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The Alcove- Evanston

4.5
4.5
172 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

The Alcove is open for both indoor, patio dinning. Nestled under the tracks at the Davis Metro stop in downtown Evanston, Alcove (formerly Chef's Station) offers the perfect combination of fine Contemporary American Cuisine served in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

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Booked 13 times today
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 172 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North Suburbs

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, quiet ambiance, attentive service.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, nice atmosphere, quiet and friendly staff.

  3. HM

    HeardMD

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meals

  4. JS

    JanS

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Lovely room and (mostly) kind staff. Unfortunately, the service was extremely slow, even though the room was only half full on a Saturday night. A full 55 minutes between ordering the entree and it being served. The flavors of the foods were great. BUT, the tenderloin ordered medium was served raw; and, the duck breast was so overcooked it was hardly edible. Too bad as the sauces and accompaniments were great. We will try it again and hope that the kitchen is better run next time.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was phenomenal. Waiter was not welcoming or friendly for first half of dinner, but was better later. Did not introduce himself or smile. Felt like we were trying way too hard to get a positive reaction. All the waiters seemed stressed. Service was slow to get us our drinks, and then to place appetizer order. But everything we had was absolutely delicious. Would return and recommend.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 19, 2021

    Thank you for sharing your experience with our team. I would like to offer you complementary drinks for two on the house. We hope you do return, and your next visit will be a more embracing experience for you and your guest. Best, Chef Elio

  6. LD

    LiminD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    It's my favorite restaurant in Evanston! It's a hidden gem. The restaurant is under a train track, which I think adds a character to it. It's small but charming. The interior is sleek and comfortable. We ordered 9 dishes including 3 desserts among 4 of us, and everything was delicious! Chef/owner Jose Romero came out to say hi. He is from El Salvador. He is very nice and down-to-earth. We will definitely go back.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 19, 2021

    Thank you, LiminD for the review and dining with us at Alcove. Chef extends his greetings, and as always we look forward to serving you. Have a nice holiday weekend, The Alcove Team

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and atmosphere!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    The food was mediocre at best, the portions are on the smaller side, and the staff is not particularly friendly or responsive. I would not go back.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 19, 2021

    Dear Anonymous, We at Alcove is sad to learn your experience was not pleasant. Please let us know what we can do to make things right. Best, The Alcove Team

  9. S

    Sharona

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As a woman dining alone, I found the place "just right" - enough and not too much attention, good location choice. The food and service were fabulous

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 19, 2021

    Hi Sharona, So excited to hear about your experience. Our team continues to strive to make each visit as pleasant as possible. We look forward to seeing you soon! Happy Holidays, The Alcove Team

  10. H

    Hoodrat

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Shocked to walk into a full house on a weekday evening! Virtually all seats were full of happy people. That meant service was slowed down, but not dramatically, and the noise level was higher than usual. That said, the food was exceptional, as usual, and served by savvy and attentive if rushed staff. Wondering if this was unusual or if the world really has decided to eat out again. One of our top three restaurants.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 19, 2021

    Thank you, Hoodrat for joining us, again! Yes, the bells are ringing for great company, great food, and great memories.. We are thankful for guests' like yourself that join us for all three. Thank you for the review, and we look forward to serving you again. Happy Holidays, The Alcove Team

  11. TH

    TequilaHeaven

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    We are regulars at this place, since the old days when it was Chef's Station. Probably eaten there 25 times over many years. We always love the quiet ambiance and the excellent, if unchanging menu. We were pleasantly surprised by the renovations. But the food has gone downhill. The portions are ridiculously small, especially for the appetizers. Three pieces of Octopus and three small bites of foie gras! The soup was lukewarm. Entrees were ok, but this is definitely not the quality of food we are used to. I wonder if the chef has changed. We won't be back. Very sad to cross Alcove off our list, as fine dining options in Evanston are very limited.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 19, 2021

    Dear TequilaHeaven, Sorry to hear about your experience. We would certainly like to make it up to you and your guest. Please let us know how we can make this right. We are open to meeting your needs, and would hate to see you leave. Though we understand otherwise. We are here to learn how we can improve. Happy Holidays, The Alcove Team

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall3food5service4ambience3

    The food is excellent. The service was perfunctory and ambiance was fine - no music or candles (at least nothing that made an impression). We were there for our anniversary- and noted that in our reservation- but there was no acknowledgement. Cocktail offerings are wanting. Would be nice to see some local distillers/brewers - but the liquor all seemed to be well. We ordered champagne. They brought the wrong one, and it wasn’t chilled.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on November 19, 2021

    First, Happy Anniversary. Our team extends our deepest apologies that this special day was not the best experience as one would look forward to on a special occasion. If you choose to return, it would be our honor to provide you and a guest complimentary cocktails on the house. We are looking into working with local brewers. We have had FEW whiskey cocktails in the past, and looking forward to future collaborations with them again.

