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The Lubar and Bistro

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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911 Fairfax St, Carlyle, IL 62231-1811
+1 618-594-6333
8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mullen, Nebraska
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Our large group had buffet style service and the food was great. I also noticed the restaurant has ice cream available, but (sadly) I didn't have a chance to grab any!

Thank kellyimco
John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

We appreciate all of the feedback we receive Kelly.... but especially the positive. Thanks for taking the time to send feedback on your positive experience. All to often, many customers forget to share those good experiences! John More 

2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Really disappointed in this place. The wife and I came from out of town and looked on line to see what restaurants were in Carlyle. We decided to try the Lubar and Bistro on Friday, October 7, 2016. The web page said they were open at 11 AM. We arrived at 11:10 AM and the place was closed and all... More 

John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

Stryker... I'm sorry you were unable to come in to the LuBar on 10/7. My server was clocked in at 10:45 and cc tv reveals that the door was locked and lights on at 10:58am. The Restsurant doors are the two side by side... one facing the bank and one facing south. The bar door is a third door that... More 

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81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Lunch mid week late lunch. Service was good. Food took a little bit but we were catching up so no issue. Gyro was huge. Friend took more home than she ate. Small serving of Naho's were unbelievable. Wife's soup was good. My ham sandwich was served on wheat bread that was stale. Tomato was hard and pink. Ham was dry.... More 

Thank BilllyBob E
John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the Review Billy Bob. I'll definitely follow up! John More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

On a whim we tried LuBar while on vacation at Carlyle Lake. It was a great find!! Food is top notch, environment is very welcoming and casual and they have homemade gelato!! Now we plan vacations just to have a chance to go back!!

Thank kjmccoy620
John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

We're honored! Thank you so much and thank you for coming to spend time in the Carlyle area! More 

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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by for a quick lunch. Service was good, food was okay. Too much bbq and iceberg lettuce. The restaurant was cute and the gelato looked amazing! Will try it when I make it back there!

Thank Emily L
John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Emily. Thanks for the review. I'd be curious to hear more about what you had to eat. I'm not clear on these tails about BBQ and Lettuce. Thelubar@gmail.com Thanks! John See you soon! More 

Highland, Illinois
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214 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2015

We go to the Lubar on a regular basis. It is one of my favorite restaurants. We usually order the crab cake or sesame shrimp appetizer and they are both very good. I always have to order the strawberry grilled chicken salad with the poppy-seed dressing, as it is so wonderful. There is a wide variety of food to choose... More 

Thank tmf7150
John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words Christina! We'll see you again soon! More 

Pocahontas, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

Came by for some of the famous Italian Ice Cram Gelato... What a great flavor this stuff has!! Also had their Strawberry Grilled Chicken Salad. AWESOME!! Neat little place on the downtown square! Another place to remember!

Thank GtanMan
John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

Gtan, The gelato is indeed something special! We've offered it since 2010 and it's been a local and county wide hit ever since!! Thank so much for the feedback. John More 

Farmer City, Illinois
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71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2015

Stopped by on a Sunday night & ordered a pizza to eat there. Only one other table of people in there then.Took 56 minutes for our pizza to arrive! Our waitress was so nice. She felt so bad when we told her we had a 3 hour drive home. Brought us some crackers to help with our hunger pangs. Some... More 

3 Thank Vikingwench
John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

Viking, Let me say that normally I would be very happy to have a customer frequent BOTH of my successful restaurants in Carlyle, leaving feedback on both sites with feedback of any type. We are literally frequented by thousand upon thousands of regular, first time and repeat customers of various backgrounds and party make up. More than not (by far)... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

We had great food, as well as service at this quaint pub. Very good drinks, sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Big menu to choose from and even fresh ice cream for dessert. Would definately go here again, on our next trip to Lake Carlyle.

Thank lalpizza
John L, Owner at The Lubar and Bistro, responded to this review

LalPizza, Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to you next tip in to Carlyle and The LuBar! John More 

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78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2014

My wife and I went there on a whim last Sat. evening. What a fantastic place. As much as we eat out, this was one of the best meals we have ever had!. Sarah K. was our server and took great care of us. We both started with a salad with the house dressing. Outstanding! My wife had the chicken... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 911 Fairfax St, Carlyle, IL 62231-1811
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Carlyle
  • Phone Number: +1 618-594-6333

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