A place where they know my name.
Granted, I live across the street, and am a regular, but the food is good, from the breakfasts to the salads and lunches and the upscale dinners.
I'm here at least once a week and they take care of their customers well.
9/2/2012 4:00:00 PM
A very lively place that I can best describe as upscale casual. The food was excellent and very nicely presented. The staff attentive and helpful.
2/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is our third trip to
This is our third trip to Symphony's and we are always so happy with the friendly service, quality of the food, large selection, surprisingly complex preparations (Salmon in pastry, Salmon in Pumpkin Seed crust, duck breast, delicious skirt steak). We will be back!
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was wonderful - people in the neighboring table were very loud and we were unable to hear each other. Everything else was good. Please get a different bread instead of having very oily dry garlic bread. Food was good.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyable experience. Good
Enjoyable experience. Good food. Very nice waitress and staff.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was great. We
The service was great. We started with salad, fresh and good choice of dressing. We had three different main dishes. Whitefish, ravioli and filet. Everything was very tastie. We all enjoyed our meals.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love love love the steak dishes here. Have nothing to complain about
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and dependable
I had the lentil soup and Salmon Wellington. Both very good. Nice service. This is a neighborhood restaurant that is always good.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Spur of the Moment Treat
I was picking up my wife at O'Hare and made last minute reservations at Symphony based on reviews, location and menu. We remembered the location as having been a coffee shop and did not know what to expect. It was a very pleasant surprise to find an appealing decor with comfortable seating. The menu was perfect for the light meal we wanted. Contrary to other reviews the service could not have been better. The calamari salad was ample. Probably our only suggestion would be to change the limp garlic bread to fresh French bread or warm rolls.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have gone here for a kid friendly brunch many times. Got an amazon local deal and decided to try for a date nite. Atmosphere was dim and wonderful for a dinner. Good drinks and amazing entrees. We had the goat cheese for an app and they were good. I had a special organic fillet and it was worth the $30 price tag. My husband had the ahi tuna wasabi on the reg menu and it was amazing. Hope to be able to do this again soon.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Fathers' Day brunch
Service warm and friendly, food well prepared. A perennial favorite of ours.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We haven't visited this restaurant
We haven't visited this restaurant in several years. We were pleasantly surprised the food was much better than our last visit and the service was excellent. We will be back much sooner than last time.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently Good Food
The food is always consistently good for breakfast and dinner. Have never been there for lunch. Good selection and prepared well.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighborhood place, gourmet food
Surprising find in west Evanston. Wonderful food in large amounts with a gourmet touch.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Evanston staple
One of my favorite Evanston eateries, not matter what time of day--breakfast, lunch or dinner. Great menu and good prices. I will go again and again.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
I don't usually write reviews, but I thought this restaurant deserves my attention. I have been here several times, and the food has always been terrific. Last time I went with a friend, and we shared the grilled calamari salad and the salmon zucca. The waiter (James) served the food already divided up on two plates, which we appreciated. The calamari was perfectly cooked and tender, and the accompanying greens, etc were very fresh and tasty. The salmon zucca is a "pan seared, pumpkin seed crusted fillet over sautéed sweet potato cubes with broccoli, finished with creamy cilantro sauce". This was an outstanding dish! Whoever created this combination got it just right! I would rank it up there with the very best fish dishes I have ever had.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a group of 8 and the
We were a group of 8 and the res was honored. Our waiter, I think his name was Kyle was very good; he got it all right with the sharing, holding back, etc....the food was good; not great, but bountiful portions and decent for the pricing. Overall a good experience and we would come back...
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great experience!
I've never been disappointed with the food at Symphony's. The restaurant was quite crowded this visit, but as soon a quieter spot opened, our server suggested a move.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Symphony's Cafe Never Disappoints
I love the variety of choices on the menu and am always pleased with the taste and presentation of every dish. I don't like taking chances when I'm inviting someone out to eat, and Symphony's is a sure bet every time.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thought the food and service
We thought the food and service were very good, the people friendly and accomodating.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found this restaurant while looking for a local italian restaurant in Evanston, what a find! Have returned several times. Make sure to sign up for their birthday club to get a discount.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived early for a Sunday
We arrived early for a Sunday night reservation and were waiting on a fourth. We were seated right away, so ordered drinks and waited - taking up the table for an awfully long time. The server was patient and friendly and checked in on us regularly. The food was very good and we left full and happy. I would certainly return.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent site for private party
I hosted a birthday party for 18 people who all had an excellent time. The staff worked with me to personalize the menus. The group, which ranged from 6 months to 95, enjoyed very generous portions of delicious food at reasonable lunch prices. The setting was comfortable and the restaurant was gracious about our bringing in a birthday cake which they served at no charge. I couldn't have been happier with the outcome.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a repeat visit and we would return. Our friends also enjoyed the food and service. We can easily recommend this restaurant to others. Good choice before the NU football game.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good experience. A little
Good experience. A little noisy at lunch time. Service was great and food very, very nice.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprise on Central
Food was good, but portions are enormous. We should have shared one entree.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was a it slow but the food was fantastic. Would absolutely go back.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Accommodating, With Huge Portions
We were a party of nine during family weekend at Northwestern University. While we couldn't walk to this Evanston restaurant from campus, it was worth the can ride. Service was great, and the waitress let us do three separate checks. There was something for everyone on this menu, and the portions were huge.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great find, in
This was a great find, in an area of Evanston I was not very familair with. Everything was wonderful. thank you.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second time here was as god as the first. The Salmon Wellington was as tasty as when I had it last February. Yum! Also, the prime rib was done differently than expected but worthy of ordering. The lady who waited our table was terrific. So was the de Loache wine which was our first tasting of this at her suggestion. We will return.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good except for NOISE LEVEL
It was a good experience, but we picked the wrong room to sit in. The smaller room would have been a better choice. The bigger room had a MAJOR noise level problem. My husband had to wait for me outside while I paid the check. It really bothered him. That is what I would tell anyone who asked me about the restaurant. The food was fine, but so are many restaurant's food. If I couldn't sit in the smaller room, I wouldn't go there in the future.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely a neighborhood
Definitely a neighborhood favorite. A near constant arrival and departure for Take Out. The meal was very nice. Definitely a Cafe' atmosphere . No table clothes, but cloth napkins, the small things count. Although not tried, the vegetarian menu looked interesting. By 6:30 on a Saturday evening every seat was filled. Quick precise service.
$80 for two was refreshing. We would recommend to friends.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to this restaurant because it's close to Ryan Field and the train depot. It wouldn't be a place we'd go out of our way to eat at, but the people are friendly and the service is good. The food is also very good for an establishment such as this. We will be back the next time we are at a NW game. BTW, people were lined up waiting for a table, so the locals must know something that us out of towners don't. Must be something good!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM