Algonquin Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Algonquin

April 14, 2018 Florencio Paulino

Algonquin is a village in Illinois located in both McHenry and Kane counties. It is a northwest suburb of Chicago, located approximately 40 miles from the Loop. The 2010 Census placed the Village's population at 30,046, growing considerably from the 2000 Census figure of 23,276.
Things to do in Algonquin

1. Montarra

1491 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102-5918 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 54 - SGD 105 +1 847-458-0505
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Montarra

Reviewed By Kathleen L - dublin

Montarra is our go-to place for birthdays and other special occasions, it has a city feel in the suburbs, Beautiful Chihuly light pendant, water wall, cozy booths, lively bar and high top tables and excellent waitstaff. Wines by the glass are a bit pricey, but a great selection, the small plate menu is outstanding, and even the sides are large portions. We celebrated my husband's birthday last week and Montarra had put his name and birthday wishes in our personalized menus! A great touch, and our well trained waitress, Cassie was busy but never neglectful. We had the soup special, a creamy lobster, tuna tartar, the grouper tostadas, brussels sprouts with bacon, petite filet mignon crisp and an apple crisp type dessert with more birthday wishes--we licked our plates, every bite was deslish and done perfectly! Thank you for another great celebration!

2. Country Donuts

181 W Virginia St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7201 Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American Breakfast +1 815-455-2028
Excellent
89%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 171 reviews

Country Donuts

We have been making the worlds best donuts in Crystal Lake since 1976. Scaled, mixed, bench rolled and handcut using the science of baking. We take great pride in doing it RIGHT! No shortcuts, just delicious donuts. Watch our bakers work through the kitchen window! Our coffee blend was developed by master roaster Mike Levinson, and it is roasted each week by Coffee Masters of Spring Grove, Illinois. A medium bodied all Arabica blend that stands up to cream and sugar. Our own espresso is used for our Lattes and iced coffees. We stand by every product we make with an unconditional guarantee: Love it or let us know and we will gladly replace or refund your money. We live and die by every sale. We want your experience to be a delicious one!

Reviewed By bgskyman - North Chicago, Illinois

Probably one of the best small donut shops I've been to. Not a huge chain so everything is made fresh and hot. The have a drive through, are very quick and courteous and really enjoy dealing with baked goods. They serve some special seasonal drinks as a bonus but you may want to grab your mocha from your favorite spot because I wasn't too excited by my drink. Not allot of seating in the busy place but grab a quick bite and enjoy the deliciousness.

3. Bistro Wasabi

4590 W Algonquin Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156-6721 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Sushi, Asian Dinner +1 847-515-2700
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Bistro Wasabi

Reviewed By Cletus33 - Chicago, Illinois

Still our favorite after many years. Never fails to impress. Tuna Tataki is a great appetizer. The Onogiroshi is my favorite chilled sake, and this is one of the few restaurants to carry it. Cocktails are also superior. Servers are very good. Fresh and fantasic quality. You will not be disappointed.

4. Randall Roadhouse

2267 Randall Rd, Carpentersville, IL 60110-3355 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pizza, Pub Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 847-836-3300
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Randall Roadhouse

Reviewed By CARA J - Saint Charles, Illinois

Our very first visit here and certainly not the last. The menu is impressive with lots of different selections from appetizers to sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads and entree's. I am sure there was a dessert section too but we were so stuffed we didn't look at it. Its a little pricey but the portions and quality more than make up for the price. My husband and I could've easily shared an entire meal and not have had so many left overs to bring home. The atmosphere is fun, easy going. Lots of flat screens all over the place so you don't miss a thing but its not loud and obnoxious like some places with that many tv's can be. The service was very good. The chef actually came to our table to see if we needed anything. This is not your average, run of the mill bar with bar food and we recommend it for sure.

