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Chef's Station

4.6
661 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
The perfect combination of lighthearted attitude and intense flavor in an atmosphere that proves fine dining doesn’t have to be uptight.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Sunday -Thursday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(847) 570-9821
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Elio Romero
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Maple and Davis (Entrance South off Davis or West on Maple)
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Parking details
There is street parking available and a number of parking lots / garages nearby. The closest parking lot is located just across the street from our Maple street Entrance.
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Public transit
Metra Davis Street Stop

CTA Purple Line Davis Street Stop
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Special events & promotions
Please go to our Events page on the website -- http://www.chefs-station.com/events/--for all the details concerning special events like holidays. For private events, contact General Manager Michael Wathen at chefsstation@gmail.com or (847) 570-9821.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Show Mom why you're her favorite by treating her to Chef's Station on Mother's Day!
We will be serving a 4-course brunch menu from 10AM-4PM for $45. Then 4-Course Dinner from 4-7:30 PM for $55. Includes a fresh Long stem red rose for mom. Watch for the menus early next week!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 661 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This is one of the most underappreciated restaurants in Chicagoland. Great food.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We ordered an array of appetizers, entrees and desserts and everything was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food, perfect pace, not too fast, great menu overall.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is our 2nd time here and once again we were not disappointed. We enjoyed Easter brunch and had exquisite fine cuisine of very high caliber. The menu was prie fixed for Easter and our courses included a soup or salad , main dish and dessert. We enjoyed an omelette, and a risotto for our main dishes. But we started with a soup and a salad. The soup was wonderfully truffled. We topped this huge meal with a rhubarb bread pudding that was delicately flavored and rich at the same time. Just wonderful.

The food is truly superb! Service is always very professional if aloof. We wish the dining room was in better condition; the furnishings look quite worn and dated. That said, it won’t stop us from coming back.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We were the only table that night.
Nice and quiet but not very festive

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very good food but quite expensive. On this occasion, service was a little slow. Menu has something for everyone. Souffle for desert are excellent

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always superb food and superlative service. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and a great wine selection. My friend is a real foodie and really enjoyed it

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food at Chef's Station is outstanding - always new combinations and delicious sauces. We always have a difficult time deciding what to order because there are always many dishes that look wonderful. The service is also wonderful - very attentive. We are in our 50's and find that the clientele is mostly older, which makes for a very quiet, relaxing atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is absolutely delicious, the service is attentive, and the ambiance is wonderful. Real adults can actually have a conversation over dinner and hear one another. We come here frequently!!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We had a nice, quiet evening at Chef's Station. It is a hidden Gem in Evanston and some may be put off by the location, at the Train station. Don't be! Once you make it past the austere exterior, you will find a warm french brasserie/restaurant. Fresh flowers, crisp linens, it was a really nice and proper restuarant interior. The food and service were excellent. We shared a cheese souffle, and had a soup special of creamy asparagus soup with crispy oysters. They were both excellent.
Then afterwards we had steak and pheasant and they were both excellent. The wine flowed freely and the whole thing was perfect. I would heartily recommend it to almost anyone.
Bravo Chef's station. AMK

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

After living in Evanston for nearly 8 years, we finally decided to try Chef's Station with two of our close friends. The oddball location and length of service of this restaurant are memorable and remarkable, respectively. No doubt, as many others have noted, the place is ideal for real conversation, and you will be rewarded with deftly executed and delicious plates. Everyone was happy with our menu choices. Service was attentive and informed. The only tradeoff is the dated interior appointments, but it's so comfortable, who cares?

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The tuna carpacio was outstanding. Drinks were also robust and good. This is a particularly good place for quiet conversation and the food is reliably very good. It's pricey, but worth it, especially if in the mood for something special.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great service and delicious food. Loved organic salad. Candles would be a lovely addition to tables

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went there for Valentine's Day and the special menu was wonderful!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This was our Valentine’s Day celebration, and the standard menu and specials couldn’t have been better. A llittle tricky to find and park (no valet on weekdays) but the room was elegant and warm, yet romantic. The menu is outstanding and my wife chose a Caesar salad which rivaled anyone’s, and a special rockfish entree which was exquisite. I splurged with a foie gras starter that was so rich and delicious as it melts in one’s mouth. But my big treat was the pheasant entree, which I have not seen on a menu for many years. It was done simply in a flavorful sauce that was truly unique and memorable. The wine list was extensive but fairly priced, as was everything. Service was perfect: attentive but not intrusive, friendly and professional. We plan to come back in a much shorter interval than the last.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

While the food was delicious and the restaurant quaint, our waiter was less than enthusiastic about serving us.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Really excellently prepared food. Attentive and great service. (Although it seemed a wee bit slower the night we were there) Creative chef. Absolutely wonderful food.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food and attentive waiter when he was around. Service was WAY too slow -- over 2 1/2 hours. Still, a good restaurant.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food is pricey, but never disappoints! Lovely setting where one can actually have a conversation. Great for date nights or double dates. Wonderful service. Again, food is always delicious

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2018

We were the only ones in the restaurant. Food was pretty good. Old atmosphere. We ordered soufflés and the waiter came by towards dessert and said the chef was having trouble with the soufflés and we would not be having them. But it was a great night with family for my husband’s birthday!

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was vey good, and presentation was top notch. Service was really attentive, and quite pleasant. We celebrated a special occasion, so the atmosphere was a great match.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Always sensational food, expert and attentive service, and a most satisfying experience.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

The food at Chef's Station is reliably outstanding. We eat there often, we're proud to bring friends from all around the globe, no matter how discerning, and we always have a wonderful evening. The servers are attentive but never hover and are friendly and very considerate. It's quiet, even when full, so it's a perfect place to go to if you actually enjoy having a conversation with the people you're with. We feel very lucky to have Chef's Station in Evanston.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve dinner

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We very much enjoyed our prefix dinner on Christmas Eve. The maple roasted duck was the best we've ever had. The by-the-glass wine list had some really great options. It was quiet enough to be able to have ease of conversation.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

On the advice of our son (a foodie who had previously dined with his girlfriend) we decided to forgo ordering out for Cantonese food on Christmas Eve and dine at Chef's Station (which I'd always wanted to try, and noticed its proximity to public transit two nights earlier when we went to the movies nearby). We'd planned to take the train so we could freely drink wine, but a snowstorm caused us to Uber it instead.

The 3-course prix fixe (no a la carte available that night) was stellar: French-American dishes both classic (duck breast, prime rib, crab cakes) and contemporary (heritage pork belly), all perfectly executed and pleasingly (but not "preciously") presented. Portions were just right: neither "nouvelle"-skimpy nor so big we'd have had to take home leftovers. Seasonal cocktails and wines by the glass were top-drawer (not second-tier like at too many restaurants reluctant to open their best bottles and then have to preserve them between pours).

Service was relaxed but not lax--we were asked several times about our satisfaction but never rushed. Children (even a baby or two) were present but very well-behaved--I think they caught the "vibe" of the ambience and appreciated it.

Dessert choices were limited to only two (Michigan cherry bread pudding vs. chocolate mousse buche de Noel), but so good we ended up splitting both three ways. Espresso was the real deal, not from pods. And the tab was surprisingly reasonable, far less than at many restaurants offering holiday prix fixe menus.

Chef's Station deserves all its accolades--e.g., Wine Spectator, Bon Appetit, WTTW's "Check, Please!" Took us 20 years to get here, but our return visit will be far sooner. (Sorry, no photos to post--we were too busy enjoying our meal)!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

The restaurant was full and the noise level was very low, so it was easy to have a conversation at our table and with the one next to us. It was very pleasant, the food was delicious and properly prepared. The only issue we had was that forks were bent and then we noticed later that were knife was bent so someone needs to take a look at the silverware issue. Other than that everything was great would recommend going there can have a good conversation and a romantic evening.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We visited Chef's Station because we were in the mood for comfort food and the meatloaf came highly recommended. At first were disappointed that it is not on the regular menu (tip: it would be good to mention that you need to special order it in the on-line menu, since it is only available as a pre-order.) But the rest of the food was so good, we were not sorry we stayed and will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Great Restaurant! Delicious food, good service, wonderful for having a real conversation!!! Love this Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

A nice quiet restaurant in a location by the METRA station, with very artfully prepared and artfully plated dishes.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

My wife and I along with another couple visited the restaurant on Friday night. We had appetizers, a main course and dessert. The salads were fresh and tasty. For main courses we had risotto, short ribs, filet with a mini cheese soufflé and the bronzini. Everything was delicious. Although we almost never order dessert, it was the highlight. We had chocolate and lemon soufflés... Out of this world good!

Good to know: They only have a couple of booths but if you can get one, they are nice and quiet. Also, if you want the soufflés, you need to order them a day in advance.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

the food is always top notch. Well thought out and well prepared. Not cutting edge but very good and interesting

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Very good food. Inconsistent service. Pricey menu.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

Fabulous! Food was amazing. Service was great. Ambiance is good but I was hoping for a little bit more romantic. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was truly superb and the atmosphere is gracious and comfortable. It was so pleasant to be able to have a real conversation without shouting over high volume noise. We dined on a Saturday night and it seemed as if the kitchen may have been overwhelmed because it took an inordinate amount of time to receive our appetizers and main course. That was the only negative. Otherwise a wonderful experience and fine food.

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2.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Disappointing. Overpriced. Friday night, maybe only 1/3 full. Entrees were slow to arrive and when they did they were not hot. Portion sizes small, although food was well prepared. Not kidding, they only offered one slice of baguette. The evening left us feeling as if we were dining on a sinking ship.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

We are semi-regulars at Chef's Station - always coming after a concert in Evanston. We were there on a Sunday evening, and the restaurant was not crowded.

Service was very attentive, but not overly so. The food was excellent. I believe everyone enjoyed their meals with no complaints.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

A hidden gem! Everything about this restaurant is A+. Ambiance, cuisine, service! Too bad it's hidden away and a little hard to find. It's our "go to" spot for anniversaries and birthdays.

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