I give Twin Oaks a top rating for a couple of reasons. 1. Finding good quality, freshly made fare in North West Illinois and associated parts of Wisconsin is very difficult. A huge percentage of the restaurants in this area simply heat up frozen items and serve them to you. This puts Twin Oaks at a significant advantage! 2. The food my family had here was wonderful. The atmosphere is nice. Old architecture, with large door frames, and giant wood trim. Did I just sit in actual high back dining chairs? I'm so used to sitting in a booth I forgot this was an option. I felt under-dressed for the space, but most other customers were in casual attire. Wait... was I just able to have a conversation with my family at a restaurant without having to yell over bad Muzak playing classic rock in the background? Yes.. I did! We were able to converse in a room full of people at a 1/2 whisper without a problem. We enjoyed Prime rib, a wonderful seafood pasta dish, and a charred ribeye steak topped with Bernaise and shrimp. (This made me very happy.. I tend to think I could do better on the grill at home when I eat steak at many restaurants.) The potato leek soup with a sprinkle of fresh dill was enjoyed by everyone at the table. (including an 8 year old.) Bottom line, GO CHECK THIS PLACE OUT! Considering my family of 4 typically pays about $100 with tip - to go and eat at Red Robin, spending a few more dollars to eat top notch food is worth every penny. Dinner complete with 4 glasses of wine, and an extra side after a decent tip came to $175.00. I would think if you skip wine, and go with specials, you could get out for much less. I would also consider splitting a dish for 2 kids. The portions were large.
We have dined at Twin Oaks several times, with each visit better than the last. The menu offers some really unique selections (and it's never the same twice, in my experience). The food is soooo good, and portions are generous. The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The atmosphere is unique - come as you are, or dress to the nines, and prepare to enjoy a comfortable, understated elegance. I suggest checking out the menu online before going, and make a reservation. Arrive hungry, and plan to bring home leftovers, because you'll want to try out some appetizers! Dessert is a MUST. Also, if you want to use a coupon, the restaurant.com coupon lists some exclusions clearly: "Minimum purchase of $50. Excludes Sat. 18% Gratuity added prior to discount. Valid for Dine In ONLY. Excludes: Holidays/Special Events, Other Offers/Promotions. Present prior to ordering. Excludes Fish Fry. Not valid with Sunday Prime Rib special." I'd mention the coupon when making your reservation, to avoid any misunderstanding as one reviewer experienced. Go, and ENJOY!!!
Being a city dweller (though not snob!) and having my pick of excellent restaurants, I have to say I was still a bit dubious of a Wilmot, WI country house restaurant. Well, allow me to insert my foot in mouth as an appetizer. The food here was outSTANDING. The menu was seasonal and inspired, the ingredients were fresh and the meat was cooked and seasoned perfectly. I very much enjoyed the rack of lamb and the boyfriend absolutely drooled over the grilled salmon. The ambiance was nothing to write home about, quaint as the old house is, but the quality of the food and my excellent family company more than made up for that minor detail. Still a 5-starrer!