J. Alexander's - Oak Brook

4.6
2697 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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. Patio seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, great Easter brunch

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent swordfish steak and NY strip. Love their NYO mac n cheese. I always order that no matter what.

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AE
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

So disappointed. I have not been to this location for a awhile but my experience recently was so different than previous times. The delicious queso was not hot, fish tacos did not taste good. Waiter was very businesslike but did not smile or make eye contact. The bathroom smelled like sewer. Doors on baths stalls were very old & needed repair. Wall tiles in bathroom needed repair & sink was not clean. I hope they update soon & get their mojo back as I did not feel like I was at an upscale restaurant as I have felt in the past.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoy J Alexander’s and have been going there for years. We like the ambiance (muted, upscale) and the service has always been top notch. We’ve also ordered to go in the past, which is pretty simple to do. Overall we have high marks for this place and look forward to our next visit.

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RO
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We return to J. Alexander’s over and over because it’s always a good experience. The food is fantastic (even for a vegetarian), great wine list and the service is always very good. It’s hard to resist their carrot cake dessert! Our recent visit included my Dad who uses a walker and is hard of hearing. The staff took excellent care of him and he really enjoyed the meal.

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LT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

J. Alexander's is one of my favorite local restaurants. Although they have many choices on the menu my favorite is the salmon and Israeli couscous. Yum. Also their salad is one of best salads I have eaten.

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b
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellant services and very good food . We will be back .

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r
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and service

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U
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable business dining. Not fussy

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L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. We received a carrot cake for free.

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d
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Birthday but not acknowledged by staff in spite of mentioning it in reservation

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TR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I go to J. Alexander's for our wedding anniversary every year. The prime rib is juicy and my wife's steak is perfectly overly cook. Just the way she likes it. Don't forget the free desert we receive.

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p
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Dinner with my daughter. Martini was good but after that went down hill. Appetizer disappointing filet tough leathery rest of the meal so so service also so so slow and sloppy or four people in two minutes asking the same thing

This use to be one of my favorite restaurants several years ago. Has gone down hill

Disappointing

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ME
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding job J Alexander! You made my girlfriend's day special. I am extremely grateful.

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CF
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been coming here for years. Absolute favorite is the French dip ordered extra lean medium well. A little on the pricey side but once in a while you have to splurge.

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LW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Upon our arrival we asked to meet Casie, the Manager, per her request but, we never did met her.

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R
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was excellent. There when needed or checking on us but not hovering.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love the food here. It was my birthday so I decided to go here simply because the carrot cake is amazing. Everything leading up to the cake was wonderful. Please efficient service as well as great food. Can’t go wrong going here.

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SJ
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

My family and I have dine at your establishment in the past. Unfortunately, we took an extended break from.J-Alexander. We found that your menu is quite limited and meals are mediocre at best.
After a long break, We discedies to give you another chance and quite frankly nothing has changed. Don't are myself dining at your establishment anytime soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was AMAZING!! Attentive when needed as well as distant when needed, without us telling her. I really enjoyed my birthday at J. Alexander’s!!!

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LS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and our waitress was great. She didn’t rush us to order, made the perfect amount of small talk, and got us free dessert to go because we were celebrating my husband’s birthday. I wish I could remember our waitresses name, because she did a great job and she deserves recognition.

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R
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation and noted that it was our anniversary, we ordered drinks and our dinner everything was great service e was as little off but still acceptable but there was never a mention of a happy anniversary. The check came and still nothing. Shouldn't ask if special event if not going to bring it up. We didn't want anything for free but to ignore it felt very strange. I will still go back as the food is good however

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GT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose J Alexander for 3 others. Bill from Cincinnati exclaimed ...one of my favorites!...I love the ribs,another the prime rib , the third , an Asian salad.Bill got his favorite end cut. ALL were happy.

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A family favorite! I'll be here at least once a month. My brother and his wife are here so often they know what they drink! The salads and steaks are wonderful. Their French Dip and fries are a favorite. WhenI get alcohol the drinks are very well made. The flourless chocolate cake and ice cream is delicious.

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G
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The portion size for the calamari appetizer has decreased yet the cost is $17. That is WAY to expensive for the new portion size. Still the best mac and cheese ever.

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SJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had fish dishes. Very good and not the same run of the mill food you would get at another restaurant. Have been dining here for a number of years. Will be back.

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AW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I was dining with four girlfriends two of us ordered the Ahi salads which were perfect the other two girlfriends ordered the chicken salad that had a number of bones in the salad that they had to pick out. They brought this to the waitress’s attention, she apologized the hostess came over and apologized again. They did not offer to replace the salad or to provide any type of compensation or Provide a complementary drinks or dessert for the unfortunate incidents.

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R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, good service, good value.

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BR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife Tracey and I enjoy J. Alexanders in Oak Brook a few time a year.
Their service, relaxing atmosphere, food quality and presentation are always the best and Saturday's visit did not disappoint.

Through OpenTable I requested a booth served by either Tyler or Chris. Chris won the toss and we again were not disappointed. Chris has a great personality, sense of humor and superior knowledge of the menu. One thing we have come to appreciate over the years is the fact that The Server can make all the difference between a good time or a Great Time!

I had the NY Strip Medium Rare and it was cooked perfect, along with the Mac Cheese. Tracey had the Salmon with Spaghetti Squash which was outstanding.

The evening would not be complete without coffees and sharing a big slice of Carrot Cake.

We are already looking towards returning in a few months to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary.

Thanks again J. Alexander's and above all a big thanks to Chris...

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C
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a party of five and we all ordered fish dishes. They were all delicious. The dessert special was enough to feed all of us and it was decadent. We were seated for our reservation in time and our waiter was very attentive. I will definitely go back again.

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r
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed lunch with friends and will go back again.

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TC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Love the carrot cake. The deviled eggs are amazing! Our waitress, Brittany was awesome! Had filet for the first time and it was once of the best I’ve ever had. This has been one of my favorite restaurants for 25 years and it still is!

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AS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were great! Would definitely go back. One of my favorite places!

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T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the French Dip sandwich. Beautiful slices of Prime rib, medium rare. Excellent! Several people had the Steak Burger. Also excellent. Several really good dessert choices. Good service.

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DB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was okay, not great, but ok. Salad was wilted and DROWNING in dressing. Restaurant did give us one to go.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very lackluster service. Had to wait at least 5-10 minutes every time we ordered a beverage. Lots of servers/expedited around but not a great sense of urgency to deliver

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

Our waitress was awesome. Good food. Good drinks. Service was great

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K
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! We were out having a special date night (now married 33 years) and our server Nicholas made our experience so enjoyable. Our ribs and steak were delicious!

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