If you’re new to the Champaign-Urbana area or just want to check out new restaurants in the area, we’re listing 10 of the best UIUC restaurants based on Yelp and Google reviews.
Sakanaya (4.5 Stars on Yelp)
If you’re craving sushi, Sakanaya is one of the top destinations for authentic Japanese food in the Champaign-Urbana area. Although the prices are slightly on the higher end, they offer some of the best sushi in the area with 4.5 stars on Yelp. Their menu includes classic and signature rolls, ramen, and sashimi. Sakanaya is located on Green and Fourth Street, and just a block away from the Campus Property Management office.
Maize Mexican Grill (4.5 Stars on Yelp)
If you’ve been living in the Champaign-Urbana area for some time, then you’ve definitely heard of Maize. Maize Mexican Grill is a popular restaurant in Champaign that serves authentic Mexican food. Their most popular items include chalupas and fried quesadillas. Maize is located at the corner of First and Green Street.
Black Dog Smoke and Ale House (4.5 Stars on Yelp)
Although the Midwest isn’t known for barbecue, Black Dog Smoke and Ale House serves some of the best barbecue in the area. Their menu includes Korean style beef short rib and smoked prime rib. With 4.5 stars on Yelp and over 700 reviews, Black Dog Smoke and Ale House is the go-to restaurant for great food.
Bangkok Thai (4.5 Stars on Yelp)
If you’re not familiar with the area, Bangkok Thai might be an easy place to miss. Bangkok Thai Cuisine, a Thai restaurant, is a favorite among UIUC students for its great prices, quality food, and big portions. The restaurant is located on Green Street, a popular street for students looking to eat out. On the menu is their popular pad thai and pad see ewe dishes.
The Original Pancake House (4.5 Stars on Google Reviews)
Located on South Mattis Avenue, The Original Pancake House is the go-to restaurant if you love breakfast. The menu has a strong emphasis on pancakes and waffles. Their specialty items include apple pancakes, strawberry waffles, and Danish cherry crepes.
The Caribbean Grill (5 Stars on Yelp)
If you’re looking for UIUC restaurants outside of the main campus, The Caribbean Grill offers authentic island style cuisine. The Caribbean Grill is one of the top rated restaurants in Champaign with 5 stars on Yelp. Their menu includes flavorful food and their jerk chicken and mac-and-cheese that are favorites among regulars.
Aroma Cafe (4.5 Stars on Yelp)
If you’re looking for a nice and quiet cafe in Champaign, Aroma Cafe is a cozy and vibrant cafe with great service. Like most cafes, they offer sandwiches, wraps, salads and drinks. They also display different artists work around the cafe. Aroma Cafe is located on North Neil Street.
Mia Za’s (4.4 Stars on Google Reviews)
One of the most well known restaurants in Champaign is Mia Za’s. Mia Za’s uses fresh produce and healthy ingredients. They have several entrees that are less than 600 calories each, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Their known for their extensive variety of pizzas, salads and pastas that you can further customize to your liking. Mia Za’s is located on Green and Wright Street.
Huaraches Moroleon (4.5 Stars on Yelp)
If you’re missing home cooked food, Huaraches Moroleon Mexican restaurant is the perfect destination for you. Their menu consists of hearty food with an interior that’s warm and cozy. The restaurant sits on the corner of Washington and Philo in Urbana and serves authentic tacos, huaraches, breakfast burritos and more.
Cracked (4.5 Stars on Yelp)
Cracked is a great fast casual breakfast spot right on campus. If you’re unaware of its origins, Cracked was started by two U of I students who first started Cracked as a food truck. It’s now a beloved breakfast spot on campus that’s located on Green and Wright Street.
These UIUC restaurants are the go-to restaurants if you’re visiting or live in the Champaign-Urbana area. For more options, check out Yelp for more top rated restaurants.