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About Wilmette Chop House
Wilmette Chop House is a high-end steak house. The classically decorated dining room consists of large windows, fine linens and trendy artwork. Guests also have a view of the white baby grand piano and a bar. Enjoy a meal outside on the patio during the spring and summer months. Wilmette Chop House's menu consists of a variety of traditional steakhouse options, including lamb loin, double-cut smoked pork chop and New York strip steak. Guests can also choose from several pasta, seafood and salad dishes, including Southwest fettuccini, roasted beet salad and crab cakes. Each of the items served at Wilmette Chop House is prepared fresh and with seasonal ingredients.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Steakhouse, Seafood, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00-8:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Public lot offered north of restaurant on Wilmette Avenue
Metra UPN Wilmette
Union Pacific North
Private Party Facilities:
Private events up to 50 guests
Private Party Contact:
Lawrence: (847) 278-2462
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Wilmette Chop House Ratings and Reviews
Culinary Service was inadequate to meet the needs of a full restaurant. The food was well seasoned but, for several of our group, was not cooked to order or was not what was ordered.
Service was very slow and the servers gave no explanation.
I believe the restaurant has great potential but management has to up its game.
We stumbled upon this place via a recommendation from someone we met at the beach in Winnetka. The group I was with are all from the UK and we were just trying to see a bit of the nicer Chicago suburbs. We have since made another trip from downtown Chicago up to Wilmette with the main reason for traveling that far (well it's pretty far for an Uber) being this place.
We couldn't recommend this restaurant highly enough. Such a fun place and the guys running it are awesome. The food is really, really good. Lot of meat based dishes (unsurprisingly) cooked beautifully. I know one member of the party who previously worked as a chef at a fairly prestigious UK restaurant said the octopus was literally one of the best things he had ever had! The steak was delicious as were all the sides we tried. Well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
Went to the chop house for the first time and last I might add! Got there around 7 pm on a Saturday night, should of known then as there were only a total of four tables with people at them.
Service was decent at first, but got bad very fast. Our salad never arrived, but our meals did. Asked if we could have our salad first and they sent back the food. The food came after we had our salad, my pork chop was cold. Obviously, they just let our food sit in the back while it was fully cooked. My dates fish was at proper heat. She ate her meal completely before my pork chop even came back. After at least ten minutes of waiting the pork chop came back. Thought maybe they were cooking a new one, however, it was the same one as evidenced by the few bites I took before returning it were still missing from the chop. The pork chop tasted just like ham, Really not very good at all.
Time to pay and wanting to get out of this place, gave the waiter a coupon that says it expires 12 31 2015. He said they no longer accept that coupon. Unreal! The owner came out and this guy was just rude and could not believe the way he talked to us. We told him about the missing salad and the cold food and he said sorry we are short handed. Really! Only 6 tables had people sitting at them.
Bottom line: bad service, rude owner, overpriced and the food not very good.
It was so nice to get a first-class steak, cooked perfectly, without the noise and drama that we often find at the high-end steak chains. Nice desserts (bananas Foster!) and wine list seemed fine; I noticed no corkage fee on Wednesdays. We have been twice and both times left happy and relaxed.
The proprietor is right there to help wait tables and really was gracious with everybody. We were glad to have made a reservation; this is not a big restaurant and walk-ins were being turned away...not a bad sign either.
This was a real treat for my wife and I. We had one of the greatest waiters ever and he was amazing in his service.
We ate scallop appetizers, heirloom tomatoes salad and then my wife the cobia whitefish and I had the smoked pork chop. Their food was outstanding. It was incredible. We had the lava cake for desert so we were bloated like ticks when we left.
Btw, it was Thursday, which was bourbon night. I had excellent bourbon for five bucks a glass.
Strongly recommend this place.
Food was decent, however service was bad. My steak was very good, but my husband ordered a steak medium and it came out rare. He did not bother to complain because the service was slow the entire night except when we first walked in and sat down. They brought bread and wine immediately and then after that they stopped by a few times but always seemed in a hurry . The waiter told us about the deserts as he walked away and was talking to another waiter. I would not recommend this place.
We really wanted to like this place, since despite the increasing number of restaurants in Wilmette there still aren't many good choices. It was quiet and very pleasant inside. The main service people (owners? managers?) were OK, but the chef-in-training more than made up for it. He was lively, had a great sense of humor, was very attentive and capable. The food was definitely OK, but seemed like it was trying too hard (too much sauce/dressing, etc). Guildhouse in Glencoe was a somewhat similar style, but with a much lighter touch. For the price, Chop House wasn't worth it.
