Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

4.4
688 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Serving dinner and bistro fare, Alchemy Restaurant and Bar offers cuisine transformed. We specialize in fresh local ingredients, craft cocktails and boutique wines. If you prefer outside seating please make note in your reservation.
We are honored to be named one of the Top 100 Restaurants for Foodies by OpenTable in 2015.
If you do not see a time available, please give us a call as we might be able to fit you in. For all play tables we suggest no later than 6:00pm. If you are attending a theater performance, please let us know in your reservation notes.
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JF
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The steelhead was cooked perfectly but I had no fiddleheads, which was one of the reasons I selected this dish. Other tables had the fiddleheads on their dishes. The drinks were fantastic but took FOREVER to be made. Like 20+ mins. The first course came before the drinks. But it was really the service. We got the impression that our server just really hated us. Or his job. Just so indifferent. It was weird. We felt really uncomfortable with every exchange.
Loved the quail and steelhead. Loved the place. Not sure we'd return because of the service. With drinks, soup, meals and desert plus tip it was quite pricey to feel uncomfortable.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very tasty and well presented. Featured a lot of seasonal produce. My duck dish was amazing! Great wine selection, too.

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b
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extra friendly and helpful service, beautiful environment and delicious food. This was our second visit to Alchemy and it has become a favorite.

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GE
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time coming back. I look forward to trying more of the menu, especially more of the cocktails.

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MP
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

It was too much money for what we got. The food was good, but not great. I had also put that we were attending a show on the reservation and yet at 7:30 we were still waiting for our entree. Show started at 8.
When we mentioned that, our server said that was why they encourage their guests to come at 6 if they are going to a show. Our reservation was at 6, we were about 5 minutes late. The place was not very busy.
We aren't big eaters so had 1 appetizer to share, 1 salad and 1 main dish.

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P
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alchemy is a step back in time, to when meals were carefully planned, seasoned, prepared and presented! This beautiful restaurant delighted with cream of onion/ garlic bisque; cauliflower croquettes, and a filet mignon burger, to name what appealed to me on the evening I visited. The meal was Devine! The wine and cocktail menu is endless, I might add. There is also a gorgeous outdoor patio where cocktails/drinks can be served ...amidst a garden of profusion of blooming flowers, all softly lit with romantic lighting.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you for dining with us. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your evening. We are always working on ways to improve the experience and hope you can join us again soon.

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Portland
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alchemy is always wonderful. This time our party wished for a simple green salad option, but there was none. Otherwise, our waiter was fantastic, knew all about wines and food selections, and did a lovely job. All in all, Alchemy is gorgeous.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on May 10, 2019

Cheers for joining us! I'm so glad to hear your server helped to make the experience. Also, thank you for the suggestion about simple green salads. We will be sure to take your feedback into consideration and discuss it with the chef. All the best.

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PA
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a quiet table, which was nice. Our server seemed a bit confused, though. "I want to avoid spice. Are any of the dishes spicy?" "Not really. Tell me what you're considering and I'll tell you if it's spicy." "I'm considering x, y, z." "Do you want a recommendation?" "No, I'm asking if any are spicy." "Really nothing on the menus is spicy." "Uh ... OK." It also took nearly 30 minutes for a glass of wine ordered before ordering our dinner to arrive. Those flaws aside, it was a very pleasant dinner. The shaved asparagus salad was unusual and very tasty (but you have to like a half-hard-boiled egg, which I do). I had the quail and thoroughly enjoyed the stuffing as well as the quail itself. My friends enjoyed the halibut cheeks. The cheese plate was a bit ordinary, but the lemon tira misu was unusual and fun, with a very bright lemon flavor (and without the caffeine of traditional tira misu). The French sauvignon blanc was delightful. Overall a solid meal but it fell short of spectacular.

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IB
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but for what I paid I expected the food to be great.

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GE
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Excellent service. Our waiter made it a very memorable evening. Will definitely be back.

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PA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, elegant ambiance in beautifully renovated historical boutique inn. Wait staff were friendly, knowledgeable, but not pretentious. Enjoyed an intimate. delicious dinner, and look forward to returning.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on April 16, 2019

Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us! I will be sure to share your kind words with the staff. Thank you for coming in and I hope you can join us next time.

