We had a wonderful experience at Alchemy. Everything was done to perfection - from the server (Peter?), who was probably the best server I've ever encountered and added to our enjoyment of the evening with his engaging and delightful personality - to the appetizers, soup & entrees - all of it was outstanding.
Our experience at Alchemy was very nice. We celebrated a birthday, and there were just two of us dining. We found the menu to be somewhat limited. There were creative menu options, but heavy on the meat side. We started with a Caesar Salad, which was outstanding. One of the best we'd had at a restaurant, ever. For the main course, one of us settled on the pasta dish, while the other had a breast of duck. Both were very tasty, and original in their makeup. However, while the pasta was nice and hot, served in a warm bowl, the duck was not all that warm, in fact it was borderline warm. Seems like the timing was off in the kitchen. That said, it was fantastic.
The dinner was capped off with a butter tart-like pie, with vanilla ice cream. Highly recommend this one too. Fresh Espresso to go along with it, was perfect, and very good quality coffee.
One big suggestion, would be a water filter for the water served at the tables. Ashland water is terrible tasting, and a restaurant of this caliber should only serve filtered water. Filters are not expensive!
Another point of note is the bar, adjacent to the restaurant. Noise does drift up from the bar, and into the quiet dining area. Not a big deal, but not ideal either. Also, for an upscale restaurant, some patrons seem to forget to dress up a bit, or thought they were going to McDonalds perhaps.
All in all, we loved our evening, but a few tweaks could have made it a true 5-star evening.
Unfortunately, this visit was far less than satisfactory. Our server, Peter, maintained a positive attitude while numerous blunders were made. It started with a member of our party waiting far too long for a whiskey on the rocks (how difficult is that?). My salad was completely forgotten, they went from appetizer to entree. And then the food... there was no ask for how the meat was preferred, so when it arrived, one person’s steak was so rare it was unacceptable. Two people received raw scallops. And, FYI: when patrons politely inform you that the scallops are undercooked, not a good idea to respond that “they were prepared correctly, just not to your liking”, that added insult to injury. We have had good experiences in the past, but I will think twice before I return - too many other places to dine well. The attempt to resolve our issues was to offer free dessert.
We had a very amazing Anniversary Dinner. The only thing I would change is we ordered a martini and it was pretty tiny, although fantastic for the money should be bigger.
Great food and presentation. Waiter very attentive and good knowledge of mixed drinks. My wife was trying to think of a drink she had in the past and our waiter was able to come up with the name after she came up with only two of the ingredients.
For the price the value was just not there. I had read a blog and loved the pictures from the menu one week prior so made a reservation for my birthday. Unfortunately, almost none of those items were on the menu one week later. I had the rib eye which came with only a few Chanterelles and figs. It was good but not $34 good. The best thing was the flourless chocolate cake that was a special and not on the menu either. Maybe the Bistro would be a better value.
Delicious! Alchemy continues to be one of the top restaurants in Ashland; a “must go” for any trip there. Being from San Francisco, my standards are high, and Alchemy always meets them.
We have eaten at Alchemy before and always enjoyed both the service and food. The visual presentation along with the intense flavors rivals some of the top rated restaurants in this region. Our waiter, Greg, deserves special mention in that his cheerful demeanor, knowledge and overall attentive service were excellent. 5 stars for Greg!
Well appointed restaurant in Ashland. Our waiter was very cordial and knowledgable about wines and dishes. We had besides a Caesar salad, wild mushroom pasta and rib eye. Both very well prepared and tasty. Chocolate dessert very decadent.
Superior dining experience all around. It's a splurge, but worth it. The $40 burger is crazy memorable with fois gras, pork belly, and a half lb of ground filet mignon. Go with a group and get share plates.
Good service and warm and cozy ambiance. Salads and soup were great. Service very professional. Two steak dinners were delicious. The mushroom pasta was extremely rich. We mentioned that to our server and he deducted 10 dollars from our bill. Would definitely give this restaurant another go.
Best restaurant in Ashland! We ate fois gras, a curry soup, halibut and duck. All were creative and well prepared. The wine list is exceptional.
Absolutely amazing. Fantastic food, great service and stellar drinks. I don't have a single complaint!
