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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Central Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in Central Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.8
4.8 (1522)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Champaign
About the restaurant
Hamilton Walker's is the community's gathering place. Founded by three long-time residents of Champaign, this modern steakhouse with a chic 1940's Hollywood vibe is an inviting backdrop for meeting, dining, and socializing; for friends, family, and business; for toasting special events and celebrating life. Our mission is to offer memorable food and flawless service in an extraordinary setting. Stewarded by widely-respected culinarian, Chef Zachary Schweig, Hamilton Walker's never disappoints. The menu-created from the finest premium aged meats, freshest seafood, and hand-selected produce-offers a superior dining experience, presented with Hamilton Walker's signature flair.
Top review
EdMcvip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food and service, is expensive but worth it.
A photo of The FourNine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (206)
$30 and under
American
Mount Zion
About the restaurant
Small restaurant packed with an amazing menu, and cold beer. We give Mt Zion a flavor profile that you do not get in any other restaurant in town.
Top review
CUBMLBmama
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
I had the reuben for the first time and it was delicious. Always a wonderful experience!
A photo of Revery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (79)
$31 to $50
American
Bloomington / Normal
About the restaurant
Revery can be found tucked in a quaint neighborhood in Bloomington, Illinois. The building, once a locally famous restaurant, will be serving authentic American cuisine once more. Revery’s mission is to provide high-quality food & drinks for all those who wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We had the calms and sausage it was outstanding great bread for soaking up the broth my wife had the pork chop very tender and perfectly cook. Very much enjoyed our appetizers. Our waiter was Derrick he did a fantastic job
A photo of Jonah's Seafood House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1595)
$30 and under
Seafood
Peoria/East Peoria
About the restaurant
Jonah’s Seafood House specializes in fresh seafood with a diverse mix of steak, chicken, and sandwich options. The menu is printed everyday to keep pace with seafood seasons and offers a wide variety of choices. Children’s menu, too! The house specialties change with the menu. The Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna is a Jonah’s Classic.

The 2601 Oyster Bar is a casual, seat-yourself atmosphere set in a world class oyster bar. The menu is an exciting mixture of oyster bar selections from around the nation. New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, Tampa and Miami are all represented. The house specialty is a wide offering of flat breads and the signature Cuban sandwich.

Jonah’s "Down Under" Banquet Bar & Grill is a banquet facility with capacity from 20-300. Jonah's offers river level views and the cook-to-order style will make your next function the talk of the town!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Our server was great! They made our 15 Year Anniversary fantastic! Food tasted great and we had a great time. Thank you so much!
A photo of Broadgauge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1032)
$31 to $50
American
Petersburg
About the restaurant
In 1872, the Broadgauge was built as central Illinois' original "mega store", containing under one roof; Hardware, Grocery, and Dry Goods stores.

Today, Broadgauge has been restored to its original architectural glory and redeveloped it into a Restaurant, Bar, Coffee Shop, and Event Center.

Enjoy dinner at Broadgauge, Wednesday through Saturday. We sere Lunch Friday through Sunday.

The Talisman Coffee Shop and Bakery is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Located at the heart of Petersburg's town square; near shopping, bars, and restaurants.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food was excellent! Great way to celebrate Father’s Day!
A photo of Thyme Kitchen & Craft Beer restaurant
4.7
4.7 (371)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Peoria/East Peoria
About the restaurant
Thyme not only offers the ultimate restaurant experience, but can also provide guests an extraordinary bar experience if so desired. Opened in the old Sealtest building in the heart of the historic warehouse district of downtown Peoria, Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer offers a variety of unique food items as well as an extensive bar menu that offers choices for all. While keeping the tradition of producing quality food alive, Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer has superb menu items that provide an exciting and versatile experience for all guests who walk through the doors.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Even though I had a reservation that was confirmed, they did not have it in their system—this was our anniversary dinner—they made us initially feel like we were just walk-ins. The food and service is always great.
A photo of Houlihan's - Champaign restaurant
4.2
4.2 (301)
$30 and under
American
Champaign
About the restaurant
Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar features a vibrant atmosphere and irresistible American cuisine. Located directly south of the State Farm Center and on the main floor of the I Hotel and Illinois Conference Center, this contemporary restaurant in Champaign includes an energetic dining room, bustling bar, and cozy outdoor patio to dine al fresco during warmer weather.

Offering delicious appetizers, exceptional entrées, and decadent desserts, our diverse selections are exclusively prepared from scratch using the highest quality ingredients to satisfy your cravings.
Top review
NikaL
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Absolutely a great experience! Food was great! Service was great! All 10's I will definitely be back!
A photo of Baxters American Grille - Champaign restaurant
4.5
4.5 (654)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Champaign
About the restaurant
Baxters American Grille - Champaign offers seasonal menus that boast a variety of signature dishes that you can't get find anywhere else. Our concept provides a variety of steaks, seafood and chops accompanied with a management & chef team that are excited to offer a unique culinary experience. We offer a big-city dining experience within dinner, private dining and catering to the Champaign area. Whether you stop in for one of our new signature martinis or to dine in our upscale dining room Baxters is the destination for your evening out!
Top review
Lsolthoff
Dined 3 days ago
We love Baxter’s. They have great service and good food. A great place for a date night.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Springfield restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3445)
$30 and under
American
Springfield
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food is consistently good and the staff friendly and helpful.
A photo of Saffron Social restaurant
4.6
4.6 (254)
$50 and over
Steak
Peoria/East Peoria
About the restaurant
Saffron Social brings Peoria its latest upscale experience. Offering Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood, and Pasta
Top review
Wirso
Dined 2 days ago
We enjoyed another great experience at Saffron. The food, service and ambiance was excellent. We highly recommend Saffron Social. It is the best fine dining restaurant in the Peoria area.
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