14A158 Canyon Club Drive, Apple River, IL 61001
815-492-0277 (new number)

The Cove is closed for the season!

🍁🍂🍁 Fall Hours 🍁🍂🍁

Monday-Thursday: CLOSED
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm


View the new menu here!

The area’s premier scenic dining experience is located at Apple Canyon Lake in the heart of Jo Daviess County and is open to the general public. The only restaurant in the area with a lakefront location, The Cove Bar and Grill provides a unique dining experience which combines spectacular beauty and a delicious menu.

The Cove is a full-service restaurant serving sandwiches, salads, appetizers, pizza, and specialty dishes. The Cove is open for lunch and dinner during the summer season. In the off-season hours vary so check the hours below before coming out between Labor Day and Memorial Day.



The award-winning building provides the location for one of the most scenic dining experiences in the tri-state region. Nestled along the limestone-scarped shores opposite Nixon Beach, diners can dine along the shoreline of beautiful Apple Canyon Lake. Accommodations range from an intimate dinner for two up to large groups. The Cove Bar and Grill interior seating of 210 is complemented by seating for 45 diners on the outdoor deck along the shoreline.


New Cove operators announced

By Shaun Nordlie, GM

I am happy to announce that we have found a new operator of the Cove Restaurant. The owners of Cajun Jack’s restaurant in Elizabeth, IL will be taking over the operation of the Cove starting this year. Details will be made available once we have them, but plans are now being made on menu, hours and ideas for the Cove for the season.

We are excited about the new operators and confident that they will restore The Cove to a place for owners to enjoy a great meal with the best setting in northwest Illinois.