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Bacaro Wine Bar & Italian Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Italian, Wine Bar
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113 N Walnut St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4009 (University Avenue)
+1 217-398-6982
17:00 - 23:00
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Mon 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sun 17:00 - 23:00
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dekalb, illinois
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339 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for dinner with a group of 8 people during graduation weekend at the U of I. Earliest reservation we could get was 9 PM. First impression was the overpowering smell of cooking as we walked in. Since I did not pay for the meal I cannot comment on the prices as compared with other places in town. Everyone said... More 

Thank peter t
Champaign, Illinois
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For many years, whether you liked it or not, Bacaro's was virtually the only upscale restaurant in the Champaign-Urbana area — a venue where you would meet a good number of the notables in town. In short, the place to go if you had an important visitor, or if you wanted to dazzle your betrothed. It was also a sanctuary... More 

Thank Chris C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful experience dining here. Portions are perfect. The wine list is extensive and the chef is very creative. Sarah our server was educated in both the food prep as well as the wine pairing. A must visit whilst in Champaign!

Thank Barbara R
Mahomet, Illinois
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243 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

My friend and I stopped by Bacaro to have some dinner. We had the tasting menu. It was $85 and we split it. Neither of us were big eaters so it was perfect for us. They bring out each course (7) and explain what each one with all the ingredients. We sat in a corner booth by the bar. It... More 

Thank mer1264
1 review
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We were in town for a conference and decided to come here for dinner after reading the great reviews. We walked in and loved the atmosphere of Bacaro, beautifully set up restaurant. We sat down and opened the wine list, amazed at how many options they had to offer, though displease by how few you were able to order in... More 

Thank Jessica M
Champaign, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 February 2017

There is no doubt that I find Bacaro the best restaurant in Champaign. The food is amazing and the wine selection fantastic. The staff is knowledgeable and cool. Drew is an inspired chef and only uses the best ingredients. I have heard friends saying that this is a place just for dates. Believe me it is a great one for... More 

Thank Flavia_travel
Mahomet, IL
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Our office loves ordering the Friday lunch special. It's a regular treat for us. Today was the General Tso's Fried Chicken Sandwich. It was amazing! I highly recommend the Friday lunch if you are looking to switch up lunch plans. There is a different item each week and it comes with a soda. You won't be disappointed!

Thank sjobabe86
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We had a delicious dinner and a wonderful sparkling Italian rose for a celebratory occasion. Everything we had was amazing. The service was excellent. I would be happy to go back again when I return to Champaign. Yes, it is a little on the pricey side, but a perfect place for a special occasion or just for fun! I highly... More 

Thank rapahoo5
Danville, Illinois
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Bacardi has potential but most of menu is overpriced. The main courses were the highlight and well prepared. The starters were well presented but on bland side. The desserts were definitely a disappointment for the price. Hoping they fix this

Thank LAW6281
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Amazing amazing grouper. And the crispy kale was pretty ridiculous!!! And the best part tonight was that they had white truffles. Who in champaign serves white truffle?? Wow!

Thank Parham P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Italian, Wine Bar
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 113 N Walnut St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4009
    (University Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
  • Phone Number: +1 217-398-6982

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