  13. M

    Marianne

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    I hate to give service a 2-3 star because I don’t think the incredible slowness of the food preparation was our servers fault. We got there at 7:30 and at 9:30 we still did not have our main courses. We only ordered salad and mains. The food came out ridiculously slow. The food was good but after waiting that long, the food would have had to be spectacular to save the restaurant in my eyes. It was a solid 3 experience and at that price we won’t be back. There are too many other restaurants in that price range that deliver the experience you expect at that price.

  14. DD

    DavidD

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Outstanding food, very well presented, small portions. Service was a bit slow, and a bit disorganized: they brought the wrong food twice, before realizing it belonged to other tables.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food and ambiance were excellent. Service was very good considering staffing issues surrounding covid. All in all it was a very pleasant evening, and we will return!

  16. c

    casualdiner6

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always delicious food at The Alcove. Wonderful combinations and fresh food served beautifully. Service is wonderful - one of our favorite restaurants.

  17. M

    Mona

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This is GO place if you want to have a special memory with your loved ones.

  18. DE

    DavisE

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience2

    The food was excellent but the service was slow and indifferent. They could care less we were spending so much money for small delicious portions. A lot of other places would love and appreciate an expenditure of $180 for three people. Not here.

  19. F

    Forestbar

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Excellent Food. However, if you enter via the train station alcove on Maple, it is a dark area and there were some gang bangers there stoned out of their minds. they approached the car and followed the couple we met, to the restaurant. It seems there is an entrance on the other side and I would suggest using that if you see the wrong crowd in front. Called police and when finished dinner, they were gone but owner says a constant problem. Would not return soon because of that problem

  20. MZ

    MarkZ

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delightful evening. Superb food - everyone loved the walleye! And the rack of lamb was a winner as well. The turtle pie sundae topped off the night.

  21. B

    Bdgr92

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good food, good service, nice room. It’s nice to be in a restaurant where I can hear myself think, let alone my dining companion talk. Oddly, I ordered an Old Fashion that was flavorless, so I can’t vouch for the bar when it comes to mixed drinks.

  22. BS

    BarneyS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The service was pleasant and professional. The food was really excellent. The portions were small for the price point, in my opinion. For example, a halibut entree included an approximately 3 oz. piece of fish for $42.00. To be fait, the dish was accompanies by a few pieces of lobster ravioli and a delicious saffron sauce, so every bite was tasty!

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on October 5, 2021

    Thank you for the review. Our team hopes you come back soon. The Alcove Team

  23. n

    noara

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    A really lovely meal- we loved the renovations from the old Chef's Station space. The mussels were a little dry, and the halibut a touch overcooked (as were the shrimp that came with it), and it's clear that they're a bit understaffed (which might have something to do with the food being a little off center). But my duck was lovely, as was the goat cheese tart, and the wine was really nice as well. It was a nice relaxing evening.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on October 5, 2021

    Hi Noara, Thank you for your review, and sharing your experience with us. As a team, we look forward to serving you again. Thank you, The Alcove Team

  24. RE

    RickE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every dish we ordered was beautifully presented and delicious! Service was impeccable. Alcove is a favorite we return to often!

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on October 5, 2021

    Thank you for joining us, RickE. So happy to hear you were very happy with the presentation, and your meal. We look forward to having you join us again. The Alcove Team

  25. MP

    MarinaP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always - outstanding food, nice ambience. We always go to Alcove for special occasions, it is expensive, but worth every dollar!

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on October 5, 2021

    HI Marina, Our team continues to strive the make each patron's experience special. Thank you for the review. The Alcove Team

  26. DP

    DaphineP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was one of the best overall meals I've had. Every food item from appetizer to entree and dessert was amazing. Getting to the restaurant was a walk through an old viaduct, which made me wonder what it would be like. However once inside, the restaurant's decor was very elegant. Great for a date night or simply to enjoy a great meal.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Was denied entry due to restaurant “lacking staff.”

