Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston
Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston

Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.petemillers.com/
  • Phone: 8473280399x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am

    Kitchen Hours Subject to Change
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Marcus Mooney
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and semi-private space for 2-150 guests. The perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, awards banquets, birthdays, graduations, and any special event! Please email petemillers@aol.com for more information, and for bookings.
  • Private Party Contact: Christi Land 8473280399x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every night of the week.

    Mondays - Thursdays: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
    Fridays-Saturdays: 8:00PM - 12:00AM
    Sundays: 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Grove & Davis
  • Public Transit: CTA Purple Line Train - Davis Street Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet, Metered Street Parking, Public lot 2-3 blocks away.
A word from Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston
Located in downtown Evanston, the original Pete Miller's was founded in 1994 as a tribute to the late Harold "Pete" Miller. The restaurant celebrates his favorite things; swingin' jazz, a good honest drink & a great steak. Join us for dinner and experience what Pete's has to offer.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (31)good for groups (25)notable wine list (24)fit for foodies (19)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (10)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • upscale, friendly, yummy
    CatsMom
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    our second visit was as yummy as our first. steaks are amazing. staff friendly and helpful. desserts are generous. sat in back room that was cozy and quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE best dinner and music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been going to Pete's for 8 years and it has always been the BEST. We are snow birds and go to dinner ASAP when we arrive for the season. We prefer a jazz trio or quartet for our music which is usually on the weekends. Our friends say Pete's has the best steak they have had and we agree completely agree. We have had a fantastic fish dinner when we just were not in the mood for meat and when we were not real hungry they split an entree for us. What's crazy is they have a really good and large hamburger. If you can eat it all and think you can still eat ---pair it up with a loaded baked potato. For that matter all of the sides are really good. Don't forget to get a martini when you sit down- ah
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I ordered a Bone In Ribeye steak medium rare and it came out very dry and overcooked. It took a long time to get our entrees because the waiter said that there was a big party before us going out so I think my steak sat for a long time before it came to my table. The bearnaise sauce that was an extra tasted like it was made from a dry mix and not from scratch. For a $45 steak, I would expect a lot more from Pete Millers. We have been here many times before and I have ordered the Ribeye steak before and it was good. I would have complained to the waiter but because it took so long for our food to come out and we had my daughters boy friend with us, I did not want to make a big scene. I don't think we will be going back to Pete Millers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining an ambience
    Debora
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is a wonderful place to meet with friends or as a duo. It is easy to have a conversation while dining on a delicious meal, with excellent live music in the background. Kudos!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    Yummy16
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One of the best steaks I have ever had. I didn't think I would like the jazz, but it wasn't too loud and was really actually enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great Service
    CatsMom
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Steak was excellent! Restaurant was a bit crowded, but the wait staff was friendly and accommodating when two ladies in our party asked to share a steak dinner. He offered to divide the meal and served it on two plates for us, which we greatly appreciated. The bread is to-die-for! Ate too much prior to the meal to have room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz-lovers' Haven
    SCHMJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have frequented Pete Miller's in Evanston for a number of years and invariably find myself entertaining friends here anytime I am in the Chicago area. Never have I been disappointed by the food selection and preparation. This evening was no exception. I was celebrating my own 61st birthday this visit and had my closest friends present. We were afforded very good service, excellent drinks, and once again, a talented group of jazz musicians to enjoy. Our server Aida was most pleasant and attentive. The bartenders make generous pours and are quite affable. Our hostess Laura remembers just where we like to sit (near the entertainment) and was prepared to seat us promptly. Use the Valet Parking as street parking is hard to come by (worth it!)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Open Table told us that there were no reservations available at 6:00PM so we reluctantly made a reservation for 5:30. Because of traffic we arrived at 6:00 where we found an almost empty restaurant and had no trouble getting seated. Open Table was a nuisance and wrong.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LoyolaParents
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Attended Northwestern Football game and dined here after the game. Just a short walk from Davis Red Line stop. Service was very friendly and attentive. Nice ambiance, with reasonable noise level. Wanted to stay for jazz music, but was too tired from game, so we ate and left. Ordered prime rib and filet, both prepared to our liking. Quality of food was excellent, as good or better than anything we would get downtown, at a slightly lower price level. Our daughter goes to Loyola, so if we need a nice steak / seafood meal next time we are in town for a visit, it's nice to know we have a high quality restaurant option in Evanston if we don't feel like travelling downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Fattie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The fliet was too fatty for my liking. If I'm paying $45+ for a steak I expect it to be good quality.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Music
    dasreview
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The evening spent here was a highlight of our trip to the Chicago area. It was a birthday celebration that provided great food, superb service from Vladimir and an incredible evening of music by the Rhythm Rockets.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time!
