The Barn Steakhouse

4.7
902 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 in the winter garden.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 902 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDeniseK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We really enjoyed our dinner under the tent, which was a 50th birthday celebration...the service was phenomenal. Our server, Tom, ensured that we were treated with white gloves, from making sure our Champagne and wine were perfectly chilled, to allowing a tasting of wine before choosing, to recommending dishes, desserts, and digestifs. The cherry on top was the sparklers which were placed on the birthday desserts! Tom went above and beyond to welcome us back to post-pandemic dining, and he made the evening very special indeed...

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vipMJdiner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as a regular.....i am never disappointed. terrific in everyway

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and our meals were amazing. Definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have consistently found The Barn to be a wonderful place to dine. The food, service and ambience are outstanding.

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vipentertainer
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was flawless, food excellent. Steak dishes better than the halibut, which was a bit overcooked but otherwise tasty. A really nice staff, interesting menu. Everyone in our group was happy.

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JamesH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to The Barn and I came with my son-in-law who was visiting. We both enjoyed our visit. The steaks were delicious and we had very good service.

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vipMis1
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday celebration for our dear friend. Wonderful food highlights including little gem salad , liver with onions,dry aged rib steak and scallops. Outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my birthday and had a great experience. The food was wonderful and the staff was very friendly. The night was virtually perfect.

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CathyS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We moved out of state and HAD to go to The Barn when we came in for the weekend. It never disappoints and the food was amazing. SO glad that they survived Covid and are building up their wine list.

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vipJTNS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect chill steakhouse experience. All the deliciousness and attention to detail that you’d expect, with a cool casualness in a hip contemporary space. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the inner patio and loved our meal. We’ll definitely be back.

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vipMichaelP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the mysterious alley location, to the history of the very cool milk barn it's located in, and the impeccable dishes, The Barn is a winner. None of us had a steak at this steakhouse, but all our fish was premium and perfect, the sides and drinks delicious and our dessert out of this world. The caviar sandwich was divine! Super friendly and attentive staff. Just a lovely night out, top notch quality all around. Dinner for 3 was over $400, so not a frequent stop, but overall worth it for that special occasion. Thanks Barn dwellers!

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LorieD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed dining outside on their lovely patio which is bright and lively in contrast to the quiet, dark interior of the restaurant. Nice selection of wines and cocktails and delicious steaks and desserts. Great service.

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vipJayW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Was very disappointed. Chopped sald very mediocre (and small); out of French Onion soup (what????); mushrooms nasty; brussel sprouts very so-so; my steak (NY strip was fine, but nothing special, and no better than I can do in my backyard. One of the other steaks was wrong ribeye instead of strip, and very rare (not medium rare).

Quite pricey; cannot compete with top level steakhouses-- not even close.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was really outstanding. I mentioned it was my boyfriend's birthday and she helped me make it feel special. His steak was amazing, my lobster tail was a little overdone and I'm not sure why I got a half portion for my shrimp pasta but I made the best of it. Beautiful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, the perfect date night atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was absolutely delightful from the very warm greeting we received from the host staff to the young man who cleared! Food was fabulous, but have to say Tom, our waiter, absolutely made the evening for us! He was professional yet engaging and made our evening and our birthday celebration very special! Five stars in every way!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review!!

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vipdisappointed1
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waygu beef!!!!!! So delicious! This trip to the Barn did not disappoint! The steaks were so delicious and perfectly cooked! Love the little gem salad and crab cake appetizer! Was so happy to be back inside the restaurant after covid but they did a splendid job of accommodating patrons outdoors during quarantine. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience. Prix fixe menu for $35 every day from 5-6pm. Best restaurant experience in Evanston. Waiter was excellent and attentive.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on July 8, 2021

WOW! Thank you so much for such a lovely review!! We can't wait to see you again!!

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Suevanston
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice dinner for 2 on friday night- the food was sublime ans the staff very attentive. We ate outside and the temperature was comfortable and pleasant ambiance. I recommend 100%!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on July 8, 2021

Dear Suevanston, Thank you so much!! We are so happy you had a great night out!! We appreciate your support and your recommendation!! Cheers!

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vipLsbg
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent!!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on July 8, 2021

Thank you so much!! We are so happy you enjoyed!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Took 15 minutes for someone to come to our table after being seated. AC was dripping on us from the ceiling.

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JoelS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our anniversary dinner. Staff made us feel special!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on July 1, 2021

Dear JoelS, Thank you so much for celebrating with us!! We are thrilled you had an amazing anniversary!! Cheers!!

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vipGina
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service very slow but great attitude and engagement

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to review!!!

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Eveliscious
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Will definitely come back

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5 star review!

