Top 10 restaurants in Vandalia, United States

April 14, 2018 Toi Mattera

Vandalia is a town in Fayette County, Illinois, United States, 69 miles (111 km) northeast of St. Louis, on the Kaskaskia River. It served as the state capital of Illinois from 1819 until 1839, when the seat of state government moved to Springfield (which remains the capital today). Vandalia was for years the western terminus of the National Road.

1. Gallatin Street Grille

524 W Gallatin St, Vandalia, IL 62471-2749 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American Dinner, Lunch +1 618-283-0023
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Gallatin Street Grille

Reviewed By ScrapppingGirl - Topeka, Kansas

Quiet and intimate with decent food. Candles are a nice touch but there are still glaring overhead lights. Service was good. None of our group was thrilled with the chicken or shrimp dishes. The burger was probably the best. We would look for another place next time we come to this area.

2. Dairy Queen

1