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Waterstreet Pub & Eatery

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1525 Water St, Peru, IL 61354-3562
+1 815-223-0400
9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Minooka, Illinois
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

This place is a wonderful place to go in Peru. Right across from the river. Food very tasty and service even better. Went for lunch....no complaints.

Thank Veronica R
Wichita, Kansas
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127 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

I was in the area on business and ate here for supper. I think when reviewing a place in an sparsely populated area, one must compare the restaurant to those in the area and for me I prefer not to eat at chain restaurant. For the area this place is really good, great atmosphere, good food, really nice selection of... More 

Thank Matt G
Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

After reading some previous reviews I decided to try it as this is my first time in Peru, IL. Sat of the paito along with herds of flies. I ordered a draft beer. The first one came with an alive bug in it. The waitress replaced it promptly. In fact all of the servers were attentive and very nice. Now... More 

Thank John H
Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Local pub with fairly good bar food - order the "pub chips" appetizer. Good selection of Scotch for a small town establishment and very friendly service...

Thank draustriaco
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26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Hmmm…no review in 8 weeks?? Anyway, what a great place for a first timer! This eatery has a great atmosphere and a great outside seating area to overlook the river on a beautiful summer night. The service was good even though my server was in training. This restaurant has an extensive menu with plenty of choices and daily specials as... More 

2 Thank John_Morgan_2
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

I went for lunch today because this use to be my favorite place to eat. My waitress was amazing, unfortunately my chicken was too dry to chew, so I tried to cut it with a knife, which also did not work too well. So I had to tear it apart with my fingers..when I complained about it, i heard the... More 

Thank Goodeatsallday1
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

Had a big burger and fries for lunch this day. Lots of food for a good price. Yummy! I've never had a bad meal here. Enjoy!

Thank Amy Y
Naples, Florida
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82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Walked into a well lite place and big tables, so no elbow to elbow. Service is great drinks right away. Bang bang shrimp. Wings. Chicken, corn beef & cabbage sll really good. Got bill and was told to pick a church for a contribution would go to them. We went back many times just to pick our church, but food... More 

Thank Shortypi23
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Great bar food, beer battered shrooms are excellent, good service they know their beer and booze, excellent diverse beer and booze selection without lots of pretentiousness, loved it

1 Thank Jeremiah T
Chicago, Illinois
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93 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2015

Friends recommended this little bar/restaurant and it is a gem! Walk in the door and you are sent back to a different time. The wooden bar and floor embrace you. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Service was wonderful! The waitress kept our glasses full and made sure our food arrived in a timely manner. We had everything from burgers... More 

1 Thank Lainie H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1525 Water St, Peru, IL 61354-3562
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peru
  • Phone Number: +1 815-223-0400
Waterstreet Saloon was built as a bar in 1837 and was ran as a speakeasy during the prohibition. It was then renamed Barbenders Fine Wine & Liquors until around 1935. It was reopened in 1950 as Henry's Tavern which closed in 1984. In March of 2005, it was reopened with the name of Waterstreet Pub & Eatery. Waterstreet Pub has been family owned since 1950 and carries old tyme beers such as Schlitz, Hamms, Pabst, and Old Style, as well as add 31 draft craft beers and over 200 hard liquors. We are also the first bar in Illinois to offer Hamm's back on draft.

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