It's nice to have such a great fine dining place very close to home. The decor and ambiance was quite nice with intimate small booths. The chef/owner greeted us as we came in and the waitress was very efficient and friendly. We had Steak Fritts because it was the smallest steak on the menu and it was still too much to eat. The food and wine was superb. A bit pricey for Wilmette, but it beats driving a long distance to have a place for special occasions. Lighter food was on the menu, too, which makes it quite affordable for a casual night out, too. We'll go again.
The food was tremendous - cold carrot soup with cilantro on top and candied nuts in it was creative and flavorful, caesar salad had nice touch of anchovies, and the grouper had a very light, flavorful tomato broth and marinated onions which was outstanding! The chef/owner was amiable
and waiting tables, which is always a nice touch; however he was clearly understaffed and couldn't keep up. We sat there for nearly half an hour before even getting noticed or attended to by anyone - then we ordered a glass of wine and the aforementioned soup and salad. Another twenty minutes later we inquired about the soup and salad and the waiter (chef/owner's son) said it seemed our order wasn't put in. We asked if they didn't at least have some bread for the tables, and he said "oh, he didn't put that out?" A while later our soup and salad finally arrived, and as I said they were delicious. Then significantly later our main courses came. We were not in any hurry at all, but it took two hours to get all of our food and eat. The owner/chef was apologetic and said he had been caught off-guard by the large crowd that night, and graciously offered a free desert. Given how good the food was, I will be giving this restaurant another try in hopes that it was indeed just an off/understaffed evening. Because otherwise we really liked it.
My husband and I have been to Wilmette Chop House numerous times since it has opened, and we just went again with it under new owership and with a new menu. Many of the familiar items are still on the menu, there is just a tad bit more variety now. For one of the first times in my life I did have to send my entree back because it was medium to well done and I had requested medium rare. The waiter apologized repeatedly and when my meal returned, it was exactly medium rare and delicious as usual. This minor glitch won't keep me from returning to the restaurant.
Had a magnificent birthday dinner here on a recent Friday night. So refreshing to see a vibrant downtown scene in Wilmette - with so many restaurants to choose from - we were was lucky enough to have heard of (by word of mouth) The Wilmette Chop House.
Menu is unpretentious with many choices. Wine pairing is "on point". Food was absolutely delicious!
Décor and ambience inviting - but most important - the staff made us feel welcome and special! Very memorable meal and we will be coming back!
We gave this a third chance after we heard that the ownership changed, but the result was still the same. My wife's steak was massively overseasoned for her taste. My steak was average, neither great nor bad. For the price, more should be expected. The tomatoes were bland in the caprese. There were only 3 tables full all night and service was still pedestrian. I've heard the pork chops are better, but none of us chose that entrée. Wilmette desperately needs a fine dining establishment, but this just isn't it.
Learning that Wilmette Chop House is under new management and chef, we took a chance as it is an adorable cozy restaurant and just what we wanted for date night. Warmly welcomed by the owner/chef, we chose a back booth and proceeded to enjoy a delicious bottle of red, a caprese salad (looked like the Cat in the Hat - cool!), Halibut and Salmon, both prepared beautifully, then a wicked Bananas Foster dessert. Definitely going back soon!
Although the food was good, the service was intolerable. The reason is that there are only two waiters, and one runner who busses tables, delivers food, pours water, etc.. They are all very pleasant, but you can't satisfy north shore customers this way. Hire more people or you don't have a chance.
Our second dinner was as excellent as the first. Friendly, hospitable staff welcomed us in and started the experience. Lawrence made great recommendations for wine, appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. He knows his "stuff" and ALL recomendations were "spot on". The food was presented well and tasted great. Prices are reasonable. I will continue to highly recommend The Wilmette Chop House!
Great experience. Had a Friday evening 6:00 p.m. reservation for four--my wife, myself, and my parents. We were the first ones in that evening. The chef gave us personalized attention--perfect balance of humor, making sure we were attended to, and giving us our privacy. The food was excellent. All of it. All four of us enjoyed dining there very much. We are going back. We are telling our friends. All dishes were very good. The pork chop is the best I've ever had. Desserts too...awesome. Ambiance too is great. Quiet. We sat by the window which looked out onto the neighborhood street. The tasteful jazz music playing in the background added to it all.
Had a great meal with fantastic service on Valentine's Day. Can't wait to go back. Apparently the new owner is stuck with the old name and the poor goodwill associated with the old name. This is a completely different restaurant. He may want to consider changing the name or asking yelp to clear our pre-existing reviews.
