Spring Valley Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Spring Valley

April 14, 2018 Frederic Celentano

Spring Valley is a city situated on the Illinois River in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,398 at the 2000 census, and 5,558 in 2010. It is part of the Ottawa–Streator Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Spring Valley

1. Uptown Grill

601 1st St, LaSalle, IL 61301-2418 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 46 +1 815-224-4545
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

Uptown Grill

Uptown Grill is a full service restaurant featuring American Cuisine for lunch and dinner seven days a week. We offer one of the most diverse menus in the Illinois Valley area. Uptown Grill uses only the freshest ingredients. Our steaks and seafood are fresh and never frozen. Our dressings, sauces, and stocks are all made from scratch. We have our own line of home-made desserts and breads, which are also available for carry out. We offer a full bar service including hand-crafted specialty cocktails, an extensive wine menu, and craft beer. Our facility offers a polished casual atmosphere. We are family friendly, including your pets with our sidewalk dinning! When the season is right we offer al fresco dining in our screened in patio. Our gorgeous bar room also has comfortable casual lounge seating. We have recently updated our banquet facility and host a variety of private parties for up to 150 people including rehearsal dinners, weddings, showers, luncheons, business meetings, and social events. Join us at our Uptown's Playlist Theater, where we host a variety of artists, including some nationally acclaimed musical acts! We have been family owned and operated for over 32 years. Ray and Rita learned the trade from Ray's father Victor who owned and operated the Red Door Inn in Peru, Illinois for over 30 years. Uptown is centrally located off Interstate 80 and Interstate 39. We are in the heart of Starved Rock Country, just five minutes away from Starved Rock State Park. To learn more about Uptown Grill, please visit our website.

Reviewed By mandolin33333 - TG, Illinois

From the great wine list and beer selection to the artisan bread basket and mellow atmosphere you just go wrong! The appetizers and salads are just out of this world! Every dish I’ve ever had in 20+ years has always been incredible and delicious!!! It’s my favorite spot, worth every cent spent. I really cannot day enough great things about this place!!!
On a side note: The music is always amazing, that doesn’t include the intimate shows the place hosts regularly.
Stop what you’re doing and go have dinner here!!!

2. Verucchi's Ristorante

600 N Greenwood St, Spring Valley, IL 61362-1548 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +1 815-663-6431
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Verucchi's Ristorante

Reviewed By Hanoverton1 - Hanoverton, Ohio

Stopped for dinner. Had reservations which were greatly needed. Lots going on that night in the restaurant. Class reunions and many birthdays. We had a large group of family. Had a wonderful dinner. Food was well prepared and very good. Didn't take long to serve everyone as they were extremely busy. Wait staff was friendly and accommodating to all. Will stop again next time we are in the area.

3. Rip's Tavern

311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Brew Pub Dinner +1 815-894-3051
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Rip's Tavern

Reviewed By Jennifer E - Rochelle, Illinois

This is the best chicken ever!! The batter is so crispy, the chicken is moist and delicious. The fried mushrooms are the bomb. We went on a Sunday afternoon, and surprisingly enough, didn't have to wait to be seated. Definitely going back, even if it is a 45 minute drive. It's worth it!!

4. Mark Allen's American Kitchen

1402 Peoria St, Peru, IL 61354-2212 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 815-220-0642
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 265 reviews

Mark Allen's American Kitchen

Reviewed By Scohn - Skokie, IL

My wife and I just got back from this lovely restaurant in Peru, Illinois, during our weekend visit to Starved Rock State Park. The restaurant portion is in the back room of a bar/restaurant set-up. All of the staff there were incredibly friendly from the moment we walked in the front door. In the dining room area, all of the walls have "playful" wall designed where you can reorganize magnet shapes in different designs, or draw pictures with dry erase markers. Really nice way to give a little fun for the evening.

They start you off with pieces of bread, which is more rich a rich, non-sweet beignet - rich and salty and flaky. I had a glass of the house merlot - quite nice, and they also have a reasonable wine list if you like. The entrees come with a salad as well. I had mine with ranch dressing, and it tasted like a really good homemade dressings.

For the entree my wife had the chicken parmesan and I had the trigger fish. My fish was excellent - in a seasoned lime sauce. tender and flaky. The chicken was also pretty good - moist and well seasoned, although the sauce seems just a tense sweet. I also got a side of string beans, which was really good, although well (very well!) buttered (could have had just a tense less, but the flavor of the beans was excellent).

My wife and I shared a cheesecake for dessert. It was very good (I liked it better than she did), but the chocolate sauce on the cheesecake tasted like Hershey's syrup - very mild without that deep rich chocolate taste that a good homemade sauce tastes like.

Overall, a wonderfully relaxing evening with very good food, great service, and a comfortable decor. Definitely a place I would come back to!

5. Geno V's Restaurant and Lounge

413 Chestnut St, Dalzell, IL 61320-9719 +1 815-663-9100
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By cls448 - LaSalle, Illinois

Yes, they have copper cups! Try the coldcock Moscow Mule with a little spice. "Less is more" with a simple but delicious Italian menu of pasta, calzones, and za. You might be lucky enough to stop in on karaoke night and if you need a duet partner the bartender Tony will oblige.

6. Brandy's Fine Food and Cocktails

1519 Water St, Peru, IL 61354-3562 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 815-220-1744
Excellent
84%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Brandy's Fine Food and Cocktails

Reviewed By Julie C - Fishers, Indiana

Unexpected space along the river in what you'd assume is a typical small town bar. The atmosphere is a touch swanky and our service was fast and friendly.

None of us loved our breakfast...except for the complimentary cinnamon rolls that were brought to the table. Those that could eat them, loved them.

Keep a few loaves of gluten free bread in the freezer for the growing # of gluten intolerant people floating around. Celiacs couldn't have it, but others could and it would be very appreciated.

Breakfast potatoes were too thick and oily. Would much prefer traditional crispy hash browns.

The person who brought us here based on past experience barely touched her breakfast. Could have been an off day.

7. Valley Bar & Grill

107 W Saint Paul St, Spring Valley, IL 61362-1950 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 815-663-2410
Excellent
40%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Valley Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Buster K - Apollo Beach, Florida

Friendly make you feel at home atmosphere. I enjoyed one of the many lunch specials, a homemade tomato soup, smooth and delicious. Along with a garlic bread toasted white cheddar sandwich. Perfect lunch combo on a brisk Illinois afternoon. My friend and I eat here and rewind whenever I come home.

8. Haze Smokehouse

159 Bucklin St, Second and Bucklin, LaSalle, IL 61301-2341 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 815-780-8374
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Haze Smokehouse

Reviewed By lynnkolt - Serena, Illinois

We have been to Haze many times and have never had anything less than fantastic food and drink there. Fun atmosphere, very clean, delicious food, interesting drinks. The Bama White Nachos and the Pretzels/PBR Cheese Dip are must-have appetizers, and I’d recommend anything on the menu literally. In the summer, the patio is super fun and they have awesome live music out there. Go there to dine inside in fall and winter, and go there to sit outside in the spring/summer! Just go!

9. Jalapeno's

4387 Venture Dr, Peru, IL 61354-1014 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 20 +1 815-220-1638
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Jalapeno's

Authentic Mexican restaurant. Family friendly. Freshly made ingredients.

Reviewed By EdLoves2Travel - Northern Illinois & Puerto Vallarta, MX.

My grandson and I stopped in for a quick lunch after doing some shopping at Peru Mall. We ordered light and did not get a full meal because we were not that hungry. We had a chicken taco salad and an order of super nachos. The food was absolutely amazing. The taco salad had tons and tons of shredded chicken and it was delicious. The loaded nachos had beef, chicken, cheese, beans and lettuce and they were amazing. The wait staff was friendly and the service was fast. It was a delightful lunch, delicious food and attentive service.

10. Gold Mine Restaurant

204 E Saint Paul St, Spring Valley, IL 61362-2140 +1 815-664-2640
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By John W - Peru, Illinois

It's one of those local places with many local customers. Come here with my mom and stepdad every now and then, always get the sausage skillet and it is very good!!

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