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Al's Cafe & Creamery

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43 Du Page Ct, Elgin, IL 60120-6421
+1 847-742-1180
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have always enjoyed Al's. It's a charming spot with good food and ice cream. On a summer evening esting outside is lovely.

Thank ElginJeanne
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

There is no ice cream shake like Al's. Made with real ice cream and milk, no other like it! Add a little topping and it is fantastic! Food is also good here!

Thank Ann P
Elgin, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We have visited this restaurant a number of times, and have always been happy with the food, the service, and the eclectic antique ambience of the restaurant. It has a very nice menu with variety. There are healthy and tasty options, light or big, American or kinda European. There is an outdoors section where we dine when it is good... More 

Thank Leonared K
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

My friend's and I were cafe-hopping one Saturday evening on a coffee binge, and this was our second stop. Upon seeing their extensive menu, we decided to try some of the desserts which were delicious!

Thank Lhaz
Darien, Illinois
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237 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Came to Al's Cafe for a business meeting. Sat up stairs and reminds me of the European culture. Had the Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich and a Vanilla Pineapple Shake which was to die for. I will come again!

Thank AviatorMat
Bartlett, Illinois
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206 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

This place has been around for a long time. Outside seating weather permitting. Food is very good, prices reasonable. Shakes are the best!! You have to split one with a friend as they are very thick and filling. No room for food if you get your own. Love this place.

Thank tweety874
Elgin, Illinois
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The meals we all had were great as usual, the service was spot on, the atmosphere is cozy and very homey. Al's is the place where we are able to purchase the best malts anywhere. In addition, the owners always come over and greet us when we visit the restaurant.

Thank haefligers
Elgin, Illinois
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

But not so delicious for lunch. Go for dinner and try the trout or rib eye. Both out if this world. Milk shakes equally good.

Thank Janet A
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The service is excellent along with the malts, I've been going to Al's ever since I moved to Elgin. Bruschetta sandwich is top notch.

Thank Carlina A
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Used to go here with business associates for an indulgent casual lunch (attentive service, good food, accompanied by a terrific Peppermint Milk Shake with Hot Fudge or some other delight). As someone who appreciates non-cookie-cutter locales, the decor here with church pew seats, stained glass, soda jerk marble counter, etc, really fits the bill. Generally I am now here with... More 

Thank Laura W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?