Medici in Normal

4.4
657 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
A one-of-a-kind dining experience, in Normal IL, featuring a 40-foot Mulberry tree standing as a pillar, and handmade wooden tables that compliments the rustic brick walls. The friendly staff and comfort foods make everyone feel at home, relaxing in the dining room, the patio or in the bar.



The menu offers taste of American and European Bistros with fresh homemade breads, seafood, burgers, steaks, stone oven pizzas, and more. Medici also offers a full range of wines, liquors and cocktails, but is really set apart by the devotion to unique beers, with 32 on tap. Featured beers are some of the best American micro-brews.



Medici is the perfect place to host any private event, from corporate meetings to special occasions. The options are endless for any type of event.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation


Sunday & Monday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(309) 452-6334
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steven Singer
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Private party facilities
Medici offers an array of private dining options, with two rooms and a unique outdoor space. Whether hosting a corporate event or celebrating one of life's momentous occasions, the food, service and ambiance are unparalleled. Providing several options for both seated dinners and cocktail receptions, the possibilities are endless.
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Private party contact
Kari Knowlton: (309) 452-6334
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Cross street
120 W. North St
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Parking details
Uptown Normal offers street parking, and ample parking lots and parking decks. The street parking is limited to 1-2 hours, but the parking decks allow all day parking, if you with to spend more time exploring the Uptown area.
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Public transit
Medici is located just steps away from the New transportation center in Uptown Normal. A perfect place to meet when guest are arriving from out of town, or when waiting for the next departure.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 657 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
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4.1
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Good food, not the everyday options. Well prepared, well plated. Attentive service. Good people watching at the window. Love the ambience - the tree, the custom tables. Good all around experience.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We were in Bloomington/Normal on business and were looking for a place to grab a date night dinner.

Was very good, service was excellent no complaints here.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

One of the only non mainstream restaurants to book on Open Table in BloNo. Great beer selection... great pizzas. Just ask the server what they like and then get that!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Located in the quaint, historic Uptown section of Normal, this restaurant is not what you expect given its namesake. The interior is modern and organic - lots of wood and brick, with a huge tree trunk in the center of the two-story dining room. Service was prompt given their team approach. The menu is really American as claimed. She had portabella mushroom pasta and he had beef stroganoff. Both were tasty. The chocolate chip cookie dessert was freshly baked and served with vanilla ice cream. Her cappuccino was in a huge cup. His coffee was good, but not hot, and the only downside of this visit.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

What a great spot in downtown Normal. Food was delicious, reasonably priced. The staff was very attentive and anticipatory of our every need. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

I went there for a special date, and the staff were very kind and went out of there way to make sure we were satisfied in all aspects.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Lovely brunch on the rooftop with the fam

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We love Medici. They have a wide variety of food choices at a wide variety of prices. Everything we have eaten there has been delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The service was truly outstanding! Lucien was gracious and able to accommodate each of our requests...even from our 9 and 11 year old children. Family appropriate but would be great to experience as a romantic date, too :)

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for Mothers Day. Used the Open Table app which I'm so glad this restaurant accepts. My parents loved the food and environment. They got us in as scheduled and we had a great meal.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for Mothers Day Brunch, had reservation and they sat us right away even though was very busy. Food is above average but nothing to die for. Service was attentive and prompt. Excellent beer selection and had a bloody Mary bar which was a nice touch. Will be back to try out their dinner.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Medici never disappoints. Menu is updated frequently enough to remain interesting and solid favorites are always there. While not known for BBQ, the brisket is well worth the trip. Mahi Tacos are top notch. Tuna steak sandwich really satisfies. Gouda mac n cheese is a staple that I seem to order every time. And the stroganoff !!! Staff is always agreeable to altering menu items to one’s tastes. Bar is outstanding fulfilling practically any request...if you can think of it, it’s likely they can serve it. When in Normal, don’t miss it.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our server was not very attentive as soon as she got busy. Had to ask 3 times for a soda.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Last day of the semester!

