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Ariston Cafe

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413 N Old Route 66, Litchfield, IL 62056-1052
+1 217-324-2023
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Springfield, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not just where the locals eat. This place has a retro atmosphere of bygone era days traveling down US Route 66. But not just retro, it really hasn't changed! The Food is outstanding! Great buffet when available. Fried chicken is excellent. Desserts are made on premises and worth the trip by themselves. Sign the guestbook if you are from out... More 

Thank FrauBron
Rothschild, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

excellent food, great old-fashioned service, excellent cocktails ( much needed after a long day driving )

Thank bjbdeb
Saratoga, California
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe gets good reviews, so we were happy to eat there. All I can figure is that the people who give it good reviews don't eat fresh food or cook at home. The food was mediocre at best. We had the "all you can eat chicken", which was really terrible. Salad bar is not great. Very friendly staff and... More 

Thank MattC12345
Rockford, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sign said this is the oldest operating restaurant on RT 66. Had supper here. The waiter was VERY enthusiastic and the food was good.

Thank Randy P
Litchfield, Illinois
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Route 66 Landmark. Family owned. Great food, great service. They have Greek cuisine, Mexican specialties, and DESSERTS to die for!!!! Always save room for dessert.

Thank Betty Z
Worcester, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went for early dinner and sat in a booth- absolute straight wood back, no cushion, narrow seating. It might be more comfortable to sit at a table, but the speakeasy atmosphere was fun. The dining room was very inviting with white plastic table cloths, cloth napkins and fresh flowers on the table. The menu had a wide selection and... More 

Thank SandyBE8074KA
Battle, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were driving Route 66 and the Ariston Café was on our must see list. We were too early for lunch so we only wanted a coffee but the staff were just lovely. When we told them we were driving the route they insisted on giving us souvenirs and taking our picture in front of the bar area.

Thank patcf100
Kingman, Arizona
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190 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What can be said about a restaurant that has been in the same location since 1934, and is managed by the family that established it in 1924? Attention to detail, a staff that has served customers for years and knows many of them by name, superb food, reasonable prices, an owner that takes pride in his restaurant and the traditions... More 

Thank AdventurerJim
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Good food...made me think of traveling with my family as a child...homey...service is top notch...will return...

Thank Beth R
Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

On historic route 66, a place to really enjoy. Teriffic menu. Best fresh fried chicken you can get. Salad bar! Home made soups. Very nicely appointed. Feels like you are in the 40's or 50's with the dark wood booths and tablecloth covered tables and chairs. Impecably clean. Wonderful staff. A gem.

Thank SchollsTraveler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 413 N Old Route 66, Litchfield, IL 62056-1052
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Litchfield
  • Phone Number: +1 217-324-2023

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