EDGE by Chef Dustin Allen

4.3
364 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Edge is more than just a restaurant; it's an experience that's new and different every time you dine. While you're enjoying a wine from our extensive menu or relishing one of our signature cocktails, your server will acquaint you with the selections on Chef's ever-changing menu. Each farm-to-table dish has its own story to tell, from the local farm where the fresh vegetables were grown to the meat hand cut by Chef himself. Combining the bounty of farm-fresh, locally-grown ingredients with his elegant yet rustic style of cooking, Chef Allen prepares and presents each dish with an eclectic flair reminiscent of free-formed jazz.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(309) 692-3343
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dustin Allen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kelly Ave
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Entertainment
Edge by Chef Dustin Allen Features an open kitchen that is visible from all seats in the dining room and an interactive chefs counter that allows guest the opportunity to be close to the action while interacting with Edge's staff.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 364 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it was a great experience!

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh, seasonal and best of local foods. Attention to detail in the meals alone is impressive but also in the service.

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FM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great! Keep doing what you’re doing!

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F
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Food was absolutely delightful and service was top notch. Will return soon!!!

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MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our time at Edge! Food and service are always spot on.

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BC
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in a new area, I always search for "Farm to Table" and this seemed like it was going to fit the bill. It was a cold night, an early snow and we walked in at 6pm with reservations, yet no one was in the dining room. After we ordered a drink, out came delicious bread with a room temperature butter filled with fresh herbs. Yum. We chose a fig & date salad which was beyond delicious. 2 for 2. And yet we dined alone. When our main courses were served, several more diners joined us. I chose the shrimp & grits & my husband chose the pork chop. Both were generous portions and the plates were just lovely. We both sat there with moans & groans of how tasty they were. Peoria, do not miss this gem! We will be back next time we pass thru this area.

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l
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the pimento cheese and I am not a pimento cheese lover in the least

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MG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The BLT was served on cold sourdough with cold bacon. The salad was served with a different dressing unsuitable for the dish. Very poor food. The wait staff tried very hard to make up the deficits from the kitchen.

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GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Have been here twice. First time was a real treat! Exceptional food, flavor pairing were amazing. Food was cooked to perfection and plenty to eat. Second time not so much. Same night, apparently one chef was gone. Second chef, I guess they r still learning. Completely different flavor profile for the Appetizer, not as appetizing (saffron shrimp). Got the strip steak with mushroom Risotto, the risotto was undercooked, in my opinion and didn’t taste like mushrooms, more like salt and wasn’t to my taste—I love risotto. Usually risotto is over cooked and mushy. This time
It was undercooked and too difficult
To chew, beyond firm, hard better discribes it. The steak was cooked to perfection (med rare). My daughters was also cooked perfectly med as ordered. She skipped the risotto and had potatoes which were nice. My husbands halibut was well cooked and he liked it but no wow factor. First time eating there was a wow. I’m very thankful our fantastic waitress Heather informed us they were down a chef as we probably wouldn’t have returned again for a long time. Now, I’m hopeful we will once again enjoy our experience there. If the sous chef or head chef is there, go! This place is fantastic. But without them it’s hit or miss.

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FM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were greeted with a friendly smile and seated right away. Our waitress was knowledgeable, made good suggestions. She was attentive despite the fact that the restaurant was busy. I had the beet salad and my wife had the fig salad. Both salads were very fresh, refreshing and tasty. I had the pork chop, it was delicious however a good portion of it was fat. Perhaps that the tomahawk style and if so then okay. My wife had the Halibut and it was delicious as well.
This was not our first time and we will return to Chef Dustin again. We've recommended it to friends and family.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Farm to Table restaurant in the Heights. Clean, Crisp, Sleek modern décor adds some metropolitan feel to the restaurant. Great cocktails (they make a fantastic "Old Fashioned".)

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RI
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

VERY NICE GOOD SERVICE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD HAD A VERY NICE EVENING WILL RETURN

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place just by chance! We were in town for the weekend for our wedding anniversary. The service was outstanding as well as the food. I had the pasta with meatballs. Delish! My husband had the bone in pork chop and said it was the best pork chop he's ever had! The atmosphere was comfortable and we'd go back next time we come to town.

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JD
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wine pairing on the menu, they were spot on, perfectly cooked steak, in house cured Ham wonderful, great desserts

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KD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Dustin and his staff were incredible! We had wonderful service and suggestions from Heather and were also visited by the sous-chef. I couldn't of asked for a better experience. The food, people, knowledge, and attention to all details were impeccable! I can not wait for my next experience at EDGE.

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DU
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation online a week or so beforehand. Took the 5pm slot not knowing how busy the'd be on a Saturday. After figuring out parking we entered thru what was the rear entry. We were 10 minutes early and broke up the team planning meeting, but were greeted promptly and sat at a table near the window. They asked who I was by name so I assume they only had one reservation for this slot. We told them we were here for our anniversary which I also noted on the online reservation seeing they had a picture of a special dessert with chocolate writing on it. The prices caught me a little, but not too bad for fine dining. We both ordered salads which were very fresh and flavorful. My wife had the salmon and I had the burger. Her meal was very good. I had a bite and it was cooked perfectly with the sauce being a great compliment. My burger wasn't great. The big complaint was the bun. A plain ol white bread bun. Within 2 bites the bottom was completely soggy and the weight of the meat had flattened it completely. My fingers smashed through the wet top one was well leaving nothing to hold onto. I took the buns off and set them aside. The patty itself and toppings were okay. It was cooked correctly to medium well, but had too much burnt taste. We ordered the chocolate mousse desert. Our plates were cleared with no question of how anything was only my bun remaining. Now around 6, the restaurant is filling quickly, around half, and the volume increased significantly. Dessert came out a while later so I was expecting a treat. It was explained that the chef had put his take on the the traditional mousse as here it had been rolled in powder and topped fresh whipped cream. Each of us had two large bite worthy examples of this special preparation. They were delicious, but for the price, more than four bites please. So a nice dinner, one glass of wine, and tip was $100. As we got in the car my wife asked about the anniversary, but they forgot I guess.

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SS
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My salad was little to be desired. It was cold rotisserie chicken with the fat from the chicken mixed in the lettuce. Last time I had their chicken salad it was great and had hot, fresh cooked chicken.

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NJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was a hit and miss experience, but overall great. The food was generally good. Appetizers were a cheese platter and deviled eggs with salmon. The eggs were fantastic. The cheese platter was decent, except one of the slices was entirely rind. Specialty cocktails were good, especially the lemon drop and the Sassy. However the cocktail with the smoked rosemary was overwhelming, unpleasantly smoky. It was described as tasting like a burning pine tree. I'm not sure how it was not a mistake, it made Laphroaig taste like water. The staff was great about replacing with one of the other cocktails, which were again fantastic. Entrees were good. Ham hock was wonderfully done, only complaint was very spicy spots with jalapenos. Interesting preparation, really neat idea, great execution. Pork chop was also very flavorful, great accompaniments. Slightly overdone to our tastes, but not exceptionally so, and we tend to prefer our pork less done than most. Wine list was good, with good variety at a nice range of price points. Service was a little lacking unfortunately. They may have been down a server, because I saw only one waitress for the the entire (small) restaurant, maybe 15 tables? This led to things like us not getting steak knives for several minutes after our food was delivered until we tracked down someone to bring them, plates sitting empty for almost the entire meal, and not being able to order additional rounds of drinks. That said, it might have been a blip in an otherwise good experience as the server was knowledgeable and friendly.

Overall, good food, nice ambiance, good drinks, service problems could have been due to being down staff. For the price I would expect fewer issues though. Recommended but with some reservations.

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RO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

EDGE is an established restaurant in Peoria that has recently moved into this building. The décor is very 'restrained' and the floors are polished concrete. High industrial ceiling. No view of kitchen. Seats maybe 75.

The menu is limited to five entrees. Beef Pork Fish. Extensive wine menu. Limited wine by the glass.

Staff was wonderful. Kitchen was accommodating (swapped potatoes for quinoa). Salomon dish was undercooked and was salad-like with plenty of cucumbers and dill. Pork chop was large and medium highly seasoned with cubed eggplant as a principle side.


There are other local restaurants with better food, more extensive menu, at a somewhat lower price!

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Edge has a really interesting, innovative and nuanced menu that offers something interesting and exciting to virtually everyone regardless of taste / dietary preferences. The service was prompt and personable and the food was delicious. Really an eclectic option for dinner.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went on a rare date night during the week and it was pretty quiet when we first got there for dinner but it livened up as time passed. The food was like nothing we have ever tasted and so very delicious. We ordered some original cocktails that were amazing and worth every penny. The service was great and I love how they're never rushing you out the door, just letting you enjoy every second and morsel. I would definitely recommend, it's a tad pricey but everything is worth it! This place is a gem and I haven't been to anything like it.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb farm to table cuisine with some unusual touches. We had the salmon and chicken. Both were excellent as was the cheese plate. Their wine list is extensive with some great Spanish wine choices.

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AB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Everything we had was absolutely fabulous!

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JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, a great experience. The lamb preparation was unexpected but really hit the mark for taste and tenderness. Loved the caprese and the snapper crudo. Dinner companions were also pleased with the tenderloin. Terrific service with Heather.

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BS
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful farm to table menu that changes frequently. Service was wonderful as was the food and wine. Sleek new industrial look was striking, I but noise level was not conducive to quiet conversation. Must try the deviled eggs with salmon tartar for appetizer as it was delicious and unusual.

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TC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always GREAT food, really enjoy the atmosphere. Staff treat us like family, and are always happy to see us. Chef Dustin comes out to talk with us, and we enjoy the conversation.

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R
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Moderate value for the money. We got a cheese plate (good), ribeye (very good), salmon (very good but lukewarm), and halibut (okay and almost cold). We also got the chocolate tres leche cake, which was tiny and tasted like a moist Betty Crocker mix. Service was strong.

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SA
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most fabulous waitress. She exercised great patients with my crazy sister and her difficulty selecting a wine.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The two meals I have had here since the move to the new location have been very disappointing. The menu selection is very slim for both lunch and dinner, the atmosphere is very loud and the service could be much better. I enjoyed the original Edge much more than the new location.

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BB
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal with my wife and sister to celebrate my Sis's birthday. Food was ver good, service was excellent.

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RR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome dinner. I love this place! I ate there 3 times this week. Salmon is always perfect. Steak is spectacular . Wine list very diverse.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cheese tasting trays were wonderful! We were there for the Thursday burger special and several in our party enjoyed that. Overall great experience. Thank you!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress did a great job working with us on substitutions and off menu items for our party.

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G
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tasting and high quality food. When we are in town and want to have a great restaurant experience, we go to Edge.

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TB
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

My Walleye was excellent, the pea pods served with it were perfect. The Ramps were stringy and I couldn't chew them. The mushrooms were outstanding. My husbands Pork had very impressive bone. He loved it. Our friend had the Filet and said it was fantastic. Service was great. So food was great, but it's COLD feeling in the space. Cement floors, grey walls, more modern, not warm and welcoming. So hard to decide whether to go back.

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k
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, unique experience. Great care clearly goes into the rotating menu. Everything was delicious.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was hungry for fish, there wasn’t any on the lunch menu so I asked the waitress if they had any specials. The chef whipped up a grilled salmon over yellow lentils! Fantastic!! Thank you, Chef Dustin!!

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating 6 years together and this was the 1st fine dining restaurant we've been to in Peoria. We both left happy, full, and impressed.
Service was incredibly considerate; I'd have to admit they seemed a little understaffed, especially for a weekend. Some of the service at the beginning of our date was slow, but it became more regular by the 2nd course.

We were pleasantly surprised by the cocktails; interesting ideas and well executed.
Only criticism is somewhat pretentious: we felt that the Old Fashioned should have a singular Large Sphere or Cube.

We were surprised when we couldn't find any vegetarian meals when we arrived, but our server assured us not to worry and to entrust the chef with whatever dietary restrictions we may have. Ultimately we loved the ramps and potato dish he came up with.
The volume of food we got over the 4 courses was not only sufficient, but maybe slightly too much. Loved the fact we left stuffed; trivially saddened our food coma took us to bed earlier than expected.

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SL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a great evening, excellent food and service. Can’t wait to see the new environs.

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