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The Broken Oar

££ - £££
American, Bar, Pub
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614 Rawson Bridge Rd, Port Barrington, IL 60010-1011
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 09:00 - 02:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 02:00
Fri 11:00 - 03:00
Sat 09:00 - 03:00
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Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place. Exquisitely refined biker bar with booze and views. You don't need a bike, just a desire to have some fun and enjoy the water, life, and some good friends.

Thank Heidi S
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We love this place. Right on the Fox River. Casual ambience and friendly hosts. Will definitely continue going regularly.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Had a fantastic waitress. That would be the great. Fish fry was mediocre. Served barely warm. Don't waste you $ on the rib eye dinner. $20.00 for a steak not even a 1/2" thick. ordered med. rare, came out well done. Our waitress returned the plate to the kitchen for a new one. Closer to medium rare,but a very cheap... More 

Thank roadtrippersx2Chicao
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Level Contributor
76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Food and Service is OK. Atmosphere is fun in the summer time. Lake Access, Staff needs to work on customer service. Prices on drinks - too high.

Thank marklE5542JK
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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

The menu turned out to be surprising extensive and everything delivered to every table looked awesome. Great prices!! Ambience is lacking but it's a dive bar with great 80's music and videos games, who doesn't want to relive the 80's? Ha! You are going here for the outdoor seating overlooking the river, checking out all the cool rides in the... More 

Thank Ecaterina H
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We love the place with the outdoor seating and being right on the water. Good food and drinks and a great place to people watch all the types of people that come here. A big biker bar/restaurant but it is friendly for anyone IMO.

Thank Q4240KFpeterl
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We went on Labor Day afternoon to watch the boats and listen to the band. We rarely have time to come here and look at the boats and bikes. Today we figured it would be fun and enjoyable. I was wrong. We ordered a Bratwurst and tots and this was $8.00 We ordered 2 sodas at $2.50 Total rip off.... More 

Thank Dana L
Sunbury, Ohio
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We visit the Broken Oar every chance we get when visiting the area. There is nothing like the atmosphere they provide. They generally have live music playing and we listen to it as we sit watching the boats on the water with people docking to join in the fun.

Thank Jim M
River Forest, Illinois
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253 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a bar with good food. One-half pound burgers made a variety of ways off the menu, or you could make your own combo for a small add on price. Full bar along with the food. Friendly waitresses and a great place right on the river when the weather is warm. This is my first time, but the two... More 

Thank Bill B
Palatine, Illinois
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Awesome crowd, friendly atmosphere to hang out with some good friends on a beautiful Sunday afternoon down by the river !

Thank mhop28

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 03:00
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 614 Rawson Bridge Rd, Port Barrington, IL 60010-1011
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Port Barrington
  • Phone Number: 18476399468
The place to be on the Fox River situated on 7 acres and featuring unmatched views, year round dining, upper level restaurant & SkyDeck, the best of outdoor entertainment, McHenry County's largest beer garden, daily special events, and a full service marina

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