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Sebastian's Hideout

4.1
49 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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Sebastian�s Hideout is a classy restaurant that offers traditional American fare. The main area for eating is downstairs with intimate lighting. Enjoy a meal with a significant other by starting off with crab cakes made with Maryland blue crab or stuffed shrimp using Gulf shrimp. Move onto an entr�e of pan-seared miso glazed salmon, breast of chicken or a pork chop stuffed with bacon and smoked gouda cheese. At Sebastian's Hideout, the whole family can enjoy vegetarian dishes such as the Greek pasta or the mushroom pasta made with angel hair and exotic mushrooms topped with a cinnamon brown butter sauce.

Move upstairs to the bar area after dinner for a drink at Sebastian's Hideout. Enjoy a glass of wine from the international wine list featuring west coast options as well as Argentina, France, New Zealand or Italy. Cocktails and other liqueurs are readily available from the full bar.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Organic, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(217) 789-8988
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Oliver
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Catering
Sebastian's is equipped to cater your event no matter what the size. From a business lunch for 10 or a 300 person reception.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Monroe Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1
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3.0Dined on September 6, 2014

The steak my boyfriend had was tough and had a lot of fat in it. It was the steak special for the day. I would recommend sticking with the filet on the menu. The dessert was great and the service was ok. Like I said nothing special.

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2.0Dined on September 6, 2014

Not a regular, since an out of towner. But that said, frequent trips to Springfield have included visits to Sebastian's over the years. Think it's time to try new places. Old atmosphere, too loud music, inconsistent service (although our server tried her best), and just ok food make it time to rethink. Several years ago it was a "can't wait to go" place but now it's just a yawner.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2014

Sebastian's never disappoints! The lobster bisque soup was great and our entrees were very tasty. Good value for the quality and quantity.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2014

I made online reservations 6:40 for a 7:00 seating. In my online reservation I requested two glasses of champagne be waiting on our table. The staff did not disappoint. The champagne was waiting and I had a wonderful dinner with my wife. The food was fantastic and the service attentive.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2014

We choose Sebastian's to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary. We would not have gone there had we not had a gift card. The service was very good and so was the food, but we felt that the meal was over priced. Probably won't be going back, which is a shame because the place is very romantic.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2014

Excellent food and service with a little classic rock playing nice

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2014

We sat in a back booth… enjoyed the privacy and romance. Great martini menu- loved the Bellini martini. I had a beet salad that was delicious, my partner had the caprese which was artfully layered with asparagus. We shared the sesame tuna dinner. Also delicious. I would recommend, and I would go again!

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1.0Dined on April 18, 2014

Can't explain in 27 characters or less how horrible this restaurant experience was. Given more space I could explain.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2014

It was nice, but for a nearly $200 meal for 2 I just expected more. I'll go back but it will be awhile.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2014

As always the food and the service were exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2014

The experience overall was outstanding. Thank you for a great experience! I will be back....

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2014

Quiet and relaxed, this venue was a special treat. The presentation of the items served was lovely. A particular hit was the sesame crusted Ahi tuna. In the future, I will avoid the fried foods (appetizer sampler), but the rest for our party of five was creative and delicious! We will be back.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2014

I had reserved a table for 2 from the online reservation option. I do not recall having an option when making the reservation to request a booth or table. Upon arriving with my date for my reservation (and I was early) I observed the restaurant was not at all busy and in fact there were at least 3 or 4 booths available. I requested a booth looking for a more romantic setting withh my date, and and was told the restaurant was "very busy" and the booths were reserved. Really? Anyway, I was seated at a nice table and throughout dinner I observed the same booths were never occupied. In fact, the restaurant did not seem busy at all.  I felt as if perhaps I didn't know the "right person" to get a booth.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Not sure about the food here. Reserved a table for valentines day. Arrived to find the restaurant extremely cramped due to the placement of extra tables to accommodate valentine diners. We were placed at the rear of the restaurant and had to squeeze past other couples already dinning to reach our table. When seated, we were so close to the table next to ours that it practically became one big picnic table experience. This may be fine for a work lunch but not for a romantic dinner date. There prices were high but that may be relative to the quality of the meal which we did not stick around to try. So maybe try this place on a normal night but avoid if a special holiday and you would like a quiet romantic dinner option.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2014

To use the restroom guest were required to walk through a meeting with a projection screen in the direct path of the restrooms. There was no way to avoid this. Also water stain on ceiling, ripped and stained seat cushions. This does not say - fine dining. Also a hand written note on the door asked deliveries to be sent to another door.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2014

Great and cozy place for dinner with friends. Their famous tomato ginger bisque did not disappoint. The sea bass special was perfection - great flavor and perfect accompaniments. One of our group had the beef duo and thought it could use a tastier sauce. Service was professional but friendly - never interruptive. Wine list was comprehensive and the server was very helpful in our selection.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2013

Visting A. Lincoln sights for the first time and ate dinner here with my wife. Excellent food, very nice choices in their wine list, excellent service, a very pleasant surprise. Between the two of us, had crab cakes and lamb, all done perfectly with great taste. Salad was even quite good. Had three personal great choices of red wine to choose from, and all bottles were half price, which allowed us to take two bottles home. Atmosphere was alive yet quiet, allowing us to talk easily.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2013

Went to Sebastian's for the first time for our Company holiday dinner.
The menu offers a great variety. The food and presentation was wonderful.
Overall, a great experience.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2013

We enjoyed the dinner as it was my husband's birthday. We eat out frequently so dinners were eclectic and one of our favorites for Springfield, Il. I was disappointed in that I mentioned it as a special occasion for my husband's birthday and no dessert or special offer for this special occasion. I would have expected them to know ahead of time to ask me since I wrote it in the reservation as well. This is a great place if you are a foodie. The sea bass and filet mignon was melt in your mouth. The other steak (sirloin etc ) not much although still had the right flavor. Worth going in comparison of all the restaurants in Springfield, Il. for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2013

After reading other reviews of this restaurant on OpenTable, we decided to give it a try. I had a sliced tuna steak encrusted with toasted sesame seeds and covered with a warm mustard slaw. My wife had a combination beef steak filet and crab cake entree. Both were excellent, and since we didn't have a salad or dessert, we are anxious to return and sample these. Our server was friendly and attentive.

The restaurant was not busy on a cold Friday evening, but there was a private party in the bar downstairs, which increased the noise level from very quiet to the point where it became a little difficult to carry on a conversation.

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1.0Dined on December 5, 2013

Ate in the basement, there was a musty/mildewy smell that was covered up by scented candles. Food was ok, but way overpriced for what we received. Bread tasted "chemically" and was more doughy than bread. My rack if lamb was well cooked and at temp (med rare) just very fatty...and the white bean cassoulet that it came with tasted like it came from a jar...mushy beans and bland. Also for a restaurant that claims it uses seasonal ingredients...umm asparagus in December, yeah that's not very seasonal. My date's salmon was dry, overcooked and lathered with a buerre blanc sauce that was cloyingly heavy.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2013

There isn't a huge amount going on in downtown Springfield on a Friday night, (though its getting better) but if a quiet good meal with your spouse is what you are looking for, try Sebastian's Hideout. The décor isn't special, but then you don't eat the décor. Get the for two appetizer plate, order a glass of wine (or beer, if you don't mind bottles) and relax. Service is good, food is good (though not cheap...expect to pay close to a hundred bucks for two.
Check out the crab cakes!

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2013

Everything was really great. Great food and a private type of scene. Service could have been a little better but overall it was a great experience.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2013

The food was very delicious and the presentation was exceptional. Our server was very kind, professional, and courteous. Overall, an outstanding dining experience in downtown Springfield.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2013

Wow! We had not been to this restaurant in several years and decided it was time to go back. We invited another couple (clients) and expected a halfway good meal. Every part of this experience exceeded our expectations. The service was excellent from the moment we stepped in the door, the wine list had a great selection of reds and whites, and the food was exceptional. Four of us ordered four different entrees, and each of us was raving about our selection. We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2013

We have eaten here for lunch on numerous occasions but this was our first time for dinner. The food was outstanding! Our server was delightful and great at recommendations. It was really a great dinner celebration for family and friends!

