The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge

4.7
306 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 306 People Are Saying
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M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LB
1 review
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
8 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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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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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I made reservation three weeks ahead through open table. We were seated by the door where it was cold and drafty and requested another table and were told matter of factly by the hostess there was no other table available. We waited at least 30 minutes before we were acknowledged with water, it took another 30 min to get a drink. Then we waited at least another hour for our food which was lukewarm and my grandsons steak, which was supposed to be MR was well done. We did not dare to send it back and wait another hour. I apologized to my guests the whole evening. The waiter was very apologetic and let us know it was not his fault. It was an overall very unpleasant and bad experience
The occasion was my grandson introducing me to his girlfriend

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R
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was delicious and arrived in a timely matter. It was pretty noisy so it difficult to hear the conversation at times.

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TW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, formal atmosphere, but it isn't stuffy at all. Service is outstanding. The pecan crusted trout is my favorite, and hard to stray from. My husband's filet with peppercorn sauce was cooked perfectly medium but his fries could have been crispier and hotter. The entire staff makes you feel special and we will keep coming back!

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CD
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had prime rib, cooked correct but no flavor, dull. The staff was impeccable as was the ambiance.

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious well prepared food in an upscale environment. Also the occasional dinner show is very good. Keep up the good work!

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JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed in the quality of the food, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is quite pleasing.

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SB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The layers and combination of flavors in the meals I was served was just so pleasing to my palate. The restaurant itself is very beautiful and serene. The Alcove is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

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HS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
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 on October 19, 2018
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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JG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate there for an anniversary dinner...wow is all I can say. This place is a true gem in Mount Vernon if there is one! Perfect food with low noise and good atmosphere. No loud obnoxious patrons talking about "who cares". Just top notch food and a relaxing environment coupled with a fantastic staff. This was the best restaurant experience I have had in 30+ years without a doubt.

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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
7 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
Columbus
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
Columbus
3 reviews
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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OT
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
3 reviews
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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