1776 Restaurant

4.5
189 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List
Opened in 1990 by Andy and Terrie Andresky, 1776 has been a McHenry County favorite for over twenty-six years. ZAGAT rated consecutively since 1997, and winner of the Wine Spectator National Award since 1995, we pride ourselves on our service and menus. The Chicago Magazine attributes 1776 as one of the very first and best innovators in wild game dishes for the entire Chicago Metro area. Recently, changing hands in the winter of 2016 to another local passionate for the community and entertaining. The Andresky family leaves a great legacy to Rhienna and the dedicated staff and community. It's an exciting time for 1776 to pioneer into the future of Farm to Table offerings.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Mon 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am–11:30 pm
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Phone number
(815) 356-1776
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Santiago Suarez
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Catering
We love to host you and your guests onsite or offsite. Please visit us here from more details here. Let us customize your event, email rhienna@1776restaurant.com or call us at 815.356.1776 for more details. https://restaurant-1776.squarespace.com/menus-lists/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between McHenry Ave. & Dole Ave.
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Parking details
There is additional parking on Washington Street (Side Street) and an additional lot coming in the Spring of 2018
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
189 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
65%
Very Good
25%
Good
8%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LN
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

Had a lovely meal with friends to celebrate a birthday. The specials are always intriguing and delicious.

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ML
Chicago
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

I can honestly say that I can't remember ever having a better fillet. It was cooked exactly as I requested and it was great. I really enjoyed my dinner there on Saturday night. This was the first time I had been there since they remodeled and the interior looks great. My husband and I had a perfect meal. The wine was great, the portabella mushroom appetizer was great. I look forward to coming back as soon as I am able.

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E
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

Always appreciate the staffs attention to my children. They brought out mini chalk boards for them to color on. Plus got their order in right away and brought drinks.

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RB
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

My wife and I celebrated our 16th anniversary here and it was truly special. The server was extremely thoughtful and the food was AMAZING. Would definitely come back.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

This was second time to dine and the food was just a delicious as the first. Beautiful presentation and quantity is perfect. So glad we found this restaurant. It is also quiet! Servers are competent and friendly. We’ll be back!!

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F
Chicago
3.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

We were a few minutes early for our reservation and was told they were not ready for us (5 minutes early) asked us to go have a drink. Sat at the bar waiting for our table and not sure if the bar tender was not happy with us, we planned to buy a bottle of wine with dinner.
Got seated about 6:35 on our 6:30 reservation that’s ok. Asked for drinks again and asked for the menu so we could decide on the wine. Wine was decided and ordered. Our server had to be asked to take our dinner at 7:05, almost 30 minutes after being seated. We ordered calamari for appetizer, very lean and a few pieces of calamari but lots of salsa etc. the salads are just lettuce, nothing else, salads in the past were really nice. Dinner was ok. Wife had stuffed trout and it was good. I had the jambalaya and it wa so so. All pieces of meat and shrimp were over cooked. Again, so so.
We did add on the reservation that it was our 44 anniversary. Never acknowledged.
We have eaten at 1776 for the past 25 years. Everyday, every month no but a couple times is year. The last couple times, including this one is just ok. Will not rush back to come back. Sorry.

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SS
3.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Crab cakes were tasty, garnished with mashed potatoes and pickled cabbage.

Salad was chopped, only one kind of green, with thinly shredded carrots on top, the spicy peanut sauce is what made it good.

$23 Salmon that was a 5 dollar portion with sea salt on top? However, cooked all the way through, and not dry. Served on a delightful creamy risotto with a fun contrasting side sauce. Garnished with potato mash and pickled red cabbage. The wood board was interesting.

I had dessert, Skip dessert.

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BB
Phoenix
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

As always, food and service was terrific.

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C
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Service was excellent except for lack of roll refill - they were so good we certainly could have eaten more!

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AF
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

I think the new owner is steadily making improvements to the overall experience. Great wine and the tall blond guy in the bar is an excellent sommelier.

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TB
Dallas
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

We always enjoy our dinners and wine when we dine at 1776. Daily specials supplement the regular menu very well. Lately, Fridays have included a surf and turf entree for a moderate price. If you need any assistance on wine, sommelier Erik Nordstrom will take care of you - just ask for him.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Outstanding food! It was a pleasant surprise and we’ll definitely be back. It’s about time we have a restaurant in Crystal Lake that has great food and service to match!

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j
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Food was outstanding, restaurant atmosphere pleasant but noise level was extremely loud. Suggest some sound cushioning. Otherwise, great experience.

