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1302 W Jackson St, Macomb, IL 61455-1930
+1 309-833-4200
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“ox” (26 reviews)
“steak” (24 reviews)
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1302 W Jackson St, Macomb, IL 61455-1930
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Our “Gourmet Club” met at The Red Ox for a January (delayed until February) Couples night out. The group of 12 were all seated together and had a wonderful night together. I had the Ugly Chicken entree. Having had the Ugly Steak before and liking...More

Thank Tom S
Ryan D, Public Relations Manager at Red Ox, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Tom, thank you for your patronage. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reviewed 19 January 2018

Last chance was last night. Three of us went there for dinner; we had the most annoying male waiter!! He never took a used plate from the table. My soup bowl was still sitting on the table when we left. I feel this should be...More

Thank ludwick2002
Ryan D, Public Relations Manager at Red Ox, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

I am very sorry to hear about your experience. Customers may substitute a soup or salad for French Fries on our sandwiches. Clam Chowder, French Onion and Black Bean Spice Chili are premium soups that come with a 50¢ upcharge. That should have been explained...More

Reviewed 17 November 2017

Friend of ours took us here. This is old fashion restaurant and service was pretty good. We ordered buffet that was good selection. Other people ordered salmon dishes. They said good food. I liked buffet food which you can choose roast or salad and some...More

Thank yummyRichmond_ky
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We would like to start out by saying our server Ryan greeted us like most waiters, but the rest was exceptional. He went above and beyond to accommodate us with the best service I have ever received in a long time. He made us feel...More

Thank Archie D
Ryan D, Public Relations Manager at Red Ox, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Thank you for your patronage!

Reviewed 25 May 2017

Some of the food at Red Ox is good - such as the Salad Bar, though that could use an update. The soups are generally salty, cheaply made (flour instead of cream, for example), and sometimes have been cold. The bread is fresh, though, and...More

Thank revajd
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Saturday night dinner two had buffet other two had two for 20 steak and ribs. Buffet had turkey, beef, chicken mac cheese, green beans, salad bar, dessert. It was ok

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 20 April 2017

My husband and I ate in the downstairs tonight, April 19th, for a private dinner and meeting. The small group of 13 people had their choice of either a steak with shrimp or Mahogany Chicken. I asked the waitress what kind of sauce was on...More

2  Thank ludwick2002
Ryan D, Public Relations Manager at Red Ox, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

This is completely unacceptable service, and after multiple reports of this type of behavior that waitress was fired. I hope you’ll give us one more chance!

Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Current owner is gradually rebuilding the excellent reputation of years past. Weeknights are only about 20% of capacity as I see it. Give it try if you haven't been there in a while.

1  Thank ndo38
Ryan D, Public Relations Manager at Red Ox, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Thank you for your patronage!

Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Had the chopped steak was very good as were the sweet potato fries. Salad bar was ok, could be updated with fresher lettuce. Overall good experience

Thank Bsg15
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We were served a fine dinner on a very busy Saturday night. My compliments to the server and the chef for a great meal.

Thank Tom S
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$36 - US$650
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1302 W Jackson St, Macomb, IL 61455-1930
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Macomb
  • Phone Number: +1 309-833-4200
  • E-mail
Welcome to Red Ox Restaurant & Lounge!
Home of the famous "Ugly Steak", an Illinois Beef Association top ten best steakhouse.

If you are a first-time diner, we are delighted to have the opportunity to serve you. If you are a returning guest, we welcome you back and thank you for your continuing patronage! We take great pride in the quality and breadth of our dinner menu, our use of fresh, high quality ingredients, and the quality and consistency of each item offered. Since opening in December 1978, our menu has continuously evolved. This evolution has largely been based on the comments and suggestions received from our frequent guests. Our success is in no small part due to each of you who has taken the time to compliment, criticize and, importantly, suggest improvements. Our goal is to continue the traditions set by our founder, Jim Gardner, while offering you the service and quality that you expect.
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