1776 Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Redefine your night out.

We’re a farm-to-table restaurant that’s redefining what fine dining means. We work with local vendors and farmers to find the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. We understand the challenges of finding high-quality options that unique, vegan or allergy-friendly, especially since the owner has Celiac Disease herself, among other dietary restrictions. Our kitchen creates fresh food from scratch every day and can customize to your needs, so we’ve got you covered. Plus, we're the only restaurant in McHenry County to have received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, and our expert staff can help you choose the perfect pairing for your meal.

We are a family-owned restaurant in Crystal Lake, IL that believes fine dining is more than the very best in food, service and atmosphere. It’s a conversation and a connection to others. We believe everyone deserves good food so we’ve started a movement to do just that.
What 568 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had the highest of hopes as 1776 came highly recommended. Our reservations were for 7:45 and we arrived about 5 minutes early. The table wasn’t ready. They were pleasant and said we could wait in the bar. The bar was full and there were no seats in the front, so we stood until seated 30 minutes after our reservation. The menu was different and it took us a while to decide. My wife cannot tolerate goat cheese or lamb so that took 5 items off right away. She end up with the duck breast and I had the lamb shank. Her duck was undercooked and tough. She could only eat half of it. My lamb was very good. The service from our waitress was very good but she would disappear for long periods of time. After an initial check on us about the food right after it came and before my wife found that the duck was not done to her liking, she didn’t come back. I will say that she was always pleasant and when she did ask about the meal refunded the duck without asking. We did give a nice tip. The final bit of the experience was the group of four next to us that were very loud. We had trouble talking and hearing. That’s no ones fault but the carry of the noise killed the ambience.

Al in all, the food selection was too eclectic for our tastes and the quality disappointing. But if you like eclectic and don’t mind the negatives, give them a try. .

KK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christina was excellent. Dinner was truly exquisite. Incredible chef and service, a wonderful way to spend our anniversary. Will certainly be back.

LG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was pretty good. Some dishes left something to be desired, but overall it was a great meal!

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about 1776 was wonderful. We've been meaning to for the past 20+ years living in the area. A memorable experience and definitely a new favorite that we'll visit for those special occasions. Thank you!

DR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The new atmosphere is much nicer. The service was good. However we sat by the window and cars lights were often glaring in our face. We ordered the special, red snapper, which was terrible. It may have sat took long, but, would not have been great anyway. I haven’t gone in 20 years and won’t be in a hurry to go back. Disappointing

BF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious...had the red snapper special and the salmon. Highly recommend.

J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My husband ordered the pork chop and it was very fatty. Not a lot of meat on the bone. My Red Snapper was very good.

VM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place and our server Kristine was fabulous.

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Requested a nice table and they sat us near the back and bathroom, when I asked to be moved to one of the many
Open tables they refused and only when we threaded to leave did they move us. The drinks we order never came,

LS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My lobster stuffed poblano pepper with vegetarian lasagna was excellent. The wine list is extensive and if wine is not your style, they a have a wide range of other adult beverages. The service was attentive, but not intrusive and overall I had a very agreeable experience.

MM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at 1776 many times. I have never been disappointed. My daughter even ate her complete dinner! I have never seen my daughter eat a complete meal. I may go back next week. My girl friend loves to eat at 1776.

JE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and wine GREAT as usual.
Thank you

V
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding restaurant!!!!! Best restaurant Crystal Lake has ever had.
Filet, mashed potatoes and fresh green beans were the best I have ever had. Good bye Flemings, I am going to 1776!!!!!!!!! Appetizer charcuterie board with cheese was overflowing.
My daughter has Celiac and we struggle to find a restaurant truly gluten free. 1776 is GLUTEN FREE!!!!! Never has she had so many options. She had the roasted poblano with lobster - to die for!!!!!!
Run, don't walk to 1776. Truly suburb dining in Crystal Lake!

DD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Small seafood portion. Not worth the money, but the steak was awesome and priced okay.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING!!! it was my wife's birthday and she had heard about this restaurant from someone who raved about it. We took our two daughters and their husbands. The food was fabulous-phenomenal hor dourves and great selections. Also, wine selection is super. My wife has to be gluten free and they offered a wide variety of GF options!! And deserts were amazing. I have to mention the level of service was also superior. You could feel that each person that was involved in our evening was proud to be a part of making it very special. Thanks 1776 - we will be back!

ET
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time at 1776, with a friend that had been there before. Ambience was great and the food was excellent. We each went with a different special for the night. She the steak, me the fish. Steak was cooked exactlly as requested and the piece I tasted was tender and flavorful. My skate fish was tender and tasted great. 2 glasses of wine for her, 1 glass of tequila for me. Plenty for the price. We were going to pass on desert, but when we saw the options we just had to take a piece of the espresso cheesecake home with us. Wonderful experience for a special night out.

J
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary here this past Friday. The food was excellent as always. There was only one server for the whole front section she was very busy. It took a long time to order and overall dosing time was super long. Other than this, we had a great experience and will be back! Very nice to provide dessert for our occasion.

MH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Spectacular! Everything about 1776 is a 10!

CD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was dying to try this place. I picked the wrong dish but am excited to come back and try something else.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It’s a nice little place, a bit too noisy and a little cramped. The food was good, not great. Service was really good and the people were great.

S
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I went for our anniversary. We had 4 “nosh” appetizers to split. We took the advice of our waitress and all were delicious. Nice wine and cocktail selection. Calamari and Tuna tartare were my favorites.
They brought out a fudge brownie to celebrate our anniversary and it was very good as well.

E
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat and impressed by the food and service. The staff is phenomenal. Our go to place for special occasions and celebrations!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food normally is outstanding. However this last dining experience was not. The octopus was not cooked correctly. The meatloaf was extremely chewy and the gravy seemed to be more carrot than anything else. The lobster was over cooked. Consistency from the last couple of times has fallen off the charts.

CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and I will be back. The service and the food were excellent!

RD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease, so this place was a breath of fresh air. So many gluten free options. I felt safe eating out for the first time since I was diagnosed.

MG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food at this restaurant has always been amazing. It is NOW even BETTER than it has EVER BEEN! However, since the renovation, the noise level is through the roof! I know that they are trying with the clouds in the ceiling, but more needs to be done. It is WAY too loud. I miss being able to talk to the people at my table!

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Everything about 1776 was great. Would definitely recommend and will be going back.

SH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!! Good food! Amazing people!

KP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. It was nice to try different types of food and the presentation was very nicely done.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening with excellent food and great service. We love 1776.

JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for that special dinner - we've been here before - this time we
took some good friends and they really enjoyed it.

B
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is quite, and tranquil while still being casual! They have an awesome wine selection, and the waitress was great and the food was absolutely delicious!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful experience! We celebrated our one year anniversary at 1776 and were met with outstanding staff and service! The food was delicious, the ambience was lovely, and they created a personal, special night we will never forget! We will be back for sure!

EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We love the restaurant however it was very busy and took a long time to get drinks, food, etc. Also, they apparently stopped serving rolls with dinner due to waste? Not a good move. The restuarant has become very noisy and hard to hear since they remodeled.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting menu, good food, good service. Nice dinning experience.

KM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were sat (with reservations) and given water. 20 mins later not ONE of the dozens of servers came to introduce, check in, or take any order. We thought someone may be coming by our table but they ended up at tables around us. We ended up walking out and no one cared. We will tell everyone we know never to try this place. Ambiance is boring and terrible, not sure how this place is still in business.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best as always!

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was exceptional. A little pricey, but good food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual EVERYthing was fantastic!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful atmosphere!