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Dave's Italian Kitchen

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1635 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
847-864-6000
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4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Dave's Italian Kitchen is B.Y.O.B.!

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 1
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Yummy, Cozy Italian

Loved this place because it felt like home. Food was good, service was good, wine was tasty and reasonably priced. The menu isn't intimidating; it's the perfect place for delicious Italian comfort food. An Evanston favorite!

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've been coming to Dave's with my family for over 20 years. Friendly service, fresh ingredients, a casual atmosphere, combined with value pricing makes Dave's a regular on our family outing list. There are few places where you feel welcome, receive good service, eat yummy food, and still have money in your pocket when you leave with your large take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely not the fanciest place in town, but for the money Dave's cannot be beat. It is very popular, particularly on weekends, for good reason. The menu has a large selection of homemade pasta with a variety of sauces. Also available are seafood and veal dishes, terrific lasagna, and risotto. I really like the eggplant parmesan. . The pizza is... More 

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Thank Hilary K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't born, but I was bred in Evanston and this is a classic! At least once a month we go here with my family and we love it! It doesn't matter what you order, everything is fresh and healthy! My personal favorite is the Carbonara! To die for!! Also for dessert the cannolis are delicious!!

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Thank Cande1586
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Loved this place because it felt like home. Food was good, service was good, wine was tasty and reasonably priced. The menu isn't intimidating; it's the perfect place for delicious Italian comfort food. An Evanston favorite!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Had not been back here in a couple years and was pleased to find Dave's remains not just a consistent performer but one of the best deals for a meal on the North Shore. The dedication to making customers happy is evident and the experience was tasty, easy on the wallet, and fun! Relocated a decade or more ago to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

The eggplant parmesan was very good, and I would order it again. I didn’t try the lasagna but judging from my friend’s plate, he seemed to enjoy it. The dinner salads were generous and Italian dressing very good. The service was quick, but we didn't feel rushed. This is in a basement of a building, but has a nice vibe... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Ambiance is average. Casual restaurant. Food is pretty good, but nothing fancy. It is frequented by families. Service is pretty good.

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Thank Devvora
Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Since I live and work nearby, I eat at Dave's on a regular basis and have been for about 40 years. He puts out great freshly made fare at very fair prices. The Lasagne is excellent as is the Chicken Marsuvio. He also makes a great Calzone, thin crust Pizza and they bake their own bread. Everything I have ever... More 

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Thank ItsTerry
Evanston, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

We stopped by after a NW concert. A paper sign on the door said BYOB. Our friends were surprised by the sign because they had wine during their last visit. Not good start! I ordered Eggplant Parm. and it was burnt and very tough. I had to wait for a new order. The place was busy so it must do... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We've been going to Dave's for years whenever we visit the Chicago area. Our meals this time were average. I had a veggie lasagne that sat with me for a long time. A friend had pasta with a meat sauce. It was so difficult to find any meat in it that we had to order an extra side dish of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1635 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: 847-864-6000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Dave's Italian Kitchen is B.Y.O.B.!
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?