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Best Restaurants in Decatur, IL for Valentine's Day Dinner

Best Restaurants in Decatur, IL for Valentine's Day Dinner

On Monday, January 18, 2021, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that Region 6, which includes Macon County, is in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. This means indoor dining at bars and restaurants is finally permitted again, though occupancy is limited.

What better way to celebrate this step towards normalcy than a date night on Valentine’s Day? Here are 8 dinner ideas for you and your Valentine right here in Decatur, Illinois.

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Things to Know Before You Go

While restaurants and bars in Decatur, IL are allowed to resume indoor dining, there are a few COVID-19 restrictions to be aware of:

  • All tables must be six feet apart – this means there will likely be fewer tables available, so be sure to call ahead if reservations are allowed
  • Groups must be 10 people or less – no family reunions just yet
  • Standing areas must be at 25% capacity

In addition, most restaurants and bars in Illinois require you to wear a mask whenever you aren’t eating or drinking. Typically, this means when you enter and get up from your table to use the restroom or leave.

So, if you can, make a reservation or call ahead, and don’t forget your mask!

The Gin Mill

The Gin Mill offers fine dining in downtown Decatur, and they accept reservations.

If you’re looking for incredible lobster bisque, steaks, seafood, and some triple chocolate cake, The Gin Mill is the Valentine’s Day destination for you. They also offer a full bar featuring top-shelf spirits.

Visit The Gin Mill on Facebook to stay informed on any updates.

The Wharf

Located in the South Shores area, The Wharf is a casual, family-friendly restaurant famous for its half-pound burgers and chicken. They have a great outdoor patio and a comfortable atmosphere inside.

For Valentine’s Day, The Wharf will be offering a surf and turf dinner with a hand-cut ribeye, lobster mac and cheese, side salad, and dessert.

Visit The Wharf on Facebook to stay informed on any updates.

Country Club of Decatur

The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, a supporter of the Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra, is hosting a fundraiser called “Hearts On the Go” with the Country Club of Decatur.

Order an elegant dinner for at-home dining by February 6. For $60 per person, the menu includes your choice of Filet Mignon or Grilled Salmon with a dessert of an Individual Bundt Cake.  

Pickup is on Saturday, February 13, from 5-7 pm at the Country Club of Decatur. To make your dinner reservation, please call 217-423-3189 (Decatur Area Arts Council).

Proceeds support the Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra, scholarships, and music education programs funded by The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur.

Follow the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur on Facebook for more updates leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Benny’s Grill

Benny’s Grill is a casual, comfortable atmosphere serving up classic American and Italian cuisine. Benny's Grill pays attention to the details that count from grinding their beef daily to a wide variety of microbrews.

Their dinner menu features everything from Benny’s Favorite Reuben to Horseshoes to Chicken Fettucine Alfredo.

Visit Benny’s Grill on Facebook to stay informed on any updates.

TapRoot

Located on historic Merchant Street in downtown Decatur, TapRoot is a great place to go for a fresh take on classic cuisines.

Their menu features dishes like Bourbon Glazed Salmon, Duck Tacos, and Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms. They also offer some exciting signature cocktails, such as the New York Sour (Journeyman Rye Whiskey, lemon juice, a splash of Pinot Noir, maraschino cherry) and Merchant St. Martini (Raspberry vodka, Elderflower liqueur, a splash of Moscato, lemon twist).

TapRoot accepts reservations and will also be doing carry out.

While the dinner menu is limited as they get back into the swing of things, the full cocktail menu is available.

Visit TapRoot on Facebook to stay informed on any updates.

Carol Lou’s Smokehouse

Carol Lou’s Smokehouse is a traditional, casual barbeque joint serving slow-smoked meats over a real wood fire. They make homemade sauces like Carolina Red BBQ and Banjo BBQ and sides like Brisket Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Coleslaw, and Peach Bourbon Pit Beans.

While there aren’t any set plans for Valentine’s Day specials, Carol Lou’s will be offering indoor seating and carryout. It’s a great place to go if you prefer a more casual date night, and their pulled pork and brisket are excellent!

Visit Carol Lou’s Smokehouse on Facebook to stay informed on any updates.

The Beach House

The Beach House, located on beautiful Lake Decatur, is a restaurant that hosts events and offers catering. Their menu is divine, featuring fresh seafood, hand-cut Angus steaks, and the most amazing chicken alfredo lasagna.

Follow The Beach House on Facebook for updates leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Sliderz

Sliderz is a lively night spot with live music, gaming, and sports. If you and your significant other enjoy great pulled pork pizza and Totchos (tater tot nachos), this could be a really fun Valentine’s Day dinner.

Follow Sliderz on Facebook for updates on when live music will be available.

Conclusion

COVID-19 has made business difficult for local restaurants. Now, they are finally allowed to resume indoor dining services – albeit at a limited capacity – and just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Consider ordering carry out if you are at a higher risk for COVID-19 and don’t feel comfortable dining in. Dining at home without having to prepare a meal is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones. (Plus, fewer dishes to clean!)

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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