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About bacaro

Chef/Owner Drew Starkey and culinary team work with local, sustainably driven farms as well as the finest purveyors and importers with reach around the world, to produce the best possible product for their customers. The always friendly and knowledgeable wait staff can guide any guest through our ever changing menu and extensive wine list all the while creating an relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for your dining experience.

113 North Walnut
Champaign, IL 61820
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
University Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(217) 398-6982

Website:
http://www.bacarochampaign.com/

Executive Chef:
Drew Starkey

Private Party Facilities:
There is a semi private room located off the main dining room. This room can accommodate up to 25 people.

Private Party Contact:
Drew Starkey: (217) 398-6982

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun - Mon 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

bacaro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

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Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (9)
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Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Romantic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The overall experience was very good and we really enjoyed our entrees. The three entrees we had were the Butternut Squash Risotto, the Duck, and the Scallops. Each were very tasty and the presentations were excellent. Although they should think about their small presentations in very large bowls and plates. What was a little disappointing were the appetizers and desserts. The brussel sprouts were good but the overall taste on your pallet went from crunchy sweet to vinegary and sharp. The Porcini Pizzette while it looked great was a little bland. Our desserts were similar. The Peach Ice Cream was sent back due to tasting more like shaved ice and cream with no peach and the S'mores was a lot of graham crackers and no marshmallow. I would definitely go back as the entrees were excellent. Wines were pricey but a number of excellent choices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nice ambiance in the room by the bar ,but small portions, high prices and mediocre food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The restaurant was very nice but the food portions were overpriced and extremely small. Spent almost $500 and went home hungry.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I do consider this a 5 star restaurant as the food and service are always top notch. However do be warned the portion sizes are very small. Don't, for example, have cocktails somewhere else and arrive here hungry (as we did). For us, it is more of a special occasion experience, but they know what they are doing and it is always a nice experience (as long as you are not too hungry ha!!!!)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Steak filet and duck were both cooked absolutely perfectly. Wait staff was attentive, though we were there on a Thursday night and it was pretty quiet. Very nice place for a quiet date night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Both the food and the presentation was excellent. We had the duck and the red snapper. Both were prepared perfectly. Only slight negative was that service was a little slow, but similar to a European restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have always been a fan of Bacaro, even when friends complained that it was too expensive and that the portions are small. But this trip was disappointing; the flavor combinations were original but not entirely successful. For that price, I would rather have had two delightful dinners elsewhere.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food and service were great. I still crack up however when I think of the tiny salad served in the giant bowl.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have been to Bacaro several times. This time was disappointing. The food was okay - not great. We had the tasting menu and it took an hour before the first course was served. In the past, this has been one of my favorite restaurants in Champaign.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Bacaro is our go-to restaurant for special occasions as well as just going out for a terrific meal. Chef Drew Starkey had just unveiled his fall menu as well as an extremely well priced tasting menu. Good wine list; tried some unusual Italian whites with our salad and scallops. A wonderful evening

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Excellent Food and Service! For people that appreciate great food!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My husband and I each had an appetizer and entree. Three of the four were excellent. However, my chicken entree had burnt vegetables and the chicken was definitely not tender. Given their reputation and prices, they need to do better than this. We have had great meals at Bacaro in the past and we will be giving them another chance, but this entree should not have left the kitchen.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The first course and entrees were beautifully presented and excellently prepared. Unfortunately the desserts did not meet up to the expectations the first two courses had led us to expect.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

As always, Bacaro was amazing!!! Scallops are always on point!!

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Went to tasting that was put on by Maize/Bacaro. Phenomenal. 7 course tasting. Food was amazing. Also great Bacaro service and wonderful atmosphere - hope they do it again.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Dining at Bacaro is 5-star food and service. The best in Champaign Illinois.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Perfect for our anniversary celebration. Great food, great service and quiet for conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Grilled octopus, risotto, gnocchi, and seasonal cocktails were all excellent, as was the service. Wish we had tried the rosé flight -- maybe next time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

In town for our annual conference, and remembered our meal last year. Once again we had the tasting menu with the wine pairing, and it did not disappoint. The Riesling paired with the asparagus was the best, simply exploding in our mouths. There was a large group - apparently some sort of wine dinner or the like - nearby, and the noise from that was a bit loud. Perhaps, too, that contributed to the extremely long delay between the first two courses. We were not in a hurry, more or less enjoyed the slow pace, and at the end of the meal, the server did apologize, but we really had to stretch the glass of wine that arrived right after the first course was cleared away. Nevertheless, we'll be back again.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I keep coming back to Bacaro because the food is reliably inventive and delicious. Sometimes I wish it was just a hair less expensive than it is, but this is a mid-size city, and I'm sure they're delivering quality pretty close to the margins. Their bar is excellent. Reasonable house specialty cocktails at 8 dollars. Wine selection is fantastic, but if you're looking for a range of bourbon or ryes, you're better off going to Black Dog.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Our meal was incredible. The ricotta gnocchi was loaded with morels and incredibly flavorful. The rhubarb tart was delicious without being overwhelmingly heavy. The cocktails were lovely, and the wine menu extensive. All around, I would highly recommend Bacaro for a special night out. Thanks!

