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The Whistle Stop

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701 Main St, Mendota, IL 61342-1670
815-539-7400
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Today
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Seating

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  • 5
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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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Mendota, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Has been closed for a year. What more can be said. Merry Christmas to all. Happy day. There is no more to be said. They served great food, the atmosphere was fantastic, but they are closed.

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Thank Shirley P
Chicago, Illinois
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78 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 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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Thank jdublu
Chicago
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank Ladygiffen
Batavia, Illinois
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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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Thank Richard R
Villa Park, Illinois
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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Thank Sweetie333
Oak Park, Illinois
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 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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2 Thank JohnRWilson
Princeton, Illinois
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87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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1 Thank Laura M
Mendota, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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1 Thank ko n
United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Thank lclmd
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?