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Symphony's Cafe

4.4
399 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Quiet Conversation
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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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
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Phone number
(847) 475-1200
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prairie (2 blocks west of Green Bay Road)
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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).
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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
What 399 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

This is a great spot for a nice meal. I've had lunch here several times and always been pleased. The portions are large, which means you can take your leftovers home for a second meal. Service is generally prompt, and it's overall a pleasant experience.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Met a friend for breakfast. We sat along time and talked which was great. The food was okay. Service so so but friendly enough. Maybe we just sat there too long so it could be my fault. I would go again only to meet someone, it will not be a destination.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food. Good location.
We will definitely try for dinner sometime.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Service was just horrid and food was very fair, at best.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

This was our first visit but it will not be the last to Symphony. The food was very good and the service friendly, attentive not intrusive.
Seems to be a popular evening destination, as we entered just before the dinner hour and by the time we were done, the restaurant was nearly full and this was a Wednesday evening.
Wine is served but not hard liquor.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Classic decor and quiet setting, along with an extensive menu and quality food make this one of the best restaurants in Evanston. Our party of four arrived on a busy Sunday afternoon and had to wait a few minutes before being seated (reservations definitely recommended, as we still had to wait for a table to be cleared). Food was excellent: we had everything from a vegetable crepe with Hollandaise sauce to a wrap, and all contained quality ingredients and
seasonings. Definitely recommend this restaurant and will be returning. Delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was a lovely dinner. The food was fresh and tasty. Very nice!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Friendly, prompt service and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We have made reservations for Valentine's Day. We were attended to quickly. the waiter was great. We enjoy their time there together and the food was delicious. I would recommend it and return frequently specially for special events.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This place is fantastic. We were a little shocked that they were empty when we arrived. Love the decor and menu selection. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent. From start to finish! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Great food, but we felt a bit rushed.
This was a lunch and it wasn't crowded so I was surprised that we felt rushed!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and attentive, but non-intrusive service.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Our food came out a little late, made up for it with a free dessert.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Symphony Café is in Evanston. Parking is nearby. The service was very good and the butternut squash ravioli was good .

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent server. Gave us good choices

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We love Symphony's for breakfast -- Chilaquiles, Greek omelette, and the yogurt parfait are some of our go to menu items. Great atmosphere and a neighborhood favorite.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Their soups are delicious! I had the chicken breast stuffed with spinach and requested asparagus instead of potatoes. Dinner was equally delicious and, of course, we topped it
with a glass of wine.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

We came to Symphony on this occasion because we had a group of 7 for Sunday brunch and they take reservations. But we have been many times before. Symphony has consistent good food. Classic breakfast fare and lunch sandwiches, done as you expect them to be done. The atmosphere is warm and pleasant. Nothing trendy or exciting here but sometimes that's exactly what you're looking for. I typically get the Eggs Benedict which comes with hash browns. My husband always gets a turkey club which makes him very happy. If you go at prime hours there can be a wait but typically it's easy to get into and again, they take reservations. Great, under the radar daytime option.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoy eating there before going to Light Opera Works which now has a new name I can't remember.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Symphony may not be the hippest spot in town but it's a reliable go-to for yummy classic breakfast and lunch options. The decor is warm and comfortable. Typically the wait time is reasonably short. Service isn't always the quickest but is friendly and caring. My husband and I go there often when he needs his Turkey Club and I want Eggs Benedict. We took his mom there and she raved about the restaurant choice!

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

My wife loved her sesame crusted ahi, and I had a chicken rollade with mashed potatoes. We shared a plate of mussels. The service was excellent a delightful server, and the manager came out to talk to us about our meal. I always worry that an Italian restaurant is going to overwhelm you with a ton of pasta and a lot of tomato sauce, so I avoided the primarily pasta dishes. The ones we had were very good and we look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

I've been coming here for years. If you're looking for a place where the primary objectives are great food and quiet enough for easy conversation, then this is your place.

Everything I have had on their menu has been outstanding. Wine by the glass is very reasonable.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

After a long day of traveling we were too tired to cook so we headed to a local restaurant for dinner.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 3, 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.

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2.0Dined on October 28, 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 18, 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 .

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5.0Dined on October 3, 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 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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4.0Dined 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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