C3 Bar

4.8
106 reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
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C3….Next door, next level. What does that mean? We’re your neighbors. We live next door and we want to invite you into our home to give you a “next level” customer experience while you enjoy our “next level” design in our sophisticated, comfortable, eclectic atmosphere. We want to impress your palate with our hand-crafted cocktails and innovative, farm to table cuisine. We’ll learn your name, become your good friends and give you some of the best hospitality and service you’ve ever experienced. Let’s meet at C3.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(812) 287-8027
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Smith
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Catering
Full catering, both on premise and off.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hillside or Sare
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Entertainment
Live jazz on alternating Thursdays and Saturdays. Check website for schedule.
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Special events & promotions
C3 is Bloomington's premier venue for your special event. Contact event planner Allison Smith to plan yours today.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
106 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
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Very Good
12%
Good
2%
Fair
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Poor
1%
4.9
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent cocktails and food. Friendly staff. I highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

C3 has the best chilled summer soup! We've had at least four different flavors and they have all been fantastic! And, their seafood specials are creative and delicious. The Caesar salad with Brussels Sprouts is the best we've ever had! Absolutely great place with wonderful staff!

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1.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We were seated and served water. After 15 minutes of sitting with servers just walking by looking at us we decided to leave. Manager met us on the way out and apologized profusely. She offered to buy us a drink and appetizer. We politely declined and I told her we would try again but the mood was kind of lost.

Looked like a nice place and although small the menu had a good selection and prices were what I expected. After a return visit I would guess I will come back and revise my review because I have a feeling they can do a really good job. They just goofed this time.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The halibut special was fantastic as was the Caesar salad with the exceptional Brussels sprouts! The cold soup special is always great as well. Excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food, even better service

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We had a fantastic experience - as always. Great food, impressive drink menu and attentive service .

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Excellent meal and excellent service and excellent libations. All good

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Enjoyed another great dinner at C3. We shared the Yang Yang Shrimp starter instead of our usual salads, then made selections from the chef’s specials. Both chicken dishes were absolutely delicious! Everything is fresh and made to order; I was able substitute asparagus for a starch to accommodate my low-carb diet.

Come on a Tuesday evening for the best $5 Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, and vodka/gin martinis around.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Kitchen was a little slow, but food and wine were excellent. Great place for a slower pace and leisurely dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

C3 is just great! Their cold soup is always fantastic! The deviled eggs with the soy sauce marinade were the best we've ever had! The potato tacos are great and the fish special tonight, wild salmon, was absolutely delicious! Such a wonderful place!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

C3 is our favorite Bloomington restaurant! Their chilled soup is always fantastic, regardless of the particular flavor. And, their Caesar salad with the Brussels Sprouts is to die for! Tried the potato tacos tonight and they were wonderful too as was the chicken special. Everything was just great!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Enjoyed a lovely meal on the patio (barely beating the rain). We both had the Good Life Salad. She had the Sliders while I had the Pork Tenderloin Medallions. Both delicious. Visit on a Tuesday evening to take advantage of the best $5 Old Fashioned, classic Martini,or Manhattan served in Bloomington!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

still one of best in town. two issues, one also on previous visit, which is the starter comes VERY soon after the cocktail, which gives a feeling of being rushed.
second, my partner's fish special was nearly inedible--very tough, tasteless. she sent it back and the server was very good in bringing a simple replacement.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

C3 has become our favorite restaurant in Bloomington. Food is always delicious and service is perfect. Live music is a bonus. Their chilled soups are just fantastic! And, the Brussels Sprouts are great! Delicious side to the Caesar Salad! Staff is always friendly and professional. Great place!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Great food, as always. We both had the Good Life salad (delicious, though our go-to is the Caesar, which is also delicious)... My Chef's Special (pork tips, asparagus, mushroom sauce over polenta) was amazing, as was the Gnocchi. Come Tuesday for the best $5 Old Fashioned (our favorite!), Manhattan, or classic Martini around. Unbeatable!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We now eat at C3 once a week so it's difficult writing a review that often! The food is always great, service as well, staff is friendly and welcoming...did I say food is great? Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great duck. Fantastic $5 Old-Fashioned special. Our go-to Tuesday night dining. Beautiful weather for being outside.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We have eaten at C3 on many occasions and have never had a bad meal, ever! Absolutely love their crispy Brussels sprouts! The chilled potato leek soup was fantastic! Bowl was huge and we actually could have had that plus a small plate and would have had plenty. Of course, we didn't and left stuffed! Outside dining area is very nice but we at too early to be able to eat outside as most of the seating was in the sun. If you go after about 7:30, it should be perfect. Gabe, our server, is always perfect! We'll be back next weekend!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food — shrimp appetizer was awesome and the burger (also wonderful) was large enough to share 😉. Great cocktails! And the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable.

We’ll definitely return!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Beautiful evening for dining outdoors. Enjoyed Bloomington’s best $5 Old-Fashioneds and a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth grill-smoked BBQ pork chop. Companions had the delectable gnocchi and sliders. Definitely will be returning!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The location on the patio is wonderful. Great food and great selection of drinks! I loved it.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Managed to be seated outdoors at a table on the west side around 8:30 PM. Beautiful evening. Delicious food. Fantastic five dollar old-fashioneds. Our go-to establishment for a Tuesday evening dinner.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Food is beyond reproach here. The filet sliders are a must as are the frites. Appetizers were excellent including a bread plate, and dip. Service was a little slow for our table of 8. We did not love the Fruit Loops cocktail, it was way too tart for us. The white Russian ordered was exceptionally strong and maybe made with whole milk or cream, and too heavy. Our server could have been slightly more attentive, & checked on our drinks and water a bit more often. That said, he was very polite when he came around. The restaurant is small & beautifully appointed. I'd eat here again anytime. This was a 10 minute Uber ride from the square. Yum. Have dinner here. You won't regret it.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The meal was great and Zach provided excellent service.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Good quality and great service

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We enjoyed the evening very much. Well prepared food and prompt service. I will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We had another great dinner at C3! New menu is great, service is perfect, just a great experience overall.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Always professional. Good food. Good service

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Food was excellent as was the service. And the icing on the cake- we could talk!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Another great meal at C3! Food was great! Our server Andrew was perfect. We will definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Not a great experience. They had one decent Chardonnay on the menu. They were out of it. The server just brought a different bottle, didn’t mention it wasn’t what I ordered. She went back to their “Somm” who said the replacement bottle was what he recommended and it’s $10/bottle cheaper (which I am sure they would have charged us if I had not pointed it out). Service was spotty (when all Four water glasses and the carafe is empty, you are not visiting the table enough. I ordered the shrimp stew. It did not mention cous cous in the description but cous cous was more than half the dish. It is a nice location with friendly people but needs to improve on the easy stuff.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great cocktails and the burger is simply fantastic.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

It was our second time at C3 Bar. Both times, I wouldn't say the service was exceptional as per the sophisticated ambience and food/drinks list it has. The first time we went, the host was rude--she asked "do you have a reservation" and we said "no," she gave off a very condescending attitude, then said, "um... okay, I guess we could bring you to this side." This time, we were hopeful, especially because the food and drinks we had the first time were great and the service, we decided was "forgivable." Thinking it could be busy, we did make a reservation this time. Host (different employee) was pleasant and she quickly seated us. This is where things went downhill for us, AGAIN. No one came to our service for a good 15 minutes. We called for a waiter OURSELVES who was helping with the table next to us--thinking waiters were assigned by sections (I did a fair share of waiting tables in my college days). She was apologetic, but said there must've been a miscommunication when they seated us because no one was"assigned" to wait our table. We brushed it off--our (I guess) "alternate" waiter asked for our drink orders and we told her we could give her our food orders once she got us our drinks. Another 10+ minutes went by before our drinks were served, by someone else--then the "alternate" waiter came and gave us an excuse of "oh, I just missed your drinks, I was going to go get it, then someone beat me to it." We said, it was fine, then she took our orders. Our food was served, again, by someone else. Bottom-line is, food is good, BUT our service wasn't--AGAIN. Plus, it was earlier in the evening, with several empty seats (apparently), so we KNOW it wasn't a crazy, busy night where waiters were off to "miscommunication" over and over again. Needless to say, our advice is have the restaurant/bar manager to go around checking how guests' experiences are throughout the night--get actual feedback and see if there's anything the management could do differently or improve.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Stop by on a Tuesday evening for the best $5 classic Old Fashioned (or Manhattan or Martini) you’ll ever have!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food quality was superb, service excellent and prices reasonable. Great unique specials offered every day.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, good service, nice place

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

another very good meal, now one of Bloomington's best places. The Cesar salad and the skirt steak were excellent. only negative was service was a bit rushed, with salads and then entrees coming before a reasonable time to enjoy a drink.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

C3 has become one of our very favorite restaurants in Bloomington. Food and service are always excellent. Menu is small but usually has a variety of entrees which should please everyone. We will definitely be back@

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

-We were unhappy that the "special" of the night was already out of stock at 7 pm!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I love C3 Especially looking forward to outside dining and jazz.

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