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Emil's Tavern on Center

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161 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030-1532
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good food

Good place for food and to watch the game in grayslake. Plenty of choices on the menu for food and drinks. Friendly staff and good food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kelsey S
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place seems to be a local favorite by many. For it's bar and for it's food. We were visited by the manager (maybe owner?) He obviously wanted to know about our visit. He was very friendly and accommodating. The wait staff work as a team and are also very friendly. This place has always been busy but the wait... More 

Thank RuBaHa
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place for food and to watch the game in grayslake. Plenty of choices on the menu for food and drinks. Friendly staff and good food.

Thank Kelsey S
Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Emil's pizza is really good!!! Lots of t v's so you can watch your favorite team in this really nice facility. They also have a full bar and large selection of beers. Haven't been to the Sunday brunch but hopefully will try it soon.

Thank RadfordLady
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

As a local Grayslake resident I had high hopes for Emils. What I enjoy about our town is the small town hospitality. Sadly, it is lacking here. Hostess was rude! A simple smile can go a long way.

Thank Dan C
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Good food every time....period! Good TV locations for sports! Good patio! Buffalo Chicken Wrap - you won't be disappointed!!!

Thank Scott C
Plainfield, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Appetizers were very good. Regular menu is a little bit of everything. Large portions but food overall is nothing that special. Good ambiance. Waitresses were fantastic keeping up with the crowd. Did get a little muggy inside after awhile and lot of mosquitos inside. Nice neighborhood bar.

Thank Matthew F
Dahinda, Illinois
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

We were there on Sunday during the car show. Our group of 7 was seated promptly, drink and food orders were taken right away. We had the pulled pork nachos and a pizza. Both were excellent. The grandkids had burgers and they were also excellent.

Thank E M
Lake Villa, Illinois
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139 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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 

Thank Tami W
Bristol, Wisconsin
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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!

Thank MarkBeemsterboer
Kentwood, Michigan
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Thank Mike B

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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, Pizza, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children


Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?