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Evanston, IL 60201
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Chef's Station Details
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
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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!
Maple and Davis
Metra Davis Street Stop
CTA Purple Line Davis Street Stop
We honor parking at the garage on the corner of Davis and Benson Street located a half of a block East of the restaurant.
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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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Diners' Choice Winner
Diners' Choice Winner
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
My first visit to the restaurant
was approx. 10 years ago. My out of town friend who was there a couple of days ago wondered why I did not tell her about this gem of a place. She and her husband are what I would consider a high end foodie and so when she highly recommended this place, I decided to check it out with my husband and another couple. We were all greatly impressed .. The food was well executed, the service was impeccable and the ambience was charming. The only drawback for this place is its location which does not have a good visibility. It's location under a Metra situation adds to the quaintness. They also pay for the parking in a nearby parking facility. I recommend this place highly."
Dined on 11/8/2013
Our expectations for excellent
food are always met. All aspects of the environment -- soft lighting, barely audible background music, general decor -- make for a relaxing experience."
Dined on 10/28/2013
Food is unreal. Service was poor
but owner was nice to fix it. Ambiance is 1970 but quiet"
Dined on 10/27/2013
Went for the 1st time this
weekend. Great place! Sauces were great. I think if I go more often I will know what is great and what is so-so. Mussels, scallops, Short ribs and lamb were great. Berkshire pork chop and Asian bass dry and a bit bland. I will go back. But maybe pork chop to thick to cook. I don't know, I am not an expert. But a love the place and will find other things to enjoy on menu. What I had was great. service was quick and nice. Owner was concerned. Came over to talk."
Dined on 10/20/2013
Chef's station is hidden in a
cul-de-sac off of Davis Street in Evanston. It is worth searching for. The food is fresh, flavorful, and inspired. One of the must try places on your visit to Northwestern."
Dined on 10/20/2013
Fine dining yes- food & service
terrific and yet in a warm and comfortable space. Expected the higher end prices and we were never rushed- able to leisurely enjoy conversation over various courses."
Dined on 10/19/2013
Food was quite good. Nice
restaurant, attentive staff. Client average age 65-70 of those in the restaurant. Very subdue atmosphere, low on the hip rating. Didn't quite meet our mark with romantic... It was remarkably quiet: didn't hear a single outside noise from the interior."
Dined on 10/13/2013
Ate here Wednesday night, had a
guest in town visiting NU. Selected this restaurant based on Zagat review. Food was superlative, the chef has obviously been classically trained. The service was also nearly flawless. We had a bottle of 2007 Stags Leap Artemis - I couldn't believe they still had this vintage, and price was very reasonable. There were only a few other tables occupied on the night we were there, which certainly detracts from the ambience. Hopefully we were just there on a slow night. Would definitely recommend for food, service and wine list."
Dined on 10/10/2013
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