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The Little Owl

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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Geneva, IL
11:00 - 02:00
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Crystal Lake IL
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131 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Got a late start for Friday Fish Fry and ended up here around 7:15. Was able to get a table in the back as we walked in. Place was full. Nice atmospere. Waitress was great. Wife and I got house salads. BEST Walleye I've had next to catching fresh. Got the Shore Lunch. Breaded and seasoned Walleye, saute potatoes and... More 

Thank Trav_LN_now
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76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

About a decade ago, we made Little Owl a destination restaurant to go to. Always pleased with service and food, we felt a 30 minute drive wasn't a big deal to travel, especially when the atmosphere, plate offerings and beer were so good. Then we had three different visits that weren't so good. So, years past and we didn't go.... More 

1 Thank Rockseeker20
Oak Lawn, Illinois
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44 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

They make the best Bloody Mary's. Bartenders are so cool, nice atmosphere. We would recommend them to everyone.

Thank Guy N
Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

I have been coming to Little Owl for 30 years. Hadn't been back in several years. The fried chicken used to be so good I would drive from the Chicago to get it. Not so much this time. The chicken had a mediocre flavor and the what used to be perfectly fried came out dry and overcooked. The bloody Mary... More 

Thank magclass
Lynchburg, Virginia
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101 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

I remember the Little Owl from when I was growing up in the last millenium. We went there for the first time that I remember for their Friday Night Fish Fry. Not a bad place to eat.

Elgin, Illinois
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173 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We just recently celebrated my husband's 50th birthday at Flagstone which is connected to the Little Owl. I was looking for a place with a private party area and inquired about the quaint Voodoo inspired room in the back of the pub. I was delighted to find out not only was it available on the date we wanted, but they... More 

Thank lynn s
Brookfield, Illinois
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247 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015

Just a cool old neighborhood bar with great soup and bar food .Down to earth crowd will make you a local in no time flat .

Thank Wbgb
Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

We were at the Toy & Doll Show in the Kane County Fairgrounds and I was in the mood for a handmade grilled burger and a beer. I was told to try the Little Owl which turned out to be a nice cozy bar with friendly service. I ordered a Deluxe 1/2 pound burger with grilled onions and pepper jack... More 

Thank Literod45
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious lunch in a wonderfully ambient little restaurant. Great cocktails! For appetisers we had. Meatball Slider and tomatoe salad. For main I had the eggplant parmigiana- yum. My husband enjoyed his pork bun. The roasted pork amongst the best I have ever tasted. We also shared the beans which were delicious to seed on... More 

Thank Deborah P
Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2015

Flagstone is a glorified sports bar. They now serve meals on white square plates. $6.00 draft/craft beers, friendly quick service. I had the grilled corned beef Reuben. Disappointed in sandwich. Overcooked, the meat was what you would get from a deli...sliced thin. And when overcooked was chewy like leather. The side of Cole slaw was tasty.

1 Thank TRtrave

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Geneva, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Geneva

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