Great , solid, Italian specialties. Raviolis of course, want to try a pizza next time. Wait staff very attentive.
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.
The food was very mediocre. The ravioli didn’t seem made there and the food was bland.
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!
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
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.
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
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.