Peoria Heights Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Peoria Heights

April 14, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Peoria Heights is a village lying almost entirely in Peoria County in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 6,156 at the 2010 census, down from 6,635 in 2000. Peoria Heights is a suburb of Peoria and is surrounded by the city except for its eastern boundary on Peoria Lake, a relatively wider section of the Illinois River. It is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Peoria Heights

1. One World Cafe

1245 W Main St, Peoria, IL 61606-1371 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 26 +1 309-672-1522
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 680 reviews

One World Cafe

Eclectic, locally owned restaurant, featuring a unique menu with options for vegans to carnivores.

Reviewed By Mike B - Deer River, Minnesota

We stopped here for dessert. Interesting decor. Irish coffee is very good and the cheese cake is as good as it gets. Will have to try this place for a meal sometime.

2. Emack & Bolio's

4534 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, IL 61616-6500 Seating, Takeout +1 309-682-3530
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By Montyd72 - Peoria, Illinois

Several of us went here after dining downtown. Prepare to wait a while on a Saturday night, which was fine with us. Very high quality ice cream. Would recommend, will go back.

3. Leaves and Beans Roasting Co.

4800 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, IL 61616-6442 Takeout, Seating Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 309-688-7685
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Leaves and Beans Roasting Co.

Reviewed By irina g - Illinois

It's one of those really customer-friendly, casual and very cozy, privately owned coffee shops that truly welcome you in. This one is in an old house on N Prospect in Peoria Heights, with attentive and hospitable service from young staff (thanks, Justin), excellent fresh coffee for any taste, and tasty food cooked to your liking. The veggie sandwich I had was cooked to perfection and was delicious.

The seating in different rooms is ample and very comfortable, the decor and atmosphere is hipster, a perfect place to stop for coffee, talk and meal with family, colleagues and friends. There is also an outside seating area, it also looks very comfy in the shade of trees around the coffee shop. Nice place!

4. Trefzger's Bakery

4416 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61616-6565 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast +1 309-685-9221
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 193 reviews

Trefzger's Bakery

Reviewed By Aneta Y

Our family has been enjoying baked goods from this bakery for years and we think it is best one in town. Now we always go there to get baked goods when having company in town and my daughters take their favorite thumb print cookies back to their college towns when visiting. Their coffee cakes are legendary and chiffon cakes with flavor of the month make great light dessert. Not to be missed.

5. Hearth

4604 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, IL 61616-6420 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +1 309-686-0234
Excellent
76%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Hearth

A touch of the South. Smoked meats on lunch menu, fine dining at night. Local farms sourced first. Hand crafted cocktails and extensive wine list.

Reviewed By RonPatrick - Chicago

Thank you all from Hearth for making my wife's 12th Breast Cancer Survivor Anniversary memorable. I asked for some pink flowers on the table and the arrangement was beautiful!! Steph was our server, 22 year BC Survivor!! Ask for Steph, she was just perfect in all ways. Oh my, the smoked oysters, should have ordered more. Scallops, crab cakes, wedge salad...everything was delicious. Wine selection was marvelous. Just get there!

6. Jim's Bistro

4612 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, IL 61616-6438 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 26 - SGD 33 +1 309-682-9219
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Jim's Bistro

Reviewed By SeeJessTravel - Peoria, Illinois

Jim's has delicious food; I typically get the half roasted chicken with the mashed potatoes and stuffing, and it's scrumptious. We've also had delectable creme brulee here.

The one downside during colder months when outside seating isn't available is that it is very cramped, crowded, and noisy in here on a weekend evening. I have had to leave and step outside to get cool air before because between the heat and sitting on top of others, I was starting to feel ill. Try to make reservations for one of the two tables set up a couple of stairs in the front window; those aren't so crowded. Or come in the nicer weather where you can sit outdoors.

7. Jonah's Seafood House

2601 N Main St, East Peoria, IL 61611-1747 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 309-694-0946
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 354 reviews

Jonah's Seafood House

Reviewed By Brittney V - Lincoln, Illinois, United States

It was the first time there for my boyfriend and I. The atmosphere is amazing, we had a table in the back, looking out over the river. The waiter was very nice, prompt and courteous. We had many questions regarding the menu and he was able to answer them all. We ordered the fried oysters which were very good, as we didn't know what to expect. For our main course, my boyfriend had the special, swordfish, au gratin potatoes and asparagus. I got the Florida grouper, baked potato and asparagus. Food was presented well, flavorful and we would definitely order those items again. We look forward to going back in the future.

8. The Chef and the Baker

1122 E McClure Ave, Peoria, IL 61603-2008 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch +1 309-767-0220
Excellent
78%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

The Chef and the Baker

Reviewed By 2Illini-in-India - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Don't be fooled by the exterior of this gem of a restaurant. The food is fresh, delicious, and made with quality ingredients. The beef and cheddar sandwich is outstanding. Don't forget to get an enormous (or itty-bitty) cupcake too. The cupcakes (Smores and Peach) were so moist and flavorful! They owners are personable too. Lovely place!

9. The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern

212 SW Water St, Suite B, Peoria, IL 61602-1325 Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 309-981-5801
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern

Family-owned restaurant serving artisanal barbecue. Large selection of craft beer and whisky. NO RESERVATIONS. NOT SUITABLE FOR LARGE GROUPS. CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY.

Reviewed By Big_bro_1_usa - Chicago, Illinois

PROS: close to the main attractions at the riverfront; excellent tasting food- we had the smoked then fried chicken wings and half a rack of ribs- excellent! fast service . located inside an old train station so it's unique.

CONS:none. just know the portions are big so you can probably split one order and just order more if needed.

10. The Publik House

4614 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, IL 61616-6438 Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations American, Bar, Pub Dinner, Lunch +1 309-839-2127
Excellent
45%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

The Publik House

Reviewed By MokoPeoria_IL - Peoria, IL

This is the place to be on a Tuesday night. The burger special offers a multitude of choices, including the type of bun, cheese, sauces, and toppings...all at a reasonable price. A single or double burger is available, but the single is more than enough to satisfy. Sides are extra and we recommend the fries with blue cheese and bacon...super delicious and only $3. Beer is offered at $3.50. Our bill for two burgers, two beers, and order of fries was $21.55 plus tip. The food was delicious and the place was packed by 5:30 pm, so go early. The regular menu lists salads, appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees. The Tuesday burger special is worth it...looking forward to many more Tuesdays.

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