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The Alcove- Evanston

4.7
4.7
324 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Chef Elio Romero curates an inventive American-inspired experience at the Alcove Evanston, tucked under the Metra’s Davis Street stop. Taking cues from seasonal produce availability, the Alcove’s menu is always evolving to guarantee freshness—check back often to stay updated on the restaurant’s culinary offerings. ****Please view our menu on our website for the most updated items. Menus across other platforms are not always 100% up-to-date, as our dishes change with the seasonality of their ingredients. Thank you!****

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, French, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 570-9821

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Elio Romero

  • Catering

    Full on-site catering available. Please give us a call or email us at alcoveevanston@gmail.com for details about private party pricing and menus. The Chef is happy to work with any requests to make your party a success and evening to remember.

  • Private party facilities

    Please give us a call or email us at alcoveevanston@gmail.com for details about private party pricing and menus. The Chef is happy to work with any requests to make your party a success and evening to remember.

  • Private party contact

    General Manager: (847) 570-9821

  • Neighborhood

    Evanston

  • Cross street

    Maple and Davis (South entrance off Davis. West entrance on Maple)

  • Parking details

    There is street parking available and a number of parking lots / garages nearby. The closest parking lot is located just across the street from our Maple street Entrance. Free street parking on Sunday.

  • Public transit

    Metra Davis Street Stop <br /> <br />CTA Purple Line Davis Street Stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 324 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Innovative

  • North Suburbs

    Innovative

  • North Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

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  1. SR

    SusanR

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely place. Great food but rich…..wine not cold but easily remedied
  2. C

    Chicagofoodie

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Alcove is in a beautiful room, and features delicious food and excellent service.
  3. JK

    JudyK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food; great service; conversation friendly!!
  4. N

    mitchN

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!!

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 29, 2022Mitch, so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for leaving a review!

  5. FC

    FrederickC

    Naples

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was delicious. The service was adequate. I understand the waiters can only deliver what the kitchen produces, particularly if the the waiters are short staffed.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 29, 2022Hi Frederick, thanks for taking the time to leave a review—and for your empathy. We're delighted to hear that your meal hit the mark!

  6. e

    eliotjp72

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alcove is always fabulous. A tad pricey but the food is excellent. We always have the octopus appetizer which is great. For entrées we had the lamb and the risotto. For dessert we had the caramel apple bread pudding. Highly recommend all of the above.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 20, 2022Hi Eliot, Thanks so much for visiting us and for taking the time to leave a review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your food—hope to see you again soon!

  7. k

    karenf

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food was very good but came out a little cold. They were understaffed for sure. Also, the prices are higher than expected…. But again.. good quality. Everything was delicious, especially the bread pudding!!

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 20, 2022Hi Karen, Thanks for visiting us last Wednesday—we're sorry to hear your food came out a bit cold, and will pass that info on to our wait staff. Very happy to read that you enjoyed the meal overall! Best wishes!

  8. o

    opentablediner354

    Chicago

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time here, and we were blown away by the food. Really high quality execution and ingredients. Service was top notch. We would definitely make a point to return to The Alcove the next time we are in Evanston.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 14, 2022Hi there, thank you so much for the kind review! We love hearing that you enjoyed your experience—looking forward to seeing you next time!

  9. Z

    Zully

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made this reservation to celebrate my mother's 85th birthday and I could not have chosen a better place the food was outstanding the ambience was quiet and elegant we were extremely happy with our server Mike who I felt treated us like family a wonderful restaurant and enjoyable and not forgettable experience I look forward to our next dining

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 14, 2022Hi Zully, happy belated birthday to your mother! We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience, and we'll be sure to share your kind words with Mike! Best wishes

  10. m

    marym

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Food is excellent, as is the service. We were with another couple and we all agreed. A gem.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 3, 2022Hi there, thank you so much for visiting the Alcove—and for this kind review! We're delighted to hear that your party enjoyed the evening.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We got really great service. Our server was happy to answer questions about the menu with detail and personality! The menu is somewhat limited but curated, definitely no "duds" or filler items.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 3, 2022Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're so happy to hear that your experience with your server was positive & that you appreciated our small menu. We hope to see you back soon!

  12. K

    Kathy

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints ! If you try this restaurant, I think it will become a favorite for you ! Menu items are out of the ordinary and always wonderful.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 3, 2022Hi Kathy, thank you for this lovely review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you back soon!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good place for dinner. the entrance to the restaurant is not very good, right next to the subway.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on October 11, 2022Hi there, we are so glad you enjoyed your dinner! So sorry you disliked the entrance—we think it's part of what makes us special (we are the Alcove, after all!). Best wishes!

  14. AJ

    AntonioJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent choice for parents visiting NU students or or for northshore residents or worth the trip from Chicago. Best restaurant in the north suburbs.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 3, 2022Hi Antonio, thank you for this kind review! We're so glad you enjoyed your evening.

