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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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!