Rock 'N Ravioli

3.9
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
“Rock ‘N Ravioli” serves generations-old Italian recipes and fabulous live music. The Rock ‘N Rav menu features numerous varieties of home-made fillings and sauces including Braised Short Ribs and Potato, Lobster and Asparagus, and Frangelico Creme Sauce on Pumpkin Ravs. A full menu is available, with a wide variety of small plates to round out the food offerings.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Tuesday: closed
Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 859-2021
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Located just east of the Church St & Oak Ave intersection.
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Parking details
There is a Pay to Park Lot on Oak St. Street Parking is available everyday and is FREE on Sundays!
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Public transit
Just west of Metra and CTA Purple Line Davis street stops.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Gluten-free Menu, View
Reviews from verified diners
103 reviews
3.9 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
43%
Very Good
25%
Good
12%
Fair
13%
Poor
6%
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GT
2.0Dined 6 days ago

Dining room fairly empty wanted to put us against the wall on a 2 top asked for a 4 top for comfort gave us the table right when you walk in. We got a front view of the foyer. Also many other 4 tops available. Table we sat at should be last table to seat because of the lack of view. If we choose to sit with back to door we would have been intruding on the guests at the table just west of ours.

Food was just ok. Salad we had said creamy garlic dressing didn’t even have a hint of garlic. I had fly me to the moon pasta with meatballs added. The meatballs were the best part of it. My husband had Nonna Gabriella pasta with same vodka sauce as my dish and fusilli pasta which he said was mediocre. The pasta tasted like you took plain boiled pasta and put it in a bowl and poured sauce all over it. Most Italian chefs I know toss the pasta in sauce in a pan together so the sauce melds with the pasta. The water from the pasta just watered down the sauce. My husband loves Italian Food and we were excited about trying a new Italian restaurant in the area. But we were seriously disappointed.

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OT
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Service is very slow

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J
3.0Dined 7 days ago

Disappointed in taste of ravioli especially the lobster ravioli and the server was very slow. It took over 15 minutes to come back and pick up our payment so we could leave not including we were finished 10-15 minutes waiting for a check to pay.

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F
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Nice place for dinner before the show

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OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was very good, staff was outstanding. Because we had a movie to catch, they stored our doggie bag for us to pick up afterwards. Outstanding!

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OT
1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The Bread was cold and hard. Too quiet

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E
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food and great service! I also really liked the dining room. It was very inviting and comfortable for a dinner date. Cheers to all!

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DK
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great music venue very interesting Isolde with the speakeasone person acknowledged the celebrationother than the band ... The wind gypsis were really great!

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P
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was amazing! I was expecting run of the mill pub quality Italian food. My friend ordered the Mac n Cheese sandwich and I had the Cubby Checker Chicken sandwich with sidewinder fries. It also came with bread 'n butter pickles with a slight kick to them - delicious! Both sandwiches had incredible flavor, the fries were delicious and the pickle slices was the perfect "icing on the cake". I cannot wait to come back for dinner. Oh - and when I expressed my immediate satisfaction with the pickles, the server smiled and brought out a small plate of them! We were full and happy with the 2 sandwiches, 1 soda and 2 Coors for < $40.00 (excluding tip)! Nice work, guys!

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p
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great atmosphere, fantastic food with equally good service.

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BS
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great , solid, Italian specialties. Raviolis of course, want to try a pizza next time. Wait staff very attentive.

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LM
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We celebrated Father’s Day. We all loved our entrees. Service was excellent. Very friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The dining area is decorated authentically. The soft music playing and the buzz of the conversation blended nicely. The one drawback was when the band started in the downstairs venue. The music from that area was so loud that we could hear it in the restaurant and it then was conflicting with the music playing where we were eating. We went upstairs to the Speakeasy venue after dinner and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the free live music.

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CG
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We enjoyed our evening here. Our server seemed new and nervous. Food was amazing. The vegan options were delicious. We will be back. Thank you

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TB
2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The food was very mediocre. The ravioli didn’t seem made there and the food was bland.

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V
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We loved our evening here and plan on going back. We ordered the roasted vegetable ravioli and the Caribbean shrimp ravioli. Both were fun and tasted great. The banana foster dessert ravioli was an unexpected treat too.

There are three separate venues inside the building: a restaurant, a live music space, and an intimate jazz bar. We were initially surprised at how loud the music was inside the restaurant. It spills over from the concert venue. Made it difficult to converse every time the restaurant door opened. We got used to it, but be warned, if noise bothers you pick a night with no band scheduled. The upstairs bar is awesome and quiet with great live jazz.

