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“Lovely restaurant!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
35 South Second St, at the Winchester Inn, Ashland, OR 97520
541 488 1115
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Ranked #3 of 130 restaurants in Ashland
Price range: $14 - $34
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hargadine St
Santa Cruz
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We were on a road trip to Ashland Oregon and decided to spend New Year's Eve at the Alchemy Restaurant in the lovely Winchester Inn. A great location for the holidays. Everything is decorated in a classic and delightful manner. The restaurant itself is both inviting and romantic. Our food was a mixed bag. Mostly excellent but a few dishes, such as the salad were mediocre. Hence the 4 stars. Everything has to be outstanding for a 5 star in my book. However, the service was impeccable. Overall a delightful evening.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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WinchesterInn, Owner at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thank you for the honest feedback! We are always striving to make everything just so. I hope that next time you join us we can show you the excellence you were looking for.

Regards,

Drew Gibbs
Owner
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Brookings, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Just simply said, this was absolutely one of the best meals my husband and I have ever had. What a wonderful way to end 2013. I had a reservation, which I suspect you should probably always have, as it is a small restaurant. The ambience is very nice. Tables are close together, so it would be hard to have a private conversation. The people at the table next to us were having a lively and interesting conversation, so no bother at all.
Definitely not a restaurant for children -- much too expensive, and given the small space, it would be really annoying to have kids chatttering away next to you. Save it for date night.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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WinchesterInn, Owner at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
We are indeed a smaller restaurant, but if you ask when making reservations, we will do our best to place you at a more private table. I am so glad you had the chance to ring in the New Year with us. Hope to see you again soon.

Regards,

Drew Gibbs
Owner
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Ashland, Oregon
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29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Wonderful holiday dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

Fabulous Dickens Feast last night! Incredible food! ( I had the prime rib and the hubby had the salmon....yum! Very professional, polished quartet singing entertainment and, of course, Santa was wonderful.....witty and entertaining! It was our first annual Dickens Feast but definitely not our last!

Visited December 2013
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WinchesterInn, Owner at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Next year will make the 32nd Dickens' Feast. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the time with us. We have some more wonderful ideas for next years' feast.

Regards,

Drew Gibbs
Owner
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Vancouver, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful find in Ashland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

On the first night of our drive from Vancouver, Canada. to Palm Desert, California....we met friends doing the same in Ashland - they had been many times to Alchemy and highly recommended we go there to experience what they have when they've been there over the years. We sat in the bar area in behind the main dining area upon our friends recommendation. The dinner was excellent, service superb, the location in the Winchester Inn, also very quaint was beyond our expectations. This will now be our only dinner stop when doing the drive to/from California.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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WinchesterInn, Owner at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you on your next trip to/from California!

Regards,

Drew Gibbs
Owner
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Worth the expense...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

My wife and I have lived in Ashland for 25 years and tend to stay away from expensive restaurants anywhere in the world...perhaps it's due to a sometimes snobbish attitude on the part of the help...an inverse ratio of price to the amount of food served...asking the question "Is this food really 4 times as good as what we can get just down the street a bit?"..or maybe it's as basic as our ability to pay our monthly mortgage payment. In this case, it was a gift certificate for $100. from my sister that brought us to Alchemy. Bottom line?..this was one of the best meals we have eaten anywhere. Mini-Wellington's...Small Crab salad...Halibut special of the day..Flank Steak..all caused both of us to attempt to suppress groans of ecstasy (we failed). Our dessert was Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie...while it was excellent, we would have preferred to not have to reconstruct it. With this being the middle of November, the Shakespeare season had ended, so reservations wouldn't have been as necessary. We began our meal at 5:30 p.m. on a friday evening and were were one of only two couples in the restaurant at that time. By our departure at 7 p.m., many more diners were in the restaurant. With tip, and one glass of wine (they have an extensive wine list) our total bill came to $120.90 in US dollars.

Suggestions to the management:
. Your newer server the night we were there (one year experience) wasn't up to the level of the food he served us. He was nice, but not as knowledgeable as he should have been. Spend more time being consistently seamless in that department.

. Our eyesight is good, but in the dimly lit, grey-walled surroundings, we had trouble reading the menu. More warm light at table-side would help, and would amp up the romance factor as well.

. On a cold winter night, turn the heat up a bit as soon as your first customers arrive, not later when more people are there.

Finally, and most importantly, to all of you in Gastronimica-land...If you can afford it, eat here!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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WinchesterInn, Owner at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thank you so much for joining us! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your meal, and incredibly grateful for the feedback. We are aware that all servers, regardless of their tenure, can always be a little more seamless in their service. However, it is good to know exactly where we need to focus. We are also looking for new way to liven up the dining room with more color, and we agree, the dining room can be a bit cold. This last winter in particular took a toll on our old building and heating system. Thank you so much for writing. Without honest feedback we can't continue to improve. I hope you have a chance to join us again, maybe in the bar where things are a little more casual.

Regards,

Drew Gibbs
Owner
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