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Carlos' River Cafe

1707 Nish Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012-1552
+1 815-444-9024
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average0%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (3 reviews)
“steak burrito” (2 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 21:00 Hours
Mexican, Spanish
1707 Nish Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012-1552
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

After reading all the positive reviews I decided to give Carlos' River Cafe a try. Just arrived home after devouring the 3 taco dinner and a cerveza and couldn't wait to add my own positive review. I really enjoyed eating here, the food was fresh...More

Thank maprow
Reviewed 13 November 2017

The single best Mexican food I have every had in Illinois! Great fresh made food, love the Guacamole and the Chile Relenos! The Shrimp Fajitas are very good too. You can get Corn or Flour tortillas, your choice!

Thank BearNTrout
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Carlos, What happened to the great staff you used to have? Although the food here is incredibly delicious, sadly I have to say that the hostess who waited on me was incredibly unfriendly. She actually acted as if I was annoying her when I asked...More

Thank go2pinkley
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Restaurant was clean. Had an early dinner. Chimichanga was excellent as was the enchiladas verdes. I would choose to upgrade my margarita next time. House margaritas are fair but have had better.

Thank Dutchlady10
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We have been customers of Carlos River Cafe since it first opened. This restaurant used to be a great place with great food and service, we even had given it a five star rating in the past, unfortunately the owner Carlos doesn't seem to be...More

Thank 450maijas
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great food, very casual environment. Can't beat the prices and the food is authentic and delicious. Family owned and operated. Service can be, at times, a bit slow however worth the wait.

Thank jrheger
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We were just out for a drive and found this little restaurant on TA. We both had the combo #2 and it was delicious. Good chips and salsa. Very friendly staff. I highly recommend Carlos River Cafe.

Thank Dennis P
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

No frills, no atmosphere, but some great food! The best Mexican authentic food around. Everything is made out in the open, fresh ingredients, all homemade. Served piping hot! We call and get this too go all the time as well. Try it you will not...More

Thank mbdennis
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant if we're heading out that direction, great food, great service!

Thank Stanley A
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

A hole in the wall with great dinners. Sauces and seasonings all prepared fresh. Carne asada and a variety of popular foods

Thank Donald Q
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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