The Anvil Club: A Time-Honored Tradition Opens to Public

Known for nearly six decades as an exclusive, members-only experience, this East Dundee landmark now invites the general public to enjoy its special dining atmosphere.

(Photo provided by The Anvil Club)

Steeped in rich history, The Anvil Club is a hidden treasure of a dining club that exudes a high reputation for dining excellence. For over 60 years, this landmark at 309 Meier St., in East Dundee, was an exclusive private dinner club. Nowadays, this club continues its time-honored and legendary dining traditions with one small adjustment: membership is no longer required to enjoy what’s inside.

“We are now open to the public for guests to enjoy our unique setting for the ultimate dining and social experience with family, friends and business colleagues,” says Joe Robinson, general manager, who has been a dedicated part of The Anvil Club staff for 16 years.

The Anvil Club offers an extensive food menu with fresh lobster, shrimp and other popular seafood selections, plus USDA prime steaks, lamb chops, poultry, Berkshire pork chops and much more. Tempting signature starters, sides and desserts complete the meal.

The club’s infamous prime rib is served on Friday and Saturday nights, along with a special Friday night fish fry.
“Our chef, Tino Almaraz, has been a real game-changer for the club,” says Robinson. “He previously served as the chef for 25 years at the classic Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont. Chef Almaraz is experienced, creative in the kitchen, and an absolute pleasure with his pleasant demeanor. Both staff and our guests love him.”

The Anvil Club has earned a high reputation for its top-shelf drinks, along with a very large and extensive wine list.

Set in a two-story building that operated as a blacksmith shop from 1911 to 1954, The Anvil Club holds several dining rooms that beckon guests to relax and enjoy an exceptional meal.

From the moment guests enter The Anvil Club, there’s an indication they are in a special place with one-of-a-kind settings. There’s an iconic main floor bar, distinctive and historical cut crystal wall decor and a warm-lit fireplace. A casual Sparky’s Lounge and Wine Cellar is located on the lower level. Its walls are lined with private wine lockers where guests can rent and store their favorite selections.

Guests can also enjoy cocktails and dinner in the Veranda Bar, the club’s cozy outdoor patio, during the warmer months.

Several years ago, under the new ownership of local businessman and community supporter Tom Roeser, The Anvil Club underwent a refresh and renovation that brightened both the outside and indoor looks.

“While a few changes were made, we kept the integrity of the club’s formidable legacy, which has made it special for so many people over the years,” says Robinson.

Adding to its peerless club identity atmosphere, most Friday and Saturday nights guests are entertained by local singers or piano music expertly performed, sometimes with the occasional guest sing-along.

Also in keeping with that club experience, The Anvil Club suggests business casual attire and discourages distressed denim and athleticwear. Golf course attire may be worn on the veranda during warmer months.
Special amenities and private rooms make The Anvil Club suitable for weddings or social events. Six private dining/meeting rooms and the outdoor veranda accommodate groups from 20 to 220 guests.

“Our banquet manager, Harmony Feldbusch, will be happy to assist you,” says Robinson.

Dining reservations are recommended by calling The Anvil Club, visiting or using The dining room is open Tuesday through Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.