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Charcoal Oven Restaurant

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4400 Golf Rd, Skokie, IL 60076-1202
+1 847-675-8062
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a GOOD thing I didn't pay attention to all of the FALSHOODS associated with this restaurant! Because I discovered a DYNASTY of DELIGHT...all through the night! The GRECIAN Chicken is an oversized portion...the seasonings were exquisite. The patrons, owner and servers were pleasing and very welcoming. Whenever I'm in TOWN, I'll be wisely dining at the CHARCOAL OVEN once... More 

Thank Diane P
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is amazing. Franko the owner works the bar and is a joy. Amazing good!!!!!!! You must go here.

Thank Michele S
Glenview, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I have been driving past this restaurant for the past 30 years and have always wondered what it was like. Finally made reservations and went for dinner on Saturday. Quite a pleasant surprise. The theater crowd had just left and the staff were great at making the arriving customers feel at home. It's nice to find a place that does... More 

Thank DellG2407
Chicago, Illinois
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247 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

I have been driving by this restaurant for the last ten years but have not eaten their for at least fifteen years. The truth is the restaurant is in need of a face lift. The service was extremely disappointing and the food very inconsistent. We were the only ones in the restaurant and it took some time to just get... More 

Thank Don C
Evanston, Illinois
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This a restaurant is a step back in time. It feels like a classic Wisconsin supper club with a Greek chef. The drinks were great. The food was outstanding although the side dishes are very limited. The service and ambiance were great. Don't be in a hurry. It looked like everything was cooked to order. It's a small and charming... More 

Thank CandaceDIL
Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

I drive by this place twice a day. For two years I've wondered about it. I wish the owners had the guts to really blow it out of the water. This place is iconic and could be so campy and trendy now if they just tried - just a little bit. The service is slightly absent, but delightful when it's... More 

Thank Kacey811
Chicago, Illinois
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86 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Gave this a big thumbs -- at one time. Went 3/4/16 and unfortunately not likely to go again -- at least not for dinner. Same décor, similar menu as last visit, but the place smelled a bit like my grandmother's basement and the food was at best mediocre. Service was very good and I still enjoyed the 1970's look, but... More 

Thank J E
Evanston, Illinois
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389 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

We and some friends have passed by this place for years and years. Amazing vintage sign--and we heard the inside matched. It does; so if you want an experience that will but you back a few decades time-wise, it's interesting. But the food was mediocre. Walleye with too much panko and seasoning to distinguish the fish from anything else. Ditto... More 

Thank jaz79h
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016

I went there with my college age son for dinner. We did not see a filet on the menu but asked and they said they had it. We think the steaks had been in the freezer for a long time and were put in the microwave to thaw. Both of our steaks had no seasoning but worse yet it had... More 

Thank kmg62
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

We were a little hesitant walking into this restaurant, with the 70's decor and grim surrounding neighborhood. The neon sign out front looked straight out of a cheesy Vegas movie. However, the online reviews were very good, so we gave it a try. One of us ordered the pork chop special, and it was the biggest, most tender pork chop... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4400 Golf Rd, Skokie, IL 60076-1202
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Skokie
  • Phone Number: +1 847-675-8062

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?