Round Lake Beach, Illinois
Round Lake Beach is one of the most densely populated suburbs of Chicago, with close to thirty thousand residents at last count. It's easily accessible by train vya Metra's North Central Service, linking it easily to both Antioch and Chicago. If you're heading into this cozy little village any time soon, you will want a great reference for places to dine and drink. This page contains a listing of our favorite restaurants and bars in Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, and Round Lake Heights!
Olando's Pizza Parlor & 50s Soda Shop
We adore Olando's for its fifties-style charm, it's delicious pizza and sodas, and of course that old fashioned friendly service. Off the appetizers menu we are in love with the Cajun fries, the potato wedges, and the boneless Buffalo wings! In terms of the salads, we love Diana's Chicken Salad and of course the crabmeat salad. We would highly recommend the all beef Vienna hot dog with fries, or the 1/4 lb jumbo dog. When it comes to the ice cream part of the shop, there are sodas, malts, shakes, sodas, sundaes, and so much more! We love this place.
Address: 843 West Rollins Road
Rancho Nuevo has some of the most delicious Mexican treats that you'll ever enjoy. We're absolutely hooked on the enchiladas suizas with steak, and even the basic tacos are just fantastic. Their tamales, chiles rellenos, and huevos rancheros are all ridiculously good too. Very good rice and beans here as well. The recipes that are used here are all authentic and passed down from generation to generation, and that's why this is some of the best food in town. Very highly recommended!
Address: 234 North Cedar Lake Road
MRS V'S RESTAURANT
We really love Mrs. V's Restaurant because they've got some of the best breakfast you have ever tasted, and it's served all day long. They've always got your choice of two homemade soups, and they are always so delicious. Sometimes we just stop in for a quick cup of coffee and a quick chat with good friends who live in the area, and sometimes we linger for a long time and enjoy a full meal. The waffles are fantastic, as are the burgers, pasta, and ribs! So delicious. Great ambiance and service too.
Address: 855 East Rollins Road
Absolute best Chinese food in the Round Lake Beach area, hands down! Everything is completely fresh and cooked to order. They've been in business for well over a decade, and we wouldn't be surprised if they're still around in another decade or two! And hopefully they will. We're big fans of their sweet and sour dishes in particular, and their rice is also very good. Great service and excellent ambiance as well.
Address: 803 East Rollins Road
HONG KONG CHINESE RESTAURANT
Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant is yet another excellent place to indulge in fantastic Chinese delicacies in the Round Lake Beach area. The prices are very affordable here, so you can enjoy the best dishes without breaking the bank! It's nothing fancy by any means, but the food is really delicious and we can't get enough of the Kung Pao and fantastic egg rolls. Really great fried rice and General Tso's too.
Address: 214 West Washington Street
TACOS EL NORTE
Tacos El Norte is tucked in a cozy corner of a shopping center, but don't let that plain exterior fool you, there's a wonderful restaurant inside! They have some of the very freshest Mexican food that we've ever tasted, and the steak fajitas are truly one of our favorite things on the menu. Their most popular items are the chips and salsa, nacho meat, taco salad, steak tacos asada, taco pescado, tacos al pastor (barbecue pork), tacos lengua (beef tongue), tacos pollo (chicken), tacos camaron (shrimp), and of course all their fabulous burritos! And don't neglect the chile relleno! So good!
Address: 906 East Rollins Road
KRISTOF'S ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
Kristof's Entertainment Center is a complete all-in-one entertainment experience, including bowling, billiards, a bar, an arcade, mini golf, go karts, and even batting cages! It's impossible to get a group of your friends together and not find something here that they will enjoy, and most likely they'll enjoy every single facet of it! It's been a very popular place for the past thirty years for both special events and just great nights out with friends. They've got special group rates that will save you some serious cash too! Be sure to check out Kristof's any time you are in the Round Lake Beach area!
Address: 421 West Rollins Road
Copas is a low key neighborhood bar where you can kick back with an ice cold beer and some awesome Mexican specialties including fabulous menudo, delicious tacos de carne asada, and a really great caldo de camaron. They're open early so you can stop in for lunch, and it's a great way to get a serious dose of relaxation and great food in the middle of the day without having to spend too much. Very friendly staff, great dive bar atmosophere, and really fun regulars who you can make conversation with if you happen to stop in alone on your lunch hour!
Address: 304 North Cedar Lake Road
A J'S BAR
AJ's Bar is one of the cooler places to hang out on Washington Street in Round Lake Beach. On the weekends you can rock out with the live bands that play here or sometimes with a DJ, and all week long you'll enjoy great service and fun crowds. They've got a great selection of beers on draft and in bottles, and a very nice array of liquors and spirits as well. Very highly recommended.
Address: 114 East Washington Street
THE VILLAGE SPIRIT
The Village Spirit has the perfect name, because it really has an incredible vibe that conjures up images of great retro bars from years past, including the iconic "Cheers" that we're always searching for in our own neighborhoods. The staff is super friendly and the crowds are energetic and lively. They've got fabulous bands playing on the weekends and it's a great place to catch the game on TV too. This place definitely has its charm!
Address: 1123 North Cedar Lake Road