The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to Alcove Restaurant & Lounge.

Founded in 1911 as a small ice cream and candy shop in the heart of downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio, The Alcove Restaurant strives to serve the finest in dining experiences in Central Ohio. Using the finest of ingredients, our diverse menus including steak and seafood favorites, delicious salads, and our signature Prime Rib of Beef, you will be sure to find something you enjoy! Join us in our spacious dining room today to Experience Casual Elegance!
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Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time customers. The decor is great and food and service were top notch. We visited for a special occaision and were very pleased. We will be going back.

The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge
Responded a day ago

Thank you David for the wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you again!

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c
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. My husband & I just talked about it again today. (Our dinner there was last sat.) Julie our waitress was informative & attentive. The food was fresh and delicious. We loved the ambiance and how well we were taken care of. Definitely a new favorite restaurant.

The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for the great review! We're grateful to hear that you had a wonderful experience. Please visit us again soon!

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D
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Dan did a great job as waiter,. We shall be back very soon

The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge
Responded 5 days ago

Thank's very much for the great review. We'll let Dan know he did a wonderful job!

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BS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The gnats and flies at our table were most annoying. One landed in pur beer!

The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for leaving us a review Barbara. We're very sorry to hear about your poor experience at our restaurant. We understand how something like this can ruin your evening. Please reach out to one of our managers at (740) 392-3076 so we can do everything we can to help and make this right. Thank you again and have a great rest of your day.

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TC
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem of downtown Mt Vernon Ohio right off the square street parking no problem. Food excellent and service is above par. Larger table and private rooms gives you options.

Highly recommend

The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you very much Tom for your review! We do hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great people and reliably tasty food. Comfortable seating. A fave in central
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b
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It is about what you would expect from a white table cloth restaurant. Only complaint was we asked for a corner booth or table when we made our reservation. When we got there the hostess said there were none available. It was a Monday and not very busy and there were plenty of corner booths and semi private tables available.

I
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

For what seems to be a high end restaurant, the service was lacking. We waited 20 minutes for dessert spoons even after letting another server know they were missing. The food is very good. So if you don't mind so-so service for good food, this is a good place.

ME
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A real treat to revisit one of our family favorites for two generations. The menu is limited and, I suspect, that is on purpose. Next time I will try the steak; it looked good. The barbequed chicken was tasty with a tangy southern flavor.

LM
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous night, ambience, pork chop and Caesar salad. Mt. Vernon is a gorgeous town and The Alcove a real gem.

GL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had the twin fillet, asparagus, and gluten free rolls. Also had the scallops as an appetizer. All very good.

BB
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great evening at The Alcove. They have the best prime rib and the service was outstanding.

A
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party agrees that The Alcove has achieved a level of elegance and service rarely found in a small town. We salute the proprietor for achieving a marvelous eating experience.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very nice, attentive, but very apologetic for the restaurants slow kitchen. A 2 hr dinner experience, even with a dinner reservation....which affected our plans for after dinner. The staff was very friendly, the restaurant was very nice, just too slow on getting our food out to us. Air conditioning could have been turned down too...several people complained.

M
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and food. Service was excellent

h
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Austin, our waiter, did a lovely job. The decor is beautiful. Great improvements.

TB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Mt Vernon for date night. We always go to Wooster our of habit and decided to try something new. I googled the restaurants over there hoping for something different- not a chain. From the immaculately clean environment to the beautiful and classy decor- we were both impressed the minute we walked through the door. The staff was so accommodating and worked excellently under the circumstances of a kitchen that was running behind. We certainly didn’t mind the wait as we ate freshly baked, WARM rolls, our side salads were PHENOMENAL, the cheese fondue is to DIE for and our meals were just otherworldly (my husband had the shrimp linguine, I had the filet mignon with mashed potatoes.) I NEVER finish my food- but I ate every single bite Saturday night. I’ll also add- our server, Bree, was great, so knowledgeable and treated us like royalty even though we weren’t quite dressed to par! (I totally recommend this for a fun and fancy date night!) the prices were excellent for absolutely amazing food! We will definitely make a habit to be back frequently. What a gem of a place!

