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Retro Bistro

83 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-4480
+1 815-893-4465
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“wontons” (3 reviews)
“pate” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly
83 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-4480
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in after 15:00hrs one Saturday afternoon Looked out of place in downtown Crystal Lake - so caught my curiosity. So pleased I went in! They'd obviously been busy as there were many staff around ...and brunch had recently ended I sat in the bar...More

Thank 780dereks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was really impressed. Tonight I was treated to a dinner of appetizers, celebrating a year of camaraderie of artists and practitioners from a local shop where we share our work and talents. I won’t list all the amazing dishes we shared, there were many....More

Thank Ben R
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

First time for us today. Amazing. Great service. Edgar was funny and knowledgable about menu. Place is clean simple elegant decor and soft music. Food was amazing all of it. We tried beef carpaccio which was not only delicious, but also beautiful. Best French onion...More

Thank lucieza1
Reviewed 2 January 2018

A good restaurant in the old-but-nice downtown area. Food and service have been good, price is reasonable for what you get. Our only gripe is that it gets a bit noisy for conversation when lots of diners are there.

Thank GearheadJim
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Service was outstanding. The food even better. Tuna Wasbi to die for!! Oyster's Rockefeller superior. Quiet great place to talk and be romantic.

Thank Proply
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Had a really nice evening. The service was wonderful and informative. The food was very good. Enjoy!

Thank Stillmank
Reviewed 30 November 2017

The food was tasty, best pomme frittes we have ever had, but the food is very heavy, nothing light. I would go back to try dinner at a table. We sat at the bar and the service was not good. The bartender did not seem...More

Thank sling43
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

I have been here quite a few times both with family and friends. Food is consistently good and the service is excellent. I prefer to eat at the pub tables in the bar area, it's a little more lively. I would like to see the...More

Thank KevSarBren
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

I have eaten at this restaurant 3x. The first two times we loved the meal, our favorite: Braised short rib wontons in red wine reduction - absolutely delicious. The service, ambience, etc. are substandard. Very noisy, staff akin to eating at a breakfast diner. The...More

Thank downtowndivacate
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This has become our new favorite restaurant to enjoy. Excellent staff. Family owned and it shows. The food is just excellent. You will enjoy

Thank PianoTrends
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18 February 2018|
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Response from downtowndivacate | Reviewed this property |
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewer, I revisited Retro Bistro a third time and the food was inedible. I believe the issue revolves around which Chef is on duty. They lost their first Chrf that was a master in the kitchen. Whomever... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 83 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-4480
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Crystal Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 815-893-4465
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