The Stained Glass
The Stained Glass

The Stained Glass

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thestainedglass.com/
  • Phone: 8478648600x
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Stained Glass reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)notable wine list (55)special occasion (55)neighborhood gem (49)romantic (37)good for groups (17)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Consistently superb in Evanston
    UsuallyHungryVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our favorite place in Evanston, and clearly the place to take you child and their roommates when you visit Northwestern. The food is outstanding and consistently well prepared and beautifully presented. The fois gras BLT is inspired, as are the many wine pairings.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Great but could be a touch better..
    DrCJJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The menu hasn't changed in a long time...The special heirloom tomatoes salad was bland and the beet salad had only one note of flavor. The service wasn't all that attentive. They used to have sound proofing and it was quieter and more intimate of a setting. Overall, it is great food and wine but we would like to see that the quality stays high and it seems to be a bit underwhelming.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but overpriced
    JBFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food and presentation are very good, but can't say that it is fairly priced. We dined the day after Labor Day. The place was empty, so we could converse without background noise. Everyone enjoyed their food, but the prices are steep. Service was excellent.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • In Decline
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food quality has declined significantly since we last dined a few years back. The bread dense and lacked flavor. My lamb was significantly undercooked and the sides came across as institutional food. The foie gras BLT, despite the waiter's assertion to the contrary, was all bread and BLT, with no flavor of foie gras. The stuffed artichoke, however, was outstanding, one of the best I have ever had.
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  • Excellent
    makeshiftbrewer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Stained Glass provided a great dining experience for our birthday night on the town. The food and service were great as well as the wine selection. The only minor downside was a large table of out of towners in for the Northwestern football game who lacked any control for their children. This is not the restaurants fault however I would highly say that this is not a location I would take children. It is much more of an adult destination. The bacon flight was fantastic as was the salmon and hanger steak!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Locals
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have enjoyed other meals here.Good Ambiance and noise level. This evening,it was not good. Our server was ok, but disinterested at best and disappeared often.Everything took forever.It was almost an hour between salad and entree. Unacceptable. Our waiter's response to delay:" Everyone came in to both restaurants at the same time, and so the kitchen is really behind. There will be new owners in October, so maybe things will be better then!" What?! When our dinner finally came he said" are you happier now?". Not really. The lamb was good, gnocchi was ok, but the whitefish was awful. We were comped a dessert, but it didn't save the evening. Service was absent,waiter didn't care. Too many other choices in Evanston, won't be back.
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  • horrible service
    JIGVVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have been to this restaurant before. Always good and reliable. This time it was not the case. I arrived at 6:30 and did not leave until 9:30...We were not looking to spend the entire evening here..but the food took soooo long that it was hardly worth the high price we later paid. I would NOT go back
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    fit for foodies
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  • Quality classics
    RyanRambles
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Pork chop, scallops, lamb, all done very well and with imaginative preparations. Nice selection of appetizers and salads. Friendly staff, intimate atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Overview
    wiseowl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Thought the wine flight was creative and appropriate for the dishes we ordered. WE would return and would recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Gone Down Hil!!!
    Northbrookfoodies
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Although the atmosphere remains nice, specifically on the bar side, the overall quality/experience was poor. Our waiter, (tall, dark hair with the ridiculous, over enunciated radio announcer voice) who was training or in training, totally helped put the experience in the garbage for us. Plan was share apps & then each have a main. Asked waiter to course them out & not have any arrive at the same time. Summary: Lobster Bisque tasted like squash soup, not LB & they had no sherry for the side. Burrata salad was void of taste. Escargot had nice taste but was served cold WITH the Foie Gras due to lack of planning by the waiter. We left just after 9:20 when we were told "Oh, I think I screwed up, the kitchen closed at 9 tonight." Not fun!!
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  • Nice Atmosphere
    Moni
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Met a colleague there and was able to have a great discussion and great food at the same time.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had an outstanding bottle of Italian wine, and the two of us split a very nice heirloom tomato and barrata with arugala salad to start. Both ordered the succulent rack of lamb, and finished with the Panna Cotta. The leisurely, very enjoyable dinner was lovely.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    great experience We had theater tickets and arrived with not too much time. Our order for drinks was very quick and once deciding on a main course, which was delicious, rack of lamb prepared to every one's satisfaction, we were served in a timely manner. The efficiency of the kitchen and our waiter made it possible for us to order coffee and desert, the desert was the sampler for four, at twenty dollars, what a bargain and delicious too. I would definitely recommend and visit again. ES
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Absolutely Wonderful
    Sue4
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    First time dining at Stained Glass, and definitely not the last. Everything ordered was incredible, and not to mention the most personable and caring staff. Made our night beyond amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MBowVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was interesting & prepared well. Wine flights accent the meal perfectly. The service is torturously slow & lacking all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Symphony in Our Mouths!
