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Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://alchemyashland.com
  • Phone: (541) 488-1115
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

    Bar: 4:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Northwest, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Billy Buscher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: We regularly feature live music in our bar on Friday and Saturday nights from 7:30 until 9:30 PM with no cover charge.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We regularly feature wine and spirits pairings in the bar.

    We are also the home of the 30th Annual Dickens' Christmas Feast for the month of December. Please inquire at 541-488-1115 or visit http://winchesterinn.com/dickens.htm for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hargadine St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Off street parking is available. There is also a public parking lot located across the street.
A word from Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
For all play tables we suggest no later than 6:00pm. If you prefer outside seating please make note in your reservation. If you are attending a theater performance, please let us know in your reservation notes. Serving dinner, bistro fare and brunch, Alchemy Restaurant and Bar offers cuisine transformed. We specialize in fresh local ingredients, craft cocktails and boutique wines. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "It had been several years since we had dined at the Winchester Inn, but Alchemy has received some great reviews, so we decided to try. The good press was highly justified. The meal was beautiful, delicious, inventive, and featured multiple flavors and textures that harmonized so well. We ordered the Dungeness crab salad and the braised short ribs. It was quite warm in the restaurant -- the air conditioning not quite up to such a hot day."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Dinner with other PDXers was fantastic.Blond Drew gave excellent advice and we 4 foodies give Alchemy an A+."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I took my husband to Alchemy for his birthday. What a great evening. The wait staff was gracious and attentive. The food, well let's just say after the meal was finished, and we lingered over a terrific dessert, we decided this IS our favorite place to dine in Ashland. We look forward to joining friends and family for great meals at this terrific establishment."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Once again had a 5 star experience. The Foie Gras was Excelkent with a lovely Sauterne. The stuffed endive with rogue creamery blue cheese was delicious. My Duck entree was cooked perfect and tasted incredible. Our chocolate dessert that we shared was a perfect ending to an excellent meal."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was fantastic. We were told that the filet mignon is their specialty, and it was truly special, as were the root vegies and Jerusalem artichoke mashers. The goat cheese gnocchi with wild mushrooms appetizer was a creative masterpiece! This is a rare occurrence for us. The service was great. We had a couple of special requests for them that were carried out seamlessly. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We ate in the bar one night and the dinning area the other. Food was excellant. Had a great time both nights."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We ordered duck breast & scalloops. We asked our server for a wine suggestion that would be appropriate & the response was "oh something in the middle". This was totally unsatisfactory for a restaurant that prides itself on its award winning 25 page wine list. She did not offer any other help even a sommelier. The butter lettuce salad was served on a warm plate & was wilted. The entrees were presented with style but lacked the flavor one would expect from the menu description. In addition, scallops were cold & duck was less than tender."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "the food is great and innovative. I had a boneless short rib that was glazed and perfect. Not fatty as some short ribs are. Tender - yummy. It was served with a combination of Yukon gold potatoes and carrots, all mixed together like mashed potatoes. Tasty and the carrot color went well with the very dark short rib. this is a small restaurant, it is quiet and you can TALK without shouting. We wet there for our anniversary dinner and were not disappointing."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We wanted to try a new restaurant while in Ashland for the Festival. We had read good things about Alchemy so decided on our evening off to come here. It was perfect. The pace was just right. The specialty drinks were fun. The food delicious. I had the scallops and my husband had the filet. The scallops were prepared 3 different ways and each one created an explosion of flavors in my mouth."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great food, wonderful menu, great wine, all in time for the play. Great experience!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "While this restaurant definitely isn't a cheap place to eat, the quality is so high I am surprised that the dinners aren't $50 per person! It was a great place to celebrate and the staff was warm and welcoming. Also, when I had questions about dietary issues (I have Celiac Disease and therefore need to eat gluten free), the staff was very knowledgeable and when they didn't know they went and checked with the chef. Awesome! I would definitely come back again in a future trip to Ashland."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Both our meals were barely warm when they arrived at the table. Neither my scallops nor my bf's salmon impressed. Odd flavor combinations such as whole (pitted) calamata olives with the salmon or the big square of cold tomato under one of my scallops just didn't make sense or do anything to complement the seafood. Enjoyed the option to builds wine flight and the setting was very nice."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Loved the fresh food. Our meals were a nice twist on typical brunch fair. We went to a number of high rated restaurants (that we researched ahead of time) during a weekend trip to Ashland. The Alchemy was quite possibly the best experience for food and service."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Nice place, interesting food, servers are friendly but let you enjoy your meal."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "One meal was excellent one was disappointing. The soup of the day was described as a bisque by our server but the server at the next table said it was a chowder - it was neither - just a thick corn soup that was over-salted. While my dining companion's scallops were wonderful, my salmon was dry - a terrible thing to do to a beautiful piece of alaska king salmon!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "While the appetizer - gnocchi with short-ribs - was excellent, everything else - salad, cod and rib eye - were very ordinary. Worse was the service. We had a personable waitress but heard lots of excuses about the computer systems being down, and had what seemed like amateurish service all around. We expected more from an Ashland landmark."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Had the duck, loved it !"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I ordered the stuffed quail and it arrived looking pretty pale. The inside stuffing, rabbit sausage was quite raw and I had to send it back. It came back better, but still a little underdone on the innermost part. My husband said his duck was also a little underdone. The chocolate cake dessert was very dry, tasted more like a hostess HoHo than anything I would expect from a fine dining restaurant. They did comp the dessert due to the quail problem, but shouldn't they have comped the quail instead?"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food, service, view were all lovely. Check the prices & see what you're comfortable with. Personally I find the tables MUCH too close together, and it's generally a very LOUD room. Many people like this kind of noise, but it's not our thing. We enjoyed our food, but we'll probably try something else next time we're in town."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Located in charming Victorian B&B "Winchester Inn". Loved the decor & romantic ambience. The fig & sausage stuffed quail was delicious. The special was brined lamb on risotto. NOT SO GOOD!!! I should have realized there wud be a problem when they did not ask me how I'd like it cooked. it came med well, overcooked, tough and didn't taste like lamb at all. Everything else was great. The shallot tarragon dressing on the salad was yummy. Apple tart and chocolate mouse cake very good. Service was good. Adjacent table ordered the mini Wellington appetizer which came as 2 large bite sized Wellington's. next time I will have that with the salad and dessert. We sat inside but they have a charming patio. Perfect place for High Tea."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Dinner here before a show at Shakespeare festival. Nice atmosphere, very good service. Seem to be known for their special cocktails, however the one we tried, Lagoon, a gin drink was decidedly week, should have had my usual Martini. The cold foie gras was a treat but a very small portion. The stuffed Quail excellent. The trio of Scallops was interesting and well done although we much preferred only one of the sauces. Nice wine list and wines by the glass."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a large party for my graduation but they were very accommodating and friendly. We even had my 8 year old nephew there and he was able to get a grilled cheese before we ordered to help him stay on good behavior. The food was elegant, unique and most importantly delicious. The short ribs and filet mignon were some of the best I've tasted. It's a great place for a date or special occasion because you will end up spendinga bot of money but it is worth it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a nice pre theater dinner with good service. Drink menu has variations on old stand bus as well as the standards. There are a number of wines by the glass. Our appetizers included gnocchi with pork belly and a fresh green salad, both were good. We had braised beef ribs and seared salmon. Both were very well prepared. The citrus for the salmon was in the polenta, a nice surprise when you ate a little of both together."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the whole experience, waitress was great, food was good. However, my friend has the scallops and had an upset tummy after we left and I had the salmon and also experienced an upset tummy later on. However, everything we ate, was very good, so don't know why we had upset tummies. Dessert was very good also - cherry creme brunet and apple tart"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "They had a special mushroom soup with local mushrooms--outstandingly delicious! The duck was wonderful and the black cod was superbly prepared. Drew helped us select a fantastic Winderlea Pinot Noir from his wine selection. My question was which of the 4 vintages he had on the menu worked best with our entrees and was tasting the best right now. He came up with a winner--the '07 Winderlea. With fantastic food and formidable wine, you cannot go wrong!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Welcoming restaurant that resides in an inn that is a few steps from the OSF and Main Street. The restaurant is homey and comfortable. The service was eager to please and friendly. The bbq sport ribs were very good. A nice option for dining close to the theatre."