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Big Grove Tavern

4.2
548 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
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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 548 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 5 days ago

The service was Very slow! There were no blue cheese olives for the bloody Mary’s and I was told I would get a discount on my bill that never materialized, many items on the menu were unavailable, it took forever to get food and drinks and the refill on coffee was nonexistent. Our food was good but the service, subpar.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Love this place!!! My mom and I came here for Mother's Weekend at U of I. We attended the Sunday brunch and everything from start to finish was amazing. The place was beautiful and the food was awesome.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice. Good service. Host gave us some attitude about being a few minutes late (called a few minutes earlier to let them know).

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Had a special menu for Mom's Weekend, limiting their menu with certain items, but also had great specials with flavorful dishes. Quick seating with reservation and decent service.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The place was soo busy that our waitress, although nice, made us incredibly nervous. I think she was trying to act calm but had way too many tables to service. It was strange, we felt rushed even though the service was slow (slow in a good way). Someone was always filling out water glasses -- that's good. Something about the whole place was off -- it was loud, our waitress, the 'okay' food. Maybe we'll just have to try it again.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

The menu has potential but the execution is lacking. Too much dressing on the salads, limited flavor in breakfast burrito, stale donut for dessert

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Mother’s weekend

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

This was a fun place UIUC Mom’s Weekend, got a last minute reservation at a favorable time. The service was great, gets very loud when busy. Our only warning is to those who don’t eat spicy. The risotto had a spicy sauce under the rice that was not noted as spicy on the menu.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Had to ask twice for our drink order, was not busy. Food was not cooked to order. Dessert menu was awful. I wish the restaurants in Champaign would focus on good food not weird ingredients. I will take a pass on olive oil on my vanilla ice cream.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Meal was good and the dessert was phenomenal. However, the service was lacking. The waiter rarely came over to refill drinks. Service was slow despite the restaurant not being near full.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This is an excellent restaurant and I always enjoy eating here.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was good and service was great. First time at this place and we would definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The food is very tasty and the atmosphere is comfortable. The staff was nice. Great flavors. Good brew.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Aged steak had very little taste. The waiter was very nice and atmosphere was good, but the food was not worth the high price.

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1.0Dined on March 7, 2018

When I make a reservation on OpenTable and don’t get credit I can’t give a good review. Simple.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day dinner

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Very nice environment and great food!

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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