We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!


Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
604 Theodore St, Crest Hill, IL 60403-2437
(815) 723-9371
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 118: English reviews
Joliet, Illinois
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been going here for 40 years. Still as good as 1st time. Never had anything but a Poorboy. ( Yes, throughout the years it has become smaller and more expensive. What hasn't in 40 years? ) Sides. Fries ok, Double baked potatoes I'm not fond of. Cottage fries are very good. But the onion rings are to die for! A... More 

Thank pazz132016
New Lenox, Illinois
Level Contributor
55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been eating at Merichka's since I was a junior in high school in 1963. I love the place. The food is still as good as ever, but I'm so angry at my last experience there that I could spit! We hosted a family reunion today at Merichka's. My wife and I both have mobility challenges. Most pointedly we cannot... More 

Thank Bill M
Level Contributor
44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was part of a 27 person group and the wait staff was superb. They were very friendly and attentive and handled special requests quickly - not always easy with a large group. Unfortunately, the food was a huge disappointment. Many of us ordered the steak poor boy sandwich which is supposedly their specialty. A few could not eat it.... More 

Thank john s
Level Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been going to Merichkas since I was a child, almost 50 years . Always get the Poorboy sandwich that's what they are famous for. You ask anyone in the Joliet area where to get the best Poorboy and you will " Merichkas" Also love the double baked potato and the best onion rings I've ever had I've never had... More 

Thank Ron D
Level Contributor
23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In all of my travels and there has been many, I have yet to find onion rings that live up to Merichkas. I have frequented this establishment for many years and the poor boy steak sandwich ( which is real steak) with onion rings is the greatest. The other items on the menu are very good too have not had... More 

Thank maxmacy4
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

I Have been going here for nearly 50 years. Since the original owners have passed away it's been a hit or miss proposition. Based on my last visits it's a definite miss! Current management, if you need to charge me 50 cents more to use real butter with garlic on the poor boy than do so! Stop using the putrid... More 

Thank Retiredtraveler17
Naperville, Illinois
Level Contributor
71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Old school. Proven. Dependable. It's not unusual to see 4 generations of a family dining together. It's an old/fashioned family steakhouse. Like many patrons I went for decades -- literally decades -- and ordered the chopped steak Poorboy within garlic "Butterine" , onion rings, and a relish tray EVERY time I went. Last Summer I had the best Porkchop sandwich... More 

1 Thank David V
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Level Contributor
62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

My husband grew up going here for poorboys on special occasions. On our first visit 25 years ago this was the first place he wanted to take me. The food has always been great, handbreaded onion rings, twice baked potatoes and the garlic steak poorboys. The decor hasn't changed, but that is part of the charm. Today's visit was to... More 

1 Thank JV12013
Louisville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We took my uncle out for his birthday. The waitress was a doll. Our drinks never got under half before she was refilling them. Our food order was correct and great. We have eaten here many times over my lifetime and it is still as good as day one.

1 Thank theelusive11
Lincoln, Nebraska
Level Contributor
57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

We come five hundred miles to come back for a poor boy here. The chicken steak and lobster are also good and I would change up what I ordered then but now it's Cole slaw poor boy and double baked potato. To me heaven on earth. LOL those are my favs. My husband gets salad with there dressing but that's... More 

1 Thank PJB623

Been to Merichka's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 604 Theodore St, Crest Hill, IL 60403-2437
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Crest Hill
  • Phone Number: (815) 723-9371

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Merichka's and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question
San Tan Valley, Arizona
9 months ago
Goodyear, Arizona
over a year ago
Tinley Park, Il
over a year ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Merichka's staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?