Welcome To Wadsworth Illinois

Throughout this building’s 100 year history, The Shanty has been a gathering place for neighborhood locals to eat, drink, and socialize. In the 1960s there were actually more horses than people who lived in our town. As the community of Wadsworth has slowly grown throughout the years, so has The Shanty. In late 2010, with the help of local residents and businesses, The Shanty was reconstructed using local reclaimed barn wood restored from neighborhood farms. Along with the restaurant’s ever changing building, comes The Shanty’s evolving menus. This is the tenth menu that has been developed, which has been inspired by The Shanty’s creative chefs and loyal patrons. We hope you enjoy our fusion of new age cuisine and old time Shanty classics!

This is a place that once you discover it, you will always go back. With its comfortable rustic atmosphere and friendly service, this truly is the place where quality food meets a fair price. We have a great staff that makes our patrons feel right at home, and it may be the only restaurant in the area where the customers run the show! We are known for our quality food, including: steaks, chops, burgers, and seafood.

Recently, we were featured on the Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” as well as many other national television programs which highlighted our Whiskey Shrimp, Tequila & Orange Salmon, and Filet Mignon. All of our dishes are customer inspired, so the next time you’re in the Wadsworth area, please stop by and hang out for a while!