The Stained Glass

4.5
1459 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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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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v
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Easter Sunday brunch was just average, friends recommended the restaurant but it was just ok

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. It is the M-star(not officially) place to take the parents when they’re in town!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food! I loved the combination of flavors in the dishes.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall great place. I thought my meal could have been much hotter it was barely warm but the quality was great. Beer was excellent.
Prices were a bit on the high side and I thought the specials were overpriced. We had the warm pecan tart with gelato, it was really really good.

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P
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine selections, try the flights! Servings are so generous , we had salad, truffled eggs and dessert(to share). The entrees were great last time, but very large for us.

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JS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was well done, not a huge variety of entrees but enough to have several options. Wide wine list with option for flights.

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C
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always fantastic and the server was great.

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AR
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved this little gem! Food was so delish. I had the butter lettuce salad and the Burrata Ravioli. Both were outstanding. The hubs had the Steak Frites which came in a sauce that was darn near drinkable, it was that good. Wine flights are fun and reasonably priced. We weren't thrilled with our creme brulee trio which lacked pizazz/flavour. Definitely a place to visit again.

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SW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food did not live up to expectations, heavily salted, and flavors just not there for every dish. Would not go back

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d
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entrees we're excellent, this is definitely a place fit for foodies. Vibe and cocktails we're a lot of fun. Worth the drive to Evanston

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PK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. A little on the pricey side but enjoyable

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AW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my birthday food was excellent & we received great service

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OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken outstanding. Service fantastic. Wine list solid. Great overall dinner

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HF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food from the cheese selection to the pistachio crusted mahi mahi and the decadent chocolate cake. Also love the sparkling sampler

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VM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with good service. Food was overpriced for quality. We both ordered steak and frites with the same cook and they came out noticeably different and for the cut it should have been cheaper. Overall a nice place for a fancy date.

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g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck was great. The chicken was great, too. So were the seafood bisque and the house charcutirie.
Reasonable corkage.

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KM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As I say each time, a steadfast great restaurant!

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LD
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant, was empty and were placed at a small table up against the wall with the pillar sticking out between me and my wife. The whole other side was wide open and noticed many nicer tables were open as we left.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thus is the second time I have visited. The first was for a holiday buffet. Tonight was just dinner. Food and service are consistently top notch. Now on my favorites list.

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice place to eat. Food was very good and wine selection perfect. Restaurant is a bit noisy.

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BS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Stained Glass has NEVER disappointed! Always among the best options we consider for special occasions.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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CE
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going to the Stained Glass for more than a decade because we enjoy the great food, the fine service and the relaxed ambiance. Our last visit did not disappoint.

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LF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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h
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Excellent food and service. Great ambiance. Love the flights of wine offered too. Perfect night out!

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DG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it
Our waiter Joe was great
Great night!
Highly recommended!

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AL
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant week menu but always great food. Love that you carry the Frank Family Pinot Noir, it's one of our favorites and hard to find! Great service, food and wine.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a birthday during restaurant week. Our waiter was great and everyone had a great time.

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ES
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We were 25 minutes passed our reservation to be seated. We felt that the staff at the door couldn’t care less, and our waiter who we mentioned this to just smiled. It will be a long time before we go back to this restaurant, which is too bad, because the food was pretty good.

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F
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a wonderful experience! Everything was delicious and the service was beyond compare!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week, which was a crazy good value. Portions were huge on everything. Sauce on the steak frites wasn't my favorite but I loved the creme brulees and salad lyonnaise. Cocktail recommendation was also great. Many more items on the regular menu that I'd be happy to try when I return!

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v
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I thought that the food was not anything special. The Lobster Soup broth was delicious although the added lobster didn't help the soup. The crab cakes were OK. I had Baratta Ravioli that was served lukewarm and then when replaces with a hotter entree was not very interesting. My friend had the steak which was well cooked but the fries were limp and lukewarm. The bread was too dry and the butter did not help. The Creme Brulee sampler was delicious but the cheesecake was more cake not cheesecake. I wanted the food to be better.

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G
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service and quality food in a quiet cozy environment to enjoy for 2 or more. Neighborhood gem and worth the drive .

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NR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food and atmosphere. Wonderful place for a special celebration!!!

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P
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is normally one of my favorite restaurants. We dined on a Friday night during Restaurant week. The portions were huge. Almost too big. The service for us was REALLY slow. We ordered a drink and then our choices for dinner. We were there 2.5 hours. Other tables came after us and left before us. By the time our entree arrived, I wasn’t even hungry. I will still come back but this time was not the best.

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NH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

the first time restaurant week, but not very good. Have't got a chance to try steak and fries, but it seems $48 for a $30 main is not that good value, since it's more like a pub food 70% fries with 8 slices of warm beef. desert is average like we can buy from grocery. not too much memory for starter, but soup is tooo salty for mushroom one.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week night out, had a great meal! Don’t know why it took us so long to try the place, will go back for a great dinner again.

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VR
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating Special Birthdays, & we also were able to order from the “Restaurant Week “ menu.
The food was fabulous, & service was great also!

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