1776 Restaurant

4.6
292 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Family owned restaurant in Crystal Lake, IL. Specializing in great wines, locally sourced farm to fork food. Catering to those with food allergies, especially since the owner has Celiac Disease among other dietary Restrictions.

Owner Rhienna, super passionate about her community. We are re-defining what fine dining looks like and building community through food. It's an exciting time for 1776 to pioneer into the future of Farm to Table offerings. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Award winner for 23+ years.

1776 opened in 1990 by Andy & Terrie Andresky.
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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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 2019
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 292 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1776 has become our 'go to' local restaurant for whatever reasons: romantic evenings; small plates; with out of town guests. Consistently excellent food beautifully presented. Attentive servers. Relaxed pace. Deep and interesting wine list.
(In the rating above I noted Ambiance as 'energetic' and that was due to several tables with 6 or more patrons having a wonderful time during the holidays. Usually, the volume is more subdued.)

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Fast, courteous and friendly staff. Great night for a bit of upscale atmosphere with amazingly fresh food.

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JS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our first dinner at 1776. We will be back, and when we do, we will be sure to request Kelly as our server. Exceptional service! Food was great from appetizer and drinks to entrees.

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KS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have had in a long time! We have already recommended it to people and will definitely be back!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out!!!!!!

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

Excellent, we have been here at least once a month since the new owners have taken over and everything has either gotten better or stayed very consistent.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We’ve been coming here for 20 years and loved the 5 Star experience UNTIL last weekend. We usually were in and out in about 1 1/2 hours, this time 3 hours. The servers were great as usual, but the kitchen couldn’t keep up. The quality of the food was good except for the steak that we usually order. Instead of the full size piece, it had been cut in half! When we questioned why it was only half a steak, we were told it was the same size as before and better quality, but comes from a new vendor. It was had some chewy spots. The drink my husband usually has was watery. We always ordered the Jack Daniels pie. It was not the same as before either. We learned that their exceptional chef (Santiago) had left and started his own restaurant. We will be eating there from now on.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner there, food was delicious, and artistic. Meat fell off the bone

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Z
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, I look forward to visiting in the near future.

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CM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding!

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NR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is on our great places to eat list. Perfect for small group of friends or family. The food is consistently good and well planned.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my boyfriend went here to celebrate my birthday and everything was absolutely wonderful! We love the Tuna tartare that’s our personal favorite and we also did the steak kabob! 1776 has, HANDS DOWN, some of the best steak I’ve ever had! We will eat her again for sure! The service was also excellent, our server Christian was great! She surprised me with a birthday desert! I mean who doesn’t love a good flourless chocolate cake! :)

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SD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pick this restaurant based on a referral from a friend. My husband and I were celebrating our 6 year anniversary and we could not of picked a better place. From the moment we walked in the staff was nice and helped us out. Once we were seated the server was very knowledgeable of the food and gave us great recommendations. The food was fabulous. While we were there we were planning our next trip back with friends. Highly recommend. Thank you 1776 for making our night special!

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem in Crystal Lake with amazing wine options and great ambiance especially after the remodeling.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, as always. It does get quite loud though

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DI
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall it was very nice for a lunch date
Food was good. Onion chicken soup was so so. It needed more flavor. Chicken sandwich was very tasty
Service was very attentive

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OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved most of our lunch. They had an onoin/chicken soup of the day that was hard to eat and not very tasty at all. We don’t recomment that, but the lobster club and salmon sandwiches were wonderful. We will be back, but will skip the soup.

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SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic local restaurant with flair and vitality!! Great food choices with an excellent array of constantly changing specials. Top notch wine selection with excellent bar staff and cocktails! The service is outstanding and friendly!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal with excellent service. An intimate experience and worth the drive.

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CM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this local restaurant! Wish Crystal Lake would recognize that we need more in our town. There is not another restaurant that compares to their quality of food!!
The noise level can vary however the owner has worked hard to control( installed noise barriers).
Only other minor twitch is the pour on wines. I do not drink, but those in my party all had a glass and they were a light pour! Might want to look into for the wine lovers.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have had at least one birthday meal at 1776 since 1998. It has been our favorite restaurant since our first dining experience which, if we remember correctly, was in early 1998. It is our choice for those special dinners with friends and business associates. The new ownership has created an even finer dining experience with the addition of an enhanced selection of fine wines. This past weekend we celebrated my wife's birthday at 1776, enjoying a great meal with outstanding service. This is one of the few restaurants where you can order a charred rare steak and have it served as ordered. The rack of lamb will leave you wanting more.

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BB
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been a regular here for 20 years. Always a great place!

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OS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great presentation!!! The service was fabulous!!!!!

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service from Kelly were outstanding. Room gets pretty noisy which makes conversation more difficult than it should be.

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CH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the service and the food at 1776 on Saturday. Busy but attentive service and an interesting, varied menu made it enjoyable. The trout was excellent and served with a couple creative flourishes and in a timely manner. Recommended.

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a very nice dinner and excellent wine. Nice evening with an easy atmosphere suitable for talking without having to scream.

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l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just went here for the first time on a date night with the hubby. Great menu, with plenty of GF options, and delicious food. We were both really impressed with how 'fresh' the food tasted (not masked with a ton of creamy sauces that you might find at other restaurants), and how unique the flavors were. Will definitely go here again.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the original farm to table restaurants
Good food, good service

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E
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Tasty choices for lunch. Nice presentation. Very good service

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QB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exceptional. There is a HUGE wine selection and many different types of food to choose from. I also appreciated the gluten free options and enjoyed my four year anniversary here.

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g
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I thought the bread pudding should have been served warm. I also felt the wine should have been served w the food, not after.

Hard to see from road at night to park going west.

Portions a little small.

Should be suggestions for wine pairings.

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PO
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration dinner with delicious food and outstanding service. Had to wait a few minutes for our reservation and the bar area is a little cramped but besides that we will be back. Our server Kelly was knowledgeable and made our evening relaxing and enjoyable.

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time trying 1776, and it was everything and more that we hoped for! Amazing wine list, delicious food, wonderful service, and neat atmosphere. They made us feel very special through celebrating a 30th birthday and our 6 year anniversary. Definitely a new favorite spot!

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had not been since the new ownership, not for any particular reason; it’s a little far for us so not the first place we think of. However, we went for our anniversary and could not have been more pleased! Thankfully we made a 4:30 reservation on Saturday because it filled up quick. The server Kelly was extremely nice & helpful. They treated us to a wonderful flourless chocolate cake dessert for our anniversary. Everything was really nice & the renovations make it more modern yet still a great romantic type ambience. We’ll def be back soon!

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WB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food ,extensive menu,good service and great wine list

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MD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and beautifully served. We will be back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautifully presented. Anything can be made gluten free.
Hostess and server perfect.
Bathrooms beautiful, clean. Unhurried, leisurely friends lunch. Flowers on table so pretty. Love it!

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F
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can beat 1/2 price wines on Wednesday. It pairs great with the charcuterie plate. Thanks to Wendy for taking great care of us.

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EG
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It has been a long time since my last visit to 1776. The occasion of this recent visit was a business dinner party. For starters, the beer and wine selections were plentiful. Enjoyed the local selection of micro brew beers very, very much! The Crab cakes and Coconut Shrimp and Indian Wild Game Sticks for starters were delicious. Main courses were also plentiful to choose from as well as plentiful at a VERY reasonable price. I chose the Planked Wild Caught Salmon with spinach risotto and a chimichurri sauce. The Salmon was baked to tender perfection and the combination of spinach risotto and Chimichurri sauce added a very pleasing sweet taste.
The serving staff were very friendly and attentive. I/we will be back again. There are way to many interesting items on the menu that require tasting! Very enjoyable experience.

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