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The Stained Glass
The Stained Glass

The Stained Glass Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thestainedglass.com
  • Phone: (847) 864-8600
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Victor Hernandez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street
  • Public Transit: One block north of the the Davis Street L-station (Purple line) and Metra stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available on Fridays & Saturdays. Convenient Street & Garage parking daily.
A word from The Stained Glass
Located in the heart of downtown Evanston since 1999, the Stained Glass bistro has earned a reputation as the perfect spot both for special occasions and a casual bite to eat. Executive Chef/Owner Victor Hernandez’s contemporary American cuisine has a touch of international influence that has earned raves from the Chicago Tribune, the Michelin Guide, and elsewhere.
Enjoy the world-class wine program, featuring over 30 wines by the glass, 8 wine samplers, and an extensive bottle list, in a warm, welcoming environment complete with wood-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Sounds terrible, but I'm a foody and we drove 2 hours from Chicago to go to this restaurant. We made a day trip out of it to visit Galena again and wanted a top restaurant. The reviews have always been so good that we made it a point to go here. Just an average menu, adequate food, way overpriced for what you get and I wouldn't waste my time. Fried Green tomatoes were very disappointing. Just nonripe breaded and fried tomatoes with marinara sauce and tons of mozzarella dumped over them. Pretty tasteless. Our server was excellent and was the best part of the evening, but I wouldn't pick a restaurant just on a good server. Also the décor was very outdated and the restaurant had a dusty, mothball type of smell."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Love the food and wine. Server was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable! Always enjoy coming here."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything went well Very Friendly and welcoming Yyyyy yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We eat out a lot and this is probably the best dinner we have had in a while. Actually can't remember being more pleased. The crazy part is that we live minutes away and this was our first visit. We chose the chicken and the pork chop with great heirloom tomato salads to start. If you have a difficult time choosing a wine just pick a flight of your choice and receive three half glasses. The Stained Glass was fabulous and we are sure to return...SOON!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a great dinner with best friends. Everything was lovely."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great food! Loved our appetizer and well-prepared food! Very delicious. Loved it!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Went to Stained Glass with two out of town guests. The food was excellent and better than my memory of the last time I was there (over a year ago). We shared 2 aaps. The bacon flight was small but tasty, the special salad was solid and the deviled eggs with salmon chips, caviar and (I think) tapenade was great. I had the vegie, chickpea Pannise and it had good flavor. The other dishes, tuna-tuna-tuna, and the pork chop were also flavorful and enjoyed. The fresh donuts with blueberry compote, chocolate with nibs or maple glaze with bacon a good finish. We all had beer from the small but nice beer list, and of course, the wine list is interesting."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We have enjoyed the Stained Glass over a period of many years and we keep returning whenever the opportunity arises. The food is wonderful and the quiet, relaxed atmosphere adds to the overall experience. All the pieces come together very well."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food is outstanding. The flavors of each dish were memorable. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. Our table was a little close to the neighboring tables, but still it was a quiet, pleasant environment. It turned out to be a wonderful choice for the evening."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is a must try. One of the top 5 restaurants in Evanston"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Stained Glass is an unassuming restaurant that flies under the radar but definitely worth seeking out. The food is always fresh, creative, and absolutely delicious. And the service is outstanding. They're very conscientious, should you be attending an area show or have a time constraint, and pace your meal appropriately. Besides terrific food and service, they're known for their wine selection. You can get great finds by the glass, flight, or bottle, so go thirsty!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "we had a really good meal here. great salad,bread,scallops,coffee. e verything i had was good"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our server was outstanding and everything we had was great! We could not decide what to order for appetizer because so many sounded so great, we eventually decided to have several appetizers and salad in lieu of an entree and we enjoyed all. The best baked artichoke I have ever had!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • " Excellent balance between an accessible range of cuisine, drinks and value. Certainly would return and bring guests. We enjoyed the very graciously proportioned and well chosen wine flights paired to our food choices."