Wilmette Chop House
Wilmette Chop House

Wilmette Chop House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://wilmettechophouse.com/
  • Phone: 8472782462x
  • 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: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Lawrence Hulseman
  • 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: Lawrence 847-278-2462x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Avenue
  • Public Transit: Metra UPN Wilmette
    Union Pacific North
    Metrarail.com
  • 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.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Wilmette Chop House reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)special occasion (28)romantic (18)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Tasty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a groupon given to us as a gift- we live almost an hour away from here. We thought it would be a fun outing! It's a small, intimate restaurant. We didn't have very good service. There was only one waitress for the entire room, and she was new. It took us a long time to order our drinks and to get our food. The food was good, however it's incredibly expensive. It was even more expensive than most steak houses that I have been.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just O.K.
    PamCVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wilmette Chop House was an "o.k." dining experience. The food was not very good. Both my husband and I had the filet which was burnt on the outside. The asparagus was overdone. The staff was great though. Very attentive and was always checking on us to see if everything was going well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    LikeAGoodMeal
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We have dined at Wilmette Chop House in the past, but apparently there is a new owner. The menu is different. The piano and piano player are gone. White tablecloths have been replace by brown vinyl. The sole waiter tried hard, but his service was less than attentive. We ordered the Colorado Lamb Chops and they were first served undercooked, then some parts were inedible.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food in booming neighborhood
    cacha
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had heard about this restaurant for a long time and that it was now under new management. While we hadn't been there before to comment on changes, we found the food to be amazingly good! Crab cake appetizer was great. The steaks were tasty and prepared perfectly; salmon was delightful and the pork was unbelievable. Decent assortment of sides to choose from and all were prepared well. Chocolate lava cake was the best I've ever had. The interior space and service offered the intrigue of the city coupled with the calm of the suburbs. We'll be back….probably again next week for a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful upscale restaurant
    sharono
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food and conversation friendly
    dlm1041
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood find
    Coop
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wilmette Chop House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Excellent food and service! Reservations a must since it is a rather small establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Staff Great Food!
    Eric
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't recommend!
    1217diner
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • POOR SERVICE at Wilmette Chop house
    nothappy55
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • breeze
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The smoked pork chop entree got rave reviews, lobster tail was over cooked and chewy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food
    Ferg967
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I can't wait to return
    bbb2
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intimate and delicious
    Intimate
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is a great little restaurant that is intimate and the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasty good- one to remember!
    MommyD
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    coffemom
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Our steaks were cooked to order. I love steaks charred on the outside. vegetables were crisp. Quiet setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not As Good As I Expeceted
    ForgetitVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 275 reviews are from the Wilmette Chop House reviews archive.
  • Fair
    Bambi
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Was disappointed for an upscale restaurant .good we had a groupon!, Potatoes came after entree! Nothing great
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A BADLY COOKED COW !
    rhk2131
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Start to a great weekend
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Family and I enjoyed a wonderful time. Have been there several times and have enjoyed each visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mother's Day Dinner
    John
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • At Least It's Close
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
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  • roniVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Happy
    loves2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Chicago Steaks at half price
    QualityandValue
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food in Wilmette
    Happy
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pork Chop I've ever had!
    larry218
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid food
    diningdiva
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely spot to celebrate our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Lovely spot to celebrate our anniversary. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    regulardinerVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a quick dinner
    Beefriend
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor atmosphere
    Ali84
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little crowed
    Robsy5111
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat nite
    Chopinabc
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Wow noise level needs to be toned down by dampers Piano and voices in a small room Ouch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music with your dinner
    TresAmigos
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    They always have great seafood and steak...and music in the background. Love it
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always amazing
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I've been here many times and I've always enjoyed the food and friendly service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love steak and Wilmette
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.