Where to Eat in Marion: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Carley Gatson

Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 17,193 at the 2010 census. It is part of a dispersed urban area that developed out of the early 20th-century coal fields.
Things to do in Marion

1. Thai D

2801 Civic Circle Blvd, Suite 6, Marion, IL 62959-5273 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations Chinese, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 618-997-6470
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

Thai D

Thai-D feature a blend of high quality, authentic Thai cuisine and warm hospitality in a sophisticated yet traditional setting. Our experienced chefs will prepare and cook every dish for you to order from finest ingredients including premium spices and herbs from Thailand. Our authentic cuisine is complemented by our list of beverages offering a great selection of wines, domestic beer and imported beer. Thai Cuisine is very unique. We focus on utilizing fresh herbs and spices such as Thai basil, lemongrass, fresh Thai chilies and lesser known spices like galangal, and kaffir lime leaves. Our chefs here at THAI-D focus on making food which is not only delicious, but nutritious as well. Instead of overloading the food with excess oil, MSG and sugar, the chefs use the fresh herbs and spices to get a truly fresh and exquisite taste that can only be found in authentic Thai cuisine. We are considerate of any special dietary needs our customers may have. Most dishes can be made vegan or vegetarian. There are also several gluten free dishes made from fresh rice noodles. Patrons can custom order each dish to suit their individual tastes and preferences. The chefs at THAI-D can accommodate anyone's special dietary needs or restrictions while still serving up the most flavorful food that person may have ever had.

Reviewed By MyHobbyIsTravel - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Loved it. Storefront is unassuming but interior is welcoming and Thai'd up. Food is tasty. We had the lunch menu. Portion is small-ish but was totally adequate to make us feel full. A bowl of brothy soup with vegetables, a large scoop of jasmine rice, a small egg roll and iced tea are included with the meal. Prices are very reasonable. All in all, a good find for lunch. Will definitely return.

2. Krispy Kreme

1307 Halfway Rd, Marion, IL 62959-5153 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Breakfast
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Krispy Kreme

Reviewed By AandE_G - Marion, Illinois

The staff at Marion Krispy Kreme is very friendly and helpful. The donuts are of course amazing. Try the stuffed donuts with "Kreme." They also have great coffee here, including a pumpkin spice latte that is better than the major chain that is known for pumpkin spice lattes.

3. 20's Hideout Steakhouse & Bar

2602 Wanda Drive, Marion, IL 62959-5075 (Formerly 20's Hideout Restaurant) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +1 618-997-8325
Excellent
53%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 321 reviews

20's Hideout Steakhouse & Bar

20&apos;s Hideout Steakhouse serves up the best steaks, seafood and live entertainment in roaring 20&apos;s fashion. <br><br>We are proud recipients of the annual Wine Spectator Restaurant Award since 2012. With over 6,800 international and domestic bottles on hand we have the largest wine cellar south of Chicago. <br><br>From our proprietary farm located 3.5 miles south of Marion we produce world class black angus beef, USDA processed, and served exclusively farm-to-table at the 20&apos;s Hideout Steakhouse. <br><br>Our upper casual dining experience is ideal for that special occasion or the casual traveler.

Reviewed By Fishbangle - Cork, Ireland

The owners have been to a lot of trouble to create the 1920s pastiche with old cars outside and some thinking put into names that allude to the speakeasy days. A pianist plays away all night "these foolish things", "strangers in the night", "poor people of Paris", street where you live". A young man took our orders, we had to repeat them, and he asked "wat" a couple of times. The bottled beers arrived pronto, the draft beers took about fifteen minutes with no sensible explanation, as the folk who were waiting walked around to find an empty bar.

The table were served calamari, tasty, peppered lightly, and a giant onion split and deep fried in batter, great heart stopping starters. Also some tasteless warm roll for slicing. A friend mopped up his soup with it and pronounced it delicious.

I got the Steak with blue cheese, not great, but the cheese lifted in, and before that a cup of the chicken enchilada soup. It was spicy and pretty good. I should have a bowl of it with crackers and gone home.

The bottled beer came to me in frosted glasses, so I was a happy bunny, but a colleague ordered draft beer, and after waiting fifteen minutes for it, went looking for it. The explanation given was nonsensical, the bar was unattended. The beer was warm and dead on arrival, no head on it, and so was it's replacement. The third was the same, so a couple of them were just left behind, so I guess avoid the draft beer.

It was a bit of a meh! dinner overall, nothing special. A noisy table of women beside us , cackling away loudly, didn't help I suppose. I found the whole service experience odd, a waiter came , took an order, never saw him again, he seemed a bit deaf for a young man, the waitress seemed to be chasing the orders, the cadence of the restaurant seemed off.

I wouldn't bother eating here again, but I also would not be bothered if I found myself there as a guest.

4. Mr Koolz Frozen Yogurt and More

2402 Williamson County Parkway, Suite C, North of Black Diamond Harley Davidson, Marion, IL 62959 +1 618-993-3755
Excellent
90%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

Mr Koolz Frozen Yogurt and More

Reviewed By witkowskiHebronIn - Crown Point, Indiana

Stopped in while in the area, place was CLEAN. Many flavors to chose from with more toppings than I have seen in like places.

5. 17th Street Barbecue

2700 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4985 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 618-998-1114
Excellent
48%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 517 reviews

17th Street Barbecue

Illinois was recently named one of "11 Top BBQ Cities in America" by Thrillist, thanks to 17th Street. Mike Mills and his crew are proud to support and shine a spotlight on Southern Illinois, sharing the gospel of barbecue and their delicious food both in Southern Illinois and nationwide. At 17th Street, barbecue is a culture, not a concept. The restaurant is a community gathering place where guests become family. Rooted in history and family, their delicious barbecue smoked using local apple wood and their famous Magic Dust(R). Owner Mike Mills has devoted his life to the pits and is considered by his peers a true pioneer, legend, and leading force in the barbecue world.

Reviewed By Renard K - Owen Sound, Canada

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel staff nearby and we were not disappointed. It is a relatively fine dining establishment but has quick eatery tones if so desired. Even though it was a Saturday evening, we were seated quickly. Our waitress took our drink order promptly and waited patiently to take our food order as the selection was just to good. A number of dishes all look appetizing which took time to decide. As the name implies, it specializes in barbecue dishes and we both love barbecue. Once we did, our order was taken and the food was delivered in a timely manner. It was hot, tasty and a good quantity. Make sure you have a good appetite as it is filling. The staff were friendly and accommodating and we would go back if we are ever in the area again.

6. The Vault Cafe On The Square

504 Tower Square Plz, Marion, IL 62959-2409 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 618-993-9010
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

The Vault Cafe On The Square

Reviewed By Cindy G - Mansfield, Illinois

This was our first visit but we were happy we stopped in for lunch. The food is good and the service is excellent. The owner stopped by our table and gave us information about the history of the building - really interesting! I would definitely...MoreThank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We greatly appreciate it and hope to serve you again in the future!

7. Walt's Restaurant

213 S Court St, Marion, IL 62959-2707 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 618-993-8668
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

Walt's Restaurant

Reviewed By Tim D - Jacksonville, Illinois

I Visited along with a coworker for lunch. They had a buffet which gave a us a chance to taste a variety what they have to offer. The Food was good. I especially liked their pizza.

8. India Delight

104 N Print Ave, Marion, IL 62959-2412 Reservations, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 25 +1 618-997-8493
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 47 reviews

India Delight

Reviewed By gerald k - Mosinee, Wisconsin

Truly unusual and unique. I had never been to an Indian restaurant before. Nice little place with typical Indian fixtures. Huge brass elephant by the door is impressive. The lady explained that she would appetizers and then I would go to the buffet. But first...MoreThank You Mr. Gerald k.

9. Don Sol Mexican Grill

2406 Williamson County Pkwy, Marion, IL 62959-5271 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 618-997-8181
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Don Sol Mexican Grill

Reviewed By GoBucks22 - Central Illinois

We were traveling down I-57 and decided to stop in for some Mexican food. Little did we know that we would experience some of the best Mexican food we've had in some time. Just outstanding! Both the food and service exceeded our expectations.

10. Cracker Barrel

2602 W Main St, 62959, Marion, IL 62959-4931 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 618-993-6306
Excellent
46%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 159 reviews

Cracker Barrel

Half Restaurant. Half Store. All Country

Reviewed By Kelly J - Hernando, Mississippi, United States

Boy even though it was crowded we were quickly seated. A large group of people came in and we're seated in the first room which made the noise distracting and I had trouble hearing my companion.
She had chicken salad, baked potato. Great service.
I had trout. Its always good.

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