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Watson's Shack & Rail

211 N Neil St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4056
+1 217-607-0168
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good37%
  • Average20%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“hush puppies” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 10:00 pm Hours
American, Bar
$$ - $$$
211 N Neil St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4056
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved the music/vibe in this place. Young and fun. We had flights of Mezcals and hot chicken. The people next to us had chicken and waffles and I immediately regretted not getting it. Everything was delicious. Service was good too. Would go back!

Thank megmhintz
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tried this place out.Friends recommended it. We both ordered the chicken and waffels.Good menu selection not overbearing.Nice decor.good waffles nice apples and butter.The chicken was overdone and slightly dry with black\ burn mark's on it.The breading was thin and burnt.Wait staff was attentive and pleasent....More

Thank jeffmY8705JY
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Watson's has delicious southern-style comfort food (fried chicken, hot chicken, sandwiches & sides), a full bar with a notable whiskey selection, slushy drinks, and attentive servers. We took a group of friends in and were able to get a table by showing up a little...More

Thank Jeremy A
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

The concept is very good, and I will say that their white sauce was excellent, but the chicken was just so, so. We stopped for a late lunch on a Saturday, probably around 2. There is just 4 of us, and the sat us at...More

Thank Nicholas R
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

I've heard about this place, thought, ok i try it. Very laid back and casual, as a matter 9f fact so casual, those who work there have a sense of " hey, I just got up!". No , seriously. I wanted a martini a him...More

Thank mariannefarrar
Reviewed 10 August 2018

What a place! Great bourbon and tap beers. Slushies are a hit as well. I am a huge fan of spicy food and the Nashville hot is awesome! Poutine is a great starter and check for fresh pie's for dessert.

Thank Aaron G
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I love the Nashville hot sandwich with House-made pickles. I always ask for extra pickles. Great whiskey selection but my wife loves the Watsons Wabbit. Made with fresh carrot juice. It makes it healthy...right?

Thank mwells077
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Shack and Rail features an excellent variety of fried/southern chicken dishes, innovative cocktails, and a short but good beer list. Great for a dinner night on the town!

Thank treader811
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

I grew up in the South so finding sweet tea in the Midwest has been a difficult prospect. Watson's not only offers a true sweet tea with a hint of citrus but some of the best appetizers in town. I love the homemade mini-biscuits and...More

Reviewed 27 June 2018

Watson's has great everything. Their pork rinds are fantastic and drink selection is wonderful. Entree's are ALL good, I've eaten almost all of the items on the list. If you come to Champaign, this is a go-to spot for good food at very reasonable prices.

Thank MattH2094
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 17
American, Bar
Lunch, After-hours, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 N Neil St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4056
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
  • Phone Number: +1 217-607-0168
  • E-mail
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