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Mon, 4/23
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9:00 PM
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bacaro

4.5
1024 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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 1024 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.6
service
4.4
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great restaurant. We had a wonderful time, excellent food, wine and service.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Been going here for years as an alum and, now, parent of a student. Such a special experience each time.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Dinner was delicious, but a little pricey. Service was great.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a delicious meal, but the portions are VERY small. Don't expect leftovers. Pricy for the quantity of food they served. The pasta came in a small ice cream sized bowl. I will say, they served the best Gnocci I've ever had and I'm Italian and have had a lot of gnocci dishes. It may be worth going just to order that dish!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Looked for a place on open table for a last minute dinner for moms weekend. Stumbled onto a place where we had one of the best steaks ever, even though it was a New York strip. The risotto was awesome as well. Upscale modern feel to this restaurant. Unique flavors. Great wine list. Did I mention the steak was great? Right up ther with steaks we have had from mastros wildfire Morton’s Sullivan’s. Hidden gem in central Illinois!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I have dined at Bacaro almost every parents weekend. This is the first time we were disappointed. The service was slow. The food did not taste great. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing. I don’t know if they have a new chef but it was not nearly as good as in the past. It was definitely not worth the money we paid for the meal. Sadly, I will not go back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The last time that my husband and I went there, I thought that the standards had fallen since Thad left. This Saturday, we were both pleasantly surprised to find that the new staff had found their footing. Both of our appetizers and entrees were excellent.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Had the tasting menu. Some food was lukewarm. Halibut was great but tepid temperature. Plates should have been warmed since they were ice cold. That night have helped. Value for 85 is questionable. Service took 15 minutes to make it to our table.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had the tasting menu with 7 courses that were extremely well balanced, beautiful and full of flavor contributing to a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Bacaro is a great place for fine dining and great cocktails. The food is cooked perfectly and the wine pairings are great too. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wines and which would work best with our food choices.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was a great experience with great food. I think they could use a more reasonable wine list. To expensive for Champaign IL.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Interesting menu, good food and good service.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

It was wonderful as always!

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 19, 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

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 5, 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 20, 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.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Amazingly delicious food and accommodating staff. Quiet environment. My favorite restaurant in Champaign!

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