The Black Bear Bistro

107 S Main St, Algonquin IL 60102
$$ New American Recommended New

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.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

For parties larger than 6 please call us at 224-829-0571.

Business Info

  • Address: 107 S Main St, Algonquin IL 60102
  • Cross Street: Algonquin Rd. and Main ST
  • Location: Chicago - Northwest Side
  • Cuisine: New American |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Diners Club | JCB | UnionPay | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: 15.00 |
  • Phone: (224) 829-0571
  • Features: Catering Services, Organic Ingredients, Private Room, Takeout Available, Wheelchair Access, Healthy Options, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Dinner - Interior Dining 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday
Dinner - Interior Dining 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Dinner - Interior Dining 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - Interior Dining 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - Interior Dining 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.85 out of 5 stars based on 773 votes

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Jul 11, 2022
Lisa C.
This was by far the best meal my husband and I have had in years. We had flank steak, jambalaya, Mac and cheese (best ever), and key lime pie. Everything was amazing and service was outstanding.

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Jun 17, 2022
Rich F.
The food is always amazing and the staff is very attentive. Excellent family owned bistro - the best restaurant in the county.

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Jun 17, 2022
Klaudia B.
What a lovely family - they made us feel like we've been friends for years - super cozy and casual yet elegant. Food was amazing and very environmentally elevated and conscious. Great location - Awesome vegetarian options - The lovely Chef is right there with you (like I said, cozy) so you can express your gratitude. We had the grilled calamari (hard to find that prep) with their house made sauce - grilled flank steak - the mixed grill special (nice to see less farmed selections) and the flourless chocolate cake that melts in your mouth - highly recommend and will be bringing all our out of town guests this summer-

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Jun 09, 2022
Trina G.
Great restaurant, excellent food! Will definitely be going back.

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May 23, 2022
Kelli E.
Food is always mind blowing! So so good! Perfect spot to treat yourself to some love filled food!

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May 21, 2022
Billie C.
Food and service is always amazing. The best meal of our 7 day stay in the area.

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May 20, 2022
Kerry H.
Absolutely fabulous! The service was great and the food was amazing. I'll definitely be going again. You can tell the care that the chef puts into his food and the menu has a lot of variety.

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May 10, 2022
Marge M.
This was such a lovely little restaurant! We were greeted warmly, not only by the staff, but the owner also came out to talk. The food was superb!

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May 07, 2022
Sara C.
Wonderful place, highly recommend!

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Apr 29, 2022
Chris M.
Everything was great. Great food, great ambience, great service.

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Apr 20, 2022
Katherine R.
Delicious, fresh food. Wonderful service from our waiter, the chef. and the manager who checked in during our meal. For a shorter menu, there were lots of options to pick from.
Business Response:
Hi Katherine, thank you very much for your feedback, we really appreciate it! We are really glad you enjoyed our food.

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Apr 08, 2022
Courtney A.
Alex our server was great! Very observant and kind. Chef Santiago made accommodations for non dairy/vegan options. Everything was divine! I’ll be back on a Thursday for their chocolate soufflé! As well as many more meals.

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Mar 27, 2022
Mary S.
Delicious food and very friendly, eager family staff. Very enjoyable.

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Mar 06, 2022
Kristin H.
An intimate dining experience as a couple presented with good food, wine and service. Trio of soups sampler, Beef Wellington with sweet potatoes and crab cakes with mushroom risotto were excellent. Must visit again!

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Mar 02, 2022
Andrew K.
Place is awesome! We will be back with friends.

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Feb 27, 2022
Marisa N.
The food was delicious and presented perfectly! Small and cute place, it was great for our date night!

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Feb 24, 2022
Carmela R.
Everything about this experience was a 10. The food - AMAZING. Compliments to the chef and everyone working. We had the charcuterie board, soups flight, flank steak and veal chop. We savored every single bite… I highly recommend a visit to this bistro. Soon, before they grow out of this area…

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Feb 23, 2022
Airen D.
Loved the experience, food, and service. I will be back and will recommend to others. Thank you.

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Feb 18, 2022
Remy C.
We had the Valentine's Day Tapas meal for two and it was excellent.

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Feb 16, 2022
Vickie M.
This was the second time we dined at The Black Bear Bistro and it was excellent! The food is awesome and unique along with the presentation being beautiful. The service was great. Highly recommend!!

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Feb 15, 2022
Oscar P.
This was our 2nd time eating at the Black Bear Bistro. The service and the food were outstanding, as good as the first.

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Feb 15, 2022
Michael S.
The atmosphere is perfect for a date night out or dinner with friends. The owner is very friendly and helpful with fantastic suggestions to try. The menu items we tried had a Spanish influence and were delicious. I highly recommend the flourless chocolate cake for dessert.
Business Response:
Hello Michael, Thank you for your lovely review, we very much appreciate your kind words. Chef Santiago and Estela.

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Feb 06, 2022
Monica F.
The Black Bear Bistro is a gem! Extraordinary service from Louis, quant chill atmosphere and exceptional food with so much flavor from the chef. Everything about this place was amazing. We will be back!

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Feb 05, 2022
Kristen B.
Food was delicious and service excellent

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Feb 03, 2022
Mike B.
Wonderful service and excellent food. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We were impressed with the menu. We will be back again.

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Jan 31, 2022
Mark E.
Outstanding food and service. Hostess is delightful.

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Jan 28, 2022
Steve V.
Absolutely superb! Might be the best restaurant in Algonquin. Will be going back often.

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Jan 21, 2022
Vik K.
This was our first time at Black Bear Bistro and we loved it. Will definitely be back.

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Jan 20, 2022
Maribel O.
Drinks and food were excellent

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Jan 10, 2022
Cavin P.
Small place, great food.

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Jan 10, 2022
Kelly M.
Adorable and cozy! Food is delicious! Hidden gem, definitely recommend!

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Jan 02, 2022
Margie O.
Wonderful service and food! A special, memorable time! Highly recommend!

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Jan 02, 2022
Bill B.
Everything was excellent!

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Dec 30, 2021
Seth C.
Had a great dinner at Black Bear Bistro. I enjoyed a mixed grill w/ Bison, Elk and Kangaroo which was all cooked to perfection and served with a Cab Reduction that complimented the proteins but in no way overpowered the flavors of the game. I recommend to anyone looking for a unique and well executed dining experience to go see Chef Santiago and Black Bear Bistro at this little culinary gem!

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Dec 27, 2021
Carol T.
We visited on Christmas Eve and were pleased to find a varied menu and the willingness to adjust the selections to meet our special dietary needs. The food was delicious!

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Dec 13, 2021
Terri R.
Wonderful evening and great food!

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Dec 08, 2021
Charles D.
Everyone was so nice and helpful.

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Dec 05, 2021
Ginny & Tom S.
The best meal I have ever had. Fried Peruvian Branzino Over a Molcajete With Green Tomatillo Pesto

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 05, 2021
Lauren F.
Lovely quaint restaurant with excellent food!!

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Nov 13, 2021
Juan C.
Nice cozy place with great food and excellent service. Highly recommend!

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Oct 24, 2021
Cheri H.
Absolutely wonderful dinner!!

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Oct 15, 2021
Shawn Z.
Food was spectacular. Just the right noise level. Wait staff-Henry-friendly, perfectly timed check-ins. Did not feel rushed and felt genuinely appreciated for dining with them. Do not miss the Key Lime Pie!

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Oct 14, 2021
Rachel S.
Great little restaurant! VERY accommodating with any food sensitivities, for which I was so thankful! The owner's wife checked on us several times and the service was great. Free dessert since we were celebrating a birthday! Drinks were very good too!

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Oct 07, 2021
Chantel S.
Love it ! We’ll be back with more friends

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Oct 02, 2021
Ann J.
A real surprise in a quaint area of Algonquin. A small family owned restaurant with the most delicious food. We are foodies and loved it. The presentation is amazing and the staff is friendly. Service takes a little more time… but it is worth it. The menu is full of interesting selections. I would recommend this restaurant. Reservations suggested.

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Sep 30, 2021
Dwayne D.
We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent as well as the food and drink we would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Sep 27, 2021
Mark S.
Continue to love Santiago's work. Every visit is like visiting family. Best tuna tartare and steak tacos anywhere!definitely worth the drive.

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Sep 18, 2021
Anthony B.
Everything was so good we are sending our daughter and her husband there next weekend to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 03, 2021
Trudy H.
Santiago is the most consistently creative chef that I have had the pleasure to enjoy for over 20yrs. Estele his pretty half is always welcoming and does her best to make you feel special. The wait staff reflects the family values to make your dining experience delightful

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Aug 13, 2021
Cindi M.
Love the staff, wine selection & always a great experience