We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cajun Connection

897 E US Highway 6, Utica, IL 61373-9773
+1 815-667-9855
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“gumbo” (67 reviews)
“boudin balls” (30 reviews)
“bubba shrimp” (27 reviews)
All hours
Seafood, American, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
897 E US Highway 6, Utica, IL 61373-9773
Write a Review
Reviews (220)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 219 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We was riding north to the starved rock area to see the site and noticed this place so we stopped to try it out. The service was good and the food was great. We will be back.

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went about an hour before closing and there was no wait. Service was great. Food was newer experience for me. I've had creole cooking, but alligator and frog legs were foreign to me til now; they both have a new fan. Prices are moderate....More

Thank Tiffrock12
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Have been here a few times. Great food. Pleasant service. Unpretentious. There is usually a wait and part of the wait can be outside so be prepared. Great cajun food. Very reasonably priced. The owner and his wife are very personable and care about customers...More

Thank 708katie485
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We went to the Starved Rock area for a quick meet up with our son and daughter in law. Had a great time walking through Starved Rock and Mattieson State Parks . We ended our day with dinner at the Cajun Connection. We all thoroughly...More

Thank Mikekimmom
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Another great meal at Ron's Cajun Connection. Boudin Balls are the Best.... a must -have every time! Shrimp Etoufee and Boudin poppers and fried corn on the cob!

Thank Dori K
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This spot has everything you'd expect from the name. If you've never had gator, give it a shot. The title refers to both the owner and the cuisine.

Thank John D
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The crawfish was so good we ordered an extra 2 pounds. The gumbo was also fantastic. This is our go-to place for Cajun food in Illinois.

Thank sullib88
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I highly recommend this taste of Louisiana in north central Illinois. The menu is easy to navigate, the service is excellent, and the food is great.

Thank watts459
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Where to start? The jambalaya or gumbo? The gator or shrimp? The turtle (when available)? Yes, there can be a wait, but it is worth it.----trust me! Ron knows his stuff, and that's what keeps us coming back.

1  Thank jnsunderwood
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

People have been telling us to go here for years. We've eaten in New Orleans many times. The food was just ok. Gumbo and Blackened Shrimp was above average. Felt rushed. Got there at open, and they were already serving and waited an hour. Popeyes...More

Thank Wendy K
Nearby Restaurants
Nonie's Bakery & Cafe
142 reviews
3.07 km away
Starved Rock Lodge - Main Dining Room
273 reviews
4.62 km away
Duffy's Tavern
184 reviews
2.73 km away
Nearby Attractions
Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
60 reviews
4.02 km away
Starved Rock State Park
1,169 reviews
4.73 km away
Buffalo Rock State Park
78 reviews
7.43 km away
Matthiessen State Park
343 reviews
7.52 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Jack D
Could I get a menu with prices?
21 October 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from sueme3 | Reviewed this property |
I went to the Cajun Connection website & you are right the menu is there but no prices so I understand your question. This is a very affordable casual dining restaurant with fantastic food. I looked at the "Check Please... More
Do you have gluten - free options?
7 July 2016|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from gaspera | Reviewed this property |
This is down home Cajun food. They don't pretend to cater to dietary needs other than those. The owner is from Louisiana and goes back weekly for food for the week. You would probably be the best judge of the gluten in... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 897 E US Highway 6, Utica, IL 61373-9773
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Utica
  • Phone Number: +1 815-667-9855
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing