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About Big Grove Tavern

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.

1 E Main Street
Champaign, IL 61820
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

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


Cross Street:
Neil Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(217) 239-3505

Website:
http://www.biggrovetavern.com/

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.

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

Private Party Contact:
info@BigGroveTavern.com: (217) 239-3505

Additional:
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

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Big Grove Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
Good for a Date (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
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Local Ingredients (13)
Fun (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Special Occasion (11)
People Watching (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Neighborhood standard, but slipping a little. This restaurant is a neighborhood standard, with healthy farm-to-table approach to their cuisine. But the skill level and creativity vary over time. This particular trip was one of those times when the skill wasn't so obviously strong. The gnocchi in particular were not up to standard - much better gnocchi could be had across the street, for example. The service is good, the ambiance is very pleasant, and there's nothing showy about the experience. Still, it's a disappointment compared to some earlier times I've been at the restaurant, where I felt the influence of California cuisine was strong. Maybe they've changed chefs, or maybe they just don't care that much anymore? Certainly there are more interesting places to eat locally. Unfortunate.

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was great, and our server was awesome, handled a special bday request that we had. However, everything took longer than it should have (order taking, getting our food). This was NOT our server's fault. She was literally the ONLY one working the tables in the entire restaurant. For a busy Saturday night, on Dad's weekend, one server, really?? It's too bad because the food itself really was great.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great service! Very attentive & polite!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Took my wife here on a date and it was terrific. The food was great, and an outstanding value for the price. Only negative was that it was very busy and the cocktails took a very long time between when we ordered them and when they were brought to our table. Service was great though, just one of the drawbacks of being at a crowded restaurant!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Accommodating server who handled our multiple checks and need to get to a theater performance like a pro. The menu had something for everybody, from our teens who wanted a sandwich to our vegetarian with risotto to the steak-lovers among us.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food tasted quite ordinary. The grilled salmon was dry. The salad did not have enough dressing or goat cheese in it. Most problematic was the arrival of the appetizer and the entre at the table at the same time. What kind of service is that?

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fun, open space in downtown Champaign with pretty good food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great menu with many healthy, organic options. Many of the options are farm-to-table. We were there for brunch and they offered a lot of traditional and also unique healthy brunch entres. Our food was very good.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Organic, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always tasty and out of the ordinary. Always great service. I had the crabmeat benedict and it was divine. Salad was simple greens with perfect dressing. A bit pricey, but sure do love the food and coffee here. Keeps me coming back when I come to Champaign.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was outstanding and creative, and the prime rib was prepared with the careful attention it deserved.. Worth trying for sure. The service was some of the least attentive and disappointing I can remember I can remember. Maybe the server was having a bad night.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Pretty chill atmosphere, casual to formal; the food was good and fairly priced, drinks were pretty good as well; service was A1, server was friendly and knowledgeable

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Awesome brunch, awesome service and love the unlimited mimosas! Great ambiance.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Ordered the Prime Rib medium rare which was the most expensive thing on the menu and their special for the day. They first brought me a ribeye steak and then sent it back because it was not what I ordered. I waited for about 15 minutes (everyone else at my table was almost done eating by then) and they brought out my Prime Rib finially. When I cut into it it was not even close to medium rare. The steak had zero blood and was cooked well done. Totally not what I ordered

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Four friends for dinner. We all enjoyed very much. Parking was difficult.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Seated promptly but had to wait 20 minutes for a server to help our table. That was AFTER I made a comment to the host. wife finished her meal before she was offered a coffee refill. Food was good though.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our waitress was friendly and helpful, the food was good and the wine was delicious. Nice, relaxed dinner - no one rushing us. Took our time and ordered two desserts which were both very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a great time and FANTASTIC service for my friend's belated birthday brunch. Thanks so much!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Staff was outstanding. Very attentive but not hovering. Food very good but a little expensive. A 3-star value for money with a 5-star staff.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

As always great, creative, tasty food options for Brunch. Even greater service by the team at Big Grove Tavern!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Fun, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Romantic, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

very good food but not great....kind of loud outside...server was very attentive...interesting menu

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We hadn't been to the restaurant in awhile and were impressed with our experience. My husband had a shrimp & grits dish that was amazing. I had a risotto; it was very good. The cocktails and service were great as well. We sat outside which was nice for enjoying a beautiful evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

We went out with friends and had a great meal. The service was pretty slow, but other than that it was a great place! We are outside and definitely recommend that, but inside looked nice too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Always solid meal! My son's favorite place for a "last meal".

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Had a great time sitting outside in the patio area. Great burgers and the pecan dessert was great. Would dine here again.

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great place for friends, food, and drinks!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Relaxed yet elegant atmosphere with exceptionally prepared food.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was very good but a little pricey. Server could have been a little nicer but she seemed new. Overall was good and would return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Nice service, quickly seated prior to reservation, above average food

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Went during one of Champaign's Friday Night Live events, which made it really busy. The food arrived before the drinks because the bar was so backed up. The waitress kept forgetting things, then did not check on us for a good long while. We were done, but had to wait a long time to be asked about dessert, which we did not want, then a long time before the checks were brought, then a long time before the checks were picked back up, then a long time before the finished checks were returned with credit cards to be signed, then the waitress mixed up one of our checks with another table, then the waitress had dropped our friends' credit card by the other table she had handed it to... You get the picture.

I still recommend Big Grove Tavern, and outside on the sidewalk during Friday Night Live is a fun experience, but plan for it to be a slow dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Staff was outgoing and friendly, but that didn't change the fact that the ribeye was mediocre, and when I ordered my second beer, the waiter asked if I had already drank it (possibly joking?), when in fact it had never arrived. We were done with our meal and nearly ready to leave for a movie when it did arrive, and to add to my poor experience, the glass it arrived in was a smaller size 12 oz snifter, instead of the 16 oz pint glass. When I voiced my concern, the waiter said he would go fetch the other 4 oz....I informed him that we didn't have time to wait and that we were ready to leave. I was surprised that we were indeed charged for the full beer that arrived missing 25% of the volume, over 20 minutes after ordering. Management clearly needs to get more help behind the bar and train their people better in mitigating/resolving problems.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Are outside as a single. Beautiful summer Mingus with an interesting menu. Will need to go back to try a few other items. Server knew the menu very well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Love to go for brunch!!! Order an entree and get unlimited mimosas or fresh squeezed tomatoes for a Bloody Mary! Now who else has that?! Usually have different mimosas each week! Also enjoy the outdoor seating when weather allows!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent location and menu. Our server, Tracy, was excellent. Will definitely fine here again. Highly recommended !

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Book club with 5 friends... seated in back , little noise and excellent food
Oyster night ... oysters were tiny😔

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Meat and cheese plate was very underwhelming. Food was okay but not great. Server was nice but bar was too busy for one bartender and took forever to get drinks.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

A wonderful evening with live music for Friday Nights in Champaign. My salad was delicious and the staff were very attentive to my husband and I. My husband absolutely loved his mushroom risotto with duck confit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was ok, we ordered Steak & Frittes. Waiter forgot to serve our appetizer. Hostesses were cold & rude upon arriving. Chocolate cake was very good!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was ok, not great, but great service

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·Dined on July 19, 2017

We always enjoy our visits to Big Grove. Food and service are always fantastic. Had such a great time, we returned three days later with guests from out of town and Trisha, our server, guided us with perfect food and wine choices for everyone. Excellent experience and we will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 3, 2017

A salad was so spicy that my wife, a lover of spicy, could not eat it!
My hamburger and fries were possibly the BEST that I have ever had.
Big Grove Tavern, one of our favorite places, looks a bit worn, and perhaps it could use some updating.
All in all, however, it was a very satisfactory+ dining experience for us. We'll go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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