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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
J. Alexander's - Northbrook reviews from OpenTable diners
183 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (67)good for groups (61)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (43)fit for foodies (37)vibrant bar scene (29)kid-friendly (21)great for outdoor dining (19)hot spot (14)late-night find (13)romantic (11)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (10)scenic view (2)Show More
  • slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    and no attention after meal, plates sat for 15 min
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    • 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.
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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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
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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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • 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!!!
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  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    eatingout
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I really like this restaurant - the food is reliable and the service is very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • will definitely go back
    sushilover
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The service was wonderful, the food was delicious with a wide selection of things to choose from on the menu. We were celebrating two birthdays and they made the evening special. I'll Definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The service was not good I felt as though I was rushed through dinner. Reservations were at 7, drink, appetizer and food we received are bill by 7:45. The hostess took are check not asking if we needed change or if the bill was good. Waiter had to come back to table. The manager apologized but I was already disappointed with the way I was treated. Won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Lunch
    BusinessLunch
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We hosted a business lunch with someone we had never met and it happened to be her birthday. The special touch of printing Happy Birthday on the menu and bringing her a birthday dessert was awesome. Our server and the care and concern shown by EVERY service that walked by was fantastic! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good prime rib
    dascher
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The prime rib sandwich for lunch was really good. Excellent flavor and not too fatty. My only complaint is the fries. They were not cooked very well, and I'm not a big fan of the shoestring fries. Someone else in our party had the carved beef sandwich with au jus that was also excellent. Everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alvin1VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our reservation was honored immediately. Upon being seated our wait staff brought the menus, utensils, napkins, water, bread and butter and ask us for drink order. The specials for the day were explained and our waiter took our order. Within a few minutes our salads came to the table. They were eye appealing an very fresh. Within an appropriate period of time our entrees were presented. All orders were as requested and like the salads very eye pleasing. All entrees were prepared as ordered and fresh and warm. The meals were excellent and it was a very enjoyable evening and dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate