Our waiter was terrific. He gave us just the right amount of attention. The guacamole deviled eggs were bland but the kale & quinoa salad was yummy. Prime rib on weekends - awesome
The food is very tasty and the atmosphere is comfortable. The staff was nice. Great flavors. Good brew.
Big Grove has a unique variety of brunch selections, but was a bit loud and was overcrowded at the time we went. Would definitely recommend for a dinner place though! The smoked paprika popcorn is a nice touch.
Aged steak had very little taste. The waiter was very nice and atmosphere was good, but the food was not worth the high price.
When I make a reservation on OpenTable and don’t get credit I can’t give a good review. Simple.
We had an Open Table reservation, were excited to try this restaurant and arrived into the lovely large dining area.....and were promptly taken to a back room and sat in the farthest corner of that room. There WERE several open tables in the front, more lively area. I felt like we were being seated in an overflow room normally used for a party room. While our waitress seemed to be doing her best, we saw very little of her, and it took an inordinate amount of time to get our food. And we did not realize ONLY their Sunday brunch menu was available at the time we were there and felt it pretty limited. We were told the kitchen wasn't 'set up' for anything but brunch foods. I don't really buy that as the regular menu began just as we were leaving. Overall, food was good, but I don't think I will be returning.
Busy night as it was Valentine’s Day. All service staff were wonderful and so kind even though they were swamped. The manager Daniel stopped by and our server Tracy checked in just the right amount. We look forward to coming back soon.
Valentine’s Day dinner
We enjoyed a bottomless mimosas with our brunch entrees. I had the hotcakes and they were delicious. Great spot for brunch!
Sunday Brunch was very disappointing. While our party enjoyed the service and the atmosphere, the food was very underwhelming. One of us had a standard breakfast and that meal was good. My wife and I tried a Mexican themed brunch entree that was very much below average. I might go back for drinks, but I will need to see some changes in menu before I would eat there again.
Great food. Very noisy. Service was good but very slow; seemed understaffed.
Having reservations, two of us were seated promptly, another of our small group joined us soon thereafter. We enjoyed a very tasty breakfast. Cream was not immediately offered with the coffee - that was the only service flaw, so overall very good service. I do enjoy Big Grove and have been there many times prior to this review. Highly recommended!
Food was OK. Like the APP hummus platter. My husband got the pork belly ramen, too much ramen and the meat was very greasy. Mine was a salad with chicken, normal as it should be.
Food mediocre at best. Prime Rib chewy and lots of gristle, the medium
rare seared tuna not even close to cooked correctly. So loud our waitress had to scream the specials at our table. Was looking forward to relaxed enjoyable Friday night after a long week at work. Long time until I try again. Not impressed.
We ordered appetizers and entrees. All were delicious. Service was perfectly time, even though the restaurant was very busy. All cocktails we ordered were excellent.
The menu is very unique and the food was delicious. We waited nearly an hour for our food even though it wasn't very busy. Our waiter checked in regularly so I think it was truly the kitchen that was behind.
Very nice environment and great food!
We are giving Big Grove a 2 on food because we had a (rare) unpleasant experience on our recent visit. My husband ordered the "Catch of the Day," which happened to be trout (which he loves) and I ordered fish tacos. When our meal was delivered to us, I thought it odd that the Manager came over with the server. He said to my husband, "I hope it's ok with you but the kitchen ran out of trout so they prepared tuna for you." Well, it wasn't ok at all. Husband doesn't care for tuna even a little bit. Why wouldn't they have let us know ahead of time that they were out of the trout and allowed my husband to make another choice. The way they handled it, he had to send it back and order another entree. All the while, my fish tacos sat in front of me getting cold. I didn't want to eat until husband had his food but he kept insisting that I go ahead. I finally did and the fish tacos were bland and tasteless; not at all what I expected. His entree (a pasta dish) came out when I was almost finished eating and it was very good. However, the experience was way below par and we left extremely disappointed.
Excellent experience! Best food we have had in CU in a long time. Highly recommend the salmon and ribeye!!
Started of good the crab cak were awesome. We all had the prime rib and it wasn’t very good.
Great food, great atmosphere
The food, service and ambiance was lovely. It was a bit pricey.
Our server was amazing. The champagne in the endless mimosa was awful. They will have to do better with that. The food was great!
We were the last table of the day, Christmas Eve, and the snow was really coming down. Though we were the only ones left, they did not hurry us at all, but everyone remained super-friendly, patient with our indecisiveness and they kept the kitchen open until we had everything we wanted. They made all the dishes and drinks we asked for, including a key lime brulee at the end of our meal. My father loved his steak (medium), and I consider him a picky eater. My avocado toast was fresh and balanced in flavors. My son ordered the gumbo dish and did not leave anything behind. We had great food and wonderful service. The holiday music was tasteful, not obnoxious. We will definitely return, with or without a holiday.
I love Big Grove. It's a gem of restaurant that consistently serves delicious, often interesting, food in a town not known to do either. The portions are more than ample, the wine list is reliable and the service is always efficient and pleasant. But it's the food quality and welcoming atmosphere that brings us back again and again. The people at Big Grove care about what they do and the restaurant experience reflects it. That, to me, is an unsung part of what makes going to restaurants special. It's getting harder and harder to find, though, as every business person and their cousin jumps on the restaurant bandwagon. Yet BGT continues to please and impress every time we go.
Great Bar food and nice place to go for drinks and chill. Nice sitting at the bar and to be able to look out on to the busy stree .
Spectacular service! Our table was ready and waiting for us upon arrival and our server was extremely polite and prompt. The menu offered so many delicious choices and the atmosphere was sophisticated and chic but comfortable to almost any taste. We were there for a business meeting but I will certainly return for the next brunch or date night.
Don't go. It isn't worth the mediocre, over alter food.
The waitress was a little awkward but nothing too bad. The restaurant was strange because it was huge but there weren’t that many people there, made us feel out of place. Really good buffalo chicken appetizers and overall food was good.
Fun time at a fabulous location for checking out the downtown scene
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.
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.
Great service! Very attentive & polite!
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!
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.
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?
Fun, open space in downtown Champaign with pretty good food.
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.
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.
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.