    MediumRare
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Enjoyed the food, music, and service. I went in with high expectations, and those were still easily exceeded. As an avid diner in Chicago's River North area, I decided to go for a change of scenery this past weekend, and I was very impressed to find an even better experience in the North Suburbs. Your Yelp and Zagat ratings do not do you justice, unfortunately. Excellent dining! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A litle disappointing
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service was great, the waiter was very attentive, and we were not rushed during our stay. But when one of our party attempted to order the Prime Rib our waiter suggested they order something else. I was very appreciative that we were warned away from a bad meal, but disappointed that a Steak/seafood restaurant could not have prepared a Prime Rib properly. This made us also shy away from the steak as well. 4 of our group ordered the BBQ Ribs which were very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FREINDS/at a GREAT PLACE
    JSpivVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Just a fab place...Great Food, awesome aged steaks, the pork chop was "off the charts" and the only thing better than the food was the service.... GREAT JOB !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    Sweetpea2VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great old school classic meal! One of best Caesar salads ever
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening
    Lovethemusic
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were looking for a place to celebrate our anniversary. Pete Miller's had everything for which we were looking--great food, ambience, and wonderful music. We were not rushed at all so we could enjoy our meal leisurely while enjoying a fantastic show.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most enjoyable experience.
    Here2enjoy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The 7 ounce filet I enjoyed and the planked grilled salmon the other two in our party enjoyed made for a most pleasant meal. To me the steak ranked up there with the best I've had at other renowned steak houses. The atmosphere with the small jazz trio was relaxed and pleasant. Overall an unexpected gem in the midst of Evanston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Always have great meals at Pete Miller's. Service is great for the most part. Occasional slow waiter/waitress but majority of the time you're in great hands. Food is always excellent. Not a bad choice on the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great old school joint.
    StLouisLouis
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    For prime steaks and great seafood it doesn't get much better than Pete Miller's
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than Just a Steakhouse!
    suburbanfoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    On our last few visits, we have enjoyed the delicious fish and fresh seafood selections. Started off with the scallop appetizer: huge, tender scallops wrapped in bacon and drizzled with an apple-whiskey glaze that was out of this world! Two of us tried the whole Maine lobster special and it was outstanding! The crustacean was perfectly prepared ~ succulent and flavorful with a simple garnish of lemon wedges and drawn butter to accompany it. Here, the lobster was the star! The jail island salmon was prepared to order, beautifully grilled on a cedar plank, but without the glaze. It was perfect with a side of steamed broccoli. The waitstaff is always friendly and polished, and our waiter was attentive and really seemed to enjoy his job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, not great
    Rupert
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The restaurant was loud with a lot of boisterous kids near us. My filet was fine. I got garlic broccoli on the side rather than the usual potato - the garlic tasted like it was from a jar, and it was coated in maybe an oil, butter mix that did not taste good. I am used to using cold-pressed olive oil and good butter, and this had a rather off flavor to it. For $4.00 we got a jumbo shrimp cocktail with one shrimp (we misunderstood what he said, but should have figured that out!) - it was huge and tasty. My son got a pork dish with blue cheese and apples that he enjoyed. He also enjoyed his calamari. My impression was that this was an old-school supper club type of place. So if that is what you like, you will probably like this.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good and Not So Good
    Steven
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were excited to celebrate an occasion at a fine dining restaurant, we didn't get the overall "wow" that was in the reviews. Parts of our dinner were very good and other menu items were just "ok". We had the escargot, which was good, but not outstanding. My NY Strip was a little tough, but for the prices it should of been a lot more tender. The Beef Wellington was average, but small portions. The garlic potatoes were tasteful. The service made up for the small faults but I doubt we will return as there are too many restaurants in this big City to explore then return to Pete Miller's for an average meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BAND, TOO LOUD!!
    Edna09VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The band was fine, but you need to tone down the volume. We couldn't hear each other and needed to scream/wait for the band to stop playing. Read the past reviews - they're saying the same thing - listen to your customers. The food was good, but if the ambience is poor, then we'll think twice before coming back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Fest - a must in Evanston!
