Where to Eat in Carbondale: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Alida England

Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt." The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. Today the major roadways of Illinois Route 13 and U.S. Route 51 intersect in the city. The city is 96 miles (154 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University.
Things to do in Carbondale

1. Quatro's Deep Pan Pizza

218 W Freeman St, Carbondale, IL 62901-2809 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 13 +1 618-549-5326
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 307 reviews

Quatro's Deep Pan Pizza

Great Deep Pan Pizza, Fresh Salads, Italian Beef, Reuben's, and Philly Steak Sandwiches, and Plenty of your favorite Beverages. Very Kid friendly also.

Reviewed By Julie C

I called to place an order for an employee that had surgery. I needed an extra 10 seconds to get her phone number. The lady on the other end of the phone was curt and acted put out. I asked a question about the food, as I am not familiar with this establishment being from another city. She did not want to be bothered with me. It was not even lunch or dinner rush. It was 2pm. Good thing they are known for their pizza because their customer service sucks.

2. Cool Spoons Frozen Yogurt and Treats

695 N Giant City Rd Ste 2, Carbondale, IL 62902-6407 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible SGD 13 +1 618-529-5030
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Cool Spoons Frozen Yogurt and Treats

Southern Illinois' best Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt store. 18 Flavors with 150 different topping choices gives you the choice of creating the perfect frozen dessert treat. Free wifi and outdoor seating available.

Reviewed By krysten h - Carbondale, Illinois

i went after dance and got my toppings and I loved how they weighted my bowl to see how much it would cost and mine wasn't that much I recremend this to kids and families.

3. Blend Tea and Crepe Lounge

719 S University Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901-2830 Seating Cafe Dinner +1 618-300-1088
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Blend Tea and Crepe Lounge

Reviewed By gemini8200 - Carbondale, Illinois

More people need to know about this place. The savory crepes are amazing and very large. The teas are just as good! Kind of a weird location that doesn't lend itself to the best parking arrangements, but it's worth it even if you have to walk a bit. Service is always a bit slow, but the food always comes out hot and fresh.

4. Larry's House of Cakes

1807 W Main St, Carbondale, IL 62901-2123 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 618-519-9378
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Larry's House of Cakes

Reviewed By Jeremy C

I would highly recommend Larry's House of Cakes. We needed a birthday cake last minute and they had us in and out within 15 minutes with a custom cake.

5. Harbaugh's Cafe

901 S Illinois Ave, # B, Carbondale, IL 62901-2822 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 618-351-9897
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Harbaugh's Cafe

Reviewed By happyfamilyMacomb_Il - macomb, il

In town visiting our SIU student who recommended this place. Awesome breakfast selection, great and quick service and a comfortable atmosphere(nothing fancy, but clean and festively decorated). The place was packed..obvious sign of a favorite place to dine. We will be back.

6. Longbranch Cafe & Bakery

100 E Jackson St, Carbondale, IL 62901-1503 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available, Highchairs Available American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 618-529-4488
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Longbranch Cafe & Bakery

Reviewed By L H - Chicago, Illinois

Returned for espresso drinks made to order, and tried the coconut cake...pretty much perfect, moist and flavorful. Wonderful cinnamon roll too. Almond cream is an interesting variation on the classic scone. Again, the staff was awesome - a friendly young woman searching the shelves tirelessly to find the t-shirt I wanted (100% cotton & supercool designs), while a gracious man packed my order carefully. Fabulous eclectic decor, and local art for sale.

7. Thai Taste

100 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901-2916 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 618-457-6900
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 127 reviews

Thai Taste

Thai Taste has been proudly serving authentic Thai food alongside contemporary American and Chinese-inspired dishes since 2004! We offer an intimate and comfortable dining experience in the historic New Brush Building in downtown Carbondale and convenient takeout options for customers on the go. Each dish on our menu is a unique family recipe, including our famous Pad Thai and our "Voted #1 in Southern Illinois" chicken wings! We're happy to accommodate all diners, with many dishes having vegetarian and vegan options available. During lunch hours we offer a select menu of our most popular dishes to ensure quick and accurate service. During dinner hours we expand our menu to include all available appetizers, entrees, and desserts. For those 21 and up, don't forget to pair your favorite dish with your favorite drink! We offer both local and craft beers, along with a selection of local wines that are sure to complement your tastes. Thank you for reading a little bit about our restaurant. We hope to serve you soon!

Reviewed By mrsm91011 - Chattanooga, Tennessee

I return to Thai Taste pretty regularly. Favorite things are pineapple fried rice, wonton soup (really flavorful broth), Thai tea of course, and they generally have a fun beer special. Average dinner prices for flavorful food. Nice to have a spice option in Southern Illinois.

8. Newell House

201 E Main St Ste 1-A, Carbondale, IL 62901-3002 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining American, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 618-549-6400
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 103 reviews

Newell House

The freshly restored Newell House Restaurant offers great American cuisines with a neighborhood twist. With its casual and unique atmosphere, it serves as a great place to catch up with a few friends or the entire family. Featuring a fully stocked bar, more than 30 specialty martinis and a fine wine list with more than 40 varieties.

Reviewed By william f

The innkeeper at our B&B recommended this restaurant for dinner on Thursday night.
Good variety of food. We ad a group had everything from steak to bouilliabaisse. Every one agreed the food was great and in good quantities.
Server was attentive and made the experience above average. 4 stars rather than 5 due to cost.

9. Hunan Village

710 E Main St, Carbondale, IL 62901-3107 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Chinese, Asian Dinner, Lunch +1 618-529-1108
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Hunan Village

618-529-1108. Locally owned moderately upscale Chinese restaurant. Good tea smoked duck. Nice atmosphere. Large menu.

Reviewed By Jeremy C

Most Chinese places and other oriental cuisines in the area are take out, buffet, or quick dining. Hunan stands out with its formal experience, great and well dressed staff, and the amazing dishes they have to offer. I highly recommend trying Hunan for any event or special occasion.

10. Fat Patties

611B S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901-2816 Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available American, Gastropub, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +1 618-529-3287
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 111 reviews

Fat Patties

Reviewed By Mary S - Phoenix, Arizona

I really enjoyed having the option for locally-raised grass fed beef. My "Lick" burger was one of the best burgers I've had. Plus the French fries are outstanding too.

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