  15. EG

    EllenG

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It was quiet and tables were spaced nicely. They were out of the whitefish but had salmon. Unfortunately it was seared and when I asked it to be cooked more, they put it in a different dish and seems the same very pink inside. Desserts were wonderful.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on October 11, 2022Hi Ellen, Really happy to hear you liked our desserts! So sorry we were out of whitefish—since our ingredients are so fresh, it's often difficult to maintain much stock. Hope to see you again soon!

  16. S

    Sophia

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional meal! Wonderful, gracious, friendly service and ambience. The food is outstanding. This lovely restaurant is tucked away in a charming unassuming location and is elegant, comfortable, and inviting all at once. The menu is creative and offers a diverse range of options without being overwhelming. They brought a homemade green apple sorbet refresher that was delicious. Everything was delicious and looked beautiful. This is clearly a restaurant with a talented chef at the helm. One could have a nice comfortable meal or make it a special occasion. What a gem this place is!

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on October 11, 2022Hi Sophia, Thank you so much for your detailed and kind review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Alcove's atmosphere and meal offerings. We have passed on your compliments to the chef, and hope to see you again soon!

  17. e

    ellen

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    What a lovely surprise1 No idea this existed -- it's so hidden. Quite a little gem. Sat at a great table truly in "the alcove" which was charming and proved good for talking with our group of 5. Presentations were all nice and food was good, though the "warm flourless chocolate cake" should be called a lava cake (though ours was more lava then cake, it was tasty). Service was a little slow but we didn't mind much since we wanted to talk and enjoy a leisurely meal.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on October 11, 2022Hi Ellen, Thank you for visiting us! We are delighted to see that you enjoyed your table and the meal as a whole. Hope to see you back soon!

  18. M

    Marcello

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizer: Quail. Entres: Swordfish and duck. Food and service were excellent. Wine list very good. Sat outside. Will return.
  19. R

    Rick628

    Chicago

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great menu. Good service. Kinda pricey.
  20. DK

    DanielK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food not bad but a little disappointing, especially given the prices. Outdoor-table ambience nice but a bit noisy when trains came through (since it was a Sunday evening, this only happened twice during our long dinner).

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 8, 2022Hi Daniel, we're sorry to hear you found your meal disappointing--like most other restaurants, we are dealing with growing supply/ingredient prices, and have had to raise our menu prices accordingly to stay afloat. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

  21. PS

    PhilipS

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is the second time in the last three months we dined at Alcove. The first time was fantastic. This time I wasn’t very impressed. Three of us had fish(halibut and whitefish). The fish was boring in flavor, presentation was pretty. Lamb chops were good and fillet was good. For appetizers we tried the Goat cheese tart, which was average and fois gras was good but the portion was really small. Dessert was okay, tried butterscotch and peach bread pudding which was fair and chocolate flourless cake was okay, but again the portion was so small it was insulting. Wine by the glass extremely expensive ($22) and the pour was very skimpy.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 8, 2022Hi Philip, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We are sorry to hear that your second visit didn't live up to your expectations. Our portions have remained the same throughout this inflationary period (the last six months), and many guests find that the size of the chocolate cake is more than enough to satisfy them due to how rich it is. Further, all of our wine pours are measured to be a standard at the bar pour prior to serving. We will pass on your feedback to the chef. Thank you!

  22. TK

    TinaK

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an outstanding meal with a cozy atmosphere at Alcove. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. It's a great place for a special occasion!
  23. J

    Januaryj

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alcove is an outstanding restaurant, especially for those who enjoy gourmet dining. We were a party of four and ordered the salmon, lamb chops (2) and pork chop. Everyone was more than pleased with their dinner. Dining at Alcove is always remarkable and service is great as well. We are looking forward to enjoying more "Al Fresco" dining there before the weather changes.
  24. s

    steve

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is really a hidden gem in Evanston. Tucked away as it is it seems like it's not very widely known. And that's too bad. The food is excellent. It's one of the few fine dining options left in town and it does a fine job in that realm. The bar produces some great cocktails, too. Maybe when the movie theater up the road opens back up more people will learn about it. I highly recommend it.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 8, 2022Hi Steve, thanks so much for taking time to leave us a review! We're so delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you back soon!

  25. w

    wrom

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Cocktails disappointing since it appears waitstaff makes the cocktails and didn’t know some classics when nothing on the featured drinks menu appealed. >>>Most food courses near perfect, well presented and very tasty. Waitstaff tried valiantly but one was there only 3 months and another was new, so under preformed at times, but diligent tho possibly short staffed contributed to some minor lapse’s. Decor seemed a bit dated and could use a refresh. Bottom line, would go back since the food was nearly a “five “

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 8, 2022Hi there, we're sorry to hear that there was a problem with cocktail knowledge and will pass that info along to our staff. Like you mentioned, we have new servers and are still short-staffed due to the national labor shortage. Glad to hear you enjoyed your food, though! Thanks for giving us a try, and we hope you'll give us another chance soon.

