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I have never been to a place less welcoming than this overrated shack. The owner/bartender was rude and offensive. Don't go there unless you live in the neighborhood because they don't know how to be slightly civil.
I relocated to the Skokie/Evanston area about a month ago and had driven past Charcoal Oven a few times. The first time I drove by and saw their amazingly retro signage and exterior décor I knew I wanted to check it out, but wasn’t sure...More
I was here a few days ago with a friend on a Tuesday night. It was not very crowded and we were seated immediately. We started off with drinks; I had a Cosmo and she had a drink on the rocks. Both were nice portions....More
Other reviews seemed polarized, so we all went into this experience assuming the poorer reviews "just didn't get it." Sadly, they were on the mark. Not wholly unfriendly, but glacial and inattentive service, unhelpful menu, and the food was all overcooked.
This seems like a...More
Early dinner before a play at nearby Northlight theater brought a pleasant surprise. The daughter of the owner shared the history of the restaurant and offered up several delicious suggestions during the meal.
This relatively small place was nearly empty and may have influenced the...More
My husband and I fell in love with this old "speakeasy" on the north shore -- it has wonderful history of Capone era, and retains the atmosphere of a dark supper club with booths and honest drinks (fantastic gin martinis!) and is only missing a...More
This super supper club has become our favorite restaurants on the north shore. They have the best walleye of anywhere we have ever been-- and we travel a lot. It is lightly dusted with seasonings and panko, sauteed and then broiled to perfection - crispy...More
The first time was with my husband. Took forever to get a drink, longer to order food, longer STILL to actually eat the food and then the bill never came. We had to get up and go into the bar to find someone (not our...More
Charcoal Oven has quite a history--including mob ownership--and decor to match. You're flash-backed to the days of soft-lit supper clubs with cushy leather-lined booths. Unfortunately, the menu--mainly Greek--does not meet this promise. The house salad dressing, for example, tastes like simply mayonnaise and minced garlic....More