Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston

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Located in downtown Evanston, the original Pete Miller's was founded in 1994 as a tribute to the late Harold "Pete" Miller. The restaurant celebrates his favorite things; swingin' jazz, a good honest drink & a great steak. Join us for dinner and experience what Pete's has to offer.
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Jazz Happy Hour

Enjoy $6 well cocktails, half off Midnight Pig drafts, $6 burgers and half off bar bites. *offer does not include taxes & gratuities
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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 25, 2019

Ends: January 26, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:30PM-6:00PM
Fri-Sat 10:00PM-11:30PM

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Sun 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. Live jazz was wonderful and not too loud.

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EB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going out to dinner with family all out of towners wanted place near our hotel, food was very tasty, drinks were good music was added treat not too loud & requested song for my kids anniversary which she said was part of her next set! All good

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SB
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Overall we loved our dining experience. The live music was great and added a lot to the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was delicious and well prepared. The only negative was the service. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable but there were issues with the service on a couple of points. First, both the bottle of wine we ordered for the table and the after dinner port that one guest ordered was not available. Second, the time between when they cleared the dinner plates and offered the dessert menu was so long we almost gave up and just asked for the check. Then, one of the desserts we chose was not available!! I will give Pete Miller's another chance and just chalk up the service issues to a bad night.

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k
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrating my husband’s book submission to publisher. In general, service and food was very good.

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JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the daily Special, surf and turf. It was excellent although for the quantity slightly overpriced.

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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great; our waitress Yvette was fantastic. The food was delicious, though my wife's baked potato was hard and had a few black spots on it. We enjoyed the live jazz, though it did make conversation little difficult.

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D
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. I love to dine at Pete Miller’s for their classic ambiance and excellent food. They also have a great wine list.

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CD
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We have been coming to Pete Miller's in Evanston for many years. We return for the fun atmosphere, live music, great food and service. This past Saturday we were celebrating a special occasion with friends which was ruined by the waitstaff. The atmosphere and music were great. The service however was atrocious. The server was rude, unprofessional and lacked any graciousness. He did not introduce himself, put fingers in the plate while serving, and delayed the main course significantly and served it cold. We also had to refill our own water glasses. After being ignored by the waiter for over 30 minutes, I finally went to get the picture of water for myself and our party. The waiter appeared and actually smirked at this, no apology given. The valet guy was much more professional. It's sad to see an otherwise great restaurant being undermined by incompetent and uncaring waiters.

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pete Miller's is both a fine-dining restaurant experience and a first rate jazz club. Every night of the week, talented local bands set up shop in the roomy corner stage area. A wood-panelled bar dominates the center of the room, leaving ample space for waiters and patrons to walk around it and get to various comfortably-situated tables and nooks. And the steaks and fresh seafood are superb, just like the music! A very classy establishment.

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k
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Steaks which is their signature item had no flavor. Appetizers were very good
We complained and they gave us complimentary desserts. good service but disappointing steaks

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, very nice restaurant. Old feel but updated things if that makes sense. The food was very good and a local place if you don’t want to go downtown for good food

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going for years but this was our best experience! Food was incredible and the band on Mondays is phenomenal!

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Love the food and the ambiance is always fun when live music is going on. However, this visit the server was less attentive and he had told us that a dessert would be complimentary (it was a birthday celebration) but we were charged for it.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We love to go to Pete's , but with a special diet what you get can be iffy!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive and friendly service. Nice setting!

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly fun atmosphere. Great welcome at the check in desk. Service by Brian was helpful, efficient and fun. Food was excellent.

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G
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

What a gem! One of the best aged steaks I’ve had in Chicago at an incredible value. Terrific ambiance, though the jazz trio was way too loud to allow conversation. And our service was excellent until the server forgot about us for the last thirty minutes of our evening—would have been nice to have another drink, and we had to ask for the check because they were making us light for our show. But I’m chalking it up to a Saturday night rush, and will definitely be back.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great welcoming in the entrance, attention was given to my wife’s birthday and the food was excellent! The live band performing first night ever at Pete Miller’s were good. Well worth going!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Excellent steaks and vegetable sides. They also make a fabulous dirty martini!

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Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We just happened to come at an hour that was “happy hour. “ Both of us ordered their outstanding steak burgers. Truly the biggest bargain in the world. At full price it’s still a very low cost, extremely delicious meal, but unbelievably so during “happy hour.” A great place for a very good, delicious meal. Nice service too.

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s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always Pete Millers service, food and ambiance were much appreciated. Keep up the good work.

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DZ
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food-it was excellent, entertainment was gentle jazz and our waiter outstanding.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

My 1st time there and it was wonderful. The band "Return2Soul" was grrreat!!! Will be back.

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K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Make no mistake, this is a nice restaurant with delicious food. Steaks are wet aged, so flavor is really good. Portions are generous. Side dishes are well prepared. Live music enhances dining in this restaurant. It's a nice and attractive room with a noise level that permits conversation.

The evening we dined there the service was friendly, but not as attentive as I expected given the price points of the menu items. My steak, ordered medium rare, was cooked properly but was only warm when it was served. I also was very disappointed in the presentation of my meal once plated. The steak was plopped onto the plate with a dollop of grilled onions next to it with no other attempt to make the presentation attractive or pleasing to the eye. It looked like the meat slid around on the plate while it was being taken to our table from the kitchen. Again, not the presentation I expected at this price point that evening.

Dessert was delicious. Again, everything that was ordered for our meal was delicious.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised! Immediately upon our entrance we were greeted with the most friendly of hosts! We also were seated in a very comfortable booth in perfect proximity to the live music, it was not too loud and not too soft:) perfect ambience. Service was top notch and the food was delicious. We split the lobster stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer. French onion soup was as classic as I remember it, the steaks were cooked to perfection and the drinks were great! highly recommend for great steaks and live jazz.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere and service were excellent. Lobster was perfectly cooked. Wine list was fantastic!

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were incredibly nice and patient with my dad as we were really late for our reservation. It wasn't a busy night so they had flexibility but it was still welcome to see. Food and service always great.

Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston
Responded on March 14, 2019

Hi Scott, I'm so glad that you and your family had a nice time. It was our pleasure to accommodate you and we can't wait to have you back! Warmest regards, -Cory

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ML
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always go there when in Evanston. Great vibe! Always great food and service and close to Hilton.

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RM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. I really enjoyed the band and the food was as always good.

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Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Their signature steak is the best.

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J
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is excellent but the best part is that Petra van Nuiss was singing jazz standards while we had dinner. A world class jazz singer and no cover to hear her perform. And she has a personal touch, taking requests!! Absolutely remarkable.

Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak - Evanston
Responded on March 6, 2019

Hi John, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your visit this Sunday! As a fellow fan and friend of Petra's, I am pleased to announce that she has been permanently added to our Sunday roster. She will be back on Sunday the 17th (and every other Sunday) with her husband Andy Brown on guitar from 5-9. We hope to have you back soon! Warmest regards, -Cory Robinson, Assistant General Manager

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but very good food and great atmosphere. The live entertainment was not so loud that we could not enjoy lively conversation. Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. Everyone had an enjoyable evening.

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BL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Delmonico Ribeye was everything I expected it to be! Cooked to perfection! Delicious and Tender! Didn't like the Tomato Feta Dip though.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service could not be better!! Everyone was super friendly and helpful. The great service made it a special night out. I thought the steak was underseasoned, but everything else was good. We really recommend Pete Miller's.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Family outing

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

We went to Pete Miller's to celebrate our anniversary.
Being from out of town, we figured we'd have a "fancier" dinner for our last meal in Evanston - what a disappointment.

The live music was great and quite frankly the better part of the entire experience.

The service was just okay.
We were taken to our table immediately. In the beginning our waiter was very rushed and kept coming to our table for our order. We were there to have a good, relaxed night - not be rushed. Once we had our food, our waiter took the backseat and barely came back to the table. It took a while for him to come check on us which was frustrating since there were issues with our meal.

The food was horrible.
My boyfriend got the special 3-course meal.
For $45 it included lobster bisque, a 4oz filet and 6oz lobster tail with broccoli and mashed potatoes, and marscarpone cheesecake (all of which I tasted). The bisque was forgettable with maybe one piece of lobster in the entire cup. The lobster tail was simply steamed with no seasoning. A side of melted butter was provided but even that lacked garlic and salt. The steak was unimpressive - we've had better steak at chain restaurants and coffeehouses. There was NO seasoning. The broccoli was steamed, again no seasoning. The mashed potatoes were the best feature of the main course. It was flavored with butter and garlic. The cheesecake was also good but we've had better. The meal was vastly underwhelming for $45.
I originally ordered the pan-seared scallops with parmesan risotto. The risotto was a joke, and Pete Miller's should be ashamed to have it on the menu. What was served was buttered white rice - NOT parmesan risotto. When the waiter finally checked on us, I questioned if the risotto was always like what I received, because if so I wanted to order something else. The manager was sent over, and he informed us that that is how their risotto always is, and that he understands (as a fellow risotto lover) that it's not really risotto and nee

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SP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was fabulous, as always, and our server Mike was great.

My only problem: the room is too small to have a band like the one you had last Saturday. The sound level is way too loud and detracts from the fine dining ambience/experience. Perhaps have the band start later when most diners have finished.

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MH
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing music. A lot of dining options--you don't have to spend an arm and a leg, although it's easy to. (And when you do, good quality. We ordered trout and sea bass the other night, and both were wonderful.) Very professional service; attentive and friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Pete Miller’s for my daughter’s birthday. We each had something different for an entree and all of them were excellent. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special night out.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Pete Miller’s. We go regularly.

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