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Dave's Italian Kitchen

1635 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
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Ranked #32 of 230 Restaurants in Evanston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Most recent review
- Aug 24, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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75 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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English first
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

After many years of being away from the Chicago area, I was visiting, so decided to try the 'new' Dave's. I had only been to the earlier location, which I dearly loved. I was happy to see the scallops with lemon and zucchini on the menu - my favorite dish at Dave's. While my meal was good, it just did... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

25 min to take our order, 25 min for the food to arrive. Then hardly any flavor. I think they keep a giant pot of generic bland vegetables and a giant pot of marinade sauce etc and all the flavors are pretty neutral so they can mix them together to create various "dishes". Really a let down. Lots of people... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've been coming to Dave's since about 1983... I'm pretty sure one of my friends is responsible for them leaving a pitcher of water at every table. I was more impressed with the generous portions of lowest-common-denominator Italian food when I was in high school and college. The food (and Dave and some of the servers) is the same, but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Hi, my name is Teddy. I am 8 yrs old. Dave's is awesome. The meatballs are superb. The pizza is ok. The mousse is the best desert.

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Orangeburg, NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

2nd worst meatball sub of my life. Basically it is two 4" diameter meatballs on some bread. Due to the size of the meatballs: -difficult to eat, and I'm an adult male with a pretty good biting capacity -sauce doesn't permeate so it's pretty bland -meatball centers stay scalding hot for 20 minutes Otherwise this place seemed okay.

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Wichita, Kansas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I've been coming here for over 20 years (gulp!). I love how they have made the not so new current place have the same vibe as the original building. I have never had a bad meal here. My favorite is the spaghetti carbonara which is not super authentic, but super good. Love the fresh bread and italian salad with house... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our family ordered a large salad (Italian I think) to share and two pizzas also to share in order to accommodate everyone's tastes. The salad was more than enough for the four of use. The pizza was incredible, very flavorful and plentiful. Certainly would go back whenever we're in town again.

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Evanston, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pizza the best thin crust pizza in evanston and quite frankly the entire northern suburbs... enjoy.... we have been coming to dave's for many many years.... truly delicious pizza salads are always good here as well ..... gets very busy on weekend nights really great staff as well

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Don't miss the spinach fettuccini with garlic butter and the ricotta romano sauce. Dave's is also BYO.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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81 reviews 81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Near Northwestern Univ. campus down stairs and worth it. Prices are really good, drawing in college students. Nice wines and fabulous Italian offerings; spaghetti Carbonnara or ravioli the size of your wallet. Atmosphere casual, warm and inviting. Service just right. Take the family your can afford this place.

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