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923 S Plum Grove Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
847 359-5451
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar? Restaurant? Which is It? BOTH!

We've been by this place a million times, but finally ventured in for lunch one day on a whim. It IS a bar (I imagine not the place for kids or families on a big game night or later into the evening/night), BUT by God, they have really good food! We both had Reuben sandwiches and they both didn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Palatine, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We have lived down the street from the Donkey Inn for almost 30 years. We usually order take out. We have never been disappointed in the meals. We enjoy going with friends and family to watch hockey games during the winter months.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Bad quality food, dirty, and butter in basket was USED! When I pointed that out to the waitress she laughed & answered.." Oh well" Awful place unless you'are a drunk sitting at the bar over a shot and a beer.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We've been by this place a million times, but finally ventured in for lunch one day on a whim. It IS a bar (I imagine not the place for kids or families on a big game night or later into the evening/night), BUT by God, they have really good food! We both had Reuben sandwiches and they both didn't skimp... More 

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Good food and lots of it. Especially like the Chicken Parm. Great service with a smile. They serve their diners like one of the locals!

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Forget about preordering anything. The phone line is always busy. It's almost as if someone takes the phone off the hook purposely no jk

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Great breakfast! Great lunch! Great dinner! Great beer! Great atmosphere! Perfect local hole in the wall! Love it!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I've lived in the area for almost 30 years and NEVER ventured into the Donkey Inn because 1) the location is oddly placed 2) the name is odd 3) it's a BAR. Yesterday was St. Paddy's day and I needed corned beef and cabbage. I don't know how to cook corned beef and cabbage. Donkey Inn had a "Corned Beef... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

I'm so proud to say that the wonderful Schnell brothers have done a wonderful job running the Donk! The waitstaff is fun and friendly. The atmosphere at the Donk is cozy and friend/family oriented. The drinks are good and priced fair. The food is also very tasty. The salsa and chips are delicious and you get a TON of salsa!... More 

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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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