The Cottage Pub

4.4
202 Reviews
$30 and under
Sports Bar
The Cottage, located in Crystal Lake, Illinois is a gathering place for you and your friends. Stop and enjoy our thin crust pizzas, hand pattied Juicy half pound burgers, award-winning British Fish and Chips, or Bangers & Bash! In addition to delicious food, we have several Irish beers on tap. Watch every sports game from March Madness to football season on our flat screen TVs.
Along with our restaurant menu, we offer a catering for several events, in our restaurant or offsite. Visit the Party/Catering Menu page to find out more information.
Join us
*Thursday nights for our Karaoke * Friday for our DJ Dance Party
* Live Music in our Back Room We have FREE peanuts and popcorn to snack on in addition to our menu items, so feel free to stay awhile!
Stop in today—our attentive, friendly staff will meet you in our dining room or at the bar!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 202 people are saying
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jordan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Waitress was terrible but got some drinks comped by a manager after we finally complained about only seeing her 4 times during our 2 hour visit. She would literally turn around and fast walk away when we tried to order more drinks. I’m aware they’re understaffed but she could have atleast made sure we were taken care of before leaving when she did come around.

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BobandHol
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Outdoor patio area is always the best! Everything was great, but for some discarded or dropped paper goods on the ground that employees walked past, but no one picked up. That bugged me. The were a couple extremely loud women in a larger group nearby, but that happens. Definitely recommend!

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JohnP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice outdoor area. Wish the heaters were working on the cool day we were there.

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JanA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good, service good, but the noise from the men in the bar was deafeningly LOUD. We couldn’t hear ourselves talk.

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vipkelly
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It's a local favorite, enjoy eating outside on the the patio.

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Christina
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

There are many better options in Crystal Lake. The food was mediocre at best, the service was extremely lacking and the atmosphere left much to be desired. This establishment has really gone down hill and I do not plan on ever going back.

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DebK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our party each had the steak sandwich which was very good. I would recommend it. We had ordered prime rib, but then were told it was sold out for the evening. We hope to come back another Saturday to try that. Love the outdoor patio/deck with TVs to watch sports.

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JKJK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love The Cottage to meet with friends or with my husband. Really enjoy the outdoor seating.

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Kathleen
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your Fish Fry is one of the best I have ever had! Crispy, hot, beautifully prepared and quickly served. I already made reservations for family for this upcoming Friday and I cannot wait.

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mrssken
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The bloody Mary wasn’t all it was raved up to be. Pretty disappointed I did not receive the full size pretzel and the burger was burnt and one slice of fold it up pepper jack cheese on it. Did not look like one of the top 10 as described on the Internet. The actual bloody Mary I give a six out of 10. Although they do give a full size chaser. The food was mediocre. If we’re in the area again we may stop but we won’t drive the distance we drove again to come here. The service was excellent very attentive right on the nose with our orders and very pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we got to our our outdoor table, we were immediately approached by our server who couldn’t have been friendlier. But a few issues became apparent. The game we wanted to watch with the NCAA tournament wasn’t available at our TV, the heater didn’t work at our table, and a heavy wind was hitting us. The manager and staff immediately came to the rescue and fixed everything,,, making our evening perfect. The Cottage is the best neighborhood restaurant... they really care about their customers!! And on top of all that, food was delish!

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TomK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you liek Pub food the Cottage is the place to get it! Many menu choices everything is very good!

PB
vipPBKs
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always even during the pandemic and before outdoor dining begins. The fruit cup that is not on the menu is really good, not just mellon.

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MikeC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were good as always, but no other patrons wore masks when not eating or drinking.

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ShawnH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nachos were a little muh. Burgers were great. What really made our evening is our server, Dylan. He was a riot!! He said he hasn't worked there long, but did a great job with a awesome personality! We invited him for a drink after his shift! That doesn't happen often. Great job Dylan!!

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Natalie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Used to love this place. Service was so horrible and slow I don’t think I’ll ever go back. Food was not like it used to be either. Overall so disappointed with my experience.

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Sara
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We schedule for ten people but 7 showed up, we were seated outside, and when we asked the manager to turn on the heat he ignored us. The waitress was the one who told us it was broken and when we asked to be seated inside or somewhere warmer we were refused. The manager said we asked for outdoor seating which wasn't true. My family is from Hawaii and is not used to our weather. We left and enjoyed the restaurant we did go to.

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BRRC
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know the legendary kind of "local" pub people talk about - the one filled with great vibes & unique character? That's the Cottage. Lots of good beer choices, great burgers, fish on Fridays. I don't think there's a thing on the menu I don't enjoy. It's just that neighborhood, community place where everyone gets treated like a regular. The outside porch has a louvered roof that can be closed to the elements. Live music on the weekends and their annual Motown weekend and Beatles Blast on Labor Day Weekend are can't miss events. Love this place.

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PeggS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with our outdoor seating under the heat lamp. The wait staff was wonderful. We especially enjoyed the St Patty's day theme and music. Nice touch!

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ArtK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

just stopped there for a nightcap; irish coffee..

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vipChristinaG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought our grandson, he loves the Cottage! It was quiet for a Sunday evening and very good.

KM
KathleenM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy pizza and fish and chips!!

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JGatt
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cottage has been the go-to destination for our monthly shooting club for some time now. Staff is always very pleasant and most attentive, the food is good and the oysters (weekends only) are always very fresh and reasonably priced. Management is also very accommodating when it comes to honoring special requests. Thanks folks!!

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vipkelly
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Oysters Rockefeller and Crab Soup are always a hit!

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MackenzieS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great bloody Mary’s and always great service! The menu has something for everyone.

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Crystallakefoodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our server was very unprofessional and had the most sour attitude! We went to celebrate a birthday and said that about 5 times, & was never acknowledged. Would have been a much more enjoyable experience if we didn’t feel so rushed out! Stayed only for drinks and apps. We made our way to the bar for a bit after. The bartender, very friendly and fun!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience3

The kitchen had some minor issues when we first got there, but thankfully we were able to order some food before we left! The drinks and staff were great as always.

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vipGrouponPro
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty, menu was a good variety and prices were good.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ordered a few appetizers and drinks to start the weekend! We had a good time! Thanks as always.

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VickieC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and we were all very satisfied with the food and service. We were not rushed and made to feel welcome. Everyone was very accommodating.

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vipMEGANDETERS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time! Great atmosphere!!

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LeeannP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service. Our waitress was amazing! Will definitely go back.
One complaint: You pay for a burger but fries don't come with it and when you do pay for a side of fries they give you a handful.

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ThomasD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Never have I had a bad time at the Cottage.
Regarding ambience, how about turning up the heat inside during the lunch hour.

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AnneQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome dinner in New Years! Love going there

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the place!

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Dani
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We made a reservation 4 hours in advance and when we got there, the waitress/host told us there are no tables available because people showed up for music which is what we came for. Hence the reservation. Whats the point in making one if they're not gonna have a table for us? Then she got snippy when we asked for the table that was available near the music.

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cottage
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great food! Great service! Met up with friends and had a lovely dinner in a wonderful atmosphere.

DN
DavidN
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

the food was great! The only reason I gave a lower rating was that the door for the outdoor eating needs to have a door spring to keep it closed in higher winds. The wind kept blowing the door open, which made it cold in the area. the space heaters could not heat us up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food!

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Allen
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Heated outdoor enclosure provides one of the few eateries avail during Covid lockdown.

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You can order delivery directly from The Cottage Pub using the Order Online button.

The Cottage Pub is rated 4.4 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.