Hamilton Walker's

4.8
984 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 984 people are saying
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BigShow
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great, especially the deserts. Service was excellent. Comfortable seating and can have a conservation. It was pricey thou.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Early dinner in the bar. Hannah provided excellent service. Our drinks were refilled regularly. Food was delicious and hot.

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MaryW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with the atmosphere and then the service and food! a wonderful place in Champaign IL to celebrate a graduation, grade or just life!

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Disneyfan7
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner on both filet mignon and grilled salmon! Husband and I had a great anniversary dinner. Ambiance was perfect. Highly recommend.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the kind words Disneyfan7! Hoping to serve you again soon!

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BECKYO
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special 40th birthday celebration for my friend. In a party of four, the staff found such special ways to make her day just perfect. From a personalized menu, champagne to toast as soon as we were seated, complete with a birthday dessert that she enjoyed immensely; they did it all!!! The waitress was attentive and full of excellent suggestions. The manager, Nathan, was so thorough and spot on with his guidance in the planning process. And finally, the FOOD....OH the FOOD!!!! Two people got the 20oz steak and it was cooked to perfection with consistent grunts and primal moans while taking it in. I got the filet and I think I made my fair share of blissful noises as well (sorry to all the people around us). The birthday girl got the crab cakes and not only were they delicious they were so big she brought 1/2 of her plate home. The mac & cheese and scallops w/ mustard sauce were highly recommended coming in to this dinner and they did not disappoint. Their top shelf liquor added the perfect addition to a pretty much perfect meal. My husband says it was the best Old Fashioned he had ever had. Thank you to all involved in making this such an amazing experience! You now have four future repeat customers.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded 4 days ago

What a great read BECKYO! We appreciate your descriptive review and are honored you noticed all of our efforts. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipAndreaH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Such a great cozy dinner in the bar with my family. I loved all their GF options, especially their warm GF bread!!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the great review AndreaH! We appreciate you taking the time to send in your feedback. Until next time!

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vipR2501
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The steaks were were good but not quite to the requested temperature. Sightly over but we did not want to make a fuss and delay the meal. The sides were excellent and the service was attentive without being intrusive. One cocktail was not as ordered. I ordered a Rob Roy made with dry vermouth and olive garnish, it came with sweet vermouth and a cherry. A small thing. I drank it and enjoyed it but not as ordered. I was surprised to learn that a steakhouse did not have sufficient baked potatoes and were not available to someone with an 8pm reservation or later. Our table enjoyed the evening and the dinner but restaurant did not achieve the level of excellence its price point requires. The restaurant need to attend to some details.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 10, 2021

We appreciate you pointing out the shortcomings that you experienced during your visit. Agreed that these details need to be attended too. Please give us another shot to experience what we do on the norm here at Hamilton Walker's. Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to your next visit.

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JimmyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere and food!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded 4 days ago

So happy you had a great time. Looking forward to serving you again.

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vipChicagoE
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was all right. Way too loud for friends catching up.
Food was good. No special plating, not a five star, but good.
No sign of any labor shortage here, and staff was well trained so someone(s) is doing something right!!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to send in your feedback ChicagoE! We appreciate your visit and recognition of our staff. Please join us again in the future.

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vipPlink
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Dinner treat while visiting our son at school. Service was top notch. His medium steak looked more medium well. The meatloaf was disappointed. Meat was like Swiss steak or hamburger. Sauce on it was good, but I wouldn’t buy it again.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Plink. Thanks for taking the time to send in your feedback about your experience with us. Our apologies on the temperature on your son's steak. We hope we offered to correct it while you were here. We hope you'll give us another shot where we can treat to a wonderful meal and experience. Kind regards.

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Dawn
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Cara was our server and she and her assistants were very accommodating and attentive!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thanks for the great review Dawn! We'll be sure to share this with out team. Looking forward to serving you again soon.

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DeniseP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Food, atmosphere, service were all perfect! Highly recommend -one note: sides are huge, sharing size so plan on that.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thanks for the great review DeniseP! We appreciate you and look forward to your return!

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Majdonna
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL dining experience!! Our servers & the entire staff were friendly & courteous. We started with the Crab Cake and Grilled Bay Scallops, which were delicious. We ordered the 7 ounce filet mignons and 14 ounce Boneless Ribeye, with horseradish & Parmesan crusts. The steaks were cooked to the correct temperature and were very tender & juicy. We also had the Mac & cheese and the Buttered Brown rice O’Brien. Both sides were bursting with flavors. We finished with the Baked S’more Pie and Seasonal Creme Brûlée, both delicious desserts. We will DEFINITELY be returning and look forward to another exceptional experience.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you for the great review Majdonna! We greatly appreciate your visit and time to send in your wonderful review. We look forward to your next visit!

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vipMarkJ
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always make sure to make reservations ahead of time when visiting our son in Champaign. We had the following:
Shrimp Cocktail: beautiful, huge, fresh shrimp and a wonderful horseradish cocktail sauce.
Bacon Wrapped Dates: Perfectly prepared with super-crisp bacon and sweet dates. Chef Zach stopped by our table to share his process for making these.
Caesar Salad: Well-balanced and fresh; dressing excellent
Ribeye Steak: Juicy, perfect ratio of fat/marbling and wonderfully prepared
Aged Steak Burger: Delicious, high quality cuts of beef in this patty and served with a brioche bun
Grilled Bay Scallops - great taste and grilled just right
The cocktails here are excellent because the bartenders take the time to really understand the drink and preparation is meticulous.
Nathan the manager is actively involved in the dining areas and makes sure to greet and interact with customers. His professional approach sets the standard for the high level of service here.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 7, 2021

You really break down the details that we strive to perfect for all of our guests. Thank you for recognizing our efforts and we're thrilled you had a wonderful time. Looking forward to your next visit!

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PadminiV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good. My son enjoyed his dinner

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 3, 2021

So happy you enjoyed PadminiV. Thanks for sending in your feedback.

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KathrynM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamilton Walkers is always outstanding and our most recent visit was no exception. Manager Nathan is always kind and helpful, and our server Alexander was poised, professional, and provided fantastic service. We always come here for special occasions and have yet to be disappointed - it is consistently great!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 3, 2021

We strive for consistency with everything we do KathrynM! Thanks for recognizing that and sending in your feedback. Looking forward to serving you again soon!

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Sidra
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the nicest ( fanciest) places to dine out in Champaign, IL! Although some people did walk in very casual attire, which messes with the otherwise classy vibe of the place. It would be great if they'd have a dress code but I get why they wouldn't since being in a small town, you'd want all the business you can get. Food was great and the staff were polite & efficient. Would definitely go there again.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 3, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to send in your feedback Sidra! We really appreciate it and will absolutely share it with our team. Until next time!

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Rich
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alexander our waiter was friendly and professional! Food is always great and service was first rate!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 3, 2021

Thanks for the feedback Rich! We'll absolutely share this with our team. Looking forward to serving you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! We brought my Mom two years ago for her birthday. Last year we weren’t able to because of Covid. When we asked where she wanted to go this year, without hesitation it was Hamilton Walker’s. Outstanding service and food. Thank you for making her birthday another memorable one!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 3, 2021

We always love celebrating with you. It's our honor you all chose us! Until next time!

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CaseP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was extraordinary! Alexander was extremely attentive and made great drink and entree recommendations and the chef, Zack, took time to say hello and check on once our meal came out. We had our two young children with us and the entire staff made sure we had everything we needed and were so welcoming. When our 3 year old decided she was done for the evening, the staff quickly helped us package our leftovers with an understanding smile and brought out a special dessert for my husband’s birthday to enjoy once we got home. We have visited many high end restaurants across the US over the years and my husband and I were floored by the delicious food, beautiful presentation and incredible hospitality. HW is now our #1 choice for a special night out and we are lucky to have them so close to home! I’m writing this with tears of appreciation- this has been a tough time for all of us, but especially for the restaurant industry. We value the hard work and dedication that HW’s team put in and we felt like valued even though we weren’t particularly dressed up and had children. I hope this note reaches our server so that he knows that he made our night so special!!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 3, 2021

What a wonderful read CaseP! Thanks for taking the time to review your experience and the time you spent with us. Your feedback means the world to us and we so look forward to replicating this experience for you and all other guests!

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vipLisa
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So appreciate the outdoor seating! Service was excellent.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 24, 2021

Outdoor dining is pretty great. So happy you were able to enjoy it. Thanks for sending in your feedback Lisa! Until next time.

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RuthW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food, delicious house specialty cocktails, and attentive service. Only recently ate here for the first time and we will absolutely be making this a regular thing.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on October 3, 2021

So looking forward to serving you again RuthW! Thanks for taking the time to send in your feedback.

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ChipH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were excellent! The ambiance of the restaurant made for a great experience.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 24, 2021

So happy you enjoyed yourself ChipH! Thanks for taking the time and sending in your feedback.

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vipJohnb
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is truly excellent-my compliments to the chef! Also, the host and wait staff are especially attentive and accommodating. I think this may be my new favorite place.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thanks for sending in your feedback Johnb! We very much appreciate your kind words and look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipMarcE
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again coming here for a special evening did not disappoint. The food was great and service impeccable. Our waiter Alexander was amazing! And enjoyed getting to speak with the Executive Chef Zach who checked in with us and how we enjoyed our dinner. Look forward to going again.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 21, 2021

What a great review MarcE! Thanks for taking the time to send in your feedback. It will definitely be shared with our staff. Hope to serve you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been wanting to try HW for a while now. The chef brought our food and stayed and spoke to us. Delicious meal! We will definitely be back!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 21, 2021

All hands on deck here at Hamilton Walker's! We love doing what we do all for the enjoyment of our guests. Thanks for the great review and we look forward to your next return.

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BartS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good! Service was amazing!! Highly recommended.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thanks for the strong recommendation BartS! So happy you enjoyed yourself. Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, fantastic place to go in Champaign. Really nice ambience.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 21, 2021

Your review brings happiness to our efforts. We do it for you and all of our guests. Thank you, and we look forward to your return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding! Nathan always greets us warmly and Chef Zach's food is always fantastic. We always try to eat here when in town.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 21, 2021

Your words are oh so kind. Thanks for your continuous support and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JohnB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebrarion

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CJr215
Greensboro
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful stop on our trip through Champaign, IL. Our waiter was fabulous-attentive, helpful, did not rush us. The manager stopped by our table and we told him how much we appreciated his efforts to keep his staff and customers safe and healthy with distancing and masks. The drinks, wine and food were a culinary delight and we were able to tell the chef that. A very positive experience-highly recommend a visit to this outstanding restaurant.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thanks for the great review CJr215! We really appreciate your visit and your kind words in your feedback. Looking forward to you stopping through Champaign, IL once again.

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RussL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our steaks were cooked perfectly and the appetizer that we ordered, pulled pork bruschetta, was so good.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 12, 2021

So happy you enjoyed yourself RussL! It's our pleasure serving you. Until next time.

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vipgoodfood
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

good food, with limited menu.
Very accommodating and friendly servers.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thanks for the review goodfood! We appreciate your kind words. If something is missing from the menu, we'd love to hear from you. Looking forward to your return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so knowledgeable and had great recommendations. Was our first time going and we loved it. Would recommend

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 11, 2021

Thanks for the great feedback! It's our pleasure serving you. Until next time!

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Pebbles59
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at HW, as always. Great staff, food and service. Lovely outdoor setup.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thanks Pebbles59!!! We love taking care of you! See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 9, 2021

You're excellent! Thanks for the comment!

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Zm22
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was great! Food was par at best. I was expecting so much better food for the money.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 5, 2021

Hello Zm22. Thanks for sending in your feedback about your experience. Very disappointing to read on our end about the food you commented about. We hope if something was wrong, that you were offered a remedy while you were here. We want to fix things in the moment whenever we can. Please give us another shot to prove to you what Hamilton Walker's does on the regular. Until next time.

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vipAnonymous
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and it seemed like the wine list had improved from the last time I was in town. Server was very cordial and prompt in service. Sat outdoors for people watching and enjoyed the views.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 4, 2021

Service is very important to us at Hamilton Walker's. Thank you for recognizing that and sending in your feedback about your experience. Looking forward to serving you again.

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Reber
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. The salmon was amazing, as was the filet and the spinach salad. One member of our group had the burger and said that was quite good as well.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thanks for taking the time and sending in your feedback Reber. We're so happy you enjoyed yourself as well as the guests you were with. Looking forward to your return!

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vipValU
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We stopped in UIUC to visit our freshman son briefly and wanted to treat him to a nice dinner. This place was a perfect choice. Service was efficient and friendly. Food outstanding. We had crab cakes, ribeye, petite fillet and fish and chips. Enjoyed everything. Steaks were perfectly cooked.
We had been to many far more expensive steakhouses and this experience rivals them all. From now on, this will be our go to place when we stop in town.

Hamilton Walker's
Responded on September 2, 2021

What a great read ValU! When will you be back in town?! Looking forward to serving you again soon!

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You can order delivery directly from Hamilton Walker's using the Order Online button. Hamilton Walker's also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Hamilton Walker's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (217) 350-0363.

Hamilton Walker's is rated 4.8 stars by 984 OpenTable diners.

Hamilton Walker's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/hamilton-walker-s/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.