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a lovely dinner this past Friday with 2 other couples. They were very accomodating in giving us 3 separate checks (the "Florida" way for those of you who are considering retirement). Among us we ordered salmon, whitefish, hangar steak and the pork chop. All we're excellent as were the included sides. A couple of us had wine flights which were fun (waiter kindly gave me a generous taste of one of my wines to help in my choice). Oh yes, they also gave us a round table which we love! We 'll definitely return to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Impressed by the ambiance of this restaurant, quiet, quaint, upscale with a really good vibe. The food was not what I would have expected for the price. I have no problem paying high prices, if the taste of the food dances and dazzles in my mouth making me want more. This was not the case here. I had the pork chop and it was bland and dry. My wife had the Tuna, Tuna, Tuna and liked 1 of the 3, I was not impressed by either. My daughter had salmon, which she liked, I took a bite and was not impressed. My son had lamb and said it was decent, but not amazing and my other son had steak and had the same feeling. Additionally, the portions are small and our waiter was not good! I am glad I experienced Stained Glass, but I am not a big fan. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We were visiting Evanston from out of town and wanted a quick supper before a concert. We loved everything about Stained Glass. We were warmly welcomed (and, being an out-of-town traveler, it was sweet of the hostess to provide a place for me to charge my phone!). The food was innovative, beautifully prepared and delicious. Our waiter was happy to talk with us about menu items - we were curious about making some of the things ourselves, especially the 'salmon bacon' on the deviled eggs."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food at Stained Glass remains excellent and there are constant subtle changes in the basic menu items."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "It was my first time to Stained Glass - visiting Evanston for a Cconference - and I really enjoyed the dinning experience. The food was very good - the charcuterie platter is incredible - and the service was outstanding - Brian was our waiter and he is amazing!! I highly recommend The Stained Glass and I will undoubtedly be back, next time I visit Evanston!! Cheers, -Lopo."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The kitchen was very slow, even though our waiter was very good. The meat was very tough and not prepared as requested. The fish was good The desserts had no flavor. We thought it was too expensive and did not deliver value"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We have been to Stained Glass 3 times and it is always a wonderful experience. The food is very unique--well-spiced, inventive preparations and side dishes--options that you don't find often, which makes it a treat to eat here. The portions are very generous. The service is friendly and helpful. Our waiter was warm and patient, as we were taking our time with our initial order. Among the standouts--Tuna, Tuna, Tuna, Lamb with delicious mint pesto, Salmon. And of course, the wine selection is excellent--including the moderately priced options and the flights."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I'm always impressed by the menu when I go to Stained Glass. They have a modestly sized menu, but it has good variety and quality. Not only the food but also the wine and cocktails lists are excellent."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our Saturday night dinner started fine. However, the kitchen must have had something going on. Our food took forever to arrive. To his credit, our server gave us free drinks and apologized for the delay before we even complained. Once the food arrived, the chicken entree was raw in the middle. The server seemed as horrified as we were. The entree was whisked away and a fully cook entree appeared in it's place some time later. The server delivered apologies from the chef. Again, considerately, we were not charged for that entree. Though the service touches were nice, I would rather pay for my food and beverage and have it arrive on time and properly prepared. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Have been here before but just celebrated my birthday at Stained Glass last night. Again reminded what a wonderful restaurant it is. Everything, from the wine flights to the bacon flights was perfect. Strongly recommend. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking forward to eating here. We had heard and read much about it. Went there on a Tuesday evening. I requested iced tea and was given choice of two types: they were out of iced tea; both types. Their on-line menu and reviews spoke highly of their barramundi. They no longer carried it. I ordered the hanger steak. They were out of it. I later overheard that they were out of the pork chops also. We ordered the rack of lamb. We waited for them. The waiter came and told us the manager was looking into why the racks were taking so long and that we would be comped for dessert. When the lamb came, they were worth the wait. Tender, tasty, well-grimed. All that rack of lamb should be. We'll give it another try."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We haven't been there for at least 10 years. Lovely dinner, quiet atmosphere, attentive but not invasive staff."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My husband and I are very much into wine and food. We travel a lot and appreciate good service. The Stained Glass Bistro is excellent all on counts--food, wine, service and ambience. This was our second time eating there. The first time we brought our daughter, a student at Northwestern, and 5 of her friends. They are too young to be served wine, but we all enjoyed the food and the service was warm and gracious. This time it was just the two of us. Our server was EXCELLENT; cannot say enough about how perfect the service was. He was knowledgable about food and wine and extremely pleasant. We both enjoyed wine flights... lots of fun to compare the three wines (or 6, in my husband's case). The menu is lovely..