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Boondocks Bar & Grill

Bar, Pub, Steakhouse
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249 N Central St, Gilman, IL 60938-1218
+1 815-265-4100
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Hanover Park, Illinois
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86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Was in town for work and everyone said to go to the Boondocks for good food, my boyfriend had the fired bologna and loved it said it was yummy, reminded him of childhood food, I had the grilled pork chop, wasn't that great was dry and hard to eat. The mushrooms were great. I should have listened to recommendations and... More 

Thank StacyD91566
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We stopped by in August for lunch on a Monday. In town to check it out as a one of the guys in our group had the same last name as the town. :) Very nice place and bartender (who also cooked our meal). She gave us some history of the town and the bar. The guys either had burgers... More 

Thank sss5720
Berwyn, Illinois
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139 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We were looking for a dinner stop after leaving Champaign and I found this spot by looking online. Boondocks is a very casual local bar environment but we really enjoyed our fish and chips...I had perch and my husband had cod....both were quite good....very fresh tasting! The chips were home made chips...not french fries...I really enjoyed that! The coleslaw was... More 

Thank sswksq
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Very great burgers (The Boondocks Burger & the Boom Boom Burgers) and fries. Friendly service. Definitely worth a visit.

1 Thank AKfromLA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We stayed in Gilman on our way down and on the way back from Champaign for the football game and had dinner at the Boondocks twice. Had the 18 ounce + ribeye special both times and these were definitely the best steaks that I've had in a long, long time. Salads were exceptional and abundant with french fries...all for a... More 

3 Thank T1871XCmichaeld
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

This is probably one of my favorite out of town places to go. Me and my 2 coworkers went here after work and I must say it has such great food and it's cheap too! The beer is absolutely fantastic and the bartender was very great and beautiful. I'm definitely visiting again soon.

1 Thank Kaleb M
Carmel, Indiana
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

Perhaps one could say "Surprisingly good food", however, what should be so surprising about a nice, informal small town bar & grill? There are people everywhere who know how to run a nice, clean establishment with better than decent food and a nice (small) selection of both well known and a few different, beers and ales on tap. This is... More 

Thank passingbyagaindb
Chicago, Illinois
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2,052 reviews
1,099 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,383 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2015

I suppose that's why they chose to name this bar and grill Boondocks. Because that's where it is located, in the boondocks, or the small central Illinois town of Gilman, whose biggest claim to fame is the world-famous Heartland Spa. It is said that many folks who have appointments at the Heartland Spa stop at Boondocks at 249 North Central... More 

7 Thank Taylor B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2014

To whom ever claimed it was a Mexican resturant:you must have the wrong place! This place has never claimed to have Mexican styled anything, it is more of a sports bar and grill. There is always entertainment on the weekends, a huge dance floor, and amazing food! (Especially Friday night stake!!!mmmmmhhh!) Definitely the best bar and grill around! Good for... More 

6 Thank nick54447
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Stopping in small town always has the potential for a great meal. This time my experience came up short. I ordered fajitas and received a very large order of tastelessness. The salsa was bland... the guacamole was the same. The waitress indicated the chief was from Mexico but he cooked like he was from blandville. If fairness to the restaurant... More 

3 Thank tomufunnyguy
Lauriemat, Owner at Boondocks Bar & Grill, responded to this review

I'm sorry, but I believe you have the wrong establishment. We are not a Mexican Restaurant nor do we serve Mexican food, we are a Bar & Grill that serves Bar Food, Burgers and Steaks. We also do not have carpets in the building, it is a concrete epoxy floor since we built the building in 2006, before that it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Bar, Pub, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 N Central St, Gilman, IL 60938-1218
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Gilman
  • Phone Number: +1 815-265-4100

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