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Garden Family Restaurant

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696 E Pershing Rd, Decatur, IL 62526-2436
+1 217-872-7227
06:00 - 22:00
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Spending Thanksgiving here while on a fall road trip. Did not want to have to dress up and go fancy and wanted to stay away from chains, so didn't want to do Cracker Barrel! In hindsight Cracker Barrel would have been better. The Thanksgiving special was ok. Heavy on Turkey, dressing and gravy, with two more sides picked from the... More 

3 Thank Rebecca L
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100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We thought breakfast food sounded good for supper, and after checking literature in the motel, along with online reviews, headed a couple miles down the road. The staff was attentive and so very courteous, even taking time to chat with us when time permitted. Our food arrived in a timely manner, followed by a couple checks to see how everything... More 

Thank BalkanCowboy
Decatur, Illinois
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109 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

I have only eaten here a few times, but each time has been good. I have only eaten their breakfast items, (pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits n gravy etc). The service is good, and reminds of going to Perkins.

Thank Beachman2142
Decatur, IL, United States
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

This is a nice little restaurant if you just want a simple meal and quick. They have a large variety of dishes and very reasonably priced.

Thank Elizabeth C
Decatur, Illinois
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172 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Every time I walk into this place I feel like I'm thrown back in time to a 60's diner... Maybe Mel's Diner on the TV show, Alice? If you're tired of the regular chain restaurants and just want a good meal, this place will fit the bill nicely. Everything I've had here has been good so no problems with the... More 

Thank Gary S
Decatur, Illinois
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224 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

This is a nice little restaurant and there seems to be several regulars; the waitresses greet lots of the customers by name. They have lots of daily specials to choose from or you can order off the menu.

Thank GeraldH35883
Newark, Ohio
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

We lived in Decatur for 3 1/2 yrs and this was the best family restaurant in town. We moved back to Ohio over 2 yrs ago and this past weekend, in May, we went to Decatur to visit and we saw the owner, the same gentleman. The smiles and service was great and the food was extravagant.

1 Thank Kathy110613
Decatur, Illinois
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015 via mobile

Today's lunched marked my second cisit here. Last time, 2 years ago, I had a good Monte Cristo here. This time, the experience was a real disappointment. What they call a Monte Cristo is now just a bland xlub sandwich, not even fried, served with lettuce and pickle on the side, and no jelly! When I asked for grape jelly,... More 

1 Thank thermactor
Champaign, Illinois
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70 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

I've eaten here many times. This restaurant, like many "family" establishments, apparently believes that quantity somehow is a substitute for quality. On my most recent visit, I almost wanted to stand up in my booth and proclaim to all in the restaurant (which weren't very many), that someone had killed the gravy. Surprisingly, "family" restaurants like these have figured out... More 

3 Thank anchorman_61826
Decatur, Illinois
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Service, food, everything TOPS. Seated our TOPS group together and served all orders correctly and quickly. Can't wait to go back again.

2 Thank TheAlf_11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 696 E Pershing Rd, Decatur, IL 62526-2436
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Decatur
  • Phone Number: +1 217-872-7227

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