Many believe that a place is only as good as its food. Whether or not that’s true, we can say that Lake County serves up a wide range of options when it comes to food and dining out. There’s a lot to offer for any taste bud, from traditional American to Japanese and Italian, you’ll never run out of options. Below are some of the eateries you should try out in around Lake County.


Abigail’s American Bistro

Located in Highlands Park, Abigail’s American Bistro serves up hearty goodness with without the frills and spills. Dishes are creatively prepared while trying to capture the essence of the season. You can trust that the chefs here do whatever it takes to source the best produce in order to make delicious, affordable meals.

The team is also proud of its commitment to educating staff and guests alike about all aspects of food and drink culture. So whether you slip in for a drink or come hungry and ready for a meal and all its accompaniments, you can be assured you’ll be well taken care of!


Shakou Libertyville

Forbes Magazine has listed Shakou in its top 100 restaurants in America. But if that’s not enough to convince you, Chef Sang Choi’s menus sure will. Some of the favorites include the shrimp teriyaki bento box, volcano sushi rolls and the diver scallops and shrimp with miso risotto. For those not keen on fish, the  menu also includes grills like steak, short rib and pork chops.

Prepare to be wowed by the slick interior and upbeat vibe while dining to the very best Japanese Lake County has to offer.


Nirvana Wine and Grillerie

Nirvana boasts a menu inspired by the tastes of the world. It includes artisanal cheeses, hormone-free chickens and sustainably caught seafood, prepared with excellent attention to detail. While there is lots to offer in the way of wholesome food, Nirvana also prides itself on sourcing the best small production wines from all over the world. These are of course available to complement the delectable dishes off the menu, but also to purchase from the wine shop and enjoy at home.



Peruvian cuisine at its absolute best. Chef Tony Castillo is dedicated to giving diners an experience of a new fusion of South American flavors, which is inspired by his childhood in Venezuela and cooking together with his grandmother who brought parts of various South American cuisines to her cooking.

Using the best organic ingredients free from preservatives, the menu will make your mouth water. This is definitely where you go for food that packs a punch in terms of flavor, but one of the most popular menu items is the pork chops made in a special secret sauce.