The Shanty Restaurant

4.6
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BarbaraH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Amazing food. Great staff and owner 💙

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AngelaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining outside in tent with beautiful weather, well done spacing, great service. Being a regular at the Shanty, it was a nice treat eating outdoors with my family.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the oldest and finest Icon restaurants in Northern Illinois.

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mariak
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the Friday fish fry. Service was excellent and the food really, really good! We enjoyed some cocktails and great conversation with our friends.

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vipSteaklover
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t Delay
Book Shanty the next time you want a quality dinner.
Great Service

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CindyS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect place to meet between WI and IL! Creative, healthy surprised at delightful, reasonably priced food. Always great service!

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Wyldorchid
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was only our second time visiting The Shanty. 1st time was lunchtime, not impressed but then again maybe it was a bad day, but dinner was awesome. I had the Conch Filet Steak dinner YUMMY! BF has the Filet, had to send it back alittle under cooked but they were very quick getting it back out to us.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We love the Shanty but this time our waitress seemed preoccupied. It wasn’t very busy either.

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vipTrinka
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is such a popular restaurant. We could only get a 3:45 reservation through OT and there were still a lot of people there! Food was great. My only complaint was that the asparagus white fish was a little too salty for my taste. My cucumber cocktail was wonderful and the egg plant with vodka sauce for the appetizer was very good. Wait staff were attentive and the restaurant itself has a great historic and community authenticity.

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pynapl7
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place...one of our favorite places to dine in Lake County!!

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KaitlynM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My $35 filet mignon on was overcooked as was my son’s Ribeye and my husbands shrimp was chewy. However, the service was good, everyone was very nice. The shrimp was taken off the bill and the beer selection was great as well as the appetizers we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

They need to change up the menu. I have my favorites and even with their specials I wish they’d add a few new menu options.

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HeatherR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! I had the crab stuffed flounder, very deliscious! The waitress was very attentive. It was a very busy restaurant so having a reservation was good. Make a reservation and go enjoy some great food!!

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DavidL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding. The ambiance felt a little more like a bar than a restaurant. We sat in the older part of the restaurant. The back has a larger bar and is a little more modern. Overall a very nice place. I would go back.

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PatrickC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All good we enjoyed the evening

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vipAwilda
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

First time dining here and it was overall a positive experience. Our starter course of cheese quesadilla with guac and also loaded tater tots were very good. I was a little underwhelmed by my salmon entree, but it wasn't bad per se. They brought a very nice complimentary birthday dessert. Most notable though was the service, they were very attentive and polite from the hostess to bartender to busser to server. All were first rate. So if I didn't love my salmon, I might still return as I might have ordered the wrong thing for me. But the experience overall was positive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. A little busy te day we went which is why our server didn’t come around as often

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing night

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JoshS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wasn't thrilled that our seating was next to the front door when we were seated on Saturday 2/15. Our reservation was late enough at 8:30pm that it did not end up being an issue. Cocktails, appetizers and dinner were great as usual. Thanks again for another great experience.

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BobM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere- day after Valentines Day and it was busy but very little wait outside of our reservation time. Great service also.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we have been to. Always top quality!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome for Valentines

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had dinner for the first time on Valentine's Day. We made reservations for 8:30pm but arrived early so we could enjoy the ambiance of the new bar area in the back. The food, service and atmosphere was AWESOME. Definitely will be back soon.

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TinaB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and service to match. We had an 8:15 reservation and were seated at 8:30 which is pretty good considering it was valentines day and the place was packed. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with a great band playing in the background and not too loud. Perfect genre to go along with a nice dinner out. Price was comparable to other restaurants. Parking is an issue during peak times.

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vipLespargo
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the food, service was very friendly. Thank you to Bonnie! I love the new renovations and wood work! I look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food

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vipJenna
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing and the service was wonderful.

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BrianaV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants hands down. The food is amazing. Defiantly a great choice for a date night or dinner with family or friends. We recently just went for Valentine's Day dinner and using the open table app was amazing. Not sure if they are on open table- or if this is something new. If available I definitely will be using open table to make future reservations. 5 Stars! *

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Michael
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat there, I have recommended it a few times and the people that Have gone there and I recommended it to absolutely loved it as we do.

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mrssken
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The bus girl bothered us too much and wanted to take plates before complete finished.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipSteaklover
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shanty is my favorite restaurant
Great Seafood and Steak

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JenniferS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic - from the soup (stuffed pepper) to fish (salmon-tequila/orange) and steaks - filets, one with conch!! Highly recommend this restaurant! They also made the drinks very well - golden margarita was outstanding (not heavy on sour). Will be back for sure.

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Chris
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The Shanty provides quality food in an area where that is tough to find. If you get seated in the large hall/bar area the noise level is very high. You have the feeling of being in a restaurant of less quality. That would be my only complaint. I'm not sure how the kitchen produces quality food at that volume, but congrats to them in being able to do so. I'd certainly check it out if you are in the northern burbs and want a solid restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a busy Friday night and we still received fantastic service as well as delicious food!

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PatrickD
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superior service , food and astmosphere. Great spot to catch up with friends or for a special occasion.... but mostly everyday pleasureable experiences and FOOD !!!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding in every way! Will be returning!

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CindyS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is midpoint and new meeting place with friends and family. I am in Milwaukee and others in Chicago area. Loved food, services and value reasonable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. The Shanty always does a great kid of dressing up the ordinary and elevating it for a reasonable price.

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The Shanty Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 435 OpenTable diners.

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