J. Alexander's - Oak Brook
J. Alexander's - Oak Brook

J. Alexander's - Oak Brook

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jalexanders.com/
  • Phone: 630-573-8180x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Greg Spyrou
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: (just east of) IL 83
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from J. Alexander's - Oak Brook
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. The menu in each restaurant includes a varied and rotating selection of features like Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa and Chicken Milanese. The restaurant has a full-service bar that includes an outstanding selection of wines both by the glass and bottle.
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J. Alexander's - Oak Brook reviews from OpenTable diners
223 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (109)great for lunch (79)good for groups (78)neighborhood gem (66)fit for foodies (66)romantic (63)notable wine list (58)great for outdoor dining (26)vibrant bar scene (25)kid-friendly (24)scenic view (20)great for brunch (19)late-night find (18)hot spot (17)Show More
  • Always good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    J. Alexanders is a family favorite spot. Maui ribeye was excellent. Prime Rib is always good, and enough for lunch the next day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and friendly
    path70
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    we enjoy the food, the servers and the beautiful inside and outside...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Worst service we had in a long time. Took 10 minutes for waitress to take our drink order. Took another 15 minutes to get water. I ordered prime rib with horseradish and they didn't bring the horseradish until I had 2 bites left of my prime rib. Manager never stopped by our table. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner - Special Occasion
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed the dinner, it was hot and the food was excellent. Our waiter was very helpful with his recommendations of the wine list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and Outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were seated about 15 minutes after our reservation with the hostess apologizing as she showed us to our table. Immediately followed by the manager Brian who again apologized and offered to comp us drinks or an appetizer. We did not think the wait excessive, but on his insistence we accepted his recommendation of fire-grilled artichokes - they were outstanding. The food when it arrived - timed perfectly with the wines and removal of the appetizer and salad - were generous and cooked perfectly. Throughout the meal the wait staff appeared and disappeared like wraiths - at the exact moment you needed them - allowing diners to enjoy the meal and each other's company. We will definitly return even though there are good restaurants nearer home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cautious Recommendation
    4evrFly
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I would recommend this restaurant with caution. We tried to order 4 different items off the menu and was informed that they were out of it for the night. It was 7p on a Friday night which I would consider prime dinner time and they had already run out of food. This isn't a mom and pop establishment so I was greatly surprised that the items they listed on there special of the day wouldn't be available. I was extremely disappointed that I couldn't get what I was actually craving. However the appetizers we ordered were great but my entre wasn't anything to write home about. It tasted very good but was also basic chicken and mash potatoes similar to Boston Market but the carrot cake was to die for. The staff was also fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Respectful Birthday Resturant
    PaymetoDine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I wanted to take my husband somewhere to celebrate his birthday without the song and the embarrassing what nots---at his request. How perfect! The made up a special menu for him-great keepsake (for me to remember where we went and what we did!) The food was great, the service was great and did I mention that the food was great!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pros & Cons
    birthdayboy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Pros: User Friendly On-line reservations Dined Early (4:00) so no waiting Table service was friendly; food delivered quickly Cons: Celebrating birthday, asked for something (i,e, dessert with candle) - could not accomodate Most restaurants provide bread with meal - none provided Asked if prime rib was lean - reply was positive - it was not lean - it had a fair amount of fat and parts were chewy Served portions were average Pricey
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good Food
    WestBurbFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It had been awhile since my husband and I had eaten at J. Alexander's. It was a weeknight so I was a bit surprised at how busy the place was. However, since I'd used OpenTable to reserve our spot we were seated almost immediately. I remembered the food being good and this time did not disappoint. I had the barbequed ribs and my husband had a burger and we both really enjoyed our meals. The service was spot on and the carrot cake was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • J Alexander review
    Joank1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Even though our meals met a computer glitch and not made, we were compensated with getting our appetizer, glass of wine comped and we got our desert comped because it was my hubby's birthday. Food was excellent! We had the salmon dip as appetizer..delicious!! I had grilled pork tenderloin with a Thai bang bang sauce and my husband had the Tuscan steak. Both sooo good. Desert was raspberry white chocolate cheese cake. It was enough for both of us to have two servings from it. And one of the best cheese cakes I've ever had !! Thank you J Alexander's!! Even with the computer mishap we had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oak Brook's Hidden Gem
    Rose
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    There for a birthday; we received the specials on a menu with "Happy Birthday, Pat" - a very nice touch. It's very comfortable; a nice place to have a leisurely dinner. The menu is outstanding. Salads are big enough to split. Our server was very helpful with suggestions but a little too "in our face" - felt like we had to make quick decisions about what we wanted to eat and drink. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At JAlex
    franko
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    People always go beyond to serive and make sure all is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    TCU596
