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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

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

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Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (11)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Cozy (7)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Authentic (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Casual (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 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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·Dined on January 14, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 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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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 5, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food on New Years’ Eve was very disappointing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 29, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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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·Dined on December 10, 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 4, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 26, 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 26, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful service, tasty foods - one of Evanston ‘s best ! But - wines are a bit overpriced & dessert offerings were not good

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

We were a group of 8 adults who were celebrating a special occasion for a close friend. Two couples drove to Evanston from a western suburb; and, they were very impressed with the menu offerings in general and certainly enjoyed the meals which they ordered, in particular. As the person making the reservation, I appreciated the follow-up and confirmation of our date and time for our group. When we arrived, we were seated immediately. Our waiter was very attentive, personable, and answered multiple questions. Stained Glass will be a restaurant that we plan to visit for other similar occasions and will certainly recommend to friends. It was the perfect choice for our gathering.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was unacceptable. After being seated by the hostess, we waited for 20 minutes before having to ask the hostess to get our waiter to order drinks. Then, again, we had to do this, to order dinner.

Truly, the food is overly expensive for the ambiance and service provided. And, while the food was good, it was not innovative or particularly tasty relative to what you could get at other quality restaurants. You can do better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We are frequent visitors to the Stained Glass. Always good service and solid good food. The "Tuna Tuna Tuna" on the menu is a hit. This visit, the steak special and the brussel sprout salad were hits. The best place for high end dining in Evenston.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wish I could judge this book by the cover. The menu looked fresh, seasonal and well crafted. The drink list was varied with unique flares. The decor and atmosphere were cozy, contemporary enough and sufficiently styled to keep this place falling victim to traditional, stuffy fine-dining traps. But the kitchen execution and service was lacking. Twice the server left plates without explaining what was being presented (charcuterie platter and flight of creme brulee). A steak requested medium rare came out with only wisps of pink. The artichoke appetizer lacked a much-needed sauce (just scant balsamic) and thus flavor. The duck breast was cooked perfectly but its duo of leg confit was oddly dry. We had high expectations based on its ratings and reviews, but on a Saturday night it did not live up to its billing. Dined with my wife and mother-in-law and none of us were impressed. None of us finished our plates as we usually do. In hindsight, the fact that we were seated a half hour ahead of our reservation due to our early arrival was more telling of this restaurant's slipping posture than its ability to accommodate.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Date night

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We went with another couple Friday night and found the atmosphere quiet enough to hear each other, elegant but not pretentious, service attentive but not overbearing, and the food was fantastic! Two of us had the scallop & pumpkin risotto special that was wonderful!
This place is a gem. We are always in search of a place where we don't have to struggle to hear
each other. The restaurant was full, but still quiet enough for a very pleasant evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We booked an early dinner for a birthday and were not disappointed. Service was great, cocktails and wine flights were great. Main courses of lamb, halibut, chicken, and steak were all great and prepared perfectly. Dessert course was great - so save room. Would come back again for another occasion - service was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Stained Glass is a rocking but classy establishment with terrific food, great choices, and wonderful service. Lobster bisque was equal to anyone’s, the Brussels sprout salad crunchy good, my tenderloin and crab duo was very nice, but the winner was my wife’s rack of lamb!! Wines were varied, and prices were moderately steep but worth it. We’ll definitely go back, but remember if it’s too loud...you’re too old!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

WE had a very knowledgeable waiter, however, he was too busy with too many tables to serve so he was not attentive. We had to ask for him to be sent over when we needed service. It seemed simply a case of not enough staff, but on a Saturday night prime time - there should have been. Too bad - it is a wonderful restaurant but patrons are paying as much for good service as they are food.

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