One of the best meals I've ever had
My husband and I travel all over the world and the United States and have had the chance to dine in many wonderful places. I'd place this meal as one of the best. We shared a fabulous trio of French wines selected from a number of interesting choices. We had a butter lettuce salad that was beautifully dressed and garnished with candied walnuts. The BLT appetizer featured seared foie gras and was great as well as creative. Our main was Australian lamb chops prepared medium rare accompanied by all sorts of wonderful delicacies including marcona almonds, asparagus, grits, and a savory creme brulee. For dessert we enjoyed a chocolate layer cake with genache topped with candied chocolate nibs (oh, my!!). Everything was perfect!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
My daughter discovered the Stained Glass via the internet in December 2012. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the experience. The food , wine, service and ambiance were all well beyond our expectations. My wife and I have now been back three or four times and each time the experience exceeds our expectations. We have used it for personal and business entertainment. The Stained Glass is our top go to place for eating out when we are looking for a consistently excellent experience in dining.
Thank you Stained Glass staff.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was really good and BEAUTIFULLY presented. Everything was fresh and hot. The only things I would have changed are I wanted the waitress to be at the table a bit more and there was a really long time between when each course was brought out. The salmon was really tasty and cooked well, tuna three ways was delicious, and the desserts were great. I'd come again.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent: high quality
Food was excellent: high quality and innovative. Bonuses: great wine list and good desserts.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of our favorite restaurants! We've never been disappointed. Food is always delicious and we never feel rushed. The timing between "courses" is perfect. Staff is friendly and professional. A great place for special occasions. Their artichoke appetizer is to die for in our opinion.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
good business dinner location
This restaurant was recommended to me by friends that live in Evanston. I have returned since with business colleagues who are staying downtown. They have enjoyed getting away from downtown, but still it isn't too far. The menu has a nice variety but is not overwhelming with choices. The service is very good and you can have a comfortable discussion.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stained Glass Is a Keeper....
Dark wood, large windows and large upholstered panels placed i n various strategic spots along the walls lent a sense of intimacy and hushed what could be a blaring din into a comfortable and enjoyable setting.
We were lucky enough to get Scott as our server,he's excellent.
We started with a couple of appetizers. The "Bacon and Egg" dish, actually salmon chips made to look like bacon with deviled eggs. It was beautifully prepared, not overly salty at all, and very tasty. We also ordered the sea scallops starter with polenta fries. That was so good, I thought about ordering it as an entree.
We then decided to split an entree and went with the filet mignon. It was fantastic.
A great restaurant, not too hard on the wallet.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, So So Service
I have been to this restaurant on previous occasions. This time the food was as great as always. The service, however, was lacking. The server tried to rush the meal. We ordered cocktails and when she returned with them, she asked us if we wanted to order. We said we wanted to talk first. Every 5 minutes, she returned asking us to order. She did the same with the desert. When she served the coffees she poured too quickly and over filled the cups resulting in it into overflowing into the saucers. The server did not bother to clean up the mess.
The server seemed to rush the meal to so she could leave or turn the table. This was a special occasion. I wanted to enjoy the experience; I do NOT want to be rushed.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food and service was great!
The food was exquisitely prepared with gorgeous presentation. The taste temperature and texture was perfect. Attentive courteous service, including the bus staff.
Can't wait to return...
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great, the wine flights were exciting, and the atmosphere was fun. Desite our pompous waiter, our experience was memorable.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful celebration dinner!
The staff was wonderful and friendly. The young lady who helped with the wine was very knowledgeable and helpful. The food was delicious; we had rack of lamb, filet mignon with blue cheese, and the duck breast - all were cooked exactly as requested and seasoned perfectly. The restaurant went the extra mile for Northwestern grads with a special menu for them, a very special touch that we appreciated.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Accommodating customers is the key!
Not very accommodating, (it might be the waiter, not the restaurant).
The waiter would not even hear of holding the sous, or some ingredients on the side. The food was excellent! And since in a restaurant of this class each portion is prepared individually, it should be possible to hold, for example, cheese in a meat dish.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Restaurant in Chicago!
My husband and I have been coming here for years. In our opinion, no chef is more expert at preparing fish than Stained Glass's Victor Hernandez. While we enjoy his beef/duck/chicken dishes, Victor's fish entrées are always a cut above, with interesting combinations of fresh vegetables and light, delicious sauces that always perfectly complement the fish. With sons in NYC and SF, we have dined at many special restaurants, but Stained Glass remains our favorite. Did I mention the fabulous, knowledgeable servers such as Scott and Peter? I hope that next year James Beard can provide a long overdue award to Victor Hernandez!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
We'd never been to The Stained Glass before and now seriously regret the omission. The food is superb, and Scot our waiter was an excellent tour guide for both the menue and the interesting wine choices. Definitely going back.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
All was great and the food
All was great and the food really delicious and the meat and fish was of very high quality.
