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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner

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  • 11
    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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42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lake County, Illinois
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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Illinois
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129 reviews 129 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I ate here for the first time today and overall thought it was good. The old time ambiance of he restaurant is cute and while I did not see it, I heard there was a train that served meals around the corner from where I was sitting. I had the breakfast burrito which was good. There are several other items... More 

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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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