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Al's Cafe & Creamery

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43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
847-742-1180
Today
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Local Favorite

I have eaten at Al's for several years and at various seasons. No matter when we go (sometimes along with a group of up to 23 ) I have never had a bad experience, In the seasons of good weather, there is a brisk al fresco service, In other seasons you have to climb the stairs to an upper area.... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
papaw2015
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Elgin, Illinois
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Elgin, Illinois
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I have eaten at Al's for several years and at various seasons. No matter when we go (sometimes along with a group of up to 23 ) I have never had a bad experience, In the seasons of good weather, there is a brisk al fresco service, In other seasons you have to climb the stairs to an upper area.... More 

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Illinois USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Had lunch at Al's Cafe and sat outside under the umbrella tables. Service was excellent and food was very good. I had the shrimp appetizer as my entree and it was enough. My friend had soup and sandwich and loved the beef sandwich. We just love their outside dining area.

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Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Al's Cafe & Creamery is excellent in so many ways. The food is always done perfectly, I love the clam chowder soup and the reuben sandwich, and the presentation is great too. A non fussy place with wonderful offerings. The waitstaff is consistent and the owners are hard-working, talented and friendly. And the malts are the best of the best.... More 

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Elgin, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I love the beautiful old building Al's is located in. The food is good and the ice cream drinks are amazing! In the summer, it is fun to sit outside on the patio. Al's is an authentic Elgin experience!

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elgin, il
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Al's is in a charming historic building in downtown Elgin, IL decorated with many authentic antiques. Menu items include a wide variety of salads and sandwiches, as well as dinner entrees. Also some nice looking desserts and their famous "not-to-be-forgotten" malts. There is a nice outside area, but there were bees about on the day we were there. Service was... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was a "find" as my wife and I had just arrived in Elgin, Illinois while traveling to Wisconsin to see relatives. It was a chilly night so the attractive patio near the entrance door was not feasible. Once inside, we were brought upstairs to a quiet table near a window. Then the fun began. The menu left us having... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Beautiful historic building is only eclipsed by the glory that is the chocolate / marshmallow malt. If I had three thumbs - they'd all be up!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Above average food but excellent malts. They also have a nice dinner menu. It's a small place with an old fashioned decor. Nothing fancy but you will not be disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

I've been going to Al's for years.. Always have great food and lovely service. I recently tried their Mediterranean Salmon, and it was by far the best I've ever had! The presentation was excellent and believe me it tasted better than it looked. Can't wait to go back and order it again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had dinner there a few weeks ago and we both had the steak sirloin and it was cooked PERFECTLY! I like my steak more on the medium rare side where as my boyfriend likes it more on the well side but it was still very moist and tender. Our waitress Presley was super fun, spunky, and... More 

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Additional Information about Al's Cafe & Creamery

Address: 43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
Phone Number: 847-742-1180
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elgin
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elgin
  • Phone Number: 847-742-1180
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?