J. Alexander's - Northbrook
J. Alexander's - Northbrook

J. Alexander's - Northbrook

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jalexanders.com/
  • Phone: (847) 564-3093
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday - 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday - 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Montana Baldwin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please call and ask to speak to a manager about booking a space for a private party, meeting, etc.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pointe Dr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from J. Alexander's - Northbrook
J. Alexander's is a contemporary American restaurant, known for its wood-fired cuisine. Our core philosophy is to provide you with the highest possible quality dining experience. The menu features a wide selection of American classics including prime rib of beef, steaks, fresh seafood, sandwiches and entrée salads as well as daily chef recommendations. The restaurant has a full-service bar that includes an outstanding selection of wines both by the glass and bottle.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
J. Alexander's - Northbrook reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (72)great for lunch (72)neighborhood gem (56)special occasion (44)fit for foodies (39)vibrant bar scene (36)kid-friendly (21)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (19)late-night find (18)romantic (13)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (10)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Separate checks should be available to ALL groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The ambiance was wonderful. We were There to celebrate a birthday. The food was good. It was much better last visit. Ordered the same thing. Steak and fries. Steak was probably twice the size on the previous visit? Very strange that the lady beside me said the EXACT same thing about the steak. She too ordered the steak and fries. Time for checks to come. Waitress said 4 checks max. Could not get the checks correct. Seemed really flustered in the process. Had the manager come and write everything down. Then he corrected the checks. This took about 40 minutes total! By this time EVERYONE was ready to leave. No dessert!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandy
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I like the restaurant but the prime rib this time was very fatty. Three out of the 4 had Prime Rib
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always a good lunch experience
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Close to work and clients, J Alex is very efficient, something that is highly prized at lunch. When I have time to linger they don't make you feel rushed. They can match their service to your needs, which is a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so much
    XXXXXXX
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Enjoyed meals at this restaurant before, so maybe the night we were there was just an off night. Staff is always polite, but service was poor and food was 'meh'.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An off night for an otherwise reliable choice
    NickKVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We've been to this restaurant a number of times and had good experiences but, on this most recent visit, they were obviously having an off night. Though there were open tables when we arrived a few minutes before our 7:45 reservation, we had to wait to be seated. The smoked salmon appetizer was very good, but that's where the good experience ended. My son ordered the rattlesnake pasta. It was incredibly spicy. My wife ordered a steak - medium rare. It arrived rare - and tough. After a number of minutes went by, we finally tracked down our waiter who took the steak back. It returned a few minutes later (after I had finished my entree) and it was virtually unchanged. To the restaurant's credit, they did not charge us for the steak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When average is popular
    Bobbypastrami13VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The more expensive the entre, the more below average the food becomes. Such is the case with the prime rib and others. The best item on the menu isn't even on the menu. Referring to their old favorite chicken tender platter. Offers 2 sides and is tasty and filling. Don't understand why you have to ask for that to know that it's available. The noise level is over the top and makes conversation hear impossible.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good for a Business Lunch
    jdtitus79
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We took a client to J. Alexander's for lunch. It was the perfect spot for the occasion. The food and service were good, and we were able to have a conversation without having to talk loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was better than the last time I went there. I was surprised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Here's your Hat, What your Hurry?
    AdvisoryMan1
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Went for a business lunch and the server was relentless in taking our order. Kept coming back every few minutes asking if we were ready. Food came out quickly and after a passing inquiry about dessert, out came the bill. I understand that lunch is a busy time but I hate feeling rushed when I'm having a business discussion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service so so
    MarioVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our server was not very engaging considering the restaurant was pretty empty. Food was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mike from Sarasota
    MikeK
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Adhered to all requests, round table for 8 people, separate checks Easily accommodated , portion size Was good value for price paid. A little too noisy for easy conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happydiner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I met my nephew for a L - O - N - G lunch to catch up. The Staff was WONDERFUL by letting us just sit, talk, drink coffee, share a marvelous dessert FOR HOURS. It was a terrific experience and I'm so grateful to have had that time with my nephew. Thanks, J.Alexander's !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to meet clients
    swfoodmusings
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Always enjoy both food and ambiance. Ideal place for this particluar client given the location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service
    hovo
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    and no attention after meal, plates sat for 15 min
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price charged
    Joy17VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I was very surprised to see that they changed the menu and raised the prices so dramatically. Others in my party also agreed, their food was not worth a $17.00 salad or french dip sandwich priced the same. There are too many other great restaurants in the area for those prices and my party and I will not be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    As always, a very enjoyable meal and comfortable place to meet a friend or a place to talk business.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SuburbanDiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We've been here several times so were disappointed in the service this night. I reserved through Open Table and although we were there 10 minutes early, we weren't seated for 40 minutes. They gave us an appetizer to make up for it. We were seated in the bar area, near the kitchen - so it was noisy and bright, unlike the main dining area. We had to ask for silverware, and flag the waiter down as he went by our table to get him to stop if we needed anything. Most of us enjoyed the food but I would not call it at a "fit for foodies" level of cuisine. This is a great location to meet far flung friends as it's right off the expressway. We may need to check out some other restaurants in the area for next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood place
    Jd99
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Upscale American fare - consistently too much salt on entrees - but overall enjoyable
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We all 4 enjoyed our dinner selections and will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    NickVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We are so happy that this restaurant is close to where we live and work. Great food, great service, generous portions of food and drink, friendly and fun people working there. We love going to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    NancyManty
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner here. The service was great. Slightly noisy but we could still talk. A fun place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everyone's here for lunch
    Italianguru
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is a popular spot for lunch during they week, but the staff and kitchen are apparently used to it. The crowd I handled easily and service never suffers, whether you have two or ten in your party. Somehow they always gets the order right and even with a large group, the meals come out at the same time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Very Romantic
    MsGiGi
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food and service was fantastic here. There are a lot of people who appear to come with their family, friends who are in town, and a few couples. All in all, I enjoyed the food and our server was delightful, just not somewhere to go for romance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and atmosphere
    Eliz
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food has good options and many good drink options to add to the male.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    Charlie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I have had many lunch meetings here and all were a good experience from food to service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten free? Think twice.
    nickel99
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We have always enjoyed J. Alexander's when we have gone there before, which has been about once a year for the last several years. However, this time when we mentioned our need to eat gluten free, we were met with "we don't have any gluten free options." I'm sure their lawyers made them say this, but it really came across as a feeling that they'd rather not have to deal with us. It was really hard to figure out what, if anything, we could have, and they didn't really seem to care. If this wasn't my parents' favorite restaurant, we would have left on the spot. We ended up eating there safely, but next time we'll go to Wildfire, which has a whole gluten free menu from which we can choose clear options.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over Priced Under Delivered
    Tink2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I would never go back, extremely over priced. Purchased 4 drinks, 1 which was a beer and $40 later my jaw dropped. Prices are outrageous!!! Chicken undercooked, prime rib very fatty and raw. Never got our sodas refilled. Poor selection!!! Had 8:15 reservations and our table wasn't ready!! Extremely loud and very disappointing!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Seafood was fresh
    Bob123
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good place for seafood in the Northern burbs. 3 of the 4 people in my party ordered fish. We were each more than satisfied! 4th person had prime rib - which was nicely served. We sat for a while and talked and did not feel rushed. We've been to J Alexander's before - at this and at other locations. Always satisfied, always good food. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    KdubzVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I chose J Alexander's for our weekly date night dinner. On a packed Saturday night the lights were apparently malfunctioning. Every light in the restaurant was as bright as could be. I understand that things happen and cannot be controlled. I was extremely disappointed in the management. The manager came to our table and said "I'm sorry, the lights are malfunctioning and will be fixed tomorrow", and then rudely stood there staring at me. After anything I asked I received the same robotic response. Our $150 romantic dinner turned into a race to finish our dinner and leave. Not to mention my fish was cold and the Mac & cheese was under cooked and soup like.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meal
    Zante
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was well prepared and tasty. The chocolate fudge cake was too rich...more fudge than cake...carrot cake was excellent Husband had prime rib done the way he wanted...I had a steak which was excellent and friends had their prime rib well done as they like. They liked their wine and I enjoyed my amaretto stone sour...service was excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our second visit to J Alexander's did not disappoint. Exceptionally attentive service at the bar and dining room. Candle-lit cozy booth in the warm attractive dining room enabled us to have a good conversation. Fish dinner specials were delicious, hot and healthy. The "carrot cake" for dessert was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mandf
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a party of 6. We booked early to avoid the noise that usually starts later. That enabled us to visit easily. The wait staff was very accommadating--we were given separate checks by couples and shared meals easily.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but a little pricey.
    Robobbi
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was good, the service just fair......but I thought it was a little pricey. $19.00 for a French Dip sandwich is outrageous to me!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid but not spectacular
    ATrainVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Found everything about J. Alexander's to be good. The soup, sandwich, and fries -- all good, but nothing stood out as exceptional. Fish sandwich was skimpy. Our service was very good throughout, and the loud room made it a bit difficult to hear during our business lunch. Prices were high for the quality, I think. I would have thought at this price point, bread would be provided. Lunch for 4 with no cocktails was over $100 -- and everybody had salads or sandwiches, plus soup or a side salad.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance but mehhhh service
    hawksfan8
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    When we come in couldn't see host desk and it was very loud! We sat right by the entrance booth so it was a bit chilly. There were about 3 people who were taking care of us and then our waitress did not have the best of upbeat attitude like the rest. The food was great none the less, I got the filet skewers with rice and vegetables, Yummm. I definitely would return for that but maybe another section....and server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    As soon as we sat down,the waiter arrived and wanted our drink order and appetizers. We were there with out of town relatives and we're trying to talk and catch up. The waiter came back every five minutes pressuring us to order. This was a weeknight early and it wasn't that crowded. After we ordered,the dinners arrived about three minutes after we started our salads. Had to send the entrees back as we refused to be rushed. The food was good but the overall experience was unpleasant. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    BonesVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great for business lunches. Never crowded at 1 pm. Tables are quiet enough to hear your guests speak. Food is wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice
    65diner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Service is super! Went there for mom's 97th birthday. Waiter John doted on mom, made her feel special. Service always excellent. Prime rib yummy. Nice decor. But the employees make it especially great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    fairbutimpartial
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Thai Kai salad was neither thai or kai... presented well but tasted like bland cabbage. Waiter was slow to bring check which irritated my client.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner J. Alexander's
    Auntmacki
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We did not particularly enjoy the evening at J. Alexander's. When my husband complained that the meat in his rib eye sandwich was tough, the waiter went to get a manager rather than immediately taking the food back to the kitchen. The sandwich was replaced, but it felt like my husband was a complainer. He definitely is not. The atmosphere in J. Alexander's is not warm and inviting. Prices are high for what you get. Part of our party, however, like the restaurant and the food and frequent it often.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate