About Augie's Front Burner

Located in downtown Springfield, Augie’s Front Burner offers a unique dining experience for the adventurous in palate and spirit. Offering a distinctive blend of experiences engaging all senses, diners will be seduced by the sight, smell and taste of Augie’s culinary creations. Augie’s innovative dishes are all designed to attract the eye and offer appetizing flavor combinations.

Augie’s Front Burner is a locally owned, owner operated dining establishment that has served the Springfield area since 1997. Owner August Mrozowski is committed to offering all of his guests an exceptional, casual yet elegant, dining experience. A proud supporter of local businesses and local farmers, Augie’s Front Burner also offers catering for parties and special events.

109 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62701
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
E Washington St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(217) 544-6979

Website:
http://www.augiesfrontburner.com/

Executive Chef:
Augie Mrozowski

Additional:
Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Augie's Front Burner Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Special Occasion (19)
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Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Cozy (11)
Business Meals (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Authentic (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Casual (6)
Romantic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was DELICIOUS!
(Which was a good thing, as out waiter didn't check back w/us til we were done ) Still would highly recomend for dinner.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place. I have never had a bad meal here. Never rushed, always relaxed fine dining. Menu is versatile and unique, always changing with the seasons to reflect local ingredients. If you have my tried it, I highly recommend the Signature Crispy Goat Cheese Salad. Yummo! Making me hungry!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food was great, and they were willing to adjust the preparation to our needs. Excellent service! We enjoyed our meal and 1/2 price wine night very much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Disappointed in the food and the menu. I had previously been to Augie’s for special occasions due to the unique menu and delicious food. The grouper was the best and no longer on the menu. The entree I ordered was very salty and the dessert didn’t appear to be cooked completely. Expensive meal not worth the price.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I had the steak special. The steak was cooked perfect. The steak had an excellent taste to it. The waiter checked on us to see if we needed anything however, he did not make a pest of himself. You must try the feta salad I think it was called. It was very unique with a breaded and then fried disk of feta. The dressing was very good. I usually have my dressing on the side, however I forgot to mention it. I felt it had a little bit too much dressing for me. It was very tasty and light. Very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delicious food (locally sourced in many cases), creatively presented. A dining experience aesthetically pleasing to both eye and palate.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always my first choice for fine dining in Springfield. Worked for Augie for several years so know pretty much all there is to know about the operation and everything is always right. The best, freshest ingredients prepared and served with skill and care. I have no reason to believe this will ever change.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our dinner on New Year's Eve was great--so glad you were open on that Sunday. The place was hopping, but not noisy or hectic (at least for the customers). The staff members were all helping each other out, making for a very good experience for diners. The giant balloons were beautiful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Business Meals, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have been here on a number of occasions and the food and service is consistently outstanding ! It is our favorite place to go to in Springfield .

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed a great family meal here while visiting Springfield. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was fantastic as was my roast chicken. The service was prompt but not too invasive. Ages 13 - 75 were very pleased with their meals. The environment is warm and friendly. Cocktails were great. Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I always have a great time at Augie's! The food and ambiance are superb!