They are still working out some of the kinks from being new (servers not knowing which table orders belong to, security stopping you to see if you have a concert ticket when you are going to the bathroom, etc), but it’ll pass. I highly recommend going!

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L
2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Not a great experience. Went for a bday dinner. Got 2 of the 5 meals totally wrong. Bought us 1 glass of wine. No extra plates for sharing salad. Plates cleared. Check dropped. Bill paid. Then server asked us to wait...he had a bday dessert. Nice sentiment as we were basically walking out. Brought dessert. No extra plates for sharing. No fork. Plates had been bused. Had to ask for a set up. Got 1 fork. 5 people. 1 fork! Not on point this night

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DS
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was our first time to this restaurant. The service was superb and the food was delicious. I would recommend this more for a date night or a group of friends and/or family for a wonderful dinner. There is a speakeasy on the second floor and the way this place is decorated is worth a trip in itself. Go and try this restaurant; you will not be sorry and you will return to it.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Very reasonably priced entrees with amazing flavor. Had the meatballs as an appetizer and they were delicious. Chicken Vesuvio ravioli is tasty as well. My wife had the bow tie pasta with vodka sauce and it was delicious too. Went to the speakeasy after dinner for Drinks and the band was amazing! Great jazz and extremely entertaining . We will be back to see a live show soon

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OT
2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Saw there’s a jazz performance on Bourbon ‘n Brass, went to the website and saw this restaurant. We booked the dinner reservation but did not know the performance and the dinner place is different. The information on the website is not clear so we ended up just having dinner and left. The price is a bit too high for the quality of the food. The chopped salad was disappointing. It was too sour and not much in there only with a lot of lettuce. Wouldn’t go back again.

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RH
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

James Brown pizza was great as well as the Ravioli. Bruschetta was tasty but portion small. Also, very impressed with the music venue. Zepparella was great!

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S
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Fun and energetic ambiance - good value- good food
Congrats to Ron Oresti on a great venture
Seating by the door least desirable as the loud music from
The upstairs venue blasts everyone door is opened- quite often

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T
2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Small place, connected to concert venue so odd walking in and you see a stage. Restaurant to the right is small but nice. Food was avg. Not fine italian. A bit expensive for raviolis. Would only go back if there for a show or in upstairs bar. Then prob just order the pizza.

One seating annoyance. 2 of 20 tables taken when I got there . They want to seat me next to kitchen/ server station. Who wants to sit there? Sure you want to get your waitresses people but use some common sense on seats.

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K
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience and the food as well. Service was great. Would definitely recommend this place.

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NH
2.0Dined on May 4, 2018

First time visit. Disappointed as was not as it appeared on the web site. Thought the restaurant was upstairs and next to the bar. Was on ground level. Our waiter must have been new since he was not familiar with the menu or wine list. One main course came out barely warm and too soon after our appetizers. Great concept, but needs work.

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ED
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Saw a concert at the theater that is part of this venue and reserved a table at the restaurant. My date had the meatball sandwich which was good but a little small. I had the slider plate which was very good. Both came with real good fries. I would go back.

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AW
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The mushroom ravioli was delicious! Our server was great and the restaurant has a nice romantic atmosphere. We went to the show at Evanston Rocks right after! Great place to eat before the show :)

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OT
4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

First time there. New parents looking to get out on a free day night. Staff was very accommodating. Found us a spot where our stroller wasn’t in the way. Food was great! We had Toasted raviolis, moms spaghetti and meatballs and the chicken Vesuvio raviolis and they were all great. We could stay for music, but maybe next time we’ll get a sitter.

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R
2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This was a really good idea that just fell short of being a really good experience. It seems like they ran out of money or creative touches to finish it right.
1) The Speak Easy was nice, but it just wasn't finished correctly. It really was about 75% of a Speak Easy and it should be 100%. Also, I really shouldn't have to ask 3 times for a glass of water.
2) The Dining Room was crowded and the service sketchy. Hard to put my finger on it, l guess the waiter just didn't really care. The best service was from the busboys. I will say one positive, the food was reasonably priced and very tasty, maybe it should JUST be a restaurant....with new waiters.
3) The Music Venue was the worst part of the night. Here's where they really could have shined and just missed the mark. The tables and chairs reminded me of the food hall in college. The floor was, I believe, cement and too bright for the room, made it industrial and so less cozy (dark carpet please). The stage was dull and barren. And the Sinatra singing act? Horrible. If you're not going to sound like Sinatra, at least have a good voice. He tried telling a joke and no one laughed, so he said" Tough room." I said to our table, "No, you're not funny." We stayed about 1/2 hour which was 25 minutes to long.
All in all I give it 2 stars, we won't be back, which is to bad, it could have been great and something to tell our friends about.

