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The Stained Glass

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1735 Benson Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-3704 (Church Street)
+1 847-864-8600
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Because of the proximity of Northwestern, it seemed to me that many of the restaurants in Evanston have similar menus and ambiances. The Stained Glass seemed to pull it off as one of the best, and we were pleasantly surprised at how affordable it was at the end.

Thank Glenn T U
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

So great to hear, Glenn! We try and make every meal a little something special. We hope you'll dine with us again next time you're in the area! Hope to see you again very soon. -Kevin, Owner More 

San Francisco Bay Area
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120 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Frequented this restaurant often over the past few years. Love their appetizers. Note they have two separate restaurants linked. They used to have this Pork Belly Trio! Yum. The owner is from New Zealand or Australia. He has a ton of experience in the restaurant business. Personable gentleman.

Thank Acommon1
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

Thank you so much for being such a frequent guest and taking the time to leave your thoughts! I am so glad you like our place, and our pork belly trio! I wanted to clarify, though, that I'm not from New Zealand, although we do have a bartender from there! Maybe this is who you spoke with? Regardless, I'm so... More 

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the duck. My friends had fish and steak and more fish (I think there were 3 options. Everyone was pleased. We had a group of 15. Our server kept up, kept us happy and has me looking forward to going back. The wine, by the way, was excellent. Pricey, but worth it.

Thank Skip C
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

I'm so glad we were able to give your whole group such a great meal, Skip! I hope you will all come back to try some more food and wine. Hope to see you again very soon! -Kevin, Owner More 

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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

We ate here this past week abd had a wonderful dinner -- duck, fish and a curry vegie dish. All were seasoned well, cooked properly, delicious! Our waiter was excelkent too.

Thank kathy t
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

So glad you have a great experience with us, Kathy! Sounds like you got to try some great dishes. Hope to see you again very soon! -Kevin, Owner More 

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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We have been to this restaurant many times over the years but our last visit did not measure up to previous experiences. Our level of service didn't meet the typical standards of a fine dining experience. When I asked the waiter about an entree he said "What do you want to know about it?" The food was okay but not... More 

Thank Claudia M
Management response:

Hi Claudia, Thank you so much for coming in to the restaurant and also to take the time present me with feed back on your experience. I apologize if the food and service were below the standard you hold us to. I will speak to both my servers and my Chef to get everything back to the level that it... More 

Iowa City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

I'd been expecting to love this restaurant, but I can say only that I liked it. I had halibut (which was mild and well prepared) served with "summer succotash" (the usual succotash with chopped zucchini added in a weirdly sweet sauce). My husband had lamb chops, which he loved--flavorful and quite large in a reasonably good brown sauce. We tried... More 

Thank Cheryl H
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

Though I am thrilled to hear you sand you husband chose our place to enjoy a meal together, Cheryl, I am disappointed to know you did not get what you were expecting. We certainly aim to provide only the best in service and quality, well-prepared dishes, so we always want to know if you feel we fell short in any... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

We went with a party of 8 when the restaurant first opened on a Tuesday night. The server was fantastic and the food did not disappoint! We ordered the deviled egg appetizer which was a nice twist to an old family picnic staple. Everyone ordered fish with the exception of one of our party who ordered the chicken. The trout,... More 

Thank Ellen G
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

Ellen, it's so wonderful to know you and your party had such a delightful time at our place! Thanks for mentioning the service and each of the items you enjoyed here -- we especially love your description of our deviled egg appetizer as an old family picnic staple, and our tuna dish. Hope to see you again very soon, Kevin,... More 

somers. wisconsin
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135 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed our first visit here last Saturday evening. We had a fairly early reservation as we were going to a show later on. The decor is modern and elegant and service professional. I had the lobster bisque which was beautifully flavored and had a good amount of lobster chunks. My husband had the salad lyonnaise which... More 

Thank grinisa
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

Grinisa, so good to hear you and your husband truly enjoyed your first visit to our spot! Thanks for your thoughtful and detailed recommendation of our dishes, wine, and atmosphere, and we're especially glad you plan to return for another date night sometime soon. Hope the show was wonderful as well! Hope to see you again very soon, Kevin, Owner More 

Northbrook, Illinois
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

Our group of four met for a leisurely 3-hr dinner on a Friday night. The restaurant was quiet, with maybe half the tables filled. I'm not sure why, we had a great evening. Everything our group ordered was prepared with a careful presentation and a great complement of flavors. Prices, while certainly not cheap, were less than most downtown Chicago... More 

Thank NBKFamilyOfFour
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

We are thrilled you and your family had a wonderful dinner here on a Friday night! We certainly care about serving you the best prepared, most delicious meals possible, so it means the world to hear this. Thanks for sharing about your experience and our wine. Hope to see you again very soon, Kevin, Owner More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

I have eaten at this restaurant many times and it is just great. Menu is diverse and I usually order a fish dish which is always excellent. Service is attentive and responsive to all requests. It's a bit pricey but if you are looking for an upscale resraurant iin Evanston that makes you feel welcome and treats you well this... More 

Thank clareg304
Kevin O, Owner at The Stained Glass, responded to this review

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for this excellent and thorough description of our place! We are delighted to hear you love our fish dish, and it is always a pleasure having you here. Bon Appetit! Hope to see you again very soon, Kevin, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $40
American, French, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1735 Benson Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-3704
    (Church Street)
  • Public Transportation: One block north of the the Davis Street L-station (Purple line) and Metra stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: +1 847-864-8600
The Stained Glass is a pioneer of the Evanston fine dining scene since opening its doors in 1999. Enjoy our New American cuisine.

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