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Symphony's Cafe
Symphony's Cafe

Symphony's Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.symphonyscafe.com
  • Phone: (847) 475-1200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 8:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Daily: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prairie (2 blocks west of Green Bay Road)
  • Public Transit: 2 blocks west of Central Street Metra stop. One mile west of Central Street El station. 201 Central Street bus stop in front of Cafe, runs every 15 minutes until 8 pm.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of Central street parking with meters (free after 6 pm) and metered parking lot half block west of the restaurant (also free after 6 pm).
A word from Symphony's Cafe
Symphony's Café is Evanston's finest tradition and a true neighborhood favorite. Utilizing only the freshest ingredients and sophisticated service, we make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner a special experience. The versatile Symphony's dining environment is perfect for family gatherings, work lunches, Sunday brunch, group parties, or a romantic dinner for two. We are proud to serve organic eggs, creative salads, the freshest seafood, free-range poultry, prime-aged steaks, and amazingly flavorful pasta dishes. Our extensive menus truly have something for everyone, with vegetarian offerings, gluten-free options, children's menus, and consideration for special diet requirements. We look forward to serving you soon!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Attentive service, accommodations to menu choices. Loved the sweet potato cubes."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I found breakfast for my 1st time to be a great experience. I was not at lunch time and was unaware that there was a dinner menu and outdoor dining. I would like to come back and explore more."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a big crowd and the food was uniformly very good. The service was a little slow but it was a busy Sunday morning so it was clear why. Still, we enjoyed it immensely and they were incredibly nice about everything. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had two appetizers for 4 people and that was plenty. There were 6 large coconut shrimp with that order. We enjoyed all of our main dishes and the chocolate mousse cake was a huge piece that served 4 of us. The restaurant was quieter than many, which was nice. The booth was fine for us, but if you have a couple large people, you might want a table, as the booth was a little narrow for 4."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time we've tried this restaurant and every time the service has been horrible. We have only gone back because it's close to the nursing home where my father lives so it is very convenient when we take him out. We will never go back after this last time on fathers day. We were completely ignored by the waiter. It was a complete joke trying to get anyones attention. And to top it off, our food was barely average. My advice is to fine any other place!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was great the atmosphere was very nice, the waitress was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "While the menu is less than exciting, the food was actually quite good. We had a delicious skirt steak with good mashed potatoes and a really good chocolate mousse for dessert. While I wouldn't make a special trip back, I would return if I were in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We dined with the party of six. All of the entrées were beautifully presented, will prepared, fresh, and very tasty. We all left the restaurant promising to return again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Superior service, delicious food, excellent flavors in couscous accompanying the lemon sauce covered salmon. I would highly recommend this cafe!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Excellent choice for a business lunch where you want some style, good food, attentive service and low noise so you can talk."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Very quiet slow paced setting. Very relaxed but quick and friendly staff. Great prices and selection. The online reservation, although you feel special and prepared with a reservation, they had no clue and didn't seem to care that I had gone through the extra hassle of making a reservation. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent but we found the service to be a bit slow. There were times when our server was no where to be found which made things take longer than it should have. Fortunately, we were not in a hurry. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "A great restaurant for everyone in your crowd; there's something for everyone on this menu. And feel free to bring your own wine, the corkage fee is very reasonable. Just make sure to make a reservation because this is a popular restaurant for the neighbors."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Decided to meet friends half way for a dinner to "catch up" and were pleasantly surprised. They were very accommodating and we had a lovely meal. The Cobb salad was great and the seafood extras were fresh and nicely prepared. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We have been to Symphony many times through its history. Long ago it was a modest OK place that then went downhill to an 'avoid' restaurant. A few years ago it totally changed and became a great food, good ambience go-to place. The last two times we were there, the food was iffy (first) and this last time, my chicken vesuvio was greasy, over the top salty. I ate half, took the rest home and ended up dumping it. The previous time I has something with seafood on the 'special' menu and that too was too oily and over seasoned. I am sad that a place we enjoyed has left that place in our choices. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed Symphony's Cafe for dinner. Now we are just as satisfied with their brunch. Our family of six, including 2 toddlers, were well served on Mothers Day by a friendly and attentive waiter, and the brunch food was excellent."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is our go to family spot for Mother's and father's day with our two grown kids . There is something for everyone. One is vegetarian, the other likes grilled chicken sandwiches, and I like an interesting, flavorful entree. Everyone is happy "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Symphony's combines great food with a variety of fresh, healthy options. Can be enjoyed for upscale dinners as well as group outings."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "food was great as was the service but it was packed and therefore really loud and made talking difficult."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have been there a few times before and loved it. This time was a disappointment. We got there at 5:50 PM for our 6 PM reservation. We were seated at 6:20. We got our meal at 6:55 even though, when a waiter finally addressed us, he was told we were in a bit of a rush because we had theater tickets. The food was OK, however there was some weird flavor or herb in my chicken marsala. The garlic bread which has previously been marvelous was cold and greasy. I am glad to see this place doing so well, but they were not prepared for a busy Saturday night. The kitchen was very slow. Even though the waiter was trying to keep up, he keep smiling but could not meet the task. Management needs to step up and manage, like hire more staff."