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Chef's Station
Chef's Station

Chef's Station Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chefs-station.com
  • Email: pmprod1@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (847) 570-9821
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Friday and Saturday 5:00 to 10:00 PM

    Sunday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Romero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please go to our Events page on the website for all the details concerning special events like holidays. We look forward to seeing you!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple and Davis
  • Public Transit: Metra Davis Street Stop

    CTA Purple Line Davis Street Stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We honor parking at the garage on the corner of Davis and Benson Street located a half of a block East of the restaurant.
A word from Chef's Station
The perfect juxtaposition of lighthearted attitude and intense flavor in an atmosphere that proves fine dining doesn’t have to be uptight.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best meals in a long, long time. All four of us LOVED our dinner --- something unusual in this day and age. I would go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I went on a date there and the food was some of the best I've ever had. I had the lamb and my date had the duck, and they were both succulent and melted in the mouth. The homemade ice cream was a great ending. Pricy (expect $40/person) so its not an everyday thing, and reservations are practically required to get a table. Its also easy to miss being right under and next to the Metra station. Dress up and have a special night there."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Enter this restaurant from the paint flaking cave like underpass of the Davis street Metra station and find yourself immediately transported into a cheerful, homey and quiet space with excellent food and a most reasonably priced wine list. The help is cheery if a bit rushed and the menu has had some definite thought put into it while not being precious."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We've been to the Chef's Station several times, usually on some special occasion. Most recent visit was a birthday celebration. You will find a menu of sophisticated preparations. This is not your traditional steak house. If fact, on this visit there was no steak offered. We each started with different salads, both of which were made of fresh ingredients and just the right amount of dressing. My wife ordered one of the evening "off menu" specials -- fresh Halibut -- with which she was very pleased. I ordered New Zealand Lamb Loin, which was presented artfully and was very good. The portion sizes were sufficient and I thought a good value, overall. Service was very attentive without being intrusive. The staff makes you feel very welcome."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner here with all the elements of a fine dinner just almost making it great but not quite. Chef's station is in a bizarre location under the railroad, but the interior is spacious and attractive. The bread was served as a slice each of nice warmed bread, but a second slice was never offered. The foie gras appetizer was outstanding, perfectly prepared and sweet without being cloying. The lamp entree was just a bit overcooked, medium not medium rare, and just a bit less tender than ideal, but tasty and a generous portion. The short ribs were delicious. For dessert the coconut pecan pie which was just OK, slightly dry. But the napoleon of berries and custard was fabulous, a perfect light and sweet ending. Worth eating here."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were a party of 6 who don't get together often, so a restaurant where table conversation didn't require a raised voice was a pleasure - despite the restaurant being full. It was also a special occasion, so we were hoping for both good food and service, and were not disappointed. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. The waiter was attentive, but did not hover, and we never felt rushed even though we were the last table to leave."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have come back to this restaurant many times over the years. The food is always reliable; the menu is manageable and the people from the owner down to the busboy are all very nice and devoted to making your evening enjoyable. The restaurant is quiet and welcoming. During warmer months, there is outdoor dining. A varied menu changes periodically to remain seasonal and fresh. This is not the highest end most unusual or most romantic place, but it is terrific. You will not be rushed and will feel a sense of ease, of unwinding and being able to enjoy the social event of dinner with friends or family as it should be."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love the food and the ambiance but we didn't get either our drinks or bread for 35-40 minutes. They were short staffed but not apologetic. The dinner was also served a good half hour after we ordered. We would love to come back but would hope the service is much better."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is extremely attractive and very inviting. It was also quiet, even though there were many people dining. The service was only okay. We had to remind the waiter that we had ordered a bottle of wine, and when it came it was not chilled properly, and the waiter didn't seem to care when we mentioned it. Also, the food was delicious, but it was not hot -- only warm. And all four of us at the table commented on that. We also had to ask for more bread, which came ... but no butter. So we had to ask for that. So all in all, it was a mixed experience. We will probably think twice before going back as it is fairly expensive and for that amount of $$$, we expect better service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have visited Chef's Station with friends, my husband and alone - and I have never failed to have a wonderful meal. Great service, excellent wine list - and of course the heavenly souffle for dessert. Our server asked if my husband and I wanted to share one - I mean, really. I have visited just for the souffle! Highly recommend for the food, adult ambience, warmth and wonderful libations!