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Carlos' River Cafe

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1707 Nish Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012-1552 (Formerly Carlos' Riverside Cafe)
+1 815-444-9024
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Food is great will be back.great prices.family eat there under 30 bucks.good time to go is about 5 on a tue the place was not that busy.fast service

Thank Vince A
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We love Carlos' River Cafe. It's delicious. The inside is very small and they often have live music on Friday or Saturday nights. They do a great carry out business with really affordable prices. My husband loves the King Steak Burrito which is huge. I am a fan of the combos - a change to get a little taste of... More 

Thank Empowers13
McHenry, Illinois
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 July 2016

One of the better Mexican restaurants in McHenry / Crystal Lake area. I cant comment on the table service since I usually do take out , but the food never disappoints. Burritos , Tacos , Tortas and Chi-mi's all very good. Prices are reasonable and portions ample . It does get crowded at peak times and its not that big... More 

Thank GValez
Barrington, Illinois
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171 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015

We are still regulars (see earlier review). Everything is still great and Carlos keeps making the place look better (see photos attached to my first review). He is opening up another branch in Algonquin-probably in September 2015. We will post a review when it opens

Thank travelingdoc42
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

So, 3 days before a graduation party we were looking to do a taco bar for 65 people. The effort to do it all was becoming overwhelming so we called upon Carlos to see what the could do. This place is very close to home and we have been there several times before in a small family group...but never tried... More 

1 Thank Jerry K
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

This place is no frills, but authentic and awesome. Homemade chips and fresh ingredients make a great meal. I usually stop off on my my way home from work to bring some tacos home. It is super cheap and the salsa is delicious.

Thank ghostpepper
Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2015

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is made on-site with fresh ingredients. The staff is very friendly. We love the burritos and the horchata drink. Enchiladas are delicious as well.

Thank Ann M
McHenry, Illinois
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111 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

Tacos tacos tacos. I love everything here but how do you beat 4 tacos for under $8? Everything is hand made and delicious. I highly recommend stopping by.

Thank John N
Island Lake, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2015

GREAT Mexican food! This is authentic and there isn't a bad thing that they make. Everything is worthy of a try! Not expensive either!

Thank CharG G
Cary, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 April 2014

This is our go to place for great Mexican food. Whether you eat in or carry out, the service is always friendly and quick. The food is fantastic! The torta sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, fajitas, are all so delicious! And oh my gosh the guacamole is awesome as is the salsa! Great place for families or to meet friends.

1 Thank Deanette P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Mexican, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1707 Nish Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012-1552 (Formerly Carlos' Riverside Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Crystal Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 815-444-9024

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