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.
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!
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
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.
Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience and the food as well. Service was great. Would definitely recommend this place.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and service.
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.
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!
Unique decor, casual dining and outstanding hostess/waitstaff. Well stocked bar & outstanding Crescent cut fries & marinara for meatball sandwich.
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.
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.
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.
We had the lobster ravioli and the short rib ravioli. They both were delicious!
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!!!!
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.
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.
Went to Rock n Ravioli for a pre-show dinner. Figured since we were going to this venue for a 5:00 Sunday show that we would go here for dinner first. What a wonderful dinner we had!!!! I would suggest to all who are going to a show at Evanston Rocks.... eat dinner here! Meatballs were OUT OF THIS WORLD....also Lobster Raviolis were great. Ordered brushetta and was pleasantly surprised at this restaurants spin on it. Salads.. nice n fresh. No anchovy on caesar but still fresh n tasty. Am definitely going back, even tho we drove 50 miles to come here for dinner and a show. Well worth it for a night out!
We went for a casual weekend dinner and were happily surprised to find the place hopping. The music venue in the back is large and inviting, and although we were seated in the restaurant the live music was not too loud at all. It's kind of a nice feeling--sitting for dinner and having a good time, knowing people are next door rocking out and partying. We'll be back for a concert another day. Food and service were first rate!
Lots of great ideas, lacking in execution. I'm hoping they were having an off night. The appetizer was delivered after the entree and was still not what we ordered. A second round of drinks wasn't offered when we finished our first. The short rib ravioli was dry and disappointing. Overall the impression was of a restaurant that wasn't quite ready for a Saturday night crowd.
The speakeasy upstairs was great, though. Delicious drinks, great ambiance.
Loved the food! Service was a little slow but we weren't in a rush so didn't bother us. Food and drinks served promptly but took a while to get our check and pay. Will be back!!
Waitress was not up to par. Food was cold, probably would have been tasty if served warm.
I won tickets for a concert at Rockin Ravioli and we had dinner before the show. We had been to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles and had enjoyed going, knew it would be a fun evening. The actual building houses three separate areas. One is Rockin Ravioli dining, upstairs is a Speak Easy Lounge called Bourbon and Brass where you can hear live music, and the third is the concert venue, Evanston Rocks. The atmosphere is comfortable, the food was better than expected, the waitstaff was spotty. The young lady at the check-in seemed to be in over her head. She was pleasant but seemed to lack knowledge on basic questions. The Speakeasy is accessed by the curving staircase and through a hidden room behind a bookcase in the wall. A balcony overlooks the concert venue and which offered great views. The decor is totally Victorian and gaudy, velvet, heavy wood, but authentic, with lots of settees and small tables for cocktails. It appears that you can eat dinner there as there are a couple of booths. The bartender upstairs in the SpeakEasy was very friendly and made a killer raspberry/blackberry Prosecco for me. The prices were pretty standard, $7.50 beer, $10 cocktail, and the Bruschetta appetizer was rather nice. I had the butternut squash ravioli in a white cream sauce while my husband had spaghetti with a massive meatball, which he highly recommends. Solid Italian fare. I had the yummy caramel cheesecake for dessert and my husband ordered the chocolate cake however it was so dry he sent it back. We waited several minutes for a replacement dessert which never arrived, however, they did take it off the bill. We spent approximately $70 on food and drinks. The owner Ron Onesti, is ever present greeting guests, many by name, and appears to genuinely enjoy what he does. He was a great host, dinner runner, problem solver and made sure everyone was well taken care of. I'd go back! The concert was Bobby Brooks Wilson, son of Jackie Wilson, what a great talent!
Friendly service but very slow and the apps came after we already had our dinner served. We said no to the apps. Server offered a free drink to my friend but not to me. What’s up with that?
This is a great restaurant!! Great food!!! Fun atmosphere!! The staff has a wonderful attitude!!
Try this restaurant, you'll love it!!
Very nice. Felt paying 3.50 for ice tea refill was not appropriate to the type of restaurant.
Fantastic decor and food! Owner was making his rounds to each table, more than once! He was very friendly and appreciative that we choose his restaurant! Evanston Rocks and the Speakeasy room added so much to our evening! Highly recommend this place!
Excellent salads, wonderful ravioli (and the serving size is just right), terrific desserts, friendly wait staff. Our group will plan another meal there soon, and we are happy to recommend it to others.
Dinner for three. We split the Cesar among us. We ordered (Ron's) smoked white chicken meat Vesuvio,
Asparagus Ravioli, and the Braised Beef Short Rib Ravioli. They were all very tasty delicious.
We ordered the Limoncello Gelato 'N Cream Flute.
Service was attentive, but had 4 different staff checking on us multiple times; a bit much. Bruschetta was very cold; ideally should be warm or at least room temperature. My wife’s squash ravioli was quite good. My spaghetti with clams had good flavor, but the pasta was seriously over cooked and mushy.
We are excited that Ron Onesti opened an Evanston location since we often drive to his St. Charles venue and we live in Skokie. We arrived at the restaurant at 6:30 to see an 8:00 show. The waiter was not knowledgeable about the wines (suggested a sauvignon blanc for a sweet white) but suggested that I sample a few different wines which I appreciated. I ordered a bottle of one of them, but a rose was brought to the table which was not what I ordered. Since the wine did not arrive until 7:10, I kept it. We had decent bruschetta then ordered the beef ravioli but they were out of it. We had the mushroom ravioli and a Ted Nugent pizza and both were amazing though they were not served at 8:00. At 8:30, we moved to the concert space and as I showed my tickets, for which I paid $30, I was told that we would have gotten into the show for free since we had dinner there. I am not sure how I would have know that. Overall, the food and ambiance were terrific and the staff was enthusiastic. I hope that the issues are just the temporary glitches of a new restaurant.
Went on a Wednesday night with husband. It was empty at 6pm, but by 7 the room was about half full. Very helpful and enjoyable staff. Got s tour of the speakeasy and concert room. Met the owner Ron, who was very gracious!! Food was very good!! Savory and al dente ravioli was top notch! I had lobster ravioli, and hubby had beef ravioli. Raves about caprese cocktail salad!! Overall just a great experience and we look forward to coming back on weekend when bands play and spend time in speakeasy upstairs.
Service was excellent and food was just good
This restaurant has only been open two months so it has a few hiccups. The service staff tried very hard and we appreciate that. (We had to ask for bread, the wrong wine was delivered) The portions were on the small side which is unusual for Italian food. We all thought the prices were too high for what we got.
We’re not sure we would return because there are many restaurants that provide good food for better prices.
My third time here and they don't disappoint! We had the pleasure of eating on the "patio" in the Evanston Rocks side of the building which was really cool because then we were already in the room for tonight's show. Tonight we had the Sargent Pepper Pizza, the Styx pizza and cannoli ravioli! We just found out you can even order in the concert venue during the shows OR rent out the private VIP rooms on the 2nd floor and include a food package so you can watch the show from the bar stools outside your room! What will they think of next?!