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

My steak was really good. Two of my friends got the pork and they didn't care for it much. Server didn't seem very knowledgeable about the food or wine menu. Apps were ok. Not a bad experience, but not great either. For $200 (for 4 people) I hoped it would be great.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Our special occasion was enhanced by the upbeat vibe of the place and people. Our server Eric was terrific. Everything he recommended was spot-on. Food was delicious. The only downside was they were out of our first choice of wine, but the one Eric brought in its place was very good. Will definitely go back, for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food was fantastic! It was a little loud but there was a private party going on upstairs that had a DJ. Service was not that great, we only got water refills once and that was before the entrees came. Never came back after the entrees were served to check on us. Didn’t bring our check just took our payment. Staff is young so they stand around and talk to each other rather than worrying about their customers.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great menu with interesting appetizers and entrees. A full range of good options.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great food and service at a fair price.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Delicious as always. Tried the spaghetti squash for the first time and it was amazing. Love the outdoor, rooftop seating.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always seems to busy with activity and chatting, which is a good sign. Nice atmosphere and great food.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Absolutely love this restaurant! Friendly staff and accommodations can be made for gluten free friends. Am a returning customer over and over again.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Excellent as always. Friendly staff and plenty of beer options!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had good food, great conversation, wonderful Bloody Mary's and a friendly, attentive but not intrusive waitress. She was there when we needed her. I love Medici's cobb salad. My date had the salmon and said it was very good. As always a good time and great, casual atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Medici is the only restaurant my family goes to when we visit Normal; which is at least once a month. This is the only time that I had a less than great experience. I lost my appetite when I found a hair in my salad. Although this trip to Medici wasn't very good, I will absolutely recommend to family/friends.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Thought the food was good but a little noisy. Near a college so expected that

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Ate there on a Saturday afternoon. The place was packed. Food looked good. Was recommended the Southwest Salad and Beef Chili. Neither was spectacular. The salad was pretty boring with nothing to distinguish it. Chili was watery and portion size was small. Everyone at the table had a similar spin on food. Overall, decent but, would not go out of my way to eat there.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and staff! The restaurant was very loud making dinner conversation a bit difficult but it was very busy. We will go back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food is always great. They have their own bakery so if you have a yeast allergy (like my wife), make sure to ask the staff what's in a dish. The veggie burger uses bread as a binder to hold the patties together.

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1.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We had a very hostile and rude server. It took 50 minutes from when we ordered food to receive it. After 45 minutes I asked our server if he could check on our food. His reply was that he didn’t forget to put the order in, and it was a full house and the food would be out when it was ready. Most servers just say let me check on it for you. 5 minutes later our food arrived. My friend asked if they could cook her burger a bit longer and the server berated my friend saying she ordered her burger wrong when it came out red and pink instead of some pink. She ordered her burger medium the server told her the burger was fine and that she needs to ordered her burgers well done in the future. When she responded that she wanted it medium he then looked at the burger and said fine this is more medium rare. He then came back with a well done blackened burger, that is pictured below. This was not what my friend ordered. The server was hostile yelling at myself and friends at times. It was such an unplesant experience that myself and friends still felt appalled by our experience the following day. I’ve dined at Medici regularly over the years and have never had such an unpleasant experience. I called to share this experience with a manger the following day.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

My meal was pretty bland but my wife and kids really enjoyed theirs. Overall, I wasn't thrilled with it and usually am not. Just not my cup of tea I guess. I can think of many restaurants in area that I would place above this one.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I was an out of town visitor and found the restaurant online and made my reservation. Glad I did, it was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I used to go to school at ISU, and there was never any restaurant at this level. It was very nice and the food was great!!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The menu had a nice selection of comfort food along with interesting food pairings. Everything that was ordered at the table was exceptional.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

food very good but service was slow and they were not that busy,

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent service and food. Lovely evening.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Felt very rushed to eat, server couldn’t wait to take our plates away!!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Medici was nice. Most got salmon and were happy with it.
I had the chicken sandwich but the bun was dry and the chicken itself was
a bit tough and not hot.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Just a few small things with the service. Ordered the wings(which were GREAT) with ranch and the ranch didn’t come and waiter didn’t come back til we were done with the wings, which whatever. But then we got charged for it. About halfway through dinner the waiter went to get me a soda refill and just never came back with it, I assume he forgot.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Yet another very nice evening at Medici. The food is very good, and the service is even better.

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