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The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge

4.8
4.8
799 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Founded in 1911 as a small ice cream and candy shop in the heart of Downtown Mount Vernon, The Alcove offers the finest dining experience in Central Ohio. Our diverse menu includes steak and seafood favorites as well as our signature Prime Rib of Beef available Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings. Within feet of one-of-a-kind shops, just a block away from The Grand Hotel, across the street from The Woodward Opera House, and a few miles from Kenyon College and the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, our establishment is a great location for gathering with loved ones young, elderly, and in between. Whether you're entertaining or looking to be entertained, The Alcove is the perfect spot for you. | Join us today to experience Casual Elegance. We'll save you a seat. | Reservations and Carry-Out orders may also be made by calling us at 740.392.3076.

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (740) 392-3076

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Jared Driesbach

  • Catering

    Please contact Rae Ann Butcher our Event & Catering Coordinator at 740.392.3076 | rbutcher@alcoverestaurant.com for all of your private event and catering needs!

  • Private party facilities

    Our 2nd floor Garden Room in the front half of our establishment can accommodate 60 guests comfortably, while the Banquet Room in the back half can accommodate up to 100. There is also a private bar and restroom facilities for those spaces to share.

  • Neighborhood

    Columbus

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 799 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. ME

    MelissaE

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ve been wanting to go to the Alcove for years and it was definitely worth the wait! The calamari sauce was amazing, the best truffle risotto I’ve ever had, and the steak melts in your mouth. We tried a few of their signature cocktails and liked every single one! Everything was perfect from the appetizer all the way through to the after dinner Graham port and Expresso Martini. I highly recommend splurging and work your way through every course!!

  2. J

    Joyce

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is excellent. My favorite is the salmon; the Alcove's is perfectly seared and so good I won't order it anywhere else! Ask for Hannah or Dawn for excellent service. We have noticed that the tables that seat 6 in the main dining room are noisier than the booths. (Maybe it was just the night we were there.) The ideal is to ask for one of the private rooms which seat 6 - 8. They are glass enclosed but have doors, their own thermostats and sound systems!

  3. TP

    ThomasP

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time in Mt Vernon and this place is a true gem. Fine dining in an old style themed downtown building. Staff was on par with the best fine dining establishments.

  4. s

    susie

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great. Enjoyed very much Busy Very attentive and helpful staff

  5. KP

    KoryP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I loved the Alcove, the food was great! I had a ribeye that was delicious and cooked perfectly, my friend said he had the best chicken sandwhich he's had in his life, and my dad enjoyed his burger as well as my mom loved her pasta dish. The waitress was super sweet and friendly and I had a great time.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service from beginning to end that lived up to fine dining expectations. Stopped for cocktails at bar before heading to table. Reservation for table was ready ahead of schedule. Service at table was prompt & staff was very knowledgeable about menu. Gave recommendations quickly when asked. Appropriate amount of check backs & table stops.

  7. RT

    RuthT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food is good. Is it over $100 good? No. The ambiance is also good. However we were sat at a table that was facing another table. It was awkward.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was wonderful. Service was A+. Our server Hannah was knowledgeable about the menu, personable, attentive and professional. Wonderful evening.

  9. SH

    SafetH

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience overall. Classic; elevated cocktails; limited wine menu. Awesome service. Look forward to dining again on our next trip to the area.

  10. KL

    KarenL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were visiting the area to visit Schnormeier Gardens and discovered this restaurant. It is one of the best dining experiences that I’ve ever had. The service was superb, the food was sublime.

  11. NG

    NeishaG

    Columbus

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great! Red pepper stuffed was best vegetarian dish I have had! All three of us had it and no one is a vegetarian. So good! Never felt rushed. Dessert of strawberry rose sorbet and hot fudge ball weee both great.

  12. CC

    ChristineC

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice restaurant for special occasion dinners but equally appropriate for lunch. Definitely will be back.

  13. CD

    CautiousDiner

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Alcove restaurant is a gem in downtown Mt Vernon OH. My wife and I had a lovely anniversary meal there on a short trip to the Mt Vernon area. My wife had Cioppino (a kind of seafood stew) and I had a rib eye. Both were delicious and perfectly prepared. Service was fast and attentive. Not a huge menu, but good variety so likely something for everyone. Decent selection of wines. Limited dessert selection but again, good variety. My wife had a lovely cheesecake and I had a chocolate torte; both were yum! Price was reasonable for the quality of the food. Decor is classy and nice, and aside from the immediate area of the bar, the restaurant was quiet enough that quiet conversation was possible. All in all, a great choice for a great meal in Mt Vernon.

  14. MF

    MarkF

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every time we make arrangements to dine here the experience, the service, the congeniality of staff is always excellent.

  15. M

    Momof3

    Columbus

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was great. The chicken sandwich was delicious. The Greek salad had too much banana peppers and vinegar. Our server was attentive and polite. Overall, we had a great time.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hannah was a delightful waitress, she met our needs without being intrusive. The food was well prepared and very tasty, as were our drinks.

  17. LM

    LeighM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about our experience was amazing!! The cocktails were excellent, shrimp cocktail and oysters were fabulous, steaks, sides, and dessert were absolutely amazing!!! Service was fabulous, we had a very attentive server. Honestly one of the best meals we've had in a long time!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were greeted warmly by the hostess and the waitress. Our food and drinks were timely and very very good. The room was decorated beautifully. We live an hr and a half away but we will be back! We have already told our friends they need to go also.

  19. C

    Conk22

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5

    It is one of the most beautiful restaurants I have been to. The bar area is great. I think the food is normally fabulous, too. However, I ordered the hanger steak (my favorite cut) and it was horrible. The sauce it was served in tasted really nasty. I will go back, but will avoid their steak dishes.

