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414 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701-3916
309 828-1300
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene
Description: A Tapas Restaurant and Bar located in the heart of downtown Bloomington,...
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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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A good place for a casual meal

Food is good. Service is good. Atmosphere is pleasant. I like ordering the small dishes. Good beer/wine list, too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
pryor42
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Bloomington, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I asked the waiter if ordering the edamame appetizer along with the ahi tuna "small bites" would be enough food for a dinner. She said, "oh certainly, I order that all the time!" When she brought the order, there were four teeny, tiny little pieces of tuna and a small pile of edamame pods. I was so hungry that I... More 

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Thank RachelO3467
Bloomington, Illinois
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is good. Service is good. Atmosphere is pleasant. I like ordering the small dishes. Good beer/wine list, too.

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Thank pryor42
Bloomington, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This bar/resturant is treandy. The crowd is mixed but the resturant is narrow and hard to manipulate. They serve alcohol and some "different" food combinations!! I have eaten there several times and have not been impressed with the food or the service. The portions are small. They do have a small outside area when the weather permits.

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Thank sls8558
Normal, IL
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This was our first visit but we were impressed by the size and quality of the salads. We asked for vegan options and they were as accommodating as they could be.

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Thank Gretchen S
Forest Park, Illinois
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45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Reality Bytes is a funky sports bar with great atmosphere and a great drink selection that also boasts an excellent kitchen serving lunch and dinner. Been there four times for drinks, lunch, dinner. Always exceptional. The seared Ahi Tuna was throw your head back good, as were the Siracha Chicken salad sliders, the pulled pork sandwich and the fish tacos... More 

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Thank Billdog1
Normal, Illinois
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106 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

We went to a Reality Bites with a group of friends. The wine selection was not very good, though my husband enjoyed his beer. To begin with we had the goat cheese appetizer. It was not exactly what we expected from the menu description, I didn't particularly like them, though others in our group did. My husband and I shared... More 

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Thank Rachmishon
Leeds, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Typical renovated bar/ restaurant with a little attitude, cool name and good menu. The Tapas trend has reached the corn belt. Lots to choose from and I discovered a new item: bacon wrapped dates, I had never seen this before, and I am from the South so when it comes to wrapping bacon around something we have pretty much tried... More 

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Thank D_Gillespie
Champaign, Illinois
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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

We walked in without a reservation on an evening with an event happening at The Coliseum and merchant trick-or-treating going on downtown and we were promptly seated at the bar. There were many unique beers on draft - the 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout was awesome. Our cocktails were exquisitely made (compliments to the bartender, Josh, who was also our... More 

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Thank SurferRyan
Bloomington, Illinois
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The ambiance is great. The staff is very professional. The food and sprits selection is wide and diverse.

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Thank david d
illinois
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Sometimes it's delicious, sometimes the exact same menu item is pretty mundane. Some tables are nice, others are tiny, wobbly, and also practically falling down a corner staircase. Some seating locations are cozy, others are so loud you have to yell to be heard. Some candle holders (and glasses) are intact, others are broken and chipped in several places. Some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 414 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701-3916
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: 309 828-1300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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