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221 South Fifth St
Springfield, IL 62701
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Sebastian's Hideout Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Visa
French, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary French
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Sebastian's is equipped to cater your event no matter what the size. From a business lunch for 10 or a 300 person reception.
A word from Sebastian's Hideout
Sebastian’s Hideout is one of Springfield’s premier fine dining destinations. Located in the heart of historic downtown within blocks of the Hilton & President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Sebastian’s offers an oasis from the stuffy big city fine dining
with a friendly professional staff and central Illinois pricing. An award winning wine list is offered to compliment the “French fusion” cuisine styles of Chef John Kidd. We invite you to call us directly for reservations or to book your next event in our private room.
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I had reserved a table for 2 from
the online reservation option. I do not recall having an option when making the reservation to request a booth or table. Upon arriving with my date for my reservation (and I was early) I observed the restaurant was not at all busy and in fact there were at least 3 or 4 booths available. I requested a booth looking for a more romantic setting withh my date, and and was told the restaurant was "very busy" and the booths were reserved. Really? Anyway, I was seated at a nice table and throughout dinner I observed the same booths were never occupied. In fact, the restaurant did not seem busy at all. I felt as if perhaps I didn't know the "right person" to get a booth."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Not sure about the food here.
Reserved a table for valentines day. Arrived to find the restaurant extremely cramped due to the placement of extra tables to accommodate valentine diners. We were placed at the rear of the restaurant and had to squeeze past other couples already dinning to reach our table. When seated, we were so close to the table next to ours that it practically became one big picnic table experience. This may be fine for a work lunch but not for a romantic dinner date. There prices were high but that may be relative to the quality of the meal which we did not stick around to try. So maybe try this place on a normal night but avoid if a special holiday and you would like a quiet romantic dinner option."
Dined on 2/14/2014
To use the restroom guest were
required to walk through a meeting with a projection screen in the direct path of the restrooms. There was no way to avoid this. Also water stain on ceiling, ripped and stained seat cushions. This does not say - fine dining. Also a hand written note on the door asked deliveries to be sent to another door."
Dined on 2/13/2014
Great and cozy place for dinner
with friends. Their famous tomato ginger bisque did not disappoint. The sea bass special was perfection - great flavor and perfect accompaniments. One of our group had the beef duo and thought it could use a tastier sauce. Service was professional but friendly - never interruptive. Wine list was comprehensive and the server was very helpful in our selection."
Dined on 1/18/2014
Visting A. Lincoln sights for the
first time and ate dinner here with my wife. Excellent food, very nice choices in their wine list, excellent service, a very pleasant surprise. Between the two of us, had crab cakes and lamb, all done perfectly with great taste. Salad was even quite good. Had three personal great choices of red wine to choose from, and all bottles were half price, which allowed us to take two bottles home. Atmosphere was alive yet quiet, allowing us to talk easily."
Dined on 12/26/2013
Went to Sebastian's for the first
time for our Company holiday dinner. The menu offers a great variety. The food and presentation was wonderful. Overall, a great experience."
Dined on 12/23/2013
We enjoyed the dinner as it was my
husband's birthday. We eat out frequently so dinners were eclectic and one of our favorites for Springfield, Il. I was disappointed in that I mentioned it as a special occasion for my husband's birthday and no dessert or special offer for this special occasion. I would have expected them to know ahead of time to ask me since I wrote it in the reservation as well. This is a great place if you are a foodie. The sea bass and filet mignon was melt in your mouth. The other steak (sirloin etc ) not much although still had the right flavor. Worth going in comparison of all the restaurants in Springfield, Il. for a special occasion."
Dined on 12/16/2013
After reading other reviews of
this restaurant on OpenTable, we decided to give it a try. I had a sliced tuna steak encrusted with toasted sesame seeds and covered with a warm mustard slaw. My wife had a combination beef steak filet and crab cake entree. Both were excellent, and since we didn't have a salad or dessert, we are anxious to return and sample these. Our server was friendly and attentive. The restaurant was not busy on a cold Friday evening, but there was a private party in the bar downstairs, which increased the noise level from very quiet to the point where it became a little difficult to carry on a conversation."
Dined on 12/6/2013
Ate in the basement, there was a
musty/mildewy smell that was covered up by scented candles. Food was ok, but way overpriced for what we received. Bread tasted "chemically" and was more doughy than bread. My rack if lamb was well cooked and at temp (med rare) just very fatty...and the white bean cassoulet that it came with tasted like it came from a jar...mushy beans and bland. Also for a restaurant that claims it uses seasonal ingredients...umm asparagus in December, yeah that's not very seasonal. My date's salmon was dry, overcooked and lathered with a buerre blanc sauce that was cloyingly heavy."
Dined on 12/5/2013
There isn't a huge amount going on
in downtown Springfield on a Friday night, (though its getting better) but if a quiet good meal with your spouse is what you are looking for, try Sebastian's Hideout. The décor isn't special, but then you don't eat the décor. Get the for two appetizer plate, order a glass of wine (or beer, if you don't mind bottles) and relax. Service is good, food is good (though not cheap...expect to pay close to a hundred bucks for two. Check out the crab cakes!"
Dined on 10/12/2013
Everything was really great. Great
food and a private type of scene. Service could have been a little better but overall it was a great experience."
Dined on 10/6/2013
The food was very delicious and
the presentation was exceptional. Our server was very kind, professional, and courteous. Overall, an outstanding dining experience in downtown Springfield."
