparation anywhere. She said it was wonderful (by my taste as well,) and provided leftover beef for our Bichon, Stan, who ate it even faster! I had my favorite entree, Tuna! Tuna! Tuna! prepared as a tartare, a pastrami and a sashimi. Fantastic! Our server, Joe was top notch, and overall service excellent. There are multiple dining areas; we were in the bar area with bare brick wall which is classic and homey. Food was priced moderately but wines were expensive. We just loved it!

KD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, perfect for our anniversary celebration, fantastic service, allowing us to linger over drinks, unrushed, but timed servings perfectly, on a quiet street, wonderful new find

CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent food. I had the whitefish.
Attentive staff.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

White tablecloths greet you as you are escorted to your table for your high-end dining experience. The night that we were at The Stained Glass was on the quiet side (which fit the bill perfectly since we had flown in from big cities in the Northeast that are known as foodie cities for a funeral the following morning). Both my cousin and I ordered the tomato basil soup (an evening special) that was quite delicious with a slightly robust flavor. Our main entrees were the steak frites and the duck that both of us truly enjoyed after our long day. We found the restaurant to be an oasis and we hope that you do too!

OT
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very lovely place for a good dinner. Elegant but not overdone. Service was very good and the food delicious. Very nice too for a special occasion.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my husband’s birthday. It was the perfect place to celebrate. We ordered based on the server’s suggestions and everything was so delicious and the courses were timed perfectly. We will definitely be going back.

K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. It was a great dining experience!!

SA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

My son ordered a steak from the kids’ menu, which was quite misshapen: very thick cut and curled up onto itself on the edges. He only managed to get through half of it, though he said it tasted all right.

My husband found the whitefish entree quite disappointing, and I thought the same of the salmon salad entree. The salmon fillet was overly large and unimaginatively cooked, while the salad was a very basic mix of greens piled high, with cherry tomatoes dotted about the plate. Very inappropriate for dinner, though it could probably pass muster at lunch.

I also tried the shaved brussel sprouts, and found that salad to be a bit on the dry side.

While our server was nice, she didn’t advise me on the entrees very well. I ended up with far too many salads, really. I would probably have changed my order had I known what the salmon entree looked like, and would have appreciated a little forewarning from her, given that the menu description itself was quite terse.

The bus person clearing and delivering our food plates wasn’t exactly well groomed, and managed to make me uncomfortable enough to want to leave as quickly as possible.

I don’t normally write detailed reviews like this, but given the price point, the ambience, and the location, I think the restaurant fell short of expectations.

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very quaint quiet restaurant with impressive staff. Large salads (order one for two people) Scallops were bad and had to send them back and was handled very well.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrating our 5 year anniversary.

G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated a special occasion on a Saturday evening. The room is attractive and a wine-focused bar runs along half its length. The room was not particularly noisy, although not full either. We enjoyed two flights of wine between the two of us; plenty to share and an opportunity to taste 6 selections total. The menu leans French and was very inventive; the whitefish over wild-mushroom spaetzle was surprisingly substantial, perfectly cooked. My wife's tuna trio also was excellent and cleverly served on a set of matching plates. French silk tart was a perfect finish. Our server Barbara provide terrific service, never intrusive yet fully attentive. We will be back!

O
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here. Very nice experience. Had the sparkling wine flight. Server was GREAT (Barbara). For was really good except the shrimp on the salmon special. Pretty sure it was not gulf shrimp and had an off taste. But all was good otherwise including dessert (pecan tart).

KH
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a variety of dishes amongst five of us - steak, lamb and scallops. All of them were delicious and cooked exactly as requested. Our waitperson was attentive but not intrusive and very helpful with explanations about the food and wine selections. We would definitely eat here again!

PK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went on a Sunday evening (7:00) and the crowds had all left. It was quiet and comfortable. Our server was pleasant and attentive. We felt the food was excellent and we shared the Brussels Sprouts salad and a desert.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The experience would have been so much better if the tables we spaced further apart!

QT
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice quiet restaurant with good food/drinks, ambiance and outstanding service. Celebrating our anniversary so we wanted to so to a restaurant that we don’t always go to – so went to Stained Glass. We shared: Tenderloin Steak Tartare – Shallots, Dijon mustard, cornichons, field greens, sriracha aioli, grilled toast points. Delicious and glad we shared. Entrees: The Mr. had Australian Rack of Lamb – Parmesan and white truffle Creme brûlée, Hollandaise, haricots verts, mint pesto. I had: Seared Diver Scallops -Pan seared diver scallops, Parmesan herb risotto, haricot verts and saffron beurre blanc.

