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“OK but unrefined”
Review of The Stained Glass

The Stained Glass
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Ranked #9 of 279 Restaurants in Evanston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$40
Cuisines: American, French, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Church Street
Transit: One block north of the the Davis Street L-station (Purple line) and Metra stop.
Description: The Stained Glass is a pioneer of the Evanston fine dining scene since opening its doors in 1999. Enjoy our New American cuisine.
New York City, New York
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“OK but unrefined”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

The Stained Glass has a nice space and elegant design. The food, though, does not stand to the expected standard. The starter, baked artichoke with mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese for two, was impossible to eat. We were sure this will be stuffed artichoke hearts; instead we got a huge artichoke head creamed with a huge amount of cheese (that, by the way, did not have any blue veins, and tasted more like feta) and bread crumbs. Where was the artichoke? We did not even find its heart. Why so oily and salty? We could not finish this one.

For main course we took the two vegetarian dishes, potato gnocchi and panisse (chickpea fritters). The taste was nice, but the both were drowned in huge amounts of oil/butter.

For dessert, we took the chocolate ganache cake, which was lacking in character ("lavender cream" tasted like regular whipped cream).

With 1 wine sampler ($22), the total was $82 before tip.

  • Visited March 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“The Perfect Special Occasion Restaurant”
Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

We went here with another couple to celebrate two birthdays. We picked The Stained a Glass based on a recommendation that we got from someone when we were dining in another restaurant.

We were seated on time, which is a big plus. We started with a wine flight. The wine list was extensive and had wines from all regions and prices. The waiter was there to answer all our questions.

Two of us had the Lobster Bisque. It started with pieces of lobster with the soup being poured over it. My friends wife had the scallops. It was a large portion of jumbo scallops. They were moist and not chewy at all. I had the Escargot. The preparation was non conventional an very good. Instead of garlic butter, it had an herb infused mouse. The flavors were outstanding and the portions large.

For entrees three of the people had the Rack of Lamb. To describe how it was, all that was left were the 12 bones. I had the Pork Chop, which was large, moist and the cabbage on yo padded a good bit of flavor to the chop. The died dish was three cheese grits. I normally hate grits, but these were great.

To end the meal we had he desert sampler. It was a combination of Chocolate Ganache Cake, Cheese Cake, Creme Brûlée Assortment and the most decadent donut ever. Fantastic way to end a meal.

What I loved too is that they did not rush us out of the restaurant. It was a bit pricey, but for the portion sizes it was well worth it. Unlike a lot of Chicago restaurants with small portions and high prices, this was worth the money.

Visited February 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Superb Dinner Meeting Venue”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

I recently attended a dinner business meeting at The Stained Glass. The warehouse-style dining space provided plenty of room for mingling prior to the sit-down dinner. With approximately 50 people attending plus a piano player for added ambiance, the venue and acoustics were perfect for active dialogue and plenty of room to walk around.

The "finger foods" were to-die for. "Finger-foods" is a misnomer as they were fist-sized, delicious appetizers. The skewered shrimp were notable. I need the barbecue sauce recipe in my life.

According to the guests, the entrees were a hit. I chose the lobster bisque which was somewhat bland and the filet mignon which was a bit tough. The chocolate ganache cake didn't disappoint.

The Wait Staff were extremely accommodating which we truly appreciated. For those considering hosting a dinner event at The Stained Glass, I highly encourage it.

  • Visited February 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“another great meal”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

I took my wife and parents to The Stained Glass. We all had terrific dinners (the Barramundi, in particular, was outstanding), enjoyed the diverse wine choices and indulged in unique and memorable desserts (I'd recommend trying the donuts). The restaurant was crowded but reservations were relatively easy to get on short notice. It's not cheap but is a very strong alternative to the Chicago restaurant scene. I'm looking forward to going again!

  • Visited February 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Intimate setting with wonderful food and wine!”
Reviewed 14 November 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Wandering through Evanston we found this small restaurant before the rush hour dinner crush. The wines offered were fairly priced and diverse and the service and food just amazing. The pizza/flatbreads were excellent - would go back in a heart beat.

Visited August 2013
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