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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.
Champaign, IL 61820
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday- 10:00-2:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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