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Pekara Bakery & Bistro

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116 N Neil St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4023
+1 217-359-4500
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Nice place, good food presentation but service is not good. Girl taking order doesn't really pay attention and barely smile. Omelet seems to be pre cooked as ingredients such as ham, cheese or veggies are not melted into the eggs. Croissants looked amazing but taste is poor in butter, sugar,...

Thank jjsmonaco
Tuscola, Illinois
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2015

Great place for paninnis and special items like the crepes. European type cakes, pastries. Quiet outdoor setting in the bsck. Great coffe and not too pricey

Thank DoctorSally510
Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I stopped here yesterday for lunch. It was in a great location and the service was wonderful. We got our lunch to-go and didn't have to wait long. My husband had the Chicken Pesto sandwich & I had the Mediterrian (Greek) salad. Wow!! We hit the jackpot...they were both delicious! The sandwich was served on warm focaccia... More 

Thank Emily L
Seattle, Washington
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Up best place w WiFi and a great place for coffee, tea and a breakfast muffin. Also has inexpensive lunch and good friendly service!

Thank Gratefulll
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2015

I stopped here to buy a cup of coffee and ask for directions after walking around the town for hours (I was visiting from out of state). I'd thought about getting some lunch, too. The place looked inviting. It's tiny and cramped but in a charming way. The pastry and bistro food looked inviting. The bite of Irish soda bread... More 

1 Thank eejones
Saint Louis, Missouri
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59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2015

I absolutely love heading to Pekara for weekend brunch and a little work on the side. It has a similar setup to a Panera (order at the counter, bakery inside the restaurant, etc) but with better food and larger portions for the price. The restaurant has big windows that let the sunshine in in the front, and a cafe-style area... More 

Thank EmItoku
Mason City, Iowa
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Awesome location and I love the building. The macaroons are amazing and the beads are wonderful. They are a little spendy but so worth it.

Thank 963shawnak
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great bread, nice pastries, very good soup selections and I particularly like the red pepper and gouda. Creamy and a little chewy (the nice sort of chewy). Great for days like today (snowy, blowy winter day). Would ask for just a little more kindness from servers (at the checkout). Wasn't feeling the love at all.

Thank SoundsKeltik
Champaign, Illinois
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130 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Unique downtown location. Daily specials on coffees, soups,salads,... The day we visited the offerings included Lobster Bisque, very thick and rich! And, $2 cappuccinos. Nice selection of salads as well as vegetarian entrees. The bakery case is full of yummy home baked deserts. A variety of specialty breads are also available for purchase. Great atmosphere, highly recommend!

Thank ssjcjzfarms
Urbana, Illinois
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you're downtown and need some caffeine, look no further. but! Good luck passing up the yummy pastries. I get a sugar buzz just looking at all of the beautiful choices in the pastry case. Chocolate covered macaroons, raspberry tarts, cream puffs, almost any dessert worth risking the calories is delicious!

Thank YvonneV1954

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 N Neil St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4023
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
  • Phone Number: +1 217-359-4500

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