Since they knew we were celebrating our anniversary, the waitress brought out the dessert menu and choose anything you want, one the house. So we decided to share one dessert: Creme Brulee Sampler – Grand Marnier, mocha, Vietnamese cinnamon. Everything was delicious including the drinks and the glass of white wine that the Mr. enjoyed.

LP
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everybody was so nice, the food was delicious and we had a wonderful time!

e
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

While the service and food were good, we had an unfortunate experience with a gift receipt which we received from our daughter several years ago. We told the waitress that we had a gift receipt before we ordered. When we got our bill and presented the gift receipt, we were told we must have a gift card. We had a receipt showing that she had paid $75.00. Our daughter who lives out of town never got a card from the restaurant. The manager refused to honor the receipt. After a discussion he came back and charged us for half of our dinner. There is no excuse for not honoring our gift receipt. We will not return.

ZF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first visited The Stained Glass last year with a friend who, sadly, has since died. I was there again over the weekend with my wife and several family members. We has a WONDERFUL dinner -- perfect in every way.

The salad/appetizer course were superb -- especially the shaved Brussel sprouts salad.

The entrees were great, with special praise for the duck, the whitefish, and the scallops.

Desserts were awesome, with the warm pecan tart w/saboyan gelato leading the pack.

Service was attentive, and all the fine details were also perfect.

We'll definitely be back!

DT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

An off night. Been there plenty, but the service was horrible. Our apps got there before our beverage. Server disappeared. She was PLENTY nice, but BAD.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We have been coming for years like that the wait staff is stable and knowledgeable.

OT
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our favorite spot in Evanston did not disappoint. Wonderful food expertly prepared. BLT and pecan tart were stand outs. Avoid the silk tart which was soggy and flavorless.

D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food in a well-run establishment. Creative menu items with gluten free and vegan options. Best choice in Evanston for a business dinner.

T
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Crabcake was disappointing for the price. Tasted like lots of breadcrumbs, very little crabmeat.
Had rack of lamb. Tasty n tender but presentation was not up to level for level of restaurant. Food runner not properly trained to put plate on table properly. I had expected better service for a nice restaurant.
Our server Joe was very nice.

N
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s clear that this a place that cares about food. And the service was wonderful too.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food good, women bad!!

R
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal for our 21st wedding anniversary. Starter course, the Brussels sprouts was interesting but raw shredded sprouts are a little hard to adjust to when you are used to cooked sprouts. Our main courses, the whitefish and the scallops, were excellent, especially the risotto that came as a bed for the scallops. Desert of three different types of crime brûlée was also great. I had asked that two glasses of. Hampagne be on the table when we were seated. They were. Lovely meal and very nice setting.

L
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service. Food was tasty & arrived timely. Enjoyed the crab cake..could have used a bit more sauce which was quite tasty. Disappointed when my husband ordered a Southern Comfort manhattan they did not have Southern Comfort. The scallots and whitefish were both good. Creme bruele sampler didn't live up to our expectations.

SH
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meals. Fish perfectly cooked. Delicious French wine. My only disappointment was where we were seated. We had specifically asked for a quiet table to celebrate a anniversary. 6:30 reservation so there were many tables to choose from. Next thing we know there was a party of 20 being seated in the room directly behind my chair and the patrons spilling out of the room standing practically on top of our table and I am getting elbowed and knocked in the head with purses. Very hard to hear each other so it really spoiled the romantic mood we had in the beginning.

AV
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Mother’s Day brunch

D
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My wife did not care for the chili special. Our 2 top table was too close to a loud 4 top, so they were distracting to our conversation.

GR
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menus was a little contrived & very rich
Service was warm ,friendly & attentive
We were greeted with graciousness and felt appreciated

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The dinner was good and service was great. Just too much noise from the next (large) party.

h
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to dine! Kevin and his staff are the best! Everything is delicious, and the wine flights are amazing. Whether you stop by the bar for a drink and appetizers, and settle in for a lovely dinner in the beautiful dining room, you'll have a wonderful experience.

HP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food. Attentive but slow service. Waiter could not keep the order straight and forgot several things. Noisy

l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The steak and the chicken were excellent, As was the brussels sprouts salad. One of the best restaurants in downtown Evanston. Worth a visit.

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