    BMaldonado
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We checked out Lobster Fest at Pete Miller's this past weekend and were wowed. The lobsters were gigantic and cooked to perfection. The service, as always, was impeccable - a 5 star dining experience all around. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food But Too Much Music
    OldDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Filet mignon and salmon were excellent. The jazz orchestra, especially the singing, was obtrusive on Fathers Day. We had poor wait service that seemed unrelated to the holiday crowd.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • COSIPO
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We made reservations for Father's Day a week in advance. We arrived and the hostess offered us two tables which were located in the bar area with high chairs or a table near the stage. These two options were terrible as we had a young child and my mother. Then, we were informed we needed to wait an additional 20 min. Then, we were surprisingly seated within 5 minutes at a very nice booth. We asked to speak to the manager who was the rudest man I have ever had to deal with in my life. He tried to intimidate me by leaning his body across the table and speaking in a rather rude and loud voice. My son was physically scared and leaned on my shoulder for comfort. I would never recommend Pete Miller's again to any of friends.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A classic place for steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We love this place and usually visit 2-3 times each year. My boys always love to choose a delicious steak but are often tempted by seafood specials that they didn't expect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Father's Day isn't the day...
    ChuckWVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've been to Pete Miller's a dozen times -- keep going back because we usually have a lovely time. But the staff was off its game on the evening of Father's day. Specifically requested a quiet table -- and got seated next to a family of seven with three kids 3 or younger who screamed through the whole meal. The service was slow and inattentive - and after being told that there would be no corkage fee, a $50 corkage fee appeared on the bill. The salads and steaks were up to their usual wonderfulness - the skirt steak with chimichurri sauce was perfectly cooked, but the creamed spinach was sad -- not creamy at all -- and the red potatoes I had as a side were dry and seemed like they were leftovers from lunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Get-Together
    MAC1
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was great. Lively with band and energetic diners. Service was outstanding!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Even though this a the place for steak...I ordered fish and it was among the best fish I have ever eaten. Service was superb. We were not rushed. It was conversation friendly....even while the music was playing!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KandB
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wait staff was knowledgable about wine and menu items. Steak was done to perfection and was juicy and flavorful. Grouper and sweet potato fries were wonderful. And spinach salad was loaded with goodies and filling. Having wine flights enhanced entrees.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Friendly Staff
    MRA7
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The service was wonderful, my filet mignon was cooked perfectly and it was very high quality meet. ALSO, ALL DESSERTS ARE MADE IN HOUSE DAILY -- not pre-made! Rare to find in restaurants these days. Pete Millers was a great experience overall and the menu definitely has something to please everybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School Steakhouse
    HungryDad
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The atmosphere is red leather couch steakhouses of old. We order a filet, bone in ribeye and NY strip as well as the lobster macaroni. We all loved our dishes. The garlic mashed are full of garlic and a great compliment. All steaks tasted phenomenal. We all ordered medium, and they actually came that way. Pink in the middle, not red. Our waiter Derek was attentive and not overbearing. For the kids order the ice cream sundae. It comes in the size of a fishbowl practically. Great time. Expect to pay steakhouse prices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid at all costs!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The most poorly managed restaurant I've been in over the last 25 years. Hostess was directing people to the "Billiard Room," which had 40-60 people in it. The only person servicing the room was the bartender! I don't know who manages the hostess station and the server schedules, but whoever it is is incompetent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mealmama
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food is very good. I am not a steak eater but the salmon was excellent and so were the sides. The staff is friendly and service good. Personally, it's a bit too dark for me and the band was too loud.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Us!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was excellent, service great, & the jazz group (Chris Jones) was wonderful. Thought they were classic! Reminded me of Eric Dolphy & Co. (Had I been there long enough I would have asked for their rendition of "Warm Canto.")
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What happened????
    LifelongChicagoan
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This was might favorite spot to go for steak. Until my last visit. I don't have steak very often and this where I would go. It had been competitively priced with steakhouses of similar ilk. Conveniently located for me. Meat that was as good as any other steakhouse. This time the New York Strip had way too much gristle. The seabass was nothing special. And my brother's tuna, although he did not complain, was served thin sliced and didn't look like the tuna steaks I'm used to seeing. Was afraid this would happen once ownership changed. Really don't know if I will go back there to give it another chance. Service would have received an excellent, but our waiter was over the top, way to ebullient. That's the word. I looked it up.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1007 reviews are from the Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great food and service. Nice music. Delicious bananas foster desert. Sea bass was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT RESTAURANT
    Ives
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    LOVE THE FOOD, THE SERVICE, THE AMBIENCE, THE MUSIC, THE MOOD.....OUTSTANDING PLACE
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Parmesan Steak
    pig1955
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Best steak in a while. They are consistently tender and flavorful. Decided to try a crust this time-parmesan. Good decision!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic