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Tommy Nevins - Evanston

20 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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The Irish culture is one very rich in history and steeped in tradition. We have gone to great lengths to bring the various traditions of the Emerald Isle back home so that we may revel in the beauty that is Ireland. At Tommy Nevin's, always remember: "There are no strangers here; only friends who have not yet met"
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Irish, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday thru Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(847) 869-0450
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marcus Mooney
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Full catering menu.
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Cross street
Lake St
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Parking details
Meter and pay box parking everyday from 8am-9pm. No Meter on Sundays.
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Public transit
Dempster Purple line stop two blocks south.
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Come see our Traditional Irish Music Session, with John Williams every Sunday at 3pm, and Wednesday at 7pm.
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Special events & promotions
Private banquet space, with NO RENTAL FEES! Full stage and PA capable for music acts.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on August 25, 2012

Burger was good. Cheese ball appks were really good. Service poor-ran out of drinks throughout the meal-and place was not even busy. Desert-they should have been "chopped". Waitress recommended the lemon cake-dry-no flavor-probably was frozen. For a $60 lunch for 2 people-this place will not make it to the second round-they have been chopped-maybe they need to call restuarant impossible.

vipRandomRunner (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2012

Fun hangout and watch the game spot. Patio is great.

Suzanna (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2012

I really enjoyed the lovely outdoor seating area at Tommy Nevis for my late afternoon gathering with friends! The servers were friendly and attentive. I had the flatbread with smoked salmon and it was quite delicious.

vipdada (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 19, 2012

Fine spinach sald. soggy fried food.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 11, 2012

Our group was there for a "Pre-Mikado turns 50" reunion. We were seated on time and had a great time. The problem was the service--they forgot us way over in a corner (great spot for us for our reunion) only the food did not come at all for one table and was very slow for our table. My food (the Irish Stew) was a huge portion with lots of side vegetables and was piping hot and excellent. The linen napkins were a very nice surprise with all that gravy. All had a great time and they left us alone for our 4 hours of catching up (the good side) but the service originally was the weak point. We were literally sharing food with the poor table that did not get any for 45 minutes!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 18, 2012

Tommy Nevins did a great job of accomodating our group after it was discovered they had no record of the confirmed reservation I made through OpenTable. We had a great time and I learned that a phone call is better than online to make a reservation.

vipScott (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 20, 2012

The stilton burger was excellent, buffalo wrap was so-so. We were there at early lunch, only a handful of tables occupied. The waitress was very attentive at first but once the food came she disappeared. My buttered potatoes had no butter and there was no waitress to get me any. Had to wait about 10 minutes after the meal to get the check. Fortunately I had exact change and was able to just leave with payment on the table. Overall, disappointing. There are a lot of better Irish pubs out there.

vipAspec (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2012

Great comfort food! Delicious pub food, great beer and bar list. Have never been disappointed with a meal here. Try the Irish stew and burgers are awesome.

jeg421 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2012

Everyone in our party of 4 was pleased with the food, the venue and the service. Lots of comfort food choices. We would go back.

DinnerDiva (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2012

Our waitress was friendly, helpful, and efficient. The food was well-prepared and tasty. The Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert was perfectly delicious and a bargain at $2.75 per serving.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2012

I will give this place the benefit of having an off night, but our service was terrible. Once we were seated, we had to wait 10 minutes before I finally flagged a waiter down because none stopped by. It also took several requests for water until we finally received our pitcher. Once we received our meal, I had to ask the bus boy for hot sauce because our waiter was MIA again. Overall, the prices are reasonable and the food is decent. The service is sadly what soured me this pub.

vipyumyum2 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2012

Crowded, noisy, table too small to accomodate plates. Service staff tried to be friendly, happy and helpful, but were not very successful. Food was OK, but not great. Portions were huge. Menu in house did not have all the items that were on the inter-net menu. Located near NU campus, so was a great place for the college students and staff, but not so appealing for non-NU folks.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2011

My group from NU had a great time. No complaints!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2011

Tommy Nevin was great surprise offering authentic as well as faux Irish food. The selection of Irish and Scotch whiskies was fabulous as was the choice of draughts and bottled beers. Prices are really a value. Definitely a place to visit again!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2011

great outdoor beer garden!! Perfect on a summer day!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2011

We sat out side and the food was very good. I think our server was new, he kept forgetting to bring us water and other things we needed like mustard and ketchup, he was very nice though and we were not in a hurry.

vipKathyM (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 10, 2011

Great outdoor patio for the summer. Good menu with some intersting twists on burgers, salads and sandwiches.

3.0  Dined on July 23, 2011

Overall, this restaurant is okay but not great. It's location near Northwestern University is what made us choose it in the first place. The shepherd's pie was a bit salty for my taste, and my husband said his corned beef seemed more like roast beef. Service was friendly but only adequate; I had to ask for an ice tea refill. On the plus side, we were there early enough on a Saturday evening that the noise level was moderate and we could have a decent conversation. If we are in the neighborhood again, then we might give Tommy Nivens another try, but we wouldn't go out of our way to do so.

vippikapptcu (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2011

Good spot for some beers and sports in Evanston. Awesome patio seating!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on June 25, 2011

while this restaurant offers a gluten-free menu, we found that some of the items on the menu were not in fact gluten-free, but contained wheat/gluten orzo. The wait staff and manager promised to make things right for us, but replaced the mistake with a 2nd item off the gluten-free menu, which also contained orzo. When they said they'd fixed this by preparing yet a 3rd plate for us, we found it also had traces of orzo on it. Clearly, they want to be seen as friendly to the GF crowd, but they do not know how to run a GF kitchen and serve GF food. The dining experience for the entire party was poor, due to their incompetence.