Best American Restaurants in Central Illinois

Firefly GrillFirefly Grill
(1652)
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American | Effingham, Central Illinois
Baxters American GrilleBaxters American Grille
(710)
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American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
Medici in NormalMedici in Normal
(694)
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American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
TGI FRIDAYS - BloomingtonTGI FRIDAYS - Bloomington
(20)
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American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
Public House 29Public House 29
(123)
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American | Springfield, Central Illinois
TGI FRIDAYS - ChampaignTGI FRIDAYS - Champaign
(20)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
Granite City Food & Brewery - East PeoriaGranite City Food & Brewery - East Peoria
(89)
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American | Peoria/East Peoria, Central Illinois
Hamilton WalkersHamilton Walkers
(483)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
Houlihan's - ChampaignHoulihan's - Champaign
(218)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
ikram cafeikram cafe
(201)
$$$$
American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
RL RestaurantRL Restaurant
(4843)
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American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
TemporisTemporis
(129)
$$$$
American | West Town, Chicago
Beatrix - River NorthBeatrix - River North
(2792)
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American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Summer House Santa MonicaSummer House Santa Monica
(2866)
$$$$
American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Little GoatLittle Goat
(3505)
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American | West Loop, Chicago
Beatrix - StreetervilleBeatrix - Streeterville
(1133)
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American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Parlor Pizza Bar - Wicker ParkParlor Pizza Bar - Wicker Park
(176)
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American | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
The DawsonThe Dawson
(1219)
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American | River West, Chicago
Beatrix - Fulton MarketBeatrix - Fulton Market
(639)
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American | West Loop, Chicago
HUB 51HUB 51
(4591)
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American | River North (Chicago), Chicago

Best Italian Restaurants in Central Illinois

Riccardo EnotecaRiccardo Enoteca
(451)
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Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
RPM ItalianRPM Italian
(9470)
$$$$
Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Tocco Pizza e ArteTocco Pizza e Arte
(584)
$$$$
Italian | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
Siena TavernSiena Tavern
(2602)
$$$$
Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Riccardo TrattoriaRiccardo Trattoria
(1677)
$$$$
Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Capri Ristorante - BerwynCapri Ristorante - Berwyn
(106)
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Italian | Berwyn, Near West
Viaggio Ristorante and LoungeViaggio Ristorante and Lounge
(1432)
$$$$
Italian | West Loop, Chicago
Gaetano's & Ristorantino MediterraneoGaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo
(1038)
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Italian | Forest Park, Near West
Sapori TrattoriaSapori Trattoria
(3351)
$$$$
Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Cafe LucciCafe Lucci
(1798)
$$$$
Italian | Glenview, North Suburbs
Tarantino'sTarantino's
(423)
$$$$
Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago

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(450)
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goosefootgoosefoot
680
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Contemporary American | Lincoln Square, Chicago
OrioleOriole
738
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Girl & the GoatGirl & the Goat
9052
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Les NomadesLes Nomades
1458
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Contemporary French | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
City Winery Chicago at the RiverwalkCity Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk
50
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Wine Bar | Downtown / Loop, Chicago
AcadiaAcadia
938
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Contemporary American | South Loop, Chicago
ParachuteParachute
941
$$$$
Korean | Avondale / Irving Park, Chicago
Gibsons ItaliaGibsons Italia
410
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Steakhouse | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Maple & AshMaple & Ash
2555
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Steakhouse | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Three Dots and a DashThree Dots and a Dash
806
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Polynesian | River North (Chicago), Chicago

Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Chicago

The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
Sushi SanSushi San
297
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Japanese | River North (Chicago), Chicago
MomotaroMomotaro
1553
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Japanese | West Loop, Chicago
BellemoreBellemore
474
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American | West Loop, Chicago
ProxiProxi
545
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Global, International | West Loop, Chicago
SomersetSomerset
723
$$$$
American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
The PublicanThe Publican
5776
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Swift & SonsSwift & Sons
1704
$$$$
Steakhouse | West Loop, Chicago
RPM ItalianRPM Italian
9470
$$$$
Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
EmaEma
1470
$$$$
Mediterranean | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Summer House Santa MonicaSummer House Santa Monica
2866
$$$$
American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
BlackbirdBlackbird
4164
$$$$
Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
BokaBoka
4151
$$$$
Contemporary American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Duck Duck GoatDuck Duck Goat
2157
$$$$
Chinese | West Loop, Chicago
Beatrix - Fulton MarketBeatrix - Fulton Market
639
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Little GoatLittle Goat
3505
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Mott StreetMott Street
547
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Contemporary American | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
True Food Kitchen - ChicagoTrue Food Kitchen - Chicago
980
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American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Bar BiscayBar Biscay
117
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Basque | West Town, Chicago
Nico OsteriaNico Osteria
1871
$$$$
Italian | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
GT Prime SteakhouseGT Prime Steakhouse
697
$$$$
Steakhouse | River North (Chicago), Chicago

The Top 20 Restaurants by Cuisine in Chicago

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BlackbirdBlackbird
4164
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Nico OsteriaNico Osteria
1871
$$$$
Italian | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
The PublicanThe Publican
5776
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Swift & SonsSwift & Sons
1704
$$$$
Steakhouse | West Loop, Chicago
Sushi SanSushi San
297
$$$$
Japanese | River North (Chicago), Chicago
GT Fish and OysterGT Fish and Oyster
3237
$$$$
Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Dos Urban CantinaDos Urban Cantina
558
$$$$
Mexican | Logan Square, Chicago
Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf AstoriaMargeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
342
$$$$
French | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Duck Duck GoatDuck Duck Goat
2157
$$$$
Chinese | West Loop, Chicago
EmaEma
1470
$$$$
Mediterranean | River North (Chicago), Chicago
ProxiProxi
545
$$$$
Global, International | West Loop, Chicago
ParachuteParachute
941
$$$$
Korean | Avondale / Irving Park, Chicago
Jaipur - Permanently ClosedJaipur - Permanently Closed
248
$$$$
Indian | West Loop, Chicago
Bar BiscayBar Biscay
117
$$$$
Basque | West Town, Chicago
HerbHerb
222
$$$$
Thai | Uptown, Chicago

Chicago's 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
BokaBoka
4151
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Contemporary American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
SepiaSepia
3426
$$$$
Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone CrabJoe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
11220
$$$$
Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
The GageThe Gage
7329
$$$$
American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago
Le Colonial - ChicagoLe Colonial - Chicago
3876
$$$$
Vietnamese | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
RL RestaurantRL Restaurant
4843
$$$$
American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Shaw's Crab House - ChicagoShaw's Crab House - Chicago
9462
$$$$
Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
HUB 51HUB 51
4591
$$$$
American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Mon Ami GabiMon Ami Gabi
4177
$$$$
French | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Shanghai TerraceShanghai Terrace
1201
$$$$
Chinese | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago

Treat your taste buds: Explore Central Illinois restaurants.

Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Central Illinois's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Indigo-Springfield1. Indigo-Springfield
345 reviews
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Contemporary American | Springfield, Central Illinois

The food and service were great as always. I liked the fact that we didn’t just have to wait on our server, but all the servers checked on us as they walked past our table. The entire staff made us feel comfortable. More

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Firefly Grill2. Firefly Grill
1652 reviews
$$$$
American | Effingham, Central Illinois

We drive 70 miles (about an hour ride) to dine at this restaurant and it has never failed to please. We were surprised to be seated in their patio area (now winterized) which I find to be a touch quieter than the main dining area. My wife and I split a rather large ribeye and caesar salad, both very good. The cream of mushroom soup was also very good. Our sons had boneless roast chicken (a personal best ever) and a wood fired pizza topped with duck confit (highly recommended). Service was very friendly and attentive. Overall we keep going back because of the wonderful ambiance, service and food. Be aware since they source locally where possible (scallops don't come from the Illinois river) their menu can seem limited. Expect to pay $50 plus per person on average, although there are lower cost items on the menu. More

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Nick and Nino's Penthouse Steakhouse3. Nick and Nino's Penthouse Steakhouse
1238 reviews
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Contemporary American | Springfield, Central Illinois

We have dined mutiple times and never been disappointed. Well worth the money! More

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Loukinens' on 4th4. Loukinens' on 4th
164 reviews
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Contemporary American | Springfield, Central Illinois

Another creative menu by Chef Loukinen! The food presentation is always beautiful, and the flavor never disappoints. On a Friday evening, downtown, every table in the dining room was filled. We are thrilled to see Springfield embracing this fine dining establishment. The service was excellent, as always! We love Loukinens! More

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Two255. Two25
649 reviews
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Steak | Peoria/East Peoria, Central Illinois

Best steak in Peoria. Drinks at the bar were good and the bartender was great. More

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New to OpenTable

Central Illinois restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Delta on the SquareDelta on the Square
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Southern | Galesburg, Central Illinois

Take a culinary visit to the South right here in Galva, Illinois. From our U.S. farm-raised catfish that hails from the Mississippi Delta, to Gulf Coast shrimp and Louisiana alligator, and our Memphis-style barbecue, there is something for everyone. We hope to see you soon for a delectable trip deep down south.More

The Globe TavernThe Globe Tavern
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American | Springfield, Central Illinois

When in , the movers and shakers have gathered at a place called The Globe Tavern for over 200 years. Although the physical location has changed over the years, history repeats itself as The Globe Tavern is still known as a place of business and networking for politicians and a place of comfort and relaxation for tourists. It all began in the 1830's when Lincoln brought Mary Todd to the The Globe Tavern for their first date. As the years progressed, the food and beverage selection evolved. We now feature hand crafted specialty drinks and a rotating selection of premium draft beer. Seven flat screen televisions feature sports and news channels alike keeping tavern guests up to date and entertained. Sit back and stay a while for lunch, dinner, or a late evening appetizer.More

Discover Central Illinois

With flavors from all over the world, the Central Illinois area is home to some of the state’s most diverse dining options. For starters, you can sample some American favorites, such as chicken wings, halibut, and cream of mushroom soup, in a warm and inviting farm-to-table roadhouse. If you'd like to try some south-of-the-border flavors, you won't be disappointed. Head to one of the many nearby Mexican restaurants for authentic dishes or sample something new like octopus carnitas or black cod. There's also a selection of French restaurants that offer elegant dining atmospheres and traditional meals like steak tartare, rillette of pork, and turban of lobster.