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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
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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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Grayslake, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Never liked the food much except for the pizza. Because they have beer and tv's and finally an outdoor area (could be super cute with a female designer), I like it enough. We have very few places to hang out in town and the atmosphere is lively, kid friendly, and it's just the go to quite often. I wouldn't travel... More 

Thank Fuzzybrat
Round Lake, Illinois, United States
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Typical sports bar and restaurant place. Food is very good. Always have beer specials. For me though, it's too cramped and the drunks, or "nearly over served" get too loud and rowdy. Tables get moved and pulled all over from patrons thinking they can just move tables and steal chairs. If you're in the mood for a hyper time and... More 

Thank ScottH-BigHoss
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great had beef brisket rest of party had Broasted Chicken all which was excellent. Only minus was a few over who were over served. Need a little more control.

Thank Dan W
Grayslake, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All of the employees in this restaurant are extremely nice and efficient. They are very attentive. Atmosphere is fun with large screen TVs. Had a good time there. Prices are good and the broasted chicken is delicious.

Thank Sassy7576
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and recently moved to Grayslake and were looking for a good Friday night fish fry. We both tried Emil's fry. It was fantastic! The fried cod was crisp, not a bit greasy. Very tasty! The service was excellent and our waitress was very attentive. We will definitely go back again.

Thank David F
New Boston, Michigan
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After looking at a condo at the end of Center St we wanted to experience the downtown feel and went into this restaurant. Our waiter was very prompt, place very clean and loved their famous beer nuggets. We had the thin pizza and it was delicious.....also had their wings...good also....will definitely be going back and really made my husband want... More 

Thank dreamtraveler705
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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29 restaurant reviews
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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

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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, Full Bar, Delivery, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?