Dined on 9/25/2013
Wow! We had not been to this
restaurant in several years and decided it was time to go back. We invited another couple (clients) and expected a halfway good meal. Every part of this experience exceeded our expectations. The service was excellent from the moment we stepped in the door, the wine list had a great selection of reds and whites, and the food was exceptional. Four of us ordered four different entrees, and each of us was raving about our selection. We'll definitely be back!"
Dined on 9/15/2013
We have eaten here for lunch on
numerous occasions but this was our first time for dinner. The food was outstanding! Our server was delightful and great at recommendations. It was really a great dinner celebration for family and friends!"
Dined on 9/6/2013
I love a good restaurant and am a
little hard to please. The food here is all wonderful - this was the best lobster I have ever eaten - not tough at all and everything that everyone had - from appetizers to dessert - was absolutely perfect. I don't usually do reviews - okay, this is my first - I just to tell the Sebastian's people how wonderful everything was and that I appreciate that the prices were very reasonable. Great service also!"
Dined on 8/25/2013
Great food. Some usual fare but
done with a twist and done very well."
Dined on 8/24/2013
Outstanding from the moment we
walked through the door. Staff was professional, attentive and helpful. The meal was incredible!!!"
Dined on 8/22/2013
I am not from Springfield and am
snooty when it comes to restaurants. Thus, I was disappointed when I couldn't get into my first choice for a party of eight that included Chicago friends, some of whom are equally snooty. The outside of the restaurant is garish. It's a bit dark inside. And, it appeared to me that there was not enough staff. Boy, was I wrong! Sebastian's staff rolled with the fact that our Chicago contingent was caught in traffic and arrived 30 minutes late. Service was friendly and prompt. All of the dishes were really good. I had elk that was medium rare, not at all chewy or "gamy". Those who had a fish trio said it was excellent. I'll go back and bring the snootiest of my friends!"
Dined on 8/13/2013
Food had a unique flair and was
tasty. Service was very informative and friendly, yet they could have used one more staff member that night. It was a Saturday night. It was moderately quiet which I liked. I will return."
Dined on 8/11/2013
This is a treasure for
Springfield. Chris, our server was wonderful, food excellent and all within walking distance of downtown hotels. There were several unique areas of decorating. We loved the red curtains containing intimate booth seating. Downstairs was the "party area" with a lovely large bar and ample seating. Just when you are completely satisfied with the entire dining experience, you find. A martini bar which opens late and closes sometime in the morning hours. Who could ask for anything more. I will be dining there again when I return to the Capitol City."
Dined on 8/6/2013
We picked Sebastian's for our trip
to Springfield after researching many Springfield restaurants. The lighting was very low and the booths are set up old speakeasy style. To us, that was really cool. 1 booth, which we were lucky enough to be seated in, had a dimmer switch, which allowed us to dial the lighting down to candlelight dinner, perfect for our anniversary celebration. The lobster bisque and crabcakes were very good, the scallops and roast chicken breast were outstanding. The yummy blueberry sorbet had chunks of fresh blueberries in it. If there was a way to do 4.5 stars above, that's what I would have selected. The service was great. If we ever visit Springfield again, one of our stops will be to Sebastian's."
Dined on 7/28/2013
I had the steak and crab cake
combo and it was delicious. I would recommend this place if you are visiting Springfield."
Dined on 7/10/2013
Chose restaurant on-line because
it was within walking distance of Hotel and crossed my fingers that it would be a good destination for a romantic Wednesday night Birthday dinner. Was pleased upon arrival with the bustle in the downstairs bar and the charming curtained booth. Staff was excellent, food was special and the overall ambiance enhanced our celebration."
Dined on 5/23/2013
We had a great waitress who was
very friendly, made some great suggestions for dinner and was very timely with her service. I would highly recommend them for a nice romantic dinner."
Dined on 5/7/2013
We had a group of 6 and everyone
was happy with their meal. Kind of dark--I like soft lighting but it would have been too dark for elderly people."
Dined on 5/4/2013
the food was good. The restaurant
was too dark. Could barely see. The service was horrible. Took us 2 1/2 hrs to get served our complete meal. I am in Springfield often and usually eat at Sebastian's at least once each stay, but after this exerience, I a recosidering"
Dined on 5/6/2013
Excellent ambience and service.
The scallops were melt in your mouth delightful. It is my favorite Springfield up-scale dining establishment."
Dined on 4/19/2013
We were in Springfield and
researched where to go. This came up as best choice. Our waiter was great, patient and pleasant. The tuna appetizer and beet salad get 4 stars. Dinner was less successful. Best was the tuna--flavorful with sesame crust. The presentation was lovely. I would have preferred the tuna rare, but waiter said they serve med. rare so I went with it. The scallops and ribeye specials seemed overpriced. The short ribs seemed dry rather than juicy. So our evening was nice but not spectacular. It seemed expensive for Springfield--I eat similar meals for less in St Louis."
Dined on 4/5/2013
Always one of our favorite dining
venues. The food is always good, nice choices for wines and good service."
Dined on 3/30/2013
My wife and I went on Good Friday
at 7:00 and the restaurant was nearly empty, so it's hard to say how the ambiance and service would be when more crowded. We shared the butternut squash soup (which was outstanding) and my wife had the salmon while I had the duck duo. Both of our main courses were very good, and the portions were large enough that we both skipped dessert. Both meals were accompanied by nicely prepared vegetables. The duck duo had both sliced duck breast with a simple sauce and a duck leg confit. I thought the sauce on the confit was just a bit heavy with the spices, but still very good and I finished every bit."
Dined on 3/29/2013
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