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The Shanty

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38995 N US Highway 41, Wadsworth, IL 60083-9652
+1 847-336-0262
11:00 - 22:00
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Wadsworth, Illinois
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to the Shanty on a regular basis so I guess we've become 'regulars'. The food is great and the bar is nice, just fairly small and VERY busy almost every evening. They are in the process of expanding which will be great.

Thank artistsmss
Newark, Delaware
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We went on the recommendation of the front desk person at The Lotus Suite's Hotel nearby where we were staying. They offer a 10% discount with your room key so we thought we'd try it as they had been on the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives show on Food Network. The menu looked impressive so I ordered the 10 oz Filet... More 

1 Thank PeterCuinmaui
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280 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

nice atmosphere and good food, enjoyed it but more expensive than expected. friendly staff but felt noisy and kinda crowded.

Thank Steveuj
Grafton, Massachusetts
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131 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Last night in town and grabbed dinner upon the recommendation of a colleague. Initially I was encouraged by the menu and good reviews but not totally impressed afterwards. Greeting was friendly and I was promptly seated. Waitress was semi-friendly but I had a feeling the entire night that she was rushing me, as if she was ready to get off... More 

1 Thank TonyMundain
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We go every couple of weeks, food is always awesome and Vicki our server is the best! My very favorite restaurant!

1 Thank flyinsaddle
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Looking for something different and delicious came across this place watching the food network , 10 minutes from my home the shanty it's definitely a must for locals and turist alike great service excellent food and atmosphere 👍👍

Thank lmonchis
Saugatuck, Michigan
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

On the recommendation of local friends, we visited The Shanty for dinner. A great, low-key, unpretentious spot with outstanding food. Definitely coming back! (And the Manhattans were spectacular!)

Thank SaugatuckResident
Chicago, Iliinois
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Can't lie, my daughter and I stopped at this restaurant because it was on Foodnetwork's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It is 10 minutes up the road from Gurnee Mills outlet mall and it is worth the short drive! Service was friendly and fast. The food was served hot and delicious! Definitely try one of their burgers, they're wonderful! I tried... More 

Thank mlbrjb
Wadsworth, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The Shanty is a treasure, there's not another place like it. They update the menu regularly, keeping tried and true favorites and adding new twists. Start with the tomato basil flatbread and a nice glass of wine! They've got a great selection. My favorite is the Tequila and Orange grilled Salmon. Go early to avoid the crowds, go often because... More 

Thank Julie N
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We went there with another couple for restaurant week. The scene is very fun and has a warm and inviting "local" feel. Friendly people, friendly staff. Appetizers - goat cheese wonton (amazing) and the whiskey shrimp (awesome). Entrees - Salmon for the Frau and I had the pork loin Desert - bread pudding Everything was great. The pork was super... More 

Thank Paul B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38995 N US Highway 41, Wadsworth, IL 60083-9652
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Wadsworth
  • Phone Number: +1 847-336-0262

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