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DH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Quail red/uncooked inside. Wine horrifically awful. Will not be back.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on April 17, 2019

I am sorry you didn't enjoy your chorizo stuffed quail. We did offer to remake it, reheat it, or get you any other dish on the menu. I am also sorry that you did not enjoy the wines that you selected. Again, we offered to get you a taste of any other wine to find you a glass that you would like. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your meal, but we did do everything in our power to make things right with new wine, new food, free dessert, and the purchase of your entree. We wish you the best.

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OT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What more can I say about this place. It’s just absolutely the best. From the drinks to the food and the service it is outstanding.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We take huge pride in offering fantastic food, drink, and service. I hope you can join us again soon.

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Tahoe
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner ever. The seafood salad was amazing. My duck breast cooked perfectly and the citrus sauce was the perfect compliment. Magda our waitress was so cheerful and very attentive to all our needs.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for coming in! It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your evening. I will be sure to pass your compliments along to your server.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely evening! It was quiet, intimate and really special. We were especially surprised at how quiet the dining room was when we walked into the bar and it was packed and loud. They do a great job of isolating the two. Very romantic setting and I would go back.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on April 1, 2019

I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We do try and make the dining room the intimate fine dining experience and let the bar be a bit more freewheeling and casual. I hope you can join us again next time you have the chance.

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Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal, I highly recommend the filet mignon, and the service was excellent!

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on April 1, 2019

So glad to hear you enjoyed your meal!

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A
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our server was awesome. The location inside the inn was charming and we were seated in a wonderful spot looking out over the garden. The entries were a bit disappointing: duck was overcooked, a bit dry and the steelhead was mediocre (we had it the night before at a different restaurant and it was phenomenal!).
Overall it was 'good' and I will say the foi gras (which I would normally never eat but my husband was curious about), was pretty darn good. So that was a nice surprise.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you so much for coming in! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the property, but I am so sorry to hear that the entrees fell short. I hope that you expressed this to your server or the manager as we always do whatever we can to fix the issue and make sure that you leave happy. I would love to speak with you more on your experience to know how we can continue to improve. Thank you again for joining us!

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m
Portland
50 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and excellent food and service.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

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PD
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Unable to address diet restrictions! Menu changes were frowned upon!

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 19, 2019

Thank you so much for coming in. We do indeed limit menu changes, but the kitchen always will do whatever is possible to address allergies and dietary restrictions. There are times that we are limited in the scope of what we can offer. If you have particularly restrictive dietary needs letting us know before hand can aide in making sure that you have a fantastic evening.

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SV
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious quality food all fresh and hand prepared. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was soft and quiet.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 19, 2019

Cheers! Thanks for joining us!

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WT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

High end restaurant. Good food, pleasant atmosphere. Waitstaff was good, but not particularly welcoming.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 19, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your meal, but am quite surprised about the comment about the staff. However, I do appreciate the feedback and will be sure to discuss it with the service staff. Everything can be improved, and we appreciate you taking the time to write.

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MC
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had dinner at Alchemy as part of an anniversary celebration weekend. The food was very well done and presented. Service was attentive. My only complaint may be that it was a fairly empty restaurant (pre-Shakespeare season) and the hostess put another couple directly beside us in a small, walled off portion of the room. We could hear everything they said and they seemed annoyed that they could hear us. I know it made it easier for the servers, but not sure that's the best strategy.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thank you so much for coming in. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. You're point about proximity is a valid one, and while we try to seat guests in the tables we consider premium, we are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience, and this would be a perfect example. Thank you again.

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LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant! Great food, service and ambiance. Cocktails and wine list are top notch. Always a treat to dine here with such wonderful entree choices. Not the same boring food you’ll find at most restaurants.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 15, 2019

Cheers! So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us.

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VS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would recommend to anyone under 40 to sit in the bar. It’s fresh, remodled, hip and cool. The restaurant was too warm, stuffy, quiet and felt like I had to be on my very best behavior. Which is great for some people. The food was terrific, the cocktails were impressive and servers were attentive and tactful.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thanks for coming in! The bar and the restaurant do have very different vibes, especially in the quieter months when we restaurant becomes less bustling and more intimate in its dining experience. We are always crafting new menus, so keep your eyes open for new dishes and cocktails in the coming weeks.

