Put down the hot mitts and put away the pots and pans. There’s no need to dirty this week. Lake County Restaurant Week Starts today, March 1 through March 10.Restaurants across Lake County will offer prix fixe menus and special dining deals — many of which are yet to be announced. But heed our advice and make your reservations early! Schedule in a date night, find a new family dinner favorite or try a new-to-you cuisine from the following list of participating restaurants.
Lake County Restaurant Week Family-Friendly and Casual Dining
Take the whole family out to dinner in honor of Lake County Restaurant Week. But we think many restaurants listed below are also perfect for a casual date night, too.
- Big Bowl Chinese and Thai, Lincolnshire
Enjoy Chinese and Thai cuisine in a casual, playful setting. You will also find a dedicated gluten-free menu, and daily drink, appetizer, and main dish specials.
- Bill’s Pizza and Pub, Mundelein, and Bill’s Pub North, Third Lake
Bill’s double-decker pizza is one of the 15 Foods You HAVE to Try in Lake County. For restaurant week they are offering a free appetizer with the purchase of a large pizza.
- Chessie’s, Barrington
Chessie’s earned a spot on Little Lake County’s list of Best Cheeseburgers and Train-themed Restaurants. They have four specials running for restaurant week including a gluten-free menu and a lunch special.
- Dover Straits, Mundelein
Dover Straits was recently mentioned in Kari’s list of Tried and True Favorite Restaurants, where staff has been serving Lake County residents for 39 years! And you’ll find a coupon for discounted dining during restaurant week.
- El Puerto, Fox Lake
We know our readers (as well as our staff) love Mexican food. And what’s better than great Mexican food overlooking beautiful Nippersink Lake?
- Giordano’s, Buffalo Grove and Gurnee
Another local pizzeria that supplies heart-shaped pizzas in February. In case you missed out, why not try a traditional-shaped pizza in March?
- Half-Day Brewing Company, Lincolnshire
Find out more about this great place in our Guide to Lake County Breweries, as well as our list of restaurants that serve brick oven pizza.
- Lambs Farm Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, Libertyville
The Magnolia Cafe & Bakery hosts events for families all year round. Little Lake County especially loves Easter brunch here. Check out the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery Restaurant Week menu here.
- Lindy’s Landing Restaurant and Marina, Wauconda
Lindy’s Landing has been pleasing crowds in Lake County for more than 50 years! Check out the special restaurant week menu and try some of the chef’s favorite fixings.
- The Lodge of Antioch, Antioch
This Northwoods pub and eatery
servesup just about anything you are hungry for, from sandwiches to prime rib.
- Mickey Finn’s Brewery, Libertyville
Mickey Finn’s has been charming Lake County Families for over 20 years. Kids eat for free on Tuesdays while adults receive half-price growler refills. If you haven’t been there, there’s really no excuse not to go now.
- The Shanty, Wadsworth
Featured on Diner, Drive-Ins & Dives, this restaurant just finished a large expansion to allow more of Lake County to enjoy what it does best: serving hungry people great food for lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast.
- Something’s Brewing, Grayslake
Little Lake County loves this darling cafe and has listed its delectable desserts. But this place is more than just hot drinks and desserts; at its two locations in Grayslake, this cafe is offering up a special, three-course menu for lunch and dinner during Lake County Restaurant Week.
- Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company, Highwood and Wauconda
Neapolitan pizza fans rejoice over Slyce’s fresh from the oven pies.
- Spice, at the Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center, Gurnee
Whether you enjoy contemporary American classic dishes or entrees with an international flair, you’ll enjoy this hidden gem of a restaurant.
- Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, Gurnee and Lake Villa, and O’Toole’s Libertyville, Libertyville
These fab favorites are featuring a $25 3 course menu for restaurant week.
- Townee Square Restaurant, Libertyville
Yet another restaurant on our list of Tried and True Favorite Restaurants. What do you mean you’ve never been here? It’s been here for you since 1986!
- Wildberry Restaurant and Cafe, Libertyville
Wildberry is recognized as a fan favorites in both best brunch and best pancakes, and also appears on our list of best places for waffles and amazing gluten-free dining in Lake County. Give this restaurant a try — you will understand why everyone raves about it.
Lake County Resturant Week Date Night Picks:
If you are are in the mood for a more upscale night out, why not add one of these featured Lake County Restaurant Week venues to your evening agenda.
- Cadwell’s Grille at Embassy Suites Chicago North-Shore/Deerfield, Deerfield
Don’t let the fact that it is located in a hotel keep you from putting this restaurant on your dining list. Explore a three-course prix fixe menu here and special wine pairings during restaurant week.
- Café Pomigliano, Libertyville
Personally, we love taking the family to Cafe Pomigliano but the location is more upscale and perfect for a romantic date night. This restaurant gained notoriety by our readers in Fan Favorites: Local Italian Restaurants.
- The Chocolate Sanctuary, Gurnee
Little Lake County previewed The Chocolate Sanctuary, sampled winter menus and introduced you to weekend brunch here. It’s all good — no, wait, it’s more than good. Trust us on this one. They are featuring a $15 lunch menu and $25 dinner menu.
- Disotto, Highwood
Make time in your life for this restaurant and you will feel as if you are dining in a wine cellar of a dear friend, only better. With from-scratch Italian food, this place is the talk of the town with its homemade goodness and contemporary atmosphere.
- Eddie Merlot’s, Lincolnshire
Whether you enjoy steak or seafood, the sides here often take center stage. And good luck choosing just one! Enjoy dinner from a special three-course menu here during restaurant week.
- Francesca’s Intimo, Lake Forest
Simple, homemade Italian food is served here with white tablecloth service. Their restaurant week menu is $30 a person and features three decadent entrees to choose from.
- Franco’s Pescheria, Lake Zurich
This place is a fish market, restaurant and raw bar all rolled into one!
- Jaxx Bistro and Lounge, Deerfield
We found many amazing reviews of this hidden-in-a-hotel treasure. Why not try it and let
USknow what you think? There are some great choices on the restaurant week prix fixe menu.
- Karma Pub, Mundelein
We frequently feature Karma’s holiday brunches, but if you are looking for a less fancy but equally delicious date night check out their upscale pub. Their menu features two entrees, appetizer and dessert for $24 a person.
- Main Street Social, Libertyville
Little Lake County featured a sneak peek of Main Street Social before it opened. We’ve also heard it’s only grown better with time. What better time than restaurant week to see for yourself?
- Stevens’ Steakhouse, Gurnee
Stevens’ Steakhouse is a standout on Little Lake County’s list of Best Steaks in Lake County. During restaurant week you can choose from ribs, salmon, or the Tomahawk Pork Chop for $35 a person or $65 a couple.
- The Vine, Grayslake
The Vine is a personal favorite for a girls night out. They are featuring specials that include their Black & Brie Burger and Crab & Gruyere Mac n’ Cheese. Don’t worry calories don’t count this week.
- Three Embers, Lincolnshire
The Lincolnshire Marriot Resort’s signature restaurant features an impressive wood burning store and serves a variety of dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy a special three-course menu during restaurant week.
- Wildfire, Lincolnshire
This classic steakhouse is family friendly, but we think the white tablecloths here signal a great choice for date night. Enjoy special three-course menus during lunch and dinner to celebrate restaurant week.
- 129 Center Cut, Grayslake
One of the newer restaurants in downtown Grayslake their restaurant week special will feature their woodfire pizzas, small plates, and dessert for $35.95 a person.
- Light the Lamp Grayslake
Newly opened in a larger location this favorite local brewery is now serving food. For Fat Tuesday they will be featuring a
Bourban-Street Style Pop-up restaurant. Print the restaurant Week Coupon to save 10% on food.
Strictly for Age 21 and Over:
Reserve the babysitter NOW if you want to take advantage of Lake County Restaurant Week specials at these local watering-holes.
- Lynfred Winery, Wheeling
Visit Lynfred Winery during restaurant week and enjoy a special wine tasting.
- North Shore Distillery, Green Oaks
Surround yourself with world-class artisan spirits made in a beautiful, handmade still named “Ethel.”
What restaurant are you going to try during Lake County Restaurant Week? Let us know in the comments section.