  20. CP

    CherieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent service and experience for our anniversary date. The steak a little overcooked from our order but still very good.

  21. B

    Bassethound

    Columbus

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant. Very surprised to find this excellent spot in Mt Vernon. Very nice menu with a lot of beef but several other unique dishes. Steak was perfect and Cioppino was delicious. Service excellent. Attentive and friendly.

  22. LV

    LindaV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So happy that the Gambier Gimlet is back on the drinks menu!

  23. GM

    GMH2503

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Food was good but not great. Service was also good but not great.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation

  25. PM

    PhilipM

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Inaccurate description on scallops. Slow service

  26. MK

    MatthewK

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Alcove is my favorite restaurant within 100 miles of my home. The staff always goes above and beyond to accomodate me because of my food allergens. The service and atmosphere is only rivaled by the amazing selection and quality of the food.

  27. m

    mpmenjoys

    Columbus

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the great restaurants. We are so fortunate to have this establishment located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. This is a great destination location. Worth the money, travel distance. Your mind and stomach will Thank You!

    The Alcove Restaurant & LoungeResponded on May 18, 2022

    Thank you so much! We truly appreciate the kind words!

  28. RP

    RichPam

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great atmosphere and great staff, as usual!

    The Alcove Restaurant & LoungeResponded on May 18, 2022

    Thank you so much! :)

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

    The Alcove Restaurant & LoungeResponded on May 18, 2022

    Thank you for joining us on Mother's Day! We are glad you had a lovely time!

  30. NA

    NikkiA

    Columbus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience4

    We went on Mother’s Day. Big mistake. The server, Britney, meant well, but had multiple large parties she was handling alone, and we got lost in the shuffle. We were there over 2 hours, and took almost an hour from salad to main course. Britney intended to get part of our meal comped, but could not find the manager. We were going to get dessert, then we were going to get dessert to go, but 15 minutes had gone by from Britney dropping off the dessert menus, and we hadn’t seen her. Decided then it was getting ridiculous and to just go, but couldn’t find Britney to check out. Sent my family out to the car, and went up to the host stand to see if someone could find Britney so I could cash out. The manager was lounging on the host stand, but said she could check us out. The manager produced our check, nothing was comped, but I was afraid to open my mouth or I would most likely say something not nice. I get it that it was a busy day and our server had multiple large parties which suck. My criticism is of the manager. If you are going to be absent, at least be absent helping your staff get drinks, bus tables, or doing something useful to expedite service. Ditto for your bussers. I passed 3 standing around with their hands behind their back. Train them to back up your servers more than just showing up with water. Particularly if they are expecting to be tipped out.

  31. B

    Bobcat

    Columbus

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easy to make reservations, took and seated us early. Good wait staff. Good choices (they are taking prime rib off the menu) - Flatiron steak a bit pricey for that cut. They were out of chopped steak. Sides choices are good. Decent wine list, but not outstanding.

    The Alcove Restaurant & LoungeResponded on May 18, 2022

    Thank you for your kindness! Since you have visited, we have adjusted our menu, pricing, wine and cocktail list! You'll have to join us again soon! :)

  32. J

    Jeanix

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We drive 40 miles one way from Columbus to dine at the Alcove, we go there about 6 times a year. Great food, great service, good ambiance and great prices for the quality. Good wine list and good selection by the glass or bottle; good wine prices. Our favorites are filet mignon, pork chop, and salmon. Salads are fresh and crisp. Good desserts, too!

    The Alcove Restaurant & LoungeResponded on May 18, 2022

    What a drive! So glad it was worth your while! We hope you'll come back and join us soon! We can assure you our standards and quality will always be top-notch!

  33. DL

    DavidL

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistent quality in food, service and ambiance not to mention a very good bartender. I would put their French Onion Soup up against any restaurant in Central Ohio.

    The Alcove Restaurant & LoungeResponded on May 18, 2022

    Thank you so much! Our French Onion Soup has always been one to be beat! We're glad it still holds that title! :) We hope you'll join us again soon!

  34. s

    skipsreview

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our evening at The Alcove. Our meals were delicious and the menu selection was perfect. We will be back.

    The Alcove Restaurant & LoungeResponded on May 18, 2022

    Thank you! We can't wait to see you! :)

  35. L

    Luisa

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always feels like a special occasion when we eat out at the Alcove!

    The Alcove Restaurant & LoungeResponded on May 18, 2022

    We love being that special place for you! Thank you! :)

  36. S

    Satisfied

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was outstanding! Entree portions were small for the price but taste was very good.

  37. JG

    JasonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very enjoyable, good food, good ambience and great service. Would return.

  38. a

    artl

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    All good minor oversite on no chicken w the grilled chicken caesar salad.

  39. DD

    DougD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A true restaurant, you don’t feel rushed and feel like your part of the family. Our waitress was the best and took care of our every need. Will recommend this to all our close friends and family.

  40. J

    Jayne

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Alcove was so accommodating for our large party. Food was great service was great! Prices are steep tho

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (740) 392-3076.

The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 799 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 16 times today
Google Map for The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge

116 S Main St Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Columbus

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Jared Driesbach

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (740) 392-3076

  • Catering

    Please contact Rae Ann Butcher our Event & Catering Coordinator at 740.392.3076 | rbutcher@alcoverestaurant.com for all of your private event and catering needs!

  • Private party facilities

    Our 2nd floor Garden Room in the front half of our establishment can accommodate 60 guests comfortably, while the Banquet Room in the back half can accommodate up to 100. There is also a private bar and restroom facilities for those spaces to share.

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