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Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen

Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedukeabides.com
  • Phone: (815) 356-9980
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Organic, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Zak Dolezal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Duke's will be happy to cater your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen's local cuisine and affordable price tags combine to make your next private event a success. We have an eclectic menu of hors d' oeuvres, entrees, and desserts that can be mixed and matched to fit parties of all types and sizes. Our two banquet spaces and private bar can accommodate parties up to 125 guests. Private plated three and five course dinners are also available up to 50 people. 

All of our rooms contain HD capable flatscreen TVs and DVD players for your event if needed. Please e-mail Eli Weber at eliweber712@gmail.com to book your event today.
  • Private Party Contact: Eli Weber (815) 356-9980
  • Entertainment: Duke's offers entertainment four nights a week. On Thursdays we have live jazz from 6pm-8pm. On Fridays we feature karaoke. Saturdays we have live music from bluegrass to rock. Sundays we have a unique game show experience that cannot be missed.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Railroad
  • Public Transit: Across the street from the Union Pacific Northwest Crystal Lake stop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available in our lot in addition to plenty of street parking.
A word from Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen is an upscale-casual gastro pub featuring gourmet sandwiches and comfort foods using local and sustainable produce, meats, fish, and cheeses. Our bar has over 140 different American craft beers and Belgian ales to choose from. Duke's also features live entertainment Thursday through Sunday ranging from Karaoke, Live Bands, and a unique style Game Show every Sunday.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Went for a date night and ate the most amazingly fresh food! Enjoyed the service & great wine & beers."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Duke's Alehouse is one of my favorite places in McHenry county to eat. Consistently great food and love that they have rotating specials that pull from what is available locally. I do wish they offered cooking classes (outside of the kids one) as I think that would appeal to many."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "In this day of more and more pesticides used in our food supply, this was a great local find. A restaurant that uses locally grown food to support our farmers as well as beef that is grass-fed. Not only that, the option for gluten-free foods is becoming a necessity for so many and of course, Dukes offers that as well."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Enjoy going here more each time we go. So appreciate the organic, locally grown products. Food is fresh & tastes delightful! If you haven't been here in a few years, you'll be pleasantly surprised as the "urban cafe" feel to the place now. Love it!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The burgers and mussels were great. Limited dinner type entrees. If you go on Sunday note that kids under 12 eat free, so it was very noisy,"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Better than expected find, slightly off the beaten track. Well designed takes on familiar kinds of upscale bar food. Good service. Nice vibe overall. And a community garden project. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I love this place! Amazing flavors and constantly changing specials. This place gets it right."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Mondays is 1/2 price on meatless meals- Why wasn't I given points for this restaurant?"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "NOT your typical bar! Food is great, made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Huge specialty beer selection."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Just plain awesome. Everything from where we were seated to every thing that touched our mouths...good beer, great food!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Dukes is a delicious, fun restaurant. So Many Beers to choose, and great food to go along with. Service is great too!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Always fantastic food and service, incredible beer menu. The band was mixed too loud for the room and we had to leave to hear each other. Always a good choice though! V"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "always has great food and outstanding beer selection. the entertainment was great. fantastic jazz duo on Thursday nights. will recommend this place to our friends."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Excellent food and beer selection! Exceptional little bar with high quality food! I recommend the burgers but the salads are exceptional also."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great beer choices with knowledgable bar staff. Great choices for meat eaters as well as vegetarians. Great potato choices, all yummy! We really liked the board that tells where cheese, meats, etc. come from! Very enjoyable meals enjoyed by all 6 in our group."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "This was our 2nd dinner at this Crystal Lake gem and just as delicious as the first time. The pasta dish with chicken and spicy sausage is large enough for 2 to share. The skirt steak sandwich ( meat cooked to order) was equally delicious. Excellent beer and wine list AND this restaurant prides itself on utilizing local produce and other products from organic sources."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We love Duke's. The food is great! They use fresh local produce. The specials always have something unique to try. They have a great craft beer list. 17 rotating taps and a great bottle selection, too. what's not to like?"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "The food was very very good. The service was prompt and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Duke's is a fantastic local gastropub with a fantastic selection of beers with plenty of fresh, local food to pair with it. I ordered the one-time brew Stone Farking w00tstout which was on tap along with the pulled pork sandwich. Both were delicious. My wife enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner turkey burger special, who claimed it was more enjoyable than any proper Thanksgiving meal she's ever had."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Enjoyed my dining experience. Food was well presented and tasty. Extensive Beer list available to choose from although they did not have Pepe Nero!... Overall a very good experience. I plan to go back for Friday night karoeke!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Dukes is a great place to get great food, great beer and great service. Would suggest it to anyone!"
