1 E Main St
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 239-3505

Mon-Thu 11 AM - 10 PM
Fri 11 AM - 11 PM
Sat 10 AM - 11 PM
Sun 10 AM - 10 PM


A classic tavern with a modern twist, we strive to welcome both the local and traveler alike as if they are family. We hope you join us soon!


Upcoming Events
& Special Hours

 The Champaign Sour. One of our many house Signature Cocktails

The Champaign Sour. One of our many house Signature Cocktails

A bar, but better

The beverage team at Big Grove wants to take the intriguing, odd, fun and eccentric and make it accessible to everyone. This is a driving focus with a large craft cocktail selection, wine by the glass and bottle program and regional craft beers.

 Caymus Wine Dinner Course #2, Fennel Sausage Huevos Ranchero Stack

Caymus Wine Dinner Course #2, Fennel Sausage Huevos Ranchero Stack

Big Grove, Big Flavor

The world and our bodies are constantly in motion. At Big Grove we take that philosophy and apply it to food. We want to constantly be creative and giving our guests the absolute best that our community has to offer.


Buffalo Trace Dinner

Thursday, 13 December 2018 6:00 PM


Big Grove Tavern is proud to present our second annual Buffalo Trace Distillery Whiskey Dinner! This is a ticketed five course dinner, with five rare whiskeys, paired with five delicious selections from the mind of Chef du Cuisine Raúl Parada. We have access to some of the finest and most coveted American Whiskeys in the world. Last year’s event was such a memorable time, we had to do it again!

Additional flights and tastings will be available, featuring Pappy Van Winkle 12, 20, and 23-Year, as well as other award-winning whiskeys from the famed Buffalo Trace distillery. A representative of the distillery will be in attendance to offer insights into each whiskey. The event is hosted by our own General Manager, Scott McIntosh.

Tickets are $150, and limited availability. Contact for tickets.


First Course

Chesapeake Bay “Skinny Dipper” Oyster served with fresh scallop and shrimp ceviche in a tomato, onion, jicama and cucumber salsa with a bourbon granita.

Paired with Rip Van Winkle 10-Year

Second Course

Grilled Peach Salad with farro, red pickled onions,arugula, farro, blueberry, pistachio in a herb and maple bourbon vinaigrette.

Paired with George T. Stagg



Third Course

Beef Tenderloin and and Day Boat Scallops, with fried shallots, esquites-style corn, shaved Brussels sprouts, red cabbage in a chili soy glaze.

Paired with Pappy Van Winkle 15-Year

Fourth Course

Bone-in Veal Chop in a bourbon demi-glace with purple potatoes and sautéed kale and chard, with sun dried tomatoes and blue cheese .

Paired with William LaRue Weller



Fifth Course

Flan in a demura and rye whiskey sauce with cumin and orange zest. Topped with a whiskey whipped cream.

Paired with E.H. Handy

Check out some photos below from last year’s Whiskey Dinner selections!



Throughout the week we have promotional specials as well as wonderful limited time feature items from our food and beverage teams


Happy Hour

 Every Monday through Friday Big Grove offers our full draft selection for 1/2 price between the hours of 3pm and 6pm. We also offer any bottle of our hand picked wines to be purchased with a twenty five percent discount during happy hour as well.

Bottomless Mimosa Bar

On Saturday and Sunday, with the purchase of any brunch entree, you can enjoy our bottomless mimosa bar for $12 for up to two hours! We offer a rotating selection of two flavors each weekend.
Available 10AM-2:30PM


Half Price Wine by the Glass Every Sunday

Sunday night is the perfect time to try something new. Why not wind down your weekend with a glass of wine? In fact, it’s half price, so wind down with two!

Kids Eat Free!

Come in Sunday through Wednesday from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM with children 12 and under, and for each Entree, Sandwich, or Burger you purchase, receive one item from our Kids menu for free.


From the Culinary Team

Led by Chef de Cuisine Raúl Parada

All Day Menu
Brunch Menu


Classic Tavern Fare

Chef Raúl Parada uses fresh ingredients to create dishes full of flavor and zest, ensuring that Big Grove always offers classic tavern cuisine, with a modern flair.

Hand Cut Steaks


We serve steakhouse quality beef at everyday tavern prices, cooked on a 5-foot long lava rock grill. We source our beef from Midwestern farms whenever we can, to allow us a closer eye on the quality of our products.

Weekend Brunch

Perfect for the late riser, or just for people who like to eat breakfast food early in the afternoon, we offer our Brunch Menu from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM every Saturday and Sunday morning. We offer classics like pancakes, bacon, eggs, hash browns, and toast, alongside some delicious signature dishes like our new Tofu Breakfast Wrap, and our Carne Asada Huevos Rancheros.


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Perfect to whet the appetite, our Deviled Eggs and Fried Brussels Sprouts are the talk of the town. Our fresh, house-made Soft Pretzel Braid comes with a pilsner-cheese fondue that’ll have you begging for more, and a mustard that will knock your socks off. (The mustard might clear your sinuses, too.)

Fresh Seafood


Our seafood options are the best in downstate Illinois for quality and freshness. We start shucking fresh Oysters every Thursday afternoon, within minutes of delivery, and do so until we run out over the weekend. Our Ceviche gets raves as well.

Elevated Dining 

At Big Grove Tavern, we take common dishes to the next level with creative ingredient combinations. We source our beef from Midwest farms.  We support and offer Central Illinois produce. Our baked goods either are created in house or delivered by a local bakery daily. When it comes to flavor, we think Big; when it comes to our sources, we think Local.

The food is good, the atmosphere is great, and the staff were very friendly. Outdoor seating is available, and often very occupied, but the indoor seating is great and beautiful as well. Great place to get some drinks and some food with your friends surrounded by a chic atmosphere.
— Shania G.

For more information, you can email our Culinary team at


From the Beverage Team

Our Beverage team works hard to find the very best in regional craft beer, fine wine, high quality spirits and the best whiskey available worldwide. We feature a full bar that can cater to any palate. We enjoy welcoming the novice and connoisseur alike!

Beverage Menu

Draft Beer

We strive to find the very best in Midwest craft beers. We usually have a few truly local to Champaign-Urbana brews on as well. Our tap list does rotate frequently, so stop on in to see what we’re pouring today!

Craft Cocktails

Utilizing many of the same fresh ingredients that we utilize in our kitchen, our beverage team creates seasonaly inspired cocktails to give you the perfect taste to enhance any mood you choose. From a bright and fresh summer spritz, to a warm and cozy winter sipper. We have something for everyone

hand Picked Wines

Hand Selected wines from around the world. From some of the biggest names in great wine along with some very exclusive specialty finds. We feature twenty-plus wines available by the glass so there is always somthing fresh, fun and new to try

The problem with the world is that
everyone is a few drinks behind
— Humphrey Bogart

For more information, contact our Beverage team at


Private Dining & Special Events

A timeless space for any occasion

Here at Big Grove we pride ourselves on a thoughtful space that encourages guests to enjoy themselves and feel at home 

 Our wonderful Fireplace Room B Set for a Winter Holiday Party

Our wonderful Fireplace Room B Set for a Winter Holiday Party

With Three Rooms to use individually or combined, the Special Event space at Big Grove Can accommodate groups large and Small.

 Main Street Room, set for a small dinner meeting

Main Street Room, set for a small dinner meeting


Depending on the number of guests attending your event, our banquet menu is presented cocktail style, family style or buffet style. Our Sales Coordinator and Chef are happy to work with you to customize a menu that fits your group.

All private dining rooms are equipped with free WIFI access and A/V rental, if needed.

Private Event Room Layout
Private Dining Policies and Food & Beverage Minimums

 Fireplace Room A, Set for a winter holiday party.

Fireplace Room A, Set for a winter holiday party.

For more information, contact our Sales team at



For Reservations, call us at 217-239-3505, or fill out the form below to reserve via OpenTable.

Big Grove Tavern is pleased to serve groups representing the University of Illinois. Due to the specific needs of the University as an organization of the State of Illinois, we request that all parties reserving on behalf of the University of Illinois call the restaurant’s main phone line and speak with the Manager on Duty.

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Big Grove Tavern is located in the heart of downtown Champaign at the corner of Main, Church, and Neil streets. We are in the center of a vibrant downtown community of theaters, live music venues, diverse bars and restaurants as well as the beautiful West Side Park. We are also surrounded by live concerts, dancing, summer park and street events, movies and live stage theater as well the annual, world-acclaimed Ebertfest film festival.

In addition to street parking, we offer two hour discount validations for the Municipal parking deck located across Neil Street, behind the M2 building (through the breezeway). The Hill Street Parking Deck is a 6 level, 600 vehicle parking garage with entrances on Randolph and Hill streets. They accept cash at two different pay stations, and credit card at the exits, so no more scrounging for coins, yellow envelopes on your windshield, clearing off snow, or getting in to a sun baked car. Note: weekends are free!