The Stained Glass

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of downtown Evanston since 1999, The Stained Glass Bistro has earned a reputation as the perfect spot both for special occasions and a casual bite to eat. The culinary duo of Chef Germain Gonzalez and Chef de Cuisine Paul Caravelli specialize in contemporary American dishes with French, Latin, and Asian inspirations.
Enjoy the world-class wine program, featuring over 30 wines by the glass, 8 wine samplers, and an extensive bottle list, in a warm, welcoming environment complete with wood-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls.

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Sun 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Thu 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 8:30PM - 9:00PM

What 1513 People Are Saying
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JM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I think this restaurant has declined, particularly in the quality of the food.

KD
New England
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space. Wonderful menu! We ordered the shaved Brussel sprout salad to start and for entrees the Amish chicken and the Halibut and both were delicious. Unfortunately the waiter never brought the salad, so not sure what happened? The cocktails were delicious! I had a gin drink with burnt rosemary.
We will definitely be back. It was just the right vibe to relax and celebrate after working all day to get our freshman son moved into his dorm.

E
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treating new NU parents from LA to the best meal in Evanston and they were delighted by the quality of the food, the service and the ambiance - and of course the wine selections were outstanding - our guests enjoyed the meal so much, they returned to the sister restaurant the following night - the highest of compliments!

C
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal. The service was great. Very friendly and with good suggestions. We will definitely return.

m
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cosmopolitan that I ordered was perfectly made by the very talented bartender. Everyone at my table ordered the evening’s special - salmon and shrimp on a bed of grits. Can’t say enough good things about that dish. It was beautifully presented and so full of flavor and different textures.

RS
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Tables vary close together. Elbows connected several times. Name is stupid. Food and service were excellent.

O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner experience in a very long time! Great food and impeccable friendly server.

VS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall, very average experience. For the price, I expected more.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was absolutely subpar in every way. From my tasteless lamb with curdled egg sauce (supposed to be bearnaise) to my wife’s steak frites (pile of soggy potatoes swimming in gravy). Service was great but food was atrocious.

L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful, the food had such great presentation and taste I can't wait to go back. They have something for everyone on the menu.

OT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been going to this restaurant for many years and have had outstanding food and service. This was our first negative experience. Pork chop special was dried out in spite of ordering it medium. Potatoes underneath were cold and tasteless. We had to get the attention of our server on several occasions to request more butter, additional drinks and dessert. Food (entree) came out way too quickly ...before we had even finished our first course. Restaurant was not crowded when we arrived but hostess sat a noisy foursome immediately next to us. Unfortunately, one of those individuals was wearing an excessive amount of perfume (not in the control of the restaurant but certainly did not help our overall dining experience). Stained Glass is in the fine dining category and pricey. We did not feel we had that fine dining experience. We did pay too much money for an inferior one.

WL
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server and good food

L
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was superb!

B
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was nice, but not very attentive; we had to prompt him several times to take our order and for other service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. This is a favorite place for us. Been here at least 15 times over the years. Some favorite items still on the menu. Interesting specials. My meal wasn’t as good as some I’ve had here, but that was mostly the choice I made, not the quality or the preparation of the food. They gave the birthday boy a comp dessert without our knowing beforehand; very nice touch! Will still recommend this place to others. Will continue to come back.

LS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Stained Glass restaurant was one of the best recommendations we've received in a good while. We drove from Kenosha to celebrate our friend's birthday. We enjoyed excellent service and delicious food - that even included a treat for the birthday girl! We look forward to sharing this wonderful place with other friends in the future.

d
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A perfect evening of delicious food and lovely wine in a quiet sophisticated setting with good friends.

SM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meals were delicious and our server was welcoming. The ambiance was calm and elegant without being stuffy.

E
Chicago
448 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Stained Glass a few times, and it always gives us a wonderful meal and rewarding experience. This was a birthday celebration for my wife and we were comped a dessert after dinner! Before that were starters of cream of spinach soup (amazingly creamy and buttery!) and deviled egg (three of them with a salmon mousse...unique!) My wife had the special, Steak Oscar: a generous filet with lobster topping! I've never seen that preparation anywhere. She said it was wonderful (by my taste as well,) and provided leftover beef for our Bichon, Stan, who ate it even faster! I had my favorite entree, Tuna! Tuna! Tuna! prepared as a tartare, a pastrami and a sashimi. Fantastic! Our server, Joe was top notch, and overall service excellent. There are multiple dining areas; we were in the bar area with bare brick wall which is classic and homey. Food was priced moderately but wines were expensive. We just loved it!

KD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, perfect for our anniversary celebration, fantastic service, allowing us to linger over drinks, unrushed, but timed servings perfectly, on a quiet street, wonderful new find

CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent food. I had the whitefish.
Attentive staff.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

White tablecloths greet you as you are escorted to your table for your high-end dining experience. The night that we were at The Stained Glass was on the quiet side (which fit the bill perfectly since we had flown in from big cities in the Northeast that are known as foodie cities for a funeral the following morning). Both my cousin and I ordered the tomato basil soup (an evening special) that was quite delicious with a slightly robust flavor. Our main entrees were the steak frites and the duck that both of us truly enjoyed after our long day. We found the restaurant to be an oasis and we hope that you do too!

