Lush Wine & Spirits - Evanston

2022 Central St, Evanston IL 60201
$$$ French Recommended New Editor's Pick

We are currently taking reservations for indoor and outdoor dining Monday through Sunday, between 12:30 and 8:00. Our patio features gas heaters and a wood-burning fire pit for your comfort.

A Credit Card on file is required for reservations of 5 or more.

Please note that we require proof of vaccination for our diners, and face masks are required when you are being seated or when you are not at your table eating and drinking. In order to minimize exposure, we ask reservations to be limited to 90 minutes as per Covid guidelines. Our staff is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

With flexibility, creative solutions, and an open mind we look forward to bringing you comfort, safely gracious hospitality, and indulgent sustenance.

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Reservations

Booking Notes:

You may also call us at 847.475.6900 to discuss your reservation.

Business Info

  • Address: 2022 Central St, Evanston IL 60201
  • Cross Street: Independence Park
  • Cuisine: French | International | New American | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Moderate
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Required
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Diners Club | PayPal | Cash | Apple Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: 10.00 | Pick a bottle at retail prices to enjoy on-site
  • Phone: (847) 475-6900
  • Features: Full Bar, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Wheelchair Access, Happy Hours, Lounge / Bar, Free Wi-Fi, Gay / Lesbian, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Quick Bite, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
All Day - indoor dining or outdoors on Patio 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday
All Day - indoor dining or outdoors on Patio 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday
All Day - indoor dining or outdoors on Patio 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday
All Day - indoor dining or outdoors on Patio 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday
All Day - indoor dining or outdoors on Patio 12:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
All Day - indoor dining or outdoors on Patio 12:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
All Day - indoor dining or outdoors on Patio noon - 7:30 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.82 out of 5 stars based on 574 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 13, 2021
Marie Simone P.
It was a pleasant experience . Interesting and tasty food preparation. Excellent wines. The service people were attentive and friendly . The only problem ( that was solved immediately) was that the appetizer came at the same time as the main dish even though we had asked to separate them. But we will go back because attendants are very nice and the place is set in an original way.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 05, 2021
Ralph B.
A favorite for a date night. Simple menu done well. Great frites. Good wine and people who really care about your experience. Avoid the corkage fee by buying a bottle to take home, good selection. Only warning is that since the restaurant also serves as their wine cellar, it is always cool inside. Dress for it, and all is well.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 23, 2021
Krystal B.
Fantastic food! Hidden gem!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2021
Cindy L.
Love Lush. Keep introducing new people to it.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 6/10
Aug 27, 2021
Edward L.
Outdoor patio was terrific as was the service. It is more economical to buy wine by bottle than by the glass.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 01, 2021
Kathleen T.
Lovely outdoor patio & staff!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 29, 2021
Emanuel P.
Dining in the Lush patio is so delightful. There is a feeling of seclusion which lends itself to conversation. The waitstaff is first rate and well-informed as to menu items. While the menu is limited there is something for everyone and great wine selection. This was our third visit to Lush in Evanston and it remains one of our top area restaurants. This time both of us had the veggie burger which was fantastic with a choice of it being serve on a brioche bun or on a bed of greens. We opted for the greens. We had stated with a cheese selection and let the waitperson make the selection for us...turned out perfect with the wine we chose. Highly recommended for casual and excellent dining.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 25, 2021
Ralph B.
A wonderful place to slow down and enjoy a good meal, conversation and wine. In any order

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 13, 2021
Jennifer D.
Excellent unique food and stellar service! Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 28, 2021
Silvana S.
Danny was great!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 5/10
May 05, 2021
Frankie K.
Awesome everything except for the check. $$

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 02, 2021
Mary S.
My friends and I had a fabulous time! Our server was so cheerful and helpful, and the patio was peaceful. Can't wait to go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 20, 2021
Elizabeth F.
Everyone was so accommodating and hospitable and generous. Lovely setting! Delicious food!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 30, 2021
Michael G.
Such a wonderful place. Romantic and wonderful food and service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 16, 2021
Lauren C.
We absolutely love Lush! The ambience, the food, the wine, & the people are amazing. A must do in Evanston at least once and highly recommend you make it a weekly outing. Susan and Glen are the sweetest! Thanks for making our celebrations so special.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 13, 2021
Julie R.
Loved the lobster sandwich, but it would have been even better without the sausage which I ended up scraping off.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 04, 2021
Karen S.
First time there, loved everything. We will be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 02, 2021
Jeff K.
Great experience by the fire... covid safe!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 27, 2021
Beth M.
owner and staff went out of their way to ensure we had a special evening. The food and service was top notch. This is especially difficult to do during a pandemic.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 13, 2021
Peggy K.
Wonderful experience in these difficult times

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 05, 2021
Lawrence M.
Great food, service, and ambiance. The food is delicious and the waiter steered us to some great choices - lobster roll, duck wings were particularly good. The French onion soup was excellent. The fire pit and heat lamps added warmth and atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 24, 2020
Brittany F.
Amazing food! Love fen outdoor patio

