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Sam's Cafe

115 N Walnut St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4009
+1 217-352-7102
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“french toast” (9 reviews)
“pancakes” (6 reviews)
“fries” (2 reviews)
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7:00 am - 1:00 pm Hours
American, Cafe, Diner
115 N Walnut St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4009
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’d planned to have breakfast with another couple Friday morning after Thanksgiving. Paid to park then walked to cafe. A homeless man was sleeping right in front. Needless to say we went elsewhere...

1  Thank 37774ron
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can't beat the all American breakfast at Sam's! Terrific service, great food. Fun experience - a true slice of Americana!

Thank murraya930
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Old time breakfast restaurant. Good omelette at a good price. The breakfast is ala cart so order what you want it’s all good. One note, no credit cards only cash.

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This is what I call a gourmet greasy spoon restaurant. It is local serves basic food with good breakfasts all day long, good burgers and fries. Most of the time the service is quick but it does tend to get crowded on weekends because a...More

Thank johnp442015
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

Arrived early morning via Amtrak from New Orleans and wanted breakfast. I think this was the only place close by that was open at 6 AM (which is a plus). We were seated promptly and service was excellent. Food was delivered quickly . . ....More

Thank 728hankh
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Ice cream parlor chairs. Checkered linoleum. Ceiling has huge ads like a church bulletin. This place is all about the customer. Easy welcoming waitress. Cook delivered my steaming short stack to my table. Banter is all about making sure everyone is ok. I have sto...More

Thank Maria L
Reviewed 25 April 2018

I understand that there was a time when the attorneys and bankers in the town would gather at Sam's in the morning. They seem to have found other places and left Sam's behind. I concur with other reviewers that the prices are good and everything...More

Thank Kenneth G
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Always a hussle and bustle in there, which makes it all the more enjoyable. Everything is made to order and you get what you want.

Thank J290WWjamesc
Reviewed 10 November 2017

You will never get a more delicious breakfast at these extremely affordable prices. On street parking in downtown Champaign.

Thank bsmith61853
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I grew up watching Mayberry, USA with sheriff Andy Taylor and if you want to experience that hometown feeling you have to go to Sam's Café for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is authentic. You will not regret stopping...More

Thank changnma
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 N Walnut St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4009
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
  • Phone Number: +1 217-352-7102
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