The Alcove- Evanston
Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin
Roasted Baby Carrots, Smoked Baby Potatoes, Sautéed Broccolini, Red Wine Reduction
Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Roasted Rhubarb, Wild Strawberry, Brioche
Grilled Spanish Baby Octopus
Caramelized Onions, Avocado, Purple Cauliflower, Micro Arugula, Sauce Gribiche
Although it is a lovely space it was clear that night the kitchen and the wait staff were understaffed. The worst part was waiting an hour for my entrée After a salad and when it came it was tepid which doesn’t bode well for duck breast. Also my water glass was constantly empty which to me seems like the most basic service for a meal that was with tip cost me $429
Not going to be on the top of my list
We flew in from the NJ/NYC area for our sons graduation . This restaurant was phenomenal ! Would come here again! Please open a branch in the NJ/NYC area!
We had an early (5 pm) reservation due to travel needs. So the place was empty until we were almost finished with our meal. The atmosphere was very subdued, as a result. It is very nicely decorated, the staff were very nice, attentive, and efficient. The food was superb. Cooked perfectly, prepared beautifully and served timely.
I'd like to try to go during prime dinner hour to see the ambiance in a different setting.
Inattentive service, poorly executed soup and lamb, short ribs were acceptable, kale side dish came out 10 minutes after the entrees but was good, dessert was excellent. A $260 unremarkable meal for two, I may come back for dessert and drinks after dinner elsewhere.
we ate in the patio, which is leafy, spacious, and mostly quiet (except when a train comes rumbling by on the nearby elevated tracks). The food was exquisite. We shared a perfectly made goat cheese tart. I had sturgeon with lobster sauce and delightful lobster ravioli. The rhubarb tart was also excellent--intense rhubarb flavor with just enough sweetness. the crust was totally different from the one for the goal cheese tart, and each was perfect for its dish.
i haven't (yet) eaten inside, but it looks very nice -- large and with lots of well-spaced tables.
Food and hostess and the guys who bused our table were wonderful. Our server struggled.
We have been coming to this restaurant for years and love it. The meal, as always, was fabulous. The seared octopus was extraordinary. So we’re the muscles and the halibut. But the service was way too slow. I hope it was an anomaly because this is one of our favorite restaurants!!
So nice to see you back with us last night! and I'm so glad to hear that we're still one of your favorite restaurants. We are still working out some of the kinks in the transition to becoming a busy restaurant, some of which were evident last night. I can assure you that it was an anomaly. We look forward to having you back with us again, soon. All the Best! Michael Wathen General Manager
Excellent food and service! We had a truly enjoyable evening out.
Thanks so much for the 5-star review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Michael Wathen General Manager
Something for everyone! Good distance between tables. Fantastic flavors
What a terrific review! I'm so glad you enjoyed our Fantastic Flavors! Thanks again! Michael Wathen General Manager
Delicious food, pleasant atmosphere, everyday or special dining...
Thanks so much for your kind words! Looking forward to having you back with us soon. Michael Wathen General Manager
Excellent, delicious meal for a special occasion celebration! Superb!
Thanks so much for your wonderful 5-star review! We really appreciate it! Michael Wathen General Manager
We loved this place. My wife and I had a lovely dinner here last week to celebrate our anniversary. The food was amazing. The drinks were great. Big big fan.
Thank you Mike! I'm so glad you enjoyed your Anniversary Dinner. We are looking forward to having you back with us for many more! Michael Wathen General Manager
My guest had been many years ago and I never had been. It is fine dining at its finest hidden under the railroads and it feels like you're going to Grand Central in N Y or walking through the passageways in Paris to get to their trains. Mike G M was amazing host and helped us every step of the way. The appetizers - salad and seafood medley soup were delight filled as were our entrees - braised short ribs and beef tenderloin. Of course we had to order soufflé's before dinner - coconut and Grand Maringnier (sp) and for dessert they were scrumptious. Its a hidden secret we will return to.
It is always a pleasure to dine at The Alcove for special occasions. The service is impeccable and the food delicious. The high prices preclude frequent visits!
The rack of lamb and the halibut were outstanding. The crab cake dish presentation was exceptional, I did not get a report on the quality, but the dish was thoroughly enjoyed.
The service was good but the restaurant was 60% full and the wait staff was insufficient.
The location most convenient and the new decor more up to the times.
Great menu. Everything well prepared and attractively presented. Friendly, if slightly overworked service. 97% perfect evening.
We went to have dinner on Wednesday . It was an obvious slow day. Only 2 tables when we arrived. The location is interesting but the interior is very nice. The food was OUTSTANDING. It was only a big CONS.. the timing for serving the food was extremely S L O W. An average of 45mins waiting for each course. We arrived at 6pm and we left at 8pm with a pending dessert that arrived after we asked for the check. We asked a couple times to our waitress and he was not nice but neither rude, just whatever.
I’d probably give it another chance because the food was on point.
Guests who have need to finish their meal by a certain time need to tell the staff of that constraint upon arrival. Ordinarily the pace of service here is definitely unrushed.
