The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge

4.7
333 reviews
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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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Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the warm greeting as we entered the Alcove to the very capable and helpful wait staff to the beautifully prepared meal, our evening meal was exceptional.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We absolutely enjoyed our evening. I jut wish the menu had more variety so that it could become a go to restaurant for dinner.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time! Dinner before a concert. Server was aware that we needed to be in and out for the show. Excellent steaks, drinks and desserts. Plan 2 hours for whole experience! Beautiful decor. Traveled from Columbus. We also heard about the dinner/play option the restaurant offers, which is located on the second floor, so we will be back.

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Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner on a very busy night. The service was great and the staff very attentive despite how busy it was. We eat here often and the food is always good but this night, impeccable! Please never leave Mt. Vernon, we love this place!

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M
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The alcove restaurant far exceeded my expectations. The food was delicious and well presented. I would certainly go again.

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. We will definitely be back again and again. Our friends from out of town thoroughly enjoyed it!! As did we.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The real reason to experience the Alcove is for the food, which is prepared exquisitely! Best restaurant in a town whose options are limited to fast food and/or mediocre chains. Ambiance is "average;" service relies on persons who seem to be working while in school or holding on to other part-time employment, all of whom appear eager to please and seem competent. Wish the menu contained a bit more variety and/or changed with greater frequency; but the food offered compares favorably with any top-star restaurant nation-wide.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

We had made reservations (for 7:00 PM) because we wanted to impress our out of state friends, who were visiting, with a great dinner. We had a short wait before being seated, which was okay. As we sat down at our table we were greeted by our waitress, who asked if it was a special occasion that we were celebrating. I responded that we had out of town guests and that we were honoring my wife's birthday as well. "Oh, okay. She will get a free dessert", was the reply. We gave our orders prior to 7:25. At 8:50 our food started to arrive. The two baked potatoes, that were ordered, were not warm enough to melt the butter, in fact they were cold. The chicken that came was dry. And, the grilled cheese sandwich that arrived did not have the tomato on it as it had been ordered. Four people, four dinners, not one was up to the standard that we expected from your kitchen.
We were not charged for the tomato-less cheese sandwich and $10.00 was removed for each of the cold baked potatoes. Upon hearing our plight, we were told that along with the reduction of our bill as indicated above, that our desserts would be free of charge as well. When the bill arrived they were not, not even the birthday girl's was free.
Needless to say, we were very embarrassed, and very unhappy with the experience. Impressed?? They were not; we were not. Un-impressed, very!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French onion soup ever, consistently.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food. It was very good. My wife and I were with our Grandson and we were able to visit with him comfortably. We will return

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BL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were put in a closed area for our six and it was great to have my 76th birthday dinner with family. The service was outstanding and my scallops were delicious. Thank you for the friendly atmosphere that wanted to make our evening pleasant. Thank you Amanda for being such a great waitress!

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We have dined at the Alcove often in the past five years since moving to Granville. Last Saturday evening our experience was much below our typical experience. Our waitress was not very welcoming, her service was "short and abrupt." We waited beyond a reasonable time for our meals and my chopped steak was beyond well done when I had requested medium rare. Our party of 4 was disappointed as the Alcove has been our reliable "go to" restaurant for many years.

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DC
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alcove is one of my FAVORITE places to dine. As a host here as well, I can tell you that the staff is top-notch which matches the equally fantastic food! There isn't a thing on the menu that I wouldn't recommend! It's a setting that you would find in NYC, but lucky for us it's nestled on the Main Street of Mt. Vernon, OH. If I could eat here every day I would. They offer lovely seating arrangements from the bar with it's own private "Library" to the signature "Alcove" seating in the middle of the restaurant all the way to the back where 2 large glass "Private Dining Rooms" are located (those signature locations book quickly, so call ahead to reserve them...well all except for the Library, it's first-come, first-serve!). The design is gorgeous. It alone is worth the visit! Take my word for it, you want to make a point to come to The Alcove for lunch or dinner, and who knows, maybe I'll seat you! :)

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The salmon was undercooked to my taste however I am very very picky about sea food being not WELL done. All in all it was fabulous

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was New Years Eve when we dined. Service was great as usual. We both had the scallops with risotto when I have had in the past. They were cooked perfectly but the risotto was undercooked which was disappointing. Otherwise everything was perfect

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KM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

This was my first time at this restaurant. The ambiance is quite nice and upscale. The staff from the hostess to the coat check to the wait staff are all very well trained and provided excellent service. The food was only very average. I ordered a filet mignon medium and it was overdone, much closer to medium well. We had caesar salads which were average in the quality of the lettuce to the taste of the dressing. The dinner rolls were not particularly good and did not taste fresh baked. For $96 before tip for two people with no alcoholic beverages I expect a much higher quality of food. I have had better meals ordering very similar items at your middle of the road chain restaurant. All in all we were disappointed having planned a special New Year's Eve dinner at this restaurant. I realize holidays can be super busy but we dined at a very early 5:15 and the restaurant had many open tables so I don't think that was the issue.

