Crystal Lake, Illinois

Crystal Lake's slogan is "A Good Place to Live," but it's also an excellent place to visit, especially if you're looking for some really fantastic restaurants and bars. Located within Mchenry County, it is also the largest city in the county, with more than forty thousand people calling it home. There are many different neighborhoods within the city, including Prairie Ridge, Bull Valley, Downtown Crystal Lake, Coventry, Four Colonies, The Villages, Wedgewood, West End, North Shore, The Vista, and Lakewood. These are our favorite drinking and dining spots in the 60012, 60014, and 60039 zip codes!


Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen is a true Crystal Lake institution! You can come in for your favorite home cooked favorites, all the while enjoying the best ales and brews that you'll find in this area. The service is fast and friendly and the atmosphere is rustic and wonderful. We've been here many times and have had nothing but great experiences! Highly recommended!

Address: 110 North Main Street
Phone: 815.356.9980


Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria is yet another one of those classic Chicago pizzerias that we just can't get enough of. Perfectly prepared crust, just the right amount of sauce and cheese, and carefully distributed toppings, all baked up just right... our mouths are watering just telling you about it! If you haven't visited in a while, come and remind yourself why this classic is a classic!

Address: 75 East Woodstock Street
Phone: 815.459.8888


Around the Clock Restaurant is a casual restaurant with a family feel. If you're just wanting some great homecooked food, a cup of coffee, and great conversation, heading to Around the Clock with some of your best friends is an easy choice. They've also got a bakery so you can pick up your favorite baked goods after dinner. Their pies are to die for!

Address: 5011 Northwest Highway
Phone: 815.459.2100

1776 Restaurant

The slogan of 1776 Restaurant is "The American Revolution in Dining," and from the moment you walk through that door you'll feel like you've stepped back in time, and in a completely different way than any other old fashioned restaurant you've been to! With a patriotic old America feel and an incredible wall of wine... oh and did we mention that incredible home cooked food? 1776 Restaurant definitely won the war for our taste buds!

Address: 397 Virginia Street
Phone: 815.356.1776


Nick's Pizza & Pub is your best bet in Crystal Lake if you want to have a piping hot pizza and an ice cold beer. There's no more perfect combo than that. The pizzas are perfectly prepared here by expert pizza chefs, and of course their other entrees are equally delicious and often overlooked! Don't make that mistake, there's much more here than just pizza. Great drink selection too!

Address: 856 Pyott Road
Phone: 815.356.5550


We adore Porter's Oyster Bar & Yellowtails Sports Bar & Grill because they're run by entrepreneurs who really know how to please their patrons. The entire experience here from start to finish is one of dining and drinking pleasure! The service is outstanding. The martinis are noteworthy. The wine list is impressive. And of course the food is divine. If you're looking for a great place to take that special date, or the perfect venue for an imrpessive business lunch, this is it!

Address: 446 West Virginia Street
Phone: 815.356.0700


Fire Bar & Grill is just an awesome low key bar where you can kick back and enjoy some of the best bands in town. Every Friday night they've got live entertainment, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they've got karaoke night so you can give those bands a run for their money. They say they've got the largest selection of karaoke songs in the entire midwest with over two hundred thousand songs. And it definitely doesn't hurt that you get to sing on the same stage that those bands play on. Very cool place for the wannabe star to party!

Address: 435 Angela Lane, Suite 4
Phone: 815.459.3473


There's no better sushi restaurant than Kyoto, and we always make it a point to stop here when we're in the Crystal Lake area. There are of course a lot of great places for sushi and Japanese food in the Chicago area, but the thing that really sets this place apart is the excellent service. The waitstaff is truly attentive and caring, and they always make us feel right at home. Kyoto gets our highest recommendation.

Address: 6320 Northwest Highway
Phone: 815.477.8300


Forget that other pancake joint that you thought was the best. Richard Walker's Pancake House is creeping up to that number one spot on our list, and with good reason! The pancakes are of course top notch, but we're also hooked on their omelettes. The best thing is that they've got a complete lunch menu here too, so you're not stuck with just breakfast all day long! Highly recommended any time of day!

Address: 5680 Northwest Highway
Phone: 815.479.9000


For the freshest Chinese food in town, Chen's King Wok Restaurant is the clear choice. That royal name only begins to hint at the wonderful food that you'll find within. All your favorites are here, from chop suey to General Tso's, and everything in between. The service is excellent and very attentive. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves great Chinese food!

Address: 6100 Northwest Highway
Phone: 815.356.8899

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