PB
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very lovely place for a good dinner. Elegant but not overdone. Service was very good and the food delicious. Very nice too for a special occasion.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my husband’s birthday. It was the perfect place to celebrate. We ordered based on the server’s suggestions and everything was so delicious and the courses were timed perfectly. We will definitely be going back.

K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. It was a great dining experience!!

SA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

My son ordered a steak from the kids’ menu, which was quite misshapen: very thick cut and curled up onto itself on the edges. He only managed to get through half of it, though he said it tasted all right.

My husband found the whitefish entree quite disappointing, and I thought the same of the salmon salad entree. The salmon fillet was overly large and unimaginatively cooked, while the salad was a very basic mix of greens piled high, with cherry tomatoes dotted about the plate. Very inappropriate for dinner, though it could probably pass muster at lunch.

I also tried the shaved brussel sprouts, and found that salad to be a bit on the dry side.

While our server was nice, she didn’t advise me on the entrees very well. I ended up with far too many salads, really. I would probably have changed my order had I known what the salmon entree looked like, and would have appreciated a little forewarning from her, given that the menu description itself was quite terse.

The bus person clearing and delivering our food plates wasn’t exactly well groomed, and managed to make me uncomfortable enough to want to leave as quickly as possible.

I don’t normally write detailed reviews like this, but given the price point, the ambience, and the location, I think the restaurant fell short of expectations.

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very quaint quiet restaurant with impressive staff. Large salads (order one for two people) Scallops were bad and had to send them back and was handled very well.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrating our 5 year anniversary.

G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated a special occasion on a Saturday evening. The room is attractive and a wine-focused bar runs along half its length. The room was not particularly noisy, although not full either. We enjoyed two flights of wine between the two of us; plenty to share and an opportunity to taste 6 selections total. The menu leans French and was very inventive; the whitefish over wild-mushroom spaetzle was surprisingly substantial, perfectly cooked. My wife's tuna trio also was excellent and cleverly served on a set of matching plates. French silk tart was a perfect finish. Our server Barbara provide terrific service, never intrusive yet fully attentive. We will be back!

O
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here. Very nice experience. Had the sparkling wine flight. Server was GREAT (Barbara). For was really good except the shrimp on the salmon special. Pretty sure it was not gulf shrimp and had an off taste. But all was good otherwise including dessert (pecan tart).

KH
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a variety of dishes amongst five of us - steak, lamb and scallops. All of them were delicious and cooked exactly as requested. Our waitperson was attentive but not intrusive and very helpful with explanations about the food and wine selections. We would definitely eat here again!

PK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went on a Sunday evening (7:00) and the crowds had all left. It was quiet and comfortable. Our server was pleasant and attentive. We felt the food was excellent and we shared the Brussels Sprouts salad and a desert.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The experience would have been so much better if the tables we spaced further apart!

QT
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice quiet restaurant with good food/drinks, ambiance and outstanding service. Celebrating our anniversary so we wanted to so to a restaurant that we don’t always go to – so went to Stained Glass. We shared: Tenderloin Steak Tartare – Shallots, Dijon mustard, cornichons, field greens, sriracha aioli, grilled toast points. Delicious and glad we shared. Entrees: The Mr. had Australian Rack of Lamb – Parmesan and white truffle Creme brûlée, Hollandaise, haricots verts, mint pesto. I had: Seared Diver Scallops -Pan seared diver scallops, Parmesan herb risotto, haricot verts and saffron beurre blanc.

Since they knew we were celebrating our anniversary, the waitress brought out the dessert menu and choose anything you want, one the house. So we decided to share one dessert: Creme Brulee Sampler – Grand Marnier, mocha, Vietnamese cinnamon. Everything was delicious including the drinks and the glass of white wine that the Mr. enjoyed.

LP
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everybody was so nice, the food was delicious and we had a wonderful time!

e
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

While the service and food were good, we had an unfortunate experience with a gift receipt which we received from our daughter several years ago. We told the waitress that we had a gift receipt before we ordered. When we got our bill and presented the gift receipt, we were told we must have a gift card. We had a receipt showing that she had paid $75.00. Our daughter who lives out of town never got a card from the restaurant. The manager refused to honor the receipt. After a discussion he came back and charged us for half of our dinner. There is no excuse for not honoring our gift receipt. We will not return.

ZF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first visited The Stained Glass last year with a friend who, sadly, has since died. I was there again over the weekend with my wife and several family members. We has a WONDERFUL dinner -- perfect in every way.

The salad/appetizer course were superb -- especially the shaved Brussel sprouts salad.

The entrees were great, with special praise for the duck, the whitefish, and the scallops.

Desserts were awesome, with the warm pecan tart w/saboyan gelato leading the pack.

Service was attentive, and all the fine details were also perfect.

We'll definitely be back!

DT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

An off night. Been there plenty, but the service was horrible. Our apps got there before our beverage. Server disappeared. She was PLENTY nice, but BAD.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for a friend’s birthday and had a wonderful time! The food was terrific and the service was great.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We have been coming for years like that the wait staff is stable and knowledgeable.

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