Rock 'N Ravioli

3.9
116 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • 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
What 116 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The food was good. The service was great. We were confused by the music choice when your restaurant has the name rock in it and your menu items are named after rock stars and you have pictures of rock stars on the wall. I think your restaurant would be more cohesive and original if you played rock music. I would come back.

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1.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I found this restaurant incredibly disappointing. The whole experience was less than stellar. My friends and I decided to come here after seeing a lot of advertising on social media.

To begin, the bread they brought out when we first arrived was hard as a rock. It tasted and felt like they had cut it the morning of the day before. Then, our meals were completely BLAND, I've had better hospital food. My friend ordered the Mushroom and Gorgonzola ravioli. It tasted a little like mushrooms, but the gorgonzola was no where to be found, and it felt pretty under cooked. I had the charcuterie board because I wasn't super hungry. Thank God I wasn't because it was terrible. I think they picked up the ingredients from the deli section of a Jewell-Osco. Not exactly the quality inferred by the price. It comes with 2 kinds of stale cheese, and some lunch meat. NO BREAD. I had to ask for some bread, more of the same stale stuff. It was also served with a healthy dose of sarcasm from our server.

He really was the icing on the cake. I hope this was his first day at his first job. He didn't know anything about the menu, had no idea what the house wines were, the menu listed 5 different kinds, for $7 each. When our bill arrived he charged us for completely different wines which were $9+ each after we had to go through a very long process of trying to find out the seasonal $7 each wines before ordering them. $2 isn't a huge deal, but he tried to tell us that the prices change for the seasonal wines. If that is the case DO NOT ADVERTISE the price.

THEN, they charged us 18% gratuity FOR A GROUP OF 3 PEOPLE! The real kicker is we saw him later in the bar upstairs. He sat next to our friend and proceeded to tell OUR FRIEND we were the worst table he has ever had, in great detail. He also told our friend that he had charged us the gratuity in spite.

All in all, I spent $40+ for sarcasm, bad food, and spiteful behavior. DO NOT GO to Rock N' Ravioli.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Very good food. Excellent dining experience.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

It was awkwardly quiet inside at first and by the end the show next door was super loud, but they close the doors to help the noise level. The food was great, service was good. Definitely would go back!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I went there on a day when there wasn't a show, so it was probably quieter than usual. The food was terrific. I had asparagus ravioli and my dining companion had the chicken vesvio ravioli. We also had spinach salad and we spit a cheesecake for dessert. The salad was fresh and had a lot of good add-ins like bacon and blue cheese. The dressing was good. The ravioli was appropriately firm and the fillings were tasty. Cheescake was great. We enjoyed our meal. All of the staff was friendly. I also enjoyed seeing the speakeasy upstairs. The place is furnished beautifully. Very historic looking.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Was so fun! Thanks!!! Loved the secret bar behind the book shelves! Food was FANTASTIC!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was excellent! One of the best meals I’ve eaten in Evanston. Service was outstanding. We ate and then saw The Smithereens in the music venue, which was a great time. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The restaurant is fairly new and some items on the menu weren't available yet. The food was fresh and delicious. There are some creative dishes, but for the price, the portions for the meals we had were on the small side and ala carte. A side salad or soup should be included for the current prices. We'll be coming back to try the Sinatra Sunday family feast which we heard was a great deal with great food! The restaurant decor is very unique and a nice blast from the past.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The food was excellent. I have been at Rock N Ravioli three times. Have ordered, pasta, ravioli, and pizza and they were all good. I felt I was eating in an Italian restaurant in Italy. Service was fantastic. Will be back there soon.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Cute place, nice menu, food was tasty. Can go into either of two different live music spaces also for no cover charge. Will go again.

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

While the food was pretty good when it finally arrived, it took way too long to be served. They claimed the challenge was all guests arriving at the same time and wanting to leave at the same time in order to see the show. However, that seems to me to be the whole purpose of having a restaurant in the same building as the concert venue - once folks are done eating, they head to the concert down the hall, which means they should have the whole process down to a science at this point. Instead, it took about 10 minutes for a drink order, 20 minutes for bruschetta and then another 25 minutes for our main meal - a total of 55 minutes of waiting then eating quickly and then waiting again for our check along with the other patrons. Thankfully the concert did not start on time, so we weren't as late as we thought we'd be. The servers were very friendly and apologetic, and the food was surprisingly good (or maybe we were just super hungry by that point), but we wouldn't go back even if we weren't going to a concert afterwards as we'd still be competing with the concert goers for attention. I think adding a few more servers would help ensure everyone was attended to in a timely matter as to avoid added stress to both the servers and the diners who are all watching the time.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Food and drinks took too long to get to table. Almost late for the concert v

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

In one word....meh. Two out of three entrees went back because they were cold. Lots of apologies but they didn't bother to comp the meal. Manager was apologetic and server was earnest but they didn't do anything to encourage us to come back. Portions small. For ravioli being the signature dish, neither of the ravioli entrees were very impressive. $80 for one class of wine and three entrees and cold food. Better to take advantage of one of the more reliable dining experiences in Evanston.

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Service is very slow

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Nice place for dinner before the show

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The Bread was cold and hard. Too quiet

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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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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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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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great atmosphere, fantastic food with equally good service.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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