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923 S Plum Grove Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
847 359-5451
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Ranked #34 of 127 Restaurants in Palatine
Cuisines: American
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Hoffman Estates
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99 reviews 99 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I don't know if I've always managed to go on off nights, but this is really a nice quite restaurant with a little bar area. From the outside it looks like it's going to be a loud carousing kind of bar. The food has been good every time I've been. The service is good/okay. A great place to go if... More 

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We were faithful customers for over the past 7 years and this establishment was A+ back when they employed waitresses who had a rapport (and a personality) WITH their Clientele. Once Diane was abruptly let go, their other servers (such as Laura), followed "better working conditions". Along with their leaving, was the desire to be served appropriate sized plate portions... More 

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136 reviews 136 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Interesting place. Has a sign that says dates to the 1930s (can't recall the exact year). Given that Palatine/Rolling Meadows - well... let's just say this would have been a bit out of the way then - didn't stretch that far in 1940 or before - something lasting 70+ years deserves a visit. The place is usually crowded. I took... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We usually stop in for a cocktail or dinner but decided to try breakfast. So glad we did! The menu is extensive with everything from omelets and skillets to lighter fare. The link sausage rivaled any I've had even in Iowa pork country. The bloody Mary's were just average. The service was really fast and friendly. A nice change from... More 

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illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Donkey has a young waitstaff that is very energetic and eager to please. The food is really good too!

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I read the previous reviews and thought how much I enjoy fish fries. The walleye was hard as a rock and had to cut it with a knife. My mother in law got the catfish and thought it tasted swampy. My husband got the bottomless ocean perch and that was the best fish with light coating. The side salads were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Road trip that took us to Palatine Illinois. Our friend recommended this lively pub. There was an abundance of televisions hanging from the wall. So you could say sports bar? Nope. Its a lovely pub atmosphere that reminded us of the 'Cheers' pub in the television series. You know where everybody knows your name? Well, at least it felt that... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

In my opinion, Donkey Inn's walleye pike on Friday evenings is by far the best fish dinner in the Palatine area.

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Palatine, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Donkey has surprisingly good food considering it's a bar. The salads are huge, the burgers are great, and hey, how often do you see tots on the menu?

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to go to have some drinks with friends and have a nice meal. The atmosphere is inviting and the staff are attentive.

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Address: 923 S Plum Grove Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
Phone Number: 847 359-5451
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Palatine
Cuisine: American

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