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bacaro

4.4
1013 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(217) 398-6982
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Drew Starkey
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Private party facilities
There is a semi private room located off the main dining room. This room can accommodate up to 25 people.
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Private party contact
Drew Starkey: (217) 398-6982
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Avenue
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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What 1013 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
3.7
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Was a great night out. Chef gave us a seven course vegetarian food tasting with no warning on our part. Overall this was excellent, but we weren't too fond of beets. Desert could have been more chocolate focused.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Interesting menu, good food and good service.

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TWjw (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

First time taking my wife and we both loved it. Great food and quiet dining. Drinks were little overpriced for Champaign.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic! The food was gorgeous and the service was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

I came here for my anniversary and was very pleased with the service! One of us is vegetarian and were happy with the options available. The complementary champagne (because it was our anniversary) was very nice and unexpected! Overall a great experience.

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SarahB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was great, highly recommend the steak and risotto!! Service was also excellent, Paige helped us find a wine that worked well with both of our meals.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

It was wonderful as always!

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PCKY (Denver)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Although we anticipated a more elegant plating the portion size of the entre' was petite and without the bread and bean spread at the table it would not have been adequate for even a light meal. This venue is one where alcohol consumption with meals is expected and one feels a bit out of place if that is not your choice. A $75.00 check for a few oz. of fish as well as some table bread is what you should anticipate. The personal were very pleasant, seating comfortable and flavors very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent meal, the food was well prepared, lovely presentation, attentive service. Portions were not too small. The risotto was particularly tasty.

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RyanGroff (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We are never disappointed. Thanks for continuing to supply our city with such an amazing food experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

This used to a five-star place. This time, they already ran out of one entree (and when you only have five, that diminishes your options significantly). The brusselsprouts were burned, the tagliatelle was cold and the meatballs hard as rock. The whole time there was loud music coming from the kitchen that competed with the moody jazz in the dining area. Sorry to see this place following most Champaign-Urbana restaurants trend to start out high and then becoming mediocre...

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vipluv2eat (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 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!!!!)

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OVin (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 3, 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

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

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vipPhart (Chicago)
3.0  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.

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