Rock 'N Ravioli
The ravioli was excellent! The reason for the poor rating was service. My friend and I chose to share a salad. All of the salads on the menu had ingredients we didn’t want, so we asked our server for “romaine lettuce, cucumbers, a little red onion, topped with their white balsamic sweet onion dressing”. We received their cucumber salad - with lots of tomatoes, red onion, and cannelloni beans topped with vinegar and oil. I asked our server why they were unable to make what we requested and he told me that we received what we ordered. Really??? There were 4 of us at the table, and we all sat there shocked! My husband and I ordered the tiramisu for dessert. For $8.00, we received a 2x2 inch piece of tiramisu. The ravioli will take me back there- it was that good. But I won’t be ordering salad or dessert anymore!
2nd visit to R&R . 2nd fantastic meal and experience!
The vegan ravioli is no longer vegan. Have been here several times now that there are even less vegan options we will not be back.
We were celebrating 3 birthdays - Sinatra Sunday dinner - we arrived at 5:30 and were the only ones in the restaurant. The food was awesome - service was great except the kitchen forgot one of the orders and we had to wait. Otherwise everything was great! The Sunday dinner special is amazing and the Sinatra singer is not bad - can’t wait to go back.
An off-beat view of pasta, so if that is a concern and you are looking for homey but classic far, maybe another choice would be wise. Short rib ravioli might sound good--it sounded good enough for me to order it--but the filling and the sauce were very similar, very little contrast in texture or taste. A friend's meatball hero sandwich was much better, with a nice cole slaw. The toasted ravioli starter was so-so. We were Pretty lukewarm on the whole lunch experience. Also, very hard to tell what the opening hours are, and when we asked the staff seemed a bit unsure. I think the big thing here is music, not food, a different kind of dining experience than the one we like. We left a credit card behind and called two or three times to leave messages about it. Nobody called us back, but when we went back the next day they did have the card.
We come here Sunday night for the Sinatra music. Tonight was kind of slow so the singer only did one set. I don't blame him but we were a little disappointed, since he is very good.
Some of our food was not hot when it arrived. Also, it was slow in coming. Service was erratic. And it was quite noisy.
Love the food and atmosphere. Our server was a bit slow in getting refills, boxes, the check, etc. That is my only complaint. He didn't have that many tables to concentrate on and it just seemed to take too long. We were there for 2 hours and it didn't need to be so long. Otherwise, great!
Kerry, I am sorry about the service and will speak to my staff about it. Very Happy you enjoyed the food! We welcome you back with open arms! See ya soon! -Ron
There’s some inconsistency here. Greeter/hostess was distracted and having long conversation with another employee instead of giving us her full attention. My martini was fabulous but when I asked for the same drink upstairs at the speakeasy, it was completely different! The ambience is amazing and this place has great potential. Our waitress Sarah (upstairs ) was wonderful. Needs a little more TLC from management to be a 5 star place
I really liked this place, fun atmosphere and decor. Food was great, loved the Ravioli with Ricotta, artichokes and asparagus..All 4 of us has great meals. Go early before it gets really crowded!
Amazing food every time. My friends and family have tried five of their dishes on the menu and each one was better than the other. The only criticism is that because it is next to a music venue, it can get loud when they open up the door. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Michelle, So glad you and your friends and family enjoyed the food! To respond to the music venue part, we are working on sound proofing that part of it. Thank-you for your comments, we look forward to having you back soon! -Ron
Ron Onesti has created a unique Restaurant and Club once again. Rock N' Ravioli has wonderful 1920's Ambience and tremendous food. The Meatloaf dish is superb and the Spaghetti with Meatballs and Salad are top notch. The Moscato Wine is a bit pricey but tastes very good. The wait staff is courteous, helpful and friendly. The Club area is unique with vintage photography and the 2 private party rooms are elegantly decorated with the right mix of vintage and modern furniture and decorating.
We can't wait to come back and try other dishes on the Menu and stay for a Live Show in this hidden gem of a place in Evanston.
We went to Burboun and Brass upstairs. Band was great. Loved the atmosphere and ambience. Truly a low key speakeasy!!! And the food? Delicious!!! Pizza was great. Not NY Style, but it did the trick. Would totally recommend this place. Looking forward to going back...
