The Barn Steakhouse

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The Barn Steakhouse is a “meat-centric hideaway” housed in a 19th century brick barn hidden away down an alley in the middle of Evanston. A homage to owner Amy Morton’s legendary father, restaurateur Arnie Morton (Morton’s Steakhouse), the menu boasts the finest quality ingredients available including table-side salad service and prime heritage Angus steaks. As The Barn's menu is ever-evolving, the exact menu may be different when you dine.

Featured in the Chicago Tribune and Evanston Now, The Barn is situated in a 19th century building, which was once a horse stable. Its entrance is accessible through the back alleyway for a unique experience. The intimate spot is accessible only through the alley and features soaring ceilings. This eatery also provides seating for up to 80 guests as well as outdoor seating on the winter garden.
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HT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic steaks and the service was top notch. A little hard to find but keep looking you won’t regret it.

TW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Barn is by far our favorite restaurant. Everything about it from the smiling hostess, to the overall service, to the food... you’re in for a real treat.

C
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We have been to The Barn on many occasions and had a delightful meal and service. On our most recent visit the server, Theresa, was not attentive and couldn’t have cared less about our dining experience. She came to the table shortly after we were seated, but long enough that I had ample time to decide on a wine. She quickly approached the table, pointed out that the specials were printed on a card, and asked if we would like a cocktail to get started. I said yes, we will have wine. She abruptly said “well look at the wine menu and I’ll be back”. So we waited a while longer before ordering the wine. Then there was a problem with the food which she seemed hesitant to address. She came to the table after the food was delivered and asked “how is everything”. I told her the first couple of bites for one of our guests were not good. She said “oh, I’m sorry” and left. I’m sure ten minutes or more passed before she returned and asked if the steak had gotten better. I said no. She said she would talk with the manager. A while later she came back and said the filet is NEVER tough, so the plates must have been switch (with a a guest who had a similar looking cut of meet). She offered no resolution. It seemed she wanted someone in our party to fess up that they received a tender steak when they should have receive a gristly one. We all just stared at her. So she offered to talk with her manager again. He came to the table later and reiterated that the filets are NEVER tough, and that the plates must have been switched. He said the steak would be comped, which was appropriate. It wouldn’t have been necessary, however, if the server had simply listened to the initial feedback that the steak wasn’t good and offered to get a new one. She then had an attitude for the remainder of the service, so we left without dessert. Not the experience I expect when you’re laying $48 for a steak.

WC
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Barn always provides a great evening in a lovely space. This visit was further enhanced by outstanding service by the young man who was manning the valet stand on a very cold and snowy night who returned our car to us without a smidge of snow. That attention to detail and the diner's comfort is what makes the Barn such a great place to hang out.

IP
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, as always

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening to send our daughter off to college. Theresa was a great waitress, personable, wonderful but not intrusive. The staff from coat check to hostess (Kim - love her!) to the bar were perfect. Food and cocktails were spectacular.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my 3 teenage kids before my oldest went back to college. They were all blown away by how good the food was. Price of dinner was worth it just to see my son’s face after he ate caviar for the first time and LOVED it!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you so much! So happy you enjoyed your dinner with your family! Love that your son enjoyed the caviar sandwich as much as I do!! Amy Morton Owner/Operator

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you so much!!! So glad you had a great time!! Amy Morton Owner/Operator

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A
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Date night

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you so much Adam!!

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SB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting. Fantastic service. Outstanding food done just right. Split a beet salad and tomahawk steak for our anniversary. Jeff was attentive but not over bearing. Loved it and will be back before our next anniversary.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 10, 2020

Dear Stacey, Thank you for spending your anniversary with us! So happy that your night was special!! Thank you for the review!! Amy Morton Owner/Operator

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k
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent our New Year's Eve dinner at The Barn Steakhouse, our first time there, and it was outstanding. The food was great, wonderful service and the building and interior is really special. The only thing I would recommend it maybe one or two more options on the menu for non-steak eaters. Yes, "Steakhouse" is in the name and I knew what I was getting. My partner loves steak and his was excellent. I had the chicken and it was wonderful. However, I am not a steak person so I there weren't many options for me.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you Kaba! So thrilled you enjoyed your New Years Eve with us. Thank you also for your recommendation, we are always striving to be better and accommodate all of our guests!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

https://Absolutely fantastic.
Reservation on New years Eve honored promptly. Service and foot outstanding. This was our first time at the restaurant and we will be back!/en/

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you so much! Happy New Year! Hope to see you again soon!

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N
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall excellent. While I understand it was NYE our waitress tried to rush us through dinner by saying if didn’t order our dinner with the appetizers she could not guarantee how long it would take to get our order. We tried our luck and it was fine. While I understand the concept you might try a different script like first ask if we are in a hurry.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you Nigel for the 5 star review and recommendation! We will look into this.

