Big Grove Tavern is definitely a favorite of mine in the Champaign area! They are a "farm to table" restaurant, serving only local food within a 25-30 mile radius (with the exception of the seafood, which is flown in almost daily from The Keys). The food, service, and ambiance are all outstanding! I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone!
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to return...
Premiere diners on a Saturday evening pre-theater. The ambiance alone is worth the visit...beautifully carefree, artsy, gorgeous...the kind of carefree that takes great pains to create! Our server was Kelly, so helpful, very attentive (but not intrusive), and able to answer all of our questions thoughtfully and completely. The bar drinks were a beauty to behold as well as drink, our food was delicious to the point of wanting to pick up our plates and lick them. Our seats were rather close to another pair of diners, which caused a bit of concern at seating, however by the end of the meal we'd enjoyed some festive small talk and wished them a happy birthday as they left. Charming, lovely, can't wait to return.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
From the outstanding service to amazing food, it was yet another special evening with friends.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best lunch I've eaten in a
Best lunch I've eaten in a long time. Food was delicious, service was great, and price was reasonable.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was really tasty,
The food was really tasty, well-presented and notable for unusual ingredient pairing (i.e., vanilla ice cream with sea salt???). Service was attentive, not overwhelming. The setting is nice, conversation is easy. All in all, a very nice Easter brunch, worth the drive from Chicago.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service was outstanding. Free
Service was outstanding. Free mini pails of popcorn are very tasty! Fish was very good.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A terrific addition to C-U.
I keep coming back to Big Grove Tavern. Their wonderful menu make choosing favorites difficult. So much to love. The chicken dish is so moist and full of flavour, but then there is the killer burger & fries, or the Mac'n'cheese. The appetizers are wonderful and special. I had the farro for a main course, and everybody at the table picked at my left overs (more than ample portion size for normal people). Desserts are always perfect and btw, the coffee is the best flavoured brew that I have had in C-U. Really terrific. And we have visited on Tuesdays and adore the Fried Chicken & Waffles special. This is our new hang for sure.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Limited menu but everything
Limited menu but everything we had was excellent and prepared
very well, server was very attentive to all our needs and the
assistants kept waters refilled and offered any help needed.
They have a wine of the day white or red for $4 which was very tasty
and a great deal
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try brunch...you'll love it
We went to try out the brunch menu. I love this place and brunch certainly didn't change that! The menu choices were great and there is a whole specialty drink menu that pairs really well with the food. Always a great experience at Big Grove Tavern.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I always enjoy eating here.
I always enjoy eating here. The food is amazing and the staff is always helpful and prompt.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
My Go-To Restaurant in Champaign
I'm very impressed at the amount of truly local food that Big Grove uses. They are helping to make Central Illinois a better place to live and to farm. The food was delicious, although I was very thirsty an hour later. Perhaps lighten up on the salt! (I find this to be the case almost everywhere that I eat, though.)
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Big Grove Tavern. The
I love Big Grove Tavern. The food quality is hands down the best in a 100 mile radius. Service is very friendly and timely. The ambiance is spot on. Our #1 dining spot.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
They know their wine and liquor.
They know their wine and liquor. Short but carefully chosen menu with carefully prepared food. Excellent dinner.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Date Night!
My husband and I had a wonderful night out here! The food was well cooked, well seasoned, and the ingredients were fresh and delicious. I also loved the lemongrass Peat martini and my husband enjoyed the wide selection of regional and locally brewed beer. Our server was attentive but didn't hover. The ambiance is trending and lends to dressy or dressy casual attire. Overall I had a wonderful experience at The Big Grove Tavern and I'm looking forward to our next visit!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
music a little too much for
music a little too much for the price. seats somewhat uncomfortable in. server seemed mildly annoyed that we were talking so long (first date), but the service was good. food was tasty, but fish a bit overcooked.....
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the first greeting to
From the first greeting to the lingering sweet memory of dessert, the Big Grove Tavern is a gem in downtown Champaign! The marvelous creations from Executive Chef Jessica Gorin's kitchen delight the senses. A great presentation followed by a pleasurable plate experience is the hallmark of this establishment. Add to this a knowledgable and affable staff to make you a dining experience to not miss.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Skip Mac&Cheese-other dishes delish
I love Big Grove and the burger and fries are both outstanding. Skip the Mac and Cheese. It's try and not particularly cheesy. I suggest to the chefs to add more cream and cheese to it. It would be wonderful if they would. As is, it's tasty, but quite dry, especially when they add the bread crumbs.
