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Reality Bites

414 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701-3916
309 828-1300
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Ranked #24 of 225 restaurants in Bloomington
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Tapas
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: A Tapas Restaurant and Bar located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, Reality Bites gives you the best of both worlds; great food and an exciting night out on the town. Reality Bites provides a sophisticated, fun feel in a college town, serving a large diverse menu of lunch and dinner as well as a fully stocked bar.You can come in after a long day on Friday evening and just have a drink or anytime Tuesday thru Saturday to have a hearty meal and enjoy time with friends. Reality Bites is locally owned and takes pride in satisfying our customer's needs. So come on out and get the Reality Bites Experience.
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: A Tapas Restaurant and Bar located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, Reality Bites gives you the best of both worlds; great food and an exciting night out on the town. Reality Bites provides a sophisticated, fun feel in a college town, serving a large diverse menu of lunch and dinner as well as a fully stocked bar.You can come in after a long day on Friday evening and just have a drink or anytime Tuesday thru Saturday to have a hearty meal and enjoy time with friends. Reality Bites is locally owned and takes pride in satisfying our customer's needs. So come on out and get the Reality Bites Experience.
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Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We enjoyed several selections to share and all were WONDERFUL!!!--Goat Cheese Balls, Scallop Risotto Cakes, Alfredo Shrimp Flatbread, Chicken Brushetta. And the Spinach Artichoke Dip was to die for!!!! Nice wine list. Good cocktails. Classy atmosphere with small outdoor dining area.

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We stopped and had a rocker of wine which was perfect for 2. The two of us split the muscles, salmon tacos and the chicken skewers. For desert we had the reality brownie. It was wonderful! Plus we sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful night. Great place and scenery!

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Mankato, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Wonderful Friday lunch with an exquisite tasting treat in the Goat Cheese Balls with an artful presentation. The next day we returned and this time I tried the Strawberry Arugala Salad with a Fig Vinegrette. Another great choice! The next time we're in Bloomington we'll be back.

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Morton, Illinois
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102 reviews 102 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We ate here during the ar twalk. Great appetizers, especially the bacon wrapped dates. A little noisy and crowded but the price is right and the food is very good.

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Moline, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

We had reservations on a Saturday night because we had tickets to a show down the street at the Comedy Club. We walked in and there was only two other tables. Usually that is a sign but we decided to try it anyways. We ordered drinks which were all good. I was happy to see sangria on a drink menu... More

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El Paso, Illinois
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177 reviews 177 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We have been fans of Reality Bites since it opened. We were regulars when it was struggling to find its identity in Downtown Bloomington and were thrilled when it caught on. The problem now is that the last two times we've stopped by we've waited longer, gotten colder food, and watched as the servers seemed frazzled although they only had... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Traveling across IL on I-74, Bloomington & Champaign are about the only real food stops. Reality Bites had modest reviews but the location, menu & decor looked good online. We've never had any food better than this in IL(excluding 5 star/5$ ones in Chicago). Service was pleasant & the wine list interesting for a small city. The tuna tartar, salmon... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Great menu selection and good atmosphere. Great place to go with a group and have a fun evening. Sat upstairs and had a great time on multiple occassions. Service and staff very good.

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Bloomington, il
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

A friend and i shared the hummus appetizer and a dessert. Both were very good. The sandwiches for the main course were also good but next time I would order an extra appetizer or two to experience more flavors. Definitely will go back.

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Galena, Il.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We made a last minute reservation for 14 people and arrived minutes later. Our table was ready, the owner greeted us and service was impeccable. Emily, our server, was really on the ball. She knew the menu and was patient with 14 ladies who couldn't make up their minds. Good wine list. The bruschetta was excellent - a good size... More

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