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JL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at The Barn is always outstanding. Thank you Amy Morton!! I had the lamb chops which were some of the best that I have had. My wife had a lobster tail which she raved about.

We like to eat upstairs because it is a little quieter. The three booths up there are really nice.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you Jay for your outstanding review! So happy you enjoyed our special!

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J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't be put off by the location, at the intersection of two alleys. The interior exudes charm and warmth. Outstanding cuisine and service.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 10, 2020

Dear Jerseygourmet, Thank you so much for visiting us and taking the time to write a great review! So glad you enjoyed! Amy Morton Owner/Operator

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P
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Terrific Steak. Impeccable service. Great atmosphere.

CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good-food and atmosphere, and service was great.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are so pleased you enjoyed your dinner with us Craig!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love the barn - although 2 Tomahawk steaks were ordered and they were v v rare when parties asked for medium rare. I ordered a filet medium rare - and it was on the rare side. Thinking that maybe a new chef??

L
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent. The steaks were exceptional and the bison pasta was yummy good too!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you so much for dining with us and taking the time to write a review!!!

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GM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Evanston for a steak with business colleagues or friends.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience,great ambiance server was superb

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 3, 2020

Awesome!! Thank you so much!!!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Christmas gathering.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for coming in with your Family!! So happy that your enjoyed your dinner!!

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M
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This restaurant is way overpriced for food that does not warrant the expense. Bar pours were stingy even with a $19.50 price tag. Lump crab spaghetti was not good at all. Steak was decent but it should have been more than decent. Portions were less than substantial. Deserts were average at best. Not worth the calories. Our service was good and I liked the lighting but all in all I would not recommend or return.

v
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Saturday night and the place was full, but the service was still great. The food was excellent. Also the bar has big ice cubes for on the rocks drinks. All round a great evening.

GR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

4th time to the Barn. Food is exceptional. Wait staff ciuls be better for the price point. But all aside still recommend to everyone to go

r
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Beautiful place. Our server was initially very nice but there was a mix up regarding which bottle of wine my friend ordered. He served us a bottle that wound up costing twice as much as the one we thought we had ordered. When we got the check and pointed out to him that that wasn’t the bottle we ordered he just said it was and that he couldn’t do anything about it. We were disappointed in how quickly his attitude changed and that he completely disregarded the possibility that he had made a mistake.

KA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great. Ambiance was great. Drinks were great. Service was not great. Would try and go back and give it another try

HN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My sister was in from San Diego and asked for suggestions of a nice steakhouse to take my wife and I out for an anniversary dinner as well as our kids for recently celebrated birthdays. After a little research, I came up with The Barn in Evanston. We were seated on time and after giving our drink orders, I asked our server if she could take our picture before any appetizers were brought out. She told me she had a couple of tables to take care of but would be back. She didn’t come back until after our entrees were brought out. The steak and fish dishes ordered were good but nothing special. Dessert was suggested and I was looking forward to the Creme Brûlée with raspberry sauce I read about on line. Disappointedly, I was told no Creme Brûlée was available. Our son settled for cheesecake but overall we left less than impressed

d
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our best visit yet! Perfect combination of perfect lighting, conviviality and terrific food. Also loved our patient waiter.

w
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was superb, handling our diverse tastes.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

For what they charge, the service could have been much better. We waited quite a while for a server to come to our table and he seemed in a hurry.

R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been to The Barn several times, usually for a special occasion. The setting is cozy and our meal has always been delicious. Additionally the service is courteous & professional. This most recent experience has only confirmed our opinion. We celebrated my mother's 90th birthday with 10 guests and it was enjoyable from start to finish. We have truly enjoyed our time at The Barn.

K
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We’ve been before, not sure if the chef was having an off night but food was just meh. Seemed like they also had the floor staff stretched a little thin. Not sure if we are going to be returning with so many restaurants to choose from.

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is superb, the ambiance is charming, the service was gracious but too fast want to clear courses.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

AF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food preparation and presentation. Service was exceptional and made the visit a pleasant time. The times we have dined here, we have had tables or booths in the loft area; this is a good space and allowed us to relax more.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you so much! We are thrilled you loved our loft area! So happy you had a relaxing dinner!

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CG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful space! Exceptional service. We will be back!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you so much!!! Cant wait to see you again!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was just delicious. Great place for a birthday celebration. We all loved it.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us!! So happy you had a great time!

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c
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Barn and just moving to Evanston a week ago, tonight will be my 3rd time going!! my only critique is the wine and liquor pours are very small.. the glasses are dainty for a martini and bourbon and it is much less liquor than most places as well as the wine pour.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on November 22, 2019

Welcome to Evanston!! Thank you for your review! We will be looking into your recommendation.

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