1776 Restaurant

4.6
325 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.
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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Friendly wait staff and interesting menu but everything we had was WAY too sweet, starting with two different salad dressings (one a vinaigrette) and on through the sauces, including chimichurri which is usually not sweet.. Beef in the wellington was nicely cooked, and although the sauce was sweeter than I'd like, it went ok with the beef. The pastry shell, however, was soggy and undercooked - just removed it and ate the beef. Not an awful dinner, but I wouldn't hurry back.

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AA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a marvelous experience. It was my wife's first time there and I had not been there in a number of years and never for dinner. Food was excellent, service outstanding and the atmosphere was intimate though tight. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good meal. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and never felt rushed.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a great time here. I took my grandfather and he really seemed to enjoy himself too. great food, great wine. I would highly recommend, I have lived in the area for 15 years and this was my first time stopping in, I will be going back.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Ambiance a little “cold”. Waitress and staff great. Make you feel at home

Beautiful decorations on plates that are edible!!

Remodel is nice

Can’t wair to go back

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!!

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PD
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and courteous staff with excellent service and food comes to the table is reasonable time. And the quality is first rate and well presented.

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MM
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

You guys are great! Love the new look and feel of the restaurant- has become a new favorite!

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RR
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every expert we have had here has been exceptional. New Year’s Eve was no different! The service, food and drink selection are always top notch.

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our second time there was on New Years Eve. Both the trout and mahi mahi were marginal at best. Service was okay but I was bothered by the "hostess", who kept walking by in her tattered sweater. Quite noisey. Pardon my snobbery, but I am still amazed that people go to a nice restaurant in jeans and a tee shirt. For $160, I expect nicer. Back to the city next year.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were excellent, especially for an holiday evening. A great experience on all levels

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined on New Year's Eve. The servers were friendly and everyone and everything was very organized and accommodating.
Overall, the food was outstanding and very well presented.

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SI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary. They made us a fabulous dessert. Everything was fantastic. Will definitely go back!

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TD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and myself really enjoyed our dinning experience, the food was excellent. It was a great choice for us to celebrate our 23rd anniversary.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. It was a little chilly at first but when I asked our server to increase the temperature it was much better. We will definitely go back to this restaurant.

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Drink was not made correctly, waitress refused to replace drink even though others at our table concurred that it was wrong. When we asked how many crab cakes were included in the appetizer order she relied "two" we said we wanted four and she told us to "cut them in-half", she only brought us the order of two crab cakes. She refused to refill the water flask until it was completely empty, taking it from my hand only to place it back in the table even though it contained an ounce of water at the most, took us at least three attempts to finally get it refilled. Steak temperature was incorrect and because waitress did not agree, refused to return it to the kitchen. Absolutely horrendous service coupled with terrible attitude spoiled Holiday outing. Would never recommend this restaurant to anyone, will never return.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Food and drinks were good. Had to send a drink back because it was not made right but they did correct it.

Service was extremely slow, so be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait. Even through the place was not crowded.

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful special dinner with my sweetheart for her birthday. Our waiter helped me make her birthday memorable. We had late reservations (8:30) and the restaurant was well full of others celebrating various events. Even with the sound baffling it was hard to hold an intimate conversation.

Our waiter suggested a fabulous bottle of wine that complimented both the entrees perfectly.

Towards the end of the night the waiter brought us birthday cake and coffee while the bus person continuously hovered to the point of making us feel rushed out of the door. I would have liked to have enjoyed the finale of our meal in peace.

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LN
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally enjoyed dinner with adult family members. Even with the former head chef gone, kitchen didn’t miss a beat. Our server and his “assistant” were charming, attentive and he was knowledgeable about the wines on the list. Would definitely return.

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CM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food always outstanding, but this was the first time that the service was lacking. The waiter was lax with service and certainly disappointed. We’ve dined here often enough to know the difference. Hopefully, it was a one time occurrence.

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RO
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, great service, and fairly priced. Great dining experience!

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L
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great as always but the seating on a holiday week was a little tight.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time on Xmas eve and it was amazing! The food and service were superb! Will definitely be going back! So so good!

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R
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall very good. Wines are a little steep and menu could be expanded. But was very good and excellent choice.

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R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were outstanding. Kelly our server did a great job.

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KH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding as was the food. My friend had the scallop dish that was one of the specials for Monday. I had the salmon with spinach risotto. We both agreed they were delicious. Our server, Kelly, was very attentive and knew all items on the menu and could describe in detail - that's always helpful. Have been here several times and would highly recommend. Would also recommend a making a reservation no matter the day of the week.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was ornately created and tastefully spectacular! This place has a following for a reason. The meals have a special uniqueness that give no feel of assembly line dining. The flavors give you the "eyes closed savoring" experience.

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H
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing - I enjoyed the scallops with corn risotto that was on special and I'm so glad I went with it! My husband ordered the filet and it was cooked perfectly.

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ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant experience!
We enjoyed the ambiance and great service!
The food was deliciously tasty!

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JE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Staff, food and atmosphere perfect
Thank you

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been there for many years. The food is consistently good, well prepared, inventive and well priced. The service has always been excellent and the staff is attentive to any special needs or events that you may have. I have never had a bad meal here and especially recommend the tuna tartare as an appetizer, as well as the lamb shank.

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AS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible!! First off, we had a 715 reservation and we never sat down until almost 815! Tried to get drinks at the bar. Three people at the bar and not one person noticed nor waited on us. Thankfully at about the 45 minute mark the manager came over and offered us a free round of drinks and an appetizer due to the table delay. That was nice and smoothed things over. Then, we were unlucky enough to get Sam as our waitress. She never checked on us, never brought us our food and went MIA for the entire night! A bus boy brought us our appetizer, we had to ask him to find our waitress so we could put our order in. Another waitress brought us our salads and asked if we ever received bread, um no, were we supposed to? Had questions on the menu and when Sam finally showed up, she was less than thrilled to indulge our questions. We had hoped to also order dessert, this was supposed to be a date night out, but 1 hour late on a reservation, no waiting on us by our waitress, and overall lack of caring by the staff, we were done! The chances of us going back to this restaurant, or even recommending to family and friends is zero. Recommend going across the street to the M Super Club!!!

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AS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
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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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time but not the last.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out!!!!!!

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W
Milwaukee
7 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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