The service was actually also very good, however only in the end I was really disappointed. The waiter offered that I could taste some wines in order to facilitate my decision about which bottle to order. He brought a little sip of three wines. However, later he charged me for this as if I had orderes one of the wine packages where you get 3 glasses (!!) of wine for a fixed price. If one does sth like this then you either have to warn your customer or you have to bring three glasses of the kind that should be served as part of the package. Or do not offer it at all if you cannot get any wine from the bar without ticketing it somehow.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner and a movie...
This is a nice restaurant conveniently located for dinner and a movie at the Century 12 theater in Evanston. Very good service, menu is excellent, presentation of food is very nice too, nice options to sample a selection of wines, cocktails are strong. I was surprised and pleased at their utilization of Zacapa rum in their cocktails.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ordered several appetizers and 1 entrée. It's what we do. The food appeared in a very timely, efficient manner. Never rushed, Never crowded the table. Service was very good. Waiter was friendly, but not overbearing, just right. Our waiter did not push us to buy wine or anything else. The food is definitely American with a twist. Evanston has so many excellent restaurants. The Stained Glass is definitely among the best. If we lived in Evanston, we would definitely be regulars. We will definitely be back.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A revisit from the past
We have not been to Stained Glass in many years and decided to revisit with friends. What a nice surprise....very nice menu, food was well prepared and presented and complimented by nice, affordable wines. Will definitely return.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for special occasions
First time at this restaurant. Came over from Michigan to take our Northwestern daughter out for her birthday. We went at an early hour and the service, ambience, and food were great. The food was pricey, but was an overall satisfying experience. Would go again for a special occasion.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wife LOVED it!
I took my wife for an anniversary dinner. The wine selection was excellent and the food outstanding. Service was attentive; but, not overly so.
The food was perfectly served and what you would expect from some of those '5 star' places. Price was higher than the norm; but, well within reach for those special occasions. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting to impress that special lady with an amazing wine selection and exquisite food.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night or ladies
Great date night or ladies night spot. Great drinks and wine list and something for everyone menu.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had not been here for a few years. Food was delicious. Chilled avocado soup with tuna tartare & sliced cucumber was outstanding as was the Bibb lettuce, feta, olives & candied walnut salad. Filet cooked perfectly with amazing potato... Fine charcuterie. All memorable. No room for dessert. Only criticism was service was ok but pretty disinterested. However, we will definitely not wait so long for our next visit.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second visit, just as good
With kids in college in the area, we have now dined here twice. Food was excellent again. Avocado soup was delicious. Will return on next trip.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu Needs Updating
We have been to Stained Glass many times and always enjoyed it overall. The service and food are excellent and it is one of very few restaurants where you can still carry on a conversation in normal tones. The only downside which is beginning to affect our desire to go there is an entree and dessert menu that seems limited. There are choices in many food and dessert categories, but they are often too exotic to be appealing to us.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent small plates/wine flights
My wife and I love this place for its scrumptious small plates and intriguing wine flights. What could be better than enjoying a variety of tasty small dishes with nine different half-glasses of wine? You can't beat their charcuterie plate, unless perhaps you order the extraordinary Foie Gras "BLT." We sipped sweeter white wines with these pate and sausage offerings, and then moved on to a different set of food options designed to accompany a flight of Italian and French reds. The wait staff here is always pretty good, but the fellow we had most recently was exceptional and offered excellent advice regarding wine-food pairings. This has become our favorite way to dine, and the Stain Glass does this kind of thing very well indeed.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the second time we have been to The Stained Glass, Each time the food has been awesome.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party of six had wonderful meals. Appetizers are very large and sharing is encouraged. I had an unusual vegetarian dish which consisted of polenta, fresh beans over a bed of shredded something that was kind of tart. Two people had the filet mignon and thought they were exceptionally tasty. The other two had chicken with a red mole sauce which was also very good. Desserts were a very light and tasty cheesecake and chocolate ganache, always enjoyable.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Marvelous Evanston gem with terrific creative menu. Do not miss the fois gras Bly appetizer. Should be a favorite of any Northwestern parent. We will be back!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall very, very good. The only complaint is that the server took a long time to take our order for the main course.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Artichoke EVER!
