The Stained Glass

4.6
1354 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary American, French, Asian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(847) 864-8600
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Kevin O'Malley
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Church Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Valet parking available on Fridays & Saturdays. Convenient Street & Garage parking daily.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
One block north of the the Davis Street L-station (Purple line) and Metra stop.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

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 1354 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 12 hours ago

Amazing food and wine flights! Everything was fantastic.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 7 days ago

The air conditioner was not working well. Too warm to enjoy the ambience. Requested they turn AC up but they said it was broken.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The air conditioning was not working. I really wish they had alerted us prior to arrival.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We went for Father's Day which was very well done by the restaurant. We brought our teenage son and he was able to order from the kids menu. Although there were younger children there this was a very calm and quiet restaurant. The food was amazing. We had the charcuterie which was wonderful, the foie gras blt , the surf & turf and the scallops. All were very good.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We were quite disappointed with our food. I had the rack of lamb, and the meat was scarce, way more fat then I am used to on rack of lamb. Two of the people had the trout at our table, and they were really disappointed with the description on the menu, since they said it was a sauce that tasted like hoisin with no reference to that. One of the gals who ate the trout loves your restaurant but said it was the worse entree she ever had there.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great food! Outstanding service! The menu has gotten more varietal and the preparations are unique and interesting. The wine list is fabulous. One of our favorites.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Once again, we have found a really enjoyable restaurant. The food and service were
quite good and I definitely recommend The Stained Glass for an evening out for a good meal .

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent selection of wines by the glass and an amazing menu to select from. We started with butter lettuce salad, deviled eggs and diver scallops and had scrumptious chicken and dumplings and scallops as entrees. Monk fish was regrettably a little tough and fishy tasting, cut way to thick to cook right and taste good. Other entrees were outstanding. Have the donuts for dessert--drop dead good.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Recommend everyone who would like to celebrate their anniversaries.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Great place for that special occasion!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Upscale option in Evanston; one of about 3 or 4 singled out by locals. Professional and efficient service. Casual vibe. Interesting / engaging "New American" style menu with nice wine list & wine flight options. Well prepared dishes, but will not knock your socks off. Would return if back in town (out-of-town visitor) or go to other options in same restaurant group.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The food was excellent. I brought out of town guests there and they were very pleased with the food. We ordered the trout and the duck for our entrees, both excellent. The crab cake is really good too. If you haven't been - I highly recommend it.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Great food. I have the trout and it was more than I expected. Menu descriptions don't do the flavors justice.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The atmosphere was quiet and private. The waitstaff was courteous and upbeat. The waiters did not constantly come around and ask how the food was. And they gave us a free dessert for the birthday boy. We love this place. I highly recommend it. The duck… OMG!!!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

A good experience!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This has been in Evanston for many years. It continues to be very popular for good reason- great food and service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Birthday dinner. Went really well and good was great. Service was great.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have been to this restaurant a couple of times. This time, we were a party of four at 6:00 p.m. on Mothers’ Day, so I expect the restaurant staff had been going full-speed for brunches, etc, all day. This had to stress the kitchen and wait-staff.

I short, my entrée was not as ordered, the staff was very solicitous, and I ate it anyway. Then they ran out of the desert I ordered. Not happy.

Try to go on a day other than Mothers’ day.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The space was very small and very loud. The appetizers were good, 2 of the 3 entrees did not live up to their descriptions in the menu. All three deserts were not very good at all. The creme brulees had no flavor, my doughnuts were very chewy.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Double date, excellent food, half price bottles of Pomerol and Burgundy. Excellent as usual.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We had a party of 7 to celebrate a college graduation. and I'm afraid they were a bit loud. I hope their excitement didn't disturb others .
The food, wine, drinks et al were excellent and the service superb.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The food was amazing! We had surf & turf, rack of lamb, scallops and ravioli. We all enjoyed our dishes. The wine flights were a fun way to start off the evening and the chocolate cake was a delicious way to end our meal.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I loved their foods and great service! Two thumbs up!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The Stained Glass was phenomenal. Really enjoyed the place, the food, the wine and overall ambiente

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our dinners and the wine were very good, but the dessert was a disappointment. They were out of the panne cotta so shared the trio of creme brûlée. Aside from the orange rind topping on one, all three items lacked flavor and the texture was that of something that had been made several days earlier and refrigerated.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The whitefish and the wine and the waitress all were outstanding. So when you have the 3 key Ws what else do you need? Nothing!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Fabulous meal, wine and wait staff! Beautiful, lovely evening!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Super gourmet, beautiful interior, great mixology, pro friendly service. We both loved it.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

As always, before dinner cocktail was the best, but my partner’s steak/lobster mac n cheese left much to be desired.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Very good food. Limited menu. Service was outstanding.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Everything we tasted was delicious and presentations were lovely. We had crab cake, soup and salads for appetizers, tuna and chicken for entrees and skipped dessert because we were rushing to a movie. They had half price bottles of wine and the Syrah was wonderful. We will definitely be back!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Good overall experience, felt a tad bit rushed to order. But otherwise food & service were excellent. Strip steak, tuna, chicken entrees were enjoyed. Crab cakes were also great appetizers. Drinks - excellent. A nice atmosphere, but quite expensive.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch was a great value. Nice food and selection in a nice atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Amazing Easter brunch! Carving station and desserts were out of this world and who does not love a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary?

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter brunch. Everything was outstanding. Will definitely go back for dinner.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It used to be a GREAT restaurant, but the food quality has slipped since I was last there.
The artichoke appetizer was flavorful, as was the duck but the squash risotto was bland and topped by bell peppers whose only flavor was vinegar.
Disappointing.
They gave us our choice of dessert as it was our anniversary which was a nice touch. That said, while the flavor of the cheesecake was yummy... it was cake and not cheesecake.
1/2 price wine on a Friday night made the meal much more reasonably priced, given that we only ate the artichoke and the duck entree.
While I will still go back, my partner did say to me "I won't go back".

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Could not have been better.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Delicious food and fantastic service! This is a real Evanston gem!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Birthday. Delicious!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Staff was very welcoming and the food was great. Our waitress was kind and paid attention to all our requests and made good recommendations.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
34