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DESTIHL-Champaign

4.3
322 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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About

DESTIHL, located in Champaign, Illinois, is all about flavor. Whether it is one of its many tasty food dishes or a selection of quality-brewed beers, this restaurant ensures that guests leave happy. While inspired by American pub cuisine, DESTIHL avoids adhering to any particular cooking styles, so its talents chefs can always push boundaries. By purchasing recycled materials, producing less waste and using less energy, DESTIHL promotes an environmentally friendly concept.

The menu at DESTIHL features popular hits like oven-baked pizza, juicy burgers and weekend brunch. Signature dishes like grilled swordfish tacos and pork posole soup are what make this destination so memorable. There are plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options as well.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, American, Brewery
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11am to 4pm, Sunday 11am 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.
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Phone number
(217) 356-0301
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Manny Martinez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Church & Neil St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on May 27, 2014

Warm potato and salmon was pretty concentrated in terms of flavoring and the fish was a bit too fatty. Not the best salmon by far. On the other hand, the shrimp ceviche was tasty.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2014

Best features are great selection of in-house brews an serving options. Some more unique items of recent years are gone (mussels, dishes using duck confit, and less-sweet desserts). Seems like the more interesting chef is now gone. Benches in booths are too low. Pleasant staff.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2014

I didnt think bacon could get much better... but the beer battered bacon is incredible!! I had the skirt steak. It was cooked perfectly and was wonderfuly tender and flavorful. My wife had the sword fish. She said it was fantastic. I tried a couple different beers, all of which were wonderful. Great good! Great service!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2014

We had an excellent time celebrating my 30 bday!!! Will continue to go back over and over!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2014

Went for graduation dinner late in the day. Food was beautifully presented and tasty! Service was pleasant without being intrusive.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2014

I went here for my graduation party, and I am happy I choose Distel. The presentation of the food and the taste of it was 5 star material. Also the ambiance at the restaurant was great.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2014

We had a large group with some who had to leave early. Our server did an outstanding job of taking care of everyone's needs, got the order right, delivered the meals for those who had to leave early, and the food was delicious. Everyone was happy with their food and had a good time. I was impressed!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2014

I went to Destihl for the first time with friends who frequented the establishment. The food was QUALITY; very flavorful and aesthetically pleasing in presentation.
I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2014

I don't know if it's a problem with open table or the restaurant but when we got there they did not have our reservations. Luckily they did have open table so everything was good from then on.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2014

We dined outside and enjoyed watching the people going by. The food was very good and the beer was better. The desserts looked magnificent, but we didn't have room left to try them!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2014

Menu good and somewhat innovative; beer offerings are great. Servers try a little too hard, but college kids need to earn money!

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2014

I choose Destihl mostly because of the menu. I have one vegetarian and one vegan in the family. They were both able to pick a meal without just getting a salad. I was also impressed with a call from the restaurant verifying that we would be coming and if there were any special needs. I asked about any other options for the vegan and the manager knew his menu and what could be converted to a vegan dish. That was a bonus. The different beer sample was fun for those in my party that like beer. I would go back and recommend other.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2014

We had a group of twelve visit Destihl this past Saturday. It has a great menu with knowledgeable staff who are quick to assist you. Destihl also has an outstanding microbrew selection. We had a great time!!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2014

Chicken pesto sandwich and Thai pork pizza were both excellent. Served quickly, hot and fresh tasting. Wait staff found just the right attention level, always available but not overbearing. Can't wait to go back after work so that I can catch up on Destihl's fine selection of microbrews.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2014

This is our go to restaurant to take out of town guests. It always delivers a great meal with great service.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2014

We were one of the first to arrive when they opened. All but one table was open and they seated us right by the entry in the flow of traffic. Twice I got bumped by their wait staff but we could hear the conversation at the hostess table. I asked to be moved and they were accomendating. Much nicer location and brighter to. Not sure if we just were not hungry but it seemed nothing on the menu appealed to the 4 of us.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2014

Have been here before and have had better experience. Was there at opening, got seated promptly and server took our order after a few minutes, then we waited for 45 minutes for our food to come out - and the restaurant was not crowded. I am vegetarian and asked for the bacon off my salad, but it came with it on anyway. Food is good but this time the service left something to be desired.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2014

What a wonderful and unique menu, need to go back so I can try more things! Both our meals were delicious and so fresh tasting.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2014

We were down in Champaign for U of I's Mom's Weekend. We met with some friends for brunch on Saturday and decided to give this place a chance. We had heard both good and bad things about it but when looking at the menu we saw the variety would please everyone's palate. The food and the service could not be better!!! I would rate this place high on my list of places to eat and would recommend it for anyone visiting Champaign.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2014

Food and beer are excellent. Staff went out of their way to accomodate us. We went back the next night

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2014

Great place. Great food and our waitresses Madeline and Elizabeth were amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2014

Our waiter was really helpful, food was tasty with good portion sizes. - the orrechette pasta special was terrific! Fish was cooked well and the lamb burger rocked! We eat here every time we are in Champaign. It is a friendly, happy place!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2014