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buddyel
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great steaks and sides! Service was friendly and helpful. The decor is nice, but the brick walls amplify noise, and the lighting was so dim my partner had trouble reading the menu. Good drink selection too.

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AnagaM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific all around! Really enjoyed our meal and we will be back!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on June 22, 2021

Dear AnagaM, Thank you so much!! We are so happy you enjoyed your night out!!!

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vipJamesa
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow, been here before but so good to see fine dining made it through COVID. The ambiance is great we preferred upstairs in a cozy booth overlooking the lower level. Cocktails superb. We enjoyed the caviar sandwich, a must have. Scallops good, not outstanding kind of small but presented well. I couldn’t resist the calves liver, which was prepared as a delicacy. My date had the shrimp spaghetti which sounds plain but full of flavor and spice. We indulged with the lobster tail side which was worth it. The service was ok, very friendly but did not have the experience level fine dining requires, think 18 year olds. Took home the sour cream cheesecake, my bite worth the sugar spike. Definitely coming back!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on June 22, 2021

Dear Jamesa, Thank you so much for joining us! We are so happy you had a great date night! We are so grateful for your support and can't wait to see you again!! -Amy Morton

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vipSundayDiner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love the Barn! Our favorite special occasion restaurant

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on June 22, 2021

Dear SundayDiner, Thank you!!! We love that you love!! We can't wait to be apart of your next special occasion!!

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michaels
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overpriced. Paid $16. for vodka neat. Paid 28.95 for Salmon, no potato or side. Left hungry.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on June 22, 2021

michaels i am so sorry you about feeling we are overpriced. we try desperately to keep our prices down and to be a value for what we sell. it is the first time in almost 5 years that we have had to raise our prices as our cost for goods has skyrocketed. as for a 16$ vodka- that seems ridiculous. can you please tell me what you ordered and if you dont remember if you could tell me the last name of the reservation i can look it up. thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate any occasion!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5 star review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Service was impeccable!

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on June 17, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to review!!! Thrilled you enjoyed!

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vipEllieBelle64
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Actually we were disappointed about our dinner last night. The food was not up to the standard we were used to there. The crabcakes were not lump crab cakes but had filler. The salad with blue cheese that was on special was not very tasty. The same could be said about the shrimp and pasta. My husband’s aged ribeye had a funny taste. Our friends hamburger was raw instead of rare. Our asparagus arrived at the end of the meal. Service was attentive but spotty, we have been to the barn at least 6 times in the past and were always pleased.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on June 17, 2021

sorry u didnt love. made some changes due to avail & sky rocketing prices. not using filler in cc tho the we have changed dish for summer & are using different crab. why didnt u like endive salad? shrimp pasta is also new, replacing the crab spag (crab more than tripled per #) recipe is same, was it the shrimp u didnt care for or dish? re the burger that was our bad. service must be impeccable. i am grateful for your review. please email me at amy@foundkitchen so we can discuss. amy morton

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David
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit since before the pandemic. Quality was as high as ever. The food was delicious and the ambience was great. A wonderful birthday celebration.

The Barn Steakhouse
Responded on June 17, 2021

Dear David, Thank you for coming back in!!! We are so happy you chose to celebrate with us!!! Thank you so much for you support and taking the time to write such lovely words! -Amy Morton

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, our waitress was so hospitable, outgoing and genuine. Food was exceptional. The portable speaker they brought out was a bit loud being close to us. Beautiful setting, I’ll be back for sure.

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pattenja
London
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked a table outside. The outside ambience was pretty good. It was busy which is nice if you like the hum of a crowded room. They’ve done a good job bringing the steakhouse experience outside (chandelier lighting, linen table cloth, attentive service, etc.), but when your table is next to the cars in the parking lot… well, there’s only so much you can do about that.

food was really good. wine list is serviceable.

the inside dining room is amazing. they really did an excellent job there. next time we go we’ll try to sit inside.

highly recommend trying The Barn!

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vipScottS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVE The Barn. It's our go-to restaurant for date nights and special occasions. Last night was our return to maskless dining and they couldn't have made it more comfortable and special for us. Special shout out to Ananda, our server, who was absolutely wonderful.

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Exceptional
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved for our anniversary and the day lace and food were wonderful! Service and server were very accommodating and helpful. Highly recommended

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Regina
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent with excellent steaks and appropriate sides. Menu is focused on traditional items and all look good. Good drink and wine list.
Good service. Outdoor chairs slightly uncomfortable.

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TeamHowell
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. One of our favorites, and love that it's in Evanston. It was nice to get back to in-person and mask free dining!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Barn Steakhouse using the Order Online button. The Barn Steakhouse also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 868-8041.

The Barn Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 902 OpenTable diners.

The Barn Steakhouse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thebarnsteakhouse.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.