Top 10 restaurants in DeKalb, United States

April 14, 2018 Rosalyn Ihle

DeKalb /dɪˈkælb/ is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 43,862 according to the 2010 census, up from 39,018 at the 2000 census. The city is named after decorated German war hero Johann de Kalb, who died during the American Revolutionary War.
Things to do in DeKalb

1. Ollie's Frozen Custard

2290 Oakland Dr, Sycamore, IL 60178-3112 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 815-758-8222
Excellent
85%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 110 reviews

Ollie's Frozen Custard

Reviewed By Catherine M - Genoa, United States

Best ice cream around. Worth the wait in the long summer lines. Get some and bring home a pint. There is always a flavor of the day. Opening day is always anticipated and hard to wait for.

2. Egg Haven Pancakes and Cafe

2562 Sycamore Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115-2052 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 815-748-1200
Excellent
64%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Egg Haven Pancakes and Cafe

Reviewed By Hack W

Despite being "overly breakfast" you can enjoy a descent sandwich, salad, soup or burger at Egg Haven... Some new tea and cold beverage options are now on a separate menu...This regular staff working fast n friendly, so enthusiastic, always makes the dinning experience a triumph...tip them well as the prices have gone up but not the quality of your meal...Opa Pete!

3. Fatty's Pub and Grill

1312 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-2906 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 815-758-7737
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 179 reviews

Fatty's Pub and Grill

Reviewed By Mdcinbad - Kenosha, Wisconsin

The staff here were unbelievable! This place rocks! The food was great! We showed up with a group of 30+ people and they never batted an eye. They were packed and still found room for ALL of use.

4. Portillo's Hot Dogs

1780 Dekalb Ave, Sycamore, IL 60178-2810 Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 815-895-0100
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Portillo's Hot Dogs

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

Reviewed By SanJan1939 - Coupeville, Washington

It doesn't matter which Portillo's a person chooses, the hot dog or beef sandwich is a taste of Chicago and necessary for an exChicagoan to have several times during their visit!

5. Ellwood Steak and Fish House

2219 Sycamore Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115-2046 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +1 815-901-0270
Excellent
56%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Ellwood Steak and Fish House

Reviewed By Beth P - DeKalb, Illinois

This place has excellent service and a solid fine dining menu. I do not eat red meat but the rest of my family does and have enjoyed everything from steaks to meatloaf and have raved about the lamb chops. I love the seafood, especially the scallops and salmon. Although a bit pricey, the bar serves small plates for $6 on Sunday through Thursday and it is a solid option for lighter fare at a good price. I will often get chicken skewers and a side baked potato for a full meal deal.

6. Tapa La Luna

226 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3229 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +1 815-217-0990
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Tapa La Luna

Reviewed By 2jbsdad - Kent, Ohio

As an out of towner, I chose this restaurant because it was open and it served wine and beer. Lucky choice. the goat cheese appetizer was very good...and the prosciutto,apple and brie sandwich was a pleasant change of pace from the usual selections in a bar and restaurant.

Wait staff was pleasant; we were not hurried, but we were served quickly, thanks! It was late and we had just finished a 7 hour drive. I'd be happy to go again.

7. Thai Pavilion

131 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3205 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 815-756-6445
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Thai Pavilion

Reviewed By Wilma608 - Maple Park, Illinois

I took our college-aged son out to dinner here last night. Unremarkable appearance from the street, but like they say, appearances can be deceiving. We had very attentive wait staff from the time we came in -- 2 waitresses & they both took the time to check on all the diners. My son (who is just back from a college-related study in Thailand) had the Pad Thai, which he loved. I had the Chicken Delight, and it was excellent, but I wish I'd asked them to spice it up a little -- they are very mindful of Midwestern diners & it was not very spicy at all.
Before our dinner, we tried the "Crying Tiger" appetizer -- small strips of beef with a dipping sauce. It's a sauce that's made right on the premises, and it is delicious! I wish it were available commercially!
Most dinner entrees were priced at $12-15. Lunch menu on the back was less.
I'm so tempted to go back tonight & try something else!

8. Lincoln Inn

240 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3229 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 815-756-2345
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Lincoln Inn

Reviewed By RozfromIL - Chicago

We have eaten here many times just for breakfast. Food is good and a wide variety of offering. They bake their own bread and rolls. Fresh Cinnamon and Pecan rolls yum! Coffee is hot and they keep it coming. Nothing fancy but clean and homey and on the main St. so some times parking can be a problem. Worth a try.

9. O'Leary's Ale House

260 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3229 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Irish, Bar Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +1 815-748-0000
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 80 reviews

O'Leary's Ale House

Reviewed By Jamie T

This was a great experience from the beginning to the end. Parking was a little bit far away but overall a great time with my family. We had sweet potato tater tots as our appetizer, my husband had a couple of draft craft beers (including Gumballhead from 3 Floyd's and Citra-Hero from Revolution Brewing) and the Friday night fish fry special. My daughter had the original mac and cheese with bacon that was the most amazing comfort food ever created. The cheese strung from her fork four inches down to her place! I had the avocado ranch black bean burger and seasoned fries which was phenomenal! Our bill came to $63.49 before tip. Our waitress, Jessica, also gave great customer service throughout the evening. We will be back!

10. Pizza Villa

824 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3010 Seating, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 815-758-8116
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Pizza Villa

A family owned business that has been a staple of the community since 1956. We have 5 levels of dining including a banquet room and a game room. We specialize in thin crust pizza, our original villa nuggets, as well as pasta and broasted chicken.

Reviewed By Jennifer E - Rochelle, Illinois

Went to Pizza Villa with my family while my brother was visiting from MT. They were able to accommodate 16 of us, upstairs. The kids were able to play video games while waiting for the food to come out, so they were entertained. We ordered a taco pizza, a pepperoni pizza, the Villa special, and the chicken-bacon-ranch pizza. I thought the pizza tasted great; especially the chicken, bacon, ranch. The crust was thin and very cracker, crispy - although it was a little on the greasy side. The beer nuggets were delicious. The atmosphere was great. The waitress was friendly and helpful. The only thing I didn't like was you have to order when we first walk in, unless you are ordering on one ticket. So if you're waiting for the late-comers, it's a pain.

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