Best American Restaurants in Central Illinois

Firefly GrillFirefly Grill
(1677)
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American | Effingham, Central Illinois
Baxters American GrilleBaxters American Grille
(739)
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American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
Medici in NormalMedici in Normal
(717)
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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
(130)
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American | Springfield, Central Illinois
TGI FRIDAYS - ChampaignTGI FRIDAYS - Champaign
(21)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
Granite City Food & Brewery - East PeoriaGranite City Food & Brewery - East Peoria
(98)
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American | Peoria/East Peoria, Central Illinois
Hamilton WalkersHamilton Walkers
(515)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
Houlihan's - ChampaignHoulihan's - Champaign
(222)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
Tony Roma's - BloomingtonTony Roma's - Bloomington
(163)
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American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
RL RestaurantRL Restaurant
(4972)
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American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
TemporisTemporis
(147)
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American | West Town, Chicago
Beatrix - River NorthBeatrix - River North
(2889)
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American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Summer House Santa MonicaSummer House Santa Monica
(2953)
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American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Little GoatLittle Goat
(3631)
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American | West Loop, Chicago
Beatrix - StreetervilleBeatrix - Streeterville
(1193)
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American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Parlor Pizza Bar - Wicker ParkParlor Pizza Bar - Wicker Park
(179)
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American | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
The DawsonThe Dawson
(1246)
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American | River West, Chicago
Beatrix - Fulton MarketBeatrix - Fulton Market
(689)
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American | West Loop, Chicago
HUB 51HUB 51
(4663)
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American | River North (Chicago), Chicago

Best Italian Restaurants in Central Illinois

Riccardo EnotecaRiccardo Enoteca
(441)
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Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
RPM ItalianRPM Italian
(9679)
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Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Tocco Pizza e ArteTocco Pizza e Arte
(593)
$$$$
Italian | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
Siena TavernSiena Tavern
(2691)
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Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Riccardo TrattoriaRiccardo Trattoria
(1717)
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Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Capri Ristorante - BerwynCapri Ristorante - Berwyn
(123)
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Italian | Berwyn, Near West
Viaggio Ristorante and LoungeViaggio Ristorante and Lounge
(1478)
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Italian | West Loop, Chicago
Gaetano's & Ristorantino MediterraneoGaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo
(1066)
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Italian | Forest Park, Near West
Sapori TrattoriaSapori Trattoria
(3423)
$$$$
Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Cafe LucciCafe Lucci
(1839)
$$$$
Italian | Glenview, North Suburbs
Tarantino'sTarantino's
(438)
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Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago

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goosefootgoosefoot
689
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Contemporary American | Lincoln Square, Chicago
OrioleOriole
779
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Girl & the GoatGirl & the Goat
9265
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Les NomadesLes Nomades
1481
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Contemporary French | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
City Winery Chicago at the RiverwalkCity Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk
98
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Wine Bar | Downtown / Loop, Chicago
AcadiaAcadia
958
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Contemporary American | South Loop, Chicago
ParachuteParachute
996
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Korean | Avondale / Irving Park, Chicago
Gibsons ItaliaGibsons Italia
504
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Steakhouse | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Maple & AshMaple & Ash
2692
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Steakhouse | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Three Dots and a DashThree Dots and a Dash
837
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Polynesian | River North (Chicago), Chicago

Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Chicago

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SUSHI-SANSUSHI-SAN
339
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Japanese | River North (Chicago), Chicago
MomotaroMomotaro
1639
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Japanese | West Loop, Chicago
BellemoreBellemore
545
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American | West Loop, Chicago
ProxiProxi
621
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Global, International | West Loop, Chicago
SomersetSomerset
801
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American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
The PublicanThe Publican
5855
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Swift & SonsSwift & Sons
1781
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Steakhouse | West Loop, Chicago
RPM ItalianRPM Italian
9679
$$$$
Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
EmaEma
1571
$$$$
Mediterranean | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Summer House Santa MonicaSummer House Santa Monica
2953
$$$$
American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
BlackbirdBlackbird
4221
$$$$
Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
BokaBoka
4254
$$$$
Contemporary American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Duck Duck GoatDuck Duck Goat
2282
$$$$
Chinese | West Loop, Chicago
Beatrix - Fulton MarketBeatrix - Fulton Market
689
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Little GoatLittle Goat
3631
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Mott StreetMott Street
579
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Contemporary American | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
True Food Kitchen - ChicagoTrue Food Kitchen - Chicago
1041
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American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Bar BiscayBar Biscay
128
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Seafood | West Town, Chicago
Nico OsteriaNico Osteria
1906
$$$$
Italian | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
GT Prime SteakhouseGT Prime Steakhouse
731
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Steakhouse | River North (Chicago), Chicago

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BlackbirdBlackbird
4221
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Nico OsteriaNico Osteria
1906
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Italian | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
The PublicanThe Publican
5855
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Swift & SonsSwift & Sons
1781
$$$$
Steakhouse | West Loop, Chicago
SUSHI-SANSUSHI-SAN
339
$$$$
Japanese | River North (Chicago), Chicago
GT Fish and OysterGT Fish and Oyster
3286
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Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Dos Urban CantinaDos Urban Cantina
558
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Mexican | Logan Square, Chicago
Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf AstoriaMargeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
399
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French | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Duck Duck GoatDuck Duck Goat
2282
$$$$
Chinese | West Loop, Chicago
EmaEma
1571
$$$$
Mediterranean | River North (Chicago), Chicago
ProxiProxi
621
$$$$
Global, International | West Loop, Chicago
ParachuteParachute
996
$$$$
Korean | Avondale / Irving Park, Chicago
Jaipur - Permanently ClosedJaipur - Permanently Closed
248
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Indian | West Loop, Chicago
Bar BiscayBar Biscay
128
$$$$
Seafood | West Town, Chicago
HerbHerb
232
$$$$
Thai | Uptown, Chicago

Chicago's 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

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BokaBoka
4254
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Contemporary American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
SepiaSepia
3468
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone CrabJoe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
11491
$$$$
Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
The GageThe Gage
7503
$$$$
American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago
Le Colonial - ChicagoLe Colonial - Chicago
3954
$$$$
Vietnamese | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
RL RestaurantRL Restaurant
4972
$$$$
American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Shaw's Crab House - ChicagoShaw's Crab House - Chicago
9651
$$$$
Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
HUB 51HUB 51
4663
$$$$
American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Mon Ami GabiMon Ami Gabi
4254
$$$$
French | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Shanghai TerraceShanghai Terrace
1239
$$$$
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
353 reviews
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Contemporary American | Springfield, Central Illinois

We went for the prime rib and were thrilled that we did. It was expertly seasoned, perfectly cooked, and pleasantly served. We gave kudos to the chef, many thanks to Mike and our server, Chelsea, and we give our recommendation to you. Go to Indigo--you will love it! More

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Firefly Grill2. Firefly Grill
1677 reviews
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American | Effingham, Central Illinois

Excellent as always, a wonderful restaurant well worth the drive to get there. More

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Nick and Nino's Penthouse Steakhouse3. Nick and Nino's Penthouse Steakhouse
1258 reviews
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Contemporary American | Springfield, Central Illinois

Superb! A cut above; literally. B. Douglas Hollywood, California More

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

Great food and views. More

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Everyday Kitchen Restaurant and Bar – Champaign5. Everyday Kitchen Restaurant and Bar – Champaign
18 reviews
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois

We were so impressed after our first experience with Sunday Brunch, we returned for dinner the next Wednesday. Wonderful people make you feel at home. Very helpful answering questions. Range of prices and options to fit budges and appetites. Excellent food. Healthy and vegetarian options available and tasty! We recommended them to a vegetarian friend who called from the restaurant to say how much she loved it! Told several of our other friends, too. We have not been to their coffee shop next door but will try it soon. Recommend the pork shoulder, salmon, cob salad and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. We just became regulars! More

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New to OpenTable

Central Illinois restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Johnny's Italian Steakhouse - PeoriaJohnny's Italian Steakhouse - Peoria
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Steakhouse | Peoria/East Peoria, Central Illinois

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse — East Peoria has a timeless, classic vibe wrapped in a sleek metropolitan style with elegant overtones. The wrap-around, elevated Blue Bar has an energy all its own and adds a beautiful vantage point to take in the entire restaurant. Enjoy classic martinis, specialty cocktails, and an extensive wine list.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.