The Great River Road in Illinois

Local Eats

Cuisines and cultures intermingle along the Mississippi, so you’re bound to taste something you love along the byway. Hotel Nauvoo’s famous buffet is laden with foods like grandma used to make. A visit to My Just Desserts means deciding between more of their famous, homemade half-pound chicken salad sandwich or saving room for their equally renowned tollhouse brownies and made from scratch pies. Head to Murphysboro, home to not one, but two award winning BBQ joints. Sink your teeth into a juicy burger, topped with bacon and cheese, sandwiched between two glazed donuts at Durty Gurt’s Burger Joynt. Indulge in a sweet treat at Lagomarcino’s where they’ve been dishing out homemade chocolates, candies, and ice cream for more than 100 years. Endlessly delicious options await along the Great River Road.


17th Street Barbecue

1818 Chophouse

3rd Chute Bar & Grill

Abigail's Tap Room

Alfonzo's Pizzeria

Alton Sports Tap

Alton Wood River Sportsmen's Club

Amelia's Under the Lamplight Dinner Theater

Andria's Restaurant

Ariana's Cafe

Artistry on Cakes

Auntie M's Yum Yum Shop

AWAKE Coffee Company

Bakers & Hale

Beasley Fish


Bennie's Pizza Pub

Benson's on the Mississippi

Bier Stube

Bluff City Grill

Bobby's Frozen Custard

BoodaLu Steakhouse

Boone Docks Restaurant

Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge

Brick House Grill

Brunch House

Cajun Jack's Bar & Grill

Campeche Restaurant

Captain's Table Buffet- Argosy Casino Alton

Captain's Table Restaurant

Carisilos Mexican Restaurant

Castelli's Moonlight Restaurant at 255

Charlie's Place

Chick's on the River

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse

Circa 1888

City Limits Saloon & Grill


Clint's Draft House


Cones on the Corner

Cool Beanz Coffee and Cocktails

Copper Fire Bar & Eatery

Crafty Sugar Co.

Crazy Joe's Fish House

Cummare's Italian Ristorante

Damion's Rib Haven


Dixie Barbecue

Doc's Smokehouse

Downtown Abbey

Drifters' Eats & Drinks

Durty Gurt's Burger Joynt

Eckert's Country Restaurant

El Patron Restaurant and Bar

Electric Fountain Brewing

Epicurean Fare

Fast Eddie's Bon Air

Fazzi's Restaurant & Bar

Fifth Avenue Syndicate Bistro & Bar

Fin Inn

Fire-N-Smoke Wood Fired Kitchen

Forest Inn Restaurant & Lounge

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill in The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

Frank's Pizzeria

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fritz and Frites

Galena Brewing Company

Gallagher's Restaurant

Gem City Pizzeria and Mexican

Gentelin's On Broadway

Goddard's Barn and Grill

Goldmoor Inn - Dining

Goshen Coffee Company

Grafton Fudge and Ice Cream

Grafton Pub

Grafton Winery & Brewhaus

Grandpa John's Café

Great Rivers Tap & Grill

Grown -N- Gathered

Hank & Lilly's Creekside

Harris Pizza

Hawg Dogs

Hawg Pit BBQ Barn

Hops House - Argosy Casino Alton

Hotel Nauvoo

Huckleberry's Pub

Igor's Bistro

J. J. Thermo's

Jenni's Ice Cream and Grill

Joe's Place

Johnson's Corner Restaurant

Josephine's Gift Shop and Tea Room

Jug's Main Street Tap


Klein's Market Bakery

Kountry Kettle


Kruta Bakery


Lascelle's Granite City

Le Mekong

Lemongrass Café

Lilly's Gyros

Log Cabin Steakhouse

Lotawata Creek Southern Grill

Maid Rite

Mama's Place

Manny's Pizza

Manny's Too

Mean Bean Roasters

Midtown Marina

Mike Shannon's Grill Edwardsville

Milltown Coffee

Mini Corral

Miss Mamie's Restaurant & Bar

Mister Donut

Molly Guns

Molly's Kitchen and Bar

Montana Jack's

Mr. Pancho's Mexican Restaurant and Grill

Mt. Carroll Café

My Just Desserts

Oarhouse Grille

Old Herald Brewery & Distillery

Opera House Bistro

Otto's Place

Pagalo's Pizzeria & Gelato Café

Pat's BBQ and Catering

Peachbarn Winery & Café

Pee Wee's

Peel Wood Fired Pizza

Peel Wood Fired Pizza

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

Pool 13 Café

Poopy's Pub & Grub


Porter's Steakhouse

QC Coffee and Pancake House

Rams Riverhouse

Reids' Harvest House

Reifschneider's Grill & Grape

Reifschneider's Grill & Grape

Rivals on Main

Rock Island Ale House

Rocky's Sturgeon Bay Inn Bar & Grill

Roper's Regal Beagle

Santino's Steak & Pasta House

Savanna Marketplace

Shemwell's BBQ

Shivers Frozen Custard

Shivers Ice Cream Shoppe

Signature Tapp House

Smokey's Country Diner

StageCoach Inn

State Street Market

Steam Anchor Coffee and Café

Stella's Café & Catering

Strange Donuts

Sunset Grille

Taqueria Pequeña 'Little House of Tacos'

Tavern on Main

The Abbey

The Brothers Restaurant

The Brown Bag Bistro

The Clinic Bar & Grill

The Edge Eatery & Drinkatorium

The Generals' Restaurant at DeSoto House Hotel

The Iron Whisk

The Kitchen on Lafayette

The Loading Dock

The Maine Course

The Old Bakery Beer Company

The Pink Tavern

The Shameless Chocoholic

The Winery at Aerie's Resort

The Yum Factory, Inc.

Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe

Thyme Square Café

Timmerman's Supper Club

Tina's Ice Cream Shoppe


Tom's Place Fine Dining

Tony's Restaurant

Tower of Pizza & Mexican

Trolley Depot Coffee & Tea Co.


Underbrink's Bakery

Verona Coffee Company

Victory Café

Warsaw Brewery

Wheeler's Café

William Watson Café

Wittmond's Restaurant

Woodlands Restaurant & Lounge

Yellow Rose Saloon