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DESTIHL-Normal
DESTIHL-Normal

DESTIHL-Normal Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.DESTIHL.com
  • Email: Info@destihl.com
  • Phone: (309) 862-2337
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday-Saturday 4pm to 11pm, Sunday 4pm to 9pm
    *Weekend brunch also offered on Saturday-Sunday until 2pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, American, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Rojas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether it's casual, formal, lunch, dinner, cocktails, appetizer, impromptu or planned in advance, DESTHIL is the place to have your next gathering. If you are looking for a business meeting or dinner party preceded by a brewery tour and beer tasting, we are more than happy to accommodate. Our Tasting Room is perfect for your next small gathering of 6-10 guests. Our Side Room accommodates up to 52 people or can be divided into two smaller semi-private rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Katheryn Tilley (309) 862-2337

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Von Maur Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from DESTIHL-Normal
DESTIHL is a culinary destination in Bloomington-Normal. A gastrobrewpub which creatively combines and reinvents craft beer and full-flavored dishes from America's melting pot using many local ingredients and both modern and traditional techniques. Our mission is to fill our gastrobrewpub with fun, energy and passion for great artisan food and beers while providing a 'down to earth', high level of service.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and everything went very well. The server warned us that the bar was backed up because it was a busy Friday night. But the service was well paced and no one waited for anything for too long. The beer selection was excellent and we enjoyed several 4oz tastes. The Thai Fried Chicken was crispy and had a kick of spice. The s'mores were a yummy finish. They topped them with a candle- great finish to a great night. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I've never had a bad meal at Destihl. This time around was a quick catch-up lunch with a friend. The place was packed, but luckily I had made a reservation through Open Table. We both had soup and salad combos, and we both had the yummy special soup which was clam chowder with jalapeno bacon. Our waiter was enthusiastic, but a little slow to take our order because of the big crowd that day. All in all, another good experience at Destihl."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Meeting friends from out-of-town, looking for a location easy to get to and offering a great menu. This fit the bill, and even tho it was a Friday night, we didn't feel rushed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Aspargus appetizer was amazing. Beer selection is vast. Food is good but a little overpriced."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our visit to your restaurant was bittersweet. The place looked and felt fantastic. We were celebrating being together for 6 months. And we felt welcome. The Peach Wheat Ale we ordered was exceptional. The cheese curds we ordered were out of this world. The Braised Pork Shank I ordered was delicious. But my girlfriend's food was what was the other side of it. She ordered the Pesto Chicken Pasta and she thought the flavor was great, but she said it was so spicy and hot that she couldn't eat it. If there had been some kind of warning about the spicyness of the dish, she would've ordered something else. Maybe you can include some kind of warning for spicy dishes in the future? Other than that, we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food an service was very good. The only problem I had was the noise level. It was hard to have a conversation with the music that was playing that night."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Definitely different menu items - loved the Reuben eggroll appetizer, lamb meatballs on pasta had a really terrific tomato based sauce. Jambalaya was amazing. Menu has lots of variety without being an insane amount of choices and most items have a little twist that keeps them new and different. You can find something as interesting as the Reuben appetizer and as comforting as meatloaf raised to a higher plain! Love that they try to source locally as much as possible. Not a beer lover, but dining companions enjoyed the craft beer. Had a great glass of Australian wine, not a long wine list, but quality seems to be there. Had reservations on a Saturday night, parking lot was full, people waiting, waited only 20 seconds to be seated!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was really good and creative. Everyone enjoyed their meal. I had the lamb meatball pasta and the beet salad which were both excellent. Others had the ribeye and the vege burger preceded by salads. They have their own brewery so definitely recommended for beer lovers. Our waitress was very good considering the restaurant was crowded. If you plan to go, definitely make a reservation."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I always enjoy going to Destihl. I can get tasty and interesting food at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It was a nice place. I'd go back and I'd recommend it. Here are my specific comments: 1. Even though I made a reservation I was treated as any other walk in i.e. I was given a pager and had to wait a few minutes. That's okay, but don't offer reservations if you're not going to reserve tables. 