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The Coziest Restaurants and Bars on Chicago’s North Shore

By February, it can be hard to find motivation to leave the comforts of your warm house for dinner, but thanks to these cozy restaurants, date night or an evening out with friends doesn’t have to be a thing of the past (or something you dream of doing come spring). Whether you’re planning that perfect Valentine’s Day or simply desire a warm meal in a gorgeous dining area, read on to find the coziest restaurants on the North Shore — and then make your reservations ASAP.


The Cellar at The Stained Glass
820 Clark St., Evanston
It’s all about the small, sharable plates at this intimate companion to sister restaurant The Stained Glass Bistro. Try the Charcuterie & Cheese, Bacon Wrapped Dates, or Truffle Fries with your table. Or, if you prefer a larger portion for yourself, order the Lobster Roll or Seared Salmon. Brunch also can’t be missed thanks to items like Donut French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, and the Brunch Burger. The restaurant even introduced new brunch cocktails this month (and $2 mimosas are back!).

North Shore Restaurant Month deal: Free dessert with entree purchase

The Cellar at The Stained Glass


Di Pescara
2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook 
After a day of shopping at Northbrook Court, unwind with a delicious meal at this modern seafood and steak destination. Highlights here include the Shrimp Rangoon Roll, complete with jalapeño and wasabi caviar, Parmesan-Crusted Norwegian Haddock, Pepper-Crusted Bone-In Ribeye, and the Pomegranate Mojito. End the evening with Valrhona Chocolate Mousse Cake or a Chocolate Martini.

North Shore Restaurant Month deal: 15 percent off guest check

Di Pescara


Found Kitchen and Social House
1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston
What’s cozier than enjoying after-work drinks or dinner in a comfortable chair surrounded by unique decor? Inspired by 1920s Bohemian Paris and the Beat Generation, this restaurant and social house is just as much about the ambiance as it is the food. If available, try the Fried Brussels Sprouts and Garlic Chili Vinaigrette, Twice-Fried Chicken Wings with honey, lemon, and smoked chilies, Pan-Seared Farm Steak, or Roasted Half Chicken. And for Valentine’s Day, celebrate with a special menu available Feb. 9-17 or a prix fixe menu ($65 per person) on Feb. 14.

North Shore Restaurant Month deal: 15 percent off guest check

Found Kitchen


Jameson's Charhouse
9525 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
The winner of an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award in 2017, this steakhouse features everything from salads and burgers to pasta and seafood (and, of course, steak). Whatever you choose, start your evening with a tasty appetizer, including Shrimp De Jonghe, Fried Calamari, and Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

North Shore Restaurant Month deal: Free appetizer with purchase of two entrees (limit one per table)

Jameson's Charhouse


Morton's The Steakhouse
699 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook 
This cozy steakhouse boasts “exceptional service and premium classic fare,” and is a perfect spot for a celebration (or Valentine’s Day). Go all out with the Center-Cut Filet Mignon or Double Porterhouse for Two, plus a variety of seafood and poultry dishes. Or share a few Bar Bites like Iceberg Wedge Bites, Oysters on the Half Shell, or the Filet Mignon Trio.

North Shore Restaurant Month deal: Three-course prix fixe for $63.99 

Morton's the Steakhouse


Taco Diablo
1026 Davis St., Evanston
Warm up with tasty Mexican cuisine and beverages at this Evanston cantina and taqueria. Start with Taqueria Guacamole or Elote Esquite before moving on to tacos (Spicy Shrimp, Duck & Pork Chorizo, Smoked Brisket, or Potato perhaps?), enchiladas, or chilaquiles. Pair it all with a Hot Joy margarita or Seven Devils - Zero Saints cocktail. Plus, you’ll love the cool art found throughout the restaurant.

North Shore Restaurant Month deal: Free dessert with purchase of two entrees

Taco Diablo


550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
Perfect for date night, this Italian restaurant features delicious dishes like Raviolini Pera, Gnocchi Con Burrata, and Maccaroni Cipriani. And don’t forget the wine and dessert! Plus, celebrate Valentine’s Day here from Feb. 12-17 with a four-course prix fixe menu for $90 per couple.

North Shore Restaurant Month deal: Three-course prix fixe for $25


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