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.

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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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The Black Bear Bistro - The Black Bear Bistro

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.
Valid between: Nov. 9, 2021 - Jan. 1, 2022
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.87 out of 5 stars based on 403 votes

Overall: 10/10
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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!!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 14, 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!

Overall: 10/10
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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!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 07, 2021
Chantel S.
Love it ! We’ll be back with more friends

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 01, 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.

Overall: 10/10
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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.

Overall: 10/10
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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.

Overall: 10/10
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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

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 13, 2021
Cindi M.
Love the staff, wine selection & always a great experience

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 09, 2021
Matt B.
We had such a great experience here. Zero suggestions.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 02, 2021
Laura F.
Everything was excellent!!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 11, 2021
Linda C.
The service was wonderful and the food was amazing!!! One of my favorite restaurants!!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 12, 2021
Sophie E.
Fantastic food that was original and cooked to perfection and exceptional service.

Overall: 10/10
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May 22, 2021
Carolyn G.
It was a perfect experience all around. It was our first time dining inside since Covid and it could not have been better. Fantastic food and service and the setting was lovely.

Overall: 10/10
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May 21, 2021
Dee M.
It was a warm friendly atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 29, 2021
Lilly W.
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!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 12, 2021
Paula L.
Great food! Great service! We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 05, 2021
Mark O.
Always a wonderful experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 28, 2021
Sarah F.
This place is AMAZING!! The food is beyond excellent all of the time... Just exceptional in every way! :)

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Mar 06, 2021
Gary D.
Everything was was incredible! THe tapas were very tasty and eclectic, though a bit pricey.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 22, 2021
Melissa M.
This restaurant is a GEM! The family who owns it is amazingly talented! One of the best meals we’ve had in awhile!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 16, 2021
Billie C.
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.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 10, 2021
MICHELLE G.
The food was very good . I had the quail just loved it.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 31, 2020
Sandra K.
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.:)

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 30, 2020
Gary D.
Excellent as always!!

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Oct 15, 2020
Steve C.
What’s a awesome place. Food was amazing. Go there

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 12, 2020
Jen S.
Wonderful delicious dinner! Staff was friendly and helpful! We will be back for sure!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 09, 2020
April W.
Chef Santiago delivered another delicous meal. Seasonal veggies, seasoned perfectly.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 04, 2020
Robert S.
Great Place! Second time there. 1 time outside , 1 time inside both were great and the food is amazing.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 04, 2020
Heidi P.
We love this place!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 21, 2020
Kim R.
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!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 03, 2020
Bob L.
Food was delicious. Service excellent. The outside dining made our experience even better. We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 28, 2020
Donald R.
Always an exqusite meal provided with family-like love and care.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 24, 2020
Maggie S.
The food at Black Bear Bistro was exceptional and the staff was warm and inviting. I will definitely be back! What a find!!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 20, 2020
Todd L.
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.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 16, 2020
Michael L.
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!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 10, 2020
Jason F.
Place was great. Chef and owners wife came out and spoke with us. Great food. Calamari was unreal

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 05, 2020
JP C.
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.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 05, 2020
Steve G.
Food was AMAZING, service was wonderful. LOVE the new outside seating.

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 02, 2020
Stephanie L.
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.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 28, 2020
Keith C.
This place was fantastic and my wife and I are so happy that they're in downtown Algonquin!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 14, 2020
Jen B.
The food and service is always amazing here. They have wonderful vegan and vegetarian options as well.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 05, 2020
Douglas C.
The food was excellent as usual as well as the service. Very friendly waitress and sitting outside was fine

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 03, 2020
Daniel N.
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.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 27, 2020
Christie J.
Amazing food and service!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 22, 2020
Susanne M.
We had a great experience dining outside at The Black Bear Bistro - amazing and creative food paired with marvelous service and friendly hospitality!!

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 5/10
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Jun 14, 2020
Joanne S.
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.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 08, 2020
Julie M.
The food was excellent and the owners are extremely kind and gracious. We will definitely be back!