Best American Restaurants in Central Illinois

Firefly GrillFirefly Grill
(1667)
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American | Effingham, Central Illinois
Baxters American GrilleBaxters American Grille
(722)
$$$$
American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
Medici in NormalMedici in Normal
(707)
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American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
TGI FRIDAYS - BloomingtonTGI FRIDAYS - Bloomington
(20)
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American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
Public House 29Public House 29
(127)
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American | Springfield, Central Illinois
TGI FRIDAYS - ChampaignTGI FRIDAYS - Champaign
(20)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
Granite City Food & Brewery - East PeoriaGranite City Food & Brewery - East Peoria
(93)
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American | Peoria/East Peoria, Central Illinois
Hamilton WalkersHamilton Walkers
(505)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
Houlihan's - ChampaignHoulihan's - Champaign
(220)
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American | Champaign, Central Illinois
Tony Roma's - BloomingtonTony Roma's - Bloomington
(159)
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American | Bloomington / Normal, Central Illinois
RL RestaurantRL Restaurant
(4897)
$$$$
American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
TemporisTemporis
(140)
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American | West Town, Chicago
Beatrix - River NorthBeatrix - River North
(2834)
$$$$
American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Summer House Santa MonicaSummer House Santa Monica
(2916)
$$$$
American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Little GoatLittle Goat
(3564)
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Beatrix - StreetervilleBeatrix - Streeterville
(1156)
$$$$
American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Parlor Pizza Bar - Wicker ParkParlor Pizza Bar - Wicker Park
(177)
$$$$
American | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
The DawsonThe Dawson
(1231)
$$$$
American | River West, Chicago
Beatrix - Fulton MarketBeatrix - Fulton Market
(665)
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
HUB 51HUB 51
(4616)
$$$$
American | River North (Chicago), Chicago

Best Italian Restaurants in Central Illinois

Riccardo EnotecaRiccardo Enoteca
(459)
$$$$
Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
RPM ItalianRPM Italian
(9562)
$$$$
Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Tocco Pizza e ArteTocco Pizza e Arte
(589)
$$$$
Italian | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
Siena TavernSiena Tavern
(2643)
$$$$
Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Riccardo TrattoriaRiccardo Trattoria
(1697)
$$$$
Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Capri Ristorante - BerwynCapri Ristorante - Berwyn
(117)
$$$$
Italian | Berwyn, Near West
Viaggio Ristorante and LoungeViaggio Ristorante and Lounge
(1454)
$$$$
Italian | West Loop, Chicago
Gaetano's & Ristorantino MediterraneoGaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo
(1049)
$$$$
Italian | Forest Park, Near West
Sapori TrattoriaSapori Trattoria
(3389)
$$$$
Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Cafe LucciCafe Lucci
(1817)
$$$$
Italian | Glenview, North Suburbs
Tarantino'sTarantino's
(432)
$$$$
Italian | Lincoln Park, Chicago

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(624)
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Contemporary American | Oak Park
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(426)
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goosefootgoosefoot
683
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Contemporary American | Lincoln Square, Chicago
OrioleOriole
762
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Girl & the GoatGirl & the Goat
9155
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Les NomadesLes Nomades
1467
$$$$
Contemporary French | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
City Winery Chicago at the RiverwalkCity Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk
65
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Wine Bar | Downtown / Loop, Chicago
AcadiaAcadia
946
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Contemporary American | South Loop, Chicago
ParachuteParachute
970
$$$$
Korean | Avondale / Irving Park, Chicago
Gibsons ItaliaGibsons Italia
449
$$$$
Steakhouse | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Maple & AshMaple & Ash
2617
$$$$
Steakhouse | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Three Dots and a DashThree Dots and a Dash
819
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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
314
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Japanese | River North (Chicago), Chicago
MomotaroMomotaro
1594
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Japanese | West Loop, Chicago
BellemoreBellemore
518
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American | West Loop, Chicago
ProxiProxi
582
$$$$
Global, International | West Loop, Chicago
SomersetSomerset
757
$$$$
American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
The PublicanThe Publican
5809
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Swift & SonsSwift & Sons
1742
$$$$
Steakhouse | West Loop, Chicago
RPM ItalianRPM Italian
9562
$$$$
Italian | River North (Chicago), Chicago
EmaEma
1522
$$$$
Mediterranean | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Summer House Santa MonicaSummer House Santa Monica
2916
$$$$
American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
BlackbirdBlackbird
4190
$$$$
Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
BokaBoka
4207
$$$$
Contemporary American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Duck Duck GoatDuck Duck Goat
2211
$$$$
Chinese | West Loop, Chicago
Beatrix - Fulton MarketBeatrix - Fulton Market
665
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Little GoatLittle Goat
3564
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Mott StreetMott Street
560
$$$$
Contemporary American | Bucktown / Wicker Park, Chicago
True Food Kitchen - ChicagoTrue Food Kitchen - Chicago
1013
$$$$
American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Bar BiscayBar Biscay
121
$$$$
Basque | West Town, Chicago
Nico OsteriaNico Osteria
1893
$$$$
Italian | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
GT Prime SteakhouseGT Prime Steakhouse
713
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Steakhouse | River North (Chicago), Chicago