5. Colonial Cafe

2555 Bunker Hill Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102-9742 Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 17 +1 847-458-6600
Excellent
32%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Colonial Cafe

Specialties Breakfast: Variety of Omelettes, Skillets, Benedits, Crepes, French Toast, Pancakes and More! Lunch: Take a bite from our large selection of delicious Sandwiches, Salads and Burgers! Dinner: Try our homestyle dinners including Cheesy Bacon Mac & Cheese, Meatloaf Baked Fresh Daily, Bruschetta Chicken, just to name a few! Ice Cream: Classic Ice Cream Sundaes, scoops, Shakes, and of course the world famous Kitchen Sink! Great for after dinner or just for dessert! **We keep our traditional dishes all year round, but in addition to those we also offer special different options during each season! Catering: We offer a selection of catering options for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch! Great for parties and meetings. Free Large Party Rooms Available! See your local Colonial Cafe for Fundraising Opportunities

Reviewed By MelissaR659 - Madison, Wisconsin

The service was wonderful here, but the food left something to be desired--let's just say that Denny's food would be better than this. I will say the side of mac 'n cheese I ordered was good as well as the pumpkin soup...but the rest of the food my party ordered was terrible--the pulled pork was dry and not tasty, and the 'Bavarian sausage sampler' was horrid--bad tasting sauerkraut, gross tasting meat and overall forgettable. Not worth what the bill came to (nearly $60!) for 4 people, one of which was a kid's meal'. We wouldn't really recommend--seems like they do ice cream well, and possibly breakfast, and that's it...

6. Cucina Bella

220 S Main St, Algonquin, IL 60102-2639 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 847-458-2504
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 356 reviews

Cucina Bella

Cucina Bella offers authentic Italian cuisine accompanied by a great selection of wine and spirits. A stylish, comfortable atmosphere and simple decor adorned by brick walls create a cozy feeling at Cucina Bella. Fresh ingredients serve up savory recipes, creating an unforgettable visit time and again. Combining creative dishes and a wide variety of flavors, Cucina Bella enhances a true Italian dining experience to be shared among family and friends.​

Reviewed By JGibbs777 - Algonquin, Illinois

We love Cucina Bella. There food is excellent especially their two different eggplant dishes. It is loud there when filled due to the structure of the building. On slower nights it is a lot better

7. Algonquin Sub Shop

105 Filip St, Algonquin, IL 60102-2723 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-658-0680
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 87 reviews

Algonquin Sub Shop

Reviewed By Calmac3 - Crystal Lake, Illinois

This is a little place but big on selections---there are over 20 sub selections---the most famous is the Al Capone and although these are gourmet subs, the prices hover around $8.99..there's also burgers and dogs if you sillily don't want one of these great subs...combos are available with soup or salad or chili...it's a family owned business, always popular, always good. And yes, there is a kids menu and brownies for dessert! We travel from Crystal Lake to get subs here, so what does that tell you?

8. Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria

220 N Randall Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156-5943 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Bar, Pizza, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 847-854-7220
Excellent
26%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 80 reviews

Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria

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Reviewed By WATAVET - Bonita Springs, Florida

Big place and big portions. Large seating areas in restaurant, patio, porch and bar. Broasted Chicken was very good but, the London Broil was fantastic. You definitely get your money's worth. Great place for families.

9. Portillo's Hot Dogs

855 Cog Cir, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7316 Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 815-788-0900
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

Portillo's Hot Dogs

Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

Reviewed By Wayne W - Crystal Lake, Illinois

The atmosphere is great. They throw you into prohibition with their great displays. They’re famous for their beef sandwich which most of the family will get. Some wet, some with gravy on the side. I personally like the chili cheese dogs. Barnelli’s is in the same building and has great Italian food. My favorite there is the lasagna and my wife’s is the garbage salad. The chocolate cake is a sole reason to go, but I prefer the strawberry shortcake.

10. Bonefish Grill

1604 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102-5923 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 847-658-9268
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Bonefish Grill

Reviewed By floianp1 - Orlando, Florida

Happy hour menu and drinks were phenomenal that included popular appetizers at very affordable prices. Good place to hang out with family and friends. Wonderful ambience that enhance date nights along with their excellent menu and wine pairing. My favorite is Arctic Char...seasonally available but a great tasty fish. Wait staff are knowledgeable and friendly.

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