We returned to the Alchemy after two years; still exquisite dining experience. Knowledgeable wait staff and excellent food
I had the rib eye steak, which itself was of high quality.. But the sides were not that good. The fingerling potatoes were ok, but I have tasted much better. Another side was beets marinated in vinegar and then broiled/blackened. Not a taste I care for. Then the sauce was billed as cilantro/pistachio coulis. The result tasted like neither cilantro nor pistachio, and was not a hit in my book. Salads were good, and my wife said the duck was very tasty.
Great food. Great service. Good drinks. They actually cook a medium steak medium and that alone is priceless. If you’ve got the extra cash to spend I’d definitely give this place a try
Alchemy is a wonderful dining experience in all aspects. It was our second time there and we requested the same table overlooking the bar/outdoor area (which are separate from the restaurant) and that scene was lively itself. We ate pre-theatre (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and our meal was served in a timely but unhurried manner. Our server was just super: helpful, checking on a couple of things without prompting, knowledgeable about wines, pleasant. The setting in an inn with several smaller connected rooms - like a house - is very accommodating - you are with other diners but not crowded. The decor is elegant but simple. The crab salad starter had many special touches, also the black cod (with braised fennel) was cooked perfectly and the berry tart with ice cream was so-o-o-o good. We will return next year!
We've been coming to Alchemy for years on our annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip to Ashland. Their food is beautifully presented, always interesting, and of the highest quality. Their mixologist is inventive and their wine list holds wonderful surprises.
Food was amazing. Service was just ok. The new bar is super comfy and the drinks are exceptional.
Out of town visitors and one Ashlander enjoyed excellent food and service for dinner. Noise level for all of the senior citizens was amenable to allow conversation across the round table. All service was attentive but not intrusive. And dining in a Victorian era home was a great experience for the out of towners. Fresh ingredients made all the small plates, including the Wellington sliders and the salads dishes to remember.
Amazing from start to finish. Had a couple cocktails at the bar before heading into the restaurant for an anniversary dinner. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The cocktails were unique and tasty. The food was the star of the show without a doubt. I can't even begin to explain how amazing it was. Go to this restaurant now!
Great food and service. I'd like more vegetarian and salad options.
Service was excellent - nicely paced and attentive. Food was very good. Perfect for pre-theater dinner, and walking distance to the OSF Theaters.
Delicious meal, lovely space, excellent service. We'll be back.
A return visit and it was excellent as it was last year. The bar drinks are creative and the cuisine is excellent. Great servicer Dash was well informed and suggested an excellent regional wine that was outstanding. A return is definitely in our future
Great place for lunch or dinner and walking distance from OSF
Food was average and two of three entrees were served cool. Beautiful decor and love their remodel, but we have had better food in Ashland. A little disappointing.
Creative menu and the food was excellent but portions on the small side.
Food here is consistently outstanding. We had a party of 4 and everyone raved about their dishes. If we lived in Ashland this would be a weekly outing for us. Truly, one of the best restaurants we have even had the joy of enjoying.
Limited menu but good options. Nice folks and good service. Wait staff constantly saying corner when they enter exit area so not to run into folks. Very enjoyable experience for a special occasion.
Excellent! Lovely food and wine and a super good waiter.
The waiter was perfect. The best I've ever experienced. Food was great, and we really appreciated that although it is a bar in addition to the restaurant, they had non-alcoholic cocktail offerings.
Alchemy exceeded our expectations! Crab cakes, halibut, gazpacho, classic Saphire martini & wine selection were all superb. Dining in a Victorian house provides an intimate, cozy, romantic feel. I wish we had come back for dinner at Alchemy our 2nd night in Ashland as well as the first because the next evening was a huge letdown after having been here. We will absolutely return!
We had a fabulous meal, innovative, beautifully presented and delicious.
We have dined at Alchemy numerous times and continue to enjoy our entire dining experience.
Creative and beautiful food presentations and tastes!
We shall return to dine at Alchemy when we are in Ashland again to see plays.
amazing papardelle with wild mushrooms, fabulous pommes frites. a fun "Oregon wine flight" of 2 whites and 2 reds. also fun eavesdropping on tourists from the LA / Hollywood circuit :)
The name fits the menu. Ask the waiter for a description of an item you want. Trust me, it will be different than you think. And in a good way!
We went to the restaurant before a play and they were more than accommodating in making sure we made it out on time.
Enjoyed a very fine evening meal in a patio setting. We brought along our very cute Schnauzer for his first meal out with us. He was a hit with the wait staff who were very attentive. The food was excellent and presented well. Creative dishes with appropriate portions. Service was outstanding and the setting was sublime. They know their business.