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DESTIHL-Normal

4.3
761 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

Located in Bloomington, Illinois, DESTIHL is a gastropub serving inventive American cuisine and microbrews to guests. The restaurant focuses on pairing local beers with creative dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. DESTIHL also offers takeout services for its customers� convenience.

Start out your meal at DESTIHL with one of the restaurant�s many appetizers such as the cheese curds or the beer-battered bacon. Choose from menu options like the pesto and goat cheese pizza or the Thai fried chicken. Try the restaurant�s signature grilled swordfish tacos. On the weekend, try the restaurant�s brunch menu which includes items like chicken and biscuits.

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 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.
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Phone number
(309) 862-2337
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carlos Rojas
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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.
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Private party contact
Katheryn Tilley: (309) 862-2337
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Cross street
Von Maur Drive
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
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5.0Dined on May 24, 2014

From the moment we walked in the service was outstanding. They could not have been nicer. Our server went out of his way to make our dining an excellent choice . He brought us some wines to taste that we were unsure about. The Brussels sprout salad was a delight, just so different. We had the chicken garlic sauce pizza and they put blue cheese only on one side as we requested. Our water glasses were never empty. We had a wonderful meal and will be back for sure. The ambiance is quite inviting also.

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2014

I love this restaurant but my last experience wasn't great. We sat outside and there was only one server to 6-7 tables. She was very slow and our meal took a long time. That's too many tables for one person. I hope next time is better. I really enjoyed the outdoor seating she was just too busy to serve us and to get our checks.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2014

We went with several first timers to the restaurant. Everything was very good. Service was fantastic and prompt. She even recommended several dishes that we ended up eating. Food was prompt and they knew who ordered what.
Overall very positive experience, will go back for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2014

Destihl always offers an exceptional dining experience. Delicious food at reasonable prices. An awesome selection of beers they brew themselves. Friendly & knowledgable servers. It's our go-to place to bring out-of-town visitors. Our serves on this visit, Alexis, was especially delightful & offered great suggestions. And the special pizza with dates & fennel sausage was incredible! Add it to the regular menu and it'll be my new go-to dish!

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2014

This has been one of or possibly my favorite restaurants in BloNo. We haven't been in a few months and were excited to see the new menu until we saw the prices. I am not one to shy away from higher prices, but it seems as though all menu items have increased dramatically. (Knowing the cost of specific items shows how often we eat there. ;) The food and service were still good, but the prices did not reflect what we had grown accustomed to and felt was a really fair value.

All things said and done this is still a great place to eat, however not frequently.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Terrific, especially for a small community like Normal. Try the stout

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2014

The food was great, the service was great! Liked being able to make reservations online.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2014

The food has excellent taste, however I felt that the portions were a little small especially for the price.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2014

A great place to celebrate a graduation from ISU. Fun, great service, delicious food- thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2014

The food was really good! The beer menu is really great! Many different kinds to try! Really nice place to have a good meal and a good brew with it!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2014

I come for the award winning beer. The excellent cuisine is a bonus! Ask if a sour beer is on and try it. Brick oven pizza. You cannot go wrong at this place.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2014

Food and service have always been excellent. It's a bit noisy for my Dad, who is hard of hearing, which is the only drawback. My little baby cried fairly often this time, but all the servers were very kind about it and gave her lots of attention, which I really appreciated.

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2014

We ate at DESTHIL while traveling. A good meal with friendly service. The menu had plenty of options.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2014

It was a great evening with wonderful ambience and great food. Great optuons even for a vegetarian like my family.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2014

The Destihl brewery makes a variety of beers. All are available in a variety of pour sizes, so you can effectively create your own flight or bring home a growler. The wait staff is helpful with descriptions and food recommendations. All the food is very beer friendly. A great stop in the Bloomington-Normal area.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2014

We had an opportunity to try Destihl for the first time while spending dinner with our twin daughters for their birthday! They both attend ISU and heard about the restaurant from friends at school.

What a wonderful place! From the food selections, to the service... Everything was fantastic! We will definitely be back many times to enjoy.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2014

Great food, as always (cuban-style pork sandwich and bacon & cheese burger), and excellent service from our waiter Nicholas. We always have great service at Destihl, but Nicholas went above and beyond. I asked for a an extra side of the IPA mustard sauce to go along with my sandwich. He not only brought me that, but also a side of Destihl's maple chipotle sauce, which was also delicious on the sandwich!

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on April 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.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2014

Aspargus appetizer was amazing. Beer selection is vast. Food is good but a little overpriced.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 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.

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4.0Dined on April 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.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 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.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2014

This is my go to place. Nom nom nom.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 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!

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4.0Dined on March 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.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2014

I always enjoy going to Destihl. I can get tasty and interesting food at a reasonable price.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2014

Delicious food a little noisey but tables in back quieter love the roast chicken and pecan pie w ice cream

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3.0Dined on March 27, 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.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 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.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 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!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 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!!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

Great beer selection, great service. Crowded booths need more space for beer flights.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 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.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 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!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2014

Always fantastic food, service, and beer

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5.0Dined on March 11, 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!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 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.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 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!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 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.

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