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Having never eaten there, I chose the Chef's Station for Valentine's Day based on the reviews. Based on it's rating, I would like to believe the reviews are still true...just not on Valentine's Day at 7pm. We arrived a little early to a line of about 15 other couples waiting to be seated. The owner/manager seemed overwhelmed and understaffed with the number of patrons that were in line. I know stuff happens, but a glass of champagne (or something similar) would of gone a long way during the 20 minute wait. The preset menu and wine selection were good (butternut soup = amaz) and had a modern twist but the atmosphere was dated (seating, ceiling tiles, carpet, lighting). Might be back for lunch, but would spend $300/w tip somewhere else."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Usually I think of this as the best of all Evanston restaurants. The room itself is very comfortable. The food has always been excellent and cooked to perfection, and every entree I've eaten there has had elements of surprise and delight, so that I approach the evening wondering what novelty awaited. And the service is always prompt. But this time, having eaten superbly, I felt let down afterwards, because of a seemingly very minor omission: no one had made the effort, as we left, to thank us and wish us good night. We left slowly and passed several of the staff on our way out, but we were ignored. I've never left even the most modest restaurant without being thanked. Odd how this omission diminished the entire evening in retrospect."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "It was our first time to dine at Chef's Station--although we had made a couple of last minute attempts in the past. It was a prefixe meal for Valentine's Day--5:00 seating. It was a bit late getting started and ran a bit late. Had to wait 15 minutes to get a drink--although people seated by us, behind us, well after us were served their drinks and made their choices before us. Once the food came out, all was forgiven about the wait. The food was outstanding--each and every course. Then the gremlin of Special Occasion days set in; the 7:00 seating showed up as requested, but the 5:00 seating were not finished. Then, to exacerbate the situation, the billing computer went DOWN, and the 5:00 could not exit."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been to Chef's Station a number of times, and this Valentine's Day special dinner was excellent. The pace, flavor combinations, presentation, and taste of the food made it one of the most memorable meals I have had. Outside of Quince in the Homestead, there is no rival to this restaurant in the Northshore of Chicago that I have been to. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone at any time who wants a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we had a wonderful meal. There were many items on the menu that I would have liked to try. Ingredients were fresh and inventive. The service was perfectly timed. I would describe the atmosphere as more traditional, but upscale, quiet, and relaxing. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My wife and I have been eating at Chef's Station in Evanston, Illinois for many years and have always had an excellent meal. The atmosphere is cozy and the staff is very friendly. The food is always well-prepared and imaginative; even their meatloaf is haute cuisine. Since each dish is prepared individually, you should plan at least an hour for a meal, or even longer if you linger over cocktails and/or coffee. Chef's Station is the one restaurant we recommend in Evanston."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The meat loaf remains an excellent choice on their menu. It's moist, flavorful, and hot. Everything else about the meal was OK: the organic lettuce salad was acceptable, but the grand mariner souffle for dessert was not. It was undercooked and consequently, it was gummy. Service was fine. I still can't figure out why they do not have English breakfast tea as an option. Earl Grey seems to be the default tea in the Chicago area."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Chef Romero is an unsung hero of the Chicago culinary scene. We've enjoyed his cooking for years, and his dishes are uniformly excellent: well designed and executed, with top-quality ingredients. His standards are exacting, and the dishes reflect it. Last weekend I had his quail appetizer, stuffed with venison sausage, served with risotto and a pinot noir reduction. Every component was delicious, and the combination was heavenly. My wife had the pan-roasted veal medallions, with smoked mozzarella and ricotta cheese gnocchi and a Madeira reduction. She liked it so well; she didn't leave a bite for me to try. So all you city folks: come to Evanston and see what you're missing. It's easy to get to, right by the Davis Metra and "L" stations."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Excellent food and service can be found at Chef's Station. The restaurant is a real Evanston gem!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "All in all this place is very enjoyable. The food was excellent. The only reason I didn't rate it as an overall 5 was that our meat course was lukewarm. It was tasty but at $85 a person, the plate shouldn't come out half cold. The staff was friendly. The woman that checked us in seemed a little off her game but in the end she was just fine. I would definitely frequent this restaurant again. Drinks are expensive. My recommendation would be to have cocktails elsewhere- like home, and go only for the food. Our meal was $170. The bottle we got was $75. By the time tax & tip were added, our bill was over $300. $325 to be exact. We had a six coarse meal with a bottle of champagne ."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "there were six of us and it was fixed menu there were several people with special dietary requirements and the server was very accommodating the food was nicely presented and very good"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great service and owner. Food always interesting. Good wine list."
