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“Spectacular, Yet Again” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
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Ranked #5 of 151 Restaurants in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $39
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hargadine St
Description: Sept 1st, 2015 - Just named one of the Top 100 Restaurants for Foodies by OpenTable. We are a small fine dining restaurant that strives to use local ingredients to transmute our food, cocktails and dining experience into memorable evenings. We feature an award winning wine list with Certified Sommelier on staff to help, and inventive craft cocktails to wow the palate.
Vancouver BC
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236 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Spectacular, Yet Again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

We were two couples, no reservations, great table, attentive service, excellent menu and wine list, we were delighted. My friends hang steak was beyond his expectations, and he is a foodie and a cook. We considered Amuse, and another choice, but all of us were delighted. We'll be back - why risk any other?

Visited October 2013
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Thank 8Peter
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WinchesterInn, Manager at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
We would be very happy to have you! Glad we worked out for you that night and look forward to seeing you again next time!
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Redmond, Washington, United States
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Magical Evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

We had the best meal of our entire vacation here, in addition to discovering some new wines, suggested by the very knowledgable sommelier! Most patrons had left for their evening at the theatre, so we were able to linger over our delectable meal and enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beverly S
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WinchesterInn, Manager at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
We love our wine and food and liquor here, and are always more than happy to make recommendations (and in some cases ramble on incessantly about the history of some of those things). We are glad that you had a nice time with us. Please come see us again next time you're back!
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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“charming restaurant in a Victorian mansion/hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Quiet, romantic restaurant in a Victorian Mansion that is also a hotel. Food was excellent, with a very attractive presentation and quite a variety especially given the small nature of the restaurant. Excellent and charming service. The place pretty much cleared out about 7:30 p.m as most everyone heads for the Festival theaters, but the wait service is well aware of this and does everything to make sure you're served in time.

Visited October 2013
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Thank leichter
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WinchesterInn, Manager at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Glad to hear that you had a nice evening!
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CORVALLIS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great food, ambience, and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

The restaurant in the Winchester Inn has been one of our favorites for as long as we have been going to Ashland. It may change names, but the food, service, and ambience are excellent. Plus, the location of the Inn is convenient to OSF theaters.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JAC P
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WinchesterInn, Manager at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Thank you! Always glad to hear that we're a favorite!
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Seattle, Washington
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great service, nice drink and wine list, very good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

I'm being picky here. My rating is somewhere between 4 & 5, but definitely closer to 4 than 5. Anyways. The easy stuff first.

The service was first rate, well-timed and not overly attentive ("new" Andrew, one of four Andrews currently working there was our waitperson and was perfect). The wine list looked great and my Fallan Angel cocktail (rye, bitters, etc., etc.) was on the money. Since my wife doesn't drink, I was limited to a glass of their pinot noir, which was well priced and very good, if not fantastic.

As often happens to me, I couldn't get by the great sounding starters, so I had three of them for my dinner: Foie Gras and Scallops, Mini Wellingtons, Pork Belly Rillette Croistini. My wife had the potato and leek soup (Chef's choice) and the white corn pasta.

Foie Gras and Scallops, what a ridiculously great way to start a meal. Expensive at $20, but actually worth it for a couple of perfectly cooked scallops and a nice nice piece of foi gras, slightly crisped on an unnecessary small bit of toast, both served on a plate with a smear of a rich savory sauce. The mini Wellingtons were pefect with the meat still medium rare and tender, also with a bit of savory sauce. The pork belly was the only thing that was less than I had hoped for with very stingy bits of extra crispy pork belly on croistini with a non-descript paste spread over it.

My wife had nothing but good things to say about her soup and pasta and said she'd be glad to have both another time.

My dessert was a decontructed lemon merringue pie and my wife had a special lemon basel dessert (neither of us can recall if it was a tart or a custard or something in between). The lemon merringue was very good and clearly the lemon basel dish was forgettable.

So, the bottom line is that we will almost certainly go back for more another time and try some of the other dishes on the menu (although the fois gras and scallops will definitely be repeated). Before I go next, I will troll through the other reviews to see what others people like from the menu and use that as a guide.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SeattleBuster
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WinchesterInn, Manager at Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your meal (or most of it, it sounds like) and we look forward to having you back again to try more items. Our wait staff is always ready and willing to offer suggestions on menu items as well. Hope to see you soon!
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