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Cleveland
93 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good find for lunch in an area where there aren’t that many options for excellent, white table cloth restaurants. The service was excellent, restaurant beautiful and fairly busy. A little pricey but they are apparently striving to be the best in the area and probably are succeeding!

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AM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely restaurant for lunch or dinner with very good food.

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DB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Wonderfully prepared food, terrific atmosphere, very friendly staff, Columbus worthy meal without the high prices. We had filet, prime rib, scallops and chicken between four of us for $150.00. Each dish was excellent. You won’t be disappointed.

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful, fun experience celebrating our 40th anniversary. Drinks were excellent and food was awesome. We will consider eating here before driving to Columbus.

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CW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Main dish took a long time to come out, other than that it was good

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal in elegant surroundings - plush booth seats, brocaded walls. The service was attentive without being intrusive. We are looking forward to eating here again.

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PO
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were have our annual Christmas dinner. We decided we wanted to try a different restaurant. We had never been to the Alcove. The food was excellent and we could talk and not feel rushed. I’ve already recommended it to friends.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the most outstanding meal I have had in years. I ordered a French Onion Soup with Alcove salad, Filet and Bakes Potato. My wife had the same except a Caesar salad. We shared apple dumpling and creme brulee dessert. The steak was perfectly done, juicy without drainage on plate. Tender enough to cut with a fork. There was not a single item that was not delicious and perfect with outstanding pleasant and courteous staff.

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BO
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was just okay for us. Not worth the drive from Columbus. The Prime Rib really tasted and looked like it was a precut packaged piece heated up...(not freshly roasted for sure) Waitress never smiled and after we waited some time for cocktails, (and we asked first if carry Southern Comfort) she came back to say you didn't have it. Coffee was gray and horrible even after I got a fresh cup.
Menu did not seem very creative or anything outstanding and no specials?
Too bad because the atmosphere is wonderful. Maybe we'll try the bar and lunch sometime.

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c
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a Christmas celebration with friends. As usual the food was fabulous, service and drinks were great. A fun and relaxing evening. Very slow paced which is what we wanted. Thank you! We love that a lot of the staff remembers us and stops by our table to say hello. Particularly love the Mom and daughter servers. Can never remember their names, but they are so nice.

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SD
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, The food was perfect, our server was totally on top of her game.

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M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prime rib is some of the best I've had!! Consistently amazing!!

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LB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casey was a wonderful server and Rhonda is a wonderful hostess.

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LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From 40 minutes drive. Friends from Marion.

Above expectations!

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Hampshire
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a very nice restaurant

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we enjoyed ourselves. The food was wonderful and the cocktails excellent! Service was on point!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with good friends who had not been there before. They are good, old-fashioned steak and potato lovers. They were not disappointed in their fillets and baked potatoes. Salads were fresh and crisp. Service was excellent despite the server being a novice. Setting is elegant but comfortable. Quiet enough for easy conversation. Really nice restaurant.

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JP
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alcove is a historical downtown Mount Vernon restaurant that combines class and modern convenience with excellent menu options and delightful service.

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TT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. You would never guess you're in Mount Vernon, OH. A fabulous place!

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l
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Alcove is a beautifully decorated restaurant. The servers are well trained and the food is well cooked and attractively presented. I can recommend the scallops and the filet mignon. I love their green beans too! They have something for everyone. My friend was delighted that gluten free rolls and bread are available. Their signature cocktails are creative and refreshing. Well worth the trip for a special occasion or dinner out with friends.

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PS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and a nice place for a more upscale dinner experience close to home!

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate our anniversary. The prime rib was excellent. Will definatly return when I am in the area

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RM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Alcove has really improved since its remodel. The ambiance is very nice, They quality of the food is up. The service has always been friendly, if not always as attentive and subtle as one would prefer. The menu is pretty limited with mostly traditional meat and fish entrees. I usually order the 6 oz. filet which is very tender and well prepared. Still, it has regained its place as the top restaurant in Mount Vernon which it lost twenty five years ago to a strip mall Chinese place.

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g
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner very much, including excellent soups, salads, and entrees. However, the menu on a Tuesday evening was not adventurous or very extensive. We were hosting a cherished visitor from out of state and would have liked a little more offering of local pork. The staff were hospitable and attentive and provided excellent service.

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