Dave's Italian Kitchen

★★★★★
  • 1635 Chicago Ave .

    Evanston, IL 60201

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  • 847-864-6000

About Dave's Italian Kitchen

Hours
Monday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tuesday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wednesday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Thursday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Friday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sunday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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I love Daves - since I was teething and my parents would take me to just have bread to last month when I brought my own teething daughter to have her own slice of bread. You can't beat the stuffed zucchini or the ricotta romana sauce. It is a family friendly, quick service, dependably terrific meal.

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I love Daves - since I was teething and my parents would take me to just have bread to last month when I brought my own teething daughter to have her own slice of bread. You can't beat the stuffed zucchini or the ricotta romana sauce. It is a family friendly, quick service, dependably terrific meal.

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A few years ago we loved this basement Italian place in Evanston because of its college feel. Tonight we went there to find that the place has gone down. Our waiter told us, as he gave us the check, "total waste of money". He obviously wasn't a very good waiter -so that covers the service. My dinner was not good, I had the garlic scallops which had absolutely no garlic in the recipe. My date had the shrimp and scallops Alfredo and she was disappointed. I tried the alfredo and it was much better than the not-garlic scallops, but was thin in the flavor department. The wine of the day, a temprenillo was very good. As we tried to keep a positive attitude we struggled with a screaming baby at the next table. It is a bit cacophonous down there as evidenced by the spray-painted noise-reducing foam that is staple-gunned to the ceiling. (Enough people must have complained.) The bread wasn't good, and even the olive oil tasted funny. The same strange thinness that my dinner had, perhaps made from the same low-quality oil. You'd expect that an Italian restaurant of any caliber at least carry some decent olive oil. Overall, kind of bleh. I could make better pasta at home.

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A few years ago we loved this basement Italian place in Evanston because of its college feel. Tonight we went there to find that the place has gone down. Our waiter told us, as he gave us the check, "total waste of money". He obviously wasn't a very good waiter -so that covers the service. My dinner was not good, I had the garlic scallops which had absolutely no garlic in the recipe. My date had the shrimp and scallops Alfredo and she was disappointed. I tried the alfredo and it was much better than the not-garlic scallops, but was thin in the flavor department. The wine of the day, a temprenillo was very good. As we tried to keep a positive attitude we struggled with a screaming baby at the next table. It is a bit cacophonous down there as evidenced by the spray-painted noise-reducing foam that is staple-gunned to the ceiling. (Enough people must have complained.) The bread wasn't good, and even the olive oil tasted funny. The same strange thinness that my dinner had, perhaps made from the same low-quality oil. You'd expect that an Italian restaurant of any caliber at least carry some decent olive oil. Overall, kind of bleh. I could make better pasta at home.

Pros: Wine.

Cons: Everything else.

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Dave's is a cozy spot for a tasty Italian meal and a bottle of wine. The service is dependable and the food is always good. It's a popular place, so call ahead if possible. An entree will be between $8 and $14 generally.

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Dave's is a cozy spot for a tasty Italian meal and a bottle of wine. The service is dependable and the food is always good. It's a popular place, so call ahead if possible. An entree will be between $8 and $14 generally.

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Not too shabby, does get a little loud at times as stated before. Have recently tried the calamari pasta and fettucini alfredo w/chicken, fair enough quality for the price and nice sized portions. Expect leftovers unless you are an overeater, then prepare to binge. College type crowd as joint is near Northwestern campus and student housing. Can do better as far as quality and schmancy atmosphere, but for come-as-you are dinner Dave's is a good value. I have yet to eat anything bad there yet.........

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★★★☆☆

Not too shabby, does get a little loud at times as stated before. Have recently tried the calamari pasta and fettucini alfredo w/chicken, fair enough quality for the price and nice sized portions. Expect leftovers unless you are an overeater, then prepare to binge. College type crowd as joint is near Northwestern campus and student housing. Can do better as far as quality and schmancy atmosphere, but for come-as-you are dinner Dave's is a good value. I have yet to eat anything bad there yet.........

Pros: Value

Cons: Can be noisy : if your over 50 or an uptight person you may be offended at times :P

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As a long time (15+ years) of Dave?s, I?m saddened to write this account of my dinner there this evening. Four of us were seated at the back of the restaurant. The host then seated a party of six young, highly intoxicated college students at the table next to us, and we noticed immediately that the waiter served them bottles of wine. We were surprised both that the waiter did not ask for proof of identification/age and that he would serve a party that was already clearly drunk.
One of the guys in the party began shouting at the waiter to be served, followed by loud stadium cheers, disrupting conversations at all of the surrounding tables. We asked him to lower his voice. We then noticed that something was thrown onto our table, from the angle of where he was sitting. It turned out to be a clump of parmesan cheese that struck one of our dinner companions in the back of the head. She confronted him immediately, but he and his party denied that anything occurred.
We called for the manager, who came to our table with the restaurant owner. The manager apologized, but offered to do nothing. I suggested that the restaurant should stop serving alcohol to those who were yelling and throwing food, and that they should pay for our dinner.
Consulting with each other, the manager and owner said they could do nothing at the moment, but would provide us with a complementary dinner at some later date. When we paid for our bill, the manager said he would remove the cost of wine and dessert from our dinner tab, and that it should settle the issue.
I?m very disappointed that Dave?s management decided to continue serving the drunk patrons. I can only presume that they value their patronage of college students, as they should; however, it appears that they?re willing to forego patronage from others who do not wish to be assaulted with food, drunken outbursts and other abusive behaviors.
It?s no longer a place I would recommend to anyone as an enjoyable evening out.

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★★★☆☆

As a long time (15+ years) of Dave?s, I?m saddened to write this account of my dinner there this evening. Four of us were seated at the back of the restaurant. The host then seated a party of six young, highly intoxicated college students at the table next to us, and we noticed immediately that the waiter served them bottles of wine. We were surprised both that the waiter did not ask for proof of identification/age and that he would serve a party that was already clearly drunk.
One of the guys in the party began shouting at the waiter to be served, followed by loud stadium cheers, disrupting conversations at all of the surrounding tables. We asked him to lower his voice. We then noticed that something was thrown onto our table, from the angle of where he was sitting. It turned out to be a clump of parmesan cheese that struck one of our dinner companions in the back of the head. She confronted him immediately, but he and his party denied that anything occurred.
We called for the manager, who came to our table with the restaurant owner. The manager apologized, but offered to do nothing. I suggested that the restaurant should stop serving alcohol to those who were yelling and throwing food, and that they should pay for our dinner.
Consulting with each other, the manager and owner said they could do nothing at the moment, but would provide us with a complementary dinner at some later date. When we paid for our bill, the manager said he would remove the cost of wine and dessert from our dinner tab, and that it should settle the issue.
I?m very disappointed that Dave?s management decided to continue serving the drunk patrons. I can only presume that they value their patronage of college students, as they should; however, it appears that they?re willing to forego patronage from others who do not wish to be assaulted with food, drunken outbursts and other abusive behaviors.
It?s no longer a place I would recommend to anyone as an enjoyable evening out.

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For a college kid on a budget, Dave's is ideal. The portions are so large you can get at least 2 full meals out of one pasta dish! The new location provided more seating, better lighting and big booths for groups. It is good classic Italian cooking, what else could you desire?

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★★★★★

For a college kid on a budget, Dave's is ideal. The portions are so large you can get at least 2 full meals out of one pasta dish! The new location provided more seating, better lighting and big booths for groups. It is good classic Italian cooking, what else could you desire?

Pros: inexpensive, portions, great for groups

Cons: the bread (sometimes)

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while everything else in Evanston is going upscale and out of reach $$$ Dave's still provides great Italian food, great portions at a reasonable price. Miss the "hole in the wall" flavor of the old location but it is still one of my favorite "after the movie" joints.

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★★★★★

while everything else in Evanston is going upscale and out of reach $$$ Dave's still provides great Italian food, great portions at a reasonable price. Miss the "hole in the wall" flavor of the old location but it is still one of my favorite "after the movie" joints.

Pros: inexpensive, portions

Cons: parking, loud

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I've tried every type of Chicaga Pizza. Eduardo's, Giordanos' Pizzeria Uno, Pizzeria Duo, Armonds in Elmwood Park, Lou Malnati's etc and though all are very good none of them come close to Dave's Italian Kitchen thin crust pizza. I'm not sure what makes it stand out. Perhaps it's the crunchy crust or maybe its the fresh ingredients that spring to life with each bite. All I know is I've been enjoying it for 17 years and each one I have seems to taste better than the one before. To me, having a Dave's Italian Kitchen Pizza is equal to having a $75 surf and turf meal at a fancy restaurant. But what's even more amazing is the cost. A medium with three ingredients costs about $14.50 with tax included. I have yet to find a better tasting pizza.

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★★★★★

I've tried every type of Chicaga Pizza. Eduardo's, Giordanos' Pizzeria Uno, Pizzeria Duo, Armonds in Elmwood Park, Lou Malnati's etc and though all are very good none of them come close to Dave's Italian Kitchen thin crust pizza. I'm not sure what makes it stand out. Perhaps it's the crunchy crust or maybe its the fresh ingredients that spring to life with each bite. All I know is I've been enjoying it for 17 years and each one I have seems to taste better than the one before. To me, having a Dave's Italian Kitchen Pizza is equal to having a $75 surf and turf meal at a fancy restaurant. But what's even more amazing is the cost. A medium with three ingredients costs about $14.50 with tax included. I have yet to find a better tasting pizza.

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My girlfriend and I had not been to Dave's for at least 4 years. We had been to Dave's twice when it was on Church Street and didn't go back because of the mediocre food. I guess they recently moved to Chicago Street and we thought we'd give them a try. After all these years, we thought something must have changed. Unfortunately not. The food is really mediocre and I wasn't very impressed with the service. The cannoli was abominable. It was really the worst cannoli I've ever had - it almost tasted like the filling had gone bad. I really wanted to like this place but will never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I had not been to Dave's for at least 4 years. We had been to Dave's twice when it was on Church Street and didn't go back because of the mediocre food. I guess they recently moved to Chicago Street and we thought we'd give them a try. After all these years, we thought something must have changed. Unfortunately not. The food is really mediocre and I wasn't very impressed with the service. The cannoli was abominable. It was really the worst cannoli I've ever had - it almost tasted like the filling had gone bad. I really wanted to like this place but will never go back.

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I do prefer to eat in at Dave's -- pasta tates best when it's perfectly fresh. It's frequently quite crowded (close proximity to NU campus), but still family-friendly, which is very helpful for those of us with kids. \r
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★★★★★

I do prefer to eat in at Dave's -- pasta tates best when it's perfectly fresh. It's frequently quite crowded (close proximity to NU campus), but still family-friendly, which is very helpful for those of us with kids. \r
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Their thin-crust

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Dave's Kitchen is beloved by many in Evanston. Besides its homey atmosphere its hearty but well executed Italian food is the main reason people keep on returning to Dave's. The veal marsala and baked lasagna are the stars of the menu.

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Dave's Kitchen is beloved by many in Evanston. Besides its homey atmosphere its hearty but well executed Italian food is the main reason people keep on returning to Dave's. The veal marsala and baked lasagna are the stars of the menu.

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Dave's Italian Kitchen is located near North Western University. So you would think that it would be packed with college kids, but most nights it's packed with families. The food is good and you get large portions, which is fantastic for

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★★★★★

Dave's Italian Kitchen is located near North Western University. So you would think that it would be packed with college kids, but most nights it's packed with families. The food is good and you get large portions, which is fantastic for

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As far as affordable and fast dining goes, Dave's Italian Kitchen can take you a long way. Their menu selection is extensive, ranging from pasta to sandwiches to salads, and they can satisfy almost any kind of taste bud. Their portions are

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★★★★★

As far as affordable and fast dining goes, Dave's Italian Kitchen can take you a long way. Their menu selection is extensive, ranging from pasta to sandwiches to salads, and they can satisfy almost any kind of taste bud. Their portions are

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This place has excellent Italian food. It's prices are pretty decent for Evanston and the food comes quickly. The portions are large, so there will always be leftovers. It's a great place to bring children, too. I would highly recommend

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This place has excellent Italian food. It's prices are pretty decent for Evanston and the food comes quickly. The portions are large, so there will always be leftovers. It's a great place to bring children, too. I would highly recommend

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Daves Italian Kitchen is simply one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to. The menu is extremely wide, and almost every dish is to die for. The service is great, and the place is always hopping. Its not unusual to have a

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Daves Italian Kitchen is simply one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to. The menu is extremely wide, and almost every dish is to die for. The service is great, and the place is always hopping. Its not unusual to have a

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Southern Italian dishes like baked manicotti and veal Parmesan draw Northwestern students, couples and families alike.

 

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