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Big Grove Tavern

4.4
530 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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 530 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.3
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4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HollyH (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s Day dinner

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MollyW (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We enjoyed a bottomless mimosas with our brunch entrees. I had the hotcakes and they were delicious. Great spot for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food. Very noisy. Service was good but very slow; seemed understaffed.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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MCHIRICA (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Very nice environment and great food!

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MerryT 
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent experience! Best food we have had in CU in a long time. Highly recommend the salmon and ribeye!!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Started of good the crab cak were awesome. We all had the prime rib and it wasn’t very good.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

The food, service and ambiance was lovely. It was a bit pricey.

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DebD (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Our server was amazing. The champagne in the endless mimosa was awful. They will have to do better with that. The food was great!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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vipamee (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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 .

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Kadeez14 (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Don't go. It isn't worth the mediocre, over alter food.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

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Grizzled (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Fun time at a fabulous location for checking out the downtown scene

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vipsoprano (Austin)
3.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

Great service! Very attentive & polite!

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bsorno23 (Chicago)
5.0  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!

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viplisamarch (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 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.

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Wisetraveler26 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 29, 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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