Top 10 restaurants in Utica, United States

April 14, 2018 Viva Honore

Both Matthiessen State Park and Starved Rock State Park are located here, famous for its St. Peter sandstone rock formations. Alternatively, you could head to August Hill Winery or Illinois River Winery for a tasting.
Things to do in Utica

1. Cajun Connection

897 E US Highway 6, Utica, IL 61373-9773 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole Dinner, Lunch +1 815-667-9855
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Cajun Connection

Reviewed By Teahan - Chicago, Illinois

I had heard about this place years ago and finally got to try it. It was very good and for sure a change of pace considering you are in central Illinois. The menu features all the items you would expect to find down south and you have the option of getting it fried, blackened, or grilled. We tried to gator, frog legs, oysters and a few more items. We left stuffed and happy. Friendly staff and quaint setting

2. Nonie's Bakery & Cafe

522 Clark St, Utica, IL 61373-9501 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 8 - SGD 13 +1 815-691-5002
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 179 reviews

Nonie's Bakery & Cafe

Nonie's is a family owned bakery and cafe. Opened June 2012 in Utica IL near Starved Rock State Park. Nonie's serves All Day breakfast and lunch and offers a wide variety of baked goods and novelty desserts. Vegetarian options also available. Espresso drinks and locally roasted coffee.

Reviewed By Gina J - Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

We stop in at Nonie's whenever we hike in the area. I almost always have the trail hiker sandwich. Fresh ingredients on homemade bread, and then DESSERT! Everything we've tried has been so good. This time it was pumpkin spice cake and dutch apple crumb bar. I took apple cider donuts home to my hubby and he said they were the best ever. Reasonable prices and friendly staff. Seating indoors or on the deck (which is great for us bc we can keep an eye on our dogs in the car). We prefer Nonie's to eating at Starved Rock Lodge, which used to be our go-to.

3. Two Girls and a Cupcake

723 South Clark St, Utica, IL Takeout +1 815-667-7075
Excellent
56%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Two Girls and a Cupcake

Reviewed By duranie4life - Chicago, Illinois

Every time I go, they have different cupcake offerings, although there are a few consistent offerings. The cakes are always moist and delicious no matter what kind you get. The cupcakes are $3 each no matter how many you get. If anything, they should offer a special price for a half dozen or dozen, even a buck cheaper would be great.

4. Starved Rock Lodge - Main Dining Room

2668 E 875th Rd, Utica, IL 61348-9518 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 815-220-7321
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 308 reviews

Starved Rock Lodge - Main Dining Room

The Main Dining Room is located in the heart of Starved Rock Lodge and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Sunday Brunch is a favorite at Starved Rock! In addition to our delicious food, we offer a variety of wines, homemade Artisan ice cream and great desserts. Locals and guests enjoy our restaurant because of its beautiful, historic setting. Reservations are recommended and always appreciated. Holiday Buffets are offered on Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Easter. Reservations are required for holiday buffets. For reservations, please call: (815) 220-7321

Reviewed By David W - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Our family spent a couple of days this week staying at Starved Rock State Park watching Eagles. We had heard good "things" about the restaurant at the Starved Rock Lodge's Main Dining Room from Trip Advisor reviewers. Well, our reviewers were right on. The Main Dining Room is quite beautiful and harkens back to a much more simple time in American history. The menu is quite lengthy and with great choices. Personally, I chose an American staple...chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, with green beans...plus homemade rolls. I was not disappointed. The chicken fried steak was locally breaded, perfectly deep fried, plus had two very large pieces as the portion. The mashed potatoes and gravy were GREAT! The green beans were nicely done and tasty. All in all, the food was really good. The best part of the meal, in reality was our waitress. She was exceptional...friendly yet professional, knowledgeable and attentive.

5. Skoog's Pub & Grill

155 Mill St, Utica, IL 61373-9314 Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 33 +1 815-667-5800
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Skoog's Pub & Grill

Located in Utica Illinois, Skoog's Pub & Grill is famous for their great homemade food. Opening in 2000, Skoog's has quickly become one of the most popular gathering spots for locals and park visitors in the historic "Starved Rock State Park" region. Skoog's was built on the idea of great food, large portions, and an enjoyable dining and drinking experience.

Reviewed By IowaTravellinGuy

Spent time in Utica visiting Starved Rock. Utica was disappointing in that it only seems to have any touristy stuff open on weekends. In any case was hoping to have a good dinner. Skoogs was that perfect small town place. The burgers were huge and to be honest they were about the best burgers I ever had. The prices were amazingly affordable and food really good. My wife and I took the leftovers and we got two meals for the price of one. Staff very friendly. It was a small town bar and restaurant so staffing was pretty minimal so you won't have a waitress checking on you often but only a small complaint.

6. Country Cupboard

402 Clark St, Utica, IL 61373-9579 Takeout, Seating Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
6%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Country Cupboard

Reviewed By DisneyDad21 - Oswego, Illinois

Ice cream, both hard and soft serve was very good. Nice variety of flavors. Ice cream reasonably priced. Nice place to stop for treat after visiting parks. Could see place getting overwhelmed when busy, but was not crowded when we were there. Also appears to have menu for hot food as well, but seemed like the ice cream is the main reason to stop.

7. Duffy's Tavern

101 Mill St, Utica, IL 61373-9314 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Irish, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 815-667-4324
Excellent
45%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 200 reviews

Duffy's Tavern

Reviewed By giggly711 - Illinois

We arrived late in town so almost all the places were closed. So we walked to Duffy's. It's a bar atmosphere and we loved it. The menu is small but oh so tasty!! The employees are super nice!

8. Triple J Ice Cream

110 E Canal St, Utica, IL 61373-9465 +1 815-434-8888
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Triple J Ice Cream

Reviewed By Jillyjillyjilly - Valparaiso, Indiana

I got a fruit slushy and soft serve parfait. You can mix the 4 different slushy flavors. The texture was smooth and creamy and they offer many toppings!

9. Canal Port

148 Mill St, Utica, IL 61373-9450 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 815-667-3010
Excellent
50%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 181 reviews

Canal Port

Reviewed By Barbara P

What a nice treat! We stopped in for lunch and had great sandwiches. The raspberry tea was so refreshing. Beth was a GREAT waitress and anticipated our needs! I would highly recommend for a meal and a stroll through town.

10. Elements at Starved Rock Lodge

Route 178 & 71, Utica, IL 61373 Seating, Waitstaff American, Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 815-220-7321
Excellent
67%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Elements at Starved Rock Lodge

Reviewed By rtsnodgrass07 - Chicago, Illinois

We stopped in here for drinks as we were staying here for the weekend. It just had a nice laid back feel to it. The food looked really good - so we will be back to try that next time!

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