Quince Restaurant
Quince Restaurant

Quince Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://quincerestaurant.net/
  • Phone: 8475708400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Andy Motto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Large room with seating for up to 56 people, garden room with seating for up to 30 people, and one additional room with unconvential seating up to 24 people. There is also a small private room for seating up to 17.
  • Private Party Contact: Brenna C. Davis 8475708419
  • Entertainment: Q2: Quince now has a cozy, cocktail lounge. Sit up at the bar for cocktails and casual yet elegant bar food or relax by the fire this winter in a leather club chair and enjoy the full Quince dinner experience. New Year's Eve: 5 courses and a glass of Gruet sparkling wine for $75/guest. Quince is the place to bring in the new year with food-lover's style! Price (Price reflects the average cost of dinner, including one drink and tip): $50 and over

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Btwn. Church and Davis
  • Public Transit: Davis St. El
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking at dinner.
A word from Quince Restaurant
Quince at the Homestead serves contemporary American cuisine in a friendly, lively setting near downtown Evanston. Our wine list provides more than 100 unique, affordable options chosen carefully to enhance Chef Andy Motto's deliciously refined and globally-inspired cuisine.
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Quince Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)special occasion (42)romantic (36)neighborhood gem (30)notable wine list (20)great for outdoor dining (4)good for groups (4)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Friday evening pre-show dinner. Pleasing if concise menu. Well trained and welcoming staff. Helpful and accurate with obscure wine list. Lamb and pasta entrees prepared as requested and properly presented. Valet parking in a parking-challenged city! When in Evanston please place this restaurant on your 'must' list.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but too-small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We've eaten at Quince in the past and have always enjoyed the ambience, service and food. A friend recently commented that Quince seems to have become a "small plate" restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is attentive without joining in with your meal. I found the portions much too small. Perhaps this is an aesthetic choice for most attractive plating but I don't want to go for a $100+ meal and want to eat again later that evening. We won't be going back until we hear through the underground that they've gotten their arms around this situation. Quince is not the only restaurant stricken from my "return to" list for this reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sophisticated and Low Key
    Bocalala
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Intimate setting. Delicious food. Attentive and knowledgable servers. Great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BankerPeteVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great food in a really interesting location. So close to downtown Evanston, yet away on a quiet street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable and accommodating
    zamartin
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a great meal, they made substitutions without batting an eyelash. Very much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious-A Gem in Evanston
    NandS
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've eaten here many times and the chef continues to surprise with food that is not too "out there" or unrecognizable, but is outstanding in its preparation, presentation & taste. Also the server took the time to give us a lesson in late season wine harvesting with a tasting to go with our appetizer. Thoughtful, pleasant, knowledgeable, and attentive. We've never been disappointed. Although we didn't mention it, we were celebrating a 65th birthday and it was the perfect place to celebrate it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food presentation
    BabsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Equine has a limited menu,which may not suit everyone. Everything ordered was described in detail and presented nicely. It was a lengthy meal with too much time between courses. Overall the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Fuchsia
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We ate in a lovely room with a beautiful, large fireplace. Unfortunately there was not a fire but in colder weather it would be an added treat. The portions are small (a good thing) and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food and service. Food was comparable to a 4star resaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced and not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday. We thought the food would have been much better. The duck was really fatty and the duck foam missed the mark. The halibut was overdone and dry. The vegetables were too salty. Really disappointed with food overall. Service was subpar and our waiter seemed inexperienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For That Special Person
    Pattie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is a restaurant that continues on the tradition of Trio as being a wonder place to enjoy food and your companion. The ambiance is almost that of a private home's dining room, with bookcases and soft lighting. The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive, but unobtrusive. They will go the extra mile (they nicely "served" the engagement ring for my, now, wife and our wedding cake on our first anniversary, and played on their music system "our wedding song" for us). The food changes all the time so the menu is always interesting and has something for everyone (duck, vegetarian, beef, lamb, fish....). The presentation is such that you'll want to take a picture of it and share it with others (e.g., via Popular Pays). A great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was exceptional, and the service wonderful. It was a terrific experience that I'm looking forward to repeating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small but excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I and two friends dined at Quince on Saturday night. I was able to make a reservation that morning and the restaurant graciously accommodated my time. We all enjoyed our dinners which included appetizer and main course. The menu is limited and the portions are very small, but detail to presentation and flavors were present in both courses. There is nothing avaunt- guard about the food, but we were happy to find city-like dining in a suburban setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Amazing waitstaff, beutiful presentation, fresh ingredients, price point is high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome tasting menu
    GorgarVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I dined at Quince last weekend, and were really delighted with our meal. We both had the 5-course tasting menu, and I had the accompanying wine tasting menu. Both were great. We love to take advantage of tasting menus, and this one did not disappoint. We have some special dietary needs, which they met without issue. All in all, a great meal. Wonderful service, great ambience, we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great hotel restaurant
    JoeKenilworthVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Set in a quiet boutique hotel, in a quiet Evanston neighborhood, Quince is a quiet masterpiece. The menu and wine list are not extensive, but the selections are outstanding. Our dishes were fit for foodies but approachable for our more mundane tastes. Service was impeccable. We decided to come more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You have to try it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    One of the best meals we have ever had, the food was outstanding, the service was great, it was quiet and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unpretentious Delight
    passingthruVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Quince is in a building that houses what could be referred as a 50's boutique hotel. Elegance without stiffness and outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and quiet
    dinnertonight
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was elegantly presented and flavorful. The service was friendly and attentive. The restaurant was blissfully quiet, allowing easy conversation. An absolutely top dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an exceptional meal
    pcfr
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Quince remains a consistently outstanding restaurant. Besides having a delicious meal, diners can actually converse and hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    BobbyC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While we ate on the early side, there was some trepidation given the ease of getting the reservation. We couldn't have more pleased
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    Raj325
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I came here with my wife for a nice romantic dinner and we were not disappointed! The chef made an amazing vegetarian tasting menu and our paired wines were phenomenal. The staff did a great job of letting us dictate the speed of our meal. They were very friendly and made the night feel more personal than business like. At the end, the staff took the time to even provide us with the list of all 5 wines that were served. If you want a night out and can afford a little extra, this is a great restaurant and setting.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    AnyaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was delicious and i definitely want to come back to try duck breast and wild-caught salmon. If not mentioned, always ask for the soup of the day. Also, the vine list is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Lots of friendly servers made you feel like they were serving royalty. Food was the best. A great dinning experience, but a bit on the high side for price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peaceful dining-comfortable setting
    StevenVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Quince is like dining in someone's living room, relaxed and quiet. We began with a polenta appetizer that was a great way to begin. Our entrees were halibut and salmon, each not overly large portions, well-prepared and presented with side garnishes, sauces, vegetables and a starch. We began withpolenta appetizer that was tasty. The deserts were beautifully plated. The apricot and cheesecake was simple, with a wide variety of flavors; The chocolate stout cake - though it sounds rich - was not overly so, and sized to make it a great end to the fine meal. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tranquil
    MarriedCouple
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food. Very knowledgeable staff. Unhurried, but attentive service. Portions could be a bit larger, which it is why i only gave a 4
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    great food and terrific staff. Our favorite restaurant. We can actually carry on a conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out of the way gem
    CLIFFLMT
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Quince has turned out to be one of my favorite Evanston finds. The menu is diverse, and the food divinely prepared and presented. The wine list is varied if not extensive and has several good choices at differing price points. The waitstaff is exceptional, and Louis Brooker should be the poster boy that others emulate! I used to choose Stained Glass as my "A" choice in Evanston, but now choose Quince.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BethVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    really nice evening. Food delicious, meal well paced. Would come back when in town without any reservations.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Delicious food, wonderful service,lovely ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful evening
    Diner2VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    All we enjoy in a dining experience; good food, good service, lovely ambience and we can hear each other without raising our voice.
    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.
  • food is creative and good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Quince we do not know how it stays in business. The place is never busy, they do not use the bar at all. The menu is very creative and the food matches the tastes. The appetizers are small but tasty. Th halibut was delicious but slighly over cooked which is a shame the place was NOT busy and overcooked fish is a no no. However, my biggest issue with Quince has always been the service. I have been here over 4 times and probably not go back for along time, ..I say this everytime and once a year I try it again. Our waitress had the water filled then we didn't see her for some time to take a drink order, she was aloof, explained nothing of the food. the wine lead--KNEW nothing and admitted it. Our bread server knew more than all of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Refined dining with dogs.
    diningwithdogs
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It is rare to find a restaurant with the remarkable food, service and ambience offered by Quince. This is the second time I have enjoyed dinner with friends and our dogs at Quince, and it won't be the last.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have been enjoying Quince since it opened, and always return for the great meal, fun wine list, and friendly staff. We continue to try the other new hot spots as they open I the neighborhood, but always return to Quince for a special evening. Perfect date night or outing with other couples!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Evanston
    greentailVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The title says it all. It is very difficult to improve on perfection.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food in a subdued setting
    mjweis
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Quince is a lovely place to go for a quiet, excellent meal served by an attentive, knowledgeable waiter. Expect excellent presentations of superb dishes. My only quibble with our last meal there was the soundtrack of jazz standards -- it was a little loud and intrusive. I would love to see them hire a live musician instead. But seriously, this is a neighborhood gem, but one that is worth visiting from anywhere in the city. It's only a block from Evanston's beautiful lakefront parks, so take a stroll before dining. Or stay overnight in the hotel and visit the Evanston farmers' market in the morning before driving home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • roburt
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    very slow night with only three tables. Menu very limited but food ok. Knowledgable helpful waiters but they did not have any other duties!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 547 reviews are from the Quince Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A great experience.
    Slim
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A woman at the table, a person with a very cultured and sophisticated background said," I have never been so excited about food. Just delicious." It was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely and quiet
    dinnertonight
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This restaurant is quiet and thus perfect for people who want to talk while enjoying superb food. It attracts diners of all ages.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something lacking
    Lasloe
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Went here for a birthday celebration. We were told the menu was limited due to graduation (huh?). There were about 8 choices of apps, including 1 salad, and about 6 entrees. Definitely limited. The food was quite good, but sometimes it seemed that the chef couldn't quite decide on the flavor palate: a few too many sauces with the boar, for example. Service was initially attentive, but we had to flag our waiter down first to get the check and then to pay it. There was no music playing in the background, and the room lacks warmth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.