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Dave's Italian Kitchen

1635 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
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Ranked #25 of 230 Restaurants in Evanston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Bow, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were greated by Barb, the hostess, who has been there for many years- her bright smile and instant greeting always makes you feel welcome! It had been several years since I'd been to this Evanston institution, (unfortunately we now live 2200 miles away), but we made a point to go there on our trip back to Evanston. (It's that... More

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Evanston, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great food at low prices with extremely friendly service. Pizza, salads, eggplant parmesan etc all good.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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282 reviews 282 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Dave's Italian Kitchen is a lively and relatively inexpensive stop for family and friends. And service is very good and friendly. Our friends had chicken dishes, which they enjoyed, and we had pasta standbys - my wife, pasta with clam sauce, and me a whole wheat pasta with a tomato sauce. We started out with a large and shared gorgonzola... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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