Boltwood
Boltwood

Boltwood

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boltwoodevanston.com/
  • Phone: 8478592880x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Huston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sherman and Davis
  • Public Transit: One block from the Davis Street Metra stop and Davis Purple Line stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, there is a public garage directly across the street from boltwood.
A word from Boltwood
Boltwood is a farm-driven, seasonal restaurant with a menu that is as diverse as the community around us.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Boltwood reviews from OpenTable diners
238 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (153)neighborhood gem (99)hot spot (85)special occasion (58)good for groups (42)notable wine list (27)romantic (14)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    service was very disappointing, very loud food was highlight
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost In Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything about the restaurant was pretty wonderful, with one exception--the prices. I went with a friend, each of us had 2 drinks, we shared one entree, & 2 appetizers. Leaving a 20% tip, we each paid about $70.00, which is pricey for a "neighborhood" joint. Although I really enjoyed it, I probably won't be returning soon, although, I could have lived without the 2nd drink (should I have to?).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    Mack
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Top nitch dining on the North Shore! Chef Brian Huston had just changed menu to their fall seasonal selections...quite a variety and impressive preparations. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious...kale on toasted cheese bread, pickled zucchini, grape salad, mussels and beef preparation (think it was a tri tip). Great selection of wine, unique cocktails and beer. Price was on higher end, but we we're more than happy to pay for this selective, highest quality, fresh food (and great service). Service was very attentive and took care of us. Numerous waiters and also Host were just fantastic! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & creative
    3friends
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My two friends and I dine together once a month at different restaurants in the city and northern suburbs, and Boltwood provided one of the best meals we have had in a long while. All three of us like to cook, and we typically order a range of dishes and share each one, along with a bottle of wine. Our pretty, friendly waitress gave us good advice, which we needed given the unique combinations of ingredients and flavors. We loved the grilled trout with bits of smokey pork, and the crunchy roasted potatoes and dipping sauce. These were complemented nicely by a light, citrusy salad of edible flowers that almost looked too good to eat. All in all, a delicious meal, and the ambiance was pleasing, if a bit loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HappyBosnianVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had a very pleasant time, enjoying both the food and the service. The menu is not extensive, typically offering one choice in enough categories to have something for everyone. The room is open and attractive, but can get noisy when fully crowded -- which it often is. The staff was very helpful in explaining the menu, which can be confusing about portion sizes. Offerings change frequently, which encourages return visits. The Garlic-Schmaltz potatoes are dangerously addictive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not worth the money
    danboyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Pretension in and of itself is not a bad thing. the effort was there, but the tastes were mixed and the bill was just too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of potential
    Bladerunner123
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a nice but not great dinner. Some really great dishes like the sea bass and bush beans and some that were really disappointing like an overly salty bowl of potatoes fried in schmaltz. Service was spotty and felt rushed. Nice reasonably priced wine list. Hooe the rough edges getter smoothed out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Boltwood good!