    Diner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    What a fabulous meal my husband and I had at Stained Glass. The choice of wine flights was fun and very festive. The soup special and the baby beet salad were delicious with great presentation. The Tuna, Tuna, Tuna was presented so beautifully that I took a picture of it (and I'm not one to do that) and equally inventive and delicious. My husband called his rack of lamb decadent. Our waiter was charming, knowledgeable and perfectly attuned to our timing and needs. The atmosphere from our perfect corner table was perfect - all to celebrate my husband's birthday. We have a tradition of surprising each other with the restaurant for each other's birthdays and he said I hit it out of the park this year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • outstanding on all levels
    MSiddiqi
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I loved Stained Glass. The food was excellent. The service was outstanding. The ambience was great. The noise level was quiet. I went there with my husband for our wedding anniversary. The restaurant was great for that occasion. It was a bit costly, but well worth it. Everything was delicious. The menu is small, but they do everything very well. They concentrate on quality versus quanitity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wesieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was very good, however our server was very nice, but not efficient.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Overall Experience
    Catguy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Top notch food choices, knowledgeable and friendly wait staff and a comprehensive spirits list made this an excellent repeat visit for us after a full day at Northwestern. A great neighborhood gathering spot in Evanston and an easy walk from campus. Even with several other fine choices for dinner downtown we were quite pleased with dinner at The Stained Glass.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Find in Evanston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us by fellow visitors of Northwestern kids. We were appreciative of their recommendation as the food was very tasty and creative. Casual yet upscale. Great find in this small neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall an excellent experience
    patf
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Lamb, pork, crab cakes-all excellent. Salmon was too rare for one of us, but the kitchen quickly fixed that. The deviled egg appetizer is wonderful but very filling! The restaurant was very quiet on a Wednesday night. We have enjoyed this restaurant for years and find the food is always great.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • It was okay.
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The dining room was a little louder than I'd remembered it. The waiter was friendly but a little quirky and inefficient. I asked what region a Spanish wine was from and he vaguely repllied as he was walking away "some river." Later, when he brought the wine - even though my order was still pending - he "cleared it up" by saying "a river in the south." Stained Glass is a wine bar and prides itself on wine. The wine turned out to be very good though. The food was okay, but not in the upper echelon of restaurants even in Evanston. Three of us had "Scottish salmon," which itself was good, but it was one something like a potato platform which was nearly tasteless. Greens with it were excellent. I won't be back for another good while.
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  • Lovely celebration of friends
    Darlingdiner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have special dietary restrictions. The staff was respectful and very accommodating. Excellent service. Beautiful ambience.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Not worth the time or money!
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was our second time here and we won't go back! Food was overpriced and boring! Our waiter was more interested in talking about the wine and not the food! He wandered off often and could not be found! Too bad because it's a pretty restaurant in a great area! Oh well!
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  • Outdated, Mediocre and Pricy
    DowntoEarthFoodyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
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  • Pleasant athmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I enjoyed a delicious dinner with good service and great conversation with a friend.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    cbmdaveVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Love the food and wine. Server was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable! Always enjoy coming here.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • welcoming
    Meateater
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything went well Very Friendly and welcoming Yyyyy yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    AlanVIP
    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!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had a great dinner with best friends. Everything was lovely.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed Our Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great food! Loved our appetizer and well-prepared food! Very delicious. Loved it!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Better than the last time
    regulardinerVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
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  • Favorite restaurant in Evanston
    CriticalEvanstonianVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Everything was perfect
    easar57
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Evanston
    TGBB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is a must try. One of the top 5 restaurants in Evanston
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AvisVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good restaurant
    eatalotVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    we had a really good meal here. great salad,bread,scallops,coffee. e verything i had was good
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  • Surprisingly Wonderful
    cbmdaveVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with friends
    JanP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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