The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge

4.8
380 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good but not good enough for the price value and the waitress serving us was very rude and not friendly or hospitable at all.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience in Mt Vernon or for any town for that matter. Top notch!! Go if you can. Our server Drew was great as well.

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KT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience this past weekend at the Alcove was spectacular. On a very busy weekend they went above and beyond accommodating our party of 8 people. I can't say enough. The food was terrific all around. The Scallops were perfect. Delicious Ribeye as well. Good vegetarian option as well.
A special shout out about their wine list. Some great options there and priced very reasonably. I gladly order a bottle of The Prisoner and the Far Niente Chardonnay.
Thank you to everyone at the Alcove!

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1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Alcove on Monday, May 13th. It began with being late for a reserved time but being a Monday, and calling to let the staff know we were running late due to a meeting going over the allotted time we salvaged that part.

We arrived, our first time there, and entered, were seated and the fun began. Our waiter, Austin, was gracious, knowledgeable and efficient. He met each request quickly and exactly. We had some menu questions which he educated us on and we ordered.

The salad was crisp and my wife's fillets were cooked as she likes, the flavor was excellent. Not too much seasoning, just right. My scallops were plump and juicy. Next time I'm going to try a fillet as advised by my wife. Just enough food was served, too much for us to consider a desert. Austin asked if we would like to see the dessert menu so we would learn about the options available and then he answered question's about several items which sound mouth-watering, maybe next time.

We had a wonderful time for this special occasion. I surprised my wife with the reservation as we had a business meeting in a neighboring town and she had asked me about places to have dinner after the meeting. I didn't inform her of our reservation until I had to call to reset them. She was as delighted to have the pressure of decision making taken away and being served to this treat, a sort of date for a 43 year married couple.

The Alcove was a very special treat. Their menu has something for everyone. Our return is assured.

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HS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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S
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at the Alcove on Mother’s Day. We had the special which was a 6 oz. filet wrapped in apple smoked bacon with roasted fingerling potatoes and the house salad. We also had the shrimp cocktail to begin the meal. The food, atmosphere, and service were wonderful. We have enjoyed all of our dining experiences at The Alcove.

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Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got married at the Alcove 6 years ago this very night so we figured we'd come back to where it all started. We were not disappointed. Everyone was so sweet to wish us well and took great care of us. The ladies at the reception desk were fun to chat with and you could tell they took pride in all the work that has been done to the Alcove recently to really make it a destination. Casey was a very attentive waitress and had such a kind demeanor about her. She even took the time to leave us with a congratulatory note...a really nice touch. The drinks were perfect, the food was delicious and we were treated to a complimentary dessert of our choosing. So glad we came back!

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HK
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to the Alcove was PHENOMENAL. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the scallops were to die for! The drinks were perfectly prepared and the dessert (apple crisp) was outstanding.
Casey was our server— if I could request her at every visit, I would. She was so kind and professional. Everyone was fantastic. We would HIGHLY recommend a visit!!

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner. It was during the last weekend of school so it was busy but they accommodated us last minute and it was a great meal.

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JD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alcove is an excellent dining experience. The service was timely and polite. The quality of the food was excellent and the steaks were prepared as requested.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent experience.

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RB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

It was prom night or something, for an upscale restaurant it was very loud and the service wasn't good.

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MA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner out with our son at Kenyon. Great food friendly service.

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BV
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellant as usual. We will be returning soon. Thank you to their staff for making our special occasion one to remember.

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A
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mae was our server and has served us in the past. She is very friendly, professional and efficient. Thanks, Mae!
Also, we have never had a bad meal at The Alcove. The food is excellent! Always well-prepared. Kudos to the kitchen staff!

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M
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal in pleasant surroundings.

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JC
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my third visit to the Alcove for a Saturday night dinner. Each time I have had a different dish and they have all be excellent including seafood twice and pork chop. Wine list seemed fine - ordered glasses off the menu and were mid range. Prices were very competitive.
Will continue to patronize this restaurant even though it is more than an hour's drive.

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SB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alcove is a true gem in a small town. We drove 1.5 hours to meet our niece, who was staying near Mt. Vernon. The hostess greeted us pleasantly, and sat us at a requested area that was a little more private so we could visit and talk without bothering others, since we’d not seen our niece in several years. Wonderful classic ambiance. The waitress was attentive without being obtrusive. Hubby ordered a Manhattan, which he said was delicious. I had wine, my niece had beer. The waitress explained the special of the day, then left us alone to talk for a few minutes before coming back to take our order.

Shrimp cocktail and lobster cocktail were ordered for appetizer. Both were delicious. I would suggest offering a seafood pick or small fork for the lobster cocktail - we had a hard time getting it out of the shell with a regular fork. We all ordered the prime rib, 12 and 16 oz, and the reviews I’d read of the prime rib were spot on. It was melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and seemed bigger than 12 and 16 oz! Hot and cooked exactly as we ordered. Hubby loved the au jus, and the horseradish sauce was wonderfully thick and not too spicy. My green beans were perfect - tender crisp, and hubby’s asparagus was cooked perfectly. Their house salad was cold and delicious, especially their house dressing. They need to bottle that dressing. The rolls were hot and soft, and the butter was soft, too. No tearing up the roll with cold, hard butter.

