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3307 W Elm St, McHenry, IL 60050
+1 815-385-1172
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A must for the holidays!

The owners of Windhill love to decorate their restaurant for the seasons throughout the year. Christmas is the biggest eye-popping change. The place is filled with decorations celebrating the season. They have done it for at least the last 28 years we have lived here. I remember Amlings in Skokie... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
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McHenry, Illinois
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The decor is high quality antiques. Clean, open, happy atmosphere. Staff were very nice and attentive. Bigger on the inside than the outside. Well thought out unique touches like the menus are pasted into the first few pages of old children's books. They were decorated for 4th of July already. Super tasteful and festive. Loved the big antique table we... More 

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Lake County, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Windhill Pancake Parlor is a restaurant in McHenry, IL, about 35 miles northwest of Chicago. The restaurant is located in a buliding that dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. The restaurant is filled with antiques in a Victorian setting. The walls of the restaurant are covered with antique cups and saucers, decorative plates, and memorabilia.The owners take... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I wanted to take some friends to a local place (not a chain). We were not disappointed in the least! Nice menu variety. We enjoyed a great lunch and quiet conversation. They had a fireplace going, and it was decorated for Valentine's Day. I want to bring the kids to get their lunch served at the train counter! So cute!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Great Christmas decorations. You will have plenty to look at. The food is fantastic. A friend had cider with rum, said it was great and not overpowering. I had their biscuit and gravy egg omelette which they say is huge. It was delicious and huge. Leftovers were great! Staff is very friendly. Prices are a bit high, but the food... More 

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McHenry, Illinois
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The owners of Windhill love to decorate their restaurant for the seasons throughout the year. Christmas is the biggest eye-popping change. The place is filled with decorations celebrating the season. They have done it for at least the last 28 years we have lived here. I remember Amlings in Skokie, Marshall Fields in Chicago, the overhead train In the Fair... More 

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Spring Grove, Illinois
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I have always enjoyed my breakfasts here but I do not think I will be returning. Many of our small business owners have succumbed to trying to make a little extra cash via slot machines and this is one. While I am a gambler myself I do not care to have it in my face and ears while trying to... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Go for good pancakes and waffles. You will stay to enjoy the scenery. Windhill even dresses up for the holidays.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We love this place and think the decorations are great, especially around Halloween. they said it took 24 people 5 hours to decorate for Halloween. Very cute, The train at the bar is great for kids as well. We find the food to be decent fair for a family restaurant. good but not terrific. We have never had a badd... More 

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The blueberry pancakes and pumpkin pancakes which my wife had were both very good and not as heavy or doughy. Friendly service and incredibly decorated for Halloween. I can't imagine the time it took to decorate.

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Algonquin, Illinois
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We decided to give Windhill Pancake Parlor a try after we learned they have a large model train that delivers drinks and meals to children. The counter seats maybe 15 patrons simultaneously, so consider making a reservation if you want to sit in this area. It is the only place in the restaurant with a train, and it can't be... More 

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Additional Information about Windhill Pancake Parlor

Address: 3307 W Elm St, McHenry, IL 60050
Phone Number: +1 815-385-1172
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  McHenry
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 7 - 13
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3307 W Elm St, McHenry, IL 60050
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  McHenry
  • Phone Number: +1 815-385-1172

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 13
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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