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701 Main St, Mendota, IL 61342-1670
815-539-7400
Today
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • 4
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  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Wow...Great Fried Chicken!!!!!!

Friends of ours took us to a really good restaurant last Sunday!!! We had the special which was fried chicken. The crust of the chicken was to die for just the right crunch!!!! Good flavor and plenty of chicken ...none of us could finish it. THE Staff was friendly and they even sent out fruit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2013
Sweetie333
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Villa Park, Illinois
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11 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The "2 for $20 special" consisted of 1 appetizer, 2 salads, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. You will get full. But I did not like the menu choice. It was all pasta dishes or a baked chicken. That was it. If it wasn't for my wife wanting to try it, I would have got up and left. I felt that... More 

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Chicago
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Service & food NOT GOOD for such a nice little place this could be a great money maker! But the food and waiter not so much. Go across the street to the main street bar GOOD FOOD GOOD SERVICE!

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Batavia, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Just had dinner at a smallish place in Mendota, Illinois called the Whistle Stop… While the on-line menu seemed to speak of an almost-fine-dining experience – and I was very much looking forward to a nice evening and dinner with my wife – my thoughts are that a drive of 120 miles (round trip) was likely not worth the gasoline.... More 

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Villa Park, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Friends of ours took us to a really good restaurant last Sunday!!! We had the special which was fried chicken. The crust of the chicken was to die for just the right crunch!!!! Good flavor and plenty of chicken ...none of us could finish it. THE Staff was friendly and they even sent out fruit plates for us for desert... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Sophisticated entrees and a pretty good wine list. This restaurant is where I go when I want a special meal when in Mendota

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Princeton, Illinois
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63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This place works hard at putting out some nice entrees! Lamb chops are very tasty! good wait staff.Cute bar and outside area too!

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Mendota, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

i live locally and have nothing but great things to say about The Whistle Stop. All of the menu items that i have had (which is most) have been delicious! There are a few good places to eat in Mendota, but this is by far my favorite... but it seems that maybe they could advertise more. i'm not sure if... More 

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United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Nice menu. Quick service. Food much better than average. Only problem was noise from function on 2nd floor. I would return to this place.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012 via mobile

Had dinner here last night with my large family who live nearby. Very impressive for a small town. Nine people were served HOT food on Hote plates, all at the same time. I found the prices to be most reasonable and the venue sophisticated. I had the fettuccini Alfredo which was cooked al dente the way I prefer. My whole... More 

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Huntley, IL.
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90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

I was on a business trip in town and the restaurant options were VERY limited, so I took a chance on The Whistle Stop. I was very pleased to find a quaint little place that used to be a train station turned into a restaurant. I wasn't expecting too much in terms of how good the food would be since... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 701 Main St, Mendota, IL 61342-1670
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mendota
  • Phone Number: 815-539-7400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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