Chef's Station

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Nestled under the tracks at the Davis Metro stop in downtown Evanston, Chef's Station offers the perfect combination of fine Contemporary American Cuisine served in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Chef Romero will be offering a lavish three course Thanksgiving feast. We open 11:00am - 8:00pm, and it will be $55/person.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 780 People Are Saying
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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food, wine and service were wonderful. The onion tart had a light crust and the vidalia onions were naturally sweet and complex. The pork tenderloin was moist (it can easily be dry) with a perfect sauce. If you are looking for a quiet place to dine (no shouting necessary), Chef's Station is your spot.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Outstanding food but super slow service and place was about half full on a Saturday night

Great for a solid meal but plan ahead and don’t be expecting any real ambiance

t
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

wonderful food and lovely quiet restaurant. Never disappoints. Waiters are efficient ad gracious and friendly. Food from the kitchen is VERY slow, however.

n
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Astounding food—a real find

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. It was an expensive experience but worth it. We had 5 people. Share 3 appetizers. All excellent. Shared lamb, scallops, duck and halibut. Memory has my mouth watering. And 3 deserts.

d
Chicago
177 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I hate to be the contrarian when just about everyone else seems to love the place. Here's the good and the bad.

The good: Saturday night, 7:00 pm. Hostess offered to seat us on the patio, which is literally "around the back." The patio is charming, just under the Purple line station. It was a wonderful night to dine outside. Our server was Nick, (more about him later). Ordered the foie gras and balsamic tomato salad as appetizers -- and both were excellent. Liked that they have Ferrari-Carrano chardonnay by the glass.

The bad: Nick never told us his name. I don't think he ever smiled. Seated at 7:10, ordered at 7:20. Apps were served at 7:40. Entrees weren't served until 8:25. Nick was the only server working on the patio and had six working tables. I ordered the duck confit (medium rare) and my wife ordered the salmon. While the salmon entree was pretty good (nothing exceptional for $34.00), the duck was well done, dry and tough -- inedible. Nick did offer to get me something else (but we were going to a concert at Space and didn't have the time to wait for a replacement entree.) The duck was taken off our check. My issue is that Chef's Station has a reputation as something special. We never saw anyone who could be an owner or manager --- who could have stopped by to thank us for coming and apologized for the "dead duck." How about an offer of coffee or a complimentary dessert? (We would have declined -- but the offer would have been nice.) There's a saying about restaurants...people who have a good experience tell a friend -- people who have have a bad experience tell everyone.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

It took four hours to get food and eat it. Not our fault. We had 6:30 pm reservations and probably did not receive appetizers ordered until 8 pm. Finished dinner at 10:15. No one left in restaurant. Bill over 200.00 with the 10% that they offered to give us. Food great as usual , This being my favorite eateries in evanston I was greatly disappointed in the way we we ignored by the waiter as well as the establishment. This is not fine dining at its best

WA
Chicago
195 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food at Chef's Station was excellent, but the service was far below standard. Each course was delicious, attractively presented, and cooked and seasoned appropriately. However, on this evening the entire restaurant was overwhelmed - our three course meal took four hours to complete. Each course was preceded by a very long delay and dirty plates remained on the table far too long before being cleared. There was little interaction with the staff. The wine list is also quite out of date - the first two wines we ordered were out of stock. We enjoyed dining outside on a lovely evening and we would do so again, but be aware that when the train occasionally comes through, conversation must cease.

B
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Restaurant. A classic, truly. The food is always fresh, prepared perfectly and plated nicely. A lovely grown up restaurant.

p
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t understand why this restaurant is not more crowded. Such a serene, lovely place with attentive but not overbearing service and food so tasty you want to lick your plate. It’s a gem.

JS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be the best “fine dining” restaurant in Evanston. Food is outstanding.

DR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visiting, the service was excellent. Food was delicious maybe a little pricey. The rack of lamb was excellently prepared. We ate inside, it was too cool to eat on patio. There was a group a couple tables away and we could hear their conversation, that was a little distracting. Would go again.

FF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at Chef's Station. The food and staff are outstanding! It is my kind of ambiance with classic decor, comfortable seating and conversation friendly. It seems like a step into another world for a superb meal without the hype of trying to be trendy. The fois gras was the best I've ever had. The Branzino and lamp chop dinners were just the best combination of flavors without heavy sauces to mask the taste of the accompaniments. And the flourless chocolate cake dessert was exquisite. It was only our second visit there, but will surely go back!

ML
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, friendly service, very quiet. would definitely go there agin.

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Especially for a special occasion. We have been coming back for years.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience. We will most certainly return.

TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Double date. The food was excellent! Two of us had foui gras and it was done excellent! One of us had the grilled calamari with grilled romaine with a nice sauce! My friend loved her onion tart. They ran out of the grouper special so they did the same prep with scallops and that was very tasty! The others had the lamb and port tenderloin . The lamb was really tender! We loved the wine the waiter paired with those dishes. Great selection of desserts.

T
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had dinner on a beautiful evening on the patio below the Metra train tracks. The occasional clatter and roar of the train just added to the city ambiance. Two of us had the special, grilled sea bass and farm fresh veggies--done to perfection and delicious. We started with a cream based corn crab soup that was outstanding. Great wine list, huge selection of starters and entrees. We love Chef's Station and it never disappoints.

K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Chef’s Station many times. It never disappoints. Food and service is excellent. However if you want their super delicious meatloaf you need to call them at least a day ahead to request it. It’s not normally on the menu. Take the time to make the call... it’s really something special!
Even if you don’t want meatloaf they have plenty of other terrific choices... try it!

MA
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went here for a birthday celebration. The decor is lovely, very quiet and relaxing. Food excellent, service was very slow. Was not wanting to be rushed but it took over an hour before we got our food. Long waits and lack of communication bugged me. The place was not crowded so it baffled me as to why it was so slow. I would go back but understand that it is a slow process.

DK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Two and a half hours when the res was not even crowded is ridiculous. Been eating here for years but service has become stupid. Off my list.

TH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried Chef’s Station for first time last week for date night with my wife. Didn’t even realize there is a patio. Wonderful locale, absolutely mouth-watering perfection of a menu - and soufflé is definitely worth the wait for dessert (order when you order dinner)!

JO
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Chef’s Station was wonderful! The swordfish special was excellent and the risotto was simply outstanding! The service is always excellent and it was a beautiful setting for a lovely night out!

CB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Go, you must go. Every morsel of food was perfectly prepared, presented and delicious. I cannot wait to return.

R
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely menu covering all the right bases, food well prepared and presented. Agreeable service. Very conversation friendly environment. A little pricey -- with wine, starters, and shared desserts it's pretty easy to go $100pp.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit in two weeks was, as was the first, outstanding. This time we had the tasting menu; two of us also had the paired wines. Everything was impeccably prepared — our favorites were the appetizer tuna tartare that we tried to make last by taking very small bites, main course of small filet mignon in a wine reduction sauce surrounded by exquisitely seasoned vegetables.

If you have not been to Chef’s Kitchen since Elio acquired it, you MUST go. It is in an intimate, informal setting with possibly the bes food in Chicago..

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is reliably quiet, service very good and excellent food. Good for any occasion!

LK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and service in a cool venue. Excellent menu, one of the best ceviche dishes ever!

ML
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food , pleasant comfy setting and blessedly quiet. What a pleasure to have such great food and be able to carry on a conversation with a group.

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

This may be the best restaurant in Chicagoland. Utterly outstanding fare without pretense.

My wife and I travel extensively , and have eaten at Michelin started restaurants. After our meal at Chef’s Station, the discussion was not about whether it deserved a star, but how many.

Our meal started with shrimp ceviche and finished with grand manlier soufflé. In between was sweet corn soup (the chef’s mother’s recipe from El Salvador), beet salad with cheese, green apple sorbet, soft shell crab with risotto and duck breast. Just splendid.

The ambiance was intimate, yet informal. The staff was smooth, fun and with pomposity.

p
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

elegantly informal, white tablecloths,good wine list, interesting and varied menu beautifully served and delicious to boot. Somewhat pricey but worth it.

R
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kind of menu where you want to say "one of each, please". To start, I had the shrimp seviche, and my wife had the salad. For mains, I had the rack of lamb, and she had the evening's scallop special. Everything was excellent, and the taste of scallop my wife shared was brilliant. Good service, nice selection of wines by the glass, quiet enough to carry on an actual conversation (thank you!)

RW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and well presented. The service was generally good. Great wine recommendations.

H
Minneapolis
92 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was surly, indifferent, inattentive and slow. If I go back, I will request a different waiter and hope for better service.

PS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Too expensive for the quantity and a little bland for taste. The server was rude, but I could tell they may have been understaffed. Dark ambiance. Lack of ventilation.

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The decor seems out dated. Need to liven it up

B
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner! The meatloaf was the tastiest (and fanciest) I have ever had. My son had it here before and said I had to try it. He was right! So tender and flavorful. My sister enjoyed her monkfish, a daily special. Salads ere fresh and artistic. Service was attentive and helpful. This place is great and I will definitely be back, probably for the meatloaf.

ZF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Salads and entrees were excellent; desserts were world-class. Rhubarb tart with ice cream may be the single best dish I've ever eaten in my life.

K
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner for my birthday at Chef’s Station. It was a Monday night and quiet...which we appreciated. Table conversation was not a strain.
The restaurant was attractive, the service excellent and the food delicious. I especially enjoyed the caramelized onion tart as an appetizer. We would definitely return.

BT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All our dishes were very well prepared, fresh, and creative. This was a nice gem tucked away near the rail station. I wish we could have each ordered several entrees - everything we had was very good. Wine list featured very reasonable offerings. Looking forward to returning.

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