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Palms Grill Cafe

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Diner, American, Cafe
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110 SW Arch St, Historic Rt. 66, Atlanta, IL 61723-7521
+1 217-648-2233
07:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,074 reviews
1,119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,388 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Palms Grill Cafe at 110 Southwest Arch Street in Atlanta, Illinois, opened in 1934 when the town was a popular gas or lunch stop on U.S. Route 66, the nation's roadway from Chicago to the Southwest and Los Angeles. "Dancing every night, special chicken and steak dinners, we specialize in club parties," it advertised. Beginning in 1940, the Palms... More 

Thank Taylor B
Mount Pulaski, Illinois
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a quaint little restaurant on Historic Route 66. It is decorated to look like it did when it opened (1930s or 40s). The food was very good and the atmosphere was relaxing. The counter has the little round padded seats, and the entire place took you back in time. I had the chili cheese dog. It was huge... More 

Thank marann7
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere was perfect for Route 66, the town is preserved and like taking a step back in time. The restaurant has a great diner menu and their pies totally rock!

Thank Rob R
Essex, England
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303 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

A lovely little place with authentic period articles on display and next door to a Route 66 museum and near Tall Paul and Atlanta murals. Great pie - you must have some (and Billy Connolly says so, too)!! Friendly staff, good tea, good coffee, great pie...what's not to like?

1 Thank pd7
York, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Our first visit to an American diner. Original building with great history. We chose this diner as it was mentioned in the EZ66 guide. Good food, great pies and staff. Reasonable prices. You have to go here if you're driving Route 66 !

1 Thank Ian61005
Essington, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We pop into the palm grill cafe while travling the 66 route this is a must place to visit what great food , must recommend having the peach or blueberry pies staff was very friendly while we visited there was a coach party in but the staff still had time to chat serve very friendly place to visit a must... More 

Thank SHARON944
Houston, Texas
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Traveling old Route 66 I stopped at Palms Grill Cafe because my Mom worked a soda fountain similar to this one in the 1940s. Extremely pleased from beginning to end. I sat soaking up the antique architecture and design, wish I could have stayed longer. The staff is accommodating and eager to please. I had the grilled chicken sandwich and... More 

Thank Jesse R
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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145 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This cafe is noted for its pies. Unfortunately, we were too full to try one of the five pie flavors offered on our visit. We had sandwiches and fries; a plain cheeseburger and a beer battered breaded tenderloin. The fries were were over cooked but still edible. My wife liked her cheeseburger but my tenderloin was extremely salty. So salty... More 

1 Thank Scott W
Mahomet, Illinois
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185 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We have been doing Route 66 and have been trying to get to this gem. So glad we finally did. They had period music in the background. It could have been a little louder though. The waitress wore a dress like back on the day. The food was delicious. The decor was just like from the 40's. Loved the tables... More 

1 Thank mer1264
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The customers were all Route 66 travellers. We loved the authentic feel of this diner. The pies were superb! I can recommend the cherry and peach pies. The chocolate pie looked wonderful though. Spoilt for choice! Free refills on the coffee - we didn't need to ask. All in all - a lovely place to stop along the 'mother road'.

1 Thank Robsoncrew

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$12
Diner, American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 SW Arch St, Historic Rt. 66, Atlanta, IL 61723-7521
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Atlanta
  • Phone Number: +1 217-648-2233
Welcome to the Palms Grill Cafe...

It's not only the sound of the 1930s-40s music playing in the background...

It's not only the smell of the delicious, home-cooked, daily Blue Plate special wafting out from the kitchen...

It's not even the taste of that first forkful of made-from-scratch coconut cream pie (...And all the other great pies, too!).

It's when everything you've been hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling, and tasting combine
that you realize you're living the Mother Road the way it used to be.

Join us to experience Rt. 66 The way it was when the Palms Grill Cafe first opened up in 1934 along Rt. 66 In downtown Atlanta, Illinois.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?