Flat Top Grill - Evanston

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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!
What 89 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
3.9
Service
3.7
Ambience
3.9
Value
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40% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

The beef was so dry and lacked any flavor :(

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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

g
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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

CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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.

MH
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

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.

US
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

C
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

CM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

CD
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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.

EG
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

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.

A
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

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

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

m
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

t
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

TF
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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

RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

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

II
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

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.

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

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

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

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.

SK
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

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

NT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

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.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was great!

H
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

It was fine. Waitress was attentive and volunteered to guide us through the ordering process, which is unusual. Taste was so-so.

ES
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was so good! Bowls were a good size even though they looked small at first

D
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and staff were aware we were there for birthday.

n
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The manager was very nice and helpful. Food was good and filling would go again😘🍷😛

DS
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Bathroom needed cleaning.

K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I am very sad to be leaving this review - I have been a fan of Flattop since it opened. The last time I went was about 4 years ago and I had a bad experience but assumed it was one off. This is the original restaurant only in name an location. Food quality and the selection is radically decreased over time. Yes, vegetables are still fresh and abundant but I suspect met is now precooked and/or cooked from frozen (the texture is just wrong. Options such as soup or salad also seem to be gone and sauces are more limited. Oils are gone. The location needs to be updated too. Sorry new owners, I will not be back sadly.

GM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very tasty.

PS
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time I go two flat top grill I enjoy each meal and just the Ambiance of the whole place

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