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The Alcove- Evanston

4.6
4.6
309 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Chef Elio Romero curates an inventive American-inspired experience at the Alcove Evanston, tucked under the Metra’s Davis Street stop. Taking cues from seasonal produce availability, the Alcove’s menu is always evolving to guarantee freshness—check back often to stay updated on the restaurant’s culinary offerings. The Alcove is open for both indoor and outdoor dining.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, French, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 570-9821

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Elio Romero

  • Catering

    Full on-site catering available. Please give us a call or email us at alcoveevanston@gmail.com for details about private party pricing and menus. The Chef is happy to work with any requests to make your party a success and evening to remember.

  • Private party facilities

    Please give us a call or email us at alcoveevanston@gmail.com for details about private party pricing and menus. The Chef is happy to work with any requests to make your party a success and evening to remember.

  • Private party contact

    General Manager: (847) 570-9821

  • Neighborhood

    Evanston

  • Cross street

    Maple and Davis (South entrance off Davis. West entrance on Maple)

  • Parking details

    There is street parking available and a number of parking lots / garages nearby. The closest parking lot is located just across the street from our Maple street Entrance. Free street parking on Sunday.

  • Public transit

    Metra Davis Street Stop <br /> <br />CTA Purple Line Davis Street Stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 309 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • North Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

  • North Suburbs

    Romantic

  • North Suburbs

    Special Occasion

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  1. S

    Sophia

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional meal! Wonderful, gracious, friendly service and ambience. The food is outstanding. This lovely restaurant is tucked away in a charming unassuming location and is elegant, comfortable, and inviting all at once. The menu is creative and offers a diverse range of options without being overwhelming. They brought a homemade green apple sorbet refresher that was delicious. Everything was delicious and looked beautiful. This is clearly a restaurant with a talented chef at the helm. One could have a nice comfortable meal or make it a special occasion. What a gem this place is!
  2. e

    ellen

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    What a lovely surprise1 No idea this existed -- it's so hidden. Quite a little gem. Sat at a great table truly in "the alcove" which was charming and proved good for talking with our group of 5. Presentations were all nice and food was good, though the "warm flourless chocolate cake" should be called a lava cake (though ours was more lava then cake, it was tasty). Service was a little slow but we didn't mind much since we wanted to talk and enjoy a leisurely meal.
  3. M

    Marcello

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizer: Quail. Entres: Swordfish and duck. Food and service were excellent. Wine list very good. Sat outside. Will return.
  4. R

    Rick628

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great menu. Good service. Kinda pricey.
  5. DK

    DanielK

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food not bad but a little disappointing, especially given the prices. Outdoor-table ambience nice but a bit noisy when trains came through (since it was a Sunday evening, this only happened twice during our long dinner).

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 8, 2022Hi Daniel, we're sorry to hear you found your meal disappointing--like most other restaurants, we are dealing with growing supply/ingredient prices, and have had to raise our menu prices accordingly to stay afloat. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

  6. PS

    PhilipS

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is the second time in the last three months we dined at Alcove. The first time was fantastic. This time I wasn’t very impressed. Three of us had fish(halibut and whitefish). The fish was boring in flavor, presentation was pretty. Lamb chops were good and fillet was good. For appetizers we tried the Goat cheese tart, which was average and fois gras was good but the portion was really small. Dessert was okay, tried butterscotch and peach bread pudding which was fair and chocolate flourless cake was okay, but again the portion was so small it was insulting. Wine by the glass extremely expensive ($22) and the pour was very skimpy.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 8, 2022Hi Philip, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We are sorry to hear that your second visit didn't live up to your expectations. Our portions have remained the same throughout this inflationary period (the last six months), and many guests find that the size of the chocolate cake is more than enough to satisfy them due to how rich it is. Further, all of our wine pours are measured to be a standard at the bar pour prior to serving. We will pass on your feedback to the chef. Thank you!

  7. TK

    TinaK

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an outstanding meal with a cozy atmosphere at Alcove. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. It's a great place for a special occasion!
  8. J

    Januaryj

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alcove is an outstanding restaurant, especially for those who enjoy gourmet dining. We were a party of four and ordered the salmon, lamb chops (2) and pork chop. Everyone was more than pleased with their dinner. Dining at Alcove is always remarkable and service is great as well. We are looking forward to enjoying more "Al Fresco" dining there before the weather changes.
  9. s

    steve

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is really a hidden gem in Evanston. Tucked away as it is it seems like it's not very widely known. And that's too bad. The food is excellent. It's one of the few fine dining options left in town and it does a fine job in that realm. The bar produces some great cocktails, too. Maybe when the movie theater up the road opens back up more people will learn about it. I highly recommend it.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 8, 2022Hi Steve, thanks so much for taking time to leave us a review! We're so delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you back soon!