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a very tasty meal at the Stained Glass. The crab cake appetizer and butter lettuce salad were delicious. The crab cake had just right spicy poblano peppers and the vinegar dressing with the butter lettuce salad had a wonderful contrast to the carmelized walnuts. The chef was clear about what he could and could not substitute for Gluten Free eating which we really appreciated. I had an amazing dish with chick pea cakes and a lightly spiced rice with gave a layered taste of flavors. My daughter had gnochhi (that were not gluten free) and again beautifully made and delicious. They have a wonderful wine flight and wine sampling menu. My chick pea dish was paired with a gerwurztraminer that was not too sweet."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It has been several years since I have been to this restaurant. Unfortunately I was unpleasantly surprised. The prices are ridiculously expensive, which I would have expected from an upscale Evanston restaurant. However the quality of the food and beverages typically makes up for the increase in cost over a standard restaurant. In this case the quality of the food was average at best. The steak was flavorless and served with oily potatoes, and the tuna dish was so small, it could have been an appetizer. The wine list is very short and disappointing especially for a wine bar. It is a beautiful restaurant, but sadly, I will probably not be back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "hors d'oeures and a rack of wine make a wonderful dinner along with a chocolate dessert...love the delicious bread served right away with the wine!! Waiter was great."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The menu is limited (too much seafood for my taste) but what is served is good. We were looking forward to our usual filet mignon but it was no longer on the menu. It seems that the menu has changed and hangar steak has been substituted for our favorite meat. Because of this we will probably only return if we are meeting friends, and will order hors d'ouevres instead of an entree."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went there on Sunday at 530. Maybe it was just the time of day or things not properly aligned but I only had on ok experience. The waiter was pleasant and me and my companion got wine flight and ordered the cheese before picking our entre. 30+ minutes later after the wine had been more than have gone... The cheese is nowhere to be seen. Maybe they had to find a cow and make it from scratch idk! Then I told the waiter who said he noticed that it was and would check. Keep in mind this was the first time he had been back since dropping the flights off 20 minutes ago. He came back and said that the printer had broken and they were making it. Another 10 minutes later the plate of cheese. (Don't get the cheese it isn't worth"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. A bit pricey but not outrageous. It could use a few pictures on the walls. Very loud if you are trying to have a quiet dinner."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Excellent menu from drinks to desserts. Service was attentive but not rushed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Nice to see people out again after this brutal winter! Food and service at terrific!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We each ordered wine flights. Good pours fairly priced. Dinner was excellent. We were there several years ago...surprised it took so long to get back there. Will be going back with friends soon!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Stained Glass. Everyone loved their food--entrees included pork, fish, chicken and one of the vegetarian options (which was fantastic, btw). Portions are generous. Food combinations are unusual, delicious and presented beautifully. Our party of food had a two rounds of drinks, 3 appetizers, entrees, one shared dessert and coffee and it came out to $150 per couple including tip."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "They have sophisticated food, well prepared. Good assortment of appetizers, interesting entrees. Nice wine list. Somewhat pricey.good for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this restaurant. I had the escargot starter--the best I've ever tasted. A light buttery, garlic sauce with spinach and perfectly cooked escargot. I had the barramundi for dinner, which was a very mild and juicy fish. Nicely seasoned and no bones. Came with a delicious quinoa, hearts of palm salad, and a green avocado puree. Those lent such a fresh taste to the dish. For dessert I shared the maple rum doughnuts and the trio of creme brulee. Outstanding. My friends enjoyed their entrees of tuna and of filet mignon. We will return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were headed out for a nice Friday night dinner and I Googled Evanston restaurants. The Stained Glass was amongst numerous others, but looked like it would meet our needs and loved the menu. I was able to obtain a same day reservation. The greeting is warm and friendly. We were immediately seated upon our arrival. After our drink orders were taken, we were informed that Cellars was packed and we should probably order our appetizers and main course together. It seemed odd as we were had a 6:30 reservation, which seemed on the early side. Grateful we were for the notice as the restaurant seemed to fill up quickly. Delicious appetizers of charcuterie and the BLT came and we dove in. The lamb, filet and barramundi were all amazing."
    Dined on 3/7/2014