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Bimbo's Italian Restaurant

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1318 North Riverside Drive, McHenry, IL 60050
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A bit pricey and the service lacks during busy times, but the food is excellent. Also when eating there for lunch it is not busy at all but the service isn't great then.

Thank Leon A
Darmstadt, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm Italian, and I've had dinner with a group of American colleagues. The cooking and flavor was ok, the portions big. Everyone was full and satisfied at the end of the meal. My glass of Cabernet was ridiculously sweet, like grape juice with added sugar. They have no local beer (closest match was a decent white beer from Colorado) Would... More 

Thank Carlo C
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A. Small old fashion restaurant. Very friendly atmosphere. Always busy.nice bar in the front plus a dining room in the back area plus a few tables outside to see the boats on the Fox river.

Thank llucas425
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Bimbo's is a classic Italian Restaurant situated on the Fox River in McHenry, IL. It is open for lunch and dinner, but uses the dinner menu for both. They have many classic Italian dishes. On this, our first visit, I chose the linguini with clams in white wine garlic sauce ($14.95),one of my favorites (you can also have it with... More 

Thank Richard K
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Horrible, Had an 18 dollar steak that tasted like a piece of charcoal. Orderd it medium and came out well done. Garlic mashed had so much butter and garlic in them couldn't even eat them. Service was short and didn't come back to see how my steak was. Wife's chicken Marsala tasted like a frozen dinner.

Thank Michael G
Richmond, Illinois
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Once again we took over a dozen of our employees in for training over to this facility and the homemade dishes were excellent! Gave us back room, service excellent, highly recommended! Topnotch!

Thank bennetpetersen
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Yes, this is an Italian restaurant, with fantastic Italian fare, however the beef crepes are amazing. Must try! Good atmosphere, great people, good food!

Thank Jennifer S
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

If you can, get a seat in the back room. You do not want to sit near the bar as people walk by and bump you constantly, because there is no waiting area. The food is good, fresh italian, good hot bread.

woodstock, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

It's not Magiano's, but it also not the drive. Fresh ingredients and attention to detail make this a great place to stop and eat in McHenry. We find that we can order off the appetizer menu which gives us more than a large enough portion. I did notice some really nice ribs and pasta dishes passing us by. Would have... More 

Thank gmvs
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Very good, reasonably priced Italian fare. However, can be hectic since it's so busy. Like Yogi said, or something like it, "nobody goes there, it's so crowded"!

Thank Kathleen M. S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 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
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1318 North Riverside Drive, McHenry, IL 60050
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  McHenry
  • Phone Number: 815-385-1444

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