  10. w

    wrom

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Cocktails disappointing since it appears waitstaff makes the cocktails and didn’t know some classics when nothing on the featured drinks menu appealed. >>>Most food courses near perfect, well presented and very tasty. Waitstaff tried valiantly but one was there only 3 months and another was new, so under preformed at times, but diligent tho possibly short staffed contributed to some minor lapse’s. Decor seemed a bit dated and could use a refresh. Bottom line, would go back since the food was nearly a “five “

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on September 8, 2022Hi there, we're sorry to hear that there was a problem with cocktail knowledge and will pass that info along to our staff. Like you mentioned, we have new servers and are still short-staffed due to the national labor shortage. Glad to hear you enjoyed your food, though! Thanks for giving us a try, and we hope you'll give us another chance soon.

  11. B

    Bp562hs

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Foie gras and duck were cooked perfectly. We enjoyed every bite. Were pleasantly surprised by the delicate taste of fruit tart. Amazing experience!
  12. E

    Embryo49

    Chicago

    538 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    538 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant dining room, professional and attentive staff, wonderful food; and pricey but worth it for a special dinner. Located under the El, The Alcove location is unique. It was previously Chef’s Station! Our apps of beet salad and tuna tartare were a great start. For entree, one of us had the skate wing special: a unique tasty. preparation. The others had halibut, prepared perfectly with a delicious sauce and vegetable accompaniments. Nice selection of expensive wines, too! But a terrific experience!
  13. JS

    JulieS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    beautifully plated, delicious food, with wonderful service. The atmosphere is a little subdued, and would love to see younger diners in there. a wonderfully kept secret! would definitely recommend.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 24, 2022Hi Julie, thanks so much for your kind review. We hope to see you back again soon!

  14. BP

    BarbaraP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Only issue was that the service was slow. Our server Mike was outstanding and helpful, but they were short of staff and very busy so mike was in strong demand

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 24, 2022Hi Barbara, we're so glad you enjoyed your meal, and we'll let Mike know of your compliments! We are indeed a bit short staffed, so we appreciate your empathy. Hope to see you back soon!

  15. W

    Walleye

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was a little rushed at the beginning, but more than made up for by the service, food and reasonable noise level.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 24, 2022Hi there, thanks so much for letting us know! We're glad you enjoyed your meal.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was very good. I just felt it was a little too pricey.
  17. DK

    DebraK

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    All the food we had was delicious, although not inexpensive. As others have mentioned, the service was terrible. Once we ordered the food came in a reasonable amount of time, but it took about 30 minutes for the waiter to arrive to take our order. We also got tired of waiting for our check at the end of the evening and decided to go indoors (we were dining outside) to request our check. The waiter was very pleasant, just disappeared for long periods of time.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 16, 2022Hi Debra, thank you for giving us a try! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal, and we appreciate your feedback on the service you received. We're very sorry that you had to wait for so long—we have shared your review with our management to help our staff improve. We hope to see you back at the Alcove soon.

  18. c

    chifoodie

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great anniversary meal and cocktails. My husband’s Manhattan was seriously the best I’ve ever tasted, and i loved my Empress and the Framboise. Corn soup, beef tenderloin, and quail were all excellent as was the creme brulee. Also loved the bread and butter but I think it should be brought as a matter of course and that you shouldn’t have to ask for it, or ask for more.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 16, 2022Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind review—our bartender was thrilled to hear you enjoyed his custom cocktails! We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback and will report your opinion on the bread & butter to our management. Hope to see you again soon!

  19. TM

    TheMadYanks

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time at this fascinating location. The wine list has been purged of many of the more expensive items since pre-Covid, but it was easy to find a wonderful bottle. Both the octopus & pear salad openers were well done. The king salmon special (baby vegs & lobster tortolini) was perfection, and goat cheesecake! The (incredibly young) staff was more than professional: expertly attentive. I will return.

    The Alcove- EvanstonResponded on August 16, 2022Hi! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our wine list, and you are absolutely correct—it has been redone very recently. Thank you for your feedback, and cheers!

  20. FD

    FriendDate

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alcove was a perfect dinner for two experience - Excellent service and Delicious food and drinks!
  21. g

    goodrow72

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The quality of the food and service at Alcove continues to be great. The quail, grilled octopus and tuna tartare appetizers received rave reviews from our group. My branzino entree was superb, with crispy skin and excellent flavor. And the grand marnier soufflé was to die for!
  22. b

    bliss

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! The Fois Gras and quail appetizer’s were top notch compliments to the chef 😋 fun spot under the L definitely a favorite!
  23. V

    Visitor

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks were very good. I would recommend it for a quiet dinner, not one where you're looking for liveliness or ambiance.
  24. DW

    DirkW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening to dine al fresco and this was a wonderful place to do just that.
  25. ML

