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Whether you're in the mood for a festive ladies night, low-key dinner with friends or romantic, fine-dining experience with your partner, you can find the perfect night out in downtown Evanston. Check out the list of restaurants offering a range of cuisines, craft cocktails and beer, unique ambiances and more!  


Blue Horse Tavern | 1026 Davis Street

Blue Horse Tavern | 1026 Davis Street

An American Tavern, a casual neighborhood kitchen & gathering place for locals & visitors alike. Bluehorse Tavern invites you to sit down and take a breath, put the device away, share a bottle of wine or bourbon and have some laughs. The team is focused on great food made with care and rooted in classic technique without fuss or pretension, complemented by creative cocktails and thoughtfully curated wines, bourbons and whiskeys. 

Monday - Saturday: 11:30am – close
Sunday 11:30am – 9:00pm

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Tapville Evanston | 810 Grove Street

Tapville Evanston | 810 Grove Street

New to downtown, Tapville Social offers an extensive list of craft beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails and a menu featuring American house-made items. Tapville also hosts a variety of fun pairing events like cupcakes and cocktails, margarita flights and tacos and more. It's a perfect spot to meet with friends for a fun evening out! 

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The Homestead Room at The Graduate Hotel Evanston | 1625 Hinman Avenue

The Homestead Room at The Graduate Hotel Evanston | 1625 Hinman Avenue

A tribute to the hotel’s former moniker, The Graduate Homestead Room serves up a menu filled with delicious American comfort food and John Hughes-inspired cocktails—all with a side of playful nostalgia. Whether you grab a seat at the bar for dinner with friends or relax by the fire with a drink and a book, this cozy retreat is the perfect place for it all. Walk-ins welcome.

Monday, Thursday, Sunday: 4:00 - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00 - 12:00am

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Alcove Evanston | 1625 Maple Ave.

Alcove Evanston | 1625 Maple Ave.

Alcove Evanston is one of Evanston's fine dining fixtures, where chef Elio Romero puts forth seasonal, locally sourced plates. Salads studded with baby kale or roasted beets, Pan-seared Foie Gras with caramelized Michigan Peaches, or Beef Tenderloin with Nichols Farm Baby Carrots and Chanterelle Mushrooms (consider them all in that order, and you’re looking at a night well spent). 

During the warmer months, Alcove Evanston boasts a beautiful, spacious outdoor patio. 

Sunday – Thursday: 5pm-9pm 
Friday – Saturday: 5pm-10pm

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The Barn Steakhouse | Rear 1016 Church Street

The Barn Steakhouse | Rear 1016 Church Street

Stashed in an 1883 brick horse stable, this handsome outpost offers a premier chophouse experience with a speakeasy vibe. Diners can enjoy heritage black angus beef that spotlights the menu, but also in Caviar Sandwiches, Pan-seared Halibut, and loads of veggies, from pesto-laced Brussels Sprouts to Roasted Asparagus. And don't forget the serious line-up of cocktails and wine to go along with the meal...cheers!

The Barn Steakhouse has an adorable outdoor patio for the warmer months and is also available for private events.

Tuesday-Thursday | 5pm-8:30pm
Friday & Saturday | 5pm-9:30pm
Sunday | 5pm-8pm



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Celtic Knot Public House | 625 Church Street

Celtic Knot Public House | 625 Church Street

Seeking out that cozy, Cheers-vibe bar? Celtic Knot if the place for you. A modern Irish pub, Celtic Knot features traditional pub grub, a solid selection of imported beers and domestic craft brews, a worldwide wine list, whiskey galore and a full line of spirits. Find a seat at the bar, the coveted window booth or in the candlelit dining area. 

Celtic Knot has outdoor dining with the occasional music under the awning. 

Sunday - Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 10pm

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Farmhouse Evanston | 703 Church Street

Farmhouse Evanston | 703 Church Street

Farmhouse is a farm to tavern restaurant, making all of its burgers, condiments, and sodas from scratch with fresh ingredients from Brown Dog Farm. The libations range from local craft beer and cider, cocktails and wines which all pair well with shared plates like cheese curds, Brown Dog Farm honey ricotta and mushroom toast. Farmhouse boasts a large outdoor seating area, soon to be open year round! 


Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am - 9pm
Friday: 11:30am - 10pm 
Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Sunday: 10am - 8pm

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Five & Dime Evanston | 1026 Davis Street

Five & Dime Evanston | 1026 Davis Street

Rooftop cocktails at sunset? Deluxe nachos to share? Delicious poke bowls or burgers and fries? While the rooftop isn't available year-round, the hip bar setting and food and drink menu are always a good fit for a night out. 

Daily: 11:30 to close
Sunday: 11:30 – 9pm 

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Koi Evanston | 624 Davis Street

Koi Evanston | 624 Davis Street

Koi Evanston's menu boasts authentic Chinese cuisines from 8 different regions of China, a variety of fresh sushi, creative cocktail and a variety of wines and beer. On the weekends, spend a couple hours enjoying a special Dim Sum Brunch with $12 bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary. The restaurant offers a relaxing setting for date night, catching up with friends or sharing a family-style meal with the ones you love. 

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Tuesday–Thursday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 pm -10:00 pm 
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
 

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Found Kitchen | 1631 Chicago Ave.

Found Kitchen | 1631 Chicago Ave.

Found's menu offers a taste for everyone including seasonal flatbreads, fabulous fromage, and locally driven, shared plates, moderately priced. The bar is vibrant with a super groovy kitchen driven craft cocktail program, boutique domestic wine list and growing whiskey program.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5:00 bar opens and 5:30pm-8:30pm dinner 
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm 
Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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Nakorn Kitchen | 1622 Orrington Avenue

Nakorn Kitchen | 1622 Orrington Avenue

NaKorn offers a perfect blend of bold flavors with traditional, old-world recipes in a modern presentation. Step inside Nakorn for a unique and authentic urban Thai experience complete with cocktails like Bangkok Mule and Jasmine Old Fashioned. Yum!

Wednesday: 5:00 - 8:00pm
Thursday: 5:00 - 8:00pm 
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 9:30pm 
Sunday: 5:00 - 9:00pm 

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Koi Evanston | 624 Davis Street

Koi Evanston | 624 Davis Street

Koi Evanston has authentic Chinese cuisines from 8 regions of China and a delicious range of sushi, along with fun cocktails and desserts. Grab a seat at the bar or a table for a large group, including the Table 23 at which 23% of your total check (total check limit up to $100) to a local organization. Get their early for Happy Hour specials - half off appetizers and drinks - from 4:30 to 6pm. 

Tuesday – Thursday 4:30-9pm
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 – 10pm 
Sunday: 4:30-9pm 

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Prairie Moon | 1635 Chicago Avenue

Prairie Moon | 1635 Chicago Avenue

Prairie Moon offers a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere complete with regional American cuisine and a distinct selection of small batch and craft beers, spirits, and wines. Dishes include the the Pine-Nut Trout, Cedar-Planked Salmon, a variety of Po’Boys, Brick Chicken, Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffée, and Martha's Vineyard Salad. Grab a seat at the bar or a table for a laid back night out. 

Open Daily: 3:00pm - 9:00pm 

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Reza's Restaurant | 1557 Sherman Avenue

Reza's Restaurant | 1557 Sherman Avenue

Reza's is a family-owned restaurant serving Persian & Mediterranean cuisine. Established in 1983 in Chicago, Reza's opened the Evanston location in March 2020. Reza's offers lunch and dinner as well as catering for large groups.

Daily: 11:00am - 9:00pm

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Tapas Barcelona | 1615 Chicago Avenue

Tapas Barcelona | 1615 Chicago Avenue

Since 1995, Tapas Barcelona has been serving fine Spanish cuisine that is perfect for a date night, girls night out, family dinner or business meeting. Their philosophy is that dining out is a celebration and every guest is welcome! Order a selection of tapas to share along with sangria and Spanish wines to extend your lively evening.

Sunday: 5:00 - 9:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 5:00 - 11:00pm

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Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. | 1615 Oak Avenue

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. | 1615 Oak Avenue

Smylie Brothers Brewing Company is a craft brewery and smokehouse born out of years of the Smylie Family’s dedication to the art of Texas BBQ and  brewing.  A lifetime of family cookouts allows us to offer every guest our passion for authentic BBQ.

Pull up a seat at the bar, booth or fireside table to share new stories and laugh at old jokes, because when you step through our doors and take in the spacious dining room and smell that smoked brisket coming right out of the pit…you’ll know you’re home again. 

Friday & Saturday: 12pm - 9pm 
Thursday & Sunday: 12pm  - 8pm 

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