The Alcove- Evanston

4.7
46 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Alcove - Evanston is now open for outdoor dining!
Nestled under the tracks at the Davis Metro stop in downtown Evanston, The Alcove - Evanston (formerly Chef's Station) offers the perfect combination of fine Contemporary American Cuisine served in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tented area was perfectly warm and the food and staff are fantastic.

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richards
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best restaurant on the Northshore. If crowded service tends to slow down. Menu selection is outstanding and different, most enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

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JackG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The owner/Chef was kind to greet our table. Plates were a little small for the cost. I had an appetizer main course and still was hungry. I'm 6 foot 170 lbs

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening celebrating my wife’s birthday. Outside tent was warm and safe. Decorated nicely. Service and food outstanding. Our first time there. We’ll be back. Too many great items on the menu still to try.

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ChristopherF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional dinning experience.

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vipMaireA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, good wine list. Sadly quiet due to Covid. Very good service.

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StevenO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I live less than 10 minutes away and have enjoyed many Evanston restaurants over the years (Found, Oceanique, Koi, Barcelona Tapas, Stained Glass (R.I.P)), but never heard of The Alcove. Nice outdoor patio and lovely interior. Cuisine is universally inventive and delicious, menu heavy on seafood options; good value for quality/quantity. Only disappointment is below average cocktail and wine selections, but corkage is only $15/bottle.

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ElizabethS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

In times like these I don’t want to write a review unless it is favorable- but open table asked. So honestly I must say I was embarrassed by how badly my family was treated by one of the workers here. We were greeted by a rough tone as we approached the outdoor pergola , having never been to this restaurant before, it looked like an entrance. But we were scolded and told the proper entrance was “around there “ maybe a charming sign would be appropriate if workers are so exasperated The music coming from a small radio on a nearby table was like elevator pop jazz. My fish was raw. My sister’s food was too salty. The service was slow. We were asked if we had been helped yet, and the Server simply walked away after we said no. We really wanted to show our parents a nice place in Evanston. It was very sad.

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DanielA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as was the service. The pork loin was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating outside at the alcove has been a true pleasure during the pandemic. The food is delicious and the outdoor seating makes us feel safe. The staff is very courteous.

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vipNUFAN
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ventured out to enjoy an outside dining experience. Perfect night---great food, beer, and people watching. Enjoyable. Highly recommend and will definitely return.

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vipKatMarie
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection. Everything was delicious! Ordered the froie gras, duck, and salmon. So fresh and balanced. Staff were incredibly attentive. Will certainly go back many more times!

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MarinaP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alcove is always outstanding, the food is supreme, the atmosphere is great, the service is amazing. Never disappoints!

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vipPauletteA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The service is friendly and quietly attentive. The food is fabulous, and beautifully presented. The outdoor seating is perfect. Highly recommend!

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vipEmbryo49
Chicago
490 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! This was an anniversary dinner and we couldn’t have chosen a better place! We were alone inside and felt completely safe and comfortable. The redone Chef’s Station lost none of its elegance and class. Our servers were wonderful and pacing perfect. Our apps were great: my wife’s scallops and my foie gras were excellent; my wife loved her salmon entree and my special lobster/shrimp parpadella were over the top. We finished off sharing a huge turtle sundae that was amazing. It was pricey but well worth the quality and experience. Wine selection were numerous and well priced. What a great night!

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vipdbotchar
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went as it had a good rating on google. We were slightly disappointed. It stayed that it was contemporary American cuisine, but it was more French classic style. This in itself isn’t bad, but presentation lacked and so did taste. And it was overpriced for what you got.

Service was ok, but server didn’t even check the wine list before giving it to us and it was missing 1/2 the book. They didn’t once pour our wine for us. We ordered cocktails and the old fashioned was terrible; they added soda to it and there was no muddled sugar or simple syrup.

I would rate it a 3.5 myself. It wasn’t the worst meal I’ve had, but i won’t be going back. There are too many decent choices in the Chicagoland area.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food customer service & ambience !👍

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vipJoliealacarte
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoors on a summer night!

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vipJayL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a delicious meal there. She had the steak which was cooked perfectly. I had the meatloaf which was as good as any that I have had. We were forced inside by weather and were pleasantly surprised that it has been totally redone and looks great.

