Top 10 restaurants in Crystal Lake, United States

April 14, 2018 Layne Dawes

Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. state of Illinois. Named after a lake 1.6 miles (2.6 km) southwest of the city's downtown, Crystal Lake is 45 miles northwest of Chicago. The population was 40,743 in 2010. Crystal Lake is the largest city in McHenry County, part of the Chicago metropolitan area.
Things to do in Crystal Lake

1. da Baffone Cucina Italiana

111 N Main St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-4432 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 815-893-6149
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

da Baffone Cucina Italiana

Where Good Food Good Wine Good Friends Come Together

Reviewed By Bonnie W

I love eating at this Restaurant when I’m in town visiting my sister. We always get Awesome service. The food is so delicious and plentiful I take leftovers home for my husband. The staff have always been attentive and accommodating.
The restaurant is always clean and smelling great. Thanks da Baffone for keeping us coming back.

2. Benedict's La Strata

40 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-4472 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 815-459-6500
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Benedict's La Strata

This is the best breakfast place in Crystal Lake. The menu is great, the food is great, the atmosphere is great, the prices are great. Please add it!! look at the google review here http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=benedict%27s+la+strata+crystal+lake&fb=1&gl=us&hq=benedict%27s+la+strata&hnear=Crystal+Lake,+IL&cid=6372799243711111990&dtab=2&ei=rj6rTJTCBsT_nAfvyJXEBg&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBoQqgUwAA

Reviewed By kw7140 - Chicago, Illinois

I really love breakfast, and this place not only does it to perfection hands down each and every time-it feels like a mini french style vacation to visit. Love everything about it- Truly done with style...selections are like no other in the area..MUST DINE HERE~~

3. Portillo's Hot Dogs

855 Cog Cir, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7316 Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 815-788-0900
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

Portillo's Hot Dogs

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

Reviewed By Wayne W - Crystal Lake, Illinois

The atmosphere is great. They throw you into prohibition with their great displays. They’re famous for their beef sandwich which most of the family will get. Some wet, some with gravy on the side. I personally like the chili cheese dogs. Barnelli’s is in the same building and has great Italian food. My favorite there is the lasagna and my wife’s is the garbage salad. The chocolate cake is a sole reason to go, but I prefer the strawberry shortcake.

4. Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria

75 E Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-4364 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 815-459-8888
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria

Reviewed By ExploringPA

Having moved from this area, we really miss GOOD deep dish pizza. Ordered carryouts over Christmas. The Spinach/Cheese special pizza was devoured by our group, as was the sausage deep dish! One of the group does not care for deep dish, and so we added a thin crust. So, two large deep dish, and one small thin crust for 8 adults - all gone!!

5. Nick's Pizza & Pub

856 Pyott Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-8722 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Pizza, Pub, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 815-356-5550
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Nick's Pizza & Pub

Our Purpose: “The Nick’s Experience” Our dedicated family provides this community an unforgettable place; to connect with your family and friends, to have fun and to feel at home! Nick’s Pizza & Pub is a Purpose and values-driven company. We honor the people we work with and the communities in which we do business. This allows us to maintain extremely low team turnover, provide profit sharing for every member of our team, and create a fun, open work environment.

Reviewed By Calmac3 - Crystal Lake, Illinois

Delightful decor (especially at Christmas), wait staff that's fun and attentive (and many have been there for years), free peanuts...Nick's pizza is okay---we usually get thin crust and it's pretty fast to your table---and to their credit, they're always trying new toppings too (wish they'd bring the cheeseburger pizza back). Good sandwiches (Italian beef and sausage are good!), burgers, and appetizers (the usual offerings: garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, sweet potato fries). You can not go wrong with anything at Nick's.
But best of all is this restaurant's continued commitment to the community at both their Crystal Lake and Elgin sites!
Very popular on weekends!

6. Jameson's Charhouse

5016 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7331 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 46 +1 815-459-4800
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 215 reviews

Jameson's Charhouse

Located at the Northeast corner of Route 14 and Pingree Road, Jameson's Charhouse in Crystal Lake has been serving steaks, chops, and fresh fish since 2009. Open for lunch, dinner, and all holidays. Call to make reservations today!

Reviewed By kek - Lake in the Hills, IL

Food and service are just ok. Can't say anything I have had here was bad but nothing wowed me. I asked for steak to be prepared
rare and it arrived medium well done. Server seemed put out when I sent it back. Mashed potatoes are great but should not be the highlight of the plate. Vegables undercooked. Grilled chicken was quite good on another visit. Service is generally good.

7. Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen

110 N Main St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-4433 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 815-356-9980
Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 202 reviews

Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen

Casual gastropub featuring gourmet sandwiches and comfort food featuring locally sourced organic and sustainable foods. Over 140 different Craft Brews and Belgian Ales, 21 of which are on draft.

Reviewed By Calmac3 - Crystal Lake, Illinois

Since Duke's changed its menu, increased its prices, and have adopted a rather snobby wait staff, we've decreased our dining at Duke's; even the local and organic food sources aren't enough of a draw to get us back in. We liked the bar and outside patio especially for lunch, but......Be aware that parking can be difficult, especially at popular times--their lot is too small and street parking costs (pay at the train station). Nope, we're not coming back and we used to be fairly regular...

8. Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

6320 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7935 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 815-477-8300
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

Reviewed By George A - Chicago, Illinois

Went to Kyoto Japanese Restaurant with my wife and cousin Chris who lives in Huntly, IL. We sat at a table with a family of seven. The Chief was very entertaining and cooked and presented the food very well! I would strongly recommend this restaurant to any couple or family group. Good presentation of food, good performance of Chief who cooks the food right at your table and fair prices. Will return some day with Chris and his family!

9. Around the Clock

5011 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7330 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 815-459-2100
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 143 reviews

Around the Clock

Reviewed By Kristin G

This is a family favorite and a common location for a weekend breakfast. We always enjoyed our food and the bakery goods. Service is professional and efficient.

10. 1776 Restaurant

397 W Virginia St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-5754 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 815-356-1776
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

1776 Restaurant

Reviewed By Noodles46

I know the owner is new, but the kitchen staff is the same. We went on a Saturday with the reservation and we're seated at the front of the restaurant by the door. If the tables were way too close together people kept bumping into us and it was very cold every time the door opened. Although the kitchen is the same the food was not. I ordered the rack of lamb it was tough and flavourless. My husband had the trout and although it was good it was a very small portion. The couple with us both had steaks and they were tough. Our waitress was attentive and did the best she could but everyone was overwhelmed. When we were leaving, we asked to use the exit door in the bar and were told it was locked. As crowded as this restaurant is I think that is very dangerous! We will try again on a weeknight but we were very very disappointed.

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