Dining Out

Amrit India

Indian, South/Southeast Asian

124 N. Walnut


Occupying a sunny corner spot on the downtown Square, Amrit India offers a popular buffet stocked with favorites such as chicken tikki masala and saag paneer along with naan, pakora, salads, and chutneys. The full menu is extensive, with lots of vegetarian and seafood options. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for daily buffet selections. • Prices: Appetizers $3.49–$6.99, lunch buffet $8.99, vegetarian specials $9.99–12.99, dinner specials $9.99–$15.99 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. lunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Darn Good Soup

Gluten Free, Ice Cream, Soup, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian

107 N. College


Nels Boerner, a former chef at The Uptown Café, opened this soup and salad restaurant on the downtown Square to serve quick, healthful meals. They’ve made more than 50 varieties, including “The Best Cream of Mushroom Ever” — a thick, rich soup laden with shiitake and button mushrooms. Soups change daily but always include vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re looking for something with a kick, try bakso, an Indonesian meatball soup. • Prices: $4–$8 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Malibu Grill

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

Read our review of Malibu Grill here!

Opie Taylor’s

American, Pub Food

110 N. Walnut


Located on the east side of the downtown Square, Opie Taylor’s is known for really great burgers dressed up any way you want them. Big domestic mugs (34 oz.) are a special on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The shrimp-and-corn bisque is fab. The sports-themed restaurant claims to have the biggest projection-TV screen in Bloomington. • Prices: Appetizers $5.99–$8.99, entrées $6.99–$18.99 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Owlery, The

Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten Free, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

118 W. 6th St.


This hip but comfortable vegetarian restaurant is furnished with vintage enameled tables and a small bar serving a carefully curated selection of beers. Menu options range from faux meat sandwiches to pierogies and Asian veggie bowls. Try a riff on fish and chips: Battered and fried tofu is flavored with nori, adding a hint of the sea. A display case full of vegan layer cakes and cupcakes provides visual incentive to leave a little room for something sweet. • Prices: Appetizers $3.50–$7, salads and sandwiches $7–$11, entrées $8–$13, dessert $1.75–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. brunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of The Owlery here!

Samira Restaurant

Afghan, Buffet, Fair Labor, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian

100 W. 6th St.


Located on the north side of the downtown Square, Samira features Afghan dishes in an elegant, relaxing atmosphere. Specialties include kebabs and dumplings as well as a wide array of vegetarian dishes. Do not miss the samarok (a spicy mushroom appetizer) — you’ll want to sop up every drop of sauce with the chewy and delicious flatbread. Great baklava. • Prices: Dinner appetizers $5–$9.95, entrées $12.95–$16.95, buffet $8.45, desserts $3.95 • Hours: Lunch Mon.–Fri. (buffet and lunch menu) 11 a.m.–2 p.m., dinner Mon.–Th. 5–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of Samira's Restaurant here! 

Scholars Inn Bakehouse

Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Fair Labor, Sandwiches

125 N. College • 812-331-6029
3002 E. 3rd St. • 812-323-7070


Both branches of the Bakehouse offer a selection of New York-style deli sandwiches, kettle-boiled bagels, and desserts made from scratch, as well as all of their first-rate, locally baked breads. A bowl of homemade soup followed by the Harvest Cobbler makes a generous lunch. Coffee drinks are discounted $1 during Happy Hour from 4–6 p.m. • Prices: Entrées $3.99–$9.49, desserts $3–$7 • Hours: East side Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat.– Sun. 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Downtown Mon.–Sat. 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine at the downtown location • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Accessibility Decal: East side • Fair Labor Decal


Stefano’s Ice Café

Cafés, Sandwiches, Sweets

Fountain Square Mall, Mezzanine Level

Located in the heart of Fountain Square Mall, Stefano’s offers a variety of made-to-order sandwiches and salads. Panini sandwiches are grilled with crisp cucumber slices inside, held together with melted provolone and tomato on basil focaccia. For a sweet afternoon pick-me-up, try the glazed almonds, toasted and spiced with cinnamon. Breakfast offerings include custom omelets and eggs, along with a selection of pastries. • Prices: Sandwiches $4–$9, desserts and pastries $2–$5, breakfast $3–$7 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun. noon–7 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal

Trojan Horse

American, Greek, Meditteranean, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

100 E. Kirkwood


Casual and family-friendly, the Trojan Horse, on the southeast corner of the downtown Square, serves great Greek food and other Mediterranean treats. The Trojan Horse is also famous for its hand-cut fries. Drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: Appetizers $3.75–$8, sandwiches $5.75– $8.50, entrées $5.50–$19.75, desserts $4–$5.25 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight Sun. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Read our review of Trojan Horse here!