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Wilmette Chop House
Wilmette Chop House

Wilmette Chop House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://wilmettechophouse.com/
  • Phone: (847) 278-2462
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Rob Wallace
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private events up to 50 guests
  • Private Party Contact: Madonna (847) 278-2462
  • Entertainment: Live Piano Music Nightly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Avenue
  • Public Transit: Metra UPN Wilmette
    Union Pacific North
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot offered north of restaurant on Wilmette Avenue
A word from Wilmette Chop House
North Shore's Favorite Italian Steakhouse
Casual Dining
Don't Let Our Good Looks Fool You!
Fresh Seafood, Sizzling Steaks & Chops.
Try our signature "Thin Mintini"
(this is the location of the original Girl Scouts bakery)
Simply prepared dishes made with the freshest ingredients.
Family owned and operated by Chef Rob and his wife Madonna.
Menu changes seasonally.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We try to dine at this restaurant at least twice a month. The owners, Rob and Madonna, are creative, talented and friendly. They listen to their customer's suggestions regarding wines and specials and respond accordingly. The service is excellent. The Wilmette Chop House is one of the very few restaurants in Wilmette that is quiet enough to allow for conversation during dinner."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Intimate, welcoming, transporting - once inside, you'd never know you were in wilmette- a great place for those who want a relaxing delicious meal, and good conversation, unimpeded by high noise levels and too close proximity to other diners. The energy is relaxed in a good way; visually, decor is simple but lush, deep red walls, touches of gold in fabric curtains. Servers are attentive and knowledgeable. This is where I go to treat myself in wilmette."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Great neighborhood find. If you want your steak done to perfection, then you've come to the right place. Good wine selection and service was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We invited another couple to join us at the Chop House for dinner on Friday evening. Neither couple had dined there before. We really enjoyed the evening. The service was outstanding. The chef stopped by a couple of times, first to answer questions about the menu, then to make sure our dinner was prepared as ordered. Great customer service and very friendly! It is a great location to catch up with your spouse or another couple, as you can actually hear each other in this comfortable, upscale environment. I would recommend it for date night, as the atmosphere is very nice. Bravo!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! Reservations a must since it is a rather small establishment."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Had an absolut blast! 1st blind date in 21 years....she was/is beautiful, awesome waiter Q, fun lively atmosphere...and will be going back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was hoping to celebrate my wife's birthday with a nice meal and some good service but I chose the wrong restaurant. We went to the Wilmette Chop House this past Saturday night and it was incredibly loud, the service was very slow, and our food was not good. We considered leaving even before ordering due to the noise (which we should have) but decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. I wish that I had read the reviews before booking the reservation. We won't be going back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was our second time back at Wilmette Chop House. We were extremely disappointed with the service. It took our table 30 minutes just to get drinks. Food was fair...the meat was undercooked. Server never apologized for the service or meal. Owner of restaurant was drinking with a large party instead of walking around his restaurant and checking on his customers. We would NEVER go back here!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The smoked pork chop entree got rave reviews, lobster tail was over cooked and chewy."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was our third visit in the past year. Each time, we have been impressed with the very professional and welcoming staff, and the high quality of the food."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My wife had the pork chop and it was amazing! I had the risotto special which was very good. It had ground filet mixed in and was very tasty. Service was good but it was a very slow night so hard to judge for sure but they were very attentive. The chef came out a couple of times and chatted with us which was also very nice. This was our first time and we will be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went with a friend and we both loved it. Everything was handled beautifully and chef Rob was hands on. We had the Walleye Pike and it was more than wonderful!! Great time, great experience!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is a great little restaurant that is intimate and the food is very good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was very good Bd the service was too. The lobster bisque was one of the best I've had! The boneless rib eye was also delicious! Definitely worth the trip! "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our steaks were cooked to order. I love steaks charred on the outside. vegetables were crisp. Quiet setting"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food was average. I wasn't feeling well and only had the Lobster Bisque which was okay. My spouse's steak was rare but was it was rather tough to be rare and it was very expensive ($62) not worth it at all. My son has the chicken fingers which tasted pretty fresh but he did not like the fries. All in all this place is quite expensive. Also - we were celebrating my son's birthday and the server asked my son what flavor of ice cream he wanted leading us to believe he was going to bring it out but instead we just got the bill. My son was sad about that so we just wanted to leave at that point. This place is over-priced and I wasn't impressed. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Was disappointed for an upscale restaurant .good we had a groupon!, Potatoes came after entree! Nothing great"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went to celebrate a very special family occasion with my wife. Not to embarrass her, or spoil the evening, I didn't send back my foot-long naked bone, in rib eye steak (think they call it a Tomahawk steak) which I would have done in a heartbeat. It was the worse steak I have ever been served. 60% of it was burnt at the edges, fat and gristle, and what was left was so tough it was hard to chew. What really disturbed me, was having to pay an UNREALISTIC $62.00 for the dish. Their website menu indicates a rib eye steak is $36.00.(My wife said her double cut pork chop was good but a little dry.( I shouldn't have listened to the server who KEPT TOUTING the Tomahawk, and ordered the pork chop that I originally wanted."