    MargaretL

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful restaurant - great food, quiet and a pleasure to be in.
  26. H

    Hoodrat

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alcove is our go to restaurant. Always a delight with wonderful food.
  27. VK

    VincentK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great fine dining option right in the heart of Evanston in an unlikely location next to the Metra tracks. Great flavors with gourmet ingredients prepared without "new age gimmickry". Every course was excellent. We tried the grilled Spanish octopus, the duck, the pork chop, a salmon special, and the bread pudding and goat cheese cake desserts. All were delicious. We are definitely coming back soon. Also, some of the wines available by the glass are very good... don't see that often.
  28. S

    Sara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, atmosphere, and especially service. Great place to have dinner in an intimate setting that's not too noisy (seems to be rare in Evanston). Will be coming back!
  29. L

    Lake

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal and service. Pricey. Chairs could be a bit more comfortable.
  30. JB

    JBug

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love The Alcove for it's delicious food prepared so exquisitely by their chef. The servers are well-intentioned and try hard so we appreciate their efforts. Just a little more experience in that department and the restaurant will be as good as downtown Chicago in all respects!
  31. JB

    JenniferB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and service! Our waitress was amazing. Yellowtail tartar and foie gras were Excellent. I did the cod special and I cleaned my plate. Bread pudding delicious as well.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is the best in Evanston … fresh, innovative, and the right portions. Bella was excellent in the drinks she made and the food recommendations. Truly one of the top food experiences in 2022!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food and wine were excellent. We had beet salad and goat cheese tart as starters. My husband had duck and I had lamb - both were cooked perfectly. The sauce (which I think was the same on both) was delicious. The duck was served atop wild rice with mushrooms and lamb was on quinoa with small pieces of cauliflower. We chose a very nice chateauneuf du pape. The waiter recommended the odd-year vintage. Excellent. For dessert we shared crème brûlée -also delicious - and we paired it with a nice port as suggested by the waiter- very good combo! We sat outside - ambience not particularly lovely, but that’s where the restaurant is— under the train tracks.
  34. R

    Reviewer34567

    Chicago

    134 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu with many good choices. We enjoyed the grilled octopus appetizer, pear salad, and tomato heirloom soup. The cod special was delicious. But the duck entree was the best! Service was attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back.
  35. u

    uclajax

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful 65th birthday on all fronts! Appetizers, drinks, entrees, wine & dessert all tip top...loved everything. Can't wait to go back!
  36. t

    travelbug

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent. It's too bad you need to walk through the train station underpass to get there. Not a nice way to start a beautiful dinner.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Talk about a hidden gem underneath the metra station! Walking into the restaurant we were welcomed into a relaxing ambience and a beautifully decorated interior. From start to finish, I would have to say the service was outstanding and the food was impeccable. For our appetizers, we ordered the grilled baby octopus that just melted into your mouth with every bite, from the sauce to the way it was cooked was incredible. The soup of the day was a tomato soup with butter poached crab, that paired so well together. Would highly recommend asking for some bread to dip into the soup. I would have to say that the seafood here is very fresh and tastes like you're by the coast! For our main entrees we got the seared halibut and duck breast which were also delectable! To end the night we had a goat cheesecake which was interesting but the raspberry paired very nicely with. Hats off to the head chef/owner for truly providing an excellent fine-dining experience! We will definitely be back again.
  38. c

    chicagofoodie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great meal, nice service and presentation. Wait staff could be a bit more well versed on wine selection but ove
  39. p

    pumpkinmuffin

    Chicago

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I still think this is the best restaurant in Evanston. We have never been disappointed in the food, always delicious.
  40. C

    Chicago

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful location, amazing food and ambiance. First time here after living in Evanston for almost 20 yrs, a nice surprise.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Alcove- Evanston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 570-9821.

The Alcove- Evanston is rated 4.6 stars by 309 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 20 times today
Google Map for The Alcove- Evanston

1625 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Maple and Davis (South entrance off Davis. West entrance on Maple)

  • Neighborhood

    Evanston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, French, French American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is street parking available and a number of parking lots / garages nearby. The closest parking lot is located just across the street from our Maple street Entrance. Free street parking on Sunday.

  • Public transit

    Metra Davis Street Stop CTA Purple Line Davis Street Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Elio Romero

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (847) 570-9821

  • Catering

    Full on-site catering available. Please give us a call or email us at alcoveevanston&#64;gmail.com for details about private party pricing and menus. The Chef is happy to work with any requests to make your party a success and evening to remember.

  • Private party facilities

    Please give us a call or email us at alcoveevanston@gmail.com for details about private party pricing and menus. The Chef is happy to work with any requests to make your party a success and evening to remember.

  • Private party contact

    General Manager: (847) 570-9821

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