About Us


Chef's Station opened in 1997, and was recognized almost immediately for its impeccable food, extensive wine list, quality service and cozy, comfortable ambience. Today, it continues to win over the hearts (and tastebuds) of reviewers from Check, Please!, Chicago Magazine, The New York Times—Travel, Zagat, Amateur Gourmet, Open Table, the Chicago Sun-Times and more. 

Chef Elio Romero

Chef Elio Romero–known formally as José–moved to the United States from El Salvador when he was 17 years old. Since then, he has taken it upon himself to explore and master contemporary American cuisine. He has been the leading culinary influence at Chef's Station since it opened, and is now the owner of the establishment. 


Elio's intentionality, his focus on creating balance and his commitment to a holistic dining experience have set him apart from his peers and earned him recognition as one of the most accomplished artists on the North Shore. He has been named a Santé Culinary Professional of the Year, and he continues to make Evanston a fine dining hot spot. 

Tasting Menus

Chef Romero offers personalized, six-course dinners with optional wine pairings upon request, separate from the regular menu. This is a perfect and charmingly adventurous way to experience virtually everything that Chef's Station has to offer! Tasting menus are available Sunday through Thursday. Contact us or ask your server for more details!

The Chef's Challenge

Think that you could make a meal delectable enough to compete with the Chef's? Gather up a group of friends and some fresh ingredients and contact us to schedule an afternoon learning to prepare a gourmet spread with our staff!