Tags: Disabled Access, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Had the daily special ribeye, which was delicious. The staff were all hoping there would be some left in the kitchen for their dinners!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was excellent and our server was one of the best ever. Augie's is always a good place to eat and to talk.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Not knowing what to expect, walking in I felt that old school steakhouse vibe. Christmas decorations up and music playing which was nice but overall ambience was lacking. The service was good. Servers were knowledgeable and verbiage was upscale. Menu was small but very creative. I had the salmon and definitely would order that again. Thanks for the experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were there for my birthday dinner. Food was delicious and cooked to perfection! We all had a great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very impressive. You will not be disappointed. The food was incredible, drinks were fantastic but the Service topped them all!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Wonderful experience and great food. My water glass stayed full and the food was full of flavor. Everyone had a pleasant attitude.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food and excellent service in a really cool setting!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Once again we brought friends to Augies and we all enjoyed the evening. The ladies appreciated the smaller portions available with the Thrifty Thursday options. And the guys can still order from the regular menu. The food is outstanding with many dishes very comparable to upscale dining in Chicago or St. Louis. And Gabe gave us great service, answering menu questions and keeping things running smoothly. We’ll be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our food was excellent and prepared as we like it. Our dinner companion had a food allergy and her need was met graciously. The wine list was good and we had a very good Cabernet. Our server Sarah was attentive but did not hover. Excellent service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Professional and friendly (but not intrusive) service. Very good food. Perfect business lunch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food and service were very good. Staff was friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I had two issues with my last visit. We made our reservations for an outside table. When we got to our table two of the chairs were visibly broken, the seats were unraveled. The issues were very apparent and I would find it hard to believe that someone did not notice when the table was set up. We then asked the hostess if we could move to the table in front which had newer chairs. We were a party of eight and the other table was set for six, however it was the same size table. We would simply have to pull two chairs up to the ends to make it work. The hostess told us we could not because all the tables were reserved, did not understand her reasoning because no one else was there so she could of let us move while she fixed the chairs before the next people arrived but she would not allow it. Then a party of six approached us and asked if the tables were free, we told them they could ask inside but we were told all the tables were reserved. We were very surprised when the hostess came back out and seated them at the table we had asked to move to. I asked the hostess how they got the table when they were all reserved, first she told me they had a reservation. When I told her they had already stated they did not have a reservation she said "We are just really busy." I am not sure how that justifies her lying to us. Our waitress was great and we enjoyed the food, our only problem was the broken chairs and hostess.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We went to Augie's Front Burner due to rating online.
Service was outstanding and honest. Lobster bisque needs some work. Salads were incredible!.
My entree fish was overcooked while my friend's steak was cooked correctly. Overpriced fish dish for what I received.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Good service and great food. The Flat Iron steak was fantastic

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2017

This is a first-rate restaurant -- definitely in the top tier of Springfield dining spots.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Another great meal with friends at Augies. Never disappointed by food quality and service!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We had a reservation and arrived on time.
They proceeded past 3-4 empty two tops and wanted to seat us at a two top stuck by itself in front of the kitchen door. When I asked to be seated at one of the other tables I was told that they were reserved and we could sit at the bar or outside. So we left and went down the street.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

They seated us at a table next to the swinging doors of the kitchen. Constant traffic in and out for the entire time. The doors open directly to the dining area, so ours was not the only table affected by the racket.

I was served a glass of Zinfandel that was from an old bottle and it tasted terrible; as a result, I sent it back.

Our food and service were good. The ambiance was poor. I would suggest building a wall in front of the swinging doors to reduce the sound from the kitchen and hiring an architect/interior designer to improve the 1978-looking interior.

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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food and service were fantastic, along with a great atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

A friend recommended Augie's and we were excited to go. When we arrived we were given menus and a list of specials. We picked one of the specials and only then were we informed that the specials were for the following week. That was a little annoying. Then the dish we ordered came and was extremely salty.

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Wonderful as always! Works very well for our grain free/gluten free diet for our family! Always a beautiful presentation as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

The food and service are consistently good. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a nice dinner out.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Hi - I usually like Augie's FB - and go there every time I'm in Springfield (I Iive in Pittsburgh PA). This time had a half chicken -smothered in bbq sauce - not too great. One suggestion - vary the menu maybe? I would also appreciate large bottles of mineral water (pellegrino or perrier) as I don't drink alcohol.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Very wonderful and fun place! Great food, YES VERY QUIET and no kids at all. Kitchen staff is very friendly; the bar carries Tanqueray 10 Gin. Very rare in Springfield. Wait staff is excellent, steaks and fish are excellent. Everything is exceptional!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Food was fine but service was dicey. Waitress had large table in other part of restaurant and we were all but forgotten. Forgot drink, and we had to order a bottle of wine twice. It finally came when we were more than halfway through the meal.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

I had Thai-style duck. It was perfectly cooked but doused, as was the rest of the plate, with a red chili glaze that was too salty and too hot. It pretty-much wrecked what could have been quite a good dish. Very disappointing

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was fabulous! I had the short rib and ate every bite on my plate. We were able to walk to the restaurant from our hotel, and it was a pleasant evening stroll. The service was wonderful. Our table was even visited by an Abe Lincoln impersonator!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Service was great and the food was excellent
Easily accommodated our group so we could visit and enjoy the evenin

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We were in Springfield IL for the Il State Square Dance convention and treated ourselves to a night out before driving 130 miles home. Lobster bisque not as good as bisque we have had at other places but the rest of the meal was great. The pear salad, special swordfish, and stuffed sole was excellent. The tarimisu was good and we found the peach bread pudding unique. Good wine selection (had the Aviary Cab and Routestock Cab). The wait staff was very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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