The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Chicago

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BlackbirdBlackbird
4190
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Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Nico OsteriaNico Osteria
1893
$$$$
Italian | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
The PublicanThe Publican
5809
$$$$
American | West Loop, Chicago
Swift & SonsSwift & Sons
1742
$$$$
Steakhouse | West Loop, Chicago
Sushi SanSushi San
314
$$$$
Japanese | River North (Chicago), Chicago
GT Fish and OysterGT Fish and Oyster
3263
$$$$
Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Dos Urban CantinaDos Urban Cantina
558
$$$$
Mexican | Logan Square, Chicago
Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf AstoriaMargeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria
362
$$$$
French | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Duck Duck GoatDuck Duck Goat
2211
$$$$
Chinese | West Loop, Chicago
EmaEma
1522
$$$$
Mediterranean | River North (Chicago), Chicago
ProxiProxi
582
$$$$
Global, International | West Loop, Chicago
ParachuteParachute
970
$$$$
Korean | Avondale / Irving Park, Chicago
Jaipur - Permanently ClosedJaipur - Permanently Closed
248
$$$$
Indian | West Loop, Chicago
Bar BiscayBar Biscay
121
$$$$
Basque | West Town, Chicago
HerbHerb
228
$$$$
Thai | Uptown, Chicago

Chicago's 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

Fall in love with these longstanding local favorites.
BokaBoka
4207
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Contemporary American | Lincoln Park, Chicago
SepiaSepia
3448
$$$$
Contemporary American | West Loop, Chicago
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone CrabJoe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
11335
$$$$
Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
The GageThe Gage
7404
$$$$
American | Downtown / Loop, Chicago
Le Colonial - ChicagoLe Colonial - Chicago
3902
$$$$
Vietnamese | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
RL RestaurantRL Restaurant
4897
$$$$
American | Gold Coast / Streeterville, Chicago
Shaw's Crab House - ChicagoShaw's Crab House - Chicago
9542
$$$$
Seafood | River North (Chicago), Chicago
HUB 51HUB 51
4616
$$$$
American | River North (Chicago), Chicago
Mon Ami GabiMon Ami Gabi
4212
$$$$
French | Lincoln Park, Chicago
Shanghai TerraceShanghai Terrace
1222
$$$$
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
Firefly Grill1. Firefly Grill
1667 reviews
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American | Effingham, Central Illinois

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Loukinens' on 4th2. Loukinens' on 4th
171 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Springfield, Central Illinois

Easily the best restaurant in Springfield! More

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Nick and Nino's Penthouse Steakhouse3. Nick and Nino's Penthouse Steakhouse
1245 reviews
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Contemporary American | Springfield, Central Illinois

Great ambience, quiet atmosphere, great food and drinks. Staff is friendly and seem happy to serve us. Highly recommend for a special occassion or a date night. More

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Indigo-Springfield4. Indigo-Springfield
348 reviews
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Contemporary American | Springfield, Central Illinois

Great food, service and atmosphere! A nice place to go for dinner as well as a fun place to just go to the bar for drinks and appetizers. More

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

It’s one of our favorites and never disappointed. The service is always as good as the foid 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

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.