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We enjoy coming here for dinner because the service is friendly and professional, the meals are consistently excellent and the location is convenient when we are on our way to a theater or musical performance at Northwestern University. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Each dish was Delish!! Chix parm & Marsala to die for!! Can't wait to go back! Thank you groupon for showing me HeRe!:)"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A great place for rekindling friendships. Waitress was very kind and patient. Food was perfect. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "All were pleased with their entree selection and the service was outstanding, again."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Lovely, well-managed operation. Best omelet that I ever had! Great for long conversation. Coffee refillable with superb timing (not hovering nor requiring hand gestures to overcome being ignored)."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Wanted to try a different spot for breakfast. Symphony's was the spot today. Had egg white omelette and they were made exactly to order. Would have been nice if the toast would have come out and the same time and not 5 minutes later. In any case, good service and decent food. Worth another visit."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Having seen Symphony's advertised for quite some time, we finally decided to try it out. The food was great, the wait staff was very pleasant and the restaurant itself was quite comfortable. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our experience started off well - cozy booth, decent wine and delicious soup. However, service fell apart between the soup and the serving of the entres. Our waiter came by informing us that our food would be served momentarily but a full 50 minutes elapsed with our needing to get up to find out what was going on. We were just about to leave when our entres were served. The skirt steak was served raw! Upon exiting the restaurant hungry we expressed our disappointing experience to the manager who seemed unsympathetic. There are many good restaurants worth visiting in Evanston - unfortunately this is not one of them."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Symphony has a very casual atmosphere, but offers high end cuisine! This was likely the best filet mignon I had ever had! My wife loved her fish as well. The service was great and the people very real and friendly. If you are looking for a high end meal at reasonable prices either for a special occasion or just a casual romantic rendezvous over great good, this is the place."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We really found the food exceptional. However, the service was fair. We recd our salads then waited at least 45 minutes for our main course. The server did not stop by. we had to get up to find out where our dinner was."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Symphony regularly rotates their menu with a variety of great dishes, and maintain a brief buff well-curated wine list making selection easier. Great food, and a wonderful staff makes for a great evening when your looking for a quick night out."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Symphony's can always be counted on for great food and service at a reasonable price. I love their different fish plates- salmon, whitefish, and tilapia, which are always cooked perfectly - never overcooked. The menu has a great variety of choices."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was a great dinner choice before a show at Space. Wait staff are very polite. Good sized portions"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went there for a late breakfast/early lunch on Sunday morning. The food was fine; typical breakfast fare. My son's sandwich came with a side and he chose soup. The waiter brought the soup with the meal. When I said something to the waiter about the soup usually coming BEFORE the meal he put it back on us and said we didn't request that. Really?! The toast that came with the egg dishes came out a little after the meal and it was cold so it must have been sitting there a bit. We could see him standing behind the counter chatting so it wasn't like he was swamped with waiting on the other tables. Just minor annoyances but they could improve the customer service."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "A friend, a very picky eater indeed, was skeptical at first at my suggestion of dining at Symphony's, but thoroughly enjoyed the meal of dill salmon. I have been here on a number of occasions and really enjoyed the chicken marsala this time. For dessert we ordered the carrot cake to split, and to our amazement it was so big it seemed like a double piece! I took most of it home to savor the next day. Our waitstaff was very attentive, pleasant and courteous. And the price is nice with the 15% coupon you can print off their website. Try Symphony's restaurant for the delicious food and really nice people who work here, and I bet you'll agree."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a midwinter dinner here before going to an Evanston theater to see a play. Both the meal and the play were excellent. Our waiter was attentive, polite, and solicitous. We both ordered salmon (me salmon Wellington; my wife pumpkin seed encrusted salmon). Both the salmon and the accompanying vegetables and potatoes were excellent. The portions were generous; we were able to take half of our main course home to eat the next day. Bravo!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everyone in our group of 8 loved their dinners. Each of us ordered something different and it was so quiet while we were enjoying the food. I ate the Salmon Wellington and I wished I could eat that once each week. The service was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Ordered their special, salmon. Sounded good. Flavor or seasoning off, tasted like anise, which I don't like, asked if it was in there or a vegetable that tasted Like anise, said no. Left both meals, hardly ate, did nothing about it. Not sure how they work reservations, took as they came in. Told them several timed we had a reservation, never asked our name until we were sitter, asked to be away from the cold, sat us directly in a cold area, every time the door opened, cold came right to us."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I've been bringing friends and family here for years and everyone has really enjoyed it. Great sauces and always good specials; reasonably priced."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The restaurant was pretty and charming. The staff was very welcoming. Our waitress was absolutely wonderful! She was friendly and knowledgable - definitely made the experience worth returning, not including the food. Food was promptly delivered and delicious - they respect taste preferences for special requests. Looking forward to trying dinner next time."
    Dined on 2/9/2014