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Colonial Ice Cream Restaurant

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600 S Mclean Blvd, Elgin, IL 60123-7196
+1 847-888-3939
06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:30 - 23:00
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Elgin, Illinois
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very confusing menu cause they ask if you want a basket but doesn't seem to be any different than ordering a separate burger & fries. Food is okay, they advertise heavily on TV but should concentrat on more tasty food. Best thing they offer is custard.

Thank Richard B
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261 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring the whole family and get the kitchen sink for dessert. Good food too with several locations, will return.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Food was good, mac & cheese was very good, rest was tasty but not special. Service was very slow and aweful.

Thank Kristy H
Chicago, Illinois
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194 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Came in with a big group so we were maybe equivalent to 5 regular tables. After getting seated we waited over an hour for our food. At the one hour mark I asked the waitress if it was coming soon and she replied yes with no apologies or encouragement. The manager stopped by to ask how things were going, but... More 

Thank travelgames
Winfield, IL
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115 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

We ate here twice last week (Thursday and Sunday). Service on Thursday was ok. I ordered only (allegedly) homemade guacamole and chips. Chips were possibly homemade but they were greasy. Guacamole was really bad. It was most likely from a package. I could not finish it. The salsa that came with it was not better. We also ordered pancakes, and... More 

Thank spiewaa
Corpus Christi
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2014

the food here is not the greatest but if you like the starchy cholesterol full Midwestern type food it'll do. The problem I have is with the staff. I am white and my best friend in this area is not. we have chosen to have lunch here a few times. We are well dressed when we go. All times when... More 

Thank Marysuzane P
Jamie W, Marketing Director at Colonial Ice Cream Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We have shared your review with our Manager of our Elgin location, Director of Operations and President of Colonial Cafe. We believe it is extremely important to treat all people equally. Some team members utilize the free mini treat card more than others and train to give them to our new guests to bring them... More 

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107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Daring enough to eat the kitchen sink alone? Kitchen sink is a must try if you love ice cream. If I am not mistaken, 6 scoops of ice cream. If you finish eating the kitchen sink you get a free sticker. I did not try the other food because I need to finish my kitchen sink!!!

Thank japs1969
Chicago, Illinois
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118 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013

My wife and I dined at Colonial for a family dinner with my daughter, and also my son, his wife and their 2 children. Since there were 7 of us, the restaurant was very accommodating to push several tables together so we could all sit together. Colonial has a great variety of food, plus you can get breakfast anytime, so... More 

Thank The-Road-Tripster
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209 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

We have lived near Colonial our whole lives and have watched it change into a nice restaurant. The inside has recently been remodeled to a clean and modern look. Service is always good as well as the food, especially for breakfast. It's a great place to stop for ice cream as well, our favorite is the PBF Chipper. They do... More 

Thank Bethany S
Skokie, Illinois
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153 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

The main draw at this pleasant family restaurant are breakfasts and an extensive ice cream menu. Cooked-to-order breakfast staples are very good, and hey, you can't go wrong with the desserts. The lunch and dinner menu consists of mainstream diner fare. The items we sampled ranged from decent to meh. Even the decent items tasted institutional, as though prepared in... More 

Thank FoodFight101

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 12
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 S Mclean Blvd, Elgin, IL 60123-7196
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Elgin
  • Phone Number: +1 847-888-3939
Specialties Breakfast: Variety of Omelettes, Skillets, Benedits, Crepes, French Toast, Pancakes and More! Lunch: Take a bite from our large selection of delicious Sandwiches, Salads and Burgers! Dinner: Try our homestyle dinners including Cheesy Bacon Mac & Cheese, Meatloaf Baked Fresh Daily, Bruschetta Chicken, just to name a few! Ice Cream: Classic Ice Cream Sundaes, scoops, Shakes, and of course the world famous Kitchen Sink! Great for after dinner or just for dessert! **We keep our traditional dishes all year round, but in addition to those we also offer special different options during each season! Catering: We offer a selection of catering options for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch! Great for parties and meetings. Free Large Party Rooms Available! See your local Colonial Cafe for Fundraising Opportunities

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