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

J. Alexander's - Northbrook

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jalexanders.com/
  • Phone: 8475643093x
  • 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
J. Alexander's - Northbrook reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (66)good for groups (50)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (44)fit for foodies (35)vibrant bar scene (30)kid-friendly (24)great for outdoor dining (22)romantic (16)hot spot (14)notable wine list (11)late-night find (10)great for brunch (9)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Excellent food and service
    VeggieFoodie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Steak entree was cooked to perfection. Veggie burger is the best anywhere. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 10
    teriVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We are frequent theater goers and theater is over around 7:30 pm. J. Alexanders is a great fit for our large group. Everyone enjoyed their meal from prime rib, filet, french dip veggie burgers, roasted chicken, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well rounded fare
    Jimbo6VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Competent courteous staff; eclectic menu; well schooled chefs and pleasant surroundings. A three-base hit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As always the food and setting was very enjoyable. Our reservation was at 9:15 PM and the restaurant closes at 10 PM. As the restaurant was almost empty, aside from a couple of other tables, it was much quieter than usual, which was enjoyable. We are appreciative that the restaurant is open on the later side with having had picked up my father from O'Hare at 8:45 PM. We made our reservation on time. The service became less attentive as it went after the closing time. Of course the restaurant should not offer to take a reservation if they're going to start to ignore the customers before finishing the meal. I understand about the staff wanting to get home, but this is part of a restaurant business.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service with lots of smiles
    Bobbypastrami13VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food was great; especially when I found that they still make the Mr Jacks homemade chicken tender platter. Great service especially a wait person named Lauren.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Turkey Burger
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was at the restaurant Friday night and had the turkey burger. This is, by far, is one of the best turkey burgers out there. Thick, juicy, and full of flavor. While it comes with french fries, I opted for the orzo and wild rice salad. Also very good. Of course a good glass of Pinot Noir rounds out the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    friendVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We always find this a good place to go for lunch or dinner or late evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sally
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    J. Alexanders is a great, lively place....the service is so fast that you feel like they are highly motivated to turnover the tables as fast a possible. I have had several great salads there in the past. This time, I ordered a Turker Burger....it was so dry, I could barely swallow it. Not good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night
    Walt
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went to dinner with friends and needed to leave on time for a concert. Service was fast and the food was great. Everything worked out perfectly. We have all dined here before and we will all come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very delicious and great variety
    AH5diner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There were a lot of different choices for entrees from great salads, sandwiches to bigger dishes. All were excellent. Lots of unique sides too. the 6 of us each really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the fresh and savory options!
    mjfiveo
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Chef delivers excellent choices and quality dishes every time! Thank you :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant lunch scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Being the only restaurant for miles, right in the middle of Northbrook's corporate campuses, this restaurant is great for meeting with business associates and friends alike. Hearty portion sizes. Also very accommodating for visitors with infants. Friendly wait staff and prompt sleeting. A real gem!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    i8out
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I love J. Alexanders. I first dined at one in San Antonio, TX. and loved it. I was thrilled to find one in Northbrook, IL! I have dined there for both lunch and dinner. The food is fresh, service is friendly, and quality is consistent. They don't mind if you want to take a little time over a glass of wine at dinner. And, during lunch, the food is served so quickly that my guests thought it must be pre made and quickly decided that it was too fresh to have been pre made. J. Alexanders is one of my favorites!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pampic
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We are regulars at the restaurant and love it! Good food, great service!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    NetAppLunch
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a great business lunch with colleagues and clients on Friday, the staff was excellent, the orders were delivered remarkably quickly, and the food was excellent. Sat outside on the patio. When dining around Northbrook this is one to keep on the short list.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business
    Floody
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is a very good option for a business lunch. You need reservations. Try to make them for before 12:00 as it completely fills up. Very nice salads. Excellent warm bread. Very attentive servic
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love it here but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    for the noise and lighting. the food is delicious every time and the service is good. your glass is never empty and someone is always on hand. BUT...it gets very loud very fast and the lighting is so dim its difficult to see eachother.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food carries the day
    Jimbo6VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This large barn-like structure with high ceilings and noise levels to match is saved by the quality of the food preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food & service
    Harriet
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Prime rib sandwich always outstanding, very tender. Service is very good & friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Low Inventory
    Careful2choose
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I ordered three different times and they didn't have it in stock, I wanted the crab cakes and they were out, the fish tacos...out! I had to settle for the turkey burger and that was dry but it was fair.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hectic
    LincolnshireVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Way too noisy for conversation if you go during busy meal time. Food consistently above average to average.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent variety
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Interesting and diverse menu. Server (Jennifer) very outgoing, informative and efficient. Substitution of sides was very easy. Portions rather sizable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great business dining experience
    irish1
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I was taking a very important client to lunch, and meeting his supervisor for the very first time. The dining atmosphere was perfect for a business lunch. The restaurant was not too loud, so we didn't have to shout. The food was excellent. We enjoyed two appetizers - calamari and chips with tri-dip. The entrees were excellent as well - beef k-bobs, chicken and beet salad. I will return whenever I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice experience
    dascher
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went here for celebration lunch. Very good service. The trio tortilla appetizer was very good, and the carrot cake was excellent. Got the rotisserie chicken salad, and while it had pretty much everything you could want in a salad, it was kind of bland, particularly the dressing. But everything was fresh. The restaurant is also very loud, so it's not a place for quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappointed
    ALMESAVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Best prime rib around! Save some room for the carrot cake too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    BobF
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Just went to J. Alexander's again after a long spell. It still has great food and service. I would go more often if the price were a little cheaper, though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - eventually
    Mitch
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    J Alexander's is consistently excellent and I always enjoy eating there. A bit of a bump in the road when my steak (ordered medium) was delivered medium rare. I had to send it back to be cooked properly, and unfortunately when that happens, my wife was better than 1/2 way done with her dinner before mine arrived. Not much of an apology from the server or manager, no offer of a drink or dessert. I am always surprised when a restaurant of that cailber gets the temperature wrong. All in all, excellent food and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best carrot cake ever!
    friendVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I enjoy this restaurant. They make the Thai Crunch Salad special for me since I cannot stand cilantro. And they are very accommodating of other people's needs, too. But the best is the carrot cake.... and I do not usually even like carrot cake.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good business lunch
    Eric
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Wide selection of food to meet the 6 people at the table. Service was attentive, especially after a mix up on one order. Prices were fine for what we ate. The left us to talk and other than the mix up did a very good job.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always dependable
    JerryL
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were busy at work, and needed to get dinner and then get back to work. We asked ourselves where we could go that had good food and good service - it took 1 sec for all of us to say J Alexanders - we weren't disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't Complain
    Edgar
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Perfect remedy to take your significant other when he/she are mad at you. She was pleased with the food and the service. I must say, however, it is expensive yet the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Close and Reliable
    waterdautr
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were looking for something special for late (8 pm) Sunday seafood dinner on the Northshore, but as my friend pointed out, this is not L.A. So we settled for the closest place to the Embassy Suites hotel in Deerfield. The food was very good (I had grouper - excellent), my friend had prime rib (good). The service was good. It has an upscale corporate ambience - so it was not the intimate, lakefront seafood place I had hoped to find, but good nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time for dinner
    NorthshoredaveVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I have been here for lucnh many times. Took my parents here for their anniversary and it was very good. Staff was great and able to answer questions. I had the prime rib and it was very good. The best I have had in a while. My son had the turkey birger which looked good. We also had a grilled artichoke appetizer that was fatastic. Food came fast but I did not feel rushed. Maybe everything could have been a couple dollars less expensive but overall very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After Theater Eatery
    teriVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Good service, enjoyable atmosphere, and good food. French dip sandwich is my husband's favorite meal. The veggie burger was another favorite in our after dinner theater group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday lunch
    SomethingSmellsGood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We chose the Northbrook location because of convenience for my son's later activities. It was our first visit here versus the Oakbrook location. The first thing you notice is the light airy feeling of the interior. Our waitstaff were extremely kind to my young grandchildren. Our appetizers, meals and desserts were delivered promptly at proper temperatures/done ness and the food was superb. This is my older son's favorite restaurant and when asked out for his birthday, this is his request which we are more than happy to fulfill.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific!
    LynnieWags
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Prime Rib was incredible - perfectly cooked. Lunch at J. Alexander's is always terrific. Now I have to come back for dinner. Outdoor dining is available which is a nice change of pace.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • J. Alexander's NBK always delivers!
    tfmcaVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    As always, J. Alexander's delivers with wonderful food, great atmosphere, and excellent service. I take clients and prospective clients here frequently, and they always enjoy it, most of them ask to return whenever I suggest lunch or dinner! The difficulty lies in making a decision from the extensive menu....should I get an old favorite, or try something new? No way to go wrong here! It's always a win-win situation at J.Alexander's. Even pleases my pickiest clients!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    SteakPerson
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I have been told this place was as good as Wildfire. so i decided to try it and took my wife there for Dinner. The hostess was not friendly and did not say much and when she did she was barely audible. the waitress was ok. The real issue was the quality of the food vs. The cost. the food was no better than a place like Outback Steak House. We had a Prime Rib, very tender but no taste. The Ribeye was seasoned but was not great. Bake Potato was cold and not fully cooked. For the cost I was upset when we left. Wild Fire for around the same cost has been exceptional whenever we have went from staff to food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • J. Alexander's made dinner special
    Jerry
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were treated exceptionally well from the moment we entered. Our server, Jon, was prompt, knowledgeable and attentive without being stifling. Specials for the evening were explained clearly and completely. I had prime rib which was cooked just right, along with an excellent Caesar salad and melt-in-your mouth mashed potatoes. I'm glad I found room for dessert ... one of the best pieces of key lime pie ever. My wife loved the pecan crusted trout. As a vegetarian she has lots of experience with fish dishes and she rated this one near the top. My only complaint: she insisted on sharing my pie. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service too quick
    TomK
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food is great but they clearly want you in and out fast. Slow them down and you can have a good meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.