Janko's Little Zagreb

4.7
2682 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Open since 1973, Janko's Little Zagreb has become one of Bloomington's finest dining traditions as one of the best steakhouses in the Midwest. Perfect for large groups as well as small intimate celebrations, Janko's has been providing exceptional food and service in a casual, family friendly atmosphere for more than 40 years!

Come enjoy our famous spicy meatballs or one of our USDA Choice steaks, hand cut daily and grilled to perfection. We also have delicious seafood entrees as well as vegetarian options available.

Find the perfect wine pairing for your meal from Janko's extensive bottled wine list. We have over 100 wines by the bottle and more than a dozen house wines by the glass to choose from.

We accept reservations every evening as well as walk-in tables based on our availability. You can make reservations online or over the phone. Once you're here you'll see what makes Janko's Little Zagreb such a uniquely special dining experience!
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Great meal and great service for a great price! But, I think its time for Janko's to move into the next century! Gut the place, expand the footprint, larger tables, new lighting, new bathrooms and expand the bar to include liquor! You could even increase prices to pay for it all.

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MonishP
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Go IU!!!!

SG
ScottG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Zagreb’s. As usual the food and service were terrific. Took our IU student son and friends there during a visit. Tasted as good as when my parents took me there 30 years ago. Not fancy but wonderful.

KB
KellBell
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We wanted to take our son out for a good steak. It was a pretty average experience. Loved the bread they brought out. Ordered the spicy meatballs as an app. I am not a spicy fan, so didn't eat them, but son and husband ate and thought they were ok. There were 6 meatballs and I believe they ate 3 in total. I had the bone-in chicken breast which was charred a little more than I would have liked. Hubby had filet, which was cooked to his liking but was on the small side. Son had NY strip and was also cooked to his liking and he seemed to enjoy. The baked potatoes were small. The table was little and the plates were also small so everything felt cramped. Not sure if we would go back or not.

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vipMe123
Indiana
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional

OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant temperature was very cold - could not enjoy meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Everything was very good except the lobster. They were very understanding and gave us a steak in its place no problem.. obviously a steak place and not a seafood place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great

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DaveM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, literally the one thing you need are bigger plates. Seriously. The food is outstanding and we love the restaurant, but the plates are really small and things like the baked potato fall off the plate as there is no room.

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RickK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great! Good wine list

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

MF
vipMatthewF
Key West
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as usual! Favorite place to eat in Bloomington.

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DawnF
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The NY strip was delicious. My son was given a slice of cheesecake because it was his birthday. The cheesecake was delicious too.

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LanaE
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and staff. Enjoyed a family night out to celebrate and Little Zagreb's was the perfect place. IU themed local restaurant never disappoints.

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JOPlovethisplace
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience3

I’ve been going there for years. This was the first time that I ever had a steak that I had a hard time eating. But everybody came together and made my experience great. Thanks for being in our community.

BM
vipBillM
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, great experience. Food and all staff except hostess were fantastic. Hostess was rude and poor communicator. Server did a great job and was very helpful. Food incredibly good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, wonderful service!

BH
BryanH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Bloomington tradition. Spicy meatballs are a must have.

JK
JamesK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and it honestly was the best steak I’ve ever had. The 18 ounce New York strip was thick, cooked perfectly and was so juicy and tender.

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alexc
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great, but I think it may be time to re-do the men's restroom, pretty nasty , other than that everything was great

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Cade
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Steak was awesome, albeit a bit rare for me. My gf’s chicken was good too. Service was great, would highly reccomend. Expensive but worth it.

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GaryS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Btown. Always great food and great time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the dinner I had shrimp that was very good my husband had ribs and thought they were a little on the tuff side. We enjoyed everything else.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Everything was good, but the lobster tail that we ordered was awful and they gave us another one that was supposedly cooked better, but still wasn’t good. Waitress was amazing and took the lobster tail off our bill and apologized for the inconvenience.

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HolliS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The food was delicious. Wine was also amazing. Highly recommend. Get the meatballs.

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domi
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Steaks were excellent! Famous meatballs were way too spicy though.

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Jane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Steaks were outstanding and service was efficient. It is a very old restaurant and decor is from the 50s but for a delicious meal you can't go wrong with this restaurant..

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Btownhome
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as usual. Worth the money.

BA
BigAJ45
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sirlion for 2, can't go wrong.
Awesome steak!

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John
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Steaks were excellent. Rolls and salad were okay. Staff was very nice and helpful with our disabled son. Also, we enjoyed the wine and beer. Fun birthday dinner for us all.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Janko’s is a staple in Bloomington, but it seems they are just resting with their laurels.

The food has always been fresh and good. The past three visits (pre-Covid and post-Covid) have been mediocre at best.

The salads were terrible and soaked in dressing. The shrimp appetizer was anything but appetizing. The steaks were good but not out of this world and the baked potatoes were lukewarm.

The positive side of the experience was the amount of space available at the table due to the social distancing guidelines.

This is the first negative review I have ever written and it hurts because I have been going to Janko’s for the past 25-30 years.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I wanted a night away, so we went to brown county. All of the rooms there were booked, so we stayed in Bloomington. We wanted a nice dinner out, so we googled steakhouses. Janko’s came up highly recommended. The food was so good! We will definitely be going back!! Make a reservation if you can. It was very busy! The meatballs are so good!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate friends birthday. Server was fabulous! Steaks, Crab Legs, and dessert was delicious.👍🏻

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food! was outstanding. A great Shrimp cocktail. Fantastic Stake. Amazing service. Overall really impressive. They could improve on thier desserts a bit. And there bathroom could use some work. But regardless of that, it was a great experience. We will be back for sure.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I came here for the first time to celebrate a special event. I was so impressed by the food and the service. Yvette was our server and was very attentive. We will definitely be back! So much more we want to try. Thank you for a fabulous evening!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The shrimp cocktail was fantacstic.
The Ribeye was exceptional. It will rival any from great steakhouses.
Great wine and beer selection.

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vipNicole
Indiana
39 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very expensive for steak that was just decent. Each time we’ve been here the steaks are overcooked. Salmon was ok - a bit fishy. Not a great selection of unique sides. They were also out of the portobello and cavatappi and said they have been since March. It’s September so wondering why they don’t update their menu? The service was very good and the wine selection, pour and pricing were good. It was a nice and very casual atmosphere for a steak house. Overall ok but would not return with such a great selection of other restaurants in Bloomington

OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best porterhouse EVER.

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Chet
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The classic, no-frills-ambience of LZ was a great starter for my Family's dining experience. The smoke pouring out of the exhaust in - All-Liberal-All-The-Time Bloomington, was perfect. The service was spot-on, the staff polite and accommodating, and the steaks were superb. This is an old world throw back set against a pathetic, modern- day, typical, dirty- Liberal College campus environment- so many have tired of.

Thank you for not changing with the Times! The Majority of hard-working, Mid-Western- Tuition paying parents are grateful.

God Bless America. Land that I Love !

AC
AdamC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We had “reservations” for 8 pm for 4 people. We arrived at 7:55 and checked in with the hostess. There were about 30-40 people waiting outside. We waited for 30+ minutes before going back in to ask the status of the table. The hostess said that it wouldn’t be too much longer. She said that a “reservation” doesn’t guarantee you that time and it only means that you will “get to eat here” that night. However in Open Table, they have the right to cancel your “reservation” if you are 10 mins late. After a minute or two more she said that she could seat us right then, 8:35pm. We were seated and the service was good but felt very rushed. We placed our order around 9:00 pm. Before we were done with our meals, they were trying to clean up our table, take the plates and dropping off the check. Our friends inquired about dessert and our waitress said they only had one, chocolate cake. We were basically ushered out by 9:50. Apparently the restaurant closes at 10. This was not a game day or special event night. This is our 4th or 5th time visiting as we live nearly an hour away. The steaks and wine selection are good but the overall service and atmosphere, make it unlikely we will return.

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Janko's Little Zagreb is rated 4.7 stars by 2682 OpenTable diners.

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