The Black Bear Bistro in Algonquin IL is a modern American restaurant serving classic and inventive dishes with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients and wild game. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options always available.
Exquisite gourmet farm-to-table tapas and entrees individually and delectably tailored to taste. Quaint boutique bistro in old town Algonquin. Chef Santiago and Estela go out of their way to please!
Great food! Great service! We will be back.
Always a wonderful experience.
This place is AMAZING!! The food is beyond excellent all of the time... Just exceptional in every way! :)
Everything was was incredible! THe tapas were very tasty and eclectic, though a bit pricey.
This restaurant is a GEM! The family who owns it is amazingly talented! One of the best meals we’ve had in awhile!
The best restaurant for a date night. Very cozy and the food is amazing. I had the duck confit soooo good! My husband had a steak and it was perfect. Our other favorites are the crab cakes and the jambalaya.
The food was very good . I had the quail just loved it.
We have never been and wanted to celebrate a birthday and support local. We had 4 in our group. We had a wonderful time! The food was fresh, flavorful and unique! We loved it. We can’t wait to go back. We tried many items on the menu! The owners are so lovely and they were so careful per covid regulations. Please support them with take out.:)
Excellent as always!!
What’s a awesome place. Food was amazing. Go there
Wonderful delicious dinner! Staff was friendly and helpful! We will be back for sure!
Chef Santiago delivered another delicous meal. Seasonal veggies, seasoned perfectly.
Great Place! Second time there. 1 time outside , 1 time inside both were great and the food is amazing.
We love this place!
This was the best food we have had in McHenry County! It was original, fresh, well-balanced in flavors and had amazing presentation. The service was so friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back and tell others about this hidden gem!
Food was delicious. Service excellent. The outside dining made our experience even better. We will be back.
Always an exqusite meal provided with family-like love and care.
The food at Black Bear Bistro was exceptional and the staff was warm and inviting. I will definitely be back! What a find!!
This is the second time we have eaten here in the last 3 months. The food has always been good. The wait staff is very professional and has your safety always in mind.
We went to Black Bear Bistro for our anniversary. Everything was so wonderful! The entire staff took such good care of us! The food presentation was so beautiful and the was absolutely delicious. Everything exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to our next visit!
Place was great. Chef and owners wife came out and spoke with us. Great food. Calamari was unreal
An absolutely brilliant experience - the food was excellent and the wine was magnificent. We had the Saute'd Sea Scallops - delicious! Yellowfin Tuna tartare - my favourite, Filet Mignon - so tender melted in your mouth, with a sauce was to die for, and I couldn't resist having the Jambalaya - the only restaurant where I would order this meal! Wine was 'Lang & Reed' Cab Franc (2015), beautifully smooth tanins and a long finish. And of course we completed this meal sharing a bread pudding, I just could not fit my all time favourite "Jack Daniel's pie", next time! The atmosphere is so very friendly, with an excellent service by our waitress Val. We met the owners. Chef Santiago and his wonderful wife Estella. Looking forward to our next visit.
Food was AMAZING, service was wonderful. LOVE the new outside seating.
Excellent service. With the new norm, it’s easy to fall into a day to day routine, so this was a nice treat. The food was unique and very flavorful. I recommend the Texas Quail.
This place was fantastic and my wife and I are so happy that they're in downtown Algonquin!
The food and service is always amazing here. They have wonderful vegan and vegetarian options as well.
The food was excellent as usual as well as the service. Very friendly waitress and sitting outside was fine
They brought bread and butter out. Then later they brought the food out. Had to ask for forks, knives, and napkins. Seemed that would have been nice to have with bread and butter. Food was really good and service was friendly.
Amazing food and service!
We had a great experience dining outside at The Black Bear Bistro - amazing and creative food paired with marvelous service and friendly hospitality!!
Only reason ambiance is rated lower was because only outdoor seating only. It rained we saw a double rainbow! Owners are very friendly and want to make sure you are satisfied.
The food was excellent and the owners are extremely kind and gracious. We will definitely be back!
Excellent food and friendly service!
I love going to the Black Bear Bistro. They always go all out for their customers.
The food and service was very good. Staff was extremely attentive and friendly. Bringing food/drink was slow at times but our server was very nice acknowledged that they were a little backed up. Would recommend.
Loved the food the people, the ambiance. Our only issue was that it was a very warm day and the air conditioning indoors didn't reach into the front window area where my wife wanted to sit (despite my pointing out the sunshine). She ended up moving one seat away from the window at the 4-seat table, but that was after she had gotten too hot and was unable to finish her meal. I, however, enjoyed all of it anyways (it was fantastic!) We will return but will choose our seating a bit more carefully. Some direction of the A/C towards the front window area or perhaps a small fan to cause air movement would be a help on very hot sunny days.
Food was excellent but the cocktails were on the week side. Plan on going back but will probably order a bottle of wine.
Over all it was an enjoyable evening. Would have appreciated knowing my salmon was sockeye salmon and Would not have ordered. It was tough. Highlight of evening the appetizer was the Calimare Fried We would go again and site outside and eat more calimare. We will go again and mention it to friends
Great restaurant! Some potted plants along the gravel parking lot would go a long way for ambiance. Otherwise we loved everything and will be back again.
You let two maskless women into your small inside space and let them stay. Sorry, rules are rules, may not come back.