Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant
American, Sandwiches, Soup
105 S. Van Buren St.
The dining room in this gracious old building is filled with the work of local artists and features a large stone fireplace. Menu items include homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and country fare like chicken potpie, meatloaf, and fried catfish. Lots of vegetarian options. • Prices: Breakfast $3.99– $10.99, soups and salads $3.49–$9.89, appetizers $6.80–$9.49, entrées $7.69–$18.25, desserts $4.09–$5.99 • Hours: Breakfast daily 7:30–10:30 a.m., lunch/dinner Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri.– Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Asuka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Sushi
318 S. College Mall Rd.
Asuka shares space with the Chinese restaurant Noodle Town, giving diners the option of Chinese food, hibachi, or sushi. Chefs become showmen at their hibachi stations, tossing knives and spatulas and flipping bits of food into diners’ mouths. Sushi is reliable with a variety of standard and specialty rolls available. • Prices: Appetizers $4–$9, sushi rolls $8–$15, sushi combos $12–$23, hibachi $14–$21, noodles and entrées $11–$17 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun. 11:00 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Breakfast, Brunch
108 E. Kirkwood
Chef Daniel Orr’s FARM is a cheerful, tongue-in-cheek salute to the best of Hoosier eating. In the old Oddfellows Building, revamped to look like a country farm store, FARM sells lunch, snacks, and locally made products in the market and delicious supper fare in the restaurant. The menu changes seasonally, but try to catch the seared skirt steak with fabulous garlic and chili fries. Orr’s raw fish preparations are excellent, as are the pizzas in the bar. • Prices: Breakfast biscuits, cereal, omelets $2–$14; lunch soups, sandwiches, and burgers $6.50–$15; dinner appetizers $6–$8; entrées $15–$28; tapas and pizzas in the bar $6–$15; weekend brunch $2–$23 • Hours: FARM Tu.–Fri. 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon; Root Cellar weeknight hours vary Fri.–Sat. 8 p.m.–3 a.m.; Closed Sun.–Mon. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Fine Dining, Pizza
514 E. Kirkwood
Just a block off campus, Finch’s is a Bloomington treat. Chef/owner Jeff Finch turns out wonderful food with a wide Mediterranean pedigree. Lots to love here — but don’t miss the crispy calamari appetizer, the wood-fired pizzettas, the seafood pasta, and steak frites. The menu changes seasonally and showcases meats, cheeses, and produce from Indiana. Extensive beer and wine selection. • Prices: Lunch $6–$20, dinner appetizers $6–$18, dinner entrées $15–$32 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. lunch 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 5–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Janko’s Little Zagreb
American, European, Steaks
223 W. 6th St.
A Bloomington favorite, with its checked tablecloths and IU-decked walls, Janko’s is one block west of the downtown Square. Lamb and pork chop specials are featured regularly, and the menu offers Eastern European specialties like fiery Bucharest meatballs, but fabulous steaks are the reason most people line up to get in. • Prices: Appetizers $3.50–$26.90, entrées $14.99–$50.00 (includes salad and potato), desserts $5.50–$6 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 5–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 4:30–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, DC • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Seafood, Steaks, Vegan, Vegetarian
106 N. Walnut
Malibu Grill, on the east side of the downtown Square, offers casual dining in an upscale atmosphere for 200 diners. Specialties include the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Caesar salad, Lime Chicken Fettuccini, and Caramelized Salmon. Live jazz Wed.–Fri. 6–9 p.m. • Prices: Appetizers $6–$18, entrées $10–$32, desserts $4–$8 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–10:30 p.m. Sat. noon–10:30 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m.; Reservations accepted only during the week; 20-minute call-ahead service available. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar
American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Fine Dining, Steaks
717 N. College
Chef Drew Nickless’ eclectic menu emphasizes fresh food and offers specials every day in this romantic, 150-year-old brick mansion complete with fireplaces and an outdoor dining deck. The café serves creative brunches and dinners and gorgeous, decadent desserts. Definitely a place to bring a date! • Prices: Appetizers $7–$13, brunch $8–$12, entrées $17–$36, desserts $3–$15 • Hours: Sun. brunch 10 a.m.–2 p.m., dinner daily 5–11 p.m., desserts and appetizers until midnight.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar here!
Story Inn, The
American, Fine Dining
6404 S. Ind. 135
Homey and quaint, this gem of a restaurant with wood floors and folksy memorabilia on the walls serves fresh food made from local ingredients. On weekends, live chamber music is featured. • Prices: Breakfast and lunch $6-$12, dinner appetizers $6–$12, entrées $19–$35 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–8 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–8 p.m.; Dinner reservations always required; reservations at other meals required for parties of six or more. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Fine Dining, Greek, Mediterranean
403 N. Walnut
This family-owned restaurant, housed in the restored 1870s Topolgus Building, features a Greek menu incorporating the flavors of the surrounding Mediterranean regions. Classic entrées as well as sharable plates, snacks, salads, and luscious desserts. You’ll find cocktails, wine, and beer at the custom stainless steel bar in the Taverna, and lots of outdoor seating under the twinkling lights on the patio. • Prices: Appetizers $5–$13, entrées $15–$28 • Hours: Tu.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Sun. 5–9 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of Topo's 403 here!
Uptown Café, The
American, Brunch, Cajun/Creole, Fair Labor, Steaks
102 E. Kirkwood
The New Orleans-style Uptown Café is known for Cajun/Creole-inspired fare (try the Cajun meatloaf), fresh steaks, seafood, and extravagant breakfast and brunch items, including Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, and Michael’s Home Fries. Jazz and soul music complement your meal. Uptown’s bar area serves craft beer, fine wine, artisan spirits, and classic cocktails, as well as late-night food on Friday and Saturday nights. • Prices: Dinner appetizers $4–$13, entrées $10–$35, desserts $6–$8, brunch $8–$17 • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Th. 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri. 7 a.m.–1 a.m. Sat. 8 a.m.–1 a.m. Sun. brunch 9 a.m.–2 p.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal