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The Courier Cafe

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111 N Race St, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801-2625
+1 217-328-1811
07:00 - 23:00
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Fri - Sat 07:00 - 00:00
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52 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Courier is definitely the most authentic locally owned and operated restaurant in Champaign-Urbana area. Great for a small party of friends. Their Banker's burger is by far the best. Have been several times and always ordered it!

Thank Mark J
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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212 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice place to stop an eat. Antique cash register and gum ball machine near front of dining area. The food is tasty. Grand daughter had a vegan rueben an loved it. They put it on lettuce leaf instead of bread. I will definitely stop in here again if in the area.

Thank elaine c
Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We usually go here when I visit my daughter at school. It's off-campus, has some history, great staff, and good food. Normally no wait and we only waited 20 minutes on mom's weekend! Plus, you can check out the cool graffiti "bar/alley" next door while you wait!

Thank jessspiz
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going to this cafe since a few months after it opened. The quality and quantity of food has not changed in all these years. While we do not get back as often as we wish, as soon as we hit the area, Courier Cafe is one of the first stops. The Skinny Dippers are nostalgia on a... More 

Thank Michael B
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't expect much from a restaurant in a college town but was pleasantly surprised. The food was well prepared and came out hot. Our server was pleasant, courteous and was great at keeping my coffee cup full. Would definitely return.

Thank Christine D
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was in Urbana and had the pleasure to eat here again. This time I came for breakfast! Yum! The omelette was fantastic and large enough to take home half for the next day! Our young server was so pleasant and accommodating. Will be back again some day when in town !

Thank Becky F
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174 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a little time before the St. Pat's parade that Friday evening so we went for coffee and dessert. Great service, great fresh Sumatra coffee, lime cheese cake and coconut creme pie. Antique place was a calming setting and we had wonderful conversations at our table. Stayed about an hour and really enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Ed V
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We ate dinner here one night after a long 8 hours on the road. We wanted a warm, "comfort" food type meal. Our dinner absolutely fit the bill! My husband had the fried chicken, which was crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. I had the soup of the day and potato skins. Both portions were more than generous... More 

Thank Stitchin'goddess
Urbana, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I love the Courier Cafe in Urbana, IL. I have been going there since they first opened. They have a great salad bar, wonderful soups, and a wide variety of sandwiches. My favorite sandwiches are the Rueben and the Dagwood. I also enjoy breakfast at the Courier. I often order oatmeal but sometimes the breakfast burrito. Courier also has great... More 

Thank nelson500486
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We love eating here and my kids absolutely love the handmade milkshakes. The portions for the shakes is ridiculous too. The price is perfect to take the whole family out. Recommend the Banker's Burger all time favorite!

Thank Karla H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 N Race St, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801-2625
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Urbana
  • Phone Number: +1 217-328-1811

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