Awesome Food, Beer, and Service! Food was awesome. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

We joined some old neighbors for dinner and the atmosphere was great for our little reunion. The food was good but the service from our wait person was outstanding - very attentive and friendly. The highlight of the meal was the carrot cake. They call it a slice but its closer to 1/4th a cake. Three of us shared one slice and it was more than enough!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

I had dined at the Destihl in Normal several times, and was pleased to see they had one in Champaign-urbana. In my 4-day visit to Champaign I managed to eat at Destihl twice. Well thought-out food, expertly prepared and presented, great service, and quality brews to match. What is not to like? Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

Staff was very kind and on top of everything, food was great,will go again, hopefully people will leave there infants at home, kind of ruins the romantic feeling

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2014

It was for a celebration of a special occasion and everything was fantastic! Good for and drink options!

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2014

On the front of the menu it states "Support Flavor, Boycott Bland" which is ironic because their food is incredibly bland. This is the third time I have been here and every time I am willing to give them another chance, just to be disappointed time and time again. First time I had the pesto chicken, which was essentially dry chicken with green water. Second time I had a sirloin which wasn't necessarily bad, but it was not worth the cost. This most recent time I had squash noodles with cashew cream sauce, and the flavor was nonexistent and the squash noodles were subpar.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Second trip to Destihl did not disappoint. Fantastic server who made great recommendations for beers to try. With our Open Table reservation, we walked right in and were seated on a Saturday night. The place was busy, but we were able to carry on a conversation without any difficulty. The bacon-wrapped dates a great blend of sweet, salty, and spicy. I had the Destihl meatloaf. The portion size was just right...a nice-sized piece of meatloaf that was not too dense or heavy on the stomach. Many of the desserts sounded great, but we went with the smores. Serving size was perfect for two.

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2.0Dined on March 1, 2014

I ordered the korean chicken. It was incredibly oversalted, it don't mean a little too much. I mean NUKE your palette salty. It was also terribly overcooked. I want my chicken cooked through of course, crispy skin is a good thing. but when the flesh is crunchy down to the bone you've taken it too far. And no that is not an exaggeration.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2014

It's the worst. Was that canned pork chunks in generic Kraft dinner?

Other meals were good.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

I took my wife there for her birthday. The food was great our sever Beth was absolutely wonderful.glasses were never empty and the food came out hot and fresh.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

Great variety of beer brewed on premises available in sizes from 4 oz to 64 oz, and a great selection of food to accompany it. You have to try the hefeweizen and the beer battered bacon.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2014

Good food in a good atmosphere can't go wrong!

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2014

Most and some items had a spice ingredient including jalapeños, peppercorns and others. If you are not into that, where you like to season your food and not others, review the menu prior to going.

Service was awful. We ate at the bar. The bartenders were very good at getting server drinks out, but we had to ask for a refill every time we wanted a beer, water or something else. Although drinks and bar service came slow, they sure had our check ready to go in a heart beat.

We felt special. Not going back.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2014

The food was amazing, the beer even more so! We enjoyed the service, they were quick, polite, and on top of everything. I had the Gaucho Skirt Steak and it was perfectly cooked to order and seasoned well! My wife had the Weissenhiemer Chicken and said it was the most tender and moist chicken she had ever had before.

The appetizers were great, we had beer batter bacon (I know right) and the lamb meatballs...those could have been a little bigger if you ask me, but the taste was great!

Go and enjoy...we know we will again!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2014

My wife and I came here for our 'special occasion' dinner. Our appetizer, battered & fried asparagus, was very good. Our 2nd course, we split a Ceasar Salad with fried egg special and it was delightful. She had the Lobster Tail special, I had the Flat Iron; both of us were very happy with our entree (we had to wait a little longer for our 3rd course to arrive than we would have liked). For dessert we shared the Banana Creme Pie, which we devoured very quickly! I'd definitely recommend this place to have a nice dinner out (especially if you like to have a beer with your meal). Make reservations! We made reservations and sat down immediately once getting there; as we left, we heard the wait for a table as 60-90 minutes!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Desthil was very accommodating to my last minute reservation time change. I have been to Destihl less than a handful of times, but every time the food was fantastic and the drinks were fantastic. I absolutely consider Destihl one of the best places to have a romantic night out but also a great place to go to with friends.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

The restaurant's sole benefit is that the beer selection is better than you would find at any other generic American-style restaurant. Otherwise, the food is uninspired and bland, particularly for the price. If you're looking for a narrower but tastier selection at a similar price, you should go to Big Grove (right across the street), which also uses local foods. Also, the interior decoration was bizarre and the arrangement of non-booth tables gives a cafeteria feel.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Our reservation for Valentine's Day was at 6:45. We walked in the door at that time and were seated immediately (walking past multiple people waiting). We had plenty of time to look over the menu. The food was excellent, starting with the crab croquettes as an appetizer from their special menu for the night and then the main courses.

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