1776 Restaurant

4.5
276 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 276 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DI
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
9 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
11 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
65 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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TF
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb. The only reason I rated the sound level is there were two amazingly loud guests there. I don’t blame this on the restaurant though, just the guests bad manners.

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MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was very good, but a large table came in and they were oblivious that there were other people in the restaurant, so that tarnished the experience a bit for us. Our server was fantastic and the food was very good, many options and because everything is made to order, it wasn't over salted

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CM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have improved the noise level with installing sound dampeners. The food is always outstanding! Met the owner and she’s a lovely, smart entrepreneur with great ideas. Please visit and let’s keep this local gem going!

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CM
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food...However we waited for refill of our drinks at least 10-15 minutes. We also waited a long time for the waiter to ask if we wanted desert, by that time we just wanted to leave.

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JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for any occasion.
Food is fabulous
New entry is great

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and the service was not rushed. Wine list very impressive.

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CF
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Portions are not what they used to be but food is still good, other than the obscene amount of kale in the dinner salad. We used to love coming here and we were so excited for the remodel. Unfortunately, it’s attracting a different clientele that made our experience uncomfortable and extremely difficult to hear each other. We’ve tried a handful of times but this is no longer our “go to” place. All the staff we loved has left and I couldn’t even read the menu it was so dark, for someone in my mid 30’s this shouldn’t be a problem yet!

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff took care of you from the time you walk in.
First time dining here and it was a great experience. We will be coming back for sure.

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Will spend this kind of money elsewhere. Crowed, loud and ok food.

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t
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful, had the salmon and the meatloaf, both were exceptional, actually, I have never had such amazing meatloaf, I would highly recommend it. The squash pie was really good, a new try for me, would definitely order again.

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hosted both sets of parents as we thought that they would enjoy the food as much as we have. They had a great time and really enjoyed the nosh (appetizers) as much as the main meals.

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UR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, drink, and service. The updated decor is beautiful, warm, and welcoming. Michelle is a first rate server and helped make our anniversary dinner special. Thank you!

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d
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The usual excellent experience at 1776. Without a doubt the best restaurant in town. Their lunch is just as fine as dinner.

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DP
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great but ordered a wine flight for an extra $16 with my meal and the pour of all 3 was less than a single glass of wine, an $8.00 value.

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Came for my wife's birthday. Food was, on the whole, good. Service was slow at first, but picked up as the larger tables our waiter was attending began to leave. We got the wild game trios. They ran out of quail as an option so we were given wild boar instead. The food flavor was excellent. We enjoyed the elk the best, followed by the bison. However, the boar was VERY chewy and a bit gristly -- no need to have that again. Crab cakes were delicate and flavorful; probably the best we've ever had. Fresh sourdough buns were also terrific. Could have used more dressing and some other additions to a salad that was essentially a plate of lettuce with a few tiny shreds of carrots. Overall it was good, but we wanted it to be great. Throw in a glass of $9 house wine and 2 root beers for a total bill of $140 plus tip. Don't think it was really worth it price-wise, but we've been wanting to try the place for a few years. No rush to come back.

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