Chef's Station
Chef's Station

Chef's Station

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.chefs-station.com/
  • Phone: 8475709821x
  • 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: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Romero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: 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 (Entrance North on Maple)
  • 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 WinnerContemporary American
Chef's Station reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (34)special occasion (30)neighborhood gem (30)romantic (17)notable wine list (12)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (2)Show More
  • A surly waiter
    sfdrVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A waiter with a really bad attitude and bad whitefish means we cross this one off our list.
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  • DrHockeyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious food, beautifully presently -- actually, picture worthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date night
    Bobbob
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We are never disappointed. We sat outside and enjoyed the energy of the city
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winner on all counts
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Chef's Station is consistently outstanding. The cuisine has never disappointed us. It 's always fresh, perfectly prepared and artistically presented. It's definitely worth the drive to Evanston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bruin
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great fun and service but bad cooling and disappointing physical presence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes, we would return
    greenthumb
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We Found Chef Station(CS) on Open Table. Overall it was a very good experience. When dining on a Saturday night in Evanston, I usually dress on the casual (colored jeans, sweater/scarf) - side. CS had a mix of dress styles, - like it hasn't found its niche: women in Eileen Fisher type outfits, elderly couples in coat tie/dress, couples in their 40s wearing summer dresses, me in my summer pants. The evening we were there (7:00)most diners were on the mature side( 60+). Food- excellent. Halibut was perfection. Waiter was very attentive As a 50+ woman with tinnitus, I really appreciated how quite the restaurant was- we could easily hear each other :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly an enjoyable dinner
    NUFANVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We are repeat customers and do plan on returning soon. Great service. A very good beer was enjoyed. Meal was outstanding. And if you love dessert, try the turtle sundae. A standard on the menu and worth indulging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent!
    Mari0477
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    One of the best meals we ever had, as was the previous meal we had here. And we have been to Le Francaise, Everest, Tru, Girl & the Goat, etc., etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice suburban spot
    BillinBoston
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We found Chef's Station using the iPad app for restaurants near our hotel in Skokie. The menu and reviews looked good so we gave it a shot. i was there with my daughter on a Saturday night, and she was struck by what an old (elderly) crowd was there. Like most suburban restaurants on a Saturday night, it attracts folks who don't care to brave the scene in Chicago. But she and I liked the food a lot. The beet salad appetizer is imaginative and delicious.The duck and halibut we ate were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scubakathy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our meal at Chef's table was outstanding. I was dining with a friend from New York City and he said that the rack of lamb he ordered was far better than any that he had in NYC. The foie gras was amazing. The wine list was extensive and the service was impeccable. We certainly will recommend this " treasure under the train station" in Evanston as a go to destination for great food. Kathy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was grate exspirience . Food was very good . We will recommend this place for our friend and family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roasted Baby Beet Salad to die for
    OTreviewerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first time at Chef's Station and we will definitely be going back. I had the baby beat salad with goat cheese and watermelon. Just stating the main ingredients doesn't do it justice. The presentation and tastes were incredible. For my main course I had the meatloaf. I know that you think that going to a fine dining restaurant to have meatloaf is not the usual move. and I hate ordering meatloaf in a restaurant as no one makes it as good as you do at home, but this was definitely gourmet and delicious. My husband had Foie Gras and Duck entree which he said was fantastic. Service was attentive without being overbearing. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • extremely enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was really good, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere, was quiet and relaxing, which was just what we were looking for. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    MsFussyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    What a great restaurant! I had the tuna tartare and the the halibut. The tuna was very good and the halibut was outstanding. My husband had a lovely baby lettuce salad and the whitefish- also outstanding. The service was very good. The lighting and noise level was pleasant. The wines by the glass provided excellent choices and the white sangria was delicious! All in all a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Jayzee
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The wine list was fabulous. The staff took great care of us and paired the menu to our liking. The food was wonderful. I would come back again soon. I would also recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a foodie.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return visit - will go back again!
    NUFANVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Always enjoy Chef's Station. Great food in a wonderful venue. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Retired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We have had dinner there many times over the last 9 years and the food has been consistently excellent. We were disappointed this time only because the food was very salty. The salt took away from the wonderful flavors chef Jose is so capable of creating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    WE came to celebrate our son's graduation from Northwestern. We chose a variety from the menu and all were pleased with their selection. If I lived in Evanston, we would definitely go back here for special occasions or just a fun night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Marie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner here. Very good food, superb service, nice atmosphere, etc. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food- Poor service
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    For the price of these meals, you would expect better service. The ambiance and decor of the restaurant are lacking…desparately needs updating. The waitress forgot bread and took forever to bring back our check. For special occasions, I would prefer Stained Glass or Found.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • memorable
    Cheers2u
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Went to celebrate a family birthday. Everything was perfect! Had the rack of lamb that was very tender, served with simple side dishes that complemented the flavor of lamb. My daughter had the berkshire pork chop and potatoes, that were loaded with flavor. Seafood served as appetizers and as main courses were appropriately seasoned, not overpowering the seafood. Wine is served by the bottle and by the glass. Will go again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys high quality food and service. The restaurant is near a Metra stop, yet no sounds of train were heard in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revisiting and Old Friend
    Adda40VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It has been over a year since we visited Chef's Station. The original owner retired and the space has undergone a recent significant make over. Peter was actually there to greet us , even though he has retired. While I do miss the old casual chic decor with the copper pipe lamps, the new look is relaxing and comfortable. what I do miss are the old prices! I always felt that the restaurant was a moderately priced good value considering how wonderful the food and services was. Our current dinner was still a a delicious enjoyable dining experience , but higher priced by 20-25%. However, the extensive wine service is really quite a bargain with many fine choices in the $30-40 per bottle range when many places are charging $ 8-12 a glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, lacks atmosphere
    PB11
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Menu and food preparation is excellent. Little older crowd which lacks in vibrancy.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beef tenderloin over cooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Excellent flavor of the beef tenderloin entree, however I requested that it be cooked medium rare, but it was served medium well to well done., making it a little dry. Other than that, excellent salad and dessert, creme brûlée.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2essenceVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The chef overcooked the swordfish but the waiter took it right back and redid it for me. Everyone was very gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Evanston Restaurant
    Howardr48VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I went to Chef's Station for our 43rd wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed in any manner. She started with the tuna tartar and I had the beets. Both very visually delicious and both tasting delicious. We followed with the swordfish special and the halibut entries. Superb!! I have never tasted such perfectly cooked swordfish before. One of Evanston's excellent restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lafoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. Our last visit had been a disaster. This time the food was back to its high quality. It is so nice to go to a restaurant on a Sat. Night and not have to shout to be heard.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our favorite fine dining establishment in Evanston. Quiet and tucked away under the train tracks (no, you don't hear or feel the train come through), the dishes are always delicious and inventive. We go there for our anniversary almost every year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 350 reviews are from the Chef's Station reviews archive.
  • May 20, 2014
    NickandNora
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    My wife and I have been dining at Chef's Station for special occasions since shortly after it opened. We have always been delighted with the food and service. My wife said the rack of lamb she had on our last visit was the best she ever had in her life.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As expected
    QuackerDelux
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had heard much positive, for years! We went on Saturday and were well cared for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, hidden gem
    DougEFresh
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have lived a few miles away from the restaurant for years, and had never heard of it, before finding reviews for it online. The food was amazing, from appetizer through desert. The decor is a bit basic, and the ambience is also basic, but the food makes up for it. Highly recommend the halibut and tenderloin for the main course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • What happened-under par
    Diner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have always enjoyed the Chef Station. This time was not up to par. We have always had a wonderful dinner here and looked forward to another fantastic evening. The dining room was full and greatly understaffed. We waited one hour until even bread arrived. And then the courses came slowly. I love leisurely meals but this was just poorly managed. My husband ordered lamb chops which are usually delicious and they came more done and not juicy-like they were sitting under a warming light. I hope that they get their act together because it was one of our favorite restaurants in the past.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Evanston stand-out
    bellecurveVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    When suburban and city friends meet in the middle in Evanston, a consistently popular choice is Chef's Station. The food is great, and it's conversation-friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • quiet, intimate, delicious
    lovediningout
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We decided to go to dinner at Chef's Station for our anniversary in the middle of the week. We hadn't been there in a very long time. The restaurant was fairly empty, but we had a wonderful meal there and were quite pleased overall. We had a sea bass special that was very delicate and well seasoned, and also the duck breast, which was quite tasty as well. They had a special corn bisque that was delightful, and for dessert we had grand marnier souffle, which I hadn't eaten in years and which was light and terrific, accompanied by a wonderful grand marnier sauce. We were able to order a half bottle of a lovely white Cote de Rhone wine, and overall we were very pleased with our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LouisVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We've eaten here several times in the past few months; it gets chosen because even on a busy Saturday night, you can still hear the conversation at your table without having to yell. And it doesn't hurt that the food is fabulous and the service is professional and friendly. Don't miss trying the crispy spinach.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    Davey
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    one of the few remaining civilized restaurants where people can hear each other. Lovely food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neighborhood gem
    ArleenVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    your restaurant is terrific…we can't wait to return…what a change in everyday from the former restaurant.Congratulations Arleen Blatt
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Tried this restaurant for the first time for Easter brunch for a 1pm reservation. Ordered from a fixed menu and enjoyed our appetizers, although my fiance's salad had beets, which he asked to be removed but he was able to eat around it. My soup was delicious. After an hour of waiting for our main course, we asked our waiter to pack up our dessert as we were anxious to get outside to enjoy the spring weather. After multiple excuses from our waiter and another 20+ minutes later, we had to flag down a different waiter to tell him to cancel our order as we were done waiting and being hungry. We understand mistakes being made but very poor management of expectations after an obvious snafu. Very disappointing first impression
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  • Wonderful fare!
    Leah
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The quality of the food was great... they need more waiters for the service. The couple next to us was visably upset for having to wait for a long time. Still, for the food, I would highly recommend it. Had the best rubarb bread pudding and omelet ever!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LouisVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We love everything about this place. The food is great; we've had the lamb loin, the duck, and a couple of the fish dishes. All were fabulous. And we never go without getting the crispy spinach. Amazing. Best of all, you can be here on a crowded Saturday night and still hear the conversation at your table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate