C3 Bar

4.6
156 reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
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
What 156 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was not that good and it was pricey for what you got. We won’t be returning.

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N
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Surprisingly excellent. A real gem. I would go again.

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DR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit very impressive. Quiet, great service, excellent food & coctails. I generally don't give 5 stars but almost did here. We will go again.

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DP
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Great food. Loved the arctic Char special. We go to C3 whenever we get to Bloomington!

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JB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good, with the exception of one dish that several people in our party ordered and did not love (chicken). Appetizers were great, as was service and the drink menu is varied and creative. Very good atmosphere.

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MA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful experience, I come often for business meetings.

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Naples
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Twice last week we had a great time at C3. Hope to have a chance to go back before we go for the winter to Florida.

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EB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I personally do not like dark ambiances for dinner. C3 has not enough lights to see what you are eating. They served appetizers cold, which means they were not fresh. If I am paying fine dinner price, I would like to see more special service rather than just grabing the plate from the refirigator. Sadly, this is an “okay” restuarant for Bloomington standarts.

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TO
Indiana
309 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the squash soup and the onion soup were fantastic! And, the "Hake" fish special was delicious! As usual, I ate too much! Great place with great food and great service! We highly recommend C3!

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FL
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Like they have live music on Thursdays.

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Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely evening dining on the patio. Perfect weather. Even better food.

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LW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our evening out at C3! Five of us gathered on a Monday night to celebrate the birthday of a friend. I had made the reservation about 30 minutes before we arrived. As soon as we walked in the door, the hostess greeted me by name as if they were expecting us. Awesome! They had a table ready for us, and once we were seated, the server mentioned "I see you're here for a birthday!" They really paid attention to the Open Table reservation.
The food and drink experience was great. Loved the $5mule special for Monday, but we also tried several craft cocktails - all delicious. We had a lengthy meal with starters, mains, and deserts. Each dish was fresh, creative, colorful. So great when different flavors, textures, and portions are all on point !

Really excited to come back again. Thank you C3!

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BH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

This experience was just not what we were hoping for at all. I'm a firm believer in reviews on Google, but this one led me very wrong. C3 has all the promise of a nice, upscale restaurant, but doesn't deliver (the reviews, pictures online, the outside seating, and the initial entrance to the restaurant set us up for a different experience than we received). The server was pleasant and attentive, and the appetizers were ok, the entrees however were not at all worth wasting our dinner out on. Of the four of us who visited, a friend and I ordered the scallops entree and got a fishy, chewy, sandy meal--truly awful. The restaurant ambiance was something left to be desired, and smelled of fish as a whole, which in retrospect should have alerted us as to the quality of the meal we were about to receive.

All in all, won't go back, wouldn't recommend, and truly disappointed in whoever gave this place a 4+ star review.

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s
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Having eaten here a few times, I was extremely disappointed in our last visit. The ting ting beef had 4 bites-$12???? Mediterranean plate appetizer$14 for mostly pita bread? My sliders were tough, had no horseradish cream, and the onion ring (thought it was supposed to be crispy onion:S was straight out of a frozen bag of onion rings. Got a vodka tonic with NO LIME. Never happened to me before, ANYWHERE. Despite being very slow, the service was HORRIBLE.

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Indiana
309 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

C3 has the best soup! And, their chef's specials are always wonderful. We honestly have never had a disappointing meal here. This is our favorite Bloomington restaurant. Food and service are always perfect!

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SG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town visiting IU and happened upon C3 through Open Table. What a find. We enjoyed our whole experience. The food was great, the service was great. We are hoping to be back!

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Indiana
309 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place! Food is always fantastic and service is perfect! Wonderful soup, specials, cocktails, everything!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner, food was delicious and service good.

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MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service

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H
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, well prepared, we will go back soon. For weekends you need to make your reservation early in the week

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Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening to dine on the patio! Started with the deviled eggs and $5 Old Fashioneds all around (best in Bloomington!). She had the C3 salad and charcuterie platter, while I had the Caesar salad and fish special. All delicious, as always! Kat provided wonderful service as always. We’ve made Tuesdays at C3 a habit that we don’t want to give up...

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SS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Overpriced for what it was. Wasn’t impressed with the quality or quantity of food. Service was great though.

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HM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great service! The would was perfect as well!

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c
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner in celebration of a birthday. Food and service were very good. We definitely will return,

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TO
Indiana
309 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Squash soup is great as are the scallops! Friends' loved their sea bass special as well!

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W
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating 30th college reunion

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Indiana
309 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had another fabulous meal at C3! Honestly, we've never had anything here we didn't love! Their soup is always delicious. Tonight's was watermelon and it was wonderful! Their sopes were delicious! This has become our favorite Bloomington restaurant! Go! You won't be disappointed!

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food- we started with the sales and had the specials. The trout with the beet and fennel hash was awesome. Great place with great food!

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H
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here regularly and have never had a bad meal. This is currently our favorite restaurant.

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Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner with the friends on the patio. We started with C3 Salads (a new favorite, though it’s hard to beat their Caesar). She had the Braised Miller Farms Chicken, while I had the Chef’s Special, a smoked pork chop with roasted Brussels sprouts that was melt-in-your-mouth delicious! We always come on Tuesday for the best $5 Old Fashioned in Bloomington ($5 special includes their Manhattan and vodka or gin martini as well).

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had stopped going due to my diet and I'm glad I tried again. Their menu has many selections now that I can eat, and the wine list is still fabulous! I will definitely put C3 on my list of frequently visited.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant made for an excellent evening. The reception and service was well done. The servers were not pushy and not invasively annoying. The menu offered a variety of choices for a varied audience. The food was very good and well presented. All in our party (4) enjoyed the evening. And, NO TV's --great!

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Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed delicious dinner with friends on the patio. The Caprese Salad small plate was delicious, as were the scallops. Also receiving high praise at our table was the Seared Striped Sea Bass special. Visit Tuesday for the best $5 Old Fashioned in town! (Tuesday specials include $5 vodka or gin Martinis and Manhattans as well, but I’m partial to the old fashioned.)

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TO
Indiana
309 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Bloomington! We have never had a disappointing meal here and service has always been perfect. Staff is friendly and welcoming! We will definitely be back!

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JE
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

C3 is the best place in Bloomington. Great cocktails, food, and also live music.

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BH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent service! We were also impressed with the very nice selection of wines.

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JM
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The music was way too loud when we arrived and our meals did not arrive together- there was a huge lag and we all had to wait. The food was wonderful and we did have a good time

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TO
Indiana
309 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here once a week and always leave positive reviews. This may sound suspicious to some diners but, honestly, we have never had a bad meal here! Their soup and deviled eggs are always different when we come in on Fridays and they are always just great. We usually have one of the nightly specials and they are delicious. It's gotten very busy since people have found out about it so it pays to reserve pretty far in advance. Great place!

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LM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and delicious food, nice atmosphere, convenient parking

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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We started with a couple of glasses of wine with the spread appetizer that was great. We then went on to small plates with more wine and crab cakes and salads. All in all a great place to dine with good wine in a lovely setting.

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