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Thirsty Whale

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1700 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102-5924
+1 847-458-8555
16:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 01:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 01:00
Fri 16:00 - 02:00
Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Algonquin, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

if you are looking for a casual place to have a early evening cocktail and not be too crowded this could be the one the food is just okay and bartenders seem to cater more to the regulars at first but all in all its a nice place to relax

Thank dolly306
Lakewood McHenry County, Illinois
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I've been here twice, both times Sunday afternoon. Both times they don't have several of the beers available and appertizers are average.

Thank Lisa D
Algonquin, Illinois
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

A great place to watch the game or listen to live music. I love the calamari. The patio is nice for the summer & available year round for you smokers.

Thank McB921
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

Met up some old friends here on a Sunday night. Hip-hop music got louder and louder and we tried moving around so we could talk to no avail. So loud the amplifier went into overload and screeched for a couple of minutes before the DJ got it turned off for 2 minutes and then it cam back on just as... More 

Thank Johhhhn
Lakewood, IL
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

I expected the setting and menu to be similar to Buffalo Wild Wings and that turned out to be true, but I was happy to find that the food and service here was even better. The wings are bigger and better than at BWW. Salads tend be poor quality at places that serve mostly bar food but the one I... More 

Thank Hchip00
West Dundee, Illinois
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

I went there for a work thing years ago and it was fun. My mom and dad invited the wife and I to go with them and it was not as fun.. Great place to go and pick up someone, bad for couples or family to go to. Music was crazy loud and the DJ sucked.. I could rip better... More 

Thank Paul B
Algonquin, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

My spouse, my son and I went to The Thirsty Whale in Algonquin to watch the Blackhawks as they play for the Stanley Cup. I had a couple beers, my spouse drank sprite and my son had lemonade. We ordered the nacho appetizer and then had pizza. The food was ok and our waitress was very attentive. The game was... More 

Thank Nancy D
Algonquin, Illinois
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147 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

We have been here several times and if you are going with family I advise go on the early side as it really is a bar filled with lots of 21 years olds after 9pm. On sports days lots of families do bring their kids tough. The waitress wear skimpy tank tops. I have had some good food and some... More 

Thank Cbjhome
Main street USA
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92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

Stopped by after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Drink specials are ok, TV's everywhere can't say anything about the food didn't order any. Staff was friendly drinks were so-so. nothing special about this place. Typical bar fare nothing special sports are us. Plenty of room to watch your favorite team compete.

Thank Bob C
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2015

The location used to be a Redstar from what I remembered when I used to live in the area. Thursday night gathering of family to catch up for a bit. Basically a Bar, Music was loud from speakers, no band in the house. Booth was big enough to hold our family, but food came partially cold, and just Bar fair.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1700 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102-5924
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Algonquin
  • Phone Number: +1 847-458-8555

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