GP
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been here several times. Always excellent food and service.

LA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit but it won't be our last. A very satisfying meal overall. Dawn, our waitress
had a sense of humor and was an excellent server, attentive but not intrusive.

F
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Quiet enough to easily converse. Service was great, not fast but not slow. Our waitress was very nice and friendly. Food selection is good as was the meal. A little in the pricey side. Some entrees in the $20 abd sine in the $30s. Great place to go for a celebration every now and then.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greeted very warmly. Wonderful servers! Great cocktails and the food was excellent. We had the shrimp cocktail appetizer. Dinners were seared scallops and twin lobster tails. All presentation was beautiful. Highly recommend.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at The Alcove was one of the most wonderful dining experiences we've ever had. Every element, down to the dark blue velour banquettes, was fantastic. Our meals were exceptional and ambience perfect!

AR
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was nearly perfect, as it always is. You cannot go wrong here.

IK
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was lovely, as always. The service was great, ambience wonderful, food was delicious.
No complaints whatsoever. Will return often. Thank you so much for the great improvement to the restaurant.

D
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent (seafood Cobb salad and linguini special) and a glass of Moscato, with an after dinner double espresso. Prices were higher than I thought they should be, especially the double espresso...$8 !!! Service was what one expects at a nice restaurant.

ME
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is so wonderful to have a restaurant of this quality in our little town of 15,000. Everything is perfection -- the food, of course, the wait staff, the decor. An amazing food experience.

JE
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal.

MW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice upscale restaurant in Mt. Vernon. We were looking for a good meal prior to a concert. Easy to find, plenty of street parking. Food and service were great! White wine list could use a boost though, with more and better selections, otherwise we had a lovely evening! Yes, I would go back!

JL
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love to grab a dinner at the bar. Food is great, rod and sterling are witty and mix a great cocktail!
You can keep your eye on sports without being overwhelmed. We wish we lived closer so we could enjoy more often.

K
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so excited, I have recommended The Alcove restaurant to three friends. We honestly had not been there in a couple of years. We had no idea that there had been changes. WOW! Is this place spectacular!
The servers have been trained by Cameron Mitchell staff; the bar is opened up and the decorative detail is very nice. The dining area and private rooms are beautiful. Our meals of filet and seafood salad were fresh, tasty and satisfying. I am so pleased that Mt. Vernon has such a special place.

GC
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We’ve eaten here before and remembering a tasty Pub Burger we returned with friends; however the burger was definitely not the same. We left unhappy, commenting to our waitress that a certain bar-b-q sauce was absent. Too bad.

MB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We often split an entree, really appreciated it being seperatly served on 2 plates. Waitress was excellent. Only area for imprivement would be more frequent water rounds.

BL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Prime rib was good. The scallop special was terrable ( waitress oversold, was too spicy)and not worth $35 .

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service as always, ask for Jen. She is great. Scallops are very good....may be a little pricey for 4 scallops

SS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I made a reservation for our 43 anniversary on Monday evening. We had traveled nearby for a meeting and were a bit early which was of no import, a table was ready and waiting. The food was great, as usual and the server was cognizant of our anniversary. She hovered over us at times trying to do little extras which we appreciated.

This was our second time to enjoy the Alcove and we will return, can't wait!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic wait staff. Bree was exceptional. Highly recommend the shrimp cocktail and lamb chops. Management is hands on and fantastic- props to Karen.

LR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Took over 30 minutes after our salads were finished for our food to arrive. My Wife ordered her ribeye mw and it was mr. My prime rib was more like a slab of prepackaged cooked sirloin. Overseasoned and even salty brined marinated. After sending it back to the kitchen. No manager or chef visited the table
Our anniversary dinner we looked forward to was extremely disappointing. We will never return.

F
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were good. Server was friendly, but not too friendly. We all had different meals and we all loved our food. Each meal was better than the next! The Alcove is gem in north central Ohio.

JE
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an outstanding experience at The Alcove. Our meal was excellent and service was unparalleled. Our server, Casey, did an outstanding job, and was very attentive. We will be back.

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