Alchemy at Giovanni's

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$30 and under
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American
Welcome to Rockford's first convertible restaurant, featuring open-air dining in fine weather. Raining? Cold? Snowing? The weather is always great inside Alchemy. Stop by for extraordinary food in a casual environmental. Our one-of-a-kind menu features house-made bread, pasta and gelato, as well as woodfire pizza and 36 craft beers on tap.
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JG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was fair but food was not up to my expectations.

SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but not equal to the cost of it. Most diners appeared to have a "status" arrogance about themselves. There are plenty of restaurants in the area with better quality of food without the status atmosphere.

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Absolutely! Can't beat the buffalo shrimp or the tuna tacos.

KK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is always wonderful and service. Such a breath of fresh air!

KN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Bummer. Tried Alchemy again for our anniversary. Every time we go to Alchemy, we have horrible service! So surprising because the food is good. This time, we waited an hour from when we were seated for our dinner to come. We were confused...we had ordered an appetizer. Where was it? We never got it, but our dinner came. The waitress rarely stopped by, so we didn’t get a chance to ask. The appetizer wasn’t on our bill, so who knows.

She was super nice and did tell us that it was her first night doing dinner service there. Fine, but we didn’t even get all of the food we ordered! Then, I waited 15 minutes before she came by to see how our dinner food was. I couldn’t catch a single person to get me ketchup for my fries.

Hope that someday they can get the service part down. Not a stellar anniversary dinner.

Y
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Been to Alchemy many times before and was looking forward to another great experience.
We got there about 5:30, and were immediately seated. Our waiter greeted us within a couple minutes. Our drink order was taken and our appetizer orders were placed. The food was brought our promptly and was just fantastic. The order of calamari was more than enough for the two of us to share. The cheese plate, though I know it frequently changes, was not quite up to par. Specifically, I think there were may too many different flavors that just didn't complement each other, and the creamy cheese had no crackers to pair with it. But each on it's own was very good. What wasn't good was the service. I'm not sure if it was due to the large crowd that had come in, but it seemed as though the other waitress serviing the other side of the room was hustling her tables, really well, and our server was just working at a much more "relaxed" pace. I notified the server that we needed the check, because we had an appointment to catch. He brought us the check, eventually, and I gave him my credit card right away. Then I think he took a dinner break, because I had to ask a manager to go find him and bring my check, which the manager did in about 45 seconds. The atmosphere was good as always, and so was the food, but the service simply fell short this time, and left me seriously disappointed.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I surprised my husband with a group of 9 people for his bday. Without asking, they put us in a private back room, which was so nice and quiet. Our server was excellent and very attentive. The food was delicious. My only gripe was the “tater tot” appetizer we got which was only four “tots” and it was $10. A little overpriced for what it ended up being. Otherwise the drinks and food were great. I would definitely come back again.

CR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I asked the server about the old fashions. She said they were "not bad." She was wrong; It was not good and incredibly small.
Ordered two appetizers. The brussel sprouts were like the leaves I throw away after I trim them and they were relatively tasteless. The calamari was just bad!
We left and went to another restaurant to finish our meal.
I do not recommend this place.

BL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service and food were awesome as usual

LM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The spaghetti with shrimp... tiny pieces of shrimp. Looked like 1 shrimp chopped up. I asked for grilled chicken and server did not charge extra because kitchen took a long time to bring out. Server was awesome!

RM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All of the food was excellent, with the exception of the short ribs. The short ribs were less than good and should be removed from the menu, unless fixed.

j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Menu ! The best atmosphere of any place in town . I had forgotten the name of the wine I ordered the last time I was there ...Christian the manager saw me at the table and had it for me ! Who does that ?? Alchemy does :)

NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Recommend a dress code...I don’t like to spend $230 for 3 people for dinner and look around to see cut off shorts, beach wear and lots of skin! Need to keep it classy!

BL
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service; good food
alchemy never disappoints
always a great choice for dinner

DG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I took my wife out and was very hopeful due to the high reviews. However all the food was very unseasoned. The dishes look well put together but the flavor was not worth the price.

