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Quince Restaurant
Quince Restaurant

Quince Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://quincerestaurant.net
  • Phone: (847) 570-8400
  • 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: Contemporary American, Global, International
  • 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 (847) 570-8419
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "very slow night with only three tables. Menu very limited but food ok. Knowledgable helpful waiters but they did not have any other duties!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is quiet and thus perfect for people who want to talk while enjoying superb food. It attracts diners of all ages."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food and service are beyond. But the art of dining finely seems lost. This experience deserves better than a polo and khakis. Dress up and make it a full experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "So fancy. So good. I enjoyed my meal here so much."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Has a limited menu but everything was executed well. I have a very plebeian palate so there was not a lot on the menu I would eat."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I had the wild boar and my wife the lamb --- Everything was cooked to the perfection (read lamb not too cooked!). I thought the portions were enough given the type and caliber of this restaurant. But then I understand that many people in the US want huge oversized portions. Flavors were well mixed and the service was professional (I would say appropriate and discrete). My second time there with a no fault."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent food, wine and service. Here's a gem where you can actually hear the conversation at your table!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was terrible. I'm assuming it was an off night. Everything was 5-10 minutes too slow: bread, utensils, wine, even the valet, who left early leaving us to wait outside for 10 minutes. Perhaps we were there too late (8:15pm reservation on a Friday night)? The staff at Quince know it was bad. When a waiter finally retrieved my keys, and I told him the service was disappointing, he acted like he knew. Shame on Quince, since we spent a lot of money for two people. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I chose Quince to celebrate my husband's birthday mainly because it was known to be quiet. Unfortunately, there was a table with a very loud-talking man whose every word we, and everyone else, could hear. I was somewhat disappointed in the appetizer of foie gras (too little foie gras--too many toast cubes), and the financier dessert was also disappointing. I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't close to memorable. The goat cheese entree was very nice. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Atmosphere was a little uncomfortable. Small dining room and we were seated directly in the middle of the room - it was not very intimate. The food though, was absolutely amazing. I had an asparagus appetizer which was delicious and the duck entree was one of the best dinners I've ever had. The plating was beautiful and perfect portions. Loved it. I do wish the atmosphere was a little cozier. My husband is less of a foodie but enjoys a nice dining experience - especially when he sees how much I enjoy the food. I don't think I will be able to convince my husband to return."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We recently visited Quince for the first time on Easter Sunday. The food and service were excellent! It would have been nice had they maybe had fresh florals or even some type of live music for the occasion being a holiday, like a string quartet or harpist. Overall all though it did ruin the experience, adding a few little extras would have only enhanced our dining. I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The dinner here was nothing short of excellent! The plates of seared foie gras, barramundi, and duck were all perfectly cooked and succulent. Amazing flavor profiles in every component of each dish. Not sure who the chef is but he is a master of presentation and taste. This place should be packed every night. Remember going here when it was called Trio, years ago, but that paled in comparison to this meal. The service was great. One sever was a little surly, but one was very friendly. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "comfortable an welcoming. good for special occassion dining"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I must have driven past this place 100 times before someone recommended it, and let's just say it will now be a staple. The foie gras appetizer was outstanding, as was the duck entree (one of the best preparations I can recall).. My only minor criticism is that the fireplace in the main room must give off as much heat as the surface of the sun. My wife loved it, but I thought I was going to melt. Thankfully, the food quickly made me forget how hot I was! Next time, we'll simply asked to be seated away from the fireplace and problem solved! Big fan!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is such a find. Great food, interesting combinations beautifully prepared. It's out of the way and it's quiet. (They sometimes fill up for Northwestern events)"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "There are plenty of casual places to go, but recently my husband and I decided to try Quince again to enjoy the fine dining experience it has always been, but has become overshadowed by all the newer trendy places. All I can say is, yum! My husband opted for the pork belly appetizer, the rib eye steak and the bread pudding for dessert. I had the polenta appetizer, pasta filled with goat cheese and the pecan semi-fredo. We both had wine. The service was very attentive because it was not very busy when we arrived at 6:00 pm. We enjoyed being in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere surrounded by good food and drinks. This is a not a hip, see-and-be-seen venue, but sometimes it's nice to mix it up a little and act like a grown-up. We will go back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is an excellent restaurant in a hotel that can charitably be decribed as "dowdy'. When we walked in, we were slightly discouraged by how drab the surroundings seemed. The interior design of the place suggests a valiant attemp to create an elegant restaurant within the confines of an upscale convalescent home. Fortunately, things got MUCH better from there. The servers were knowledgeble, friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food was just outstanding -- well preprared and beutifully presented. We will absolutely be recommending Quince to our friends."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were seated near a fireplace and that added to the cozy feel of the surroundings. Our dinners were very well prepared and our server was attentive without being overbearing. I will be returning very soon and might return for a nearby getaway weekend in the hotel where it's housed."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Quince. My group agreed to try the tasting menu. We were delighted. Our ages were from 13 to 52 and everyone loved every dish."