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JFires Market Bistro

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725 N Market St, Waterloo, IL 62298-1003
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect for families or couples. Indoor seating available in the historic home but the true treasure is the grape vine covered patio in the back with a full service bar there too! We've gone on the hottest nights of July and that outdoor patio has kept us comfortable. Amazing atmosphere! Drinks are top notch and the food is always exceptional!

Thank tb2011
Belleville, Illinois
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107 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

We have eaten here several times and have always had great meals. Their fish items are fresh and always tasty and prepared well. But one of the great parts of this restaurant is the outside dining area. Not many places in this area have that and it reminds me of California or New Orleans. And you won't get any better... More 

Shelbyville, Tennessee
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Ate there twice for supper. Both times the food was very good. Steak once, the AYCE crablegs another. Nice indoor environment in the old house. The service staff was courteous. Both times, it seemed they were overwhelmed. Once was a Wed, other a Fri night.

Thank Richard S
Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We set outside on a beautiful evening. The salads where good. I had the pork chop and my wife had the prime rib. We both enjoyed the food and setting

Thank KJBarry
Casselberry, Florida
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255 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Came with a co-worker on a Thursday evening while in town for business. We sat inside as it was very warm out, but the patio seemed like it would be nice... and they had live music. The service was great! I had a Scallop special and my co-worker had the crab pasta and we both really liked our meal. The... More 

Thank David C
St. George, Utah
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

My husband and I went to JFIRES of Waterloo for dinner July 13th, 2016. We were excited to try this unique-looking restaurant. We always enjoy eating at some special local restaurant while travelling. However, I saw two dead flies on the window sill where we were seated, so I had a little doubt about the cleanness of the restaurant at... More 

Thank aiminsmith
Waterloo, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Jennifer is a fantastic chef...menu specializes in Cajun/Louisiana style although their pizzas are highly sought after. We love her fish specialties.

Thank bsavering
Waterloo, Illinois
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Food was great and diverse. Cajun, seafood, steaks. Service was ok, not stellar, but ok. Don't go there in a rush.

Thank GNAnthony76
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Love the patio. Too bad the only idiot that still smokes was next to us. Of course he waited until they were finished eating and pointed the smoke in our direction. Open air should mean fresh air or what's the point?

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Columbia, IL
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291 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2016

We went on a cold winters Wednesday. The room had a fireplace going and the atmosphere was awesome. My hubby ordered a big steak and it was delicious. I ordered the pork chop and it was amazing. Good food at decent prices for a place in Waterloo. Service was great and a bottle of wine is reasonable.

1 Thank susiejc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 725 N Market St, Waterloo, IL 62298-1003
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 618-939-7233

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