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Santiago Suarez


The Black Bear Bistro in Algonquin IL is a modern American restaurant serving classic and inventive dishes with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients and wild game.  

Head Chef Santiago Suarez brings nearly 30 years’ experience in the food and hospitality industry to Main Street in Downtown Algonquin. Having served nearby Crystal Lake for nearly 25 years as the executive chef of a local institution, Santiago takes the next step in his evolution as a chef by opening his first restaurant, The Black Bear Bistro.  

A firm believer in warm hospitality, Santiago and his team are committed to providing an exceptional dining experience to our friends and family in Algonquin. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your visit special by sending an email to or calling us at (224)678-9449. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are always available.


Estela Suarez