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C J's Restaurant

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2901 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-5497
+1 309-828-5639
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

great pizza, chicken, prime rib, bar selection. one of the best restaurants in town but under utilized. owner has a top notch background in the business. 

Thank JJB2721
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Deep dish pizza down state is finally not a disappointment. VERY similar to what I get at a place like Giordano's in Chicago - CJ's deep dish is fantastic. Reasonable prices on drinks and food makes this a nice change of pace restaurant.

Thank redrider1000
Bloomington, Illinois, USA
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Good quality food in a casual, family atmosphere. Family loves to come here for breakfast. Great pizzas and good sandwiches too.

Thank Deanna_F5
Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

CJ's is a long time favorite of ours since the early days back in the old HoJo's local. Great for any occasion or meal.

Thank John K
Ottawa, Illinois
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137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

I got lured into this restaurant by the words theme, planes taking off, wonderful view and great food. With that introduction, who would not stop there? In my humble opinion, the place is a hole. We were there for breakfast and the service started with two cups of tea which had water that was Luke warm at best. That was... More 

Thank blackfootcamp
Bloomington, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

We usually eat there when the pizza is 1/2 off. They have an amazing stuffed pizza. You have to wait a bit but it is well worth the wait. The set up is not much to talk about and is a bit crowded. I have always had great food. Their service is good and they are eagerto please the customers!... More 

Thank sls8558
Bloomington, Illinois, United States
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Terrible food and worse service --used to be a nice family run restaurant and don't know what happened. Not my first unfavorable experience but definitely my last--NEVER returning

1 Thank Angie H
Bloomington, Illinois
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

This place has gone so downhill in the past couple years. Service, food , all of it. We came here for a birthday party breakfast. The service was completely incompetent and really rude! The menu was so minimal I thought about bailing out and going to mcdonalds. No coffee spoons available so had to use our forks, and food was... More 

Thank Shadowhorse01
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016

I don't know how to put this, we gave our daughter a gift card for CJ's and when she went to use it they said it can't be used because their system crashed and they did not know how much was on the card, How embarrassing! This all happened while she was with friends. So if you have a gift... More 

Thank christine j
Bloomington, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016

We enjoy this restaurant--its one of those places you know what you are getting, you know service will be good and you know the atmosphere will be quiet. This restaurant tends to attract an older crowd but we love the food and the prices are reasonable. Service has always been good and we also enjoy watching the private planes land.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2901 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-5497
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 309-828-5639

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?