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Waterstreet Pub & Eatery

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1525 Water St, Peru, IL 61354-3562
+1 815-223-0400
09:00 - 02:00
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Louisville, Kentucky
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183 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great atmosphere, great food and service. Was there for lunch corn beef was the special and was to die for. Very tender and tastee. My companion had the Caesar wrap which was reported to be good also. Hoping to get another trip soon so I can return. In warmer weather hopefully.

Thank Dan6801
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was pretty quiet for a Friday evening but we really liked the atmosphere, the beer and the appetizer. No dinner. Just beer battered mushrooms that were very good. Excellent service. Probably more fun when it's warmer on the river.

Thank John M
St. Louis, MO
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Atmosphere was wonderful, you overlook the Illinois River and can watch the barge traffic. The food was spectacular and the service was friendly. It's a family friendly place with tons of character. We look forward to visiting the outside dining area in the summer!!

Thank dmwtroy
Minooka, Illinois
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This place is a wonderful place to go in Peru. Right across from the river. Food very tasty and service even better. Went for lunch....no complaints.

Thank Veronica R
Wichita, Kansas
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136 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I was in the area on business and ate here for supper. I think when reviewing a place in an sparsely populated area, one must compare the restaurant to those in the area and for me I prefer not to eat at chain restaurant. For the area this place is really good, great atmosphere, good food, really nice selection of... More 

Thank Matt G
Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

After reading some previous reviews I decided to try it as this is my first time in Peru, IL. Sat of the paito along with herds of flies. I ordered a draft beer. The first one came with an alive bug in it. The waitress replaced it promptly. In fact all of the servers were attentive and very nice. Now... More 

Thank John H
Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Local pub with fairly good bar food - order the "pub chips" appetizer. Good selection of Scotch for a small town establishment and very friendly service...

Thank draustriaco
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26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Hmmm…no review in 8 weeks?? Anyway, what a great place for a first timer! This eatery has a great atmosphere and a great outside seating area to overlook the river on a beautiful summer night. The service was good even though my server was in training. This restaurant has an extensive menu with plenty of choices and daily specials as... More 

2 Thank John_Morgan_2
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

I went for lunch today because this use to be my favorite place to eat. My waitress was amazing, unfortunately my chicken was too dry to chew, so I tried to cut it with a knife, which also did not work too well. So I had to tear it apart with my fingers..when I complained about it, i heard the... More 

Thank Goodeatsallday1
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Had a big burger and fries for lunch this day. Lots of food for a good price. Yummy! I've never had a bad meal here. Enjoy!

Thank Amy Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1525 Water St, Peru, IL 61354-3562
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peru
  • Phone Number: +1 815-223-0400
Waterstreet Saloon was built as a bar in 1837 and was ran as a speakeasy during the prohibition. It was then renamed Barbenders Fine Wine & Liquors until around 1935. It was reopened in 1950 as Henry's Tavern which closed in 1984. In March of 2005, it was reopened with the name of Waterstreet Pub & Eatery. Waterstreet Pub has been family owned since 1950 and carries old tyme beers such as Schlitz, Hamms, Pabst, and Old Style, as well as add 31 draft craft beers and over 200 hard liquors. We are also the first bar in Illinois to offer Hamm's back on draft.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?