5 Al Fresco Restaurants Near Starved Rock!

New Outdoor Dining Destinations You Can Visit This Week

Some of our favorite Starved Rock Country restaurants offer comfortable, and socially distant, al fresco dining! Here are five local favorite restaurants serving up delicious food on their patios and sidewalk dining areas.


The Veranda At Starved Rock Lodge

One Lodge Lane

Oglesby, IL 61348

(815) 667-4211

The Veranda dining area is the perfect place to soak in nature while enjoying a burger and a cold craft beer! On both the east and west wings of the Veranda, you’ll get true panoramic views of the Illinois River valley and the majestic peak of Starved Rock. The Lodge will be offering a full menu, featuring all your favorites from the Back Door Lounge and the Lodge Restaurant, featuring favorites like beer-battered Blue Gill Fish Tacos and their signature Ale Pot Roast! The Veranda is also dog-friendly and boasts a doggie delights menu filled with meats and treats for your four-legged friend.

For more information, visit: starvedrocklodge.com


The Lone Buffalo

812 LaSalle Street

Ottawa, IL 61350

(815) 324-9549

The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company is a great place to grab a plate of farm-to-table food and an artisan craft beer. You can indulge in The Lone Buffalo’s self-proclaimed “slow food”, savoring the tastes at one of their many outdoor tables. This relaxed, airy brewpub offers hearty pub classics and new american fare, safely spaced and conveniently located right off of Ottawa’s downtown LaSalle Street!

For more information, visit: tangledrootsbrewingco.com


Thyme Craft Kitchen

405 5th Street

Peru, IL 61354

(815) 780-8774

One of Starved Rock Country’s newest and most exciting restaurants, Thyme Craft Kitchen is welcoming back guests on their brand new permanent patio space! Located directly across from Peru’s Westclox building, this farm-to-table restaurant prides themselves on making clean meals with fresh locally sourced produce. You’ll find a variety of different meals that can cater to also manner of dining preferences, from vegans and vegetarians to delicious grass-fed burgers.

For more information, visit: thymecraftkitchen.com


Uptown Grill

601 1st Street

LaSalle, Illinois 61301

(815) 224-4545

Uptown Grill offers a generous sized selection of casual sidewalk seating, alongside a delicious fine dining menu. You’ll find plenty of fresh options like smoked trout, crab rangoon, truffle fries, pork tenderloin, fish tacos, center cut filet mignon, pan seared yellow fish tuns, and spicy Thai peanut chicken. Enjoy an al fresco dining experience in beautiful downtown LaSalle, just a short jaunt to the west from Starved Rock State Park.

For more information, visit: uptowngrill.com


B.A.S.H. (Burger and Sushi House)

1012 LaSalle Street

Ottawa, IL 61350

(815) 434-2274

Looking for a true al fresco establishment, B.A.S.H has ample covered outdoor seating options. B.A.S.H.’s tucked away patio is perfect for practicing social distancing while digging into some of their delicious fusion food. Whether you’re looking to try a new sushi platter or a classic beef burger topped with fresh ingredients, this Ottawa eatery has something for everyone on the menu!

For more information, visit: burgerandsushihouse.com