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Family and I enjoyed a wonderful time. Have been there several times and have enjoyed each visit."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great personal service and outstanding food at the Wilmette Chop House. Portions are large, which means you have lunch all ready for the next day! Quite atmosphere so a conversation is pleasant. Staff is attentive without being intrusive. Great place for a family dinner."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Can't say much good about this place. First time I've been. I had the skirt steak which was cooked to order (medium rare) but was filled with more gristle and fat than meat. It was extremely tough too. I've bought better skirt steak at our local Jewel and it's not known for its high quality meat. My son had a New York Strip, which he ordered medium rare. It was closer to medium well. Service was very slow. Waiter was very annoying. Just a weird attitude. The only reason I'd go back is because I live about 1/2 mile away making it convenient."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Food was excellent-one of the best steaks we heve ever had! The sides were great also. Owners Chef Rob and Madonna made sure all was perfect with every table, which is very nice to see how much they care about each guest. Will definately be back!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The restaurant did honor our reservation, the service was slow, the waiter spilled a glass of water all over our friend. We had different people waiting on us and my food was luke warm."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. It was close to the BEST bone-in ribeye I have ever had, and that says a lot, as I go to Chicago steak houses monthly in search of a great steak. And the price was almost half of what I normally pay in the city. The cook even came out to see how it was cooked. He nailed it... nice char and lightly seasoned, cooked perefectly. The meat was extremely tender. And we topped our meal off with desert, which for the price, was fantastic also. The Banana's Foster, on a waffle, with ice cream, was delicious. We had a groupon, but I am going back simply because the food is fantastic even at the regular prices, which are a real deal compared to the prices in the city."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "This is the place to come for a truly fine Dining experience: excellent food, relaxed pace, personable service, live piano, some privacy, lovely red walls."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood and couldn't resist the coupon from Amazon Local to try out Wilmette Chop House. The dining room is attractive, small and intimate. There was a live piano player who added to the ambiance. The menu is limited and while I was thinking about their braised pork special, our waiter explained how the Pork Chop is many people's favorite. After ordering it, I know why! It had a ham-like texture and flavor, with a wonderful glaze. Oh, and it was enormous! The staff is friendly in this very small restaurant resulting in multiple pleasant exchanges with our waiter, the Chef (yes, Cannoli is better than guns) and the hostess (the chef's wife)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband and I have been here numerous times and they have yet to disappoint. Growing up in Nebraska, I feel confident in saying that I know my beef, and whenever I have ordered the filet minon it has melted in my mouth. I usually like my meat rare to medium rare, still mooing doesn't bother me at all, and it has always been cooked that way for me. The ambience is just okay, it seems like they are always changing things up since it is a small, small place and they have a piano bar in there, which makes for a fun night out too."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Lovely spot to celebrate our anniversary. Great food and service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "After hearing mixed reviews about the Chop House, my wife and I took advantage of a Groupon to try it out. Overall it was a good experience. My salad was good, my wife's filets were tasty, the pork chop was huge and the Smokey/sweet combination really good. Service was good and the chef came out to say hello and to tell us where the bread came from (it was good). The only issue is price vs value. Without the Groupon, it would have cost a bit too much for what you get."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The service was first rate, friendly, fast responsive. We were there from out of town with a short leash. They were very accommodating and helpful."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Loved the food at the Chop House, but the service was terribly slow and the crowd was not exactly what a young couple was looking for."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a table next to a service doorway which was distracting with an almost constant flow of traffic by the service staff. Along with the piano playing and high noise level, this is not a place for a serious conversation. That said, next time I will request a corner table when making reservations as everything else is quite good"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wow noise level needs to be toned down by dampers Piano and voices in a small room Ouch"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "They always have great seafood and steak...and music in the background. Love it"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've been here many times and I've always enjoyed the food and friendly service"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The emergence of downtown Wilmette as a restaurant center has made the choices great and the parking difficult. The Chop House is unique in its upscale and steak orientation. The food is excellent, the service spotty, and the piano bar can make the noise level too high. But it is going to bring a clientele to Wilmette that will also help them discover the other outstanding new restaurants."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Very sparsely attended, even for Thursday. Very expensive--espcially for Wilmette. Excellent food & wine. Brilliant pianist…nice ambience & service. Too rich for our blood, but nice to have seen/done it."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Best steak I have ever had! First time there due to Groupon and it was fantastic! Well done Chophouse! Great food, wine, service, and piano playing!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Once again our thanks to Chef Rob for a fantastic meal and a wonderful evening. Wilmette Chop House is the perfect place for a special dinner or just a night with friends. The piano bar adds wonderful ambiance and the food is out of this world!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The Wilmette Chop House was a very nicely decorated room. The food was excellent and the preparation was pleasing. The only caveat was is to not go there when the piano player is there, because he caused us to leave before dessert. Despite the piano player we will come back and enjoy the restaurant to its fullest, because the desserts looked wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014