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Pablo's Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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230 Virginia Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7245
+1 815-455-7398
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Johnsburg, Illinois
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52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I love this restaurant and choose it often. They make authentic Mexican food that is perfectly prepared to order. Chips and salsa are placed on the table as soon as you are seated. Service is fast and reliable. I never feel rushed to leave (although I'm not one to sit overly long either). Servers and pleasant and it is always... More 

Thank PattiM13
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53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We have visited several times but this time the steak in the burrito was tough and cut in huge pieces and not hot or put together well at all. Didn't taste authentic. The salsa was good but not much taste to the guacamole. Had to look for the server and the host was MIA when we needed a check/pay the... More 

1 Thank Nicole C
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367 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Everything is great at this place. Came back after a couple of years and it still had great food and drinks. Get the Premium Margueritas - worth it.

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Pablo's is a Crystal Lake tradition. Great food and a great staff. The food quality is consistent and the portions are large enough to satisfy most appetites. Jenny and her crew strive to please and they come through every time. We held my Wife's birthday party there last May and Jenny made the event a smashing success. Dinner or a... More 

Thank Evan B
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Lived here for 10 yrs. and finally found one our favorite place to eat. Atmosphere is relaxing with great service. Love the MARGARITAS!!!

Thank chris g
Crystal Lake, IL
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

My wife & I have dined here many times, and they have never failed to be our favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is authentic, and the margaritas are second to none. On our most recent visit, our waitress, Yesenia, provided excellent service. She was previously a hostess, and was very recently promoted to waitress. Brian, the GM, told us he... More 

Thank TimmyPeter1955
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in McHenry County. We enjoy all the dishes and the margaritas are also the best in McHenry County. Try the triple berry! Jennifer is there much of the time making sure everyone is being taken care of and having a wonderful dinner.

Thank mikemJ6272FA
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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107 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Delicious food, friendly staff, cute decor. Love the chicken burrito. Their fresh salsa and warm chips are great!! We like to eat in the bar area.

Thank KevSarBren
Chicago, Illinois
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96 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

I've heard about this place for a while and finally got around to eating there for dinner. I am totally underwhelmed! Eating here reminded me of the recommendations I got for Chinese Food in Crystal Lake. It was equally as bad and I wonder if people who live here know anything about ethnic food! For dinner, we reviewed the menu,... More 

Thank ScottM1
Chicago, Illinois
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80 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

OMG. If you find a better Mexican restaurant in McHenry County, I might (MIGHT!) buy your deal there. I am that confident that no one surpasses Pablo's for Mexican food and drinks anywhere in McHenry County.

Thank TheHoff44

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 Virginia Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7245
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Crystal Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 815-455-7398

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