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Neil St - Neil St Blues, Champaign, IL

Neil St Blues

4.1
4.1
41 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Neil St. Blues celebrates a deep history of music, food, drink and socializing in the South. A place to unwind, relax and enjoy a live band or just good music piping through the restaurant. Celebrate family, friends and life!

Try our Shrimp n Grits or our Smoke BBQ Ribs with an ice cold beer. Finish with a slice of our homemade Sweet Potato Pie. Any night of the week we can put on your favorite dance songs and you can head to the floor. Weekday birthday celebrations are the best at Neil St. Blues. Plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your special day. We look forward to your visit!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (217) 531-1150

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We love special events! Ask us about hosting your party or special occasion. Catering menus are available.

  • Neighborhood

    Champaign

  • Cross street

    Neil and Hill St

  • Parking details

    Convenient parking is located in the Hill St. parking garage or across the street in the downtown parking lot.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 41 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. A

    Appreciategoodfood

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great shrimp boil with potatoes, corn and sausage. And really good cheese curds to split with the table. Awesome dining experience!
  2. LR

    LR13

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Took my girlfriend on a date there and she absolutely LOVED it - she's from Memphis so she knows a thing or two about southern food. Great service! Great music!
  3. DP

    DanielP

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time with food and live music. Great for a casual not so formal date. Their Cajun food is really a welcomed change. Glad I came in, will do so again in the future
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Server was fabulous. Very personable. Jackfruit sandwich was pretty tasty. Menu needs updating. Black bean burger was to be served with avocado. When it was served without, the server said they stopped serving avocados a couple of months ago.
  5. GW

    GaleW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was good but mostly I was impressed by the friendliness of the servers and the welcome we got there. They also had good bands. I recommend going. I don't eat meat but my friend said the pulled pork was excellent.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! We will definitely be back!
  7. MT

    MerryT

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Yes, we like Neil St. Blues and have, in fact, recommended it to friends. But we were deeply disappointed by them on Christmas Eve. We made a reservation thru Open Table with them for Christmas Eve Dinner. The reservation was confirmed by us the day before. Lo and behold, when we went there on Christmas Eve, the restaurant was closed. This created a huge problem as not very many other restaurants were open. The ones that were, were packed. This was NOT Open Table's fault as the restaurant never communicated to them that it would be closed and, apparently, never check to see if they had reservations. Very disappointed in Neil St. Blues and their lack of attention to their customers.
  8. JO

    JoshO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    For Cajun/Creole style food, the flavors were very bland. The gumbo was served luke-warm and the Jambalaya was nearly flavorless. The Cajun style chicken pasta was basically Chicken Alfredo with no kick to it. For the quality of the food, the prices were high.
  9. p

    paperbackrider

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the service was great, and it felt like a relaxed enough environment to bring my little one for early dinner.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We truly enjoyed the blues group that was playing in the restaurant as well. Our server, Andrea was very hospitable and had great suggestions for sides/entree's. We split a couple appetizers - the lollipop wings were a huge hit with my son. Great evening and would definitely visit again.
  11. MF

    MelindaF

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very friendly and all our food was delicious. Especially liked the frog legs! Bonus was live Blues music, it was a wonderful night out!
  12. g

    guamboy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another Fantastic meal! So glad that when I order the same meal as before the flavor does not disappoint! Will be back again!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neil St. Blues is PHENOMENAL! Friendly, attentive staff and the food is amazing. Generous portions and delicious. I had blackened catfish and it was superb. I can’t wait to go again when I’m in town.
  14. T

    Tech

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service snd and the food was good too! Didn't have to wait on the food for very long.
  15. SN

    SheilaN

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Disappointing
  16. MS

    MarkS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good time. Would go back with wife and other couple.
  17. SH

    SandraH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It could benefit from a little better ambiance in the dining area, maybe some actual blues music instead of 90's R&B
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall2food1service5ambience1
    A lot of canned, pretty fabricated food with no real flavor. Nice omelet station. Great waiter.
  19. TP

    TorrressaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience next time I’m going to see the Live Band! Usually my Husband complain about food he told me “Baby Great 👍🏽 Choice!”
  20. M

    Mark

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food! It's kind of loud in there due to all of the hard surfaces , but it should not keep you from enjoying the great food.
  21. TP

    TracyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding staff and amazing food! The atmosphere is casual and relaxed and the servers are very friendly and accommodating.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for my bday dinner on the25 th of May. The food was outstanding. The band was even better. I brought home the strawberry cheesecake dessert which I have no real words to describe that than tasting heavens. The drinks were yummy as well. Definitely going back. Please go you won’t be disappointed.
  23. g

    guamboy

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    3rd visit and same OUTSTANDING and DELICIOUS food!!
  24. e

    elena

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was graduation weekend and Mother’s day so our food took a long time to come. Our server apologized for the wait but it wasn’t his fault. Just a super busy weekend. Would recommend
  25. s

    stev

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food, somewhat confused service. Would definitely go back again.
  26. c

    ckop

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They hosted our dinner after graduation - and everything was amazing. Food was great. Service was attentive. Would highly recommend.
  27. JG

    JeffreyG

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Went in for an early dinner with the family. Very busy weekend due to Univ. of Illinois graduation. Wait staff was attentive and pleasant. Food was great. Environment was lacking. Seating is a bit cafeteria style. Minimal decorations. Bright lighting. Would love to go back, but not for on a date.
  28. PR

    PamelaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food! Very tasty. We had a variety of dishes at our table and everything was delicious. Good service.
  29. LC

    LoisC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Sistah and I went for the Comedy Jam. It was great! The Speakers were Awesome and Fantastic. We really enjoyed them. The food was great and our server Ausha was great a very attentive young lady. We will be going back.
  30. CO

    ChgoOC

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in with a group for Mom’s weekend after making a reservation on OpenTable. We were pleasantly surprised by the live music and the bands performance! They were fantastic! Our server, Matthew, provided great service- so polite and always had a smile. Actually, all of the servers and bussers who stopped by our table were all very happy and seemed to really enjoy their jobs! We ordered the Kool-Aid Fried Pickles and boy were they interesting! Something everyone should try! Guests in our party had the Vegan burger (excellent), burger, salad, and pulled pork sandwich (out of this world!) Highly recommend Neil Street Blues Cafe for delicious, affordable food with great entertainment and exceptional service!
  31. TT

    TrishT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food. Looking forward to returning to try more dishes.
  32. DA

    DAVIDJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    VENUE OFFERED A UNIQUE MENU for this area. Hey-fried green tomatoes that were better than good. Excellent ribs and several New Orleans style dishes (jambolai?, grits, collard greens). There was no music on our evening but we enjoyed our meal. The prices were very reasonable in contrast to the new "pricey offering in the downtown area. The wine choices were bare bones. This is a nice choice. We enjoyed and will return to try their other offerings.
  33. KT

    KasheenaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food,I tried the seafood boil and gumbo,our waitress was very polite and funny😋
  34. GJ

    GildaJ

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was nice to go somewhere on a Friday night, listen to live music and have an outstanding meal. It is noisy, so if you want to talk, this is not the place. If you want great food, good music and to actually be around adults, this is the place. I will go back often. This is now my "go to" place.
  35. JK

    JanK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Food was good but music was so loud you couldn’t converse. If we go back it will be to get carry out.
  36. BL

    BrianL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Food was great. Service was horrible! I will be back once they get themselves together.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Poor service, waitress needs more training if you want the place to stay open.
  38. AK

    AndyK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The service was rather slow but the food was excellent and the server very accommodating.
  39. SJ

    SueJ

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Good ambiance! We really enjoyed the wonderful and lively musician as well as the customers who jumped up to dance. Felt like we were in New Orleans. The food was good and a good value as well. Only issue was that it was so loud that we could not really converse. If you are looking for conversation, sit on the bar side of the restaurant - you will still be able to hear the music.
  40. KS

    KcameronS

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    First Visit. I doubt I would go back based on this experience. I arrived at 8:03 pm for an 8:00 pm Open Table Reservation. I waited several minutes to be acknowledged. No staff in view, no bartender, no wait staff and no host. The older gentleman who was mopping the floor, stopped mopping and came over to tell me the staff would be right with me, (where is the staff?). Wait, wait, wait... At approximately 8:12 pm, I sat myself in the bar at a high top table. At 8:17 pm I was greeted and asked if I would like anything to drink. Beer on the way...I ordered a sampling of items: Gumbo, Fried Green Tomatoes and 1/2 Slab of Ribs with cornbread and slaw. The beer arrived and shortly later the Gumbo. The Gumbo was salty, lacked depth, richness and was overpowered by the salty smoked sausage. On a scale of 1 to 5, it gets a 2. The Fried Green Tomatoes arrived with a choice of two sauces. Commercial Ranch Dressing or Commercial Sweet Chili Sauce. I asked myself, where is the Remoulade Sauce? The tomatoes were clearly a commercial frozen product. They lacked flavor, seasoning and the breading fell off. Rating of 2! Ribs arrived with the "hot" sauce. The sauce had an eerie red fluorescent color and had no flavor other than Hot. Again no depth or seasoning. Just a FLAT layer of hot. The ribs were seasoned with some type of rub that I cannot describe in any other terms than weird. The smoke flavor was actually the best part of the ribs. Although they were moist and tender the lack of balance makes them flat 2! I asked if I could taste the sweet bbq sauce as an option to the hot sauce and my sever got it for me. The sauce was overwhelmed by one ingredient; raspberry jam....a very odd bbq sauce, (IMO). My two sides were equally disappointing. Cole Slaw out of a tub, and dry crumbly cornbread. When I asked my server about their overall vision for the place I was surprised when she responded with "Southern Comfort Food" because, in my opinion, they FAIL.

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Neil St Blues is rated 4.1 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Neil and Hill St

  • Neighborhood

    Champaign

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Convenient parking is located in the Hill St. parking garage or across the street in the downtown parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (217) 531-1150

  • Private party facilities

    We love special events! Ask us about hosting your party or special occasion. Catering menus are available.

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