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About The Stained Glass

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.

1735 Benson Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, French, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Church Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 864-8600

Website:
http://www.thestainedglass.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available on Fridays & Saturdays. Convenient Street & Garage parking daily.

Public Transit:
One block north of the the Davis Street L-station (Purple line) and Metra stop.

Executive Chef:
Kevin O'Malley

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
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

The Stained Glass Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

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86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
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Special Occasion (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Romantic (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Cozy (8)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Casual (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Lovely evening. Attentive and pleasant wait staff. Wine flights were great! Food was delicious and nicely presented. Highly recommend for a special dinner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I have gone to the restaurant on many occasions in prior years. I took my mom there for her birthday this year. I never write reviews, but I have to say that the food was really awful. 2 out of three dishes were sent back. The lamb chops were cold and tasted boiled (it's hard to screw up lamb). The trout was covered in onions and lost all fish taste. Even the bread at the beginning of the meal was awful...wonder bread.

A huge disappointment. And I felt awful because it was a special occasion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Lovely experience from start to finish!
Always made to feel special & the food was superb, as always!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Stained Glass is superb in every way. Their menu is exceptional, their service is fabulous , and I love the ambiance in the restaurant ! The tuna tuna tuna is my favorite -- coupled with those truffled mayonnaise fries and the salad lyonnaise!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We always enjoy Stained Glass. The food is very creative, with fun combinations. The wine fights are great! Our service has always been outstanding - gracious, perfectly timed, very attentive, but never overbearing. The deviled egg starter is one of the best we've had. There was both a vegetarian and vegan option for entrees. We would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 5, 2018

My wife and I met our grandson (a freshman at Northwestern) at The Stained Glass during our recent visit to Chicago. The Stained Glass is an upscale, yet comfortable, place to meet. It was our first time at this restaurant, but we would highly recommend it for good food, good service and an excellent ambiance. Our table was in a small, well-appointed room at the back of the restaurant, and the noise level was low enough that we could enjoy easy conversation. Our waiter was prompt and efficient. We started with the soup (lobster bisque and tomato bisque) and both were very good. My wife had the Amish chicken, which wasn't exactly to her liking, but okay. My grandson and I had the steak special and it was delicious. Both entrees were well presented. My wife had a drink called a "POM" and loved it. I had a glass each of albarino and shiraz, both very good. All in all, we enjoyed The Stained Glass and would definitely go there again the next time we visit Evanston.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food is consistently excellent. The service was atten

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a lovely time here last night. Very relaxing and romantic atmosphere. Perfect for date night. Attentive and very friendly service. The waitress who told us about the specials was so enthusiastic we wanted to order everything lol. The food was delicious and the wine tastings complemented it perfectly. For the wonderful evening we had the price was very reasonable. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Frequent diner at Stained Glass. Was very pleased at the food and service as a step up from our last visit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was our first time at the restaurant and it was excellent. Great service and a really good menu. The wine was excellent and we started with the stuffed artichoke. Great place...

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

I've dined at The Stained Glass before and have had good experiences but this visit was very disappointing. There were 3 of us eating and none of us enjoyed our meals very much and were shocked to see how expensive the check was. Not sure if the kitchen was just having an off night but overall not a good dining experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We celebrated our Anniversary here last week and were very impressed all around. The atmosphere is lovely, terrific service, great wines, and an outstanding meal.
The duck was exceptional, as was the tuna trio. I had the ciopinno special which was delicious, if a little on the skimpy side.
Will definitely go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Menu was amazing and the food was very good. We had the strip steak special which involved two small steaks with coatings. In each case one was overcooked (thinner meat) and the other was fine. Our waiter never came by to check on us or the meal. He was not very attentive. That said, the food was very good and the atmosphere was very nice as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always great food and excellent ambience. Great wine flights and manycocktails too.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The ambiance and atmosphere was very nice. Pete was a pleasure to have as our server. We enjoyed the wine flights very much. Coffee was great. The trio of creme brulee was not the best.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

A cute place that is perfect for small and large parties alike. I was impressed that when our server was working with another table when we arrived, the bartender came out to get our drink order. Very nice! I've found service to be slow this week at many restaurants, perhaps because students are on break? This place was the exception.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food on New Years’ Eve was very disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went there for New Year's Eve. Very limited choices. Food quality was OK. Crab cake was mostly corn meal. Halibut small and dry. Not worth the cost at all. Also was supposed to get a glass of champagne with the meal but never got it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a good table in a quiet corner. Server was adequate but not personable or attentive. More food (New Years menu) than I usually eat and not outstanding. Maybe because we were in an out-of-the-way spot, it did not feel special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Three couples gathered for a New Year's Eve meal. The fixe prix menu was diverse and tasty. The bottles of Italian Sangiovese were great and a relative value. The service was a little challenged by the crowd, but were attentive and cheerful. My fried oyster appetizer and the 'Italian Donut' desert were the alpha and omega for my meal selections. We'll go back !!!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our food was a big disappointment. For the cost, we were expecting more. For one course, we had King Crab Cakes. Couldn't find the crab, only breading. Next we had a New York Strip Steak. We expected good pieces of meat. However, we both had pieces with a lot of sinew, which made the dish difficult to eat. We had heard great things from friends about this restaurant, but were very disappointed with what we got for our buck.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

great place in evanston. Kevin O'Malley the owner greets every table and has a penchant for details. We went their for pre-fixed menu for NYE. I have an allergy that Kevin deftly handled and made my evening. Top notch cocktails and amazing desserts!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined there on New Year's Eve, early seating. prix fixe menu. The food was generally good, with interesting combinations. Service was unusually attentive and helpful. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is a restaurant to come to experience the food. The crab bisque was very nice along with the crab cakes. We both enjoyed the steak. We went New Years Eve so the menu was a special menu with limited choices. I probably would not have gotten the fancy donut that our server recommended. It was nothing special. We would come back again.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A FANTASTIC RESTAURANT WITH EXCELLENT FOOD---GREAT MENU!! IT'S EXPENSIVE BUT THE FOOD IS FRESH AND PRESENTATION IS GREAT!! OUR WAITRESS WAS WONDERFUL WITH GOOD SERVICE & KNOWLEDGE OF MENU ITEMS ALONG WITH WINE SELECTION.
I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THE STAINED GLASS!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food and the service was outstanding. Great ambiance.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great place, very value oriented. Staff really cares about you having a great meal and service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Stained Glass has an elegant and relaxing atmosphere and the food is wonderful!! My favorite dish is the roasted chicken! It’s a standard item on most restaurant menus but their preparation really makes it stand out. Highly recommend the Stained Glass!’

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is the second time we've been to the Stained Glass and on both occasions the service has been bad. The second time, in December, 2017, it was stupendously bad. The waiter was crotchety, dismissive and seemed to not care even after the manager came over to apologize for the 45 minute wait for main courses, and the 20 minute wait for donuts.

The food was mediocre - lamb was fatty, the salad was swimming in dressing and the trout looked like it had been strangled. All in all, an unpleasant surprise for a holiday dinner party

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We all enjoyed the wine flights, a specialty of this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday with 6 people and everyone enjoyed their meals. It's an attractive room and it's easy to have a conversation. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. It's not inexpensive, but the portions are good sized.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I have dined here often. On this occasion, I ordered the trout, with the enthusiastic endorsement of the server. The trout must have been not fresh or something. It was extremely fishy and probably an entree I have not liked to this degree in two,years of restaurant dining. My partner’s entree, the skirt teak, was excellent. My advice would be to avoid the trout!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was great. This is a nice restaurant if you don't want to go all the way to the city.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dinner with our daughter and two roommates at college. EXCELLENT food. Interesting combinations and great preparation and presentation. Highly recommended.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

If it was not for the poor service the meal was excellent. Be prepared for an extremely loud level of noise.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

There were 10 of us and we all loved our meals. The service was excellent. The server was delightful and very knowledgable. Wish there had been a more moderate priced wine by the glass in addition to the expensive wines by the glass on the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always interesting dishes. My "special" wasn't that specials, my wife really like her fish. Classy place that worth a special occasion or serious date

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Long time patron. Server was excellent, as was the food. And thank you Stained Glass for using Open Table.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. Our favorite restaurant in Evanston. Attentive and friendly management and staff

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was very good, food was great. Most enjoyable place.

Tags: Cozy
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