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Emil's Tavern on Center

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161 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030-1532
847-543-8879
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good fish tacos but don't sit at the outside patio!

Don't eat at the outside patio. We were here Friday about 8pm and the dining room was packed so we ate outside. There was one waitress for about a dozen tables and she spent most of here time inside. Took forever to place our order then a busboy plopped down our food and left. Waitress never... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Tami W
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Lake Villa, Illinois
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Lake Villa, Illinois
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112 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Don't eat at the outside patio. We were here Friday about 8pm and the dining room was packed so we ate outside. There was one waitress for about a dozen tables and she spent most of here time inside. Took forever to place our order then a busboy plopped down our food and left. Waitress never came over to check... More 

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Bristol, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I like Emil's for a quick bite. Great burgers, very friendly staff. I've never waited very long during a visit. It's still trippy to look out from the restaurant, knowing you're in the same space as the old pharmacy. Great restaurant for Grayslake!

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Kentwood, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great wings and fries. Park in back and get takeout! It's quick and delicious. Sides are fantastic also.

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Grayslake, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Good food, reasonable. Can be really loud in the evenings, but for lunch it offers a quieter atmosphere. Try the pepper bisque. Yum!

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Grayslake, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

The food here is pretty average bar food. The pizza looks good but I've never tried it. The burgers and wings are ok. If you're hungry and want to cheer on your favorite sports team this is the place to go.

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Grayslake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place is great because the food is really good and they have great drinks too. There is a dining area to eat with the family, and a big enough bar that you never feel too crowded.

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Grayslake
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very friendly place for both single people and families. I have met with business clients, friends and family at Emil's. The food is good from appetizers, soup, burgers, pizza and chicken. They have it all.... Yes great salads also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Great service and varied menu. Can be loud when they are busy. Comfortable patio to sit outside and watch the occasional band that will play there. Get there early on Sundays to watch the Bears.

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Lake Villa, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had been to the Emil's in Mundelein and were disappointed by the greasy bar food choices - what a pleasant SURPRISE the Grayslake menu is! My husband had Ahi tuna tacos - they were perfect, excellent grade of sushi tuna & great sauce. I had the BBQ sandwich and is was very good. The place was packed for the... More 

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Grayslake, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Great bar to grab some food, grab some beers, and enjoy the game. They have a great selection of beer on tab with a solid menu.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 161 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030-1532
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Grayslake
  • Phone Number: 847-543-8879

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?