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The Cottage Pub

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153 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 153 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. One of my favorite places to go to when I'm home from the city.,♡

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Dave
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and wonderful atmosphere! One of our favorite restaurants!

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vipAshely
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Cottage! always great food and service!!!

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LesK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met at The Cottage Pub for beers and appetizers mid-afternoon. The seating in the covered outdoor area was perfect as most people are still uncomfortable dining indoors. I highly recommend The Cottage Pub for food, drinks, and ambiance.

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kelly
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is favorite of ours for Sunday brunch. Love the Oysters Rockefeller.

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JannessA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service from a very nice and friendly young lady. The Lake perch was superb. I haven’t been to the Cottage for years, Except for this summer outdoors, but I’ll be back soon!

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PackerFan
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this little gem! The outdoor patio is so cozy and warm b/c they have heaters! The guitarist and singer was wonderful and the food is always delicious!!! We love this place!!! ❤️

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JanetB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our Friday fish special. The food was hot and delicious and our server was excellent.

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TeriS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for a casual dinner. Excellent service. Good food choices.

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KimB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

An old and consistent Crystal lake standard The Cottage has always taken care of the customer.

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BobbyB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Very slow service from the kitchen. Food took a long time and appetizers and dinner served at the same time when received. The last few times we have been there it seems that the servers are over extended on table count. There is lots of room for improvement, and expect The Cottage to figure it out in the long run.

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Dede
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Took my daughter her for her birthday with 13 other people and it was not a good experience. I was told we over the phone by the manager days before that we could seat our party at two tables, when we got there they made us sit them at 3 tables because the other manager would not merge two smaller tables. It was cold that night and they had fans running above us with no space heaters. I was served my soup and then dinner before anyone else had received their appetizer soups. Someone in my group didn't get their soup, which they wound up serving after the dinner arrived. Another person didn't get served their dinner at all. They comped that one, but we all had to sit in the cold waiting for her dinner to be prepared as we had all already finished eating. They didn't offer anyone a dessert or coffee while we were waiting. It took so long for the dinner to come that she wound up getting it to go. The bills took awhile to get to us as well, which should have been prepared and delivered while we were waiting for the last meal to arrive. The dinner food tasted just ok, but the soups tasted good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my fav lunch and dinner spots. The food is always great. Service is always great and fast. One of my hometown favorites

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vipTeriF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great spot for lunch while biking the Fox River path. Decent menu choices and large outdoor patio.

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ChristinaG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy a meal at The Cottage!

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Skip
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We waited 50 minutes for a sandwich and fried fish. We ordered at 12:40and our food did not arrive until 1:30
Both orders were hot and good, but a lengthy wait.

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KathleenM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy!! Two had the California Panini and I had the pizza. Very good!

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CarrieD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great food! The staff are friendly too!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good. Favorite place to go even though they weren’t adhering to Gov Pritzger lastest request to wear mask when interacting with wait staff. No one wore masks except me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Server was great when he finally made it to the table. Sat for quite some time before getting drinks. Once he took our order for drinks we didn’t see him for at least 15 minutes. Food was so so. My tuna salad was dry. Just not impressed. I wasn’t sold on the service or the food.

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DavidO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Our pizza , the Cottage special, was not what we ordered. We asked for 1/2 green peppers& 1/2 pepperoni, with rest of ingredients the same. Got all pepperoni, no sausage, olives on other half.

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allisonh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Server seemed overwhelmed and not familiar with the menu and beverages. We usually have good experiences at cottage!

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BradR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great spot. Pizza is excellent. Saturday night seafood (oysters especially) are great!

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MikeC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

So glad The Cottage has so much outdoor seating! Good variety of food, nice beer selection, and lots of TVs to watch sports. Service was a touch slow, but a different server fetched ours when we asked.

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vipCarebear
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience2

Waitress was great unfortunately her station was far from us and it made it difficult for her. Food was surprisingly tasty. But the “General Manager” refused to credit my open table and was very disrespectful - rude!! And honestly I thought business was difficult this year? Mr Cottage this man is not helping your business, he had quite a large bunch of families waiting for tables at the Host stand and open tables?? Just saying I’m sure I won’t be your only negative review!

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DennisA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My husband had a steak salad which was excellent. Steak cooked rare as requested. My Italian beef was dry, overcookewd and the cheese that was supposed to be on it was practically nonexistent. Also, the sweet peppers were chopped in tiny pieces rather than nice long strips as usually served.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite places, great food and wonderful staff!

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor atmosphere. Food was good. Miss the peanuts and popcorn that cannot be served now. Fish tacos were a new choice and very good. The patio drinks also looked wonderful, next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a warm day, but they seated us in the shade. Separated from other partons. Very good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I was excited to try The Cottage . It is clearly a “neighborhood “ hangout type of place which is fun. Service was slow . Had to remind our server that we were waiting for a drink. It hard to rate the food because there were so many flies and bees we were rushing to eat our food and leave. So I would say it was ok. We dine outdoors frequently and have not had this volume of pests before. I think this was because the tables and chairs were not adequately cleaned and something on them was attracting the flies and bees.

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CarolD
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was done well, comfortable and cool. The service was on poi t and the food was excellent!

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our waitress was very rude and inattentive. It took 15 minutes just to get a drink order. She was unfriendly and didn't listen to a thing we asked for.

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MartinMc
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful weather and enjoyed the outside patio.
Happy to support a long standing local business.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garlic Parmesan fries were perfect and bacon blue cheese burger was very good!

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Kiki
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The reservation was easy, hostess was sweet. The waitress we had was a little rude and didn’t want to explain what drinks they offered as me and my partner aren’t 21 until i had to state we’re not 21. The food was okay. Atmosphere was great and i like the measures they took for covid.

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DonaldC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

for the money this place can't be beat. The dollar oysters on the weekend are fresh, huge and priced at about half to one third others charge. Tuesday pizza night a bargain as well, and the ambience is relaxed and friendly.

Staff is obviously pleased to work there. It shows.

Outdoor beer garden is nice with pretty sunsets. Downtown Crystal Lake is charming.

Worth the drive from Palatine, that's for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Typical pub food.

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MikeC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ample outdoor seating, much of it on the patio. But don't go during Cubs games, because I don't want you taking our spot.

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spooki1031
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Garden area was nice and quiet.
Volcano burger was amazing!

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Roys
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to relax and enjoy a meal. Can't beat half price pizza on Tuesday too!

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The Cottage Pub is rated 4.4 stars by 153 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.