Big Grove Tavern

4.4
604 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
We celebrate the true sense of the word "tavern". As the heart and soul of the community, our tavern is a warm and welcoming place bringing together visitors and locals alike. Our mission is to provide a warm and welcoming environment that allows us to treat our guests like family while also supporting our community partners. Big Grove is a classic tavern with modern flair. Join us for lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. With Champaign's best cocktails, great wine selection and wide variety of local craft beers, you'll be sure to find something right up your alley. Whether you are from the area or visiting from far away, we welcome all like family at Big Grove Tavern.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday- 11:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday- 11:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday- 11:00am-10:00pm
Thursday- 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday- 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday- 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday- 10:00am-10:00pm
Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday- 10:00-2:30pm
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Phone number
(217) 239-3505
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
At Big Grove Tavern, we offer private dining for your convenience. We have three private dining rooms available which can accommodate small intimate dinners or events of up to 100 guests. A buy-out of the entire restaurant is available for larger groups. Our private dining coordinator will help you plan events ranging from business/pharmaceutical meetings, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, baby showers, or birthday and anniversary celebrations.

Depending on the number of guests attending your event, banquets are presented cocktail style, family style or buffet style. Visit our website to submit a private dining inquiry- http://www.biggrovetavern.com/Private-Dining
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Private party contact
info@BigGroveTavern.com: (217) 239-3505
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Neil Street
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Parking details
We are conveniently located across from the Hill Street Parking Deck, where we validate parking for 2 hours. The parking deck is located in the center of downtown Champaign and accommodates up to 600 vehicles. You may access the parking deck from Hill Street or Randolph Street.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 604 People Are Saying
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4.3
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CB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Many of the menu items haven't been changed since the restaurant opened. It's time to shake it up a bit. I don't think any of us would really rave about our food. The chicken and dumplings were just ok.

Our waitress was dressed as if she was going to a campus bar. Although polite, she did not seem happy to be serving us, and spent some time talking to other staff at the bar rather than coming back to take our orders.
She was patient and polite about bringing multiple drinks orders over as our table of 6 did not order our first round at the same time.

This is not a quiet place, as expected from a room with a very high ceiling with no soundproofing and with no dividing walls between bar and restaurant areas. I would not call this "energetic" which is how the OT survey phrases it. I would describe it as "too loud to hear each other unless you are speaking VERY loudly" even when the restaurant is half filled.

We hadn't visited here in quite awhile, and it will be quite awhile before we do so again, except perhaps to visit the bar. The cocktails were well mixed. No real ginger ale, root beer or bottled sodas available for non-drinkers, as I would expect from a restaurant at this price level.

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MT
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

All in all, we had an enjoyable experience. The service started out not so good and we waited (after being seated) for a good 15 minutes (admittedly, this was New Year's Eve) with no one paying any attention. Finally, one of the table setters passed us several times and asked if we needed assistance. We told her that no one had waited on us yet. She apologized and went directly to the host to let him know. Within minutes, our waiter appeared and was very attentive from that point on. When my drink (a glass of Prosecco) was delivered with absolutely no bubbles and flat as a pancake, he immediately replaced it and apologized. Our appetizer of crab cakes was spectacular. The entrees, however, were ok but nothing special. Husband's 12 oz. Ribeye was cooked to medium rare as requested but was tough and chewy. My Steak Frites were not medium as ordered but were very close to well done and also somewhat dried out and tough. The sides were very nice. I give the ambiance a 3 because there must be absolutely no sound absorbing material used in the construction of this restaurant. As always, it was extremely loud and one has to shout at your partner to carry on a conversation. Not conducive to a having a pleasant conversation with your partner. We have avoided this restaurant in the winter for that reason (in the summer, you can sit outside) but our favorite restaurant downtown where we had NYE reservations closed abruptly and we had to go elsewhere.

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CR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Enjoyed everything but the lights need to be dimmer. Much dimmer. Better for a ambience on a one on one date. For big parties..then brighten it up! Not sure if that's what you're looking for but overall enjoyed it.

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O
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant looked really nice, my wife loves the ambiance, but I didn't appreciate the host seating us in the back by the kitchen and bathrooms when the restaurant was 80% empty, our waitress did a nice job. I got the bone in ribeye which was a little undercooked and chewy, it came with some flavorless green beans, the mashed potatoes were good. My dessert was delicious, I had the fried pecan pie and my wife had the vanilla cake with ice cream and fruit, she didn't finish hers, she couldn't tell if it was stale or it was made that firm, she mentioned it was a first, not finishing her dessert. wish I could have rated it higher, but i can't.

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CN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dining here, whether for brunch, lunch or dinner. Always great. Taste food, friendly staff.

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D
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the service was as well. We celebrated a birthday there and it was a nice evening.

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

We went for an early dinner on a Friday. Great food and excellent service. The only concern was how loud the music was during our dinner. It was loud enough that we had difficulty having a conversation.

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TD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They have a really great location. The layout with the horseshoe bar (really big) and tables was really nice. The menu selection had some interesting features. Food and service were great! Our server Katie was super friendly and helpful.

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TV
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!!

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JB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. We enjoyed pretzel and flatbread appetizers to start. Enjoyed the Apple Cider Sangria. The four entrees were Steak & Frites, Prime Rib, Shrimp & Grits, and Chicken & Dumplings. All were excellent with the beef served as ordered...rare. Our server was attentive, gave helpful suggestions, and gave great service. I wish I remembered her name.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Dinner after Ballet. We arrived 1/2 hour early. Staff was very courteous and immediately got our table together.

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BG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make a trip th Big Grove Tavern....it's worth it, especially if you are visiting camput!

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C
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My meal was fantastic. I started with a half dozen oysters, and they were fresh & delicious. And this is in the middle of Illinois. This was a tip-off that the place cares and only will serve the good stuff. For my entree I had the Chicken Mole dinner and it was an amazing mole sauce. Much better than most Mexican restaurants in fact. It was truly delicious. The pretzel bread was a great starter and served freshly baked and warm. It is clear the Big Grove endeavours to use only the freshest and best ingredients and organic wherever possible. Our server Chris and our bartender Katie did an exemplary job with the service. GM Scott paid us a table visit and it was clear that he has an eye on all that is going on around him. Kudos all around. I cannot wait to return.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent! It did however take an unusually long time to get our food. Also, my husband ordered a second Moscow Mule and it didn’t taste anything like the first one. He asked the waiter to add more ginger beer, but it still didn’t taste like a Moscow Mule.

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GK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thanks for accommodating our large group for the IHSA football playoffs

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BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out of town and had a larger party. The staff was flexible and friendly, the room we sat in was perfect, and the food/wine was terrific. Will come back whenever we are in town!!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything great except, I didn't like having to give a credit card for reservations and for the parking in the parking garage receipt did not work for me.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have been here a few times during both dads and moms weekend events and highly enjoyed the experience. This visit overall was not good. All entrees were cold and over cooked. Service was slow. I felt like because we were sitting in back room we were forgotten about at first. 2 waitress passed our table and said they would be back or send someone and never did. Finally Miles came to our table. He was friendly and apologetic which was nice but as mentioned all entrees were cold and over cooked. Very disappointing. I understand it was busy due to U of I weekend but in future Big Grove needs to be prepared to service busy weekends.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious Sunday brunch! Love that they also take reservations. The maple bacon doughnut was incredible as was our meal.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing biscuits...huge burritos and tasty pancakes!

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JA
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The pork chop was spectacular, but the service was absolutely horrific! Our waitress was rude to a point where we thought we were being punked! no refills on water, no cutlery provided, we literally had to ask for everything. The server dropped the sauce all over the table and then threw the napkin we asked for on the table. We would go back but making sure that we did not get the same server

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Waiter was terrible and food over cooked!

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LA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was overpriced. Nothing was cooked properly and the quality was poor. The only good part of the experience was the service.

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MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in Champaign! Good food, service, and bottomless mimosas!

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat at bar. Waited s while for bartender to come with s menu. Tacos ok but not great

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here before with family and I decided to bring my girlfriend. She has or had a limited experience restaurants (i.e. Applebees, Longhorn, Cheddars etc.). The smile on her face with the meal that was ordered was all that was needed to express how much she enjoyed her meal. I also had a wonderful meal!! Will be back again!

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Normally a great experience, maybe not prepared for UofI Homecoming

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n
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I've always been wary of coming here as I never saw outstanding reviews online, but I've been here twice now and both times have been extremely impressed with the food - everything my husband and I have tried has been delicious. I will say though that the service is fairly slow, even when the restaurant isn't super busy, but we don't mind as we go out to make conversation in the first place, so it's not a big deal for us to have to wait a bit for food.

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LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We had to wait a while for a server to come to our table despite the restaurant being uncrowded. The wait was difficult for our kids and ended up making the entire evening difficult. Our table was also very wobbly and made it hard to dine with toddlers. In addition, I asked the receptionist a question and had to follow up several times. While these items were all very minor, added up, it made the dinning experience poor.

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ES
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, drinks, and service were good but expensive. 12oz prime rib entrée, Salmon entrée, and four drinks for dinner $100 before tip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. My burger was cooked perfectly and had great flavor. Her steak tacos were fresh and delicious. The hummus plate was yummy. Check out the blood orange beer! Only downside was that the noise level made it hard to talk.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was really greasy, the service was not very attentive to our needs and ignored our request for a refill on coffees.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I decided to go to our first brunch in Champaign. Could not have chosen a better location. The quality of the food was outstanding. The ambience music was perfect. An overall great experience.

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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and food was very good. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch. Had gone on Mom’s weekend so crowded.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Trisha is amazing and made our time so nice.

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BD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Big Tavern never disappoints! Great meal and service!

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EL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our dining experience at Big Grove on Saturday evening. We sat outside, and the temperature was perfect. Our food was perfectly prepared, I loved the beets in dill creme. the creme brulee was outstanding also. We will definitely be back to enjoy Big Grove again, and would give it a high recommendation to our friends and relatives who are looking for a wonderful meal and experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and atmosphere and our server was great!

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Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I would call the food... edible but not great. I probably wouldn’t go back unless they changed how they prepare everything

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