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G
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Absolutely love this place for a special occasion, just can't believe they remodeled the whole place and didn't make better sound absorption. It is VERY noisy at dinner, so difficult to have good conversation with hard of hearing friends/family. Literally the only thing I would change. Service, farm-to-table fare, and wine list is all top notch!

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DM
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Delicious food with generous portions. Service was excellent and very accommodating. We were running late from the airport and they were very understanding and gracious. Ambiance is comfortable and the wine list is extensive.

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DH
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at 1776 and just loved it. Great food with just the right amount of attention from our server. Imagery Chardonnay was an unexpected surprise!

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B
Chicago
3.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Looking forward to a great birthday dinner, which it wasn't. Slow seating with an open table reservation. Very slow service. Dinner lasted 2 hours, and was so loud we could barely converse. Food was good, nice salad, OK dessert.

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DW
3.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Just ok. Service was good Food was decent. A little over priced.

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F
Chicago
2.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

It was an off night for 1776. Service was slow. The hood in the kitchen broke, so the restaurant was full of smoke. The doors were opened and the smoke cleared for the most part. All the server are new. The food, though was good, and the dessert was amazing. Kudos to Eric for his new drinks.

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OT
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day!

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L
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Beautiful food and great service. A gem in the Northwest suburb.

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P
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Surf and turf on Friday was the bomb! Go get yourself some!!!

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CC
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Celebrated our anniversary at 1776 and had a wonderful time! The food was truly wonderful. Plating was gorgeous and the entree, salads and appetizers were each close to perfection. We particularly enjoyed the cherry vinaigrette dressing on our house salads, nice unique touch. Pinot Noir by the glass was delicious (went for the higher end choice). Desert menu was so so, nothing spectacular. The low point of the meal was a old fashioned cocktail - expected more of an upscale rendition of a trendy-again cocktail instead of the lackluster adequate drink that was served. We will be back! So glad to have a decent restaurant in Crystal Lake!

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E
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Went for our 50th anniversary. Service was friendly and prompt. Food presentation was outstanding. Quality of food was excellant. Selection varied - good choices for anyone. Noise level was a bit loud. A very pleasant meal and nice evening.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

1776 is a local gem and has had a wonderful facelift since the new owners stepped in. The food is fresh, delicious and filling. The portions are perfect for what you pay. We’ve had special occasions here, dinner with friends or just drinks at the bar- always quality! We will be back again and again!

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AS
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 4, 2018

Had not been there since remodel but glad that it only got better.

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J
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

We had another great dining experience at 1776. Host was very attentive in seating us. We had a great meal and an even better wine that was very fairly priced! Can’t wait to return!

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MS
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Great service, perfect Sommelier, found a compromise between my wife and I that was excellent!
Food was quite good! Some items better than others, but honestly all well done and quite tasty.
Service is near perfection....very happy, will be back.

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t
Chicago
3.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

Food is terrific but noise is horrible and will keep us from going back except in bar area. Please do something to deaden the noise. This is the 2nd time we have had such out of control noisy people by us and couldn't hear to converse with our friends.

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ST
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Great evening as in the past! Food amazing , little noisy!

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e
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 22, 2018

Great attentive service and delicious food made our anniversary celebration special.

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DR
Chicago
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent food, been here 2 times. 1st time very good service, 2nd time below average service. I think the waitress was taking smoke breaks during a busy dinner rush.

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DL
Chicago
3.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Wonderful food and service. The noise level was very bad. Were meeting friends we had not seen in a long time and had a difficult time hearing them. Too bad as everything else was great!

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T
Chicago
1.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Had high hopes but it was a disappointment overall. Made our anniversary "less than". Nice place physically but food was disappointing, seating was awful and service was inattentive and made us feel rushed like they were trying to free up a table and get us out....expected at least marginal

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Wonderful Experience we will be going back soon!!#!

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IB
Chicago
4.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

I love the "new" 1776. The food is fresh and interesting. The service is a well oiled machine. The only drawback is the noise level - not sure why it is so noisy.
Great place for dinner and looking forward to many more return visits.

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OT
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

The food was AMAZING!! The waitress was very attentive, accommodating and friendly!! Can’t wait to go back!!

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DD
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

The food was amazing, the atmosphere was relaxing, we will be back.

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LR
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

This restaurant pays attention to details to make an occasion truly special! Love that they take the time to accommodate for special health needs like celiac.

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PL
Hawaii
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

It was a nice dining experience. There was a variety of selections and unique items offered. Cocktails were great, desserts were average.

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