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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 65
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
32 Chester St
phone: (217) 351-7775
(Place added by: JackBurton on 04-16-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 6 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I recently had dinner here. This is another bar/restaurant in downtown Champaign. They are going for a more upscale look than say the Blind Pig or Mike 'n Molly's. Everything is very clean, and spotless. There is a wood bar and lots of tables and booths abound. Again, very nice and clean. Not a lot of character, but enjoyable.
The quality is fine. Nothing wrong with the taps or bottles. The service is decent as far as taking orders and knowing what they have. Though I had to argue with several bartenders to get a half pint of the Arcadia Barleywine. I don't know why that should be an argument?
The food is decent. Though I am not really a fan of everything being a "slider." That seems like a generic trend, and makes everything a la cart. I ended up with a steak salad, but there was not much steak to be seen. Nothing really bad, they just seem like they are trying to hard on this front.
Besides a few decent offerings, the tap list is pretty generic. Eight taps that consist of Blue Moon, Fat Tire Guinness, Magic Hat, some BMC, Southern Tier Seasonal, and a managers choice (Arcadia Barleywine when I visited). The bottle list somewhat makes up for the sub par tap list. Mostly the usual suspects like Rogue, Bells, Goose Island, Founders, etc. Overall decent, but not ground breaking (considering the handful of really good beer bars in walking distance).
Overall, just an average place t grab a beer and a meal. A slightly above average beer selection, and slightly above average food. There is really nothing that distinguishes this place above the many other restaurant in the area, and there are much better beer bars in the area without a doubt.
12-24-2010 05:16:27 |
More by champ103
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This was on the same block as Blind Pig and Radio Maria. It was pretty hopping around 6pm with a few larger groups and families piled in the high booth tables. The interior was unique with genuinely creative touches like antique back bars inset in the walls, lantern chandeliers, heavy curtains tied on either side of the entrance, and the same fabric draped along the length of the ceiling. We sat at the bar for some dessert and libations. The bar top was polished black granite, and there were wooden posts along the L shaped bar. Interesting metalwork gryphon and dragon decorations. Service was prompt and friendly. Though the restaurant area was packed, it didn't seem that the bar was pouring many drinks. The crowd wasn't a beer crowd for sure.
Tap selection was weak: Fat Tire, Blue Moon, Guinness, and BMC took 6 of the 8 draft selections. Southern Tier Harvest and Spaten Oktoberfest were the two rotating taps. This was a place where they ran 2 tap towers with the same 8 beers (wasted potential). Bottle selection was a bit more interesting, maybe 65 beers total. In the coolers they had Founders Porter, O'Fallon Wheach, Port Shark Attack, and Bells Two Hearted (very fresh). Seasonal beers were available, but their main list didn't seem to change much. More interesting was the rare Bourbon and Scotch with detailed descriptions on the menu. 23 yr. Pappy, and a '78 scotch whose name escapes me.
Raspberry chocolate cake was very tasty, moist cake encrusted with chocolate chips on the outer edge. Many patrons here were here for dinner, so the food looked to be a main draw. Overall this seemed to be a classy date place, where you could find some good craft beers to pair with dinner.
09-08-2009 16:40:04 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Stopped in here for lunch on a Monday. Still had a decent crowd as we had to go to the back room to find a table. Has a nice pub like decor with lots of wood.
Waitress was friendly and accommodating enough and knew the selection pretty well. Nothing really to complain about there. She seemed to know about the beers, but wasn't really into them.
Their tap list wasn't anything to write home about, but then again I am spoiled with Chicago bars. What they did have though was a solid selection of various breweries and styles. I got a Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro. Compared to Chicago, their prices were glorious. The most expensive ones were 5 to 6, where as most were around 4. They had a decent bottle list. Everything they had was mostly run of the mill everyday beers, but I won't complain.
Good food. I got a BLT with coleslaw. Would easily order this again if I came here. Food was of an average price.
I will gladly visit Seven Saints again when I move here in a few weeks.
01-20-2012 05:18:44 |
More by ahq514
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Environment is great - more restaurant than bar. Table service, short bar if you like to sit up there, a bunch of big roomy booths that you can fit 8 people into, and an assortment of smaller tables. Sidewalk seating as well when it's nice out. It's never been excessively noisy or over-crowded when I was there. I think the hostess-seating at the door keeps most of the bar crowd out.
Food is mostly just appetizers and lunch stuff, none of it bad but nothing you would go there specifically for.
Decent beer selection. Just your standard offerings. Not a lot of taps, or anything you couldn't get anywhere else around here. I'm not a liquor guy, but my brother in law goes there specifically to sample scotch and bourbon. They have an extensive liquor menu - easily twice the size of their beer selection.
03-30-2012 19:50:55 |
More by JstnP
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere of this place is a dark modern look. It most consists of booths with a back room that has some tables as well. Everything is a dark mahogany wood that gives it a nice little cozy ambiance.
The service was pretty good and my server was pretty knowledgeable about the beer selection...the beer selection I thought was pretty good for a place in Champaign, but coming from Chicago it gets hard to impress whenever I go else where. Some great breweries made the list, Lost Abbey, Goose Island, and Port just to name a few.
If you like upscale bar food than this is your place. Their main menu attraction is the slider section with about 15 different options and a make your own slider portion as well. Good Apps as well.
Overall I really enjoyed this place. Granted I've been to much better places, but for Champaign it's one of the better places to get a nice craft beer and some excellent foo foo bar food.
05-04-2011 00:35:18 |
More by Treebs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in the heart of downtown Champaign, on the corner of Chester and Market streets, Seven Saints has a magnificent interior with plenty of wood work, great lighting and fixtures, and a wonderful, friendly, outgoing staff. In some ways, the bartenders, wait staff, and owner make the place. They also utilize their ample sidewalk space with outdoor tables and, with ample sunshine adorning the exterior, it is an excellent setting for lunch. Their early openings accommodate this rather nicely, too.
I spent a good deal of time here between movies at Ebertfest this year, and found it a wonderful place to go to talk movies and life with the staff and other patrons. The staff are very knowledgeable not just about beer and food, but also film, sports, and much else. The owner is an expert drink maker, and can often be found, when not handling the bar's affairs. shuttling to and from the bar to make unusual, exotic drinks. They do much to make the bar a distinct, energetic social space.
The beer selection is very good, at times better in the bottle selection than those on tap. However, Seven Saints of late has done much to stock up on excellent tap beers. When Stone came to town, seven Saints, like many other brewers, had a tap takeover that saw Stone on many of the taps. They highlighted Cali-Belgique, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Sublimely Self-Righteous, and Ruination among others. The bar typically features good offerings from Rogue, Magic Hat, Smuttynose (with Gravitation on tap right now, an excellent Quad), Bell's (Oberon now, but they've had Two-Hearted, Third Coast, and HopSlam in the past) and other micros. The bottle selection is superb, featuring many from Founders, Southern Tier, Bell's, Avery, Great Divide, Stone, Unibroue, DFH, Goose Island, North Coast, Sierra Nevada, and Two Brothers. They recently took part in a Bar Crawl with the several other bars in downtown Champaign and nearby Urbana, making for a fun, social night of beer tasting.
The food is quite good. I have enjoyed their slider burgers and black and blue salad before, and while the prices veer toward the high side, the sliders are affordable, one can get extras of them, and the service is good, friendly, efficient, and rapid.
I'd highly recommend stopping in to Seven Saints for a beer and a meal. It is a warm, friendly place that provides very good service, beer, and food, and a setting that should impress pub lovers everywhere.
05-28-2011 23:39:16 |
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