Mushroom ravioli excellent butternut squash ravioli tough and dry. Tiramisu very good. Pleasantness of staff excellent. Service a bit slow
I wanted to love the food because I could tell the flavors were there but the temperatures and textures were hit and miss. Of the four entrees we ordered, I think one was hot throughout while,with two others, only the sauce was hot while the pasta/other ingredients were lukewarm, and with one, the pasta was a bit too firm AND lukewarm while the sauce was hot. It's nothing the microwave can't fix at home but it would be nice if they were perfect at the restaurant. The drinks were yummy and the dining space is small but interesting to look at. All is all, I'd give them another try but would stick to some of the cheaper options because the pricier ones we had, didn't quite hit the mark.
It was just ok, dishes are kind of pricey (especially for raviolis) but most were good, mine was too salty for me. They had private parties going on so we didn't get to spend time in other rooms or see bands that usually play Saturday's which was one reason we went. Worth checking out but wouldn't go out of my way to go again.
What an amazing place! Made dinner reservations prior to a show. The menu is adorable!
This go around we had the Mac n cheese and vodka pasta. As a Mac and cheese expert I can say in all honesty that this was the best I ever had! Drinks were paltry for the price though.. but that can be easily remedied.
Angie, I'm thrilled you had such a great time! The mac ana cheezea is one of my favorites! If you love mac and cheese just as much as I do, you should try the george thoro-grilled sandwich. Grilled cheese with mac and cheese and bacon on it! Yum! See ya again soon! -Ron
It was not even close to the picture it paints on it's website. First impression, the host asked my name and looked on the list found it, and tried to unsuccessfully to pronounce my last name and then gave up, and said... "whatever"
We were greeted by the waiter, and we ordered drinks. Got our drinks, ordered appetizer and our main dish at the same time. We were almost given the wrong appetizer by the host that couldn't pronounce my name, then she said she would be back with the appetizer we ordered, she never came back. We got our main dish and never got out app. The waiter was very sorry and took it off the bill.
The overall experience was not what we expected. I would not recommend Rock N Ravioli to dine. Maybe to see a show, but not specifically for a meal.
It was a perfect stop before heading upstairs for the music. I had the mushroom ravioli and I loved it. Sausage and peppers appetizer was excellent. The jalapeño gnocchi was just OK.
Christi, Glad you enjoyed the rav's and the appetizer. The speakeasy upstairs serves food as well ! -Ron
We’ll try it on a night with softer music butbin general a great venue.
Valentdiner, Glad you enjoyed the venue! Please check out our line up at evanstonrocks to see what kinda of music you might be interested in.
Newer restaurant but decor and furniture was worn and dated-not in an antique way. The service was slow and we had to ask for wine we ordered more than once. Server was friendly but the bar seemed to not care. Overall, food was ok and the music venue in the back was nice. Wouldn’t go back to the restaurant.
There is absolutely no excuse for the service. I am sorry the service didn't meet my expectations on that night. I will be having a long talk with my staff about this. I appreciate your comments. -Ron
We had the eggplant parmigiana and Caribbean shrimp ravioli. Both were very good. Our server was Bradley and he was excellent as was all of the staff.
Swhirly, I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! Eggplant parmigiana & Caribbean shrimp ravioli are some of my favorites! We will see you again soon! -Ron
Very attractive, food is good. Can get noisy when the door opens and there’s s musical act in the room next door
Engaging wait staff.... good food. Enjoyed wine and cocktails.
Michael, I'm happy you had a great experience, the kind of experience I want everyone to have. See ya soon! - Ron
Fabulous and creative types of ravioli. Excellent service. Nice variety on the menu.
Angela, So glad you enjoyed it! We'll see ya again soon! -Ron
Don't waste you money on the food. Very overpriced, not good and small portions for the money. Sausage pizza had a total of 3 pieces of sausauge on it, only enough to feed one person and was over $19. Salad are small too. Too small to share and are around $18 to $20. Total rip off.
Tultz, I'm deeply sorry your experience here was less than great. I appreciate your comments and will take them into deep consideration, I'm hoping to have you back to show you the experience I hope everyone to have at my place could have. I will privately message you so we can be in direct contact. -Ron
Squash ravioli was great. Waitress was attentive. And friendly.
