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

April 14, 2018 Janette Largent

Winthrop Harbor is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,742 at the 2010 census. It is located along the northern border of Illinois and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Winthrop Harbor is known for its North Point Marina, and is a warning demarcation point for the National Weather Service's marine warnings for Lake Michigan. With moorage over 1,500 boats, it is the largest marina on the Great Lakes. Nearly one million visitors take advantage of the marina, its associated beaches and other recreational facilities every summer.
Things to do in Winthrop Harbor

1. Stone Creek Grill

206 Sheridan Rd, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096-1342 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pizza Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 21 +1 847-746-2020
Excellent
37%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 86 reviews

Stone Creek Grill

Reviewed By R W

We visited on a Wednesday ,around 6:15pm. The experienced staff was running around working hard the whole time while three or four younger hostess and staff members stood in the prep area laughing their heads off and flirting with each other. The busser spilled a drink on the floor, walked away without cleaning it, and left a puddle on the floor. Two people slipped in the puddle - staff members trying to work - before the busser wandered back with napkins because "there wasn't a mop". One young staffer stood in the prep area either texting, flirting, or loudly laughing her head off with her co-workers the whole time we were there. This was a long time, since our food took forever. When we left, the four of them were hanging out by the host station texting and laughing. We have watched the service decline here, and the restaurant seems to have a problem finding professional staff - it was very frustrating to sit around listening to them play around while we waited forever with an empty table. Our experienced server and and another experienced server seemed to be carrying the weight of the whole restaurant. A pet peeve of mine is to be able to see the staff in the "back of the house" eating, drinking sodas, and playing around. I have a hard time being patient about late food that is cold and undercooked when the staff doesn't seem to care about their work.

2. C J's Coffee House

2352 Sheridan Rd, Zion, IL 60099-2331 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast +1 847-731-2208
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

C J's Coffee House

Reviewed By BJAS H - Zion, Illinois

Modest local donut shop, limited seating, many people carry out...dozens and dozens of donuts. Family business, run with pride, caring and dedication. Go EARLY for best selection or order ahead. The donuts are made fresh and can be customized a bit (specific frosting/ glaze colors etc). Be careful... these donuts are addictive!

3. Culver's

3335 Sheridan Rd, Zion, IL 60099-3660 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 847-872-9401
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Culver's

Reviewed By KCallahan47 - Jacksonville, Florida

Good, but nothing special. Staff was friendly, restaurant was clean, and food was good. Even at lunch the service was pretty quick. IF you are in Zion and like Culvers, this would be a good choice.

4. Roma Pizza & Pasta

801 Sheridan Rd, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096-1631 Delivery, Takeout Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 847-872-8888
Excellent
57%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Reviewed By Chris L - Toney

Was recently visiting family in Zion when my uncle ordered pizza from Roma's. Best pizza that I've ever had. We got 2 pizzas. One was split between sausage and pepperoni. The other was sausage, onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. They both were great. Taste was unbelievably awesome. They need to have a location in North Alabama.

5. El Lago Restaurant

2216 Sheridan Rd, Zion, IL 60099-2329 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff Mexican, American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 847-746-2770
Excellent
40%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

El Lago Restaurant

Reviewed By shar321 - United States

We have eaten hear several times for breakfast. They have choices of good Mexican breakfast items and American items also so there is something for everyone. The staff is friendly land and service is usually quick although they do attract large family and friend groups which can slow the service a bit.

6. It's All Good Coffee & Espresso

2780 Sheridan Rd, Zion, IL 60099-2617 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 847-872-1009
Excellent
61%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

It's All Good Coffee & Espresso

Reviewed By stellabeth - swansboro

I brought my 89-year-old dad in for his birthday on a late sunday afternoon. Not only was this place still open, but the employees sang happy birthday with me to my dad. The pie was outstanding...the coffee delicious...and the rueben and cheese quesadilla, well, yum. I highly recommend this place to all...very trendy place in the heart of Zion.

7. The Tropics

301 N Point Dr, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096-1351 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 847-746-0600
Excellent
30%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

The Tropics

Reviewed By dougiedue - Zion, Illinois

This is a beautiful place right on lake Michigan. The food is decent, a bit pricey for the quality, but a very nice beach type ambiance in the restaurant , reminded me of a Florida beach restaurant. Service was good which is a big plus.

8. Pizza House

2409 Sheridan Rd, Zion, IL 60099-2332 Delivery, Takeout, Seating Pizza, Italian Dinner, Lunch +1 847-872-4868
Excellent
43%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Pizza House

Reviewed By Raybans2013

Had the Italian beef/ Italian sausage combo sandwich which consisted of a whole Italian sausage covered in Italian beef and cheese. It was outstanding!!!. Also the fried mushrooms were off the hook. And you get a huge bag full. I would absolutely go here again, well tonight actually to try the pizza.. will post another review.

9. Time Out Sports Pub & Grille

1706 7th St, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096-1648 Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub, American, Seafood, Greek Drinks, Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 16 +1 847-731-9100
Excellent
67%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Time Out Sports Pub & Grille

Reviewed By ThePolishPrince - Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Every time I go in, there seems to be a new bartender/waitress. But, that aside the place is usually busy. The service is good, the gals really hustle! Lots of TVs! If you don't want to sit in the bar area, there is a lounge area with comfortable sofas and TVs.
During the warm weather there is plenty of outside seating.
Its hard to find good French Fries like

10. N & T's Restaurant

3077 Sheridan Rd, Zion, IL 60099-3243 Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol American, Asian, Thai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 17 +1 847-872-7979
Excellent
62%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

N & T's Restaurant

We our here to serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner with our unique Thai and American Cousine. Our soups are made from scratch and cooked daily. We have some wonderful buffets to choose from, Friday Night Fish Buffet, Sunday Breakfast Buffet and Thai Buffet(first Thursday of the month)! And if you would like to order off the menu while your date splurges on our buffets, its also available. We look foward to serving you eith a smile!!

Reviewed By Sherry C - Wadsworth

This restaurant recently moved to a new location, and after many years, we finally tried it. We went for breakfast, although they have a full menu for lunch and dinner that includes American and Thai food, which we have heard is very good. Breakfast menu was 'normal' and prices were very reasonable - much more so than a few other restaurants in the area. Our food and service were both good. The servers were very attentive and offered coffee refills often. We will definitely return.

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