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Chapman's Restaurant
Chapman's Restaurant
  • Address:
    4506 East Third Street
    Bloomington, IN 47401
    Neighborhood:
    Bloomington
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Chapman's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ChapmansRestaurant.com
  • Phone: (812) 337-9999
  • Hours of Operation: Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, International
  • Executive Chef: Jim Turner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live jazz piano Friday & Saturday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Road 446
  • Public Transit: The city bus stops within one block of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking!
A word from Chapman's Restaurant
We are a full service restaurant, banquet facility, and all suite hotel. Our menu is innovative yet familiar, and affordable. A number of our menu items include locally grown organic ingredients. The focus of our cuisine is on fresh meats and seafood, creative salads, and desserts made in house. We offer a 1st class banquet facility able to accommodate parties up to 225 people.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We really enjoyed Sunday brunch at Chapman's. The food and selection was great, the restaurant was clean, and the staff very friendly. We will make this a regular for dining out."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "We moved to Bloomington from the New York metropolitan area nine months ago and, of course, started asking about the restaurants. No one mentioned Chapman's, and when we asked, people were taciturn and noncommittal. That's why we can't understand why it's so good. Something must have changed. We've eaten dinner there about ten times, and every experience was really good. The menu is small enough so that the chef (new?) can give the dishes what seems to be his full interest. Two of the desserts, the (real) pound cake and the (fattening and fabulous) doughnuts, are exceptional. We've had the same waiter each time; he is energetic and thoughtful -- even remembers our idiosyncrasies."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I have always enjoyed Chapman's because of the ambience, the quiet, the good food, and the great drinks. This visit, however, left a lot to be desired. While the place was quiet - almost too quiet - and the service was good, the food was, at best, just mediocre and not what we should have gotten for the price we paid. My dark meat chicken entree was dry which is almost an impossible feat with dark meat, and my husband's mashed potatoes were so full of garlic that they were inedible. Our dinner companions fared a little better with the shrimp pasta special and a Reuben sandwich. Chapman's used to be a place for those of us who enjoy dining in a quiet atmosphere and don't mind paying for good food. Not any longer."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was very good but was not very warm. My suggestion would be: the warmers needed to be turned up slightly. We all enjoyed the choices and having the chef present to interact with our family."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I love staying at the Bloomington Century Suites, and Chapman's is an elegant family restaurant on the premises. It's got superb food, and a country-club sort of atmosphere. Splendid service, and now even room service."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had fried green tomatoes as appetizer. It was cut too thick to get the proper texture after frying. Not greasy but not quite there. We both had the cioppino for our entree (fish stew). The crab was served atop the bowl and it had never been in the broth. The fish was a little over as were the shrimp. The broth was flavorful and spicy. A B cioppino-. No napkins or bowl for shells offered for this messy dish. For dessert I had the chocolate mousse. The menu said it had by a raspberry couliis. Instead it had a strawberry on top. I'd gotten this dessert prior and when asked about it they said they were out of raspberry but now it seems they're just going for cheaper. The banana's foster was missing its menu listed whipped cream."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The outdoor tables are small, but totally in the shade once the sun goes behind the restaurant. We enjoyed Wednesday Walleye, and ribs with chipotle sauce. Always love the attentive care that our waiter, Aaron provides."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Chapman's is a favorite for Sunday brunch. It's quiet and there is usually no waiting. Food quality for the main entrees can be variable, but there is always a fresh salad bar, an omelet station (always excellent) and some outstanding desserts. The servers are friendly and helpful. It's a family-oriented restaurant that is worth a visit."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Nice generally quiet place, superb bar, and a really nice place to stay for a romantic get-away."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The menu is full of interesting and delicious choices for lunch. My colleagues enjoy meeting here for a fun or a working lunch. The environment reminds me of a colonial inn and there are some nook and crannies for more private parties. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The fresh omelette station was outstanding. Unfortunately, the buffet was less than stellar and I hesitate to go back. Scrambled eggs were rubbery and tasteless - so I got a fresh omelette - thank goodness! Coffee had things floating in it....but I tried to overlook. I used to go to Chapman's a lot and am willing to try it again because it's a lovely atmosphere and could be so special, but this time I was a little disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We've eaten at Chapman's many times over the years both Sunday brunch and dinner. I didn't check the "lunch" box above as I don't know if they serve lunch. The food was excellent on our most recent visit. We were there early, so it was indeed quiet and the service was excellent. We will certainly return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My husband enjoyed his all-you-care-to-eat fried Pike dinner, and showed great restraint by not having seconds! We enjoyed the mashed sweet potatoes, zucchini and, as always, the baked bread and roasted garlic cloves. Service by Aaron and Ian was attentive and professional. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We felt rushed to eat as the staff broke down tables, vacuumed around us. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been in the area numerous times. The food has always smelled delicious. It lived up to the smell. The prime rib was some of the best I've ever eaten. The brunch buffet offered great selection The atmosphere is nice for a date. I will definately be returning try other selections."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We've been to Chapman's several times for dinner and brunch and were always satisfied. But when we went for Mother's Day Brunch we were very disappointed. They simply weren't prepared for the large crowds and the service was absolutely terrible. Our reservation was for 9, but they only had 8 chairs. We had to pull one over from another table ourselves because they took so long bringing the extra. We had to ask several times to get water and drinks filled. They forgot our son's omelette, and we had to ask for it a second time. They took forever to bring the check and when we asked one of the other servers to tell our server to bring it, they didn't do it and we waited 15 minutes to get it. Waiter was nice and was trying, but overwhelmed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Not the best first-time visit to Chapman's, but I would probably give it another try. The food was great and I did not doubt the quality of the preparation, but the service was truly lacking. Our server was scattered and unattentive. We were seated near the bar and were interrupted by vigorous ice chipping and a lot of staff commotion. A lot of the staff members seemed unorganized. I understand this was a busy occasion (graduation day for IU) so would definitely be open to visiting the restaurant again on a regular day. I will certainly have to convince my spouse to go again as they were not happy with the experience at all, but the food was enough to pique my interest!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Tried to dine here for my son's graduation. Advertised as restaurant and bar, but really a banquet hall. Poor service and quality. From the moment we sat down, there were problems. Mixed up drinks, forgotten orders. Drinks were the size of a Dixie bathroom cup. More than half the party did not get their salad before food arrived. Salad that was served, was hot. 5 dinners served were raw, one dropped on floor , two never received. No sign of the waiter or manager. No apology, no excuses, just avoidance. It was a large stark room set with banquet tables. Did not see the fireplace, bar, french doors that appear on the website. AN ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE!! CAN'T EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW HORRIBLE IT WAS. IT RUINED OUR CELEBRATIION. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Very overpriced for what you receive in the way of quality and quantity of food. I was very disappointed. This was a celebration meal for our daughter's graduation from Indiana University. The menu was a "special" graduation menu. Not quite sure what was so special about it. Very limited options and overpriced. The steak was fatty, the chicken was dry, and the serving sizes were for people on starvation diets. Maybe 5 very small spears of asparagus at most. Don't get the $7.00 cup of chocolate mousse. Tasted good, but are you kidding me - 5 bites for $7.00. The soup was good, but are you kidding me that you really can't serve more than that in a cup for the price you charge. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Nine of us had dinner at Chapman's the night before IU graduation. Five of us were late due to a plane delay. The accommodated us so nicely. Let us come at 9:45 pm even though they stop serving at 10. We had a delicious meal in a private room, and we lingered happily among cheerful staff. Very pleasant experience"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our server was awful: barely came to the table, and always much later than we wanted him there. He wasn't personable and barely even smiled. The other people who came around to clear dishes and fill water were quite pleasant though. We had the salmon spread as an appetizer; it was very good. My mom said her salmon entree was excellent, and my dad liked his eggplant. I had the pork chop. It was good, but not nearly worth $25. My grandpa had the Amish chicken and said it tasted "like a 10-year-old rooster" (i.e. bad). The atmosphere was very nice. It could be a really great restaurant, but for the money, I expected some really amazing dishes. If you're spending that much on a nice meal, go to Restaurant Tallent instead."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I have been using open table to locate restaurants throughout the United States. The reviews of Chapman's were pretty good. However, our dinner really was very disappointing. The menu was almost to eclectic. We ordered a duck dish on the menu and the duck just did not taste right. The rest of the food was very average."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I got the strip and she got the pork. Both were cooked wonderfully. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. Romantic atmosphere with live piano being a nice touch. Great for a 50-60 dollar date! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "After a long time away, my wife and I tried Chapman's again with another couple, as the chef changed there several months back. Our meal was outstanding. From the presentation, taste, temperature, and portion, we found the meal to be first class and well worth a try. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend out for her Birthday. She expected a nice fine dining experience and Chapman's delivered. The wait staff was friendly and well informed. The food was executed perfectly. We tried the famous tomato soup. It was delicious. I had the pork tenderloin and she had the Amish chicken. Both dishes were flavorful and the presentation was also very nice. I would recommend Chapman's to anyone looking for delicious food and fine wine. I can't wait to return and try something new."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Food was good but service perfunctory. We enjoyed the fireplace and view, but attention to minor details would make a big improvement: website menu is not up-to-date; coffee and soup should be served hot; waiters should ask whether diners have finished before removing salad plates; waiters should ask if diners would like dessert before presenting the bill. Furthermore, since I specified that this was a birthday celebration, it would have been a simple matter to have birthday cake/cupcake on the menu. A large group near us, also celebrating a birthday, appeared to be well-served. William Shakespeare and I would have liked to feel more welcome on our birthday. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Excellent food, service, atmosphere. Even small outdoor tables in nice weather. Fireplace in winter. Manages to be relaxed yet lovely. Prices very reasonable. Perfect for any special occasion. Brunches, banquets best in Bloomington. Fine dining without being snobby or stuffy. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I think overall I had a good experience, but not quite great. If you make sure to tell customers that the coffee is not included in the bruch fee, make sure the coffee is very hot, the food is warmer than it was, and let us know when you will stop serving pancakes, then I will give your restaurant a rating of great or outstanding. The waitress was very nice though."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We eat at Chapman's regularly for lunch and dinner but this was our first Sunday brunch experience, which attracted very large crowds on Easter. It was a bit chaotic but our (excellent) waitress created order soon and our table of nine was treated well. The choices are extraordinary, with pancake and omelet stations, many other egg, pasta, meat, fruit and vegetable selections, plus a wide range of drinks, including bloody marys and mimosas. All was quite good. My only complaint was that the price was increased from the regular brunch fee of $13 to $24 per person, plus drinks, presumably because it was Easter. I thought that price was too high and was disappointed. Otherwise, a fine brunch."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great buffet brunch on Easter - a little pricey but excellent variety and quality of food. Beautiful restaurant , nice quiet romantic ambiance with some live jazz piano on some evenings."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We reserved a table after hearing their radio ad advertising $14.95 Saturday and Sunday brunch every weekend. They failed to mention at any time that Easter brunch was $23.95/pp and not $14.95/pp. I just feel that that should have been on their ad."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food selection was generous and good. The staff seemed efficient and friendly. My party of six was well-served and had a good time. Accessibility for people with disabilities is good. The one difficulty we encountered was that the omelet station seemed overwhelmed by orders and unprepared for the number of orders received. Two stations for a brunch of this size would be reasonable. Overall a good dining experience."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Chapmans seemed to have fallen off the map for a bit, but it's in a great location with really good atmosphere, and the new chef and menu are wonderful. We hope that more folks hear about it and venture out and that the people at Chapman's continue to update the menu and reputation. It is a very nice meal in a very nice venue."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We had four adults and one five-year old. Wonderful food for all of us, and a secluded dining room. Could not have been better, and the service could not have been more attentive."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had a great dinner and conversation. Loved the fireplace on the colds night. Quiet atmosphere GREAT FOOD. I had beef soup and Walleye. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I have been dining at Chapman's for many years and it remains one of my local favorites. Among its virtues are its quiet ambiance, especially for lunch, but also dinners except for weekends; its fine musical performances on Friday and Saturday evenings; its generally excellent cuisine; its modern, elegant bar; and its large banquet areas for special occasions. Their menus have been updated frequently, so the choices have not become stale, but many old familiar items remain. Service is not consistent and is sometimes understaffed, but when it's good, it's very good. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Chapman's in Bloomington, IN. We expected Chapman's to be a sophisticated dining experience. It was so much more. The ambiance was lovely. Our server, William, was very welcoming, gracious and attentive. The food was delightful and presented in an attractive manner. The menu offered a generous variety of options and prices. The evening we were there, musicians with a grand piano and bass played light jazz and even offered to play our requests. It was an all-around wonderful experience. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We visited Bloomington and wanted to see some friends, so we invited them to join us for Sunday brunch at Chapman's. What a perfect choice! The servers were attentive and efficient; Sunday brunch buffet was outstanding. An omelet station and a "pancake to order" station allowed for creative combinations of ingredients. A lovely salad bar had fresh options for topping a crisp spring mix. Tomato rice soup was piping hot. A variety of breakfast and lunch options, from "quiche squares" to lasagna, from biscuits and sausage gravy to veggies, were offered. Dessert options included divine flourless chocolate cake (more like fudge!) and cheesecake. I also enjoyed the unlimited mimosas, which were green in honor of St. Patrick's Day (next day)."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We are frequent visitors to Chapman's and have been for years. The service is always excellent as is the food, drinks, and the music. Whether it is themed special nights such as Valentine's Day or Wine/Food Pairings or the regular menu we always find our dining experience extremely satisfying. We can bring our two teenage children earlier in the evening and they can order a gourmet burger or enjoy a romantic evening later by ourselves. We also enjoy the piano music and the jazz ensembles. We would certainly recommend Chapman's to anyone!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We arrived at 5:30 on a Saturday evening (yes, that's early for some), and were immediately seated. It was nice and quiet for our romantic dinner. Food was fine, service (Aaron) was GREAT, prices were on the mark. A wonderful experience, which we will do again!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014