  26. B

    Bp562hs

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Foie gras and duck were cooked perfectly. We enjoyed every bite. Were pleasantly surprised by the delicate taste of fruit tart. Amazing experience!
  27. E

    Embryo49

    Chicago

    538 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    538 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant dining room, professional and attentive staff, wonderful food; and pricey but worth it for a special dinner. Located under the El, The Alcove location is unique. It was previously Chef’s Station! Our apps of beet salad and tuna tartare were a great start. For entree, one of us had the skate wing special: a unique tasty. preparation. The others had halibut, prepared perfectly with a delicious sauce and vegetable accompaniments. Nice selection of expensive wines, too! But a terrific experience!
  28. JS

    JulieS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    beautifully plated, delicious food, with wonderful service. The atmosphere is a little subdued, and would love to see younger diners in there. a wonderfully kept secret! would definitely recommend.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 24, 2022Hi Julie, thanks so much for your kind review. We hope to see you back again soon!

  29. BP

    BarbaraP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Only issue was that the service was slow. Our server Mike was outstanding and helpful, but they were short of staff and very busy so mike was in strong demand

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 24, 2022Hi Barbara, we're so glad you enjoyed your meal, and we'll let Mike know of your compliments! We are indeed a bit short staffed, so we appreciate your empathy. Hope to see you back soon!

  30. W

    Walleye

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was a little rushed at the beginning, but more than made up for by the service, food and reasonable noise level.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 24, 2022Hi there, thanks so much for letting us know! We're glad you enjoyed your meal.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was very good. I just felt it was a little too pricey.
  32. DK

    DebraK

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    All the food we had was delicious, although not inexpensive. As others have mentioned, the service was terrible. Once we ordered the food came in a reasonable amount of time, but it took about 30 minutes for the waiter to arrive to take our order. We also got tired of waiting for our check at the end of the evening and decided to go indoors (we were dining outside) to request our check. The waiter was very pleasant, just disappeared for long periods of time.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 16, 2022Hi Debra, thank you for giving us a try! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal, and we appreciate your feedback on the service you received. We're very sorry that you had to wait for so long—we have shared your review with our management to help our staff improve. We hope to see you back at the Alcove soon.

  33. c

    chifoodie

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great anniversary meal and cocktails. My husband’s Manhattan was seriously the best I’ve ever tasted, and i loved my Empress and the Framboise. Corn soup, beef tenderloin, and quail were all excellent as was the creme brulee. Also loved the bread and butter but I think it should be brought as a matter of course and that you shouldn’t have to ask for it, or ask for more.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 16, 2022Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind review—our bartender was thrilled to hear you enjoyed his custom cocktails! We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback and will report your opinion on the bread & butter to our management. Hope to see you again soon!

  34. TM

    TheMadYanks

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time at this fascinating location. The wine list has been purged of many of the more expensive items since pre-Covid, but it was easy to find a wonderful bottle. Both the octopus & pear salad openers were well done. The king salmon special (baby vegs & lobster tortolini) was perfection, and goat cheesecake! The (incredibly young) staff was more than professional: expertly attentive. I will return.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 16, 2022Hi! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our wine list, and you are absolutely correct—it has been redone very recently. Thank you for your feedback, and cheers!

  35. BL

    BdayLunch

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alcove was a perfect dinner for two experience - Excellent service and Delicious food and drinks!
  36. g

    goodrow72

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The quality of the food and service at Alcove continues to be great. The quail, grilled octopus and tuna tartare appetizers received rave reviews from our group. My branzino entree was superb, with crispy skin and excellent flavor. And the grand marnier soufflé was to die for!
  37. b

    bliss

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! The Fois Gras and quail appetizer’s were top notch compliments to the chef 😋 fun spot under the L definitely a favorite!
  38. V

    Visitor

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks were very good. I would recommend it for a quiet dinner, not one where you're looking for liveliness or ambiance.
  39. DW

    DirkW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening to dine al fresco and this was a wonderful place to do just that.
  40. ML

    MargaretL

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful restaurant - great food, quiet and a pleasure to be in.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Alcove- Evanston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 570-9821.

The Alcove- Evanston is rated 4.7 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for The Alcove- Evanston

1625 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Maple and Davis (South entrance off Davis. West entrance on Maple)

  • Neighborhood

    Evanston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, French, French American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is street parking available and a number of parking lots / garages nearby. The closest parking lot is located just across the street from our Maple street Entrance. Free street parking on Sunday.

  • Public transit

    Metra Davis Street Stop CTA Purple Line Davis Street Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Elio Romero

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (847) 570-9821

  • Catering

    Full on-site catering available. Please give us a call or email us at alcoveevanston&#64;gmail.com for details about private party pricing and menus. The Chef is happy to work with any requests to make your party a success and evening to remember.

  • Private party facilities

    Please give us a call or email us at alcoveevanston@gmail.com for details about private party pricing and menus. The Chef is happy to work with any requests to make your party a success and evening to remember.

  • Private party contact

    General Manager: (847) 570-9821

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