Your Complete Guide to Outdoor Dining Options in Evanston

Jul 14, 2023

Many local residents have long enjoyed al fresco dining while others in the area might have discovered the joys of it more recently, but all can agree that visiting an open-air establishment can create a truly unique and relaxing change of pace.

It’s no wonder that the number of people visiting establishments with outdoor seating – and the number of places offering it – have grown in recent years. Evanston is no exception. Good news, Evanston dog lovers! A few local restaurant patios have been approved for doggie dining!

Those of you living in or near the area now have a wide choice of satisfying outdoor options from places serving hearty breakfasts to those with desserts and perhaps a glass of wine during wind-down time as well as everything in between.

You can pick from coffee shops, hamburger joints, pizzerias, and bakeries to more upscale establishments specializing in such fare as farm-to-table, seafood, steak, Thai, Italian, sushi, vegetarian, and more. And with the start of summer, now might be the perfect time to try a new place or visit a long-time favorite. Why not tonight? So let us at Jackie Mack & More be the first to wish you, “bon appétit!”

 

Alcove

1625 Maple Ave.

(847) 570-9821

www.alcoveevanston.com/

 

Bat 17

1709 Benson Ave.

(847) 733-7117

www.bat17evanston.com/

Bennison’s Bakery

1000 Davis St.

847-328-9434

bennisonscakes.com/

Beer on Central

*Dog-friendly patio

1930 Central St.

847-905-0951

https://beeroncentral.com/

 

Berry Pike Café

1100 Davis St.

847-424-1006

www.berrypikecafe.com/

Blind Faith Café

525 Dempster St.

847-328-6875

www.blindfaithcafe.com/

 

BlueStone 

*Dog-friendly patio

1932 Central St.

(847) 424-0420

bluestoneevanston.com/

 

Brother’s K

500 Main St.

(847) 328-7940

www.brotherskcoffee.com/

Campagnola

815 Chicago Ave.

847-475-6100

campagnolarestaurant.com/

Clarke’s Off Campus

804 Davis St.

847-864-1610

clarkesdiner.com/

 

Collectivo Coffee

716 Church St.

(312) 535-3001

colectivocoffee.com/cafes/evanston

Comida

1928 Central St.

847-868-8466

www.comidaevanston.com/

 

Cupitol Coffee & Eatery

812 Grove St.

(847) 868-8078

https://cupitol.com/

 

Elephant & Vine

719 Church St.

847-586-0223

www.elephantandvine.com/

 

Epic Burger

1622 Sherman Ave.

847-868-8968

www.epicburger.com/

Firehouse Grill

*Dog-friendly patio

750 Chicago Ave.

(847) 733-1911

www.firehousegrill.net/

 

Five & Dime

1026 Davis St. Ste. A

(847) 869-4343

www.fiveanddimeevanston.com/

 

Foodstuffs

2106 Central St.

847-328-7704

www.foodstuffs.com/evanston

 

Frida’s Breakfast & Lunch

618 Church St.

(847) 859-6342

fridasevanston.com/

 

Giordano’s

1527 Chicago Ave.

847-475-5000

giordanos.com/locations/evanston-northwestern/

Good To Go

711 Howard St.

(847) 868-8226

www.goodtogorestaurant.com/

 

Hoosier Mama & Dollop

749 Chicago Ave.

847-868-8863

www.dollopcoffee.com/locations/evanston-location/

Kabul House

2424 Dempster St.

(847) 674-3830

www.kabulhouse.com/

 

Kansaku Sushi

1514 Sherman Ave.

847-864-4386

https://www.kansakusushi.com/

 

Kuni’s Sushi

511 Main St.

847-328-2004

kunisushi.com/

 

La Principal

700 Main St.

224-307-2444

www.laprincipalevanston.com/

Le Peep

827 Church St.

(847) 328-4880

lepeep.com/stores/evanston/

 

Leonidas

1907 Central St.

847-686-0190

www.leonidas-cafe.com/

 

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

1850 Sherman Ave.

847-328-5400

www.loumalnatis.com/evanston

Lucky Platter

514 Main St.

847-869-4064

luckyplatter.com/

 

Lush Food and Drink

2022 Central St.

(847) 475-6900

lushfoodanddrink.com/

 

Mid Kitchen

1512 Sherman Ave.

847-563-8454

www.midkitchen.com/

 

Mustard’s Last Stand

1613 Central St. #3

847-864-2700

mustardschicago.com/

Nakorn Kitchen

1622 Orrington Ave.

847-733-8424

nakornkitchen.com/

 

Newport Coffee

*Dog-friendly patio

622 Davis St.

847-563-8322

www.newport-coffee.com/

 

Oceanique

505 Main St.

847-864-3435

Oceanique19@aol.com

www.oceanique.com/

 

Ovo Frito Café

1936 Maple Ave.

(847) 859-6966

ovofrito.com/

Patisserie Coralie

600 Davis St.

847-905-0491

www.bestfrenchpastries.com/

 

Peckish Pig

623 Howard St.

(847) 491-6778

www.thepeckishpig.com/

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

1622 Chicago Ave.

847-864-8413

www.peets.com/

 

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

630 Davis St.

(847) 328-1800

https://www.potbelly.com/

 

Pour

*Dog-friendly patio

528 Dempster St.

847-859-2082

www.evanstonpour.com/

 

Prairie Moon

1635 Chicago Ave.

(847) 864-8328

www.prairiemoonrestaurant.com/

Ridgeville Tavern

1520 Sherman Ave.

(847) 905-0485

ridgevilletavern.com/

 

Sarkis

2632 Gross Point Rd.

847-328-9703

cafesarkis.com/

 

Shinsen Evanston

*Dog-friendly patio

1322 Chicago Ave.

847-425-0077

https://www.shinsenevanston.com/

 Siam Paragon

*Dog-friendly patio

503 Main St.

847-332-2302

https://www.siamparagonil.com/

 

Soul & Smoke

1601 Payne St.

847-859-2732

soulandsmoke.com/

Stacked & Folded

*Dog-friendly patio

824 Noyes St.

(847) 328-9100

www.stackedandfoldedtogo.com/

 

Starbucks

1734 Sherman Ave.

847-492-0490

www.starbucks.com

 

Taco Diablo

1026 Davis St.

(847) 869-4343

www.tacodiablo.com/

Tapas Barcelona

1615 Chicago Ave.

(847) 866-9900

www.tapasbarcelona.com/

 

Temperance Beer Co

2000 Dempster St.

(847) 864-1000

temperance.beer/

Ten Mile

1700 Central St.

847-905-0669

www.tmhevanston.com/

 

The Barn Steakhouse

Rear, 1016 Church St.

847-868-8041

www.thebarnsteakhouse.com/

 

The Celtic Knot Public House

626 Church St.

847-864-1679

www.celticknotpub.com/

 

The Wine Goddess

702 Main St.

(847) 475-9463

www.winegoddess.com/

Thomas & Dutch

703 Church St.

847-492-9700

https://www.thomasanddutch.com/

 

Trattoria D.O.C.

*Dog-friendly patio

706 Main St.

(847) 475-1111

www.trattoria-doc.com/

Trattoria Demi

1571 Sherman Ave.

(847) 332-2330

trattoriademi.com/

 

Union Squared

1307 Chicago Ave.

224-714-3100

unionpizza.com/union-squared-evanston

Yasotorn Thai

809 Dempster St.

847-425-0425

https://yasotornthai.com/

 

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