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great find! My son had the risotto while I enjoyed the halibut! Both were well prepared. Will return the next time we are in Evanston.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    This was our second visit to alcove. I had ordered the hell a bit prior and although the meal was excellent the serving size was 1/3 what I had prior. The wine took forever to be delivered and opened and it’s at room temperature rather than slightly chilled. They clearly need more folks to help in the dining room because they are short staffed. We also we’re celebrating a very special birthday with our close friend and normally you would bring a piece of cake with a candle etc. the server did not listen well. That was disappointing. I do not believe we will be returning to alcove

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    glyph916

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dined on the patio, which is why I described the noise level as moderate. Inside the atmosphere was conversation-friendly. We thought the menu was very nice. The food preparation and service measured up. The Alcove Evanston was the perfect place for our special occasion.

  31. LG

    LoveGoodFood

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the first time my friend and I ate at The Alcove. We ate at Chef's Station before and liked their food. But, we think the food at The Alcove is exceptional. I had a drink before dinner - the German Riesling which tasted very good. We shared the Lamb Meatball appetizer which we thought was the best we've ever had. We shared two entrees - the Rack of Lamb and the Halibut. Both were excellent. For dessert we shared the Peach Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream. This was also really good. We can't forget our server who was very personable and knowledgeable about the menu. Everything was served in a timely fashion. We never felt rushed. We will definitely come back to The Alcove for dinner. This is an excellent restaurant in Evanston. You are missing a great dinner if you don't go to The Alcove.

  32. JB

    JimB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As always, the menu is excellent and the dinner delicious.

  33. JB

    JoanB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I'm so glad that Alcove has survived COVID. I was a big fan of the restaurant when it was Chef's Station. The food continues to be inventive and beautifully presented. I had the halibut in a saffron beurre blanc. It was delicious. My friend raved about her pork tenderloin. The two women who joined me had never been to either Chef's Station or Alcove. They both enjoyed the restaurant immensely, so we'll be returning in a few weeks to celebrate another birthday. I think this is THE best fine dining restaurant in or around Evanston. If you want a setting that is quiet, elegant and visually beautiful, this is the place.

  34. S

    Scott

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A delightful dinner. We enjoyed three different mains, all excellent. Reasonably priced wines.

  35. GL

    GingerLover

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is incredible. Chef obviously utilizes the farm to table concept. Great use of seasonal items. Honestly, every dish was great but two standouts were the Halibut with Maine Lobster Tortellini and the Tuna Tartare with Ginger and scallions. Our table of 6 ordered a wide variety of starters and entrees and every dish was beautiful to look at at perfectly executed. And, if they have the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert, don't miss it. The room is beautiful too. Contemporary, but warm and inviting. Elegant without being fussy. Service is informed and professional. I honestly think this has to be one of the best restaurants in Evanston, if not the best. And rivals anything in Chicago. We can't wait to go again and try every one of the dishes!

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    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service is consistently exceptional at The Alcove. Delicious fish / seafood entrees and fresh salads are my favorite items on the menu. Do not miss this place!!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was excellent! Out door setting was beautiful. The food was superb , from appetizers , entree s and desserts . Bravo!!!!

  38. QT

    QTIPS

    Chicago

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Nice ambiance – indoor/outdoor dining. Quiet, Clean & soft music playing. Good drinks/food/service. We began our meal with our usual cocktails & then shared the Goat Cheese Beet Salad. For our dinner: Both had the Lamb Chops. When were you served a Sorbet to cleanse your palate after waiting for the next course ? They do that here. We enjoyed our dinner, the ambiance & service.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 4, 2021

    Hi QTIPS, Thank you for dining with us. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the ambiance, drinks, and fare. We look forward to serving you again. Thank you, The Alcove Team

  39. s

    syrah

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We've loved this dining gem since it was "Chefs Station". As always, every portion of our meal was outstanding. Although the menu offers a plethora of delicious options, I enjoyed the Tuna Tartare as an appetizer with the Duck for my entree. My husband loved his Heirloom Tomato salad and the Pork Tenderloin entree and all dishes were visually stunning. The service couldn't have been better too! With the newly redesigned interior, this was a dining experience that hit it out of the park for us!

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 4, 2021

    Hi Syrah, Thank you for dining with us for many years. It truly gives us the pleasure to ensure each time you visit, as it is like your first dining with us. We look forward to serving you soon, The Alcove Team

  40. LW

    LaurenW

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great, ambitious menu for Evanston that delivers. Nice service and wine.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 4, 2021

    HI Lauren, Thank you for the 5 stars. The Alcove Team

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The Alcove- Evanston is rated 4.5 stars by 172 OpenTable diners

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for The Alcove- Evanston

1625 Maple Ave Evanston, IL 60201

  • 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

  • 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, 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@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.

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