Janner, Glad you enjoyed it! Come back soon! -Ron
We visited R&R for the first time as a precursor to our daughters performance at Evanston Rocks, the open mike performance venue next door. Indeed, the music emanating from R&R's neighbor forms a large part of your experience at R&R. And if you happen to be lucky ( we weren't) and catch a decent band, the restaurant is twice the fun. That said, these folks know how to cook up a mouthwatering plate of pasta! I LOVED the mushroom truffle ravioli and my wife went equally delirious for the asparagus ravioli. Our kids, who elevate fussy eating to an art form, loved their buttered noodles. Had they pushed the boat out and dug into the kids menu options, they would have been equally happy. The service didn't disappoint either serving up equal portions of fast and happy. Our kids are already lobbying for a return visit which we will happily accommodate. Particularly if the Stones are playing next door.
Veronique, I'm so happy you enjoyed the mushroom ravioli and the asparagus ravioli!!! They are defiantly one of my favorites as well! I will take all your comments into consideration, and will work on them to the best of my ability. We look forward to your return to the restaurant! -Ron
Food was excellent! Decor was too dark and didn’t fit with menu. Service was very attentive. Owner was on site and spent considerable time with guests. Will definitely be back.
Anne, I'm so glad you enjoyed the food, and thank-you for your comments. We hope to see you soon!! -Ron
Food was great, just disappointed that although we had a reservation, we ended up waiting 15 minutes for the staff to set up our table. Looked like they were unaware of our reservation. Ended up seating us in the music venue space rather than the restaurant. Since it was a lunch reservation, time was limited for us so it was a shame we felt so rushed.
The food was delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and it has a concert hall right next door. Our server was amazing and their service was great. We had a great date night there. It's a small place so I highly suggest making a reservation.
Daisy, I'm so glad you enjoyed our food. Please come check out the venue Evanston Rocks next door to see a concert next time. There is also a speakeasy behind the bookcase on the 2nd floor playing live jazz music of sorts Thursday-Sunday. Perfect for date nights. Look forward too having you back! -Ron
Great time. Can’t wait to go again. Terrific band!
Melinda S, Glad You enjoyed it! Can't wait to have you back! - Ron
I was so excited to dine here but was disappointed. The ravioli appetizer was really good however the Caesar salad was just ok. The four cheese ravioli was decent but I have had better. The pizza toppings were slim. The waiter brought the wrong salad and service was slow. Waters empty for awhile. Did not get dessert and they were pricey. Was hoping it would behave been better. :(
I am deeply sorry your experience here wasn't as great as you hoped it to be. Thank-you for your input. I will address everything with my staff so we can improve on this. We are a family restaurant, and want our guests to feel like part of the family as well. -Ron
Great food and service. Looking forward to coming back and trying more things. My only criticism was being seated was a bit confusing. And we were seated next to other party when restaurant was not crowded and the other party ( seated at a 2 top) wanted our table (a four top). So a little awkward.
Wilmette, I'm so glad you loved the food! I will talk to my staff about the seating arrangements so next time you will have a better experience. I look forward to having you back here! -Ron
So glad I discovered this really cool Evanston spot! I had a great Italian meal with friends and stayed for the awesome live music from ‘Trouble Ahead’ (Grateful Dead cover-band).
Super-psyched. I’ll be back soon!
KCH3, I'm so thrilled you had a wonderful time! We hope to see you again soon! Experiences like yours are why I built this place! -Ron
It’s a shame to say it was a bad restaurant because the food was good. It was so slow and the service was mediocre at best. It shouldn’t take over an hour for ravioli and at least 20 minutes for bread and drinks.
Stephanie, I'm sorry we did not live up to our own expectations. It will defiantly be addressed with my staff. I appreciate your comments. -Ron
Excellent selection of food. Nice sized portions. Great quality and reasonable price. Great selection of deserts too.
Tanya, Glad you had such a good time! Look forward to having you again! -Ron
We had a large group (14) they never brought out bread and we asked repeatedly. finally came, one loaf, at the arrival of our meals. did not have calamari as they said they ran out. weird for an Italian restaurant. had to constantly call for our waitress as they seemed overwhelmed but it was not overly crowded. nice place but need to clean up the service a bit
We love this place. Mack and Natalie are top notch. The food is awesome and the speakeasy brings you back to a time where gin and jazz ruled the day. A fun date night or catching up with friends.
Glad you had such a great time! We look forward to seeing you again! Great experiences like yours are why I built this place! -Ron