Thanks so much for your 5-star review! And yes, we always ask that if you have a time constraint please let us know when you when you are seated so that we can assist you with meeting your deadline. Thanks again! Michael Wathen General Manager
I hope this was an anomaly. We went for Mothers Day brunch and it was a set menu. You chose one appetizer, one main course, and one dessert. The full meal menu was taken for everyone at once. It took 2 hours and 20 min for the three courses. After an hour of receiving her first cup of coffee my sister was asked if she wanted another. No one stopped by the table to ask if we needed anything. My sister wanted to take her dessert home and she received her dessert in a bag 15+ min before the rest of the table received theirs. No one apologized for the long delays. The food was delicious but the service was horrible. Again, I hope they just ended up being short staffed unexpectedly. Even so, someone should have said we are so sorry for the long wait. I will not go back unless I see some good reviews that service was wonderful.
Thanks so much for your painfully honest review. It seems we dropped the ball in several areas during your visit. Mother's Day was quite a bit busier than we expected this year and we still had not fully staffed the restaurant. This is absolutely not the way we take care of our guests. It really was an anomaly. I would like invite you to dine with us again as my guest. Please let me know. Thanks again and best regards, Michael Wathen General Manager
Mother's Day brunch was nothing exceptional .... food was good, but not great and when going to brunch you'd expect at least one breakfast type option, but there was none. Also, one of our servers had an attitude who actually told my daughter to put her phone away when he was delivering one of the courses, which was completely out of line. It was not his call to make and I was offended and so was my daughter. This was sort of an old school dining establishment and it was my first time dining there and I will not give them another shot.
I am very sorry about your experience on Mother's Day. I could give you a million excuses but I would rather just say that I'm truly sorry and would welcome an opportunity to make things right should you change your mind and give us another opportunity to win you back. Please let me know if that would be possible. Thank you Michael Wathen General Manager
We really enjoyed the Mother’s Day Brunch. It’s a really nice restaurant in a good location. The food was delicious. My only complaint was that the service was incredibly slow. I don’t think it was anyone’s fault, just maybe understaffed due to the pandemic. We will be back to try dinner on a non-holiday.
Thanks so much for your kind words and understanding with regard to Mothers Day. We are still working out some issues with regard to service . We look forward to spoiling you on your next visit!
The prime rib, the crab cakes, the chocolate cheesecake mousse...all were amazing! The restaurant was as full as COVID protocol allowed, yet the noise level was super low. The presentation and the quantity of food was equal to its quality and we will certainly be back!!!!!!
Thanks so much for the terrific review! Your kind words are much appreciated. Michael Wathen General Manager
Had a fabulous dinner at The Alcove. The new contemporary bistro ambience is a refreshing look compared to the former library look. All of the food was excellent. We started with the octopus appetizer which was tender and flavorful. For the entrees we had the lamb chops and short ribs. Both were superb. The meal concluded with a tasty rhubarb/strawberry tart. Wine list was extensive with reasonably priced options. Looking forward to dining there again.
Thanks so much for your kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. We are looking forward to having you back with us as well. Thanks again! Michael Wathen General Manager
Great service , delicious food , wonderful ambiance.
The 2 of us celebrated our anniversary. Over all the food was great. The Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin was done to perfection, as well as the vegetables served with it. The Grilled Rack of Lamb was cooked perfect too. A little too salty for both of our tastes. The Parmesan Arancini was almost not enjoyable to eat, way too salty.
A note to the wait staff, they very friendly and service was good, kept the water and wine glasses full. But, finished/empty plates should not be left on the table till the next course is served.
Thanks so much for your 4 star review! I appreciate your suggestions and will discuss with the Chef. Looking forward to having you back with us again soon! Michael Wathen General Manager
We have eaten here at least 25 times and every time it has been a wonderful experience!
Thanks so much Kathy. We always look forward to having you with us! To 25 more! Michael Wathen General Manager
Food and service were wonderful. Love how they’ve redecorated. Highly recommend. Everyone in our group loved their meal.
Thanks so much for the 5-star review! I'm so glad that everyone enjoyed their evening with us! Michael Wathen General Manager
Great food and excellent service. I would definitely go again.
We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely come back.
It was a lovely evening. Such a nice setting and the food was wonderful! Service was delightful. Will be coming back.
Delicious food, pleasant atmosphere, always a great choice to dine here .
Outstanding food and service! Our favorite place!
Very slow service.
Great re-boot of a long-time Evanston institution.
Most Fabulous evening. Sat in the back very safe. The food was beautiful from start to finish...Spanish octopus, tuna tartar divine. Huge portion of branding and the dessert: goat cheese cheesecake, bread pudding and lemon torte divine. What a special gem of a restaurant!
The food and service was excellent. The staff made us feel very welcome. Everything we had was expertly prepared and so delicious! We will definitely be back!
Certainly this is the best restaurant in Evanston, and one of the best in the whole Chicago area. The food never disappoints, and it's such a serene setting.
Wonderful dinner. Food was terrific, one of the top two in Evanston for sure. And the renovated dining room is as beautiful and comfortable as you will find anywhere. Definitely on my rotation of places to go.
Always a gem. Standard fare prepared to perfection. Get the souffle dessert
OpenTable ダイナー99名によるThe Alcove- Evanstonの評価は4.6☆です。