The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge

4.7
285 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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(740) 392-3076
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Aaron Abrams
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 285 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.8
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HS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place so much. Our first visit and we fell in love with it. Everything was exquisite. Cant wait to go back!

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m
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Bridget, was amazing! She helped make our experience even better!! The bread was delicious. The twin filets were tough but had a good flavor. The mango sorbet and the apple crisp were excellent. I would definitely return to this restaurant!

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s
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here since 1968! The recent renovation and upgrade was well worth the effort and has vastly improved the place. Food remains excellent, as always, with an updated and more innovative menu as well.

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F
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had had lunch at the Alcove a couple of months ago and decided to drive up from Columbus just to have dinner in this charming restaurant. Lots of menu options and our food was excellent. Took a long time for entrees to arrive, but we didn’t mind the wait. Staff service was excellent.

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MI
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

On the positive side, the decor and ambiance are lovely, It's a nice menu with plenty of different price points and a good mix of meat, seafood, and pasta. Good wine list and some interesting cocktails. They also have a gluten-free menu which was appreciated by the Celiac in our party. It isn't super loud, so you can actually have a conversation over dinner. I can't speak to the other desserts, but the cheesecake was really good. On the negative side, there were several larger parties in the restaurant on the evening we dined here, so perhaps that was slowing the kitchen down, but we did find the service was quite slow. It was at least 30 minutes from the time we were seated until we even got drinks. Then we had to wait quite a while for our meals. The food itself was good, although I found it odd that our salads arrived before our appetizers. My steak was a bit overdone - I'd ordered medium and it was definitely well done, but it was tender and moist, so not a problem. But can I offer a bit of advice to the management? Please cut out the formal scripts your servers have to use. If I'd heard the expression, "My pleasure" one more time I might have screamed out loud. Seriously. It's pretentious and fake. By the end of the evening we were all having a hard time keeping a straight face when the waiter spoke to us. I'd much rather have had pleasant banter and conversation in the server's natural speaking pattern than the formal and obsequious phrasing he had obviously been taught to use.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place for fine food and spirits.... and in Mt Vernon. Beautiful interior fine food and a selection for every persons taste. Hate to say this about this fine restaurant but you cannot beat the burger...LOL and at under 10 bucks....worth the trip.....have spent more then that at BW3 and they only cook the burgers well done. Love this place....

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great working lunch! I had the Cauliflower dish and it was DELISH!! Alcove Salad has always been a favorite of mine too!

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. I highly recommend the Sea Scallops with corn risotto. This dish was so flavorful and aromatic. Definitely will return for future special occasions.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall was relaxing and inviting! This is a great place to take your special person for a great dinner or just a nice quiet drink in the lounge. We went for the quicker less expensive menu option and was thrilled with the quality and craftsmanship of the chef that prepared it!

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DG
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience with friends. Best prime rib my husband has had in a long time!

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TD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a gift card since last year, decided to go. Booked reservation online. We were seated right away. Had good food and great service.

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Z
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Alcove has been recently updated and upgraded with very successful results. Our server, Austin, was excellent. Very attentive and efficient. The new decor is very nice. There is a nice variety of dishes to choose from. My pork chop was excellent. Moist and tender and perfectly cooked. Excellent choice for special occasion dinner. Also good for business meals and entertaining.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality of the prime rib and sea scallops. Salad was very fresh tasting. Over the top service. Not rushed during our dining experience. Pricing is fair for the great value that was received. Restrooms so clean.

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BR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited here 2 times while in the area. Both times food was delicious and service great. Austin was extremely service oriented and very helpful. He was a delight.

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MK
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Alcove in Mount Vernon, OH is a nice asset for this small town. It is a pleasant place to dine, not EAT, and the service is outstanding. The menu is diverse and well presented. If there is a small error on food order,(not error on wait behalf but in kitchen) it is corrected immediately. My visits to the Alcove have been for lunch and dinner - Never disappointed! I fully recommend the Alcove for its ambiance, delightful service and menu items.

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Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We go to the Alcove often. We live in Mount Vernon. On this evening it was the night before my mom left after spending two weeks with us and our dinner was wonderful! We had a great night all around.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, our food was wonderful and the staff very friendly and did and nice job.

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BS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. Great selection. Good kid’s menu.

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NF
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome! Food was great as always.

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LJ
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The food was very tasty and the atmosphere pleasant.

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CC
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and were seated in one of the alcove booths which we had requested. The restaurant was very busy and service was a little slow, but we enjoyed our meals and the vibrant atmosphere. We did ask our server several times for rolls, but never received them. Our dinners and cocktails were delicious. We met a couple, all the way from Dayton seated in the other alcove booth, who were also celebrating their anniversary. Food, drink, atmosphere were all what we had hoped for.

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DH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Had steak and salmon, it was fantastic.

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WF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot in Mount Vernon that offers quality, dependable food in an upscale environment. A very nice treat for our Kenyon College student when we visit!

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AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a surprise to find this great restaurant in Mt. Vernon. Lovely place, wonderful service. We'll be back!

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RJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service

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HZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

. Mostly very attentiveand always polite service. Good food, interesting preparations. Class restaurant in a small town

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alcove is a true treat! Incredible menu - elegant and comfortable setting- great service and nourishing in every sense of the word - the Pecan crusted trout - with brown butter - is beyond amazing. And if your looking for a cocktail that is distinctive and tasty - I recommend the ‘General Washington’ - hand crafted and certain to get your patriotic impulses revved up and ready. Check it out - worth a road trip to this recently revitalized downtown Mt. Vernon destination.

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d
St. Louis
33 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding, dining for six, a quite room, everything was spot on. Dinner with friends of over 50 years. Thanks for a wonderful experience. The remodel and the food are great.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friend reacquainted.

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w
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You get what you pay for. Outstanding dishes, nice atmosphere, great service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and will be going back. Plenty of food and very good.

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Food, service and decor are outstanding. A hidden little gem in Mt Vernon OH.

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ST
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fourth visit and it never disappoints. Excellent service, great food and it’s not the big city prices.

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E
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alcove is always a lovely place to dine! Thank you for the excellent food and service!

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JL
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Alcove. Anytime we can work in a visit we do. This occasion we were driving back from Cleveland. My 16 year old daughter loves the chicken sandwich. My husband tried the General Washington specialty drink and may now be a converted rye drinker. Always a delicious meal.

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BW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor; excellent, friendly staff, high quality, delicious food

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EZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I ate there two nights in a row in late July. Intimate atmosphere in the bar room or at a table. The food was superb and the service was excellent. A very nice addition to Mount Vernon. I live in PA but have family in the area so I will be eating here a few times a year.

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FD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a lovely meal. They took too long to bring out our main course but said sorry with a nice cup of coffee. It was a lovely find. We enjoyed ourselves

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Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent rolls, delicious crisp cracker with the Caesar salad! Nice trout, but the spinach and squash was the standout- delicious!

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TM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations at the Alcove for my Fiancee's Birthday, with request of it being a birthday occasion and asked for a special evening. Neither of us had dined there before and we were extremely pleased from being seated until I paid my bill. The waiter actually had read my special request and wished my Fiancee a Happy Birthday shortly after pouring our table waters. The ambiance is incredible and our meals were exquisite. It was also very nice to see and have a manager ask every patron of how their evening is and ask of our meals and service. It was a incredible dining experience and I know we will be back, because you actually get what you pay for.
Thank you Alcove
Charles Mock

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