2. In my reservation i asked specifically that i was interested in vegan/vegetarian offerings yet no mention was made by either the hostess nor the wait staff. Don't ask for comments/special requests if you're not going to act on them. 3. One of the beers had turned sour. They replaced the beer with another free of charge. Overall a positive experience."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Delicious food a little noisey but tables in back quieter love the roast chicken and pecan pie w ice cream"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Generally speaking, when in Bloomington-Normal I count Destihl as a solid option for an evening meal. The beers are always interesting and I can try a variety. The food can be hit or miss however. Recently, I ordered the bacon wrapped dates which I think are incredibly tasty. I debated the meal choice with the server and went on her recommendation for the special that night, a beef stew. A short time later, when the food server (not my server) arrived at my table to deliver my stew and ask, "Can I get you anything else?" I simply stammered, "Yes, the appetizer?" Once we were past that, the stew was, well, meh. The beef was rubbery and not terribly flavorful. I'll go back to Destihl, but it'll be a while."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I first started visiting years ago when I would travel to Bloomington for work. Food has always been excellent. My latest visit was disappointing as my chicken dish was definitely overcooked. The chicken was literally charred and the asparagus was undercooked to the point I almost couldn't get it down. Wine selection was great and the server was definitely knowledgable about the wine and I appreciated the story behind the name."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great find if you like craft beers. They have a very nice selection, we sampled a few. Food was very good, nice variety on the menu. Overall a very good dining experience and some place we would definitely visit again!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have been to Destihl a few times and it never fails to disappoint. My kids had fish and chips which were really good and my husband had Vanilla Caramel French toast was fantastic!! I had ordered a fish special which wasn't a good choice, the manager came to the table to apologize and offer me anything else on the menu, even offered to make a salad to go if we were short on time I declines since I had sampled my families dishes, but that is how a restaurant should be run!! The took my item off our bill, will definitely be back again and again!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great beer selection, great service. Crowded booths need more space for beer flights."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "If you like tomato soup, they have some of the best tomato soup I have ever had. Service depends on the server you get in this restaurant. This visit we had the best server we have ever had, hope we get her again!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Desthil was my first meal when I moved to the Bloomington/Normal area in the summer and 8 months later is still the best place I've eaten at. Wide range of options plus they support local farmers!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Food was delicious and service was great, as usual, but they forgot the bleu cheese on my Chicken, Bacon & Bleu Cheese pizza. If the ingredient is in the name of the dish, it should be there."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Grabbed a veggie burger for the lenten season, which was normally good - had a super stiff bun that could have totally thrown off my meal, but my server was able to fix it promptly. Otherwise, superb meal!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Large interesting menu. Server was friendly and attentive, never seemed flustered or harried and they were very busy. Only complaint was close quarters and noisy since we were right next to a large table of drinkers. It made it difficult to converse with friends we were dining with."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Friends who are rarely all together enjoyed a nice lunch ordering the lunch combos. All enjoyed the soup, but no comments were heard about the sandwiches. My salad was a bit limp. Dessert was simple, but elegantly presented. Service was quick and unobtrusive. We talked long after the meal. Waitstaff helped us take group pictures and continued to fill coffee cups and glasses and were very pleasant. Aside from a rather noisy atmosphere at the beginning of our time (noon), I think all participants would be eager to return."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Destihl is a great spot to get a tasty meal. The wait staff is very personable and professional. Pad went there for Sunday brunch. The food was great, as was the service. The jalapeño bacon was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Good variety of food choices. Burger was cooked to perfection, on the first try."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very friendly, professional service. Great atmosphere - night life. Some what noisy. Appetizers were outstanding. Local beer was OK. Will definitely good back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "As always, we enjoyed the trifecta of their traditional menu items, their delicious seasonal specials and as always, great beer."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife and I were very pleased w/ our experience. The service was great, the descriptions on the beer list and the break-down of pricing for sampling were very helpful and the food was fantastic (mine was over-cooked {Thai fried chicken} but still very good) and the pricing was very reasonable. We're going to try the brunch soon w/ our daughter."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "From service to food, Destihl was superb. Highly recommend! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The service was outstanding as our waiter Ray gave us very good information about options and helped us chooses. Everything from appetizer to the main courses to dessert were very good."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My date and I frequent Destihl for special occasions and just random dinners. We’ve always enjoyed the Gaucho Skirt Steak and both get it each visit. However, this particular occasion saw an unpleasant evening worth half what it cost... if that. First up is the service, or rather the lack thereof. My date and I were one of three tables in the area for our server "R**". The other two tables were around 6 people each. In short, our drinks went empty (beer and then water) and the only way to get a refill came from the manager. It was simply obvious that the server played numbers instead of customer service. Bend over for two tables of 6 and leave one table of 2. The tip mentality drives this. Next was the overcooked meal. Blacked medium rare"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Tomato soup is outstanding, beer is okay, food is very interesting. The chef is creative and sometimes has a good hit, and sometimes...it is interesting. Worth a try."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great dining experience. The drink menu is excellent even if you don't like the delicious crafted beer. Having dined at Destihl more than once, every item we have ordered is well prepared and excellently seasoned. Very creative menu with some great twist on traditional foods. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints! The food is all very interesting and has amazing flavors! I have a gluten allergy and they have a gluten free menu which makes it a lot easier for me when dining out. Our waiter, Caleb could not have been more friendly or accommodating. It was a great experience. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was our first time trying this place and we were not disappointed. A bit on the pricier side, but well worth it! We will be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was only our second visit to Destihl. We visited a few months after it opened, which was a few years ago, and to be honest we weren't especially impressed with the menu or the food. We probably wouldn't have returned had a friend not given us a gift certificate, but I'm very glad we did return because the food and service were both top drawer, and the menu offered something for every taste. The goat cheese and strawberry salad (with mandarin orange segments and cashews over a spinach base) was absolutely to die for. My husband is a beer drinker, but I prefer wine - and was delighted with the excellent Riesling, which not all restaurants offer. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I am a frequent Destihl guest and when a group of us (5) wanted to have dinner on Super Bowl Sunday, I booked a 5:00 pm table through OpenTable. Upon arriving at the restaurant there was a sign on the door that said they were closing at 5:00 pm and there were one or two tables of guests still in the restaurant. We were seated and our server was very kind but explained that we were the last guests of the evening. We ordered appetizers and our entrees. Unfortunately we had to order off of the lunch menu even though it was dinner due to the shortened hours. Also our server asked if we were planning on dessert because the pastry chef wanted to leave. This was before receiving our food. The bacon was burnt, and everything else was meh."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "It was all very good. The food was delicious, the service was great. We had a child under 2 in our party and the restaurant did a great job making sure we had what was needed. Thanks! I would definitely recommend and I will for sure be back."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We love this place! Always a great spot for date night! Just make sure and make reservations ahead of time!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We are not from the area and drove up to take my son out to lunch the day of his birthday. It was known both when making reservation and by server that it was his 21st. I was disappointed that it was not acknowledged at all by the restaurant. Not a free drink, a free dessert, not even a happy birthday except from the server when she asked for his ID. Although the food was great I wouldn't recommend coming here for any occasion you would want special attention,."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We always like the food at Destihl, it's creative and flavorful. Tonight we caught a late dinner (delicious as always), we were served by Jeremy. He was energetic, kind, attentive and made the experience that much more enjoyable. He sold us on dessert, so we split the Chocolate Mousse with Bacon, yum, very light with huge flavor. Already looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 1/31/2014