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2013

I love a good restaurant and am a little hard to please. The food here is all wonderful - this was the best lobster I have ever eaten - not tough at all and everything that everyone had - from appetizers to dessert - was absolutely perfect. I don't usually do reviews - okay, this is my first - I just to tell the Sebastian's people how wonderful everything was and that I appreciate that the prices were very reasonable. Great service also!

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2013

Great food. Some usual fare but done with a twist and done very well.

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2013

Outstanding from the moment we walked through the door. Staff was professional, attentive and helpful. The meal was incredible!!!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2013

I am not from Springfield and am snooty when it comes to restaurants. Thus, I was disappointed when I couldn't get into my first choice for a party of eight that included Chicago friends, some of whom are equally snooty.

The outside of the restaurant is garish. It's a bit dark inside. And, it appeared to me that there was not enough staff.

Boy, was I wrong! Sebastian's staff rolled with the fact that our Chicago contingent was caught in traffic and arrived 30 minutes late. Service was friendly and prompt.

All of the dishes were really good. I had elk that was medium rare, not at all chewy or "gamy". Those who had a fish trio said it was excellent.

I'll go back and bring the snootiest of my friends!

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2013

Food had a unique flair and was tasty. Service was very informative and friendly, yet they could have used one more staff member that night. It was a Saturday night. It was moderately quiet which I liked. I will return.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2013

This is a treasure for Springfield. Chris, our server was wonderful, food excellent and all within walking distance of downtown hotels. There were several unique areas of decorating. We loved the red curtains containing intimate booth seating. Downstairs was the "party area" with a lovely large bar and ample seating. Just when you are completely satisfied with the entire dining experience, you find. A martini bar which opens late and closes sometime in the morning hours. Who could ask for anything more. I will be dining there again when I return to the Capitol City.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2013

We picked Sebastian's for our trip to Springfield after researching many Springfield restaurants. The lighting was very low and the booths are set up old speakeasy style. To us, that was really cool. 1 booth, which we were lucky enough to be seated in, had a dimmer switch, which allowed us to dial the lighting down to candlelight dinner, perfect for our anniversary celebration. The lobster bisque and crabcakes were very good, the scallops and roast chicken breast were outstanding. The yummy blueberry sorbet had chunks of fresh blueberries in it. If there was a way to do 4.5 stars above, that's what I would have selected. The service was great. If we ever visit Springfield again, one of our stops will be to Sebastian's.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2013

I had the steak and crab cake combo and it was delicious. I would recommend this place if you are visiting Springfield.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2013

Chose restaurant on-line because it was within walking distance of Hotel and crossed my fingers that it would be a good destination for a romantic Wednesday night Birthday dinner. Was pleased upon arrival with the bustle in the downstairs bar and the charming curtained booth. Staff was excellent, food was special and the overall ambiance enhanced our celebration.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2013

We had a great waitress who was very friendly, made some great suggestions for dinner and was very timely with her service. I would highly recommend them for a nice romantic dinner.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2013

the food was good. The restaurant was too dark. Could barely see. The service was horrible. Took us 2 1/2 hrs to get served our complete meal. I am in Springfield often and usually eat at Sebastian's at least once each stay, but after this exerience, I a recosidering

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2013

We had a group of 6 and everyone was happy with their meal. Kind of dark--I like soft lighting but it would have been
too dark for elderly people.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2013

Excellent ambience and service. The scallops were melt in your mouth delightful. It is my favorite Springfield up-scale dining establishment.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2013

We were in Springfield and researched where to go. This came up as best choice. Our waiter was great, patient and pleasant. The tuna appetizer and beet salad get 4 stars. Dinner was less successful. Best was the tuna--flavorful with sesame crust. The presentation was lovely. I would have preferred the tuna rare, but waiter said they serve med. rare so I went with it. The scallops and ribeye specials seemed overpriced. The short ribs seemed dry rather than juicy. So our evening was nice but not spectacular. It seemed expensive for Springfield--I eat similar meals for less in St Louis.

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