1776 Restaurant

4.7
353 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 2018 winnerr.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine selection.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Upon our on time reservation arrival the hostess was preoccupied with a guest who had a reservation but the restaurant did not seem to have it. Someone else finally came to ask us for our reservation and then replied that our table was not ready but if we would wait at the bar they would call us shortly. The bar was cozy enough and we were well attended. 25 minutes later I decided to go and ask the hostess about the status of our table. She said it was ready and proceeded to seat us. Our waitress Kelly was truly accommodating, impressionable, and very engaging to ensure we understood the menu, talk about the specials, etc. To stay we had the Warm goat cheese salad and English clam chowder soup special. Both very good. Just the right amount of consistency for the soup and the salad delicious! We waited for our entrees for 35-40 minutes. Kitchen seemed backed up. The Lamb shank that I ordered was ordinary, a bit bland especially the mash potatoes and roasted vegetables (which came out cold). While everything was fresh for sure, I have to admit I was expecting a more savory culinary experience. My husband said the exact same about his Jambalaya. Overall the ambiance was inviting and the service was very friendly. But unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be rushing to come back.

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

I wasn't sure how to answer the noise level question. I chose a left-hand option, since I thought the noise level was low, but I'm not sure I made the correct choice. I found the noise level very good. Easy to converse at the table. That is very much appreciated, since so many restaurants are so noisy. Love the food, the menu choices, and the availability of gluten free choices.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent if you're looking for reasonably priced fresh gourmet food with great service. The menu is not huge but that's the way I like it. Showcase your best dishes and rotate them through as fresh ingredients change. This restaurant is super close to my house and couldn't be happier after their renovation and refreshed menu.

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H
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our meals at 1776. The food presentation is amazing - the wine selection is quality and the desserts are delicious. They were out of one of their specials by 7pm which helped make my decision to try the Salmon easier. It didn't disappoint with the chimichurri sauce and spinach risotto. It's a great date night venue.

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CM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Last visit noted that service was lacking, and unfortunately it happened once again. The food is always outstanding at this establishment. This is not the downfall! It seems the last few visits they are not either spacing the seatings or the waitstaff is overwhelmed. It takes a bit to get service then after drinks are delivered you wait again quite long to have them reappear to ask if you’re ready to order. Once order is placed the salads come out immediately then it’s a long stretch before meal appears. This particular waitress seemed slammed and the service was not good. It’s really disappointing. We have so few good restaurants in the area we were hoping that they would keep up what we originally experienced. Owner was walking around however did not stop at our table.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I cannot overstate how delicious and flavorful the food was at 1776. Outstanding. The wait staff was very attentive, and knowledgeable. The wild game aspect takes you out of your comfort zone just a little, but if you are looking for a new fine dining experience 1776 has it. You would be wise to make a reservation well in advance however, the secret is getting out... this place rocks.

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Too much effort on presentation and a need for more effort on taste. The food was good, but not delicious. More of an ordinary fair when it could be so much more.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at 1776 many times. The food is always excellent. I will definitely be back.

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I both enjoyed our dinner. My only disappointment was the shrimp scampi was served with tails on the shrimp. The dish with sauce was very tasty. My friend was very pleased with the salmon. Dessert was delightful.

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s
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to 1776 for years. The food is outstanding, the service is impeccable and everyone is always very courteous and friendly.

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F
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charcuterie plate was amazing. Appetizers were delicious and innovative. Christina took great care of us.

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PD
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food beautifully prepared and paired with excellent wine. Most enjoyable evening.

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GD
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service. Server didn't rush us to order. Checked on us several times before ordering. Everything about 1776 was fantastic. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing. Food was great. Nice selection of food. Sat in the back corner so it was quieter.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Second time, food was delicious, server Kelly outstanding and we will ask for her again as we did this time.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The ambiance was upscale farm chic and the food was very good. Oddly enough some basics were sub par, the 2 tiny bread rolls brought to the table could be eliminated, they brought nothing to the experience. The server brought the wrong drink, which is totally fine but then tried to say it was the correct one...? Not ok. The meal was fresh and simple and delicious. We were seated at the one table that had a kitchen view ( just eliminate this table) rather wait at the bar a little bit longer. Being a Chicago transplant we have dined all over Illinois. I will definitely return and try it again based on the overall experience.

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, 1776 delivers for food, atmosphere and service. The staff is fabulous and the food is even better. My go to lace whe we go out!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service

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F
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunches are great at 1776! They always have a special that is delicious. Kudos to Gastón and Lucas for preparing amazing meals.

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DR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience as usual. Food is always fresh and perfectly prepared and served. Please don't everyone come to this restaurant, it's my neighborhood local and would like to keep it accessible!

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JM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, room and service at 1776. I was in town from the city and it was great to see a restaurant focused on farm to table food. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Will be back for sure.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1776 is a local mom& pop restaurant, we like to go local as much as possible. Love farm to table quality
of our food. The menu was a nice variety to different meals. The service was amazing. We will be back.

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WN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great evening, started with drinks at the bar and had a great conversation with the bar tenders and what we found out was the owner. Friendly, funny and very welcoming. Once seated we ordered appetizers that were amazing and the entrees were out of this world.

I can honestly say that 1776 is now my go to place for a guarantee of a good dining out experience.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. The team here really knows how to take care of you and create a great dining experience.

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F
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Tapas, and they were amazing!! Kudos to Gastón and Lucas for preparing a great dinner, and to Kelly for taking great care of us!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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 on January 9, 2019
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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p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

This was a special evening to celebrate our son's 22nd birthday with a group of 7 of us, so we made reservations which worked out well as we had a large round table. We had a wide variety of food across the table including several appetizers, soups, and full entrees which were all very delicious and beautifully displayed. Service was not great - the waitress was not as attentive as she should have been and we actually had one major issue that was not resolved at all even when we escalated to a manager. The wine selection was not great and was very over-priced, so that was disappointing as well. They did bring our son a nice dessert for his birthday which was a nice touch but would have much preferred better service and great wine. Overall, I would say it was fair but not sure when we will come back and can't recommend them. Given how great the food was, it's too bad that the environment was not as inviting as it could have been.

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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
4 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
6 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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