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P
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We consider Alchemy a special occasion restaurant--except for happy hour during the warm months--and it rarely disappoints. Dinner this time was quite satisfying. I had the sturgeon special with lemongrass beurre blanc and truffles, which was very nice (except the orzo underneath, which was under salted but easy to fix). Husband enjoyed the elk, which was hearty and flavorful. We always appreciate the smaller "rooms" and the possibility of having an easy conversation. The soft gray of the interior feels classy in an understated way.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thanks for always joining us! It is hard to beat happy hour, but I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the special occasion with us. Hope to catch you in the bar next time!

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GP
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Alchemy for many of our family celebrations. The food is divine and the cocktails are creative and delicious. We usually start with cocktails in the bar because it is such a beautiful space then move to dinner in the main dining room to experience the full menu. We love Alchemy!

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thank you so much for the compliments. We hope that you can join us again soon!

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Portland
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to go for some really great food, service and atmosphere. The food is always top notch here. I have never had a bad experience. It’s like when you bite into the tasty morsel your senses are heighten and everything is so good you can’t do anything but sit there and enjoy what you just bit into.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on February 20, 2019

That is incredibly kind of you to say. The staff takes great pride in crafting a memorable dining experience. I hope you can join us again soon.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Food only OK! I don't consume much, but portions very mediocre. Way!, Way! overpriced!!! Came recommended, but overall disappointing for our party!

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us. We are always working to improve what we offer. I have spoken with the chef and we have adjusted portions to better reflect the pricing and value. We appreciate the feed back and hope that you join us again to see how we have improved.

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LL
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was very polite, but our waiter did seem a little distracted and it was quite some time between the time we placed an order for a drink and when he came back to take our dinner order and bring our drinks. Drinks were amazing, food was good, ambiance was very pleasant.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and taking the time to write. We greatly appreciate all feedback, and use it to improve and grow. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the food, drinks and ambiance, and I hope you can join us again soon to see how we've improved.

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JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the level of service and cuisine. Lovely in every way.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write us! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us.

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LB
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu, though a bit limited. Our waiter, Peter, was the best part of the meal - personable, attentive and helpful. Prices seemed pretty high, especially for Southern Oregon.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you for coming in! The menu during this time of the year is always a little paired down. The menu does change every six weeks or so, and will have a new one at the beginning of March. We always provide the best ingredients as we strive to give you a top quality meal. If you are interested, we always have a lower priced bistro menu available in the bar. I'm so glad you enjoyed your service from Peter!

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L
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Can’t wait to return

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Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We hope you can return soon!

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GG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful New Year's Eve menu, delicious food and festive atmosphere. We plan on going more frequently in the new year.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on January 24, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us on New Years Eve! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your evening. We hope to see you again soon.

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, but the prices are really high for the food you get.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on January 24, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are always working on new menus and strive to find the correct value for a fine dining dish. If you felt the prices too high we always offer more casual fare in the bar with our bistro menu.

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C
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I would recommend the lounge but not the main dining area. Too expensive for the quality of food. Lots of better places to eat at in Ashland that aren’t as expensive with better food.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on January 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write. There are many wonderful restaurants in Ashland. We pride ourselves on offering fantastic fine dining in our main dining room, and more casual fare in the bar with the bistro menu. Many join us for special occasions in the restaurant and make the bar the weekly cocktail stop. I hope you can join us in the bar where you feel most comfortable.

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M
Palm Springs
41 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening

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DR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, close to town center and theater, with good food.

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Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alchemy is outstanding in every way! Delicious food, outstanding service, excellent wine options.
Thanks.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you so much!

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n
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Referred here by a friend for our wedding anniversary. Unfortunately there were no vegetarian main options. We prefer to eat vegan but with so few options we were open to vegetarian. We have frites to start and they were good. The bucatini was misprinted on the menu without the crab. Our waiter let us know that and so we ordered it minus the crab. I think it had pork in it though. Two of us split fries and pasta. We each had two cocktails and our Bill was $90. Poor choice for us. I’m sure meat eaters would enjoy this place.

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v
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great combination of flavors achieved by the chef. Mix of sweet and salty was perfect for me. Server picked out great wine to pair and he was very helpful. Keep up the good work.

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