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Permanently Closed - Taste on Chestnut

114 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch (71)

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Taste on Chestnut is perfect for a small group of friends to go for a classy dinner in a casual atmosphere. Start out with an order of Applewood smoked bacon wrapped dates, buffalo chicken lollipops or the crab cake. Enjoy a unique entrée such as the trout stuffed with potatoes, lobster sandwich or pistachio-crusted lamb chops. Taste on Chestnut has several venues to suit your group and situation. Sit upstairs by the fireplace in the cozy room that is comfortable for conversation or be seated at the bar. Tables are also available in the downstairs area that is great for relaxing or a more intimate setting.

Taste on Chestnut also offers an area for cooking classes that can hold up to 35 people. Classes range from 60 – 90 minutes in length and you can customize the class from 15 different menus to make it a unique and memorable event for you and your guests.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, DInner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: Closed
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Payment options
Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sergio Correa
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Full service catering is offered with a variety of approaches including cocktail party menus, casual buffet to elegant seated dinners. Taste on Chestnut is always open to creating one of a kind menus.
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Cross street
Elm and Chestnut Street
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Parking details
Plenty of parking
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Public transit
The Metra North line stops at the Winnetka
stop. A short 2 block walk to the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipLinda (Chicago)
Dined on September 24, 2016

The Bronzino was absolutely delicious. We had great service. Our waiter helped us select a perfect bottle of wine. We will definitely go back.

glenfoodie (Chicago)
Dined on September 23, 2016

This was a great place to visit for the first time for a friends birthday ! The lobster salad sandwich was especially delicious !!!

vipPetey55 (Chicago)
Dined on September 22, 2016

I cannot comment on the quality of the food or the value of it, as my partner and I aborted our stay, paid our bill and walked out after having a cocktail. It was a beautiful Thursday night around 7pm, and there were no patrons inside the dining room and maybe four tables outside (including us). Our waiter told us a list of specials (which was incomplete, as we later learned), and took our drink order. Despite the relative lack of activity, our waiter essentially disappeared after delivering our drinks. Unless he was also cooking food in the kitchen, there was no plausible explanation for his lack of presence - bad sign #1. As we sat there, we saw the table next to us reject a bowl of soup for being cold -- bad sign #2. The soup is cold, yet there is basically NOBODY here?? BTW, the soup was not delivered by the waiter, who was still M.I.A. at that point. We are not usually big bread eaters at restaurants, but so much time went by that we ate an entire basket and finished our cocktails before the waiter finally reappeared. At that point we were so frustrated and upset that we politely told him we changed our minds about eating dinner and asked for the check. I have to add that we have never done that -- truly . Waiter delivered the check promptly but once again went missing. The inside dining room was still empty, and the other three occupied tables outside were the only patrons, so where the heck was he? I left and went to the restaurant next door to put our names on their list while my partner went inside and had the bartender, who was the only visible employee, settle our bill. BTW, as we were waiting and stewing over our cocktails, we saw an endless parade of people going to the restaurant next door. I consider that bad sign #3 that something was amiss about Taste. Fortunately, the other restaurant was able to accommodate us quickly despite the fact that the place was absolutely packed. Next time we'll skip Taste and head directly next door.

rickey (Chicago)
Dined on September 3, 2016

The food is outstanding. We shared the pistachio crusted lamb chops and the halibut. Sides are creative, unusual and scrumptious. Service was terrific.

vipSophie (Chicago)
Dined on September 3, 2016

My husband loves the fabulous Burrata cheese & tomato jam. He also ordered the beef tacos & loves them. I tried something different, chicken a la Joe, but was disappointed. The white meat was dry & the piece of dark meat was undercooked! Not flavorful at all. Perhaps they had a different chef that evening.

vipMersie (Chicago)
Dined on September 2, 2016

Taste offers a varied menu, so even for customers who have dietary restrictions, there is something delicious to eat. We went there to celebrate the 97th!!! birthday of our dear friend. Hope to be back for her 98th birthday!

Rtr22 (Chicago)
Dined on August 18, 2016

Nice place. Good food. Spotty service. Didnt have a full dinner menu when we went there. Lots of items missing from menu because they ran out. Who runs out of steak?

ElizabethT (Chicago)
Dined on July 27, 2016

A gem in charming Winnetka!
Really good food and great service!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined on July 23, 2016

Great food and drink.

vipJanetR (Chicago)
Dined on July 2, 2016

Great salads, tomato basil soup, whitefish and chicken/pasta. Nice to eat outside, though outdoor tables are a bit too small for comfortable eating for four. Good service. We all enjoyed our meals.