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Hadn't been to the Quince location since it was Cafe Provençal so thought we'd try it during restaurant week. It didn't disappoint. The food was delicious as was the presentation. Service was top notch. Bread was so good. Too good. Such a. nice cozy atmosphere on a freezing cold night. A thoroughly enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Had the 4 course "restaurant week" menu with wine pairings. Very nice ambiance, good service, delicious creative recipes. The special prix fixe menu was seemed like a god value."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal. A nice, warm, and cozy setting in the Homestead Hotel. A long time focal point in Evanston. A limited menu with 8 or 10 appetizer choices and the same for entrées. With that said, everything offered looked inviting. We are going back for another sampling. The service was top notch."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I have been eating at the Quince for several years. The food has been creatively conceived and exquisitely prepared and presented, This occasion was no different in those ways from my previous visits. The staff is knowledgeable about the various menu items so as to be able to describe and advise on the various choices. They are also very attentive to patrons' needs. The food quality isn't limited only to the entrees but is carried into every facet of the menu, including the coffee prepared through the French press method. For a special evening out, the Quince should be on your short list of places to dine."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for dinner and everything was just perfect: we sat next to the fireplace which felt so good after coming in from 4 degrees above zero. The wait staff was friendly and efficient: we felt special even though there were other diners to attend. The food was exceptional: my potato leek soup was finely prepared and seasoned and my girlfriend's salad was so good she ate it all, and it was quite large. Her grouper was cooked to perfection and my ravioli was tasty and adventurous. My wine was excellent, and Riesling is not easy to find that is not too sweet and not too dry, and my girlfriend's shirah was excellent. The brought out a lighted candle on our dessert to top off the evening. Will return soon."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Made a last minute decision to eat here for our 25th anniversary, mainly because we had eaten here when it was Trio for our tenth. We dicided to try the 5 course tasting. Especially enjoyed the Polenta and the grouper. The crispy lamb not so much, it was a bit salty and dry (and I like salt) and the way it was prepaired it could have been anything, I liked the preperation, but it just came accross as crispy, salty fried meat. it also needed more sauce as once you broke it up there was way too much meat for the sauce that was there. Service was fantastic . . but we were one of only two parties in the restaurant. We'll be back for another try."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "For three of us our appetizers were wild greens (excellent), crispy lamb (very good) and vichyssoise (excellent). All entrees excellent: ox tail, duck, grouper. Great dessert cheese plate and blood orange sorbet. Service excellent. Ambiance are very good. As with all restaurants, wine list overpriced. Petit syrah was nice, but a little gritty."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Quince is a dining experience that you will never forget. The experience begins when you enter the restaurant. The outstanding caring nature from all of the staff that continues throughout the evening. The food is not only beautifully displayed on the dish but creates flavor sensations in your mouth. Most unusual is the ambience of the restaurant which surrounds its customers in a calm and quiet environment. It is a place to go for outstanding food and conversation with a companion or friends."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This hard to find restaurant is well worth the hunt! Some may know Quince occupies the same space as Treo did years ago. The restaurant has a nice wine list, but allowed us to bring wine for a reasonable corkage fee. The potato leek soup, a special item, was quite tasty. The loin of wild boar was perfectly cooked at medium and was very juicy and intensely flavorful. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The fish dishes my dining companions ordered looked delicious as well. The chef's style seems to be to provide many elements on each plate that work well together, but to leave it to the diner to decide exactly how to combine them in each bite. I like that approach and it works well at Quince. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Interesting location, situated in a hotel. The room is cozy and quiet and very intimate. The service is top-notch. The food was delicious -- I had the grouper and I inhaled it. Others in our party had the ribeye and they enjoyed it. The desserts were good but verged on being a little precious. Not every dessert needs to be deconstructed. They were still tasty, though. I'd recommend Quince and I'll be going back."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "This is our second experience dining at Quince and it is a wonderful dining experience. We have a dining card through WTTW and so glad to have tried this restaurant. It is in a 1927 hotel/inn building that still operates as a hotel and it is just lovely. The menu is small, large wine list, dinner was outstanding."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I choose Quince because it was a convenient location and was thrilled with the service and food. The food looked beautiful and tasted delicious with lots of interesting flavors on the plate complementing each other."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "I liked the quiet atmosphere in this restaurant, and the service was superb. But we wanted to order some espresso, but only coffee was available. I would think that a restaurant of this calibre could afford an espresso machine. The food was tasty, and presented in a n aesthetically pleasing manner."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "My husband and I thought the food was spectacular; The best food we've had in ages. And the service was excellent."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Quince is just excellent all around. The food impresses foodies and satisfies regular guys, the service and setting are excellent and friendly and the atmosphere is lovely. Great place for a romantic dinner, and there is no place in town that is better for a quiet conversation with your dining partners."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "First time at Quince and did not know what to expect. The food was excellent. Highly recommend the polenta and the Snapper was perfectly cooked. Ambience is elegant with main dining room broken into several smaller rooms. Our party of 4 was placed in what I would call a 'converted porch" in a table that was next to the outdoor wall. The entire dinner my feet were like ice cubes so it was difficult to truly enjoy the dinner with such a chill. Next time I will specifically ask to be seated in a different room. Service was good and wine list very extensive but good choices in all price ranges."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Really enjoyed Quince, all around fabulous. Had a drink in the bar before dinner and the bar could use a bit of an update. The dining room was cozy and lovely."
    Dined on 11/9/2013