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The Courier Cafe

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111 N Race St, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801-2625
+1 217-328-1811
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07:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 00:00
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I hadn't been here for several years but we ended up there with the family last weekend and it was great. The kids' meals include a sundae and the regular menu has lots to offer including the option of a full, fresh salad bar. They do have beer and wine as well.

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Thank Leslie S
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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426 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Enjoyed lunch here in this college town diner. Service was great. Bagel and soup were tasty. Quick and easy with a little collegiate flare.

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Thank Steve S
Wisconsin
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The food was delicious A friend suggested the place but I had never been. We went for lunch and I enjoyed my meal so much. I hadnt even realized there was a cafe there, we will continue to go to this cafe on a regular basis from now on.. Have missed out on many hot, delicious meals.

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Thank Nana2seven
Paxton, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

When I hear the word "cafe", often times I think greasy diner food. This was not the case here at all. The waitress was wonderful, and answered all of my many questions. We started with an appetizer, and it was delicious. Then went to the salad bar, which at first glance- looks small, but it is mighty! I had the... More 

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Thank CrazyTraveler80
Urbana, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Very good Burgers and fries. Everything on the menu is equally good. One of my family's favorite restaurants.

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Thank jlarrym
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is one of the best places in Urbana to eat when you're in the mood for regular comfort food. Local people, great ingredients, fresh salad bar and consistent quality.

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Thank annepierce
Illinois
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50 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

I ate breakfast with my daughter. Service and food were very good. Good prices. Will definitely go back.

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Thank colnbri
Galena, Illinois
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

A college friend lives in the area and suggested we meet there. Great service; food is wonderful. Atmosphere is inviting and warm. It is definitely a local favorite. Portions great and I highly recommend.

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Thank K S
Cordova, Tennessee
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

The Courier was originally a newspaper in town. Eventually it went out of business. At some point someone had the bright idea of startng a cafe. It has now become a hometown tradition. Are looking for a restaurant that is not a chain and a bit off the beaten track? Then this is your restaurant. Everything I have eaten here... More 

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Thank Judy S
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

There for the first time. From where I was, it looked a little small but I had a really nice time there with my friends. The food was great, the staff were very courteous. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a new food experience because I'd definitely be there again

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Thank Austin D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 23:00
Monday
07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 23:00
Thursday
07:00 - 23:00
Friday
07:00 - 00:00
Saturday
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 N Race St, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801-2625
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Urbana
  • Phone Number: +1 217-328-1811

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