Senior Living. Redefined.

Residents enjoy exquisite dining prepared by renowned chefs — using the freshest ingredients.

The Merion has raised the bar in retirement community dining by introducing a completely reinvented dining program. With a resolute and unparalleled emphasis on fresh food ingredients provided by local purveyors, custom made-to-order meals, impeccable service and fine attention to detail, The Merion is redefining and reshaping dining expectations in retirement living communities.

We understand that food is fundamentally linked with health, wellness and human interaction and impacts our lives far beyond basic nourishment. At The Merion, it is all about creating memorable dining experiences and improving our residents’ lives, one meal at a time. Whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, our diverse menu has offerings for all palates and needs.

Residents may choose to dine in our elegant and spacious dining room, our casual bistro, or simply enjoy our in-room dining services.

Order in-room dining

Not feeling social today? Let us bring your meal to you.

JEM Dining Room

The JEM Dining Room offers a fine dining experience that is surely unparalleled and just what you would expect from the finest community in Evanston. Select from an extraordinary array of culinary creations a la carte, including signature and seasonal dishes designed by Chef Anthony Krause. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with fellow residents, and feel free to invite close friends and family. View Our Menus

Private Dining Rooms

Family in town? Celebrating a birthday? Want to catch up with friends over dinner? Reserve a private dining room at The Merion, and our staff will make sure your intimate event is everything you desire it to be.

In-Room Dining

Treat yourself to breakfast in bed, a relaxing dinner, or even an evening snack! In-room dining at The Merion features the same fresh, locally sourced ingredients and attention to detail found in our dining room and is available during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours. Retreat to the comfort of your own residence, choose your selections, and savor your made-to-order meal.

The Crystal Lounge

Adjacent to The Crystal Ballroom, The Crystal Lounge offers residents and their guests a comfortable, laid-back space to mix and mingle. In addition to signature cocktails, smooth jazz, and frequent live music, we offer a gourmet menu with fine appetizer, sandwich, and dessert selections. The perfect place to watch tonight's big game!


The bistro offers a more casual dining experience and focuses on serving both hot and cold, made-to-order options and convenient “grab-n-go” items ranging from simple pastries and juices to traditional full breakfast selections.

The Emerald Lounge

The Emerald Lounge is the prefect setting for an elegant lunch and happy hour with live music.

The Sapphire Room

The Sapphire Room offers residents a pleasant space to enjoy daily infused water, fresh coffee, and snacks. Special events with outstanding menu and bar options are treats to look forward to.

Rooftop Terrace

The gorgeous Rooftop Terrace is a great place to relax when the sun is shining. Order a sandwich and fresh-brewed iced tea or choose from any other of our marvelous menu items.