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Emil's Tavern on Center

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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161 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030-1532
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been going here pretty frequently. Really good food. Double/stuffed pizza is worth the wait, grab some beer nuggets to get you by if you are hungry. The broasted chicken is tender, juicy and delicious. The fish fry on Friday's is another great menu item.

Thank Steve D
Grayslake, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They did serve decent pizza. They also had a great big screen for viewing any type of sporting event.

Thank Cnote555
Grayslake, Illinois
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Emil's' rates number one in Grayslake by far. Staff is friendly, fast and always smiling. Food selection is above average for bar fare, but the Pizza is excellent. Great beer selections, lagunitas and other crats on tap. Outdoor patio with big screens, indoor tv screens everywhere, best place to watch blackhawks and other big games.

Thank Jon L
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

As a pizza lover, this one is not my favorite, but some love, love, love it! The bar has a variety of beer options, but is lacking in wine selections. The food has typical barfood options: nachos, fries, chicken strips, artichoke dip, burgers, etc.

Thank karenmcclu
Grayslake, Illinois
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Good food. Nice outdoor area to eat in downtown Grayslake. We used to use the pizza delivery to our home but they tacked on a $2.50 delivery charge on top of tip for driver. So now we just go pick it up. Good pizza and quick. Salads are great too.

Thank sunnyrmartin7
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

This third time we have just left after being seated. The hostess was extremely rude, we never see a server and the food is mediocre at best.

Thank Steve M
Lake Villa, IL
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49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I'm not a sports fan, but I love this place anyway--even with its giant screens and many smaller ones. The food is excellent, and the servers are fun. Downtown Grayslake is a neat place to visit. I especially love the steak sandwich..

Thank tu2rgirl
Grayslake, IL
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Great place to watch the Black Hawks or any of your favorite sports groups. Love to get together with friends here. Food and drink great and reasonable.

Thank hrmag
Grayslake, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

The food is fantastic and you get plenty. The bar is always packed and the place really groves on Blackhawk nights.

Thank celesnik
Chicago, Illinois
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Emil's Tavern is a local Grayslake hangout. It's a good place to hang out with friends, but not if you are looking for a quiet evening - its a bar. Good choice of domestic and craft beers - a number on tap. Food is pretty good. Can get crowded on a weekend. If you are into crowds, its the place... More 

Thank Roland K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Television
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030-1532
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Grayslake
  • Phone Number: 847-543-8879

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?