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Most of the meal was delightful, but the overall experience was inconsistent. The waitstaff was excellent. The foie gras was hard, cold, crumbly and bland. The black cod was perfect, as were the filet mignon and the duck. The cocktails were a little odd, but acceptable. Wine list is commendable. The dining room is very cluttered with tables and HOT - no circulation. It might be perfect for fans of Arsenic and Old Lace."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The little food touches were what one expects from a well reviewed restaurant, and items like the pureed carrots on the short ribs plate were excellent. My only complaint was that the black cod I was served was so small it looked like an appetizer. But, truly, everything else was fine; it just wasn't special enough to want us to go back."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Not our first time here, we were looking forward to returning. Alchemy did not live up to expectation. Alchemy has an extensive by-the-(expensive)-bottle wine list, but the offerings by-the-glass are neither numerous nor particularly desirable. For the second year in a row we asked for two glasses and were told the last pour of our wine of choice had just been made. No adjustment was offered. Could it be they are hoping to lure us into buying a whole bottle? The couple at the adjacent table who arrived after us were likewise treated. Many of the entrees were to my mind unimaginatively larded with additions of crispy bacon. My gnocchi was dry, portions were small. Ashalnd has many so many fine restaurants, we won't return. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Innovative cocktails with creative names. Delicious food which included duck breast, scallops, and squash pasta. Wine list was comprehensive and included local wines."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "wonderful and imaginative, from drinks to the wine list to the food which is all locally sourced. Our waiter was very professional and helpful in pairing wines with our meal. In all a wonderful experience - we look forward to returning in August."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My husband and I love this restaurant! They make sure to also accomindate gluten-free individuals."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A quiet, not busy, restaurant on the evening we ate there. The restaurant is in an old Inn with gardens as a view from the tables."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant. The cocktail (Martini) was superb. I had a lovely soup followed by perfectly prepared duck. My dining partner greatly enjoyed the Earl Grey infused black cod; she rates this one of her best meals of the year."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had eaten at the Winchester prior to its transformation into the Alchemy. What a pleasant and necessary update. Our server, Hallee, was wonderful and the food was very good. With four of us dining, we shared the mini-Wellingtons and the endive appetizers, both were very tasty. Two had the scallops and two had the ravioli, with both getting rave reviews. I would definitely dine here again and recommend it to my friends."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The server knew the menu and made great recommendations. The chef was not happy with one entree, so immediately offered the table complimentary desserts for the wait. All of the food was just fantastic: best duck confit we've bad. The only thing that was just "okay" was the cocktails. Won't bother with those next visit."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We decided to spend our 10th wedding anniversary in Ashland. We have been to Ashland many times in the past five years, had read reviews of Alchemy Restaurant, and decided to dine there on Saturday night. We were not disappointed. The entrees (scallops for me and pasta for my husband) were creatively and beautifully prepared. The salad was delicious and chosen appetizer superb. We had decided to eat lightly as we had a play performance at 8 p.m. so resisted dessert. Great wine list. The garden outside the dining room was serene and lovely. Service was excellent. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend dining at Alchemy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Overall dining experience always off the charts. Food is perfect. Service is perfect. Location is perfect and weather it's summer on the patio under flower covered trellises or winter inside next to soft snow lightly falling outside with a starry lit up gazebo in the background, we have NEVER been disappointed on our choice for a date nite. Recommend to everyone we know."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Alchemy is the new name for the Winchester Inn's restaurant. It remains one of Ashland's best restaurants. This is fine dining with excellent service. I wouldn't recommend this place for children. Excellent for special occasions including holidays."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Drink menu looked very interesting; but decided on pinot-noir by the glass. Ordered Braised Short Rib, and it was of the best I've ever tasted (must try with the bacon jam). Started with the soup special which was Tomato Bisque with Rogue Creamery Smoked Bleu Cheese topping....man, that was delicious! Finished that perfect meal with a 7 layer chocolate cake (small portion; but just right).Service was superb, but not too many customers for a rainy Sunday night. It was a short walk from the parking structure to the restaurant, then another short walk to the Angus Bowmer Theatre at OSF. Wonderful date night which started with our wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 3/9/2014