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Waterstreet Pub & Eatery

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1525 Water St, Peru, IL 61354-3562
18152230400
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9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Bar scene
Description: Waterstreet Saloon was built as a bar in 1837 and was ran as a speakeasy...
Waterstreet Saloon was built as a bar in 1837 and was ran as a speakeasy during the prohibition. It was then renamed Barbenders Fine Wine & Liquors until around 1935. It was reopened in 1950 as Henry's Tavern which closed in 1984. In March of 2005, it was reopened with the name of Waterstreet Pub & Eatery. Waterstreet Pub has been family owned since 1950 and carries old tyme beers such as Schlitz, Hamms, Pabst, and Old Style, as well as add 31 draft craft beers and over 200 hard liquors. We are also the first bar in Illinois to offer Hamm's back on draft.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun atmostphere. Wonderful service. Really good food!

Friends recommended this little bar/restaurant and it is a gem! Walk in the door and you are sent back to a different time. The wooden bar and floor embrace you. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Service was wonderful! The waitress kept our glasses full and made sure our food arrived in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
Lainie H
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Great bar food, beer battered shrooms are excellent, good service they know their beer and booze, excellent diverse beer and booze selection without lots of pretentiousness, loved it

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Friends recommended this little bar/restaurant and it is a gem! Walk in the door and you are sent back to a different time. The wooden bar and floor embrace you. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Service was wonderful! The waitress kept our glasses full and made sure our food arrived in a timely manner. We had everything from burgers... More 

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1 Thank Lainie H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

With my parents family spread out all over the state we picked this place as a meet up to eat dinner based on a reference from some of their friends. They were accommodating to sitting 16 people on short notice. We were able to order and get all our food in an appropriate amount of time and everyone got what... More 

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1 Thank Kelly C
Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The pub is filled with local history items and décor, has a large selection of beers on tap, has a bar room a dining room and also an outside patio from appetizers to a full meal wait staff very friendly

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1 Thank buffet67
Peru, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Most of the food is pretty typical bar food but they also have some great salads and other dishes you wouldn't expect. The bar is seperate from the bigger dining area which is nice and they have a nice patio to sit on when the weather is nice. It's right on the river so you can sit and watch the... More 

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1 Thank Amanda T
Flowery Branch, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I can't really review much, I ordered a glass of wine and couldn't go any farther. I don't think it's the restaurant's fault so much although I have been to Brandy's and didn't have the same issue.... it smelled like raw sewage or rotting fish.... one wine and I was done.

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1 Thank Kelly C
77russ, Owner at Waterstreet Pub & Eatery, responded to this review

Sorry for the bad experience, the river was in flood stage and stayed way too long leaving an odor in our sump pit. we plan to pour concrete and seal it off better. Please try us again it is all cleared up now! TY More 

Aberdeen, South Dakota
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is a big place with a good sized bar, inside seating area and large patio, so I can see where service time can be an issue. I was here mid/late afternoon well before a weekend dinner rush. I was seated and waited on in good time, but when it came time to pay the check I had to track... More 

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1 Thank travelchic_13_13
Spring Valley, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We ordered Waterstreet Pub for the 1st, and last time this weekend, had family over to watch a movie, so we wanted delivery. 1st they told us order had to be fifty dollars plus delivery fee to deliver to spring valley. We wanted to order bucket of chicken listed on the menu in this page, and several other items, we... More 

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1 Thank amy m
77russ, Owner at Waterstreet Pub & Eatery, responded to this review

We now have a $10 min order. If there is anything we can do please feel free to call mornings 815-223-0400 or email me at waterstreetpub@gmail.com More 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Five for dinner on a Sunday night of a holiday weekend. We arrived right on time for our 7:00 reservations. They were not needed as we were one of only three occupied tables. The service was excellent with a friendly waitress. The problem was food choices which were limited due to a too oft reply, "we are out of that".... More 

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1 Thank John D
77russ, Owner at Waterstreet Pub & Eatery, responded to this review

This has now been changed to a $10 min order. More 

Princeton, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

I used to like this restaurant, but I waited 20 min to get a waitress because she thought I was already waited on. That was after I went into the bar twice to ask for a waitress. 15 minutes after I ordered, she told me they were out of black olives for my pizza. It took an hour to get... More 

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Thank Sarymue
77russ, Owner at Waterstreet Pub & Eatery, responded to this review

I am sorry you had a bad experience, I am sure the bartender made an error and we had a communication error between the bar tender and server. If there is anything we can do please feel free to call mornings 815-223-0400 or email me at waterstreetpub@gmail.com More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1525 Water St, Peru, IL 61354-3562
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peru
  • Phone Number: 18152230400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Pub, American, Pizza, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Waterstreet Saloon was built as a bar in 1837 and was ran as a speakeasy during the prohibition. It was then renamed Barbenders Fine Wine & Liquors until around 1935. It was reopened in 1950 as Henry's Tavern which closed in 1984. In March of 2005, it was reopened with the name of Waterstreet Pub & Eatery. Waterstreet Pub has been family owned since 1950 and carries old tyme beers such as Schlitz, Hamms, Pabst, and Old Style, as well as add 31 draft craft beers and over 200 hard liquors. We are also the first bar in Illinois to offer Hamm's back on draft.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 am

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