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About Chef's Station

The perfect combination of lighthearted attitude and intense flavor in an atmosphere that proves fine dining doesn’t have to be uptight.

915 Davis
Evanston, IL 60201
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Sunday -Thursday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cross Street:
Maple and Davis (Entrance South off Davis or West on Maple)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 570-9821

Website:
http://www.chefs-station.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Metra Davis Street Stop

CTA Purple Line Davis Street Stop

Executive Chef:
Chef Elio Romero

Additional:
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

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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

This Valentines Day treat the one you love to a romantic dinner at Chef's Station!
We are offering two seatings: 5:00 & 7:30. Chef Romero will be preparing a 6-Course Prix Fixe menu ($95 per person) which we will post later this week.

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Chef's Station Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
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Good for a Date (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (5)
Cozy (5)
Romantic (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve dinner

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 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)!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very good food. Inconsistent service. Pricey menu.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 21, 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Almost always excellent, but this time medium rare salmon came well done. Otherwise very good. Service slow on a Monday night with only six diners total.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Upscale restaurant in the neighborhood. Not as busy on a Saturday night as it used to be, given the prices that is probably why.
The food was good, but if they want to survive in Evanston, they may have to make some adjustments in their prices to attract a bigger crowd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We love Chef's Station. It is one of the few restaurants where it is quiet enough to hear the people you are with. The food is consistently excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Berlin)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The menu appears more inspiring than the actual meal although it was still very good overall

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The place was dated and dead, literally. We were the only ones in there. The food was ok, but very over priced. I would not recommend it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Food was good. Service was poor and staff un welcoming.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Simply disappointing.

Food was just fine, ambiance gloomy, and a rather surly waiter completed the overall impression of this being a tired, sickly and languorous, spiritless place for exhausted worker bees to dine. Even the location appeared gloomy as it is underneath a train station.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very delicious meal and beautiful presentation. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We have been to Chef's Station before and loved it. This time was quite different. We arrived at 5:30. We were the first ones in the restaurant. One person in the party wanted to order the filet. We were told another party that came in after us ordered "the last one." He said there was only one available for the evening. You mean to tell me that on a Friday night at 5:30 the restaurant has one filet? Instead the waiter said the chef would make a 14 ounce ribeye instead. The ribeye was very chewy and tough. I had rack of lamb which was OK, but the potatoes tasted very strange. Our other friend had the pork which happened to be very good. Our appetizers and salad were good. I preordered their chocolate souffle with the chef. The waiter knew nothing about the order and said they don't make it on the weekend. I said I talked to the chef and he said he would make it. We did finally get it. And, they made two because of the mishaps with the food. I heard their chocolate souffle was supposed to be outstanding. I've had better. As much as we liked the restaurant before, I don't think we will be going back. This last time wasn't worth the expensive price.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We loved the food, very classic. But, the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired. It's not unpleasant, just not trendy or cool. There are a bunch of video cameras on the walls, staring at you in this intimate setting while you try to enjoy a romantic dinner. There weren't too many people in the restaurant for a weekend night. I'm glad we went, because the food was really good, but we really felt uncomfortable with the many video cameras staring us down.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Dining at the Chef's Station is always a treat. The food is wonderfully prepared and showcases Chef Elio's ingenuity and skill. Service is always attentive and knowledgeable. We couple wine from their ample cellar and usually top everything off with a fresh dessert. Overall, the Chef's Station is our "go to" restaurant in the Evanston area. We highly recommend it!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was excellent but there were only two waiters in the main restaurantand they were hurried were hurried and not as attentive as they should have been.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were so happy with our dinner at Chef's Station last weekend. We were taking someone out for a special business dinner and the food and service did not fail to impress everyone. Our meals were delicious and artfully prepared. The Branzino was excellent, as were the sole special and the risotto special. We did not feel rushed and enjoyed the outdoor seating. We will be back again for a special occasion!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent heirloom tomato salad and pan-seared halibut.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Interesting and creative menu. Dishes nicely prepared and presented. Service attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Nestled under the Metra station and a short tunnel, my partner and I celebrated her retirement here. So glad we did for the food alone. Both our entrees, the appetizer, dessert and wine were superb. Even the bread that was delivered hot and with butter was superb. I enjoyed a chefs special of scallops and shrimp while my partner loved the filet mignon. We ate everything heartily.

Our waiter was very experienced and professional but we noticed only two of them for the entire restaurant. Service was a bit slow. The ambience itself is a bit dated and worn out. But if you can let go of that, you won't regret the cuisine!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The menu is unmatched by other fine restaurants. It's creative, unique, and delicious. Service and presentation are impressive. Fine wine list and excellent desserts. Chef's Sation should not be overlooked.An elegant experience. All in our party of four agree.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I appreciate not being rushed, but I felt that the service was excessively slow, with very long gaps without any sustenance. We were seated at 6:30, and we only had drinks after we were there for about 45 minutes. We had no food for the first hour that we were there -- the initial food was the lone piece of bread brought to each of us after 7:30. That single slice was very good, but it seemed a bit chintzy to only offer a single piece. The restaurant was not particularly crowded. Once we were served, the entrees were fabulously tasty. When we had finished, it was 9:30. So, it's a mix -- delicious food, but given that we all had an appetite when we arrived, it felt like it took FOREVER for food to appear.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I came here to dine after a movie. The food overall is very, very good. My foie gras starter and grilled branzino main course were well prepared and very flavorful. My spouses onion souffle and halibut were as well. The wine list has a nice and affordable selection of wines, which is not often a common occurrence in the Chicago area. The service, as others note, is a struggle. Our main server was really trying very hard (I suspect he is a newer employee), while the other staff we encountered were just going through the motions and made no attempt to interact with us other than put things on the table. We will go back and give this place another try since the food is that good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Chef Station had very nice ambiance. The meal required two and a half hours. I like relaxed but this was simply way too slow. The food was good. This was a special birthday for my wife and they knew this because of the balloons our daughter tied to my wife's chair. They said happy birthday but offered no token dessert to celebrate the occasion. Considering the price point that was the least they should have done. I won't be returning.

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