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Al's Cafe & Creamery

43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
+1 847-742-1180
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ice cream” (17 reviews)
“salmon” (12 reviews)
“sandwiches” (17 reviews)
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43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Been to Al's Cafe a number of times and you can't go wrong here. I have enjoyed everything I have every had here. I love the Trout. Oh yes can't forget their awesome shakes and malts. Give it a try for sure.

Thank Chris K
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Al's Cafe is THE place to go if you want a sandwich and a malt. All their sandwiches, hot or cold, are delicious. My favorite, the Florentine, is like a grilled cheese with spinach and sunflower seeds. The combination of ingredients is perfect. They are...More

Thank Katie W
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Al's Cafe has been a required stop for me, anytime I would find myself Elgin since the early 90s! Great service, consistently delicious food and lovely ambiance. It's wonderful!

Thank Lori L
Reviewed 23 January 2018

The food and service at Al's is always excellent. depending on the time of day you may have to wait for a table.

Thank Bob T
Reviewed 20 January 2018

Hadn't been to Al's in several months until today. My daughter and I stopped in for a late lunch after visiting Escapade 360 here in Elgin (awesome escape rooms). As usual, the service, ambience, and food was great. This is a local sandwich shop/ice cream...More

Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Tucked on the corner near the lovely landscaped Fox River, this local favorite ice cream parlor, disguising as a sandwich shop, offered out-of-this world Rueben and Tuna melts as an "appettizer," to terrific thick shakes and malts.. Take home the macadamia nut cookie. Mom couldn't...More

Thank Vance d
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The establishment takes you back to the soda shop days. Really unique and beautiful setting. Servings are plenty. Food tastes great and don’t leave without ordering dessert. This place is also fun to drop by and order a chocolate malt. Served in a glass with...More

Thank J5310QHkimberlym
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Six of us met here for a birthday. After we climbed the very long staircase to the upstairs dining room, we were surprised at how bright and nice it was up there. Very pleasant and very old; not made to look old, but really old....More

Thank Frances M
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Al went well with the boys . We ate till we almost burst. Could have done more pie. the grub was good. try It

Thank boylstonman
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Outdoor seating is nice. The chairs are not very comfortable however. The food was good as was the service.

1  Thank Lisa D
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28 May 2017|
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Response from Laura W | Reviewed this property |
If you are asking about their patio seating, and a lap dog or dog on a leash, you would have to call the restaurant and ask. The restaurant must comply with the ADA as it relates to service animals. Copied from... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elgin
  • Phone Number: +1 847-742-1180
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