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vipColinW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for a birthday celebration. The food surpassed all of our expectations. It was lovely sitting outside, and this place has shot to the top of our list for special events! I can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is absolutely outstanding. Device was slow but we wanted to sit and chill so that did not bother us at all. We had wine, it was a lovely evening and we sat and enjoyed our night. Was wonderful and Id highly recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very nice Anniversary dinner. Food was delicious and we sat outside. There was plenty of room to social distance.
The outdoor seating is right by the train and near a busy intersection but I love the urban vibe.

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vipthebub
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and it's so good to see the meatloaf back on the menu.

Loved seeing the waiters again. Menu is pricey but worth the cost.

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vipElaineE
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Dining outside at the Alcove was a lovely experience. The tables were spaced beautifully, and it felt safe and almost luxurious. (One has to just get used to the noise from the trains as an expected aspect of the ambiance.). Our food was delicious. My only criticism is that the service was extremely slow. We had been seated for a full hour before we were served appetizers. I have experienced this same problem before at the restaurant. It was so atrocious on one Valentine’s Day, that I swore I would never go back. And, sadly, although I asked to hear from the restaurant, they never contacted me.

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CarolynG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, classically prepared menu! We will be back😃

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vipKimberlym
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent from the appetizers to the branzino and grilled lamb loin. The dessert of butterscotch bread pudding with peaches was a great ending. Will definitely recommend to friends.

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vipCindyB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service was fair. Food was delicious.

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ComeOutDancing
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The patio is off the street, quiet, pleasant and shaded. The food is traditional American fare. We were in the mood for a good piece of beef and some veggies. Their tenderloin was terrific - perfectly cooked, tender and served with an onion tart and green beans and a bit of tasty sauce. We ordered sauteed spinach too - not exciting but fresh and healthy.
The sourdough bread surprised us - it is not our favorite bread but these were beautiful slices with a flakey crust. Had to stop ourselves from ordering more.
They offer several wines by the glass: red blend was terrific.
Desserts are yummy and varied - you cannot go wrong there. Coffee was perfect accompaniment.
Service is friendly and certainly not rushed.
We will go back for another celebration. Pricy but a treat for a special occasion.

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vipLorenzo
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Romero's cooking is as fine as you can get in Chicagoland. First-quality ingredients and creative combinations of flavors. Every dish made me want to stand up and applaud. So many good choices on the menu that it's almost impossible to decide. And a good wine list to go along with it. Plus there is patio dining with lots of spacing between tables.

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vippumpkinmuffin
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Alcove looks pretty spiffy inside after some renovation. The food is still outstanding.

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vipDanielC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and pleasant servers, with a great outdoor patio!

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vipgoodrow72
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ACtually it’s quiet most of the time while you are sitting outside in a delightful plaza. Only the occasional Metra train stopping at the train station above you interrupts the silence. Food was great: ceviche, foie gras, grilled octopus appetizers; soft shell crab entree; grand marnier soufflé! Good wine list too. We loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service. The food. The atmosphere was 5 star all the way. Highly recommended.

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vipRJRJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant.
Great food, great service, great ambience.
We have never been dissapointed there.
HIGHLY recommended.

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larry218
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Alcove has an outdoor dining area that is beautifully socially distanced and on a beautiful night there was only one other table in use. The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. The appetizers and salads were as beautiful as they were delicious and were really large portions. The entrees were tasty and attractive too. We finished the meal with a yummy turtle sundae. I was expecting a much larger bill for this beautiful fine dining experience. 2 Glasses of wine, appetizer (Wonderful lamb meatballs), 2 Entrees (Meatloaf and Halibut.....Halibut was better) and dessert was $116 with tax, before tip.

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vippumpkinmuffin
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful, peaceful place with excellent food and service. Don't really come for people watching, but it's truly a gem.

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vipAntonio
London
36 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was exquisitely prepared, beautifully composed, very flavorful. No complaints about that -- but the portion sizes, are you kdding me? I am not looking for a "hearty meal", but really, also not to go home still hungry. The servers were frankly out of practice. I hope they warm up to their jobs as routine reasserts itself.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unusual pairings of flavors was lovely and cooked just right!

JC
JanelC
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We ate on the patio due to Covid restrictions. Attentive waiter and excellent food. The trains came through more often that I anticipated but was only momentarily disruptive. Overall a nice evening.

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The Alcove- Evanston is rated 4.7 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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