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KS
1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Everything that our party of 4 ordered was excessively salty and the ravioli was undercooked (both the lobster and short rib ravioli). The lobster ravioli entree was such a letdown, especially since it was one of the most expensive entrees on the menu at $28. There were multiple pieces of lobster shell in the ravioli and you couldn't taste the lobster because the dish was overwhelmed with salt and the pasta had a rubbery texture. The service was pretty horrible too - our server didn't seem to want to be there and he would disappear for long stints. It was really cramped in the dining room and other servers kept bumping into our chairs throughout our meal. The cocktails were also not very good, especially for a place that also contained a speakeasy. Do not order a Manhattan or Old Fashioned - they do not know how to make it correctly! The toasted ravioli appetizer was too salty and overcooked. This restaurant was disappointing overall, as was the speakeasy. We went upstairs to the speakeasy after we finished our meal and there was no place to sit or stand and the staff kept telling us to move before we could even order drinks. Where did they expect us to go? And the staff was pretty rude about it too. Also, the cocktail menu didn't look like anything special so seeing as we couldn't even order a drink, we decided to go elsewhere. All of us had really been looking forward to trying out Rock 'N Ravioli and the speakeasy, but now we know it is way overrated and both the food and service is bad.

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s
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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RI
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great place for dinner before heading over to see a movie. We had reservations at 5:00 which worked out great for a 7:20 movie. The toasted ravioli was amazing, so were the meatballs. I had the butternut squash ravioli followed by a coffee and they were both wonderful. All the wait staff were friendly, and our waiter, Pauley was friendly, funny and provided attentive service and recommendations.

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TL
3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Started out great but the level of service declined after we got our food and we had to wait so long for our check, despite the fact that it wasn't very busy. It was frustrating because we wanted to go upstairs to hear music and we were stuck!

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TT
4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Unique decor, casual dining and outstanding hostess/waitstaff. Well stocked bar & outstanding Crescent cut fries & marinara for meatball sandwich.

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VP
4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My husband and I especially enjoyed the SpeakEasy's atmosphere, the live music venues and the intimacy/ambiance of Rock n Ravioli. This is a nice addition to the Evanston dining/entertainment scene. We'd definitely consider coming back.

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LB
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is an interesting place! Very eclectic. The restaurant food is good, the speakeasy bar has great ambiance and the music venue, while not fancy, is still worth a visit to see nightly live music. Check out the schedule of who is performing. Pick one that interests you, then go. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We made last minute dinner decision to try out Rock n’ Ravioli. We were pleasantly surprised. So many great options on the menu to choose from; I’ll definitely come back to try some more.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had the lobster ravioli and the short rib ravioli. They both were delicious!

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W
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We are very impressed with this place, wonderful staff, food, owner!! Went there in the past two weeks & enjoyed both times, what a fun & unique venue!!!!

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

After hearing positive reviews from several friends, we decided to try this restaurant when we ended up meeting out-of-town friends around dinner time. My husband and I were sorry that we didn't try this place ahead of time. The best part of the meal were the fried ravioli dippers -- they were tasty, especially the dipping sauce -- and it set up high expectations for our entrees. The asparagus ravioli barely had pieces of asparagus in them and the pizza tasted like it was frozen. The sliders fared better and were nicely presented. The server was pleasant and attentive until we told him what we thought of the food. After that we were ignored until it was time to pay the bill. We ended up paying in cash, and therefore did not take the receipt. I realize now, after the fact, that I should have asked for one because I did not get credit for making the reservation via Open Table. One last comment, the restaurant was fairly empty when we ate there (roughly 7:30ish), but the live music in the concert area had already started. Every time the door to the restaurant was opened (primarily by staff entering and exiting), you could hear the rock music blast into the dining room. Given the quietness of the dining area (which was conducive to conversation), it was rather jarring.

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AP
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wife & I received total VIP treatment at Italian Restaurant, Rock N Ravioli. We went there before a show. I had the Caribbean shrimp ravioli which was fabulous. Large bites of sweet, all-natural shrimp with fresh mango in a light, toasted coconut-pineapple, Malibu Rum cream sauce. Loved it! Our waiter Jake provided excellent service and Michelle, the operations manager, went from table to table greeting people and ensuring people were happy with food and service.

After dinner Steve, the bartender, was nice enough to give us a tour of the Speakeasy in the same building.

I definetly would go back and highly recommend.

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