There is nothing average about the average American town of Peoria, where the diverse population and Midwestern vibe has long had entertainment promoters asking, "Will it play in Peoria?" If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, or so the logic goes. Its scenic skyline, energetic nightlife, lively performing arts scene and miles of mountain bike trails will have you wondering why you would want to make it anywhere else. Will you play in Peoria? Yes, you will!
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4.5 based on 680 reviews
Eclectic, locally owned restaurant, featuring a unique menu with options for vegans to carnivores.
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.
4.5 based on 259 reviews
Hot Steaks, Hot Music, Hot Italian... Cool NEW Place! Johnny's Italian Steakhouse is NOW OPEN in our new location inside the Beautiful new Holiday Inn and Suites. In the Levee District of East Peoria.Come see our ultra cool new location today. The same great food and service that Johnny's is famous for; in a new location. Johnny's now has the perfect space for any private event up to 350 guests.
My husband and I were here for our wedding anniversary and it made our night perfect! We usually drive all the way to Chicago for a date night out but decided to stay closer to home this time and it was a great choice! Right...MoreWell HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both. We loved sharing that milestone with you and are glad everything from the service to each dish surpassed your expectations. We hope you will join us again soon.
4 based on 354 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 282 reviews
Family-owned restaurant serving artisanal barbecue. Large selection of craft beer and whisky. NO RESERVATIONS. NOT SUITABLE FOR LARGE GROUPS. CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY.
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.
4 based on 311 reviews
My wife and I visited Granite City for Sunday Brunch, and we are so glad that we did! While the restaurant was very busy, they were able to get us in quickly, the waitstaff was extremely friendly and quick, and the buffet was wonderful. I would say this is one of my favorite breakfast locations in town, and I would highly recommend it!
4.5 based on 266 reviews
Sugar has expanded out onto the sidewalk and even in cold weather there is more seating available. This allows more patrons to enjoy the best gourmet pizza in town. They have a good beer selection and tasty sandwiches and wraps as well. We dropped in on a Saturday at 6 p.m. and were out by 6:45 with happy stomachs and taste buds.
4.5 based on 423 reviews
I have been to this restaurant many times. I have trouble walking great distances. The last time I was there we had an excellant waiter. He said just knock on the lower door to the left of entrance and someone would open it. I knocked seberal times...nothing. I ramp up to the restsurant seems like a mile long going up and steep going down. I was worn out before ever getting inside the restsurant. Are family has three birthdays within 3 days of each other so we celebrate all together on the closest Sunday. We had 21 people in our group. I was told we could not het the discounted meal because it was not exactly on our Birthdays. Bringing 21 people to the restaurant you think they might bend the rule a bit. NOPE. Next year we go somewhere else with our 21 plus party. It took forever to get our steaks. There was alot of fat on meat. The bread was burnt. I was never asked to have a refill. The salad bar was very good. The waitress was not. I will not go back.
4 based on 370 reviews
My family along with families that make up our softball team had dinner tonight. It's a dive and we loved it. The atmosphere is addictive, the drinks are cold and the food is well, AMAZING. We ate a little of everything but the St Patrick Day burger is seriously one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. Get out of your normal routine and get in the barge. You won't regret it. Have fun.
4 based on 190 reviews
Legendary Food, Legendary Service
The steakhouse was a nice surprise. The steaks are excellent, good services and affordable prices. It was a good experience at all.
4.5 based on 335 reviews
Casual Italian restaurant offering an extensive selection of house-made and imported pastas, soups and salads, pizza, seafood, steaks and desserts. Large portions of affordably priced menu selections are prepared with the freshest ingredients available.
On a snowy blustery Saturday running errands in town, we decided to stop at Biaggi's around noon for lunch. Michelle greeted us and provided top notch service in the near empty restaurant and made our dining experience excellent. She provided just the right amount of attention...not too little....not too much. Food quality was amazing as was the presentation and our enjoyment. Drink refills were provided when glasses were low and we will definitely be back to Biaggi's with high hopes that Michelle is our server on the next visit.
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