The Barn Steakhouse

4.5
546 reviews
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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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JG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overpriced and not very good. Our salad came warm.

OT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was quite good. The staff was excellent. The sommelier was really helpful. I enjoyed the experience and will definitely go back.

FF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!! What a Wonderful Find! Great everything! Took our best friends for a Special 60th Birthday and Anniversary Dinner and we all were totally blown away by the food, service, wine selection and overall ambiance. You could not ask for more. A Great Hip Vibe and Exceptional Menu Choices. From Steak to seafood, appetizers and dessert everyone in our party was delighted with all aspects of The Barn. You have to try it! We really can't say enough about our experience there. Kudos to all the staff, from the exceptionally friendly Hostess, Kate to the servers and the great Sommelier, who recommended a really good bottle of wine...had to have 2...to the great chefs back in the kitchen. This Restaurant Rocks! We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner on the patio despite the large group with several kids sitting next to us. Would recommend a little more variety on price points for bottles of wine. We wanted a pinot noir and the most affordable one was $75 which is a little steep for us. My shrimp scampi and my husbands steak were both delicious.

KG
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was a disappointment, especially at that price level. Brussels sprouts were limp; halibut overly salty, sauce on bison was unappetizing.,

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very satisfied

SU
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were welcomed continually throughout our visit. The valet, the hostess, the manager, the waiter, the busboy, EVERYONE made us feel welcome. I brought my kids with me and they seemed to be the only folks under 21 in the whole place. The waiter quickly directed them to the black lemonade that they are still talking about and no one made them feel less important or like "just a bunch of kids." While I wouldn't imagine it's the first place most think to take their kids, there's no reason to hesitate based on our experience. My boys felt all grown up and loved every bite of their food. Thank you!!

ME
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We would recommend the restaurant with enthusiasm and would certainly return. The noise-level on Saturday night is very high, and we would have enjoyed our experience more if we’d requested an outdoor table instead.

H
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We’ve been to the Barn before and loved it. This time, we were there to celebrate our anniversary, and it was just ok. Great service but food was not as wonderful as we remembered. Outdoor seating area was lovely but not so much the group of 8 seated on top of us or the lights from Evanston liquors shining into my eyes! Hopefully it was a one-off night.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, attentive service. We had an allergy at the table that I mentioned when first making the reservation, our server noted it right away and made sure to alter and avoid dishes with the allergen in it. Our server also asked if we were celebrating an occasion. We were celebrating my recent graduation, so he brought some celebratory champagne for the table, on him. It was a really great experience, and I'll definitely be returning to The Barn.

K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food and service in a unique space.

NN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in Evanston for going out for a really nice meal! Great for a special occasion!

A
Chicago
197 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, excellent bar, nice menu (I had the halibut and a salad with fresh herbs), love the atmosphere, portions were smaller than last visit

RZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and drinks, always great service.

N
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Loved it ❤️

ND
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was superior..from the greeter to the server and everyone else was smiling, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. My only very picky comment is that I would have enjoyed lamb chops that had more meet and less fat and grisle.

DB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious and professional staff, excellent food, well thought out wine list.

G
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience is wonderful. Nico, our waiter was truly exceptional and amazingly attentive. I was disappointed that my steak came out way too well-done but the situation was corrected. I was disappointed again when half of my leftovers didn't show up in my bag. That was "somewhat" corrected. I loved the fact that the owner is quite visibly present and eager to make your experience enjoyable. Overall, a special restaurant for a special occasion.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleased.

m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted upon arrival by The most vivacious hostess!! (I think her name was Kim??) She started our night off on just the right note! 🎼 What a pleasure!

We sat outside. The food was great! The wine was reasonably priced and delicious! The waitstaff was attentive but not overbearing. Just an all over great night!

I highly recommend!

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service, a little pricy.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Nick, was great! Great smile and sunny disposition. Food and wine was exceptional. Great ambiance! The kitchen added a birthday candle to our desert because they knew we were celebrating a birthday.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

MP
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious, but the slow service was painful.

m
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amy Morton and her Barn Steakhouse are the best. Our waitperson, Rod also wonderful. We were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary and they did not disappoint.

D
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for a special evening. The fish and the steak were both delicious. The outdoor patio is very comfy and good for an early dinner

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing culinary experience in Evanston! Amy Morton is very “hands on” and helps ensure all the staff has fun while maintaining great service. Donald is great as one of the hosts!

RJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about dining at The Barn Steakhouse is outstanding. Ambiance, menu, attention to detail and dining experience.

m
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We went to Dinner at the Barn to celebrate our daughter’s graduation. The restaurant has a sophisticated urban rustic vibe. Our dining experience was terrible. We were completely ignored by our waitress — her trainee kept apologizing for our lack of service. We sat for almost 30 minutes without placing an order for drinks. It then took another 25 to get a bottle of wine on the table. My husbands steak was ice cold, my pasta was dry on top from sitting under heat. It was truly a disaster all around. Of course they apologized when we were leaving and wanted to comp dessert. We declined. We were miserable and ready to leave because of our experience. Seemed like a rookie mistake on a big weekend in Evanston not to be over- staffed.

l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and ambience! Highly recommend

DD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at The Barn and I really enjoyed it. Split the tomahawk steak with the table. Delicious! Also the bartender is fantastic at making a Negroni.

AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Recommend it very much

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Poor service. Solid food.

GO
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambience, and food were all excellent.

JY
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints at all. We had the burrata and two cheese flights for appetizers. Both were delicious. The bone-in ribeye and porterhouse were cooked to perfection and seasoned wonderfully. The crab pasta was delicious as well. Will definitely go back again.

DW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails, food and wine!

GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful space with great ambiance. The food and service was outstanding. Went there with a friend for the Prix-fixe menu which is from 5-6pm. Great value for the price. Will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start finish.

l
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely space. Helpful service. A bit loud for my taste. Felt cramped when tables filled up as backs of chairs bumped backs of other chairs. Food is usually quite good but this night was disappointing. We got the Tomohawk steak special. The presentation was lovely but the cut of meat was too fatty for us. Flavor was good

PJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding crab spaghetti and steaks. The liver dish was outstanding!

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