Where to Eat in South Elgin: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Oliva Fomby

South Elgin is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. The population was 21,985 at the 2010 census, and estimated to be 23,00 as of 2017. In 2007, Money magazine named South Elgin as 82nd of 100 entries in its "America's Best Places To Live" edition and again in 2011 as 98th of 100 entries.
Things to do in South Elgin

1. Al's Cafe & Creamery

43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-742-1180
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Al's Cafe & Creamery

Reviewed By Frances M - Itasca, Illinois

Six of us met here for a birthday. After we climbed the very long staircase to the upstairs dining room, we were surprised at how bright and nice it was up there. Very pleasant and very old; not made to look old, but really old. The sign said "Washroom" and a light came on to let you know it was occupied. Now for the cuisine: appetizers, sandwiches both hot or cold. Scandinavian custom type food. I tried an absolutely wonderful banana, brandy, ice cream cocktail and would go back for just that!!

2. Stanley's Restaurant and Ale House

335 N McLean Blvd, South Elgin, IL 60177-1452 Reservations, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 847-468-8022
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Stanley's Restaurant and Ale House

A locally owned and operated, full-service restaurant with full liquor bar, 100 craft beers, video slots and video poker. Party room available and catering

Reviewed By Dave707 - Michigan

Maybe it was just bad timing, but i found Stanley's Ale House to be disappointing after reading all the other reviews. Everything was adequate; service, selection and food. Nothing to really recommend it.Dave, I am sorry you didn't have the same experience as our other guests, yes I assume maybe bad timing. We are making MAJOR renovations to the facility and I hope you try us again soon

3. Just Kabobs

1825 W Main St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-1633 Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 630-443-3400
Excellent
73%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Just Kabobs

Reviewed By Suzi M - Saint Charles, Illinois

The best pita bread ever...the kabobs delicious and the fresh salad crisp and delicious. A great place to get a really good lunch for low price. Always high quality. Nice and friendly people who work there. Have had their food for catering also...same great quality. I'd recommend Just Kabobs for both children and adults. Their rice and potatoes are also delicious.

4. Grumpy Goat Tavern

875 Sports Way, Elgin, IL 60123-7106 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Cajun & Creole, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-931-5950
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Grumpy Goat Tavern

We offer a wide range of items and infused some of them with Cajun/Creole flair. Our chef prides himself on our house made recipes with menu items made fresh daily. We have appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, signature sandwiches, chicken, pasta & seafood which all pair nicely with our signature beverages. From our extensive bourbon and whiskey list to wines and craft beer, we are confidident we have something for everyone.

Reviewed By PattiHunt - Roselle, Illinois

Picked up take-out here for a friend in nearby rehab who was tired of institutional food. This little gem was a welcomed relief for her. We both throughly enjoyed the Classic Crawfish Étoufée, that had plenty of spice and wickedly delicious! I also got the...MoreThank you so much for taking the time to let us know that you enjoyed your meal. Hopefully we will see you in the near future when you have time to enjoy more of the many choices we have to offer at Grumpy Goat Tavern.

5. Sweet Berry Cafe

720 N McLean Blvd, South Elgin, IL 60177-1429 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 224-238-3057
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Sweet Berry Cafe

Sweet Berry Cafe offers an array of freshly made to order breakfast/ lunch entrees, vegetarian choices, gluten free choices and healthy meals. We use the freshest fruits and vegetables, farm fresh XL AA Grade Eggs and high quality meats such as: Roast Prime Rib for our beef sandwiches, Certified Black Angus Burgers, real Roasted Turkey Breast, extra Thick Cut Maple Bacon and savory thick cut Bone In Ham. We proudly serve Hawaiian Kona Coffee. Each pot is freshly ground. Our Home Made Soups are prepared every morning with only the freshest of ingredients, never canned. Since we don’t save and reheat our soups we offer ½ Priced Soups To-Go everyday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. We serve all these quality items at a reasonable “Family Friendly” Price.

Reviewed By Dijana I

This is a local breakfast and lunch place. I visited once last year for breakfast and loved. it. I also visited recently for lunch and it was mediocre at best. I will go back for breakfast but not lunch.

6. Town House Books and Cafe

105 N 2nd Ave, Saint Charles, IL 60174-1912 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast +1 630-584-8603
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

Town House Books and Cafe

Reviewed By Rubina O - Wayne, Illinois, United States

If you are in the area this is the place to go for a very good lunch. There is something for everyone.
A large variety of fresh salads, sandwiches are wonderful soups. The portions are large and don't miss the desserts. It is connected to a great book store. Enjoy

7. Elgin Public House

219 E Chicago St, 219 E Chicago St, 60120-6502, Elgin, Illinois, Elgin, IL 60120-6502 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 847-468-8810
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 237 reviews

Elgin Public House

Reviewed By Jonny C - Elgin, Illinois

We celebrated our daughter's birthday at the Public House. I had the grilled Portobello mushroom sandwich. My wife had the pulled pork sandwich and our daughter had a hamburger. We all enjoyed our food and the time we had together. The staff were very attentive and friendly. This is a casual dining establishment.

8. Jurin Japanese Restaurant

588 Randall Rd, South Elgin, IL 60177-3320 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Japanese, Sushi, Asian Dinner, Lunch +1 847-488-1290
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Jurin Japanese Restaurant

Reviewed By Tom D - Orebro, Sweden

The Jurin restaurant is always a joy to visit. Very friendly staff, quick and reliable service and apart from ordering a dinner from the menu you can grab your sushi off the conveyor belt which makes things fun. Every day a birthday is celebrated mainly due to the fact that a free meal is offered for birthdays. Nice touch that makes people come back,

9. Portillo's

3895 E Main St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-2424 Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 630-762-8484
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 322 reviews

Portillo's

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

Reviewed By LuxeMama - Lake Zurich, Illinois

One can’t go wrong with Portillo’s. This experience was perfect. The order was quick and efficient, the food hot and delish! Love that they open @ 10:30 am as it makes it easy to grab ahead of time and before the crazy lines!

10. The Village Squire

480 Randall Rd, South Elgin, IL 60177-3317 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 847-931-0400
Excellent
28%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

The Village Squire

Reviewed By BartlettDan - Bartlett

This place always has a waiting line. I'm. It 100% sure why as their food is maybe a little above average. I have never had a bad meal, but I have never had a great meal either.

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