1776 Restaurant

4.5
226 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
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
What 226 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We made a reservation for our anniversary. The service was top notch - the server was the perfect amount of there and not there. She treated us like we had known each other for years, even though this was our first visit. It was very comforting!!

Calamari was cooked to perfection. My steak was prepared perfectly and they even made some bernaise sauce for me. {THANK YOU}. My husband ordered the meatloaf and was surprised by the mushroom sauce it was covered in, but not suprised enough since he cleaned his plate! The wine was delicious and the complimentary anniversary dessert was very much appreciated.

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KB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Slow service for a dining room that was half full. Mixed reviews amongst the party of 5 on the food. Special scallops for $28 were not well prepared and overpriced for both the portion size and quality of the dish, both the entree and accompaniments. Wine selection is good, but $17 for a stingily pored Turley Zinfandel?! I really had higher hopes for a special family dinner.

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LF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat!! I found this place the day of and we were both pleasantly surprised at how extensive their wine list is as well at how knowledgeable our server was! What a gem!

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KS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Everything was amazing! The service was great, drinks were tasty and the food was absolutely delicious! We will definitely be back:)

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F
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chef Santiago once again prepared a great dinner. Michelle, as usual, took great care of us. Eric's cocktails were amazing! There is now a sound suppression device in the celling of the restaurant. It worked! You can now have a conversation at the table! Kudos to Rhiannon!

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w
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the quality of food and the plating presentation was exceptional

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TA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Food in Crystal Lake! Highly recommend going!

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W
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was excellent! We go to 1776 for date nights. The service is top notch from the bar to the dinner table.

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d
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my favorites. The only negative the noise level made carrying a conversation difficult. Carpeting might help.

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had amazing service. Couldn't ask for a better server. Very knowledgeable about food and drink selections.

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AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a friend. Delicious wine and food. Great gluten-free choices. They will make menu item gluten-free. Staff was friendly, service was great in a tranquil atmosphere.

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CM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We have dined at 1776, six times in the last four months. The food has been outstanding. The noise level varies in this restaurant. If there are large groups it can get uncomfortably loud. The service up until this last visit has been great. We will continue to dine, however if we encounter the service we had Saturday evening again, we won’t return. We waited over 15 minutes for anyone to come to table. Then another 10 minutes for drinks. The pour on Pinot was extremely small. The server seemed overwhelmed and distracted. On a better note the busers were very good and friendly.
Bottom line, the food here is delicious and the presentation is fantastic. This restaurant food wise is the best Crystal Lake has had in many years! Hopefully, the inconsistency changes.

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed 1776. We didn’t realize that we had such a neighborhood gem in Crystal Lake. This has become a favorite. We plan to go back to celebrate with our parents in a few weeks.

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BL
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are great. We enjoyed the dinner.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place.. awesome food.. only thing, kind of loud

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CM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food outstanding as always. Noise level was horrible. Three larger groups and think they were all trying to out do each other on who could make the most noise. Never had this problem before but hope it doesn’t continue.

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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AS
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful farm to table fine dining. Our favorite go to place in Crystal Lake

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RK
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! The decor and ambiance was delightful, that is until the place filled up about 30 minutes after we arrived for our 6 o’c reservation. The noise level was uncomfortably load. It was so load my companion and I, sitting across the table could not carry on a conversation. Too bad they didn’t address the noise in their recent remodeling.

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y
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Sooooo loud. Food was ok but steak was super crispy burnt on the outside.

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W
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Seems like the Walmart crowd has invaded 1776. Which is a shame, since the food is good and the wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. They had people packed in like sardines. It was so loud due to several tables filled with drunken buffoons, we were unable to carry on a conversation. Very disappointed.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Not worth the money in my estimation. Loud. “ So So” Service level. Ran out of trout, Jambalaya felt rushed.
Super obnoxious Kris Kristofferson look alike D Bag customer in the dining room may have added to the ambience.

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Restaurant was very noisy. Having made a reservation did not appreciate being offered the table close to and facing the kitchen.

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The Food was outstanding.
The service was slow...I had a question about the menu and was asked to hold on a second...I will be back...after some time a asked another employee.....very crowded at 6:00pm
Coffee was delish!

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AA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

enjoyed the food and the new decor,the service was exceptional. we will be back.

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner tonight with our vegan daughter and picky eater teen son and everyone loved their meal. Never have had a bad experience here. Best place to eat in McHenry County!

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JK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly unique dining experience with top notch food, service and atmosphere. The best wine selection In McHenry county. I highly recommend 1776.

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RG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Celebrating our 10th anniversary. It was pretty pricey but the feed was excellent. The acoustics make it noisy and the table placement right in the middle made it difficult for people to move around

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LB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The butt steak was terrific and the jambalaya was just spicy enough.

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The service was personable. The food was interesting--not the same old fare. The atmosphere is minimalist with clean lines.

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our food was very good or excellent, with adequate portions of both the appetizers and entrees. The service by Christina and the rest of the staff was excellent. We look forward to returning again when in the Crystal Lake, IL area. The complementary birthday desert for my son's birthday was a very nice touch!

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great improvement! Service & food were amazing...will definitely be back. Only complaint is that the dining room was pretty loud. Did go for an after dinner drink at the bar...fantastic set up! Highly recommend your establishment.

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wonderful service, amazing wine list, and lovely ambiance! Even better, for those with Celiac disease, they know how to prepare delicious gluten free/Celiac safe meals. We will be regular customers in the future!

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CM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Server was a bit slow, but still did an adequate job.

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class food, great service and ambience. I would recommend to others and will dine there again.

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DP
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pork chops over cooked but everything else was good

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always enjoy the unique menu at 1776. Remodeling effort was worth it. Very nice décor. Bar area is still tight. Food was great. Large party in back slowed down service.
Will definitely return.

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LN
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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