Where to Eat in Harvard: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Harvard is a city located in McHenry County, Illinois, approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of the Illinois/Wisconsin border. The population was 9,447 at the 2010 census. The city is 63 miles (101 km) from the Chicago Loop, and it is the last stop on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line.
Things to do in Harvard

1. Heritage House

21225 E US Highway 14, Harvard, IL 60033-8778 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, German Dinner +1 815-943-6153
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Heritage House

Reviewed By R Bruce D - Chicago, Illinois

Heritage House is a prototypical Wisconsin type supper club. The relish tray and home prepared food is exactly what you would expect from a supper club. The food is fresh, local and very good. German influence and fine surroundings. The ambiance and friendly staff are what you want in a supper club. Worth the visit.

2. Swiss Maid Bakery

104 E Brainard St, Harvard, IL 60033-2895 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast +1 815-943-7282
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 28 reviews

Reviewed By BostonRae - Harvard, Illinois

Great selection of sweet rolls and very reasonable prices for fresh made pastries. Woodstock and Harvard locations equally good. I visited Woodstock in the late afternoon (4:30) and was very pleased with the selection and nothing was dried out or old tasting!

3. Dairy Queen

605 S Division St, Harvard, IL 60033-8633 +1 815-943-2663
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By Brenda S - Marengo, Illinois

Typical DQ. It is nice to have one in this small town. I enjoy going there in the summer time. It is a nice treat.

4. Angelo's Pizza and Restaurant

205 E Front St, Harvard, IL 60033-2970 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza Dinner +1 815-943-6458
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 23 reviews

Angelo's Pizza and Restaurant

Reviewed By Traderjoey - Chicago, Illinois

We came in with a party of seven and there wasn't one person who didn't love their meal. From the eggplant, to the lasagna to the prime rib sandwich, there were 7 very satifield dinners. The place is small and cute and has an old world charm to it. It's always nice when the owner/chef comes out to check on your after your meal. Next time I'll have to try the pizza. Seemingly in the middle of no-where you're brought back to Italy. Stop it.

5. Harvard Doughnut

311 S Division St, Harvard, IL 60033-3229 Breakfast +1 815-943-1550
Excellent
50%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
50%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By mmynatt - Yorkville, Illinois

We drive through Harvard on our way to Lake Geneva and we load up on sweets and breads. There's nothing like this near our house. It's a must

6. Red's Tavern & Pizzeria

19620 Il Route 173, Harvard, IL 60033-9416 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Pizza, Bar, Pub Dinner +1 815-943-4951
Excellent
75%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Red's Tavern & Pizzeria

Reviewed By RMH462 - Antioch, Illinois

We drove past this establishment many times going back and forth to Rockford, IL.
I looked up reviews and saw such great comments on their pizza. We decided to take a ride out on a Saturday night to try their pizza. Arrived a bit after 7:30pm and missed the dinner crowd. Sat at the bar and ordered deep fried mushrooms with ranch for an appetizer and a small cheese with 1/2 sausage pizza.
The mushrooms were fresh from the fryer, hot and tasty. Coating was good and stayed on the mushroom when you bit into it.
The pizza was fabulous with homemade crust, sauce and sausage.. Really, really good thin crust.
The bartender and his wife are the new owners. SUPER friendly couple. They made you feel at home. I believe they are family of the original owners and are maintaining the great food quality and friendliness of the small town tavern eatery it has been over the vast amount of years.
Would definitely recommend to anyone. Plan on returning with friends.
**Just know it's cash only.

7. Bopp's Grill and Saloon

103 E Front St, Harvard, IL 60033-2831 Lunch, Dinner +1 815-943-7033
Excellent
45%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By Princeton1212 - Leadville, Colorado

Your typically older Midwest bar! Wasn't able to try the food but heard from many locals that the burgers are amazing! Family friendly atmosphere before the shift to the drinks! The beer selection is large and the service all around is amazing! Would have loved to stay longer!

8. Town and Country Restaurant

17 N Ayer St, Harvard, IL 60033-2860 +1 815-943-6606
Excellent
84%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By elanj123 - Kenosha, Wisconsin

Amazing pancakes...needed no syrup, that's crazy!!! I got 2 bacon, 2 sausage and 2 pancakes with scrambled eggs. Not bad for hometown greasy spoons:.)
Checkout the weird painted décor...I think the owner is some sort of artist. The ladies room was decorated with a painting that was art gallery worthy, I was kinda shocked!!! The waitress was pleasant also and food was scorching hot, nice!!! No bar inside, btw. Family and cozy!!!

9. Big Foot Inn

11508 N US Highway 14, Harvard, IL 60033-9151 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 815-943-4740
Excellent
24%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 33 reviews

Big Foot Inn

Reviewed By msgtp - Rapid City, South Dakota

Old time supper club in the little town of Big Foot straddling the WI/IL border. Seems to be right out of the 1950's but regrettably hasn't been updated since. Nice enough brunch and a step back in history.

10. La Trinidad

207 S Ayer St, Harvard, IL 60033-2808 Seating Mexican, Latin Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 815-943-7220
Excellent
27%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

La Trinidad

Reviewed By Russell J - Belvidere, Illinois

Harvard is a small town, not a huge selection of restaurants, so was very happy to find La Trinidad. Complimentary chips and salsa are served immediately and the server was friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is nicely done in a Southwestern motif, good lighting, clean and Spanish music playing in the background. I kept my order simple, beef taco dinner. Comes with rice and beans. My girlfriend ordered Lengua with red sauce. Both dishes were delicious. I've never tasted Lengua (tongue) and I was not disappointed. Tender and flavorful, I had to beg my girlfriend for more samples. The beef tacos I ordered were great as well. We will be going back to La Trinidad soon, maybe tonight!

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