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JFires Market Bistro

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725 N Market St, Waterloo, IL 62298
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent atmosphere and good food

Love the inside architecture and feel of the dining room. Good food and great place for a couples conversation, or intimate dinner.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Mike D
via mobile
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Red Bud
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the Etouffee. It was spot on, as I expected. My wife enjoyed her perfectly prepared cheeseburger with fresh cut fries. This wasn't our first visit, and we come back because it's always good. My only regret is that we don't visit often enough. I continue to forget that the kids menu is perhaps my favorite thing in the... More 

Thank Garon S
Waterloo, Illinois, United States
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66 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

The outdoor seating is wonderful and they have live music. The problem though is the food is hit or miss. I have had one or 2 meals that were good but overall the food is average at best. We go in the warmer months for the patio but never go if we have to sit inside. The service is often... More 

Thank loomomof2
Katy, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is a fine dining restaurant about 3/4 mile from the Super 8 Motel in Waterloo, IL. We were allowed to bring our own wine and paid a corkage fee. The service was excellent,. After we ate, we went outside to a patio that had a live band playing

Thank Barbara W
Waterloo, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Crawfish corn bisque is the best we have ever had!!! Little spicy, Awsome flavor and the type dish that is so good you have to go back for it!!! Service was great from Adam. Never had to wait for a drink. Outside patio shaded by ivory is relaxing and a great place to have a few drinks and spend a... More 

Thank Herschel148
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

Love the inside architecture and feel of the dining room. Good food and great place for a couples conversation, or intimate dinner.

Thank Mike D
Belleville, Illinois
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I've had great meals here, and some not so great. The atmosphere is charming, and the menu offers you options that are not easily found in the county. The place is unique. The only problem is the quality of the food is inconsistent.

Thank Vincent V
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

JFires has a large, vine-covered gazebo area outside. It definitely adds a lot to the atmosphere. The owner-chef is quite talented. Prices are acceptable. Menu selection has a nice variety for selection. Easy access. In a nice, quaint setting. Always enjoy stopping in for a meal and a glass of wine!

Thank Sue K
Waterloo, Illinois
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

When we first got there, without asking he started to seat us on the patio. I told him we wanted to eat inside. He couldn't believe we wanted to eat inside & said we would be eating alone & he thought he could find someone to serve us. He sounded like it was a big inconvenience. Our waitress was very... More 

Thank madgrand3
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This restaurant is just such fun. We have been customers since it opened, and the food and service have gotten better and better. Chef and staff have worked a menu that has something for everyone, and the service is efficient, friendly, and competent. The wine list is good. There are two seasons at the restaurant. Patio Season, and Everything Else.... More 

Thank Kathryn881
Waterloo, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We dined here with some family this evening. The atmosphere was nice on the outdoor patio. There was live entertainment which was a plus. It took 45 minutes to get our food ( sandwiches and fries nothing complicated) the burgers were ordered medium and were received well done. We also did not get the fries until ten minutes after the... More 

Thank Tina D

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 725 N Market St, Waterloo, IL 62298
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 618-939-7233

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?