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Wise Guys Bar and Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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2205 N Main St, Princeton, IL 61356-9791
+1 815-872-4897
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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159 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The location (just of the interstate but a little hidden), the atmosphere (brew pub), the food (EVERYTHING IS GREAT) and the service. (very attentive, friendly mid-western). I have been stopping here for many years but it had been awhile. Still great. If you like lobster bisque, this is the best. I really like the blackened chicken salad with their homemade... More 

1 Thank ClintTraveler
Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Relaxing place for a sandwich or salad. Daily specials and salad bar. Try the Lobster bisque - it's great!

1 Thank lana444
Springfield, Illinois
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71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I've eaten here three times and have not had a good meal yet. The black and blue burger was burnt to a crisp, the spinach salad had "fake bacon" and the raspberry vinaigrette dressing was jelly-like. The lobster bisque was only warm and the consistency of chicken gravy (but not as good), and the home made chips extremely salty. Service... More 

1 Thank Northernillgirl
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Two of us ordered " Fajitas for Two" for about $18 but should have gotten one order and split it. Many items on the menu were huge and breaded pretty heavily. If you are really hungry and not watching your diet... eat here! Reasonably priced. The tenderloin was enormous😳. Not a lot of restaurants in the area, but my favorite... More 

1 Thank Hilda0414
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

On the road traveling and pulled off for lunch. Glad we stopped. Had a delicious lunch that came out fast. Reasonably priced. Staff was friendly and helpful. They have a wonderful deal if it is your birthday. Your age is your discount.

1 Thank Jennifer G
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

While in Princeton on business we stayed in the hotel behind this bar and grill. The service was good and the drinks stayed coming. Never got a chance to try the food, but several people around me did and it looked good. The best part for us was that its located directly in front of a hotel, so we had... More 

1 Thank John H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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36 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Nice little bar which seems to attract locals. Enough draft beers on tap to provide a selection for most casual drinkers. Staff is friendly and treats you as family, even if they don't yet know your name. Food is above average for bar/grill establishment. I've had sandwiches & steaks, all of which were cooked well and tasted good. Fine recommendation... More 

1 Thank IndyTravel999
Papillion, NE
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

The food was good, but the service was extremely slow. It seemed like it was very popular with the locals.

1 Thank Robert F
Serena, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious food, very clean and friendly staff. I also checked out the back room for a rehearsal dinner for my sons wedding next summer.

1 Thank joan792920
Bloomington, Illinois
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We chose this restaurant for a large group from the many good reviews. Wrong choice! The poor waitress did a great job but kitchen failed miserably. After an hour wait managers response "well kitchen is trying." Many many other customers came and went so no excuse. When food did come some cold some hot. Steak was all fat and inedible.... More 

1 Thank nadine033

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2205 N Main St, Princeton, IL 61356-9791
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Princeton
  • Phone Number: +1 815-872-4897

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