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    J. Alexander has never been disappointing. The service is great, the atmosphere is friendly, the food is incredible, the desserts are divine. Three recommendations. First, the calamari with its marinara sauce is flavorful and well seasoned. Next, the roasted chicken is perfect combination of simple flavors. Lastly, the carrot cake is my favorite: warm and not-too-sweet gooey frosting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • J alexanders
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was good and service was very good. Outdoor dining was pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Dineoutoften
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant is fantastic. Always has great consistent food, and the service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a repeat performance
    DatenightVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Truly a disappointing meal we had Scottish Salmon (farm raised) and Boston Cod. Both pieces of fish lacked texture and taste. The side dishes of Orzo and Couscous were tasty and managed to salvage a bad meal. The wait staff was extremely cordial but his attention to detail was lacking. Bottom line is there are too many better restaurants to every go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mike
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was outstanding. Food was grear also. A bit pricey otherwise I'd be a more frequent visitor. Great for special occassions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it use to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have been coming here for years, but there have been a lot of changes to the menu & food. The croissants were a staple as far as I am concerned, they do not offer them any longer. No more lemonade, chicken salad only available on Thursdays. My fries & burger were very salty. As for the Alex salad, the prep is done differently. I noticed it's not as busy as before, I know why now. I know changes can be good, but it's not what it use to be and it shows. Very disappointed in the food, but the service is still great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly Delighted
    CBENTS
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very good looking place, nice bar (nothing special), clean, noisy. Overall, food was very good, and I was pleased with the experience and would return. At times the service lagged with regards to our cocktails (not sure if it was the bar or the server). Party of four, all ordered salads which we're barely half eaten when our entrée arrived. Server's veiled attempt at humor about the kitchen getting the food out too fast not appreciated. Excellent wine selection, and all the top shelf spirits represented. It would serve them well, I think, if they stepped up their craft beer selection. Even if they focused on the west suburban scene, it would be a vast improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JAlexanders
    franko
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As always food wonderful, wine great and staff beyond compare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Dfabulous
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My family had a wonderful dining experience August 26th. My kids share the same birthday, August 26th and we went to dinner to celebrate! The menus were GREAT and I think they felt very special. The personalized menus are really an extra effort and was a nice surprise. The food was delicious. We have lived in the area for 30 years and can't believe we have never tried J. Alexander's. We will definitely be back. Most importantly, our server, MEGHAN was incredibly professional. I can't remember the last time I had such excellent service. My husband and I have dined at Ditka's, Gibson's, recently Perry's seafood and steakhouse, and MEGHAN out shined them all. Please let her know that we were impressed. Thank you again for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration worthy
    Suburbanite
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Our party of 4 enjoyed every morsel of our respective dinners. I was a little nervous when told the Tuscan Strip steak would be cooked medium, as I like it medium rare. It was the most tender NY Strip I have ever eaten! Others had Filet Mignon, prime rib and ribeye and all were excellent. Wines were noteworthy too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Again
    jalexanders
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It is unusual to be able to say that a restaurant has never failed you, not even once. I have been to J Alexander's many times and it has always lived up to expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Mac & cheese, salmon and swordfish lunch specials were outstanding. We enjoyed Gabby's wine and lunch recommendations.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JA
    franko
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great people and great food....Always happy to have visited
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy with one thing only
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was very happy with the taste of the food; however, it came to me only warm, not hot. My friend sent hers back. I was not very happy with the service. Not that it was poor, but that it was interruptive. My friend and I were trying to talk and it seemed like a different server was at our table way to many times. I also thought the prices were much too high for the "ambience" of the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smiley
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I liked the atmosphere it was relaxing and the staff was very friendly. I just thought it was an over priced Outback Steak house. The food is very similar to Outback just more exspensive here. We went for my moms birthday and the not Happy Birthday was very nice I just thought it should have came with a dessert or a cup cake or something maybe dress up the table a little bit. With a rose or a balloon? I don't know I guess I expected a little more then just a note that wasn't even realized until I noticed it. The food is very good like I said the staff is very friendly but for three people $168.00 is a bit much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • special Occasion
    Maymay42
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place to have dinner, very elegant. Love it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Mother19VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our salads came out after our main course and the main course was cold when it was brought out. It was not worth what we spent...there are many other places I would go to before ever going back there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice out of the way place.
    PaddyO
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The wine was amazing and I loved my Maui steak. Four of us had steaks which were well seasoned and not overcooked. Two ordered fish entrees which were excellent as well. However, the six of us were seated in a poorly designed booth. The curved leather seatwas way too low. I'm not very tall and my chin was practically on the table so I switched to a chair. I've sat in other booths at Alexander's that weren't like that. My six foot tall husband was barely visible above the table. After while, we stopped noticing. That said, our food was tasty, our drinks superb and a nice experience overall.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine & Dessert
    tominnaplesVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The foos was outstanding. Service was like a five star restaurant. Wonderful wine list. What ever you do, do not pass up the carrot cake. You think you you have had better--- just wait until you try this
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT DINNER
    Barb
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    THE ALEX SALAD IS EXTREMELY DELICIOUS .. FRESH .. TASTY BLEU CHEESE DRESSING .. PRIME RIB COOKED TO PERFECTION WAS TENDER AND TASTED WONDERFUL ALONG WITH THE CREAMY HORSERADISH DRESSING .. WARM CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM WAS A PERFECT ENDING TO A SCRUMPTIOUS MEAL
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ribs!
    CrystalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Never disappoints when we order ribs! They are one of the best in the western suburbs! Food is very good overall. Side dishes are ample and easily shared. Service was outstanding! Our waitress, Ryan(?) was very good and enthusiastic! Even printed my husband's name & birthday wishes on a special menu for this celebration Nice touch! And free dessert to boot for the occasion! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding, friendly, service
    KCLisa
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had 4 young boys with us without their mothers - the wait staff did a great job making the boys feel at home - the food was excellent - we had a great time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great place to sit back and relax. Food was delicious. Menu had a nice variety but a little expensive. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best ribs in town
    KlausVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good food, great wine list. The most professional wait staff I have encountered in a long time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice First Time Visit
    LetsLive2day
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Never used the Open Table app nor have I been to J Alexander's before, but after this visit with friends for lunch, I'll certainly be back for more. We dined out on the patio and even though the restaurant is close to the highway and major shopping, it was quiet enough for us to hear each other talk. The food and service was great. Look forward to my next visit and Open Table made it easy to reserve our spot. Great app.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Dineoutoften
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great overall dining experience. Outstanding food choices on the menu and on this occasion I made a special request for something not featured on the menu. No problem was the answer and as always the food was amazing. The absolute BEST customer service team work at any restaurant, from the hostesses to the wait staff to the managers that are genuinely interested in how your experience is. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    Hilltopper
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were extremely pleased with our recent visit as we celebrated two milestone birthdays over dinner. We had a group of eight and everything from sandwiches to tacos, to Arctic Char and Steak were ordered. Our meals were all served hot and at the same time. Salads were nice, healthy portions and were served cold and crisp. Our server, Melissa, was extremely attentive and did not hover over us but was always at our table at the right time. Her team of helpers all worked together to make serving us their priority and never missed a beat. The only critique we have is that the smoky, grilled artichoke appetizer was not very "meaty" and the portion served of calamari was not very large. Ambience was very nice and reserved.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PATIO DINING
    DeedVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a lovely dinner served on their patio overlooking a small manmade lake. Very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate