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Red Apple Restaurant

#830 of 7,682 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Polish, Eastern European, European, Central European
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3121 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-6629
+1 773-588-5781
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Olympia, Wa
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We got this from a recommendation from our tour guide at the Polish Museum. Well worth the visit. At least for me, they were willing to cook me several different pirogues. What a treat, and will make it a outing next time we are in Chicago.

Thank sunshineyd
Covington, KY
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506 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is my third review of the Red Apple at this location (last year I reviewed their other store). The best thing I can say about this place is that they're consistent - the food is always great. Their website has been spruced up (and I noticed they got on a 10 Best list) and the food selection has been... More 

Thank CovingtonCat
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

The food here is great, along with the service. The restraunt is very welcoming as well This is for sure my favorite restaurant!

Thank Maria B
Chicago, Illinois
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189 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

For years potato pancakes have drawn me here. They are the closes to German / Polish style I have ever found in the US. They alone, followed by red jello, are worth the price of a dinner. Everything else on the buffet selection is also good, but the potato pancakes stand supreme.

Thank Rolf A
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

After checking out the reviews from YouTube TV show, TripAdvisor and Yelp, we decided to try out the Red Apple buffet to experience Polish cuisine as what I was told that Chicago has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw. The restaurant was chosen as the top 10 buffet restaurants in US, so we are looking forward to have some... More 

Thank Tabinohido
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54 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

One of our favorite restaurants was closed so we decided to head off the Kennedy over to Apple: we had not been there in years. We are glad to report that the Apple is better than ever: the potato pancakes are out of sight, the salads are wonderful....they have dozens of selections. It is huge. They have improved the desserts... More 

Thank chicagotourist_8
Tampa, Florida
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64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I love this restaurant because the food is such a large variety of dinner options: salads, pork, chicken, beef, and many Polish specialties. Fabulous desserts. More expensive on weekend evenings than during the week, but the quality of the food is excellent.

Thank JMamajan
Prospect Heights, IL
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

This is a good Polish food restaurant, with no-frills atmosphere. All-you-can-eat buffet hits a spot for hungry eaters but be aware: this place doesn't accept credit cards. That was a shocker! Even fast food places, like McDonald's or Wendy's take credit cards, these days. Not Red Apple. So, the food is good and you can really taste the Polish cuisine... More 

Thank AB00706
Phoenix, Arizona
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

I have had dinner here often when in town. has lots of choice of Polish Eastern Erupe food- local fares. good food not as roomy or as big as the other Red Apple farther north on Milwaukee. good and reliable authentic eastern European polish German food price is around $12.00-13.00 for AYC

Thank WorldDiner2000
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

We were in Chicago attending a funeral for a member of my wife's family. They are of Polish descent. On the day that we were flying back to Canada my wife's uncle suggested we should try Red Apple as we wouldn't get much to eat on the flights home. When we pulled up I wasn't sure what he had brought... More 

Thank Flyboy727

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Polish, Eastern European, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3121 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-6629
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 773-588-5781

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