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It was a great experience with great food. I think they could use a more reasonable wine list. To expensive for Champaign IL.
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.
Interesting menu, good food and good service.
First time taking my wife and we both loved it. Great food and quiet dining. Drinks were little overpriced for Champaign.
Fantastic! The food was gorgeous and the service was perfect!
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.
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.
It was wonderful as always!
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.
Excellent meal, the food was well prepared, lovely presentation, attentive service. Portions were not too small. The risotto was particularly tasty.
We are never disappointed. Thanks for continuing to supply our city with such an amazing food experience!
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...
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.
Nice ambiance in the room by the bar ,but small portions, high prices and mediocre food
The restaurant was very nice but the food portions were overpriced and extremely small. Spent almost $500 and went home hungry.
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!!!!)
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.
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.
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.
Food and service were great. I still crack up however when I think of the tiny salad served in the giant bowl.
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.
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
Excellent Food and Service! For people that appreciate great food!
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.
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.
As always, Bacaro was amazing!!! Scallops are always on point!!
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.
Dining at Bacaro is 5-star food and service. The best in Champaign Illinois.
Perfect for our anniversary celebration. Great food, great service and quiet for conversation.
Amazingly delicious food and accommodating staff. Quiet environment. My favorite restaurant in Champaign!
Grilled octopus, risotto, gnocchi, and seasonal cocktails were all excellent, as was the service. Wish we had tried the rosé flight -- maybe next time.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The tasting menu at Bacaro rarely disappoints. Our anniversary dinner was absolutely exceptional. A wonderful mixture of entrees and lovely wine pairings! Bravo.
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.
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.
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.
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.