The place is more hype than quality.

JP
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Had to keep waiting on our waitress. She was more involved with a photo shoot than caring for her customers. Asked three times for our drink bill, finally got up asked hostess for it. There was only four tables outside. Very poor experience will not return or recommend this place to anyone. Lost the family feeling that Giovanni's used to have . Big Al would be disappointed with the place. I was.

ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, many items to choose from to suit every taste. You can also order from Legacy, their next-door steak house. The food was top notch in quality, taste and quantity. Everyone took home a doggie bag. The service was fast, attentive, and friendly. We will go back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best in town for a laid back atmosphere with great food

JM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

This is a fun place, it does get a bit loud, but that's the vibe. The food is priced on the high end, ( none of the meals come with salads or sides, even the pricey entrees) but it was very tasty, especially the homemade pastas. The server seemed busy and so service was fair. We would go back as it is a fun place.

ER
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Reserved a table for a first date. Everything was amazing. My date and I enjoyed the food and drinks.

S
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was delicious, service was absolutely terrible. I won’t be going back.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was fantastic.

LY
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as always.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff were fantastic.

KS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a great space! A find in the Rockford area.

JA
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Stopped in on a Monday evening. Made reservations but not needed. Service was great and the food was quick, unique, fresh, hot, and very good. The highlight for our family was the tater tot appetizer. Would like to visit in the summer when the overhead doors open.

DG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, good service, although fairly noisy, given adjacent event facilities and loud background music.
The food has been good every time (the pizzas are awesome!), and I've found the staff to be accommodating and attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Service was good. Only complaint is that they allowed people to smoke right by an outside door very near where we were seated and you could clearly smell the smoke. We did complain and I believe they mentioned it to a manager, but by then the smokers had moved on.

JL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here, Nice modern decor, great layout. Food was really good, selection is nice with a lot of different items. the food is somewhat pricey, sides are extra but there is enough for 2 people. Pizza selections were interesting. They do offer a steak menu, you have to ask for it. Overall very pleased and will go back.

d
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our evening visiting with friends. The bruschetta & buffalo shrimp appetizers were so good, as well as our entree’s. Service was excellent.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice for a great meal.

DG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was excited about dining here when I saw the menu. The shrimp app was the smallest popcorn shrimp I have seen, with just frisee and sliced carrot in the dish. There was maybe 10-12 shrimp for 15$ really? I ordered pizza it was swimming in it said truffle butter sauce but is was more like alfreddo. The other dishes ordered were marginal at best a burger and a bbq sandwich, small portions and not enough portion for the pricing. The best was the smore pizza for dessert, which we were hesitant about ordering after our entreess, but we were killing time. The one thing that was great was the attention to service given to us by our server Selina. She was great and I mentioned when I left. Also in the open table reso, I asked for a table along the window not a banquette table and when the host sat us she brought us to a banquette table first, after mentioning we wanted a window table she sat us. They do not pay attention to the open table requests. I came in at 5:15 so it was not an issue that they were busy.

CT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place, we love going here often. Beer, Wine and food menu is on point. Desserts are great too!!

JF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celia was a great server!! Had a nice evening and the macaroni pizza was excellent, who would have thought it would be!

IM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for NYE with my bestie,& we were treated like queens..LOBSTER MAC N CHEESE was the fanciest mac n cheese id ever had!!

LP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I make a point to go here every time I’m in town for the holidays. The buffalo shrimp is seriously drool worthy.

AI
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Good service however it took almost an hour to get our three burgers and two pizzas. I have never had burned cheese on a cheeseburger until this meal. We had eaten there in the past and had a better experience.

DP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to Alchemy. It’s a go to for a nice night out with a good variety of food and drink choices that never disappoint

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night at Alchemy last night was perfect! Good company, nice ambiance, great food/drinks, and amazing service! Couldn’t ask for more! We will definitely be back soon!

LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server spent more time talking and flirting with workers at the bar. She was nice but couldn’t hear most of what she was saying. We have had good service in the past
Overall score because of server.

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