Hamilton Walkers

4.5
569 reviews
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Hamilton Walker’s is the community’s gathering place. Founded by three long-time residents of Champaign, this modern steakhouse with a chic 1940's Hollywood vibe is an inviting gathering place and backdrop for meeting, dining, and socializing; for friends, family, and business; for toasting special events and celebrating life.
Our mission is to offer memorable food and flawless service in an extraordinary setting.

The kitchen is stewarded by widely-respected culinarian, Chef Zachary Schweig. Our inspired menu—created from the finest premium aged meats, freshest seafood, and hand selected produce, and expertly prepared with the highest quality ingredients and flavorful seasonings—offers a superior dining experience, presented with Hamilton Walker's signature flair.

Hamilton Walker's team embraces the philosophy of exceptional service. We consider our employees our most important resource, our best ambassadors, our family.
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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was our first trip to Hamilton Walkers. The food was very good, we really enjoyed it. Service was good, but not exactly what I would have expected from a nice steakhouse. I’m not sure if our server was just new or what. He didn’t walk us through the menu, or give any recommendations. He brought the bread and butter to the table but didn’t tell us what the butters were, and there were three kinds so it would have been nice to know. We would still eat here again though.

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B
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place to take a date or group. Nice ambiance, friendly service good food. Fairly pricey in my opinion, however it was a nice experience will probably return at some point.

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SA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was great and our server was great too. There was a variety of Bourbons listed on the menu (more than 10) which really pleased my husband.

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D
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This was a birthday celebration meal and I was disappointed. The three of us were seated next to a large table with young, noisy children. At times we were barely able to converse due to the commotion next to us. Food was average, nothing special. My prime rib was actually cool and I almost sent it back. Now wish I did. Sides were tasty. Service was ok, nothing outstanding. Overall, not a great value given the prices. Expected much more. Will probably not return.

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KN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so happy to find such great brunch food in Champaign! Will definitely go back!

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JA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great dinner and service as usual. The manager and head chef stopped by to make sure we were happy with everything...great time!

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great waitress, great scallops, management checked on us twice during the meal. I will be coming back again very soon!

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Great service. Super solid overall experience!

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We had a 6pm reservation and were seated promptly. However, it took some time for the server to take our order. Our food was finally delivered to our table at 6:50pm. We had to quickly eat and did not have time to finish our meal as we needed to leave by 7:05pm to get to our event. This made for a very poor value for our money. Also, did not acknowledge my friend's birthday even though I specified it on the reservation AND mentioned it to the hostess as we were being seated. What little bit of food we were able to gobble down quickly tasted good.

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H
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant in the heart of downtown Champaign, IL. A somewhat limited select of menu choices at lunch but what we had was really good. So was the service; our waiter was very attentive but not pushy. Lots of good places to eat in downtown Champaign but I would definitely go back to Hamilton Walkers.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We were there last night, the seafood appetizer was great but went downhill after that. Had a hair in my soup and then our four steaks were all over done...after all of that, their method to "take care" of us was to offer us a free $6 dessert after spending $250 on dinner, very disappointing!

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C
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a relaxing space to catch up with old friends. The food and service were excellent. We will be back in April when we get together again.

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I keep hearing great things about HW, but will have to disagree next time. The service was A+ and would have helped the cause, but when the food arrives 10 min later and we only ordered entree's no apps or salads made me very hesitate about was it truly a gourmet restaurant. The food was mediocre at best. Wish I could say I would go back.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

1st visit to Hamilton Walkers. Overall Very Good-Strong 4.5 stars. Staff was excellent! Food was mostly a hit only missed on the cost of the "shared seafood appetizer special" The taste was quite good but If charging 23+ dollars there needs to actually be enough to share. Only other miss was the Choc. Cake- very dry, won't get that again but EVERYTHING ELSE: steaks x 3 people, Shrimp Entries X2 people, sides, and 3 other desserts were very good (we all shared)!! Note:the rib eye was prepared perfectly w/flavor that was unbeatable! We'll Be Back!

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best filet’s we’ve ever had. Service was top notch.

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I have ever had. Loved the place and the staff. Waitress was awesome. Taking my wife back again soon.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Dinner took a long time, and it was quite noisy with cramped dinner settings. When the food did arrive it was just mediocre. I do not plan on ever going back nor would I recommend this to a friend.

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GW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great, and the food was amazing! Highly recommend!

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JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great drinks and atmosphere. Staff treats you great and are very knowledgeable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine day dinner. Great food, service, and ambiance. Chocolate and gift was a nice touch.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Very nice ambiance- we dressed nice for special evening and table next to us in torn sweatshirts and jeans. Fantastic staff but food was very average especially considering the price. I will not return until I hear the food has gotten better. $44 steak was very mediocre. I don’t mind paying higher prices for food especially if it’s so good you can’t wait to tell others - not the case in my experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited during Valentine week. One diner had the 6 ounce steak special and loved it. Another had the salmon, which is always wonderful. As the house became more full, it felt a bit noisy. Maybe the music was a little too loud. Our server was attentive, and well informed, and the chef stopped by to chat and get feedback. I would come again and come often.

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f
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience

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RF
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday dinner was outstanding from drinks, to appetizers, to entrees to dessert. Service was outstanding.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Firstly, props for this restaurant taking OpenTable reservations.
This was truly a pleasant find. A touch more expensive than perhaps Google Maps let on, but you pay for rich, quality food. The establishment is not large, but doesn't feel tight. If there is a lull in the conversation, Big Band music can be heard unobtrusively in the background, however most of the Saturday night, the room was filled with laughter I'll certainly return.

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding and the ambience was excellent. They really make you feel special from the moment you walk in the door and throughout your entire experience. For these reasons, I will return to give them another chance with the food. The food was good, but not what I expected for a place like Hamilton's. The food was beautifully plated, but lukewarm. And although the crab/shrimp omelette was very good, the french toast was rated one star.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

my filet, which was ordered Medium was undercooked

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i
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time eating here. First time was flawless. This time was almost as good, but my mother-in-law ordered a 6-oz filet and was served a filet that could not have been more than three oz. It was embarrassingly small. Quality of the food was excellent, but the portion was very small.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I have visited this restaurant several times and never had any issue with the food except for the following evening went I took two clients with me. All three of us ordered the chef's special which was sirloin tips and all of us ended the evening stating that the meat was very very grissly and that it must have been a very "poor" cut. As I mentioned, I have had filet's, fish as well as several other entrees and never had any issues. I hope that this was an isolated event and that the quality of beef will change in the future......

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d
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner. Food was great, service was great, and nice ambience.

Unfortunately, toward the end of our meal, a large party (16) was seated near us. They were extremely loud and obnoxious- sometimes yelling from one end of the table to the other. They really were ridiculous! Even our fabulous waiter, Zach, had difficulty hearing us trying to talk to him. Thankfully we were finishing up our complimentary dessert!

We will definitely be back. Next time we’ll asked to be tucked away in a booth toward the back and by the windows.

We’ve finally found a place to have a nice dinner for special occasions.

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CR
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Was a tad loud. Food wasn’t bad but nothing to brag much about. The lobster bisque was great! Steak was cooked perfect but the outside char was a bit standoffish. Mushrooms were a bit over done. Creme Brûlée was perfect as were the cocktails. Our server Nathaniel was superb! On top of things and made sure we had a great experience. One of the top servers I’ve had! Overall not bad but not 5 star. Close, but not all the way.

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M
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently went for Sunday lunch and everything was excellent. We have experienced slightly slow service in the past, but that seems to be resolved and this time everything was perfect. We will definitely return, Hamilton Walkers is a favorite stop when we visit our son at University of Illinois.

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prime rib was to die for. We took some home and had it the next day and it was still GREAT!! The bread and service were both excellent.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food quality you receive when you dine at Hamilton Walkers is second to none. The staff go above and beyond to make sure your meal and experience are memorable. A true gem in Downtown Champaign.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there with our toddler for brunch. Restaurant was not busy and felt service was slow, especially since we had a child with us.

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KD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and experience. Just took a while to get our food over lunch hour so we were late getting back. The $5 burger special was very popular. Glad I made a reservation.

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JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in town. Worth every penny. Great cocktails.

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VY
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Overall food quality was good portions are very small 7 dollar baked potato seems high!
Service was very slow at the start took long time for him to come to our table, once there he was attentive and took care of our table with no problems.

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SL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend here for our To celebrate being together for one year. We are from Decatur and did the drive and it was worth it. Our Server, Zach, was every thing a server should be. The ribeye was flavorful and cooked to perfection while her filet was grilled to exact specs and was a good cut of meat, the food overall was amazing. Other than some guy coming to the complete empty dining room and nonstop complaining about everything from the restaurant to bird box, it was a great experience and would defiantly make the trip over there again!!!!!

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