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "Duke's has improved greatly over the years. Now with their emphasis on imaginative dishes, many of them vegetarian, and a substantial beer catalog, it's a favorite place for me to go."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "Duke's is great for the tastebuds. The beet salad was wonderful. Love that they. Accomodate customers needing gluten free. Especialy enjoyed the bison burger. My boyfriend and I were to split tge carrot cake however once he finished his half he was fighting to have more of mine. It was delicious! We will be going bsck to have more....."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Love this place and never fails to disappoint!!! The food is fresh and tasty. Very vegetarian-friendly!"
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "Great burger, Cuban and fries. Friendly service too."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Duke's is known for its excellent selection of beers and their specialty drinks. The food is excellent; they have unique, delicious offerings. They get kudos for their eco-friendly practices. They buy foods from local farmers and they recycle like no one else. I recommend their special events, especially beer school."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "I've loved this place for a long time especially due to their participation with local growers and producers. Everything is fresh, inventive, and varied enough for everyone to find something unexpectedly delicious. Personally I love the "spaghetti" salad with grilled chicken and won't even try to duplicate it at home. I've never dined there without walking away happy and with satisfied dinner companions. Can get busy on the weekends or in the later dinner hours but that's where reservations can come in handy :)"
    Dined on 7/10/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our dining experience here. It is a fairly small place so busy nights might be an issue. Also, if you are trying to eat healthy, this may not be the best place for you. We'll definitely visit again."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "Great old-time tavern atmosphere, very good food and extensive beer list. Highly recommend for casual dining ."
    Dined on 7/3/2013
  • "I had the grilled veggie pita with the jalapeno hummus on it. It was great."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "The food was all really delicious and the beer menu is great too. I love that I can eat healthy while out for dinner at Duke's plus the food is sourced locally."
    Dined on 6/11/2013
  • "Dukes is one of our favorite local restaurants but we were extremely disappointed with our last visit. Dukes offered a special event-Beer, Chacuterie and Cheese Plate for $17.00. Food was good, beer flight was weak and service was poor. The event was a great idea but it was poorly executed. We've never had a bad experience there until now."
    Dined on 6/11/2013
  • "Duke's Alehouse has changed names a few times over the years, but I really like this latest incarnation. They use lots of locally-sourced produce and meat in their cooking, so they have specials that change all the time. Many of their options are vegetarian as well, which is a nice change. My wife and I had the Monday special, which was a discount if you order 2 beverages and all vegetarian entrees. Duke's beer offerings are impressive- they must have 150+ beers there, and many draught beers from around the world."
    Dined on 6/10/2013
  • "A group of us was looking for a spot to get together in Crystal Lake after work. Heard good things about the place so we decided to give it a try. The food selection was good for this type of outing. Everyone enjoyed their orders. Service was fairly prompt. The outdoor patio was relatively quiet. Indoor dining isn't really separated too well from the bar so those diners had to deal with the enthusiastic bar patrons. All in all good atmosphere, clean facilities, good food & drink selections located in historic downtown Crystal Lake. It's also right across from the metra so commuters have a nice place to stop for happy hour after a long day."
    Dined on 5/20/2013
  • "Dukes has a respectful casual atmosphere. The waitstaff is always friendly, helpful and appropriately attentive. The food has always been excellent with locally grown products. Known for its burgers and, surprisingly, muscles, the rest of the menu is equally as good. The beer selection is outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 5/13/2013
  • "The beer menu is massive, and the appetizers were really, really good. Tomatillo salsa was better than Frontera Grill Most of our table got tacos, which were disappointingly dry, and the tortillas basically fell apart when we tried to eat them. (tacos are a temporary menu highlight, so perhaps that's why?) The one burger ordered was reportedly good, so stick to the tried-and-true bar menu items. Still, worth a second try if we are in Crystal Lake again."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Everything on the menu is locally grown/purchased. The presentation is excellent and everything we ordered was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Great service, great food, great beer selection. One of my favorite places to go."
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "Good menu. Gluten free & vegetarian options available. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/29/2013
  • "Excellent beer list makes Duke's worth a visit. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the food was poor. The salmon entree was overcooked as was the spinach bed and the roasted potatoes, all of which were greasy. The chicken pasta was more pasta than chicken and unimpressive. Will go again for beer but probably not eat there."
    Dined on 4/7/2013