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Donkey Inn

923 S Plum Grove Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
847 359-5451
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Ranked #19 of 123 Restaurants in Palatine
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Jul 28, 2014
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English first
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127 reviews 127 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
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63 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Palatine, Illinois
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9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

If you like the "up norh" feel, that's what it reminds me of when I'm there. My husband, my two 5 year old boys and myself were there right after the holidays. It's a great little place where you can go casually there. We sat in the bar area where there were lots of TV's so the boys were happy... More

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Inverness, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Fun atmosphere and reasonably price menu. The staff is attentive and prompt. When crowded, impossible to have an intimate conversation. Meals are always consistent and fresh.

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