The Shanty Restaurant
One of the oldest and finest Icon restaurants in Northern Illinois.
Enjoyed the Friday fish fry. Service was excellent and the food really, really good! We enjoyed some cocktails and great conversation with our friends.
Book Shanty the next time you want a quality dinner.
perfect place to meet between WI and IL! Creative, healthy surprised at delightful, reasonably priced food. Always great service!
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.
We love the Shanty but this time our waitress seemed preoccupied. It wasn’t very busy either.
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.
Love this place...one of our favorite places to dine in Lake County!!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
All good we enjoyed the evening
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.
Good food. A little busy te day we went which is why our server didn’t come around as often
It was amazing night
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.
Great food and atmosphere- day after Valentines Day and it was busy but very little wait outside of our reservation time. Great service also.
One of the best restaurants we have been to. Always top quality!
It was awesome for Valentines
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.
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.
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.
Great service great food
Dinner was amazing and the service was wonderful.
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! *
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.
The bus girl bothered us too much and wanted to take plates before complete finished.
Shanty is my favorite restaurant
Great Seafood and Steak
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.
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.
It was a busy Friday night and we still received fantastic service as well as delicious food!
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 !!!
Absolutely outstanding in every way! Will be returning!
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.
Food was great. The Shanty always does a great kid of dressing up the ordinary and elevating it for a reasonable price.
As always Diane was awesome. What a blessing having her as our server. Always upbeat and smile on her face.
Since this review we have been contacted by the owner. We are very impressed with his concern and offer to personally handle any future visit of ours. This type of customer service is not typical. The fact that he took the time and energy to respond to our experience shows he is fully vested in his restaurant and brand and that is a good thing. We will give The Shanty another try with an open mind.
When we arrived we were asked if we wanted a high top or low top table. Didn’t realize the answer to this question determines which area you’ll be in. Even though we had a reservation we still had to wait with a beeper. Hostess staff not very friendly and waiting area makes it impossible to get out of the way. We were taken to a small, cramped table in the corner of a tiny, loud room. Very uncomfortable. We made the reservation to allow us enough time to have a casual dinner and still make our other plans. With the wait for seating that cut into our timing. Ordered burgers as we thought it would be quicker. Burgers were dry and not very tasty. I had mashed potatoes with mine and they were like a lump of paste. We waited a long time to finally get to the Shanty but after this experience won’t be back. A big disappointment. Not recommended.