Evanston >Food & Dining > Chili's Grill & Bar
1765 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL | Directions 6020142.049844 -87.684631
Sun, 11am - 10pm; Mon - Thu, 11am - 11pm; Fri, Sat, 11am - midnight
Families and an after-work crowd come to this relaxed Tex-Mex chain for sizzling fajitas and a buzzing bar scene. – In Short
Festive decor of colorfully tiled tables, vintage photographs and sunny Southwestern accents welcomes an all-ages crowd at this informal hangout. Youngsters and their parents pile into dining room booths; casual business types toss back margaritas and watch televised sports at the bar. The menu features mild versions of Lone Star state favorites, from double-basted baby back ribs and steak fajitas to red-beef chili and deep-fried onions.
Misleading Call-Ahead – We called ahead to Chili's in Evanston at 6 pm, and were told that we could be put on the call-ahead list for a table at 7. We arrived at 6:30, checked in, and got our pager. At 7, I asked the hostess if our table was ready. She informed me that the call-ahead list was not in fact a reservation, and that it guaranteed nothing. We would just have to wait for a table with everyone else. Why does Chili's have a call-ahead list, that is presented as a reservation system, when in fact the call-ahead is meaningless, and gives a false impression? We waited until 7:30, at which point, having spent an hour waiting for a table when the hostess was telling everyone else that the wait time was 30 minutes, we left and went to Noodles and Company. I doubt I'll ever go to a Chili's again. If they have that much of a lack of having their act together at the front end, what expectations could I reasonably have of service at the table, order accuracy, or food quality?
good service, what you'd expect for a chain for food. bartender doesnt know anything! – I generally like chili's. but, the burgers were more expensive than wolfgang pucks! also, the bartender didnt know what a scotch was; she clearly had just been hired for her looks. she did know about the food though, and was helpful when i told her i was a steak guy. also, they have sound on for sports in the bar, which was a plus for me, but some business woman left because it was too loud for her.
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