Vernon Hills, Illinois

Yet another of Chicago's largest suburbs, Vernon Hills is a village in Lake County with just over twenty thousand residents. It's the home of Cuneo Museum, Vernon Hills Golf Course, White Deer Run GOlf Course, and Zanies Comedy Club, as well as many shopping centers and parks including Westfield Hawthorn, Rivertree Shopping Center, Big Bear Lake, and Lake Charles Park. If you're coming to Vernon Hills for business or pleasure, you will want to refer to the list below of our favorite bars and restaurants in the 60061 zip code!


When you're craving Japanese Teppanyaki style cuisine and you're in the Vernon Hills area, there is no better choice than Tsukasa of Tokyo. It's located conveniently on North Milwaukee Avenue. They've got many different types of food here including sushi, seafood, salads, vegetable dishes, and so much more. We love the drink selection which includes plenty of imported beers, sake, and even Mugi Shochu. Very highly recommended to any lovers of Japanese food!

Address: 561 North Milwaukee Avenue
Phone: 847.816.8770


Opa Estiatorio is the best Greek restaurant in all of Vernon Hills. We consider ourselves baklava aficianados, and the baklava they serve here is truly top notch. There's no better way to wrap up your meal. Their pastitsio is also fantastic, and two of our other favorites are the moussaka and of course that flaming saganaki! The service is outstanding, with lots of attention to detail. They really care about you having a great dining experience and they make sure that everything is to your liking. This is a wonderful place to have dinner any night of the week.

Address: 950 Lakeview Parkway
Phone: 847.968.4300


The Peacock is a classic Indian restaurant where you can relax in the low key atmosphere and enjoy some of the most flavorful Indian food in all of Chicago. Their tandoori dishes are really amazing, just packed to the brim with outstanding flavor and aroma. They've got the most high quality meats of any Indian restaurant we have visited in the area, and we love the friendly service and the knowledge of the servers when it comes to the items on the menu. Very pleasant dining experience.

Address: 700 North Milwaukee Avenue
Phone: 847.816.3100


Portillo's Hot Dogs, as you know, is an absolute Chicago tradition. We love the Vernon Hills location. Their Chicago style hot dogs are some of the best we've ever tasted, and we love all their other specialties too. Everything is served piping hot, just the way you like it. We can't imagine coming into Vernon Hills without stopping for a Portillo's dog!

Address: 221 East Townline Road
Phone: 847.367.7290


Silk Mandarin Restaurant is one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in all of Chicago! Many have said that they've got the best Chinese food in the entire area, and we definitely agree. Their lunch buffet is a great way to save a few bucks while still treating yourself to a full meal (and then some!), and their sushi is also really fantastic. Large portions, friendly service, and great ambiance. One of our highest recommendations.

Address: 4 East Phillip Road
Phone: 847.680.1760


Philly G's is a great Italian restaurant and steakhouse that we've been a fan of for quite some time. They've got wonderful pastas, steaks, and fish, and the warm friendly ambiance makes it a very nice choice for business lunches and romantic dinners alike. We'd recommend the Eight Finger Cavatelli, the Chicken alla Gilardi, and the Shrimp De Jonghe. They often have special events too, so check their website or give them a call for complete details. Definitely one of our favorite places in the Vernon Hills area!

Address: 1252 East US Highway 45
Phone: 847.634.1811


Looking for an upscale Thai restaurant that really gives you a fully impressive dining experience along with fresh and delicious food? Green Basil Thai Restaurant is it. Their house specialties are Pla Nung Manao, Scallops with Chili Paste, Seafood Curry, Green Basil Duck, Roasted Duck with Curry Sauce, Halibut Sam Rod, Lamb Green Curry, Filet Panang, Sea Bass Jeean, and Snapper Deluxe. We've tried them all and they are fantastic! Very highly recommended for romantic dates and special occasions!

Address: 701 North Milwaukee Avenue, Unit 284
Phone: 847.918.8858


On The Border Mexican Grill is one of the few chain restaurants that we really highly recommend, because it just doesn't feel like a chain restaurant! The food is truly top notch quality, the ambiance is comfortable and fun, and the servers are very friendly and welcoming. They've got some of the best guacamole we've ever had, and great seasonal specials that will really make your mouth water. Always a great time!

Address: 535 Lakeview Parkway
Phone: 847.918.8235


McCarthy's is such a fun restaurant and a wonderful place to gather with friends to celebrate those special times. We love their half price bottles of wine on Wednesdays, and they've also got buck fifty domestic bottles of beer on Thursdays. Sunday through Thursday you can get a three course meal for only ten bucks! You can't beat the prices and you can't find better service anywhere in town. Just an all around great place.

Address: 506 Hawthorn Center
Phone: 847.367.4704


We really love Sushi Masa Restaurant. It's got a convenient location on North Milwaukee Avenue, and a really great atmosphere that just seems to draw you right in. They've got fabulous sushi, maki, and udon that will really make your mouth water. Best of all the staff is very knowledgeable about everything that they offer, so even if you're brand new to Japanese cuisine, you don't need to feel overwhelmed at all. Just ask whatever questions you have and enjoy!

Address: 701 North Milwaukee Avenue #344
Phone: 847.549.0101

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