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The Barn Steakhouse

4.8
4.8
1186 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 30 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 1,186 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • North Suburbs

    Romantic

  • North Suburbs

    Special Occasion

  • North Suburbs

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  1. t

    tomk

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and atmosphere were amazing!
  2. DG

    DavidG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really perfect, except very expensive High quality,however
  3. DT

    DavidT

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food service and wine/cocktails. Always one of my favorite restaurants to visit
  4. VK

    VladK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best steakhouses in Chicagoland area! Absolutely recommend it!
  5. P

    Petra

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My steak was cold and my cocktail could have been a lot better.
  6. CA

    CATHYJ

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal with great service. We sat outside and loved the enclosed garden area. The tables are nicely spaced allowing for private conversation. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the wine list and dinner menu. We started with the burrata salad then split a strip steak, potatoes and brussels sprouts. It was all excellent.
  7. DA

    DeniseA

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff made the experience. From the check in to the final good byes they were friendly & professional.
  8. J

    Jean

    Chicago

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I’ve been 4 times; but think they had an off night. My chicken was really dry. Kitchen should have checked before letting leave kitchen. My guests both had Halibut and thought ok but not great. Carrot cake great. Liked the wines. Service not real attentive and didn’t inquire if any issue w Chicken. I had hoped for great experience like normal. Especially at top dollar.
  9. M

    Member

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, good service, fair prices. Lively noise level, but could still have a conversation.
  10. SG

    ShelleyG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our anniversary dinner at The Barn -- we both ordered the Prix Fixe meal that is available between 5 and 6 PM and it was delicious. Steak was perfectly cooked. Also enjoyed a Mezcal Old Fashioned.
  11. E

    Eddie1

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great hidden, authentically charming restaurant in Evanston. A steakhouse to rival the iconic Chicago establishments, terrific food and appealing ambiance. Will definitely return.
  12. DK

    DeniseK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is wonderful, we particularly enjoy Jesse's company!
  13. MH

    MichaelH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful dining experience for my husband's birthday!
  14. F

    Fcjz

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Fixed 3 menu Over rated not hood value and too small…
  15. GL

    GraceL

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent drinks, food and service! Will be back, especially for special occasions!
  16. LG

    LaureeG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails, food, and service. Lovely spot for a special occasion.
  17. L

    Lucy1974

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last dinner before dropping daughter to college
  18. MB

    MasterBeavis

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great food. Highly recommended
  19. L

    Luke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food, and drinks. Wonderful ambiance in a tucked away hidden gem. Would definitely return for any occasion, be it with friends, celebrating with family, or for a client meal.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the starters to dessert was impeccably prepared and delicious. The courses were timed perfectly and our server was attentive, and very friendly. Mark visited our table and it was awesome to experience Chef Debbie Gold’s creativity and choices in fresh, perfectly-prepared dishes. Highly recommend.
  21. ML

    MaryLouC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dinner and the experience were great. We had oysters, little gem salad, chopped salad, halibut and the scallops. Scallops were phenomenal as were the salads. Halibut good flavor but a little dry. The martinis are great. Love the atmosphere!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David our waiter was delightful. He was well informed, helpful, interesting, outstanding customer service.
  23. J

    John

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic dining experience with outstanding food and service. Highly recommended!
  24. N

    Nisa

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really liked the ambience and the food was great.
  25. WC

    WindyCityGal

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made my first visit back to the Farmhouse since COVID started and am pleased to say that everything is still top notch! The service was the perfect blend of friendly and professional (great wine recommendation!), and the food was excellent as always. And, of course, the Barn showed off its amazing atmosphere as always!
  26. AA

    AlmaA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing steak, incredible service. Made us feel that we are taken care of. The only thing I did not love on the menu was halibut with vegetables, it was fairly dry and tasteless. Love the desserts, especially chocolate cake.
  27. H

    Halden

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    I have gone to many different steakhouses for dry-aged ribeyes. The Barn had the worst one. It was fatty. And it had lot of ligaments, so the meat was hard to cut and eat. It was $65 for 16oz. So not worth it. I have had better and larger ribeyes for less. Should have gotten the NY or filet...
  28. O

    Owsley

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal, excellent service, fun drink menu, delicious appetizers and entrees. An excellent final meal in Evanston to cap off our sons 4 years at Northwestern. Had we known about the spot earlier, would have had dinner there many more times over the last 4 years.
  29. JC

    JoelC

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    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.

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on August 17, 2022Dear JoelC, Thank you so very much!! We are thrilled you enjoyed your night out!!! See you again soon!! Cheers!

  30. J

    Jean

    Chicago

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    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

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on August 17, 2022Hi Jean, We love outdoor patio as well!!! Have to enjoy it while we can!! Thank you so much for taking the time to review!

  31. LL

    LindaL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on August 17, 2022Dear LindaL, Thank you so much for such an amazing review!!! So happy you always have a great time!!!

  32. DM

    DeborahM

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing steaks. Will definitely eat here again!

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on August 17, 2022Thank you so very much DeborahM!! We can't wait to see you again!!

  33. G

    Great

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    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.

    The Barn SteakhouseResponded on August 17, 2022Thank you so much for choosing The Barn to celebrate!!! We are so happy you had a wonderful time!

  34. MS

    MarshaS

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 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.
  35. 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 on August 10, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to review!

  36. 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 on August 10, 2022Dear Blunck, Thank you so much!!! We are so grateful for such a wonderful compliment!

  37. MC

    MargaretC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service. Pricey, but worth the splurge!
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. JR

    JermaineR

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 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!!

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 1186 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 30 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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