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Lancaster's

513 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 827-3333
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Ranked #76 of 225 restaurants in Bloomington
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations
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- Apr 11, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Normal, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Lancaster's is a great lunch place...quiet, professional service, feels a little upscale, but not ridiculously expensive. Try the Alley Salad!

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chicago, illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

It had been several years since our last two visits to this restaurant and thought we'd give it another try. Those two visits also were well placed apart and we quickly remembered the reason ... Over the years it's easy to be forgiving. The restaurant was reasonably busy on a snowy Saturday night and we were seated promptly. Our server... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
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23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

My wife and I decided to try Lancaster's last night. The place wasn't very busy, less than half full. Our entire visit took 90 minutes - way too long for a simple dinner for two (nothing was ordered that would require this kind of time, either). We started with the stuffed mushroom. 25 minutes later, it came on a plate... More

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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35 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I grew up in town, but have lived around the country for the past 13 years, most of the time downtown Chicago. I got spoiled, but the quality of food and service at Lancaster's is fantastic, and at a higher level than most options in the area. We will be back soon!

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El Paso, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

They almost did it. They almost gave us the night out that we were hoping for, The food actually was quite good. We started with their scallop appetizer which they presented beautifully. The scallops were excellent~ the accompanying sauce just right in that it did not overpower, but enhanced the flavor of the seafood. We went on to order the... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We have been enjoying Lancaster's for 20 years, We always wanted the best for our Anniversary, but we had several issues recently. There were so many verbal changes & substitutions to the menu, that we couldn't keep it straight. Duck appetizer was very nice, seafood bisque was very nice. Veal had been cut into strips & breaded, seemed wrinkled, &... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Went to Lancaster's for our 5 year anniversary. We had been to Lancaster's last year and were blown away by the quality of food and service. I don't know what happened between then and now but the food we were served tonight was very disappointing. The ribeye was tough and lacked flavor, the "greek meatballs" were tiny, greasy and appear... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Overcooked steaks, but who even offers a 16oz bone-in ribeye? So thin of a cut is near impossible to cook evenly or with any precision-it should be 24oz. Other menu items offer dated and overall unoriginal offering. Decor is dated. Service is hit or miss.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Calling the restaurant at the last minute and getting seating for 6 for a Saturday night dinner was awesome; adding a great variety of food, an excellent waiter named Don, and the ambience made it complete. They had everything from salads, to sandwiches, then to full meals. I had the duck rolls which were excellent. The shrimp po boy was... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

When our flight out of Bloomington airport got canceled and rescheduled for 6 a.m. the next day, my husband and I, who live about an hour away, decided to stay over in Bloomington rather than drive home and back at 4 a.m. We happened upon Lancaster's by looking for excellent restaurant reviews for Bloomington/Normal, and we could not have been... More

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