The 8 best places to eat in Mattoon

Mattoon, Illinois (WCIA) – From family recipes rooted in the neighborhood to Italian cuisine coming across the sea, the food in Mattoon always keeps the community more than satisfied. Discover local treasures and get to know the owners behind the scenes.

Taco Amigo

3300 Marshall Street, Mattoon Illinois 61938


Monday – Thursday, 10:30 AM – 9 PM | Friday – Saturday, 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM

When Mickey Rebollo and her family opened their first restaurant in Mattoon in 2016, they felt the need for neighborhood business due to the lack of many dining options on the city side. Now surrounded by community gathering places like the pool and high school, the family witnesses how the city thrives. Rebollo said the support of local residents is important to Taco Amigos, and the restaurant is now giving back to the community through donations. “We are growing with our family, and our family restaurant is growing as well,” said Repolo. “It was such a big part of life.”

Taco Amigos’ bestseller is Chicken on The Beach, a bed of rice topped with grilled chicken and cheese – a simple dish that’s especially popular with the younger crowd.

Hobart city center restaurant

1626 Broadway Street, Mattoon Illinois 61938


Monday – Sunday, 5 AM – 2 PM

If you walk into the Downtown Diner on the weekends, you’ll hear a jovial, distinct laugh from the owner, a Navy veteran and Justin Hobart a Mattoon resident. His wife Lisa shares her passion for cooking and serving customers. Lisa said she fell in love with the local diner vibe when she was working at one of Mattoon’s historic restaurants decades ago. “My favorite part of owning Hubbartt’s Downtown Diner is the fact that many of my clients were previously my Gills customers 12 years ago,” Hobart said. “I miss my people.”

The couple call their small-town restaurants “treasures” that they enjoy exploring. Join the Hubbartt family to try some of their childhood favorites, including salmon pies, homemade rolls, and delicious desserts.

Don Sol Mexican Grill

230 Broadway Street, Mattoon 61938


Sunday – Thursday, 10:30 AM – 9 PM | Friday and Saturday, 10:30 AM – 10 PM

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy authentic Mexican food and a light summer breeze, eat on the beautiful patio of Don Sol Mexican Grill. Founded in 2007, the award-winning family restaurant has gone strong and remains dedicated to the Mattoon community. Discover traditional and innovative homemade Don Sol recipes using vegetables and meat from local markets. From a full service to a food truck, Don Sol is an expert in dining experiences. Their spacious seating can also accommodate luncheons and parties.

Alamo steak house and salon

700 East Broadway Street, Mattoon IL 61938


Sunday and Tuesday – Thursday, 4 – 9 pm | Friday and Saturday, 4-10 pm

Going to eat excellent? The Alamo Steak House & Saloon has had a good reputation in Mattoon and surrounding areas for over 20 years. From a light bite to a festive steak, their menu always offers something to please everyone’s taste. If you’re feeling full, the Alamo Relax Bar and Cocktail Lounge will be your next destination to grab an aperitif, unwind with friends and unwind after work.

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

1610 Broadway Street, Mattoon 61938


Sunday – Thursday, 11 am – 9 pm | Friday and Saturday, 11 AM – 9:30 PM

Massimo and his wife brought their ancestors’ secret recipes all the way to Mattoon from Venice, Italy. The proud owner said that they make every dish from scratch in the kitchen and work on serving the best Italian food. Don’t forget to try the indispensable pizza and other favorite dishes of the chefs.

Pizza Villa

2023 Western Avenue, Mattoon 61938


Tuesday – Thursday, 11 am – midnight | Friday – Saturday 11 am – 2 am next day | Sunday 9 am – 11 pm

Another place to get Italian food is Villa Pizza. From specialty pizzas and pastas to delicious sandwiches and salads, the family-owned restaurant serves up fresh food with unique recipes and ingredients from local vendors. Visit Villa Pizza for their specials, including lunchtime pizzas every Tuesday to Saturday.

Grill Stadium

102 Detro Drive, Mattoon L61938


Sunday – Thursday, 11 am – 9 pm | Friday and Saturday, 11 AM – 10 PM

Stadium Grill is the perfect place for lunch, dinner or snacks while watching the big game. Watch your favorite sport on the big TV screens in the bar and enjoy your favorite food on the Stadium Grill menu with your whole family. Check out their daily specials from mushroom pasta and beef medallions to chicken dinners and a variety of Margaritas options.

McQuarter’s Pub

700 Broadway Street, Suite 25, Mattoon 61938

217-240-4395, email on the site

Sunday – Thursday, 11 am – 9 pm | Friday and Saturday, 11 AM – 10 PM

As a member of a family-owned business, McQuarter’s Pub has its own distinct values. They welcome you not only as a customer but as a family member. Stop by Friday for $11.99 all you can eat Alaskan Whitefish. Another staple dish is the extra-thin New York Strip steak full of great flavour, mixed with bacon-wrapped asparagus and baked potatoes.

So whether you’re looking for a great slice of pizza, a pasta plate, or a giant burger, Mattoon has you covered.

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