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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Central Illinois

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Central Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Revery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (48)
$31 to $50
American
Bloomington / Normal
About the restaurant
Revery can be found tucked in a quaint neighborhood in Bloomington, Illinois. The building, once a locally famous restaurant, will be serving authentic American cuisine once more. Revery’s mission is to provide high-quality food & drinks for all those who wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience.
Top review
JanetS
Dined 6 days ago
The food was amazing. We ordered the crab cake bruschetta as an appetizer. It was delicious. Then we had the salmon that looked like it just arrived from being caught and the filet with asparagus and mashed potatoes. We took home dessert which was very tasty. I ordered the pickled beets so I could take them home and share with my husband. I highly recommend dining at Revery.
A photo of Hamilton Walker's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1505)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Champaign
About the restaurant
Hamilton Walker's is the community's gathering place. Founded by three long-time residents of Champaign, this modern steakhouse with a chic 1940's Hollywood vibe is an inviting backdrop for meeting, dining, and socializing; for friends, family, and business; for toasting special events and celebrating life. Our mission is to offer memorable food and flawless service in an extraordinary setting. Stewarded by widely-respected culinarian, Chef Zachary Schweig, Hamilton Walker's never disappoints. The menu-created from the finest premium aged meats, freshest seafood, and hand-selected produce-offers a superior dining experience, presented with Hamilton Walker's signature flair.
Top review
Olivia
Dined 5 days ago
The overall ambiance was just perfect for our anniversary dinner. The wait staff was so attentive and made sure we were well taken care of. Very impressed with everything.
A photo of Midway Duck Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (118)
$30 and under
American
Peoria City
About the restaurant
Megan & Todd invite you to the humble Midway Duck Inn. Our menu is printed DAILY! We post your celebrations on our menu. Join us for our Famous Pan-Fried Bone-In Chicken, the worlds Best Chicken Tenders or Juicy Chicken Breast Entrees! Get 'em Bombed! Our Lusty Pub Sandwiches range from our Half Pound Hamburger, Crispy Chicken or Catfish Sandwiches or Bite into our Two Fisted Filet Sandwich or Beefy-Cheesy Philly Cheesesteak! Our Waterside Catch includes Bluegill, Whitefish and Fillet & Whole Catfish! We also have many Seasonal Special! Our Daily Specials are as follows: Wednesday-AYCE Fish & Chips, Thursday-Country Fried Steak, Chicken or Pork! Friday- Fresh Catch with Catfish Fillet, Saturday-Lobster Saturday, Sunday-Funday with Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf! No visit is Complete without a Batch of our World Famous Corn Fritters or Seasonal Fritters-Pineapple, Pumpkin, Chocolate Chip, Peach, Oreo, Blueberry and more! Check us out at midwayduckinn.com for updates. Who wants some?

Top review
NANCFIL
Dined 6 days ago
The Midway Duck Inn was my first of many trips ahead. Living in Lowpoint growing up, I had never been there before. Now that I'm back "home", friends came with us to try out the place. The food was very hot and good! They have a killer side salad that's out of this world and unlike most "side" salad we've had. It had diced onion, red and yellow sweet peppers, carrots, tomatoes and a slice of cucumber. They also had blue cheese crumbles if you wanted a little extra. We had the fish special, and it was good and very flavorful. I would highly recommend it on their Wednesday night special. Fast service and very thorough. Thank you Midway Duck Inn!
A photo of Thyme Kitchen & Craft Beer restaurant
4.7
4.7 (362)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Peoria/East Peoria
About the restaurant
Thyme not only offers the ultimate restaurant experience, but can also provide guests an extraordinary bar experience if so desired. Opened in the old Sealtest building in the heart of the historic warehouse district of downtown Peoria, Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer offers a variety of unique food items as well as an extensive bar menu that offers choices for all. While keeping the tradition of producing quality food alive, Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer has superb menu items that provide an exciting and versatile experience for all guests who walk through the doors.
Top review
JenniferG
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful dinner before the concert! Service was friendly, knowledgeable and fast. Entrees (salmon, deconstructed duck tamale) and drinks (old fashioned, berry bramble) were beautiful and delicious. Highly recommend - we will be back with friends next time. Thank you!
A photo of Baxters American Grille - Champaign restaurant
4.8
4.8 (643)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Champaign
About the restaurant
Baxters American Grille - Champaign offers seasonal menus that boast a variety of signature dishes that you can't get find anywhere else. Our concept provides a variety of steaks, seafood and chops accompanied with a management & chef team that are excited to offer a unique culinary experience. We offer a big-city dining experience within dinner, private dining and catering to the Champaign area. Whether you stop in for one of our new signature martinis or to dine in our upscale dining room Baxters is the destination for your evening out!
Top review
Turtlexingvip
Dined 3 days ago
Service from Megan was outstanding. She was friendly, fun & professional. The food was perfect and the wine list awesome. I only wish we could go again tonight but they are closed on Sunday. Will definitely be back our next time in town!
A photo of Ko Fusion - Downtown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (98)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Champaign
About the restaurant
Description coming soon! New location- 30 E Main St.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
Had a wonderful experience. Everything was perfect - delicious sushi. Highly recommend.
A photo of Broadgauge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1012)
$31 to $50
American
Petersburg
About the restaurant
In 1872, the Broadgauge was built as central Illinois' original "mega store", containing under one roof; Hardware, Grocery, and Dry Goods stores.

Today, Broadgauge has been restored to its original architectural glory and redeveloped it into a Restaurant, Bar, Coffee Shop, and Event Center.

Enjoy dinner at Broadgauge, Wednesday through Saturday. We sere Lunch Friday through Sunday.

The Talisman Coffee Shop and Bakery is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Located at the heart of Petersburg's town square; near shopping, bars, and restaurants.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing ambiance and history! Cocktails were delish!! We enjoyed our meals and hope to go back when they’re having live music! Extra points for the tour of all the neat banquet rooms of different sizes and cut coffee shop!
A photo of Jonah's Seafood House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1573)
$30 and under
Seafood
Peoria/East Peoria
About the restaurant
Jonah’s Seafood House specializes in fresh seafood with a diverse mix of steak, chicken, and sandwich options. The menu is printed everyday to keep pace with seafood seasons and offers a wide variety of choices. Children’s menu, too! The house specialties change with the menu. The Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna is a Jonah’s Classic.

The 2601 Oyster Bar is a casual, seat-yourself atmosphere set in a world class oyster bar. The menu is an exciting mixture of oyster bar selections from around the nation. New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, Tampa and Miami are all represented. The house specialty is a wide offering of flat breads and the signature Cuban sandwich.

Jonah’s "Down Under" Banquet Bar & Grill is a banquet facility with capacity from 20-300. Jonah's offers river level views and the cook-to-order style will make your next function the talk of the town!

Top review
PennyR
Dined 7 days ago
Ordered the scallops with rosotto, with asparagus. A cup of chowder as appetizer. Ù Price on menu wasn't what was charged. I understand market price changes, but would of liked to have been told.
A photo of The FourNine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (188)
$30 and under
American
Mount Zion
About the restaurant
Small restaurant packed with an amazing menu, and cold beer. We give Mt Zion a flavor profile that you do not get in any other restaurant in town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
An absolute gem. We were worried the place would change when they moved to the new building, but it’s just as good. Service is top notch, food and selection is great, their online menu has pictures of all their food and its served exactly how it looks. We drive an hour just to eat dinner here.
A photo of Saffron Social restaurant
4.7
4.7 (228)
$50 and over
Steak
Peoria/East Peoria
About the restaurant
Saffron Social brings Peoria its latest upscale experience. Offering Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood, and Pasta
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We loved everything about our experience at Saffron Social. Our waiter was friendly, helpful, and amazing! The atmosphere is warm, inviting and stunning. And the food was beyond expectations. I had the Maui Ruben and it was made to perfection with ample large chunks of white Maui fish. I highly recommend.
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