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

April 14, 2018 Venice Greaves

Palatine (/ˈpælətaɪn/) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is a northwestern residential suburb of Chicago. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 65,479. In the 2010 census its population had risen to 68,557, making it the seventh-largest community in Cook County and the 18th-largest in the state of Illinois.
Things to do in Palatine

1. Portillo's

806 W Dundee Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-7808 Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 847-870-0870
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 286 reviews

Portillo's

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

Reviewed By Sharnord - Saint Louis, Missouri

Efficient service. Consistent quality. No matter what location! Try the Italian Beef/Italian Sausage Sandwich. Terrific testing beef and get the extra gravy at no additional charge. The sausage with fennel is incomparable. Great onion rings, too. The jumbo Chicago Hot Dog could not have been better. Had fries and a soda. All for $19.26. A real buy!

2. Artistic Cuisine

16 S Bothwell St, Palatine, IL 60067-0812 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery Argentinean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 847-934-0400
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 186 reviews

Artistic Cuisine

Reviewed By mary c - Evanston, Illinois

We chose Artistic Cuisine based on TA recommendations and were not disappointed! We all enjoyed our dinners very much- salmon, pot roast and steak! Our server was really nice and gave the birthday girl a complimentary tiramisu with a candle for dessert! We had a great time and would definitely recommend to family and friends!

3. Walker Bros. Original Pancake House-Arlington Hts

825 W Dundee Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1417 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 847-392-6600
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Walker Bros. Original Pancake House-Arlington Hts

Reviewed By Amy Ryann R - Elmwood Park, IL

Free parking lot. Stairs or ramp to get in.

Gorgeous inside features lots of wood, stained glass, 1930's and Victorian themed glass and art work. Tables and booths available. Large space. Clean.

We visited mid evening, only two other tables were filled at the time. Service was mediocre from everyone we encountered, could have been friendlier.

Had apple pancake, large, very gooey. Asked for whipped cream and powdered sugar with it. Was okay. Ordered bacon they burned twice, charged me 5.00 for three shriveled pieces. Was not happy about that. Waitress did not take it off the bill. Coffee was very good, good temp and fresh. Menu offers many omelettes, crepes, eggs and potatoes. Only a few sandwiches. Not designed for lunches and dinners. lox available for 11.00 but did not see portion size. Tried spicy harbonaro potatoes with pico, were tasty.

Would I go again? Yes

Pricing? Okay, slightly over priced but normal for this type of location. I really loved the decor so it was hard to complain because of this.

Recommendations: get a few things and share with someone to try multiple items

4. Pita Pita

1278 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, IL 60074-8313 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-705-7482
Excellent
75%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Pita Pita

Reviewed By Vacationalways87 - Chicago, Illinois

This restaurant has the best Mediterranean food. Everything on the menu has always been so delicious. What make is even better is that it's so affordable and I never leave hungry. I always have leftovers. They have two other locations as well and I hope they open more. I crave this food at least once a week!

5. Egg Harbor Cafe

140 E Wing St, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-6064 Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 26 +1 847-253-4363
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Egg Harbor Cafe

Reviewed By JordanS8 - Sarasota, Florida

I have been coming here for over 25 years. What I like best is the innovative cutting edge menu. The omelettes and all the other breakfast dishes are creative and delicious. If it wasn’t for Walker Bros., this would be the best breakfast in Arlington Heights. One day I might try lunch!

6. Red Apple Pancake House & Cafe of Palatine

2121 Plum Grove Rd, Palatine, IL 60067-7260 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 847-925-8048
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Red Apple Pancake House & Cafe of Palatine

Conveniently Located, Excellent Food, Comfortable Restaurant

Reviewed By Dr_Xaos - Palatine, Illinois

Wife and I went for brunch on a Monday morning. Place had a number of other people dining there, but they weren’t overly busy at the time.

Service was polite but fairly sporadic and distant, so maybe busier than what it seemed walking in. Waitress took orders and didn’t see again until food came. Didn’t see again until she dropped off the check to be paid. Had to have another waitress refresh drinks, since we couldn’t catch our original waitress. Meal was decent but a little disappointing. Wife had chocolate crepes, which were adequate. I had the chorizo breakfast burrito, which was pretty good albeit a little greasy. However, my hash browns were scorched/burnt.

Portions were good, and prices were decent as well. Not a cheap place to go, but you pay a reasonable price for what you get. Just a little disappointed that the meal wasn’t a bit better. Place is probably better than average, but our experience wasn’t “very” good.

7. Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

1383 N Meacham Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4805 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 847-517-4000
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 526 reviews

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Reviewed By alexanderblake - Chicago, IL

One of the most valuable characteristics in today's society is consistency. Consistency in business practices, consistency in personal responsibilities, consistency in showing up ready to take on the world -- even, albeit slightly unrelated, the consistency of grandma's homemade pasta sauce!

Wildberry is consistently amazing. While you will almost always wait 30+ minutes for breakfast it IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. The food is always delicious - picture perfect in its delivery with just the right mixture of meal vs. plate. The coffee bar in the lobby / waiting area allows you to grab a smoothie or a macchiato while you wait for your table, and it consistently delivers a treat for your taste buds.

I know what I like, so I always order Eggs Benedict. The poached eggs are wonderfully done, leaving a yoke that cascades out like caramel on a sundae. My wife orders some variation of waffle/pancake adorned with beautiful fruits and berries, gently smothered in velvety maple syrup.

It's such a great place that we had our very first breakfast date there we had a server named Choli, then came back (we live in Texas now) two years later, engaged. We had Choli again! THEN, we came back the following year married, and Choli remembered us!

With family still living in Schaumburg, Wildberry is a staple we do not skip on our trips home. Ever.

So don't be deterred by other reviews complaining about the wait. You'll wait an hour outside Richard Walker's for food that isn't even a fraction as good as Wildberry. Come hungry, grab a mocha while you wait, and enjoy your new breakfast tradition: Wildberry.

8. Brandt's of Palatine

807 W Baldwin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067 (Formerly Brandt's the Little Cafe) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 847-359-6373
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Brandt's of Palatine

Reviewed By WorldTravelers34 - Chicago

My wife and I decided to have dinner here after hearing great things about this restaurant/bar. We both ordered their “Black N Blue Burger” which was very good. The fries were cooked perfectly and not oily or greasy. Good service. We will definitely be putting Brandt's of Palatine on our radar of places to eat in in this area.

9. Agio Italian Bistro

64 S Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL 60074-6231 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-991-2150
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Agio Italian Bistro

Reviewed By acoens - Schaumburg, Illinois

I love Agios and have been here many times.My neighbor is treating me for my birthday so she said for me to pick the spot and since she has never been here, I thought it would be a Great Treat for both of us..The food, service, etc. is always excellent.!!

10. Palm Court

1912 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-3107 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 847-870-7770
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

Palm Court

Reviewed By fcgfcg - mt prospect

Not our first meal at this lovely dining establishment. Holidays are their speciality and Easter is always a joy. Menu items left nothing to the imagination. Baked ham, roasted lamb and outstanding duck, just to name a few were offered, among other meat and fish choices. We zeroed in on lamb and duck, both of which were served with soup or salad, wild rice and sauted fresh vegetables. Brandy Manhattan and Prosecco added pizzaz to our meals and expert service from well trained staff rounded out our dinner experience. Love this supper club and will visit soon and always. Thank you "Palm" as we call it, for making our Easter special.

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