Chef's Station
Chef's Station

Chef's Station

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.chefs-station.com/
  • 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: 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Chef's Station reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)special occasion (30)neighborhood gem (30)notable wine list (15)romantic (14)good for groups (10)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Always a winner.
    GerryVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This is a consistently fine restaurant. The food is very well prepared. Only the freshest ingredients are used. My only complaint is that the menu changes very little, while seasonal specials do appear. Still, I have never had a poor meal and am always glad I visited. Prices are reasonable in light of what you receive for your dollar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; lackluster service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Granted it was prime time on Saturday night, but we waited 25 minutes after reservation time to be seated and wait staff seemed stretched thin.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best in Evanston
    Toothdoc
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A gem of a restaurant under the Metra Station in downtown Evanston, and worth searching out. Menu includes some old school comfort foods (meatloaf and mashed potatos, and, personal favorite, short ribs), and other more contemporary dishes prepared to perfection by chef Elio Ramero. Comfortable, quiet setting, and knowledgable, friendly servers make this place special. Gourmet all the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very popular
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The restaurant was packed and the aroma of the food swirled throughout. Wine selections by the glass were plentiful and our choices delicious. The tuna tartare was a great way to start and they were willing to split a salad for us. Both entree's were flavorful and light (both of our entrees were fish.) The wait staff was attentive and friendly while still staying on the professional side. Yes, we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Goldie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Chef's Station is one of the best restaurants in Evanston and North Shore, if you are looking for a place quiet enough for conversation, and a lovely ambience. We frequest it 3 or 4 times a year, usually for special occassions or with special friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chicexperiences
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Always a wonderful place for a quiet dinner; excellent service and the food was fresh, wonderfully prepared and served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding food
    artistadrienne
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    probably the best rack of lamb I ever had. My husband's salmon was the best he has ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quiet gem
    jazzzfanVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great seasonal flavors, well prepared, very attentive service. Pleasant, quiet setting. Will definitely be back - one of the best in Evanston. Would love to see elk on the menu - would seem to fit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food and fantastic service
    MrsA
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We thoughougly enjoyed Chef's Station! The food was amazing and service impeccable. It was a mellow, quieter place so good when you really want to talk and hear you dinner companions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Mediocre food. Terrible service. Waited 30 min for bread and water!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was wonderful - the lamb chops best ever and the halibut great with a delicious preparation. The room update was welcomed, and service was very good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    TyroneCSVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Really enjoyed our evening here! Great food and service, special atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DrHockeyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious food, beautifully presently -- actually, picture worthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes, we would return
    greenthumbVIP
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 366 reviews are from the Chef's Station reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.