We had the most wonderful evening. Delicious food, wonderful service, excellent wine selection. The stuffed artichoke was so very flavorful and full of surprises. My lamb chops, perfectly done to my taste. Very impressed. I will definitely recommend and return.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first time there and we loved it so much that we are going back! I had the TUNA TUNA TUNA and it was so good! Perfect in flavor! I had some red wine as well as desert! Our waiter was attentive and very nice! Always had a smile on his face! Thank you stained glass for a wonderful experience!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative, fresh, delicious
Creative, fresh, delicious food. You do pay for what you get, though, as we were surprised how pricey it was. Will be back, though, as the Foie Gras BLT was dreamy... A special occasion place for us.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dinner and excellent,
Excellent dinner and excellent, personable server.
10/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was wonderful and our
Food was wonderful and our server was fantastic! Very knowledgable about wine, and brought a replacement for bottle he thought "slightly corked."
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a winner.
The more I dine around on the North Shore, the more I appreciate The Stained Glass. Great wines, of course, but also discreet and able service and an excellent seasonal menu. Just right. Always.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great surprise in Evanston
We ate a few weeks back at the casual dining restaurant connected with StainedGlass - and were very pleased by the service, unique quality of food and the wine flights we enjoyed for a "date" night. A definite return - more on the menu to explore!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely a place to come back!
The last time I visited was almost 5 years ago, and I had a positive impression back then too. This time, we wanted to grab a quick bite before a concert, and the server was extremely attentive and served as very well and pleasantly. The food was brought very quick and TASTY. We ordered salmon from cold appetizer, grilled octopus from hot appetizer and shared gnocchi as entree. The twist that the chef added to each plate was very unique. I would like to give him/her an applause for the creativeness. Since the service was so excellent, we even had time for dessert!! The ambiance with dimmed light is good, yet they are good serving a family with two little girls. I would like to go visit this place more often.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
All good. Respected timing of reservation. Great menu. Great server.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group had a great experience at the Stained Glass. We had a party of 10, which caused service to be a little slower than normal. However, the food was excellent.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Evanston's best!
Consistently good food...and evolving menu. Innovative vegetarian dishes a welcomed plus! Great wine selection, too.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stained Glass always a winner
Our third or fourth trip to Stained Glass was another excellent dining venture. The charcuterie plate featured a smooth and creamy liver mousse and a pate that were both very good. There was also salami that was good but not outstanding like the other two. The butter lettuce salad was carefully stacked up leaf by leaf, clean and refreshing. The vegetarian panisse my wife had for a main course featured a delicious couscous with a lemony curry flavor, very tasty. I can't stop myself from ordering the Tuna, Tuna, Tuna which features tuna tartare, sesame crusted slightly seared tuna, and tuna sashimi in generous and very satisfying portions--delicious. We have never had a miss yet at The Stained Glass. Efficient and unobtrusive service.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place!
This is the second time I've been to the Stained Glass and they did not disappoint. We had the Cheese for Two, Lobster Bisque, Bacon and Eggs, the Tuna Tuna Tuna, the Filet Mignon and the Creme Brûlée Sampler. It was all amazing! The staff is always great and the wine selection is superb.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were 6 of us dining at Stained Glass at a round table. We could all talk and hear each other and the food was fabulous!!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Meal in Evanston!
We went on a Friday night and tried a little of everything. The food and ambiance were outstanding! Service was great! We'll definitely be back!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner late Sunday evening with a small group. Service staff was excellent, attentive without being present. Food was very good, appitizers thru desserts and wine flight choices a success with our table! All in all we will go back without pause.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was excellent
The service was excellent and the food quality was outstanding.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful meal with
We had a wonderful meal with very nice service. We recommend it for special occasions because it's a little pricey but well worth the cost. We appreciated the quiet atmosphere. The only negative...parking can be a problem. .
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
we picked this restaurant due to the choices of vegetarian options on the menu. we were not disappointed, from appetizers to desserts!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was recommended to this restaurant by reputation and chose it for a birthday dinner.
It did not disappoint. The bistro style environment was authentic and the food was of a high standard. The wine samplers and their presentation an added touch.
Overall a most enjoyable experience - I shall definitely recommend and return.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Stained Glass
I'm transitioning to a mostly vegetarian diet and enjoyed a lovely chickpea fritter/coucous entree at The Stained Glass Restaurant in Evanston. I do wish they had more vegetarian/vegan choices on the menu. I am especially concerned about farm animal welfare as the quality of life we provide for them, methods of slaughter, and breeding practices are all a reflection of our humanity. I was pleased to see an entree using "Free Range Chicken," which my husband quite liked. Tho', when asked about it's source, the waiter was only able to tell me that it was from Indiana. I love the Stained Glass and have been there on a few special occasions . . . i consider it one of Evanston's true gems.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM