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About Symphony's Cafe

Symphony's Café is Evanston's finest tradition and a true neighborhood favorite. Utilizing only the freshest ingredients and sophisticated service, we make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner a special experience. The versatile Symphony's dining environment is perfect for family gatherings, work lunches, Sunday brunch, group parties, or a romantic dinner for two. We are proud to serve organic eggs, creative salads, the freshest seafood, free-range poultry, prime-aged steaks, and amazingly flavorful pasta dishes. Our extensive menus truly have something for everyone, with vegetarian offerings, gluten-free options, children's menus, and consideration for special diet requirements. We look forward to serving you soon!

1945 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Italian

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast: Daily: 8:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Daily: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Prairie (2 blocks west of Green Bay Road)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 475-1200

Website:
http://www.symphonyscafe.com/

Parking Details:
Plenty of Central street parking with meters (free after 6 pm) and metered parking lot half block west of the restaurant (also free after 6 pm).

Public Transit:
2 blocks west of Central Street Metra stop. One mile west of Central Street El station. 201 Central Street bus stop in front of Cafe, runs every 15 minutes until 8 pm.

Additional:
Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Symphony's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
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Comfort Food (8)
Good for a Date (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 5 days ago

Friendly staff members that are attentive and efficient. We have been here multiple times for breakfast and everything has been delicious. Portions are generous and menu is varied. Excellent restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere. Looking forward to trying other meals here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 6 days ago

Symphony’s is a lovely local spot. The food is great and service quick. The staff is so friendly and kind. We are from Texas and will visit again on our next trip.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Not a great experience. Lots of things that could have and should have been handled better. First, our party of 6 was jammed into a round booth meant for 4 with a chair added and not enough place settings (we had to ask again for an additional setring when the food arrived). Before being seated in the booth we requested another vacant table set for 6 but were told it was for a group with a wheelchair. The party seated there 10 minutes later did not have anyone in a wheelchair so we did not appreciate the lie. The food was average, and was poorly timed as we were told our entrees were ready while we were still enjoying appetizers and the salad course which comes with the meal. It was as if this were our problem for not eating quickly enough! Our cramped set up resulted in the waitress handing us very hot plates as she could not reach across to put them on the table herself. Fortunately nothing spilled and no one burned themselves! Just not a pleasant experience overall.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great hearty brunch at a good value. Had the gypsy hash which was really good, and I loved the biscuits!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant. QUIET, great food, lovely ambiance and delightful background music that is kept at a low level. Many gluten-free items to choose from and they will gladly adapt food preparation to make it gluten free.
We LOVE SYMPHONY.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Staff wasn’t ready for us even though I had a reservation. Waited for initial drinks at least 20 minutes. Food came cold.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Symphony's has a straightforward menu of very good food which is great for people who are trying to eat "clean." I had a grass-fed burger without the bun which was delicious. My friend had skirt steak which was also very good. If you are looking for a place to have a quiet dinner and avoid lots of high calorie food, check out their menu and give it a try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I have eaten here many times and always enjoyed their food. Friends have joined me and been pleased with the service and food.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Went mid week and had a quiet table which suited my hard of hearing mother . Great fish dinners for both of us with large portions . I also enjoy their breakfasts . I enjoy going there every time I visit Evanston .

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Symphony Cafe offered the perfect setting for a long awaited gathering of cousins. The menu offered a variety of delightful opportunities while the caught up on many years of life.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

I chose this Café for our business group of 12 people because I wanted to have everyone sit together--worked out wonderfully. Food was very good--generous, well-presented. Staff was pleasant and available but not overly attentive--we had a measure of privacy.

What many of us really appreciated most was the low noise/sound level. Finally, a wonderful place to go where you don't have to loudly address your companion in order to get over the booming noise level in the room. Excellent place to take someone you want to give your full attention to--interview, date, special family time, dearest friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Afternoon Tea, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Loved our Sunday brunch here. Menu was extensive and offered so many choices. We went with sweet and savory and all was excellent. Highly recommend the pancakes!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was very good, but the management did not read my Open Table notes before we arrived, nor while we were there.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Outstanding food! Great service! Highly recommended!!! Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We made reservations for 15 - including a large number of young kids. The staff did a great job taking care of the group and the food was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised on Friday evening, the food was so good. Their food and menu have changed for "the good".
Would definitely go back there.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Better than the amazing food, the service was amazing. There were 3 of us for dinner for the first time, and we eat very little, so we shared 2 meals. We jokingly suggested to have everything split 3 ways, and to our surprise they graciously obliged. That meant more to us than anything, and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Big portions of good food in a quiet setting. Great attention to dietary restrictions.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 4, 2017

We had a very pleasant experience here. Food was really good and the restaurant was quiet enough for us to be able to talk to each other. Nothing fancy, just good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Symphony's has become one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants since we moved to Evanston two years ago. The food, service, and ambiance are great and we highly recommend it!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The food and service were amazing. We were a party of 7 and the restaurant was extremely busy because of a local college graduation. The waitstaff was attentive and very accommodating, we had a a vegan, two guests with gluten allergies and one guest with a garlic allergy. Our waiter paid close attention to everyone's dietary needs and made sure the meals were all served accordingly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. It's a great lunch/brunch experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Food was delicious and plentiful and service always very attentive. Great local favorite!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Symphony delivers very good solid food. I had an omelette which was excellent. The restaurant has both booths and tables and the servers are very attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The crepes are amazing! Great atmosphere and food. Would definitely recommend for brunch!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Tucson)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We've always had good food at this neighbor Hood gem. I love chocolate mousse.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Graduation

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Had family and out of town guests in for visit. Great option to be able to take large group out for breakfast.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2017

A group of old friends got together for a Monday night dinner and had a great time. The ambiance was great. The food and service were excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 23, 2017

We have been going to Symphonys since the year after it opened. I was delighted to see that it had been added to Open Table. Many of our friends have eaten there and nobody is ever disappointed. We have even hosted larger gatherings of friends and family and were always pleased with food and service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Food,service,and menu options were all worthy of a repeat visit😊

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Maybe this is a good breakfast place but for dinner it was terrible. I ordered the ahi tuna special. It was smothered in sesame seeds and garlic that obviously came out of a jar not fresh and the fish did not taste very fresh. My son ordered a chicken pesto sandwich he said the pesto was very good and the chicken was terrific. I'm glad he was happy. I was actually surprised the place filled up. Maybe it's the neighborhood favorite but I did not enjoy the food at all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 3, 2017

We have been here many times. We like the neighborhood atmosphere and the good food and friendly service. Nice for a casual outing or special occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

I have been to Symphony's on many occassions and the food is always prepared well and is always very tasty.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

One of the best restaurants and best values in Evanston! Symphony offers a wide-ranging, but not overwhelming menu. Portion sizes are quite large, so be prepared to take some leftovers home, which is just fine with me. The background music is perfect for a nice relaxing meal. Great place!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Good food, excellent service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Wonderful food is a very cozy, quiet setting. A nice neighborhood place. Everything we had was delicious. We had the coconut shrimp appetizer which was excellent and enough for 2-3 people. It had 6 large shrimp. Our main courses included the spaghetti and meatballs and 2 of the specials that evening: beef stroganoff and salmon with risotto. Everything was great. I have also had the burgers there which are fantastic and very large. But of course the best thing there is Steve's Chocolate cake. It is a very large piece of fantastic cake and large enough for 2 people to share.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Service was horrendous. Had to ask multiple times for everything.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2017

I've been to Symphony many times and have always been satisfied with the food and service. My friends and I generally go there after we have been to Light Opera Works in Evanston. We consider it "tradition".

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

dinner was delicious. our server was very good.
We go there often and will continue to dine there.....

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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