Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Buffalo Grove is home to about forty five thousand residents, and they aren't the only ones who love it. Money magazine rated the village number 65 on their list of "Best Places to Live" in 2009, and we would have to agree! There are many excellent schools and libraries in the area, plus the Raupp Museum which collects and displays the history of the village, all of which make it a great place to raise a family. Vince Vaughn is perhaps the most famous actor to come out of the area, but he's certainly not the only famous person who has called it home. Raymond Benson, Andy Wozniewski, and Brett Lebda are a few more. These are our favorite places to drink and dine in the 60089 zip code!


We love the wide array of flavors at Winberie's Restaurant & Bar, with a menu that pulls its inspiration from Italian, French, and American cultures. The Sam Adams cheddar and beer fondue has brought us in multiple times and once you taste it you'll understand why! But everything on the menu is good, from the chicken to the fish to the steaks. An excellent wine selection too, with more than two dozen available by the glass!

Address: 800 West Lake Cook Road
Phone: 847.520.7447


Buffalo Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor is a family friendly dining establishment that's also a major hangout spot for many of the locals. There are always daily specials that will get your mouth watering, and they've got all your old fashioned favorites from malts to ice cream, from burgers to chicken, and of course the world class service that you'd expect. Gotta love this one.

Address: 1180 West Lake Cook Road
Phone: 847.808.1120


Lou Malnati's is perhaps best known for their deep dish pizza, and though it's definitely crave-worthy, it's not the only thing worth ordering on that vast menu of delicious delights! If you're a fan of the thin crust, they've got that too, plus a full menu of sandwiches, pastas, soups, salads, and so much more. The waitstaff is always super friendly and the atmosphere is fun and lively. An all around great restaurant!

Address: 85 S Buffalo Grove Rd
Phone: 800-LOU-TO-GO


We always go to Village Bar & Grill in Buffalo Grove for their world famous chicken fingers, but that's just the tip of the iceberg and the beginning of a great night! The rest of their menu just gets better and better. This also happens to be one of our favorite locations to rent out for private parties, including but definitely not limited to baby showers and bridal parties. It's also perfect for golf events and barbecues since the outdoor patio overlooks the gorgeous golf course! We highly recommend Village Bar & Grill for private events of less than one hundred guests!

Address: 48 Raupp Boulevard
Phone: 847.459.5522


If you are in the mood for some great wings and beer, Adam's Rib Ale House is your best bet. You can't beat the convenient Buffalo Grove location, and of course their wide selection of beers is the big draw here. They've got a lot of rare ones that you won't find everywhere. The pulled pork sandwiches are fantastic and the service is always fast and friendly.

Address: 301 Milwaukee Avenue
Phone: 847.279.1700


We're bigger fans of the pub than the pizza side, not that the pizza isn't fantastic, because it is... but the pub just has a certain neighborhood charm that we can't get enough of. Think "Cheers." They've got karaoke on Fridays that's always a blast, and if you're a sports fan you'll enjoy the local memorabilia as well as the TV. If all that isn't enough to keep you busy, there's always the video games, or just the friendly crowds who are welcoming to newcomers like you! Love this place.

Address: 1178 McHenry Road
Phone: 847.459.4900


India House Restaurant is a wonderful place to indulge in some tasty Indian delicacies. Their food represents several different areas of India including Bombay and Delhi, and they've got both street fare and home style tandoori, plus a few of the more rare specialties that would only be tasted by the most royal in the country! The daily lunch buffet is excellent and it gives you a chance to taste a little of everything!

Address: 228-230 McHenry Road
Phone: 847.520.5569


Continental Restaurant is one of those family style places that you'd be apt to pass up if someone didn't recommend it to you, and that's exactly why we are. They've got all your classic favorites including some of the best soups we've ever tasted, and the service is so good you'll swear you've stepped back into a simpler time. Very clean and comfortable surroundings!

Address: 788 South Buffalo Grove Road
Phone: 847.459.4095


Hanabi Japanese Restaurant is tucked away in a shopping center, so you may not even notice it when you drive by, but it's definitely worth a stop. When you're craving some delicious sushi but you don't want to get dressed up and go to one of the fancier and more traditional Japanese restaurants, this informal neighborhood haunt will be just right. They've got great weekly specials and a frequent diners program that will help you to save money. Happy Hour is from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Sunday thru Thursday! Twenty-five percent your total bill!

Address: 734 South Buffalo Grove Road
Phone: 847.215.9088


Melting Pot Restaurant is one of the most romantic and elegant places to dine, and it also happens to be a great way to connect with new or old friends. There's nothing else quite like sharing a fondue pot and some great conversation. They've got great specials for two, so if you're celebrating a special anniversary or getting to know someone on a new level, you will really enjoy the intimate and sensual dining experience here. A bit pricey compared to other restaurants, but you get so much more for your money here. A truly memorable experience.

Address: 1205 West Dundee Road
Phone: 847.342.6022

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