Palatine, Illinois is a welcoming village in Cook County with a population of just over 65,000. The downtown area has been undergoing massive renovations since 1999, and it's with a brand new train station springing up to bring in visitors, plus new condos, parking garages, and commercial structures. There are beautiful parks throughout the city too. No matter what your destination is within the city, you've got to stop for a bite to eat or something to drink! Here are our picks for restaurants and bars in the zip codes of 60067, 60074, 60078, 60094, 60095, 60173, and 60195!
DURTY NELLIE'S PUB
Nothing like kicking off our list with a great Irish pub! Durty Nellie's Pub is our go-to spot for the best bar fare and beer. They've got lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. There are always daily specials on drinks that help you to go a little easier on your wallet, and the crowds are always fun and friendly. Great bartenders and staff, and that laid back pub atmosphere that you love.
Address: 180 North Smith Street
EMMETT'S TAVERN & BREWING CO
When you see the words "brewing co" you start to get excited for those one of a kind microbrews, but most of the modern breweries are a little stark. Not this one. It's warm and inviting, the way a tavern should be! Beyond just the beers they also have delicious salads and sandwiches to fill you up. The waitstaff is incredibly friendly and helpful if you're new to the microbrewery process, and always happy to explain things to you and your party about how it's done.
Address: 110 North Brockway Street
CHRISTL'S GERMAN INN
If you adore German fare, you will want to check out Christl's. This cozy little restaurant has all your favorite traditional German dishes, from weiner schnitzel to sauerbraten, and of course that sweet and delicious apple streudel. Everything is homemade and packed with flavor. The decor is very simple, not overly kitschy, and they don't try too hard to convince you that it's an authentic German restaurant. They don't have to. The proof is in the food! Excellent service, comfortable atmosphere, and so many reasons to come back time and time again.
Address: 45 West Slade Street
LOU MALNATI'S PIZZERIA
If you're craving Chicago deep dish in Palatine, look no further! Lou Malnati's has got it. If you take the time to look up their reviews on the most popular restaurant review sites, you'll see these words time and time again: "Best Chicago deep dish pizza!" It's not just the pizza that's worth writing home about... the service is also out of this world. Very attentive and caring waitstaff make sure that your dining experience is a pleasant one. Don't miss this cozy little pizzeria.
Address: 287 North Northwest Highway
MINT JULEP BISTRO
Mint Julep Bistro is such a great place to take friends or family, or even that romantic date with your special someone. It's truly essential to get the appetizer platter every time you go, with the fried green tomatoes and okra! So delicious. All your Southern favorites are here. Note that they are only open for lunch, Sunday bistro breakfast, and afternoon tea. The hours for lunch are Tuesday thru Sunday 11am-3pm. Bistro breakfast is Sundays from 9:30am-2pm. And afternoon tea service is Tuesday thru Sunday, with reservations only, from 1pm-4pm.
Address: 53 West Slade Street
HENG WING CANTONESE & AMERICAN RESTAURANT
Heng Wing gets rave reviews from everyone in the Palatine area who loves Chinese food. Many say it's the best Chinese food they have ever tasted, and we definitely agree. They've had the same staff for as many years as we can remember, and they are always so friendly and happy to see you when you come in. Their specialties are Cantonese steak, asparagus chicken and shrimp, and orange roughy. Affordable prices, and a full bar too!
Address: 121 West Palatine Road
You'd be hard pressed to find sushi better than what they serve at Sushi-Ai! This is world class sushi, as fresh as it can possibly be, served in generous portions and at unbelievably reasonable prices! This is probably one of the most romantic spots in the area to bring a date, and it's also a very classy place to enjoy lunch or dinner with friends. If anyone in your party is new to sushi and sashimi, the waitstaff is always happy to explain everything and help them find something that will suit their tastes.
Address: 710 West Euclid Avenue
SIRI THAI TWO
Not only does Siri Thai Two serve up some of the best Thai food you've ever tasted, they also have authentic Thai music and dancing on Friday nights! The Paid Thai and potstickers are our two favorite items on the menu, though they are of the tried and true variety! If you want something more unique, there are hundreds of items on the menu that fit the bill. Great service, beautiful atmosphere, and low prices.
Address: 40 West Palatine Road
IDOLS SPORTS BAR & GRILL
There's no better place to catch the big game than at Idols Sports Bar & Grill. Good looking crowds, friendly servers and bartenders, and daily specials to help you spend a little less cash. They've got DJs spinning the sounds on Thursday and Friday nights, and plasma TVs for UFC events!
Address: 1601 North Rand Road
Donkey Inn is a contemporary American restaurant where you can get all your favorites like ribs, chicken, and pasta. They're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it's a great place to take your family and friends for a hearty bite to eat. There's a great balance between the dining area and the bar area, so you can choose one or both. Why not have dinner and drinks and make a night of it?
Address: 923 South Plum Grove Road