    Susan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Creative food, great wine list, not too packed in, lively but quiet enough to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A meal to remember
    freak4funflavors
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fantastic food! Absolutely love the flavor combinations and the farm fresh ingredients! A definite heavenly foodie experience with knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. Restaurant is a bit loud but fun atmosphere. Buy the cooks a six pack and hear the bell ring!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    GWBrown
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food is great, here. Really interesting menu, including sweet breads, which were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • had a great time
    jdwhittemore
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, service was excellent and the wine was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food is excellent. Noise level is unbearable. Service and all personnel exceedingly gracious and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We find Boltwood really overpriced
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food is tasty but the portions are really small. We ordered a $24 steak "entree" that came sliced into 6 tiny pieces - could not have been more than 4 ounces of meat, 6 ounces at best. My husband and I shared it but we could have each had our own - and several more courses on top of that. The smoked sable "salad" was tasty but tiny and had no greens except for some flat parsley. At $14, not a good value. I will say, they have done a lot to mediate the unbearable noise problem they had at opening, and if the food was at a more reasonable price point for the tiny portions, we would return. But for our money, we'll go to Found Kitchen for farm-to-table small plates and a nicer ambience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovetodine
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The squid was outstanding...wish you bottled the sauce it was served in. Spicy and so flavorful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will try again...but needs work
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Ok, this is a new restaurant. It has new restaurant feel. We liked the space and location. The polenta was good. The perch was good. The cocktail was good. But the timing of everything was off. It has some good bones though, and quite popular; we want it to succeed so we will try again in a month or so.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hated this restaurant
    terryPVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Let me count the ways I hated this restaurant: 1.Very limited menu. 2. What I call foo-foo- food (things that don't sound like food on the menu and need translation from waitperson. 3. What they call 'small plates" are just an excuse to charge a lot of money for a very little amount of food. 4. Very pricey 5. I don't mind paying good money for good food - but these 'small plates" that they say are for sharing are not big enough to share, only as an appetizer, but they are not indicated as such.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous food
    Goodeats
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Truly talented chef-it was an amazing meal. We loved all of our courses. Small, insignificant bumps to be expected with a new place, such as placing our used cutlery on the table rather than replacing, removing all of our cutlery before we were done eating, and a desire for a bit more sauce on our plates ( because it was that good). Can't wait to return. Looking forward to many more fabulous meals here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie4life
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The beet and grapefruit salad, the potatoes, and the chocolate torte were divine. Halibut was very good. The peach pie was not worth the calories. Crust was not great, though the fruit was delicious. Spanish red wine was enjoyable and well priced. Service was friendly and very efficient. Overall, we enjoyed the experience very much and would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NittiVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food is very fresh and very tasty. selection changes daily. At first look , prices seem reasonable but you need to know that the portions are very small. Noisy and not very comfortable chairs. i guess we expected a more upscale place, but it is very casual neighborhood kind of place. worth going for the food quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JDSG
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Menu language is obscure even to experienced diners. Choices were very limited and were unappealing. The larger plates have a small portion and the medium plate (squid) was very small in relation to the price. We will not be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • papagena
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    the food was great, especially the cauliflower appetizer and the salad. The entrees were very good and the blueberry desert was outstanding. But - there was one drawback -- The noise level is really high. My friend and I had to keep repeating ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What did you say?!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Noise level impossible. Need to shout to be heard. Makes it hard to enjoy the generally good food or your companions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is fantastic
    genes
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Brian and John have done a fantastic job with the farm to table concept. I've met many of the growers that Brian uses and they are very serious about quality, variety, and sustainability. What Brian Huston prepares from these fine local (if you consider La Quercia in Norwalk, IA as sort of local) ingredients is great. Boltwood may be a little noisy for some, but your mouth should be doing something beside talking while your there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive service
    Rodita
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Tasty food, but the noise level made conversation impossible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our second visit
    fred
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    On our 1st visit we found a problem of a high noise level. On this visit we noticed new noise cushions installed on the ceilings. This seemed to work & lower the noise level significantly. My only suggestion now would be to monitor the sound level of the music played over the speakers. The waiters & support staff were very aware of the needs of all of the patrons. We are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RandomRunner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Be prepared to wait for your reserved table, your drinks, and your server. The bar and service floor were way under staffed the night we visited (a Saturday). The food was great but I'm not sure it made up for having to wait 45 minutes for my first drink (ordered at the bar upon arrival and not served until we finally got to our table). I understand tables flipping a little slow, but if a customer has to wait, don't make them wait drinkless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in Evanston!
    JilloVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Whole branzino with Itallian greens- delicious! Charred squid- delicious! Brick chicken and short ribs- very good! Fried potatoes and marinated eggplant- delicious! The desserts were the weakest part of the meal- the chocolate cake was dry, but accompanies by fabulous gelato. The peach & blackberry pie was ok- the fruit wasn't the tastiest, but liked that it wasn't too sweet. The mascarpone cream accompaniment was delicious but didn't brighten up the pie- some more of that great gelato would have been better. Will go back soon, but beware - VERY noisy! Noise abatement has been promised for near future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, but challenging
    TBCEVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The kitchen at Boltwood is terrific, the food is great, and the hard-working chefs are fun to watch. You will need that viewing pleasure because the noise is so loud, you can't talk, and the service, while cheerful, is slow and disorganized. Once your food is ordered, it will come promptly. But good luck placing that order or getting a drink - both simple tasks took an hour. Yes, one hour.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trixe and Bevo
    Trixie40VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    No hostess to greet us, others having to wait outside as the hostess desk is 3 feet from the front door. Once seated at a table the size of a cocktail table, in-line with other diners, we waited 10 minutes for a waiter. The noise level is crazy. The diners seating next to us left the restaurant after 15 minutes because of the noise level and not being able to chat with their guests. The food and service was far below our expectations. We chose Boltwood in order to book a small gathering with friends from out-of-town; however, we will not consider Boltwood for a group, nor for the two of us. Cheese board (a joke), short-ribs were thin slices of dried meat, sirloin was presented as two small squares of meat without seasonings.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Okay
    MAC1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Early seating, but noise level still excessive by end of meal. Cocktails and wines priced high for amount of pour. All food tasted great. Rabbit with sausage, cream corn and kale worked well together. Side of potatoes was outstanding. Beef short ribs Korean preparation was delicious, but ribs were cut across the bone so amount of meat was very small. Ask for the bread....you'll enjoy it's texture and freshness.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Better than good
    gplattinum
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sweetbreads were fabulous as was the beet &grapefruit salad. We also had the rabbit. It was good but not amazing. Portions were reasonable instead of excessive. Wait staff was nice but service was a little slow. Would definitely go again !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ate there , don't need to go back
    MmmmmVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We began poorly. They told us they couldn't find our reservation, I showed them the printed confirmation. They took it from me, told me I had no reservation but they'd find a table for me. We were seated at community table next to kitchen, so loud couldn't hear conversation across table from me. Child sitting next to me pounded on table with spoon entire evening. Food while delicious was overpriced for what I was getting.My husband ordered "Sand Dabs". After picking out 20 bones(yes he counted), he decided it was too much work and stopped eating. For this "caliber" restaurant/price the fish should've been fileted better. The gnudi was wonderful but expensive for what it is and portion size. May be POPULAR spot on North Shore but not for me!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and friendly
    Ssuths
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Fresh, interesting food and very friendly staff. Noise level is medium. Excellent dishes, drinks and desserts. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was great but the wait staff didn't seem to have their act together and there was little coordination between the kitchen and wait staff and people clearing tables. We ordered a bottle of wine and before we even got the wine someone attempted to take a wine glass from the table thinking that it was used. This sort of thing happened multiple times throughout the night. There also wasn't any introduction of the food as it arrived on the table - the food was just dropped off. This happened even with the cheese course and we had to ask what the 3 different cheeses were. Then we also had to ask for bread as the cheese course arrived with no crackers or bread to eat it with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PurslanePercy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Innovative foodie dishes prepared and presented thoughtfully. Upbeat, knowledgeable personnel. Great place for dinner, but it gets loud, and drinks are a touch on the stingy side. Overall, a welcome addition to the Evanston restaurant mix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    2nd time there. first time so-so food and painfully deafening. 2nd time it was apparent that they were working on the sound issues, and i thought the food was delicious.....also a nice switch from the original bread. definitely will go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Does not live up to its billing
    ChidinerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    While the flavor combinations of the food were very interesting (among other things we had the perch and duck), the chef's imposition of his heavy salted food distracted from what should have been excellent dishes. For a restaurant trying to position itself as a high-end option, the high noise level, uncomfortable seating (the chairs are horrible), and less-than-attentive service make it feel more like a fast-food restaurant. Without any improvements Boltwood is one of the most expensive restaurants in Evanston providing a barely above-average experience in food and atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun New Place
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The place was buzzing on a Tuesday night!! Our waitress was bright, friendly and attentive. One main course was fabulous, one was terrible. To their credit, we were not billed for the one bad meal. We would definitely return. It's evolving into a great place!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great service. Our witress was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. She was also very freindly. The food was creative but extremely salty. We most likely won't go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    GDot
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We celebrated my mom's birthday at Boltwood and loved the restaurant. Great staff and amazing food, especially Hanger steak and those incredible potatoes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic