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1425 Skyline Dr, Cobden, IL 62920-3379
+1 618-893-6135
16:00 - 09:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 13:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 16:00 - 09:00
Sat 13:00 - 10:00
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Paris, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here on a Sunday evening and dined outside. Our friendly waiter, Taylor, explained the menu and the table top grilling to a "T". We had never experienced grilling on a hot lava stone at our table. Tip: if you want your steak cooked above medium rare, order a second stone. Our meal came with a baked potato, small... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This place was a great unexpected experience! I was unaware of the process until we arrived. I love that you can cook your meal at the table! The food, drink selection and atmosphere was great. Not to mention the fantastic prices! Great meal and experience for a very reasonable amount of money. We will most definitely return on our next... More 

Thank LoveTraveling721
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Admittedly I was a little concerned when my friend told me about the restaurant tucked away in the middle of Cobden. "There's really a restaurant around here?" I thought maybe she tired of my visit and this is her clever way of putting an end to me. Thankfully I'm still here and can share with you what a unique and... More 

Thank Anthony H
Wauconda, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Tucked away on winding roads is where you find this place. Only one sign on the road then drive down the winding road to the END. Surrounded by rock bluffs overlooking the valley is your setting. Inside dinning is limited seating but there is a huge multi level deck in the back. Plenty of seating on the front and rear... More 

Thank Rex M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We decided to celebrate our anniversary at this hidden gem, as my husband was interested in the lava stone cooking. This experience was unique and enjoyable! The food was amazing - he had steak and I had scallops. In addition, we both ordered a shrimp skewer. Our entrees came with salad, grill-able veggies, and a baked potato. I had the... More 

Thank TennesseeKT2013
Teutopolis, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

The food was great and the outdoor seating was very scenic. Cooking on the lava stone was a first for us, but we thoroughly enjoyed it and our service was great. I would recommend anyone doing the wine trail to stop and eat at Trails End.

Thank jhardiek
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Service awful, food mediocre to poor at best, and this occurred 3 times. Will never go back after last visit. Could not get anyone to wait on us even though it was not crowded. We were 4 couples listening to music. All of us found it amusing, but agreed not a place to return

2 Thank Susan Z
Paducah, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Quaint. Rustic. BEAUTIFUL VIEW of the Shawnee area...especially as the leaves are changing. And the food?! Best burgers around!! There are other items on the menu, and I'm certain they are good too! Surrounded by the natural beauty and rock formations that are "Southern Illinois," this place is a must-visit! And yes...there's a bar. Enjoy!

1 Thank Clarissa W
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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84 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Great food They were open Monday night, And we cooked on hot rocks, very classy, excellent steak.Great location and easy to find. You felt like part ou their family,

1 Thank gary k
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

We have been here twice in 3 days. We ate here on a Thursday night and came back tonight. Then I read the reviews. One poor review said the Boxers were gone. NOT. Both are here and beautiful. The food was awesome both times. We were invited to try out a possible new menu item - lamb chops. They were... More 

1 Thank Brenda B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Steakhouse, Barbecue
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
13:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 09:00
16:00 - 09:00
16:00 - 09:00
16:00 - 09:00
16:00 - 09:00
13:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1425 Skyline Dr, Cobden, IL 62920-3379
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Cobden
  • Phone Number: +1 618-893-6135
The use of stones or rocks for cooking is not altogether new...It goes back to 18,000 B.C. The natural ability of stones to retain and radiate heat has made it the ideal cooking source through a diverse range of cultures. Lava rocks are pieces of crushed volcanic stone placed under the food on a special grate or plate. They collect juices and fat that drip down from the cooking area. When the juices contact the hot rocks, they produce smoke, which wafts up around the food. The result is a flavor closer to that from charcoal grilling than from conventional gas grilling. Using lava rock lets you enjoy the convenience of gas without loss of flavor. Volcanic rocks used at the Trails End Lodge are heated in a special oven and are then placed onto specially-designed stoneware plates made to withstand the intense heat. The rocks are then delivered to your table along with your entree selection. Start cooking your steak, fish and veggies and soon you'll be hearing the sizzle and smell the aroma of your meal cooking right before your very eyes. Each bite is hot, juicy and delicious. The best part is...You control it all!

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