The Shanty Restaurant

4.6
69 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

The Shanty offers rustic appeal with great-tasting food. It is the ideal spot for a quick midday bite or relaxing dinner with friends. Live music on the weekends ensures an entertaining experience. The Shanty's building was reconstructed in 2010 with reclaimed barn wood from the area. The restaurant was also featured on the hit show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, as well as numerous other outlets, such as Food Network's "Let's Dish", NBC's "Around Town" and ABC's "Windy City".

With an continuously evolving menu of customer-inspired dishes, The Shanty aims to please their guests. A top favorite is the whiskey shrimp appetizer, which includes fresh jumbo shrimp in The Shanty's signature Jack Daniels cream sauce. Another hit is the tequila and orange grilled salmon.

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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there on a snowy day. So business was quiet. So fast service. Good food. Excellent warm bread. Next time we will ask to sit in the new area.

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d
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

another fantastic meal at the Shanty. started out with the goat cheese wontons and vegetarian flatbread. both were outstanding in taste and great value for the dollar. the dinner was a mixture of hamburgers, quesadillas, cavatappi pasta and salads. everything was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. dessert was the key lime pie and chocolate peppermint cheesecake. excellent taste. service was very attentive, kept all of the water and iced tea filled. very efficient in showing up to remove plates and bring new napkins and silverware. definitely coming back again.

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RR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent selection of fresh fish! Prepared perfectly, with no mushy vegetables. The large addition for dining plus the huge bar are great! Would still recommend eating a bit early or later than usual otherwise there’s a long wait. Reservations taken up to 5:45 or after 8. Looking forward to going back!

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

Great as always.
One of our favorites

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SQ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So nice to be able to eat at the Shanty and not have to wait an hour for a table.

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MV
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shanty delivers with great food and a friendly staff!

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RR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite place. Had been there once 2 years ago and now with the new addition, this place is fabulous. So many things on the menu we have to try.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We eat in the newer section of the building. That section has very high beautiful ceilings. The only problem is you have a harder time hearing your guest. The other option is eating in the front section, but that part the tables are close. Together. The service was incredible. Refilled our drinks and served very fresh bread. The staff was very kind. Our entrees were very good. We ended up saving room for the deserts. The cheese cake with mint chocolate was incredible. Note do make reservations as this place gets busy. Your not going to find this kind of fine dining anywhere around this location. We look forward to going back again.

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to The Shanty forever and they never disappoint! Food is always outstanding and the service is great. The staff are all polite and make you feel like they have known you forever! There's a reason they are the best restaurant in Lake County

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of four celebrating Valentine's day. The food was delicious! We started with a drink at the big bar in the new section. The space is beautiful. We will be back again soon.

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d
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Being Valentines day the restaurant was very busy and they handled it very well. We were seated in the older part of the restaurant which was a little more tight for seating but noise level was low. Food was very good and had a nice evening.

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BT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Steak was perfectly cooked. Place is beautiful. Prices are right. I will go back.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food will be back!

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AP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

yummy, yummy and yummy. I had Country Fried Chicken it was one of the best I have ever had.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service was excellent. The only complaint I have is with the steak, it was very fatty. My wife had short ribs, and they were very tasty.

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CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended!! The food was amazing and the service was amazing.

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AG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience with The Shanty. I was very pleased with variety of their menu, staff and atmosphere. The food was excellent! I will surely recommend The Shanty to my friends and family!

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R
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good Sunday dinner!

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p
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Server could not explain what was in the Southwest sauce for the chicken.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the meal were impeccable!

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

Made reservation. Got nice corner table. Didn’t get to see new addition because of private party. Had the bone marrow appetizer and it was amazing!

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

Great food, great vibe, great service. Overall great time. I would go back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The hostess was very unprofessional and border line rude, it was obvious she couldn’t handle the stress of the rush. The service at the bar wasn’t great, servers did the minimum and barley spoke to us, a bit disappointed.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

New bar area is REALLY loud

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EG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun appetizers! Greatly enjoyed the varitey of choices to share with the table.

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to go with friends for a relaxing meal. The Shanty has a diverse menu including great appetizers, comfort food and some higher end meals. The service was excellent. Astetically it is s beautiful restaurant. There are numerous rooms and it is well spread out. The waitress was super friendly and attentive. The owner also came over to introduce himself which I thought was a nice touch. It looked like they have a nice outdoor deck for the summer which I would love to come back and experience.
It was a great evening and I’ll definitely be back.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The noise was probably us!!! The breakfast tasted so good and fresh and the service was amazing!!! Everyone was so kind and helpful. We had a large group for my husbands birthday and he even got a birthday cake 🧁 yum! Thank you all so much! Can’t wait to come back 🤗

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LE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We made online reservations which was great. When we were seated our table was in the old section where a huge group was seated. Our table was in the back corner. Our servers and the four of usliterally had to squeeze through to be seated and served. I would recommend not sitting anyone back there when a group is seated there. The weather was zero and snowy outside and very chilly at our table. Food was very good.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Birthday dinner. Server Diane was great. Good sized portions, good value.

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JB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. We had the Friday fish fry and it was delicious. Can’t wait to go back and try something else!

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

Fantastic!

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

Soooo many good things happening here! The new bar area is awesome. Drinks and food are reasonably priced. We both had a pork dish- pork shanks and pork chop. Incredible! Both were perfectly prepared. The sauces were differently delicious. Service is prompt and attentive. And they had live music! Hope to be back soon.

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LK
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food , great service would highly recommend nice place for date night. Nice bathrooms fun soap dispenser

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J
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal at a real fair price. Enjoyed the time we were there. Had a fun waitress " Helana " took care us .

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Breakfast was tasty, not unreasonable and delivered promptly. The service was notably good and at least four people attended to our table. And all were properly dressed and courteous.
Had a little trouble getting a walker through the aisles, but that was the Only nit to pick at. Even the Bloody Mary passed inspection. Should’ve ordered the bigger one.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a Diners Dives and Driveups pick. Nothing more need to be said!

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KL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and so was the atmosphere. Great service. We were a party of 6 and we highly recommend The Shanty.

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JR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Shanty is a great place for a great meal with family and friends. Always busy, make sure you have reservation. We love the renovation as well as the original space.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Will come back to sit in the new area!

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Still doesn't serve any expresso. Since the new part of the restaurant has opened it is to commercial for me. As we visited the place in the past on a regular bases, we still enjoy the place, but less regular.

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