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Philo Tavern

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Bar, American, Pub
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101 W Washington St, Philo, IL 61864-9002
+1 217-684-2117
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10:30 - 12:00
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 12:00
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Champaign, Illinois
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten at the Philo Tavern a few times. Each time we've tried something new and loved it. If you can, go on a Friday or Saturday. Their fish on Friday is so crispy and tasty. I don't know how the french fries are prepared, but I could make a meal just on those. Then on Saturday the prime... More 

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Thank mlrich24
Champaign, Illinois
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

If you are in central Illinois by the UofI and want good food and a friendly place to go come to the Philo tavern. Special vary from baby back ribs to prime rib dinner to die form. Every Friday night is fish from Cod several way to Catfish. This is one location we always bring family and friends all of... More 

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Thank Scott N
Saint Charles, Illinois
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

This was a hidden gem of my University of Illinois days, with an outstanding Prime Rib Night on Saturdays. As it's been a number of years since we graduated, we went back for a visit and were so glad to find that nothing had changed. Service and food are all excellent for a little out-of-the-way place. We don't make it... More 

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Thank gswedberg57
Paxton, Illinois
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Hubby and I try to go for bar food on Saturdays, so we'll drive somewhere just for that. Happened that we chose Philo Tavern and really enjoyed the atmosphere of small town friendliness and exceptional bar food. Great food choices & drink choices. We look forward to going back in the summer as it appeared they had an outdoor covered... More 

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Thank Babsil30
Urbana, Illinois
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015

Great service, delicious food, and a small salad bar. Worth the 20-minute drive from Champaign-Urbana for something a little homier. Somewhat limited menu but everything is good. My father-in-law always orders the frog legs when he visits. I guess they're hard to find. Wouldn't know; wouldn't eat them myself. Outdoor seating in season. Friendly service and lots of "locals."

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Thank KatrinaOlson
Elgin, Illinois
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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015

I do not live in the area and was told to stop in. Never had frog legs before and they were excellent, my wife had there steak, she said it was tender and could cut it with a fork. I will have to stop in again the next time we past through.

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Thank Kenneth O
Champaign, Illinois
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2014

I hadn't been to the Philo Tavern in a few years and had heard they weren't as good as in the past. However, to my surprise it was up to it's original standards. When we arrived it was packed. The wait was not too long, the service was small town friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. The chicken... More 

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Thank Loves_2_Ride
champaign Il
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Best fish sandwiches on friday nights .The little salad bar is always fresh as well nice place to go.If you need to do a road trip this is it.

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Thank carpetbaggers86
Urbana, Illinois
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85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2013

This has always been a destination restaurant for very casual dining with great catfish. There's been an upgrade of the menu lately with some additional offerings (e.g. sweet potatoes, not just fries or baked potato). The salad bar seems to have more options but unfortunately the lettuce and spinach was swimming in water. The baked potatoes had to have been... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 January 2013

Best potato salad ever!!! Great small town feel, friendly staff. Good nightly specials. Did I mention that their potato salad is amazing??

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Cuisine
Bar, American, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 - 12:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 12:00
Thursday
10:30 - 12:00
Friday
10:30 - 12:00
Saturday
10:30 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 W Washington St, Philo, IL 61864-9002
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Philo
  • Phone Number: +1 217-684-2117

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?