Gurnee Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Gurnee

April 14, 2018 Concepcion Newsome

Gurnee, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, is probably best known as the home of Six Flags Amusement Park and the Gurnee Mills shopping outlet. Now Midwesterners looking for a little rest and relaxation can sample the town's top attraction, the KeyLime Cove hotel and water park, which also features a spa, shopping and six restaurants.
Things to do in Gurnee

1. Tina's Italian Bake Shop

5101 Washington St Ste 14A, Gurnee, IL 60031-2988 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Brunch SGD 26 +1 847-244-9001
Excellent
85%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 151 reviews

Tina's Italian Bake Shop

Reviewed By bookbuy_7 - Yorkville, Illinois

I have been there a few times and I really like the food the staff is great as well. The Italian cookies are delightful.

2. Papa Marco's Grill & Kabob

622 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085-4104 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 224-656-5809
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 102 reviews

Papa Marco's Grill & Kabob

Reviewed By ChicagoTrish_D - Chicago, Illinois

The menu is a mix of Lebanese and American (hotdogs and hamburgers). Lunch came with water with lemon juice, hummus and bread, The falafel appetizer was fresh, crisp and best I have tasted. The lamb kebabos came on bed with yellow basmati rice. The lamb was perfectly tenders and spiced with a hint of cinnamon, The veg platter came with tabbouleh, falefel, hummus, babaganoush and bread. The meal came with baklava. All the food was authentic Lebanese. The service was friendly and attentive.

3. The Chocolate Sanctuary

5101 Washington St, Gurnee, IL 60031-5916 Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 42 +1 312-510-1365
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 200 reviews

The Chocolate Sanctuary

Full service restaurant and lounge

Reviewed By taucherS - Frankenthal, Germany

It's a restaurant and cafe which is heavy cocoa influenced. Nearly every dish has some cocoa components. This makes it interesting and surprising.

We were in this restaurant for lunch and for this they had a specific lunch menu card. So the pumpkin soup was delicious and the cocoa in there gives the dish a special taste, the flatbread was very good.

The service was also good even so that I found it a little stressful to get the water filled up immediately.

4. Big Ed's BBQ

4030 Northpoint Blvd, Waukegan, IL 60085-6718 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 847-473-5333
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Big Ed's BBQ

Reviewed By Packerman8 - Oregon, Wisconsin

After reading reviews of food places on TripAdvisor, My fiancée and I decided to check this place out. When we walked in, We surprised to see a line. The line moved very quickly and the staff was very friendly who helped us. We decided to go with the Brisket Sammich special although we aren’t suppose to eat meat today. It was a great choice and very much worth. The brisket is like no other. If you are in the area I would highly recommend this place.

5. Stevens'

Route 21 Milwaukee Avenue, Riverside Plaza, Gurnee, IL 60031 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 50 +1 847-599-8533
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 219 reviews

Stevens'

A family owned and operated steakhouse with a warm, comfortable setting close to home, Stevens aims to please. From our wide selection of finely aged steaks and chops to the freshest seafood, extensive wine and martini lists and a staff ready to serve you, Stevens is the perfect place for you to relax and enjoy. Whether you seek a quiet evening for two or a night on the town with your friends and family we will be honored and ready to accommodate your every need. We are very proud of the food and drinks we serve at Stevens but it is our staff and the amazing service they provide that sets us apart from the competition. Each and every time you walk through our doors you will be greeted and treated with the utmost respect and attention. Our regular guests can attest to the fact that we go out of our way not only to know your name but a little something about you as well. The service staff at Stevens has over 100 years of experience in the business and their knowledge and expertise shines through daily and nightly. Whenever you have the chance, come on out to Stevens and experience first hand what has been deemed the " finest restaurant in Gurnee."

Reviewed By MichiganTraveler313 - Michigan

We were at Stevens' in early December for our sailor's graduation dinner. Three of us had the bone in filet mignon and we all agreed it was fantastic. Service was very responsive and our waiter did a great job of being around when needed. Dessert...MoreCongratulations on the Graduation. We appreciate you choosing to dine with us before you send your Sailor on their way. If you're ever in the area again stop by and see us. Safe travels to you and yours. Brad Lehner G.M.

6. Anastasia's Restaurant

3880 Northpoint Blvd, Waukegan, IL 60085-6717 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pizza, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 847-688-1317
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 239 reviews

Anastasia's Restaurant

Reviewed By minnesotans4 - Saint Paul, Minnesota

I ordered the Italian beef/mozzarella sandwich and a small bowl of the French onion soup. The soup was loaded with cheese and onions and simply the best. The Italian beef sandwich was just average with the cheese overpowering the two thin pieces of beef. I ordered a pan pizza to go and it was loaded with ingredients and really quite good and reasonably priced. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott and it was just across the street.

7. Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Gurnee

5572 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031-4905 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 847-249-0800
Excellent
35%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 296 reviews

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Gurnee

Reviewed By FiveHappyTravelers

Great menu for both food and drinks. The tacos are a favorite, but we haven’t been disappointed with anything we’ve had there. When we’ve asked the hostess or servers for recommendations, they’ve been able to give us a full run down on every dish and...MoreWow! What a wonderful review, we truly appreciate your business and your trust in us. I am very happy to hear that our staff and service met your needs and expectations. Hope to see you in again soon, FiveHappyTravelers!

8. Big Ed's Bar & Grill

Fountain Square, 4030 Northpoint Blvd, Waukegan, IL 60085 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 847-473-5333
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Big Ed's Bar & Grill

telephone: 847-782-8772, zip code 60085

Reviewed By bagelme - Chicago, Illinois

Plentiful dinners. The two sides you choose were double what I expected. My husband and I ordered different sides so that we could try more options... all were very good. Hot links and ribs combo was amazing. Six different BBQ sauces available at the table. Staff was friendly and helpful. Only downer was that they out of the catfish. However, since they were closing in an hour, I felt that they had just run out of a popular fresh made Sunday dinner item.

9. Momcorn

5101 Washington St Ste 2, Gurnee, IL 60031-2988 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast SGD 4 - SGD 13 +1 224-610-0407
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Momcorn

Independent quick casual restaurant serving foods from Mexico and Latin America. Menu is clearly marked with a large variety of naturally gluten-free options. See your food prepared in the open kitchen. Try one of the house made beverages and the made to order chips and guacamole. Delivery available during lunch and dinner hours.

Reviewed By bchuck2016 - New Berlin, Wisconsin

Found this gem using TripAdvisor. Food is incredibly delicious. Service was friendly. They have two sauces they present with the food that were both awesome. My hubby liked one so much, the waitress gave us the recipe! We will definitely be coming back.Thank you for taking time to review us on TripAdvisor. We look forward to your next visit.

10. Portillo's

6102 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031-1650 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-264-5060
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 149 reviews

Portillo's

Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

Reviewed By Patti2 - North Suburbs, IL

No matter when you pass this Portillo’s there is a long, long line in the drive up. It is also always jammed inside too. Just like every Portillo’s - Chicago can’t get enough of their food. Everyone loves them. The best hot dogs, beef sandwich, Italian sausage, salads, chocolate cake - do I need to go on? Everything on the menu is delicious.

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