    Dined on 1/16/2013
  • "The four of us met at Chef's Station for dinner Friday evening. Two of us had been there several times before, two have never been.They immediately loved the atmosphere. Our waiter was friendly, informative, attentive, but never intrusive, never interrupted a conversation(s). Our food was excellent, imaginatively prepared, beautifully presented. I knew that the two of us will be back, but so will our friends."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We keep coming back to this gem. The day we were there was rather quiet (just before Christmas ). Food and service were flawless. Everyone enjoyed their choices."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "I've been going to Chef's Station off and on for 15 years. Every time I go it gets better and better. This restaurant should rank among the best. We chose the tasting menu consisting of six courses, each of which was exquisite and an appropriate serving size so that I was perfectly sated by the end of the meal. The dessert was a macadamia soufflé that was out of this world. Good wine selection and excellent wait staff finished off a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We found Chef's Station a pleasant, accomodating restaurant but a poor value. The salads were good, but the soup du jour, a chicken vegetable, was greasy and over-loaded with cumin, and the fish entres, though adequate, came with prices that led us, mistakenly, to expect something special. It takes more than an intermezzo of Granny Smith apple sorbet to transform an ordinary placelike this into a destination."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I would highly recommend chef's station to everyone. We were at the restaurant with family from out of town and our 86 year old mother. Staff could not be more helpful and willing to occomdate and food presentation, selection and taste could not be better. The ambiance is elegant and the service matched the decor. The only suggestion that I have is to mark the location better! Very hard to find the entrance on Davis street!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "After having walked by this restaurant for many years, we called for a reservation for 6 on a Saturday night The reservation was timely processed and I received a thank you confirmation call from the owner We each ordered different dishes and each extolled our presentation and preparation From meatloaf to fish and lamb, everyone was intoxicated by the taste, smell and flavor of the varied offerings We will go back again and do so more often then in our past"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "$100 bill for 2 not horrible, but with other good restaurant choices in Evanston that price out about 25% less, we don't see a compeling reason to go back."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "What a delightful and gorgeous little place. Took a couple of times driving around the block (Evanston and those 1 way streets!!) so when we got there with our guest, an elderly relative with a walker, it was a bit of a trial to toddle through the front patio (?) area and find the correct door on that bitter cold night. When we got inside we saw what a great place it was so we felt better. Anyway, the food was delicious (salmon, turkey and special risotto dish) with out of this world salad with pecans and the soup was scrumptious plus desert was great (tart.) We would definitely go back there and are planning to do so on NYE - just the two of us this time."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "The good parts were quite good - but the not so good parts spoiled it. The food was good - it was a fixed menu because it was a holiday. Choices were limited - nothing was "gluten-free friendly" and the waiter refused to request any changes. He misinformed us on one of the dishes and shrugged when we mentioned it. He was unfriendly and somewhat surly - as though he were filling time by waiting on our table. When asked if we wanted wine, we said we hadn't decided, and he never returned to ask again. It was especially obvious because the waiter one table over was so pleasant! It was quiet inside the restaurant- something we appreciated - and we weren't rushed - pacing of the food service was perfect. Would I return? Not as a first choice."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Chef's Station doesn't overwhelm you with the breadth of its selection, it allows the food to have that honor. Attractive presentation, ample sized portions that neither leave you feeling hungry nor over stuffed. The staff is warm, helpful and attentive, without being cloying or vulture like hovering to clear your plates as soon as the last forkful of delicious food passes your lips. This was our second time here, the first our anniversary last month, the second my birthday. An excellent restaurant for a special occasion, or simply a special meal."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Everything was lovely. The food was great - portions seemed a little on the skimpy side, but I think it was enough. The room was very pretty and even though it was crowded and lots of people were talking, we could still talk at our table without shouting, which is very important to us. We'll return for sure."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Chef's Station offers outstanding food beautifully presented at good value. We were there on a week night so it wasn't very noisy and the service was excellent. Each of the four of us had something different which everyone enjoyed very much. My veal medallions were tender and delicious, an item one doesn't often find on menus."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Chefs Table: Had a marvelous experience; Dom Perignon champaign superb food and great ambiance. A must do if you are within 100 miles of the place it is worth the drive."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Good food at a reasonable price not gourmet or super creative but well presented and very tasty"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Hidden under the Metro Station, the ambience was warm and welcoming on a rainy evening. Food was delicious. Service was quick and friendly."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Chef's Station allows friends to converse without yelling and to really appreciate fine food without ever feeling rushed. The staff is attentive without the customary hovering that we find in so many other restaurants. It provides a rare dining experience in Evanston and one which my friends and I appreciate."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I read one review of chef' Station that said it wasn't hip enough for them. Well, you're right, they don't have a bar that serves 23 different kinds of "Tinis" or 50 types of tequilla. They just have innovative, perfectly prepared food in an attractive setting with great service and a good wine list hat is very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The Tuna Tartare had no Tuna taste. The beet and goat cheese salad was mediocre. The veal medallions turned out to be veal tenderloin that was absolutely outstanding. The service was mediocre at best. They do not accept American Express and there were no notifications of this posted."
    Dined on 11/7/2013