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 6, 2017

We have been to Bacaro four times including this time that I am reviewing. The previous times, we have had very pleasant experiences. Not sure what happened this time. It was a Thursday night – I can't imagine that would make such a difference in the quality of things. Our waitress was very kind and we had questions that she couldn't answer, but she found the answers for us. The wine was good – but the food was just really off. My salad barely had any dressing on it at all- it was just like eating a bowl of greens. My husband's fish was very dry and the barley soup was so salty, it was in edible. We thought we would go ahead and try dessert and the beignets were so dry and hard we could not finish them either. The white asparagus, was delicious. There was a door right next to our table that was propped open with a chair and we had flies buzzing around our heads all night. For the prices you pay, this was just unacceptable. We have always saved Bacaro for special occasions – but unfortunately, I don't think we'll ever be back.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The tasting menu at Bacaro rarely disappoints. Our anniversary dinner was absolutely exceptional. A wonderful mixture of entrees and lovely wine pairings! Bravo.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Nice place to go in downtown champaign. Servers always friendly. Had the tasting menu paired with wines. Wines were delicious, food was a bit of a disappointment.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Bacaro is the one place in Champaign where you feel you might be elsewhere. Yes, it is pricey, and yes, we are not exactly in Paris, but the only place I have had a better tasting menu is in Paris.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This was really a nice atmosphere, quiet. The food was very good. What affected my ratings more than anything was the service. It took us over 20 minutes to get someone to even take our drink order and the waitress rarely checked back with us. Has potential but if you are in a hurry, forget it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Went to Bacaro for our anniversary. The food was delicious. Would enjoy going more is it wasnt so expensive. But the quality of ingredients is understandable why it is pricey. It was a nice atmosphere, but the bar got a little noisier later in the evening. Still enjoyable. Would go back for a special occasion.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The restaurant has a ventilation problem that we've tried to ignore because the food is so very good. By the time we left, our eyes were burning (3/4 of wear contacts) and the fourth immediately went home to take a shower to wash away the smoke. Opening the outside door (which they do to try and reduce the smoke) is NOT A SOLUTION.

Thus was Mother's Day and my son's graduation (he received a PhD). We always order the priciest item on the menu (their tasting menu). It has 7 courses. The waitress grew bored between courses 2 and 3, but was snippy as soon as we ordered. She first claimed they were out of one of the main courses and when we inquired about the substitution, she acted surprised. Upon returning from the kitchen, she told us that the original fish was available. Her descriptions of the courses included; " it should contain....." instead of what it did contain.

I made the reservation as soon as I could (but granted, it was for a busy weekend). My open table reservation was for 8;30 but a few slots after that (9, 9:15, 9:30) were still available. It's clear that we were the last diners and it was clear that this staff member was not happy to wait on us.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is the first disappointing meal that I have had at Bacaro. The wine list is impressive, but very pricey. My braised lamb was nothing special and my wife's halibut filet was about the size of three quarters. I still recommend this restaurant because of excellent meals in the past. We'll give them any another try.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2017

This was our best meal in Champaign ever. All the dishes were top notch - the salmon, halibut and filet were beautifully presented and the most delectable we have ever had. The tomato risotto brought back fond memories of Hungarian cabbage rolls made by my father. Would recommend for special occasion when you can enjoy company and savor the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We picked it from Google and had a very pleasant dinner. It is definitely high end and priced accordingly, but we felt it was worth it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Always enjoy Bacaro! The tasting menu this season is fantastic! This is the place to try foods that you otherwise do not enjoy, because the chef can turn those items into foods you will crave! Bacaro is truly a hidden gem in Illinois. I'm not sure if reservations are required, because we always make them because we would be devastated if they were full! This is a great place to dine, and we encourage our friends to try it just once...they will become instant fans!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The bartender made an awesome booze free cocktail for my pregnant wife. Food and wine pairings were dead on.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 3, 2017

I had one of the best meals ever--halibut in a morel mushroom sauce. Our waiter was prompt, professional, and knowledgeable. When we asked if they would lower the music they accommodated our request graciously. The waiter also recommended a fantastic scotch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Sarah was our server and she was great! The food is creatively prepared and absolutely delicious. Some say servings aren't large enough, I say it's not the quantity but the quality. If you want quantity, try country buffet. The wine list by the glass was OK and best of all they do a half pour. Highly recommend!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

It's way too crowded by the bar and it was much louder than I would expect. Our table was about mid-length of the bar, so I was in an excellent location to be witness to servers trying to slide past loud patrons, some on their phones, at the bar. Multiple times they had to ask people to move.

The food was good, but certainly didn't justify the price. My wife didn't even get what she wanted; albeit, she only said she wanted the risotto, and she wasn't aware that there were two risotto dishes. She was really looking forward to the dish with morels. I would have expected better waiters/waitresses, which know to ask which dish was being requested.

The sub-par night continues: for a place that is supposedly upscale, I don't think they should be refilling my wife's soda at the table from a can. My wife never complains at restaurants, and even she commented on how classy it was to get refills from a can. Also, a server nearly put someone's meal on our table, which I had to tell him that it wasn't ours (we were eating dessert).

Other than the class-act refill from a can, the issues were small by themselves, but the overall picture was less than stellar. We won't be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Best in Champaign

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We enjoyed our eventing at Bacaro, especially enjoyed the atmosphere. The menu was simple with numerous for pasta and seafood. They have an extensive wine list. Our only concern was the service which was slow.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

While in Champaign for the Roger Ebert film festival, we chose Bacaro for our splurge meal. We ordered the tasting menu and wine pairings. Our server, Daisy, was very knowledgeable about the wines and she was friendly and competent. The wines were interesting, well-chosen and delicious--we particularly liked their choice of Chablis. Each course was seasonal and tasty. The buerre blanc sauce was a real stand out--we were happy it showed up twice, once with white asparagus and again with wild halibut and morel mushrooms.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The seared filet Oscar was outstanding. Quality of the filet was outstanding and cooked correctly. Although pricy it was a good experience.

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