Took another couple there for his 70th birthday. A treat all around for us! Fine food. Fine sevice. Nice wine list with enough good selections by the glass. I would highly recommend the Wilmette Chop House to anyone. It's small and itimate and has no hint of "corporate feeding" that too many restaurants have today. Menu covered all price points from burgers through top-quality steaks. Couldn't be better!
We didn't go to Wilmette Chop House for steak, and next time we will. The room is cozy and warm, the service friendly and efficient, if a little pushy. There are several specials that can change your mind from the menu, many of which are very interesting. Appetizers are many, and my wife loved her scallop starter. My lobster chowder was distinctive as being very good and substantial, and different from the usual bisque. As entrees, my ahi tuna was very good, with a nice mushroom and greens preparation. My wife loved her lamb chops, which were prepared beautifully and in a large serving. The food prices were moderately expensive, but fair. However, wines were limited and very overpriced for certain varieties. No espresso available this evening either. Nonetheless it was good enough to go back.
Went for dinner new years and it was not too crowded and they had very good guitarist playing songs but not too loudly. Ordered the shimp which was served in light but peppery cajun sauce. We had the lamb and beat salad, both flavorful although the lamb was a tad dry. The drinks were solid and not small. Prices were not over the top. Overall the experience was very good
We were seated immediately at the back in a middle booth. I was concerned that it wouldn't be private with diners on either side, but it was. I was facing the large mirror on back wall and one of the spot lights was positioned so that the reflected light was in my eyes- I would have asked for another table but restaurant is small and the other table that we were offered when we arrived was by the front door. Single digits outside that night so not an option. Wait staff is amazing. Took drinks order immediately and set down a fresh loaf of bread. They are incredibly attentive. Someone was always stopping by to make sure we had what we needed. AND, the noise level is heavenly - you can hear what your dinner companion has to say.
Food: Husband had the pork chop which he loved. He always orders a caesar salad. his comment on this one was that the lettuce wasn't robust enough for the dressing- they used ice berg, I think.
I had the beet salad which featured five or 6 beautiful sized beet slices. Again, lettuce was limp-
My entree was the white fish with lentils. Lentils were tasteless. Fish was swimming in a buttery/oily sauce. I picked the fish out and dabbed off the sauce.
I wish them well but they really need to work on their menu - Nice ambience but falls short on the cuisine.
Steaks and salads are good, but the entrees seem rather overpriced for what you get. I've been here a few times and keep hoping I'll find something that really impresses me. It seems like everything is just average. The garlic mashed potatoes seemed to be the best thing we ordered. The dessert in particular was disappointing. The molten lava cake was not in any way molten and seemed like it had been made earlier and warmed up. They really need to step up their game to be better than just average...
There is under new ownership which has made it even better!
We went for our anniversary, and we were treated like royalty. The food was excellent and my favorite dish (the double pork chop) was outstanding. We recommend to everyone to try. We will be back again and again.
Our first experience at the Wilmette Chop House was great! The small size of the establishment enhances the attentive service. We started with a grilled octopus appetizer that was prepared perfectly. We each had steak- I the NY strip, she the bone-in ribeye. Both were grilled to our liking, we asked for the butter sauce on the side. There is no bar, but they serve wine and liquor with very limited mixers. Great, quaint neighborhood place for a phenomenal steak- we will be back.
They tried to please, and the food was tasty, but my whitefish was swimming in butter. When I order grilled whitefish I am looking for a healthy low calories, low fat meal. This was prepared in an old fashioned high fat manner. I don't think most people on the North Shore eat this way anymore. I ate it, because I was hungry, but I won't be back.
The new owner went out of his way make us feel welcome. My husband and I both started with the caprese salad (incredible). My husband had the smoked pork chop, (enough for two meals) and I ordered the vegetarian option; a medley of fall vegetables. The variety of vegetables was pleasing, but the large chunks of squash were not thoroughly cooked and the entree arrived lukewarm. I sent it back to be nuked - it arrived nice and hot, but the squash was still hard in the middle. No side comes with the entrees.....which is a bit disappointing. We shared a side order of brussel sprouts - very good. My husband ordered bananas foster for dessert and he licked the plate clean. The ambiance would be much improved with lowering the lights a bit
After several months under new ownership, we decided to give the Wilmette Chop House another try. We were so pleased. Excellent appropriately priced menu with a wonderful wine list. My chicken was delicious and the cauliflower gratin side dish was the perfect accompaniment. My wife had the fish and our guests had pasta and vegetables. Everyone was raving. Interestingly no one ordered steaks, but they looked perfect as they were being delivered to others.
One dessert for the table...bread pudding which was some of the best I have ever enjoyed, and that is saying something since I order this often.
We highly recommended this new found gem and will certainly be back in the near future.
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