Joliet is one of the most heavily populated cities in the Chicago area of Illinois, with more than one hundred thousand residents calling it home. It is the fastest growing city in the state, and also one of the fastest growing in the entire country. Of course any city with that many people requires a lot of excellent restaurants to keep those hungry appetites satisfied! If you're coming into the area to go to Harrah's Casino and Hotel, or perhaps to see some of the famous landmarks like the Joliet Area Historical Museum or the Route 66 Speedways, you'll need to know where to drink and dine. We have a set of favorite restaurants and bars in the city of Joliet that you'll want to try. These are our picks for the 60403, 60404, 60431, 60432, 60433, 60434, 60435, and 60436 zip codes!
Truth Restaurant is a contemporary American joint where you can get the best steak and seafood in town. Don't be fooled by the exterior--it looks small but there is plenty of space inside. Looks can be deceiving! It's great for families, group outings, or romantic dinners. They serve piping hot bread before your meal to get things off to a great start. The entrees, from the salmon to the steaks, are all cooked just right. And there's a bar so you can enjoy a drink before or after your meal. Such a great place to dine and converse with your friends or your date!
Address: 808 West Jefferson Street
THE DEPARTMENT RESTAURANT & LIQUOR LOUNGE
We love The Department for a casual fine dining experience. They've always got new menus springing up to keep things fresh, and exciting events like wine tastings or live entertainment. They've got plenty of space to rent for your private events such as showers, birthday parties, or graduations. Our favorite item on the current menu is the Black and Blue Burger, and the Pork Loin Chops are amazing too! It's an exceptional treat to dine outdoors on the tree-lined patio on the second floor! You'll really enjoy that in the warmer seasons.
Address: 205 North Chicago Street
The patrons at Texas Roadhouse always give it rave reviews, and they keep on coming back for more! It's a combination of things that make this restaurant so hard to resist. The atmosphere is delightfully casual and comfortable. The food is always hot and fresh, from the perfectly cooked steaks to the hot rolls with cinnamon! The prices are ridiculously low for this kind of quality! And last but definitely not least, the service is exceptional. Every time we dine here, it's better than the previous time. One of the best steakshouses in town.
Address: 3151 Tonti Drive
We love McBrody's for their stuffed burgers! They are far from being the only thing on the menu, but they're the thing we keep coming back for time and time again. You'll love dining inside in the colder parts of the year, or kicking back in the outdoor dining space and beer garden in the warmer months. There's wifi for those who can't bear to be disconnected while the drinks are flowing, and lots of TVs and even beanbag chairs to chill out in. The big screen TVs are there so you never have to miss that big game! Excellent bar and grill. If you haven't tried it yet, it's about time that you do.
Address: 73 West Jefferson Street
TASTE OF POLONIA
Polish food at its best! You'll really love the decor which is sprinkled with touches of Poland. It makes you feel like you've stepped off the Joliet streets and into old Polonia. Did we mention that this is a buffet? That means you'll be able to get your fill of all your Polish favorites! The restaurant is not large, but Polish restaurants rarely are. It's part of their charm. Everything is made totally fresh and kept hot. Very friendly staff, and excellent surroundings. You'll really enjoy this one.
Address: 221 Ruby Street
HARRAH'S CASINO & HOTEL
Harrah's is much more than just a bar or restaurant, but no list of hot nightspots would be complete without mentioning this excellent casino and hotel! It's a taste of Vegas right there in Joliet. They've got incredible Stay & Play packages that help you save money during your stay, and lots of awesome live entertainment and events going on at any given time. As far as dining goes, you can choose from these fabulous restaurants: Ace's Diner, Mosaic, Starbucks, The Reserve, and Union Station Buffet. There's something for every taste and mood!
Address: 151 North Joliet Street
JOLIET JACKHAMMERS BASEBALL AT SILVER CROSS FIELD
This is far from being a bar or restaurant, but when it comes to entertainment in the Joliet area, you can't beat a Joliet Jackhammers baseball game at Silver Cross Field! You may love going to the majors, but you'll find that it's much easier to get into a Jackhammers game! Easier parking, and so much cheaper! (Of course you won't have to worry about parking at all if you hire Party Bus Chicago for your transportation!) Longtime fans will tell you that these players really put their all into playing a great game, and they really appreciate the fans who take the time to come out to a game. If you're in the area, it's absolutely essential to go to at least one game during the season!
Address: 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive
RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE
One of the world's ten most beautiful theatres! The Rialto Square Theatre has been open since 1926, and it's hosted many famous musicals, plays, comedians, and concerts. If you love to look at historic buildings, this is a great one. You've got that interplay between the past and today's finest art on stage. They also host really beautiful weddings here, so if your big day is coming up, you may want to consider this as the venue for your nuptials. Just call the number below for more information.
Address: 102 North Chicago Street
CHICAGO STREET BAR & GRILL
This corner bar is such a great place to relax and chill after a long hard day at work. They've got live entertainment to soothe away the cares of the day, plus outdoor dining in the warmer months, and an indoor fireplace when the weather's too cold to bear. They've got close to twenty beers on draft, plus a full bar with micro brews and wines. They've got TVs so you can catch the big game, and lots of space so even when the crowds come in, there's enough room to stretch out and breathe! Just a great all around bar... and the food is great too.
Address: 75 North Chicago Street
Crybabies Tap is just a casual and friendly neighborhood bar. We love to come in for the laid back atmosphere and the great service. The food is always hot and fresh, and cheap! Great music whether it's live or being pumped from the speakers. If you're looking for a place to stop in for some ice cold drinks after a long day at work, this corner bar is the one.
Address: 435 East Jackson Street