We split the apple cobbler for dessert, and it was hot and sweet and scrumptious. I had coffee after dinner, which was brought in a little pot and stayed hot through the three cups I had.

Our waitress would walk by and keep an eye on us, but was never intrusive or constantly asking if we needed anything. She just seemed to know when we needed her. Every dish was brought in a timely manner, and dishes cleared quickly when we were done. But not once did we ever feel rushed. Don’t pass this place up!

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DL
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always have great specials. Everything cooked perfectly and the service is excellent. The ambiance is unsurpassed even in the finest restaurants. This is a real gem in this little gem of a town.

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MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rhonda, as always, was a wonderful Hostess; personable and friendly. Our Server Casey was extremely efficient, attentive and helpful throughout our lunch experience.

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fantastic place! The atmosphere, service and food are exceptional! We have been recommending to everyone we know and will definitely be back soon!

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GM
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food, service and ambience is very nice. I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends and acquaintances.

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F
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Alcove! Food always wonderful. Service excellent! Mount Vernon so blessed to have this great restaraunt!

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m
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant you’ll sure to enjoy. Very reasonable wine list with a nice selection.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy the atmosphere & the staff is super friendly!

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Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We've been to the Alcove a few times since their reopening and have enjoyed our food and experience. This time, there was a large group of college kids who felt it necessary to ruin the experience of all those around them but being loud and using pretty extreme vulgarity and profanity. They're young so may have confused what is designed to be fine dining with a bar. Not sure, but we did ask to be moved and was accommodated almost immediately, even with it being a busy Saturday evening. The staff was apologetic and very understanding and we appreciated their quick reaction. The good was delicious as we have come to expect and the cocktails were perfect as well...we had to order another. For the cost, we were disappointed in the very lacking charcuterie board for the price. The presentation was beautiful but you cant eat creativity. Maybe add some olives and an additional salami or dried meat. The board was overwhelming the minute portion size. Otherwise, we will be back for sure.

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DA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was expensive and poorly prepared. The bar was too loud to eat in. We’ve been there twice and it was a poor experience both times. We will never go back.

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RO
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Everyone in our party had different menu items and we were all very pleased with our meals. From the beginning to the end, we loved everything!

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OT
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful classic restaurant within walking distance of the Grand Hotel. To begin, my husband and I both enjoyed the French Onion soup. It was just as delicious as you would expect. I got the special which was coconut scallops with couscous which came with a side salad. The house vinaigrette was perfect. The entree presentation was beautiful with a drizzle of a hot sauce on the plate that you could dip the scallops in, or not, however you prefer. The scallops were done perfectly. I loved the coconut preparation. My husband had the pecan crusted trout. The fish was nice and flaky and the accompanying sauce was to die for. Definitely a dish he would order again. We ended our meal by sharing the blood orange creme brûlée. Nice flavor and just the right amount of sweetness to end the meal. All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a special eating experience that will not be rushed. Great service! The wait staff was very attentive.

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JL
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I popped into the bar for a quick meal. Had an excellent time!

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LB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 4 of us ladies, and we enjoyed every bite. They make the best grilled salmon there. We splurged and had dessert. The apple crisp and sorbet are wonderful! It is nice they served gluten-free rolls to 2 of our ladies who needed them.

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L
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the atmosphere, service, menu. The drink selection is wonderful. It's always one of our favorite places to eat when we are in town.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove over an hour to eat here for Birthday outing with another couple. Service was excellent from start to finish. It is nice, though unusual, to see wait staff helping each other out. Our water glasses were kept full and dirty dishes removed quickly the entire time. All of our apps, entrees and desserts were excellent. It is a beautiful venue. Very clean and nicely decorated. We would definitely return.

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RH
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Our fondue appetizer was great. The wait staff was very good about keeping water glasses filled. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. We were seated at a round table almost in the path of wait staff delivering dishes from the kitchen and customers going to the restrooms. Our food was mostly good. The biggest disappointment was waiting for our entrees. Our meals didn't arrive at our table until 30 minutes after our salads. It was too long to wait. We will most likely return but no time soon.

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m
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Restaurant

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MF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent in following up on the orders while making sure our drinks were topped off. Overall, an excellent experience.

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LB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this Little Gem - 2nd time me and my husband have drove from Columbus to dine here and it did not disappoint - Great value for money better than any Columbus high end steak house where you would have to double the bill!

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alcove is such a relaxing atmosphere, especially since the waitresses are so considerate and attentive to what you may need and give you time according to what amount of time people at the table are taking with their order choices. The food is served at a good temperature, well presented, great choices and sauces too. Thank you for a consistent, dependable meal.

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k
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food great service and the restaurant is beautiful

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BB
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is truly a great restaurant for any occasion.

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