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The Barn Steakhouse

4.8
4.8
1156 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 868-8041

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Debbie Gold

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (586) 436-0065

  • Neighborhood

    Evanston

  • Cross street

    Church & Oak - Rear Alley Entrance

  • Parking details

    Two public lots are located within one block of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Davis Purple Line<br />Davis Street Station Metra

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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What 1,156 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • North Suburbs

    Romantic

  • North Suburbs

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  1. JC

    JoelC

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience. I was excited to find a high caliber steakhouse outside of the city. The food was incredible and the service was right on point. I will definitely return.
  2. J

    Jean

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the covered outdoor patio. Server v good. Good delish…crab cake, sweet corn risotto, halibut. Wines v good. Only downside was grasshopper. But carrot cake was a #1
  3. LL

    LindaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly would recommend to anyone. Such great service and food. Great for romantic night or group of friends. Always enjoy my time at The Barn.
  4. DM

    DeborahM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing steaks. Will definitely eat here again!
  5. G

    Great

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 2nd anniversary, and everything was delicious! We were there early enough for the prix fixe option - an amazing value. Both our steaks were perfectly cooked, the sides were great, and our server was wonderful.
  6. MS

    MarshaS

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is lovely. The food was delicious and the service was very good. My only complaint related to the fact that they charged $2.00 extra per drink when ordered "neat". They claim it's because they give you more liquor. If that's the case, then when you order a drink "neat", they should tell you there is an upcharge of $2.00 per drink. Had I not reviewed the bill, I would not have noticed, and probably a lot of people don't. I called them on it and they did remove it.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner, great service and excellent wine. 5 stars

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded 6 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to review!

  8. B

    Blunck

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic steak, best I've had in quite some time. loved the butterball potatoes too

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded 6 days agoDear Blunck, Thank you so much!!! We are so grateful for such a wonderful compliment!

  9. MC

    MargaretC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service. Pricey, but worth the splurge!
  10. SH

    SusanH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    This was a very off night. Have eaten here numerous times, always 5 stars. First: I'd asked for a special birthday dessert (my bad for not indicating it was a surprise). The moment we arrived, the hostess, who appeared to be in training, blurted out, "Whose birthday is it?" rather than take me aside discreetly and ask. Second: Service was strange and spotty. Odd staff handoffs, very long waits, drink orders taken twice by different people, dishes consistently handed to the wrong people, wrong drink orders showing up, etc. I ate less than half my burger and one server offered to package the rest and return. She never came back to the table. After waiting possibly 20 minutes for the server to show up again once he left the bill, I finally accosted another server, who apologized and said they'd make another burger for me to take home (they did). Lastly, they didn't bring anything out for the birthday person! He ordered a dessert on his own, and no one thought to stick a candle or sparkler in it... and I saw sparklers being served to other diners last night. Environment: Strong fishy smells invaded the dining room every several minutes - not the good kind either. Maybe tune up the ventilation? All in all, the food and atmosphere were reliably excellent, and I appreciated the apology about the burger, but the service was disappointing and not at all what I've come to expect from the Barn over the years. At this price point, diners deserve better. I do plan to come back, and wish I could have shared this feedback with them privately, but there is no ability to do that on their webpage.
  11. LP

    LeanneP

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, beverage, dessert and service. A little noisy. Hard to find since it doesn’t face the street as addressed. Definitely recommend.
  12. JR

    JermaineR

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, incredible ambiance, and great food! On par with some of the better steak restaurants in the Chicagoland area.

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on July 26, 2022Dear Jermaine, Thank you so much for such a wonderful compliment!! We are thrilled you enjoyed!!

  13. CM

    CaitlinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at The Barn and we loved all the food! Great service as well.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live local and are super happy with The Barn. The space is super cool, the menu is creative and the service is attentive. Love the food too.
  15. D

    Donna

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A little difficult to find the restaurant because the front entrance is at the Ally not the main street. Definitely try the french onion soup. by far that's the best i had
  16. ET

    EnthusiasticTraveler

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional rhythm to how The Barn's team members worked in tandem tonight. Just the right amount of attention - seemingly always when we were looking up, there was one of the talented team members. Nick, the host/manager - pure delight. Affable and energetic in the smoothest way, plus a warm greeting by the host stand. Our server + his team spoke eloquently and I like their worldliness, for a younger set of professionals - yet also a fresh take on the current informal service vibe.
  17. B

    Banana

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The food was good, but not excellent. It definitely is overpriced.
  18. G

    Gerard

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a great gem in Evanston. It has the ambience and feel of being in Chicago proper, great food, an inviting wine list, and it is topped off with phenomenal staff. The first time I thought maybe it is a fluke, but, no, it really is that good. Cannot praise this restaurant enough - you will not be disappointed.
  19. KD

    KristineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly, efficient service in a cozy atmosphere! We love it!!
  20. R

    Rick

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite dinner spots.
  21. TM

    TimothyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very great time. Great food and better service. Would recommend to all
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for my fiancé’s birthday and it was an amazing choice. We enjoyed all the cocktails we had and they even gave us a sparkling wine toast for his birthday! He had the rib-eye, mushrooms, and French onion soup and I had the risotto and robuchon potatoes. All the food was delicious and service was excellent!
  23. e

    espchicago

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Go for the amazing steak, service and ambiance!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    steak was fair but overcooked ( requested medium and at best medium well) same with other guests at table.. had to ask for bread.. chopped salad also fair at best
  25. JB

    JoeB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were in town visiting family. We went for a night out to celebrate our anniversary. The food, service, and atmosphere were outstanding. We had an excellent experience. This restaurant surpasses many of the fine dining restaurants where we live, Las Vegas.
  26. B

    Brian

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Can’t wait to go back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  28. JB

    JamesB

    Columbus

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service was really attentive but not overbearing. We had a great time.
  29. I

    Irma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak I ever had!! Service was on top! We celebrate my daughter’s birthday and all my family was happy with food and service!
  30. HP

    HilaryP

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It couldn’t have been better. Drinks, food, service — all perfect! The caviar sandwich, dirty martini, wonderful staff… The best!
  31. FB

    FrancieB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything terrific!
  32. PW

    PeterW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was good, table service was good, beverage service was not good.
  33. LW

    LisaW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place. The food was so delicious. The staff was friendly and attentive. It's a gorgeous room and loved the music selection. Can't wait to go back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a new job

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on June 9, 2022Congratulations!! Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate with us!

  35. PB

    PickyButFair

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The food was very disappointing. We ordered bone-in ribeyes, and one of them, was actually inedible. Honestly, it might have gone bad. Oysters were also really bad. They have to do better. I had eaten here pre-pandemic, and I was really impressed. So this was too bad. I don't think I can justify going back. Server was really nice, though.
  36. G

    Gerard

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Prefect meal, great service a real treat.

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on June 9, 2022Thank yo so very much Gerard!!

  37. m

    mmkrestrev

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steaks are always good but for some reason, on June 3, they were more delicious and we each had something different — tenderloin, ribeye, and trimmed NY strip. All delicious.
  38. b

    bobbiem

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great dinner in a fun historical place!

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on June 9, 2022Thank you so much! We are thrilled you had a great night!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding.
  40. JS

    JudithS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was outstanding. However, we did wait a good deal of time for our entrees to be served. Weren't given any explanation as to why.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.8 stars by 1156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Barn Steakhouse

Rear 1016 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Church & Oak - Rear Alley Entrance

  • Neighborhood

    Evanston

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Two public lots are located within one block of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Davis Purple LineDavis Street Station Metra

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Debbie Gold

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (847) 868-8041

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (586) 436-0065

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