Whiskey Thief

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$30 and under
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Whiskey Thief Tavern is a home away from home. A unique space featuring a cocktail bar with restaurant serving exquisite drinks, amazing food, and bar bites in contemporary, unique, and vintage style. Our focus lies on providing incredible experiences, using classic and innovative culinary & mixology techniques, stunning presentation and serving vessels, all designed and served in a fashion that will continually "wow" you. But above all, we believe in having fun.......don't you? Check out additional details for our weekly specials!
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vipNotYourAverageDiner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahhhhhhh mazing!

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DeliciousDinner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went with a friend for brunch, so the noise level was nice and quiet. The place is really pretty and unique. Food is great! I highly recommend their mocktails. I had Liquid Sunshine sans alcohol and it was delicious!

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vipChesbear
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really like WT and always enjoy myself when I visit. My single criticism is that there needs to be a buffer between the entrance and the bar/restaurant. It is currently poorly designed. In the cold weather, when the door opens, which is frequently, a cold gust of wind hits the bar area. You will improve your ambiance 100% if you take care of this one issue.

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KellyK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dinner here but please bring back the Poutine app!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun spot in Evanston!

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vipEddie
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a party of six that thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Whiskey Thief. We had appetizers, sandwiches and drinks. The service was outstanding and our waitress was excellent.

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vipAz2008
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dined here as we were running an errand in the Evanston area and were looking for a new option. Saw this and stopped in because they had brunch and regular options. Loved the décor. Guys will like the many televisions tuned to sports events and the women will like the mirrors and chandeliers. Yep, it's that eclectic, but I think they managed to please everybody. We chose to sit in the oversized barrel seating, but would caution those who don't like drafts. They can receive a draft every time the front door opens, but I like cold, so I was happy. Server was prompt and friendly. We started off with their craft cocktails ( Murder in the Tropics and At the Darkest Hour) and if we didn't have errand to run, I would have worked through several more. They were excellent. Food did not disappoint either. I had the pork belly sliders and could only finish two of them. Think thick slabbed bacon on mini buns. Great size and accompanied by hot and crispy thin fries. My companion chose the Thief burger which he deemed great, accompanied by sweet potato fries. I liked that the latter were similar in size to traditional fries, so liked them as well. I can see myself whiling away an afternoon or evening here ( or maybe both?). It's a chill vibe and far removed from the busy streets of Evanston street traffic.

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KateB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious and perfectly prepared. The server was distracted and not particularly attentive, but she was kind, cheerful, and knowledgeable. The avocado deviled eggs (SO good) were served in a cut up cardboard egg carton -- you decide kitchy and weird or refreshing and unexpected. Few more little items like that that didn't necessarily add to the experience and could detract..... Overall, I will be back and taking more friends.

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vipNUFAN
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Return visit. Great to sit in a "whiskey barrel". This works well for conversation. Enjoyed appetizers, sandwiches, and dessert. Don't miss on the dessert. Oh, yes.....enjoyed beer too.

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Keith
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice and casual and fun, good music, pretty loud DJ night! 😁

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Tmac
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Quality bar and very good food. Great burgers and they have $1.00 oysters during happy hour! Really worth a visit.

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TroyF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had another great meal here. Jane was our server, very attentive and friendly. Salmon and pasta were great. This is a fantastic place to eat in Evanston.

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Adrian
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Good food. Great service. Fun lively atmosphere. I’m looking to return and try a burger or a steak. (Currently a pescatarian for awhile). Drinks were very good. Tons of bourbons and beers to chose from. Not too expensive. Casual and nice.

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JoeC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good and service was excellent. A little pricey but overall good

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JohnL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere with some really fun items on the menu and great drink options.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and good food. The only issue we had was our table placement. The cold wind from the door kept blowing on us every time somebody entered the restaurant, but the host moved us to a different table in a warmer spot; overall though our experience was exceptional.

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RichG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced. Super average food. Been twice and won’t be going back.

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vippaletteandeyes4beauty
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

W thief is really a restaurant. Despite the cover of coolness and a huge menu of whiskeys and assorted alcohols, there are cooks who know their trade. Walleye pike special was superb under a coating of rich sauces and perfect green beans and assorted. Mix of cplemenyary nuts. n chips was mixed , cod was nice. chips were not wonderful. Vibe was strong. Menu brief with appealing choices.

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vipAnnieO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, but confusion at check in for our table. The hostess suggested she didn't know where she seated by dinner companions, and can I walk around and find them. She asked me to do this twice, then said our dinner reservation showed as being complete. What?? We hadn't even sat down yet. She was young, nice, but I think in need of training.
My steak was overdone. I would come back, but somewhat disappointing experience this time around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We were disappointed to see that the menu has changed since our last visit. The offerings are much less diverse than before.

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EaterEd
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good.
Waiter personality was luke warm. He could have been more pleasant, however, he was not rude.
We waited forever for him to pick up credit card payment.

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vipPoppy
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great food and a great waitress! Lots of energy and very cozy.

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TomB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails, service, and ambiance. One of my pet peeves is a messy/dirty restroom but theirs were great! My only complaint would be that, while very cool to look at, the metal backed stools for the front tables were absolute hell on the back--this coming from my 23 year old son! Overall, though, we will be back!

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vipErinZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The decor and environment were really unique, but unfortunately the service and food didn’t live up to expectations. We had a party of 4 on a Thursday night, and we had to flag down our server multiple times for water refills and wine orders. The pork medallions were wildly overcooked and very tough, there was a vodka signature cocktail they recommended that was too sweet and tasted kinda off? Although the avocado deviled egg appetizer was delicious. Giving this spot 3/5, food and service need a little work.

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vipChigirl22
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, a solid choice. Excellent cocktails, interesting and tasty food — a step above the usual bar fare. Consistent service. Will certainly return.

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vipDebbieP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I would haver given this restaurant, with delicious fare, a higher rating had our server been even the slightest bit interested in our table. He unhappily took our order and the only time we ever saw him again is when we successfully flagged him down for more drink and food. The food was the saving grace. All our dishes, and were were a party of 7, were excellent. We all loved the ambiance. Despite the poor service we will certainly be returning.

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vipNikkiB
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The hostess was wonderful and gave us a beautiful barrel booth. He replaced our candle when it burned out and was very nice. Our waiter was inattentive but also nice. I wish he’d checked on us more. We had to wait a while to order our second drink and we shared a steak knife since he didn’t check on us after we received our food. The drinks were delicious. There was a movie playing where a man was arrested and they shot his dog...not something I wanted to see at dinner, but otherwise the atmosphere was great as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Would have rated higher, but the only reason we considered this place vs others has been the poutine appetizer that they have taken off the menu. It was that good. Sadly, we will not be returning.

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VictoriaB
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for a quick bite before the show. Menu is somewhat limited, but great selection of beer and cocktails.

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vipOnthetown
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place with great food. Burgers were excellent! Will definitely go back

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LoriS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, we liked it very much. The food choices were different and yummy. Wine pour was very small.
The price for the portions was okay. Food tasted yummy, but a little pricey for what's included.

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vipNotYourAverageDiner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites in Evanston!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sign hanging outside is really small so I drove past it 3 times looking for it. Plan on spending at least an extra 15 min trying to find parking on the street and walking back. I was there on a Thursday night and it was pretty packed. The setup of the booths and the decor is very nice. The servers were friendly and the food and drinks were delicious. I would definitely go back.

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vipAdda40
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a wonderful gastro-pub with a burger-centric eclectic menu. You will have many choices ranging starters to full plate dinners. What makes this pub stand out is the wide variety of seating options and dining environments. You can have a quiet more intimate setting in one of the “whiskey barrel” booths to larger group type seating in front of a wide screen TV for sporting events. I have done both and had a wonderful time in each setting.

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LAKP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was fabulous! Service was good. Atmosphere quiet which was very pleasant. Will return.

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Bobbie
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Burgers, beer,salad were all a level above what I expected. Great ambience, lively but not overpowering. Definitely going back.

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MadelineB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved it- one of the cutest restaurants I have visited in Evanston!

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vipYum1234
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wait staff was great. Hostess was not very friendly or helpful.

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vipEllen
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Liked Whiskey Thief a lot - have been 2x now. Friendly staff (great host), good food, fun vibe. Wish they had more pescatarian or vegetarian menu options.

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vipJanner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Whiskey Thief is one our “go to” places. We take friends and they always love it. Tasty food. We love sitting in a whiskey barrel booth. And the Library in the back wall makes for a cozy setting. . Tvs play sports or old movies. It’s a casual, comfy place.

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Whiskey Thief is rated 4.5 stars by 374 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.