They have great house wine at a great price. Love the filet, chicken, wedge salad and the deviled eggs are wonderful. The Mac and Cheese was a major disappointment.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
a delightful dinner
I was there on a quiet evening, so I don't have a sense of how crowded or noisy the restaurant can be when it's full, but it was a totally pleasant experience. The service was warm and timely, and my meal was delicious- I had the walleye, and it was a reasonable portion size that didn't make me feel guilty for sending back uneaten food. I cleaned my plate!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The breakfast menu has unique offerings. My children enjoyed the house made blueberry scones and the yogurt and granola parfait with berries. My husband and I had two different egg dishes. Both were very good. There is a nice offering of choices and if you don't want breakfast you can also chose from several delicious lunch items. The food is phenomenal.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Trying new twists on staples
It is fun to try out the new tastes at Big Grove. The chefs come up with interesting and tasty twists on items that one might think of as traditional. The rhubarb crisp was outstanding--better than I make at home.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great & Fun To See What Is Next!
Group of four, lots of plate sharing, great wine recommendation. Quality and professional service. Sitting outside reminds me of Chicago restaurants without the parking hassle. Management is visible and checks in. Staff are well versed on the menu. Gets better every month!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The servers are always nice and on top of things without being obtrusive. Food was tasty as always. This is one of the best restaurants in the area.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & staff
Great choice of beers and an interesting and exciting cocktails. Bartenders were great! Not sure why, but I ordered the chicken and it was awesome. The herb dumplings were incredible.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have our reservation name to the hosts and they were very welcoming and immediately led us outdoors to our reserved table. The waiter(s) were full of knowledge and very helpful in our drink selection. With locally grown veggies and farm fresh meats we will make this our new favorite place to eat!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food But Overpriced
We tried Big Grove Tavern for the first time this weekend. We both had fish (two different types). The food was excellent, but it was quite overpriced for what you get. The meal should at least come with bread. We did order bread but then had to ask for butter. I liked the smaller portions that you can order a la carte if the prices weren't so high.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of vegetarian options
I appreciate having lots of vegetarian options. Also, I like the variety of snacks to go with a drink. It is great that they use local and seasonal products.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed experience and the food was very good. Our waitress fully understood the menu and she was phenomenal.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
had a great dinner on a Saturday evening. Food was fabulous.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely, Charming, and Warm
Lovely food and even nicer service. Christine was excellent, as always. The hippest place in town.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Portions and pricing very suitable for foodies that want to eat healthy and rate quality over quantity. One of the best bargains in C-U.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful surprise
We had thought this was a place for bar food and good drinks and were wonderfully surprised at the quality of the food at dinner. I am a real fan of short ribs and must say this was probably the best short rib dinner I have ever had. Other people at the table really enjoyed their roast chicken and filet. The ingredients are locally sourced, which is a real plus. Would definitely go back there.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
highlight of our visit to Champaign
Big Grove is a cosy, warm restaurant. We loved the atmosphere on a chilly fall night. The waitress brought wonderful popcorn from the kitchen with our menus. The burgers made from bison, beef and pork were outstanding. We can't wait to try this one restaurant again. We loved the farm to table menu choices.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We split a wedge salad which
We split a wedge salad which was very good. I would like a larger plate then the bread plate when sharing. All the food had excellent flavors and was cooked to perfection. Everything is pricey.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good addition to downtown Champaign
Overall, a very good place. Menu provided some very interesting choices, especially on the vegetarian side with some unusual combinations. My son raved about the burger. Everything came out very hot, well seasoned and well prepared. Loved the seasoned popcorn on the table instead of bread. My only complaint is the noise level-due to the high ceilings/poor acoustics and the very crowded restaurant, we literally could not hear our server and could barely hear each other.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked our table without knowing too much about Big Grove other than that it sounded good and had an opening that worked for us. It was Homecoming weekend at the U of I.
We were presently surprised by the restaurant, the food and the service. While the ambience isn't really special, it is certainly attractive and comfortable. Our server was attentive without being bothersome and the food was excellent. the menu has an unusual selection of entrees, many of which sounded wonderful. We both ended up having the pork tenderloin which was served with cauliflower, broccoli and a walnut flavored sauce. The taste was wonderful. The selections of appetizers and desserts were certainly tempting.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before the Illini game
Four of us dined at Big Grove Tavern prior to the Illini BB Friday nite. Nice dinning experience overall. Slightly disappointed in the hamburger.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect end to an evening
After watching the Parade of Lights my family & I finished off the evening with some great comfort food! The homemade Mac n Cheese is perfect for a cold night...crispy bread crumbs and fried leeks really make this dish pop! My husband & boys LOVE the Tavern Burger (ground Pork, Beef & Bison). Then the main event...dessert! Chef Jessica has never sees to fail on her sweet creations! Pecan Tart topped with homemade Bacon Ice Cream and drizzeled with Whiskey Carmel sauce...oh and don't forget the slice of bacon accent!!! Our taste buds were having a party!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the Monday date night Prix fixe menu, and it was superb. We have been there a few times for lunch, and each time we like it more. The service is outstanding. The kitchen prepares delicious food. There are tons of vegetarian friendly options. Yummy!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classy and Comfortable in Champaign
Great service, food and drink menu in a quiet atmosphere. The ambiance is outstanding and the restaurant is comfortable. A great place to meet, eat and talk.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM