Flat Top Grill - Evanston

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian

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Inspired by the open-air fresh market grills of Asia, Flat Top Grill provides carefully chosen ingredients, which are grown by gifted farmers. Custom-selected by a discerning foodie who knows your preferences better than anyone (that would be YOU). Cooked with care, by us.
At Flat Top Grill, we believe each meal should be memorable. You’re our guest. You decide. Shouldn’t your meal be prepared precisely to your tastes and preferences? We think so. We will make sure you’ve got what you need, just how you like it—from our homemade sauces to our signature Roti bread.
At Flat Top Grill, they grow it, you choose it, we cook it. C’mon in. Grill’s on!
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
3.8
Service
3.7
Ambience
3.8
Value
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56% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KeeganS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Food was generally good, the service was nice but they were drastically understaffed for the night. The food was out in only half of the area, with two grill cooks and 3-4 servers plus one manager. The night was way too full to run with that, and ticket times and drink speed suffered.

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vipSoAmazing
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Service was pretty bad but food was fine

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vipBabs
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

The place needs some freshening up.

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vipMala
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They ran out of tofu and never told us before checking in as we’re vegetarian, our soup never came so had to remind twice. We spoke to the manager and all he said was just sorry and walked away. Service was used to be great here but lately it sucks and no one cares about customers. Our waitress never came back to check on us if we needed anything.

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KaraM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was super nice and helpful with how the meal works. We have never been there before, great food! 4 boys and mom after a Northwestern game.

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CarolynB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

was good- not as good as in the past....but still good

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vipBerkshireMom
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome concept. Great value allergen friendly

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vipJLRO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

We have loved Flattop in the past, but this was likely our last visit. The food didn't taste fresh and service was very poor. It took 20 minutes to get a glass of water after requesting it. The first glass was soda water and our server argued with us that it was plain water (three of us tasted it...).

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abbyp
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The beef was so dry and lacked any flavor :(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

The service was absolutely horrible. The hostess was to busy on her phone to notice we walked in and had zero enthusiasm. Waited forever for drinks and the food tasted like it came from the frozen section of the grocery store.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Awesome 👍. Have been back many times. Service is usually very very good. For some reason it was a little off this time

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graymalkan
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

My kids love it! Kids pricing is super affordable too.

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ChrisF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food, nice job with the options and all veggies (except the broccoli) were fresh. The chicken was great but the Salmon, not so much.

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vipMarkH
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Interesting idea--but if I'm going to figure out/do everything about what I might want to eat (except cook it), why bother. Ingredients seemed fresh enough, but a lot spilled on the floor making it untidy if not unsanitary. Too many ingredient/sauce combinations--unless you just like stir fry with nothing but what you choose, the results still weren't very interesting. Way too long a wait: to get a server's attention, to get a drink served, to get the food cooked, to get a bill. Server apologized for delay and took one dish off our bill as compensation, which was nice. If you ordered chicken, you got a LOT.

Not my cup of tea at all--I'd never go there again.

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USBNC
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our business lunch on the outdoor patio. We love this location in Evanston.

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vipCeejay
Memphis/West TN
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We ate outside which of course enhanced our ambience experience since it’s downtown Evanston. The server however was very attentive... started to get a bit slow as we waited for the check but it was also prime lunch time and much busier. The process was relatively simple and there were people there to help answer questions since it was our first time there. Only criticism on the food is I felt like the sauce with the stirfry was not mixed evenly, but I also used a light amount of sauce so it could be related to that. The roti (bread) that you can get on the side is definitely worth getting… And the lettuce wraps were surprisingly fresh Bibb lettuce leaves. Not much to not like meal wise since you basically craft your meal. Would definitely go back.

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ChristinaM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here always- one of our favorite places. Great food and good amount

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vipCozyItalianFind
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

I love the idea of Flat Top Grill because it allows people to fully customize their dining experience. There are a variety of proteins, sauces, and vegetables that a diner can add to their dish... making it to taste. I don't ever get any of their other dishes as the "make your own" is the best value on the entire menu and definitely the best reason to go here.

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EugeneG
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The only thing is that the margarita was just okay seems as though they forgot the tequila. Otherwise food and waitress was great for my first time there.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

The server had a huge section which slowed things down. That’s not her fault, that’s bad management. There was a terrible odor by the bathrooms that lingered and wafted into the back dining room.... not pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

There was a 15 to 20 minute wait for the table. But as soon as I showed them that we had a reservation, they took us right in. It was busy but we had a really good server who was really nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The food was really good. We didn’t see the rice, as it was in pots at the front of the buffet. Should have piled the veggies up higher, and added a lot more mushrooms and broccoli... they cooked down more than I expected.

Look over the entire buffet before you start, and taste the sauces before deciding.

Service was ok. The server wasn’t as attentive as I would have preferred, but we got everything we wanted.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Was very disappointed with the food quality this time around. Chicken was not fully cooked.

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JorgeG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive staff. The restaurant was very clean also. The food is fantastic. And the prices are excellent. It’s an excellent place for a semi quiet lunch or dinner for two but it’s also a great place for a huge party to go eat together.

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vipmomof2xy
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I'm a fan of Flat Top Grill as I do like that we make our own meal. This visit was with some newbies who really liked it as well. We did have a few issues... the first being (and this usually happens) that some dishes get a rogue piece that they know they didn't add to their bowl. Weirdly, we kind of look forward to this. However, no food allergies with our group -- and we were asked prior to ordering -- I'm sure if their was a food allergy that more care would be taken in the prep. Second, one person in our group asked for beef as her protein and received chicken. We didn't bring it up as she was fine with it.

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viptduncan
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

For the value it's hard to beat. Fun for families for sure. Highly recommended due to value.

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TheFoodWiz
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Was a litty bday celebration but coulda been more littier if emily pulled up. Food was da bomb doe :)))))))))))))

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RodK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! Love this place! Everyone is really nice and helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience1

Entire area smelled like ammonia from the bathrooms. Will never eat there again.

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IanI
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Casual, fun, but I'm not a chef and wish there was a menu or set of recipies i could choose from...my meal was bland, but i guess thats my fault. The bread was good and if you put two sticks in your bowl you get two pieces.

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Touchdown
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Enjoyed the idea that you can add your own ingredients and amount to the bowls for your own taste. Unfortunately when I told my waiter it was our 1st time, he dropped the bowl off and gave no instructions on what to do so had to ask the hostess who was very helpful in explaining and assisting in how to prepare the bowls and what to do! Actually should have given her the tip

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vipAnonymous
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We are regulars at Flat Top. It was good as usual. The only snafu was that they couldn't find our Open Table reservation. We got seated anyway.

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vipStevenK
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always served hot and there is an abundance of choices. We were asked several times how everything was and if we needed anything.

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BrittanyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Love Flat Top! Service was super slow, server only came to table a couple times and we had to ask for him a couple of times from other staff

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vipNicoleT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a hit with the kids and a good value! Forces kids to be creative and try something new.

Flat Top Grill - Evanston
Responded on 28 January 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review, Nicole! We hope to see you in soon!

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CarolM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was great! My only complaint would be they need to change the serving utensils more frequently. They were slimy.

Flat Top Grill - Evanston
Responded on 27 November 2018

Thanks for taking the time to provide us with this feedback, Carol! I am happy to pass along your comments to the staff here at Flat Top. We appreciate your feedback as it gives us the opportunity to improve! We hope to see you in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food was just decent. My husband’s food was lost and likely given to another customer. After a 10 minute delay of figuring this out after everyone else’s food was given out, they told him he had to make it over again. They also forgot to include parts of people’s dishes (I.e. the rotisserie) for 2 of the guests. Overall food and waiter service was decent.

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Mallory
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

For large groups, this place is super easy to enjoy a nice meal at! There are vegetarian options, I made my bowl with tofu. The prices are a little steep but the food was very good, especially since I could choose what I wanted and how much of it I wanted. Make sure to fill your bowl to the top and get a piece of their bread! It's amazing. Also there's a student discount.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was great, and the food was delish. Perfect date night restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was great!

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