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 20, 2020
ANN C.
It was such a nice atmosphere to sit outside at Lush. The fires burning and the heat lamps made it really cozy on a late December evening. My husband loved his margarita and I enjoyed the “Boulevardier” whisky drink. The French bistro inspired food was a treat too.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 20, 2020
Ralph B.
Wonderful experience, from the food, to the wine and even the surprise of roasting marshmallows over the fire pit - hatch chili ones too! This was a good place before the COVID, they have done a wonderful pivot, with a good setup outside.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Nov 13, 2020
Joe B.
Wow - Lush in Evanston is now going to be our new home for COVID and beyond. Super great ambience and patio. Server was awesome and fun; food was really good and a wide ranging menu of things I'd like. On top of it; a sheltered, cozy patio with heaters in the back for COVID distancing. Top notch place and service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 11, 2020
Ann M.
Lovely garden setting, good service, delicious food. We will be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Nov 06, 2020
Laurie D.
Delicious food, friendly service, lovely patio. A bit on the pricey side but worth it!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 06, 2020
Marilyn P.
We felt safe and well fed and very well served! Delicious!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 04, 2020
Mark F.
Loved the patio on a nice day!! The menu has something for everyone

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 26, 2020
Erin L.
Our first visit and we loved it! Thank you!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 22, 2020
Jamie T.
It was a lovely evening. Lush staff spoiled us rotten.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 16, 2020
Kathleen H.
Had a wonderful evening at Lush. I highly recommend it!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 11, 2020
Lindsay F.
Wow! So Amazing! Great food and excellent service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 03, 2020
Betsy B.
Great crisp Autumn evening eating on the Lush patio. Had the shrimp burger which was perfectly spiced and loved that they had a “skinny” option of one patty and half of a very good brioche bun. Perfect Friday evening meal paired with an awesome Chardonnay from Portugal! Service as always was excellent. We love the neighborhood vibe! Definitely one of our favorite places to eat!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 28, 2020
Molly M.
The staff was welcoming and personable - Went above and beyond and made our anniversary dinner very special and memorable. The food is consistently delicious and the ambiance on the patio is charming. We are becoming regulars.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2020
Stacy C.
It was a great experience...food was delicious...and wine was great!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 24, 2020
Carol G.
Delightful patio dining experience. Limited menu but everyone in our party rated the food highly. Wines were excellent values. Excellent food, stellar wines, terrific atmosphere. We’ll definitely be back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 20, 2020
Barb B.
Lush has a wonderful patio in the back which is completely enclosed. They have a heater and a firepit to ward off the cold in the evening. The food was outstanding and the waitstaff wonderful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 19, 2020
Jennifer F.
We loved the patio with the fire pit -- the ambiance was great on a cool early fall evening. The food was delicious, with a great selection and interesting ingredients, and we appreciated the good service with safety protocols in place for both diners and employees. The market/wine shop is fun; we picked up some of their pre-mixed craft cocktails.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 15, 2020
Lisa F.
Lovely back-yard garden for outdoor eating and spaced far away from other tables. Fabulous selection of wine and spirits. Service was attentive. Food delicious - totally recommend and hope locals will patron this place so it stays in business. it's a gem and worth a visit.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 05, 2020
Mark S.
Excellent food and service. Our young waiter was excellent and also super smart. A biochemist at a large pharm company.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2020
Kathy C.
outstanding mussels, delicious burrata and tomatoes. excellent Rose, terrific service Henry was a great waiter. Very good value and wonderful evening. thanks!!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 04, 2020
Sally M.
Had an excellent evening for one of our first outings in months. Devonte was so gracious, letting us order when we were ready but ready to take our order. He offered some advice on a nice rose. Handled dividing up the tab and added the bottles each of us ordered. Great experience. And, oh! meat and cheese plates delightfully presented and so very tasty!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 26, 2020
Deb N.
I had the pasta of the day... pappardelle with wild mushroom, garnished with a dollop of cream, a proscuitto crisp and a basil leaf. There were also peas and corn in the dish....the sauce was a light cream....all perfectly cooked....EXCEPT there was something in the sauce that was bitter.... Everything else was fine.... Octopus Conserva, Steamed Mussels and the Krabby Patty. Chocolate cake for dessert.....that might be interesting with a reduced Porter drizzle.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 20, 2020
Ralph B.
Even if it was not a Covid outdoor experience, the food and service were wonderful, the wine and atmosphere too. A perfect summer evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 13, 2020
Roxanne B.
Overall amazing experience. Henry is a keeper!! I would say that the cocktail prices are a bit high. Other than that, you have a unique concept. A bit of the city in the suburbs!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 07, 2020
Fernanda G.
The server was very sweet and nice. The food and drinks were delicious!! Their back patio is very cute, I highly recommend going :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 30, 2020
Inga M.
Food is delicious and staff & owner are wonderful!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 15, 2020
Jim L.
Most enjoyable evening on the patio, under a huge oak tree. Excellent tasty, cold melon soup, delicious walleye entree, and good wine. Felt very comfortable with tables spaced very comfortably apart.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 30, 2021
Kate M.
Everything was so tasty! The patio is charming and the menu isn’t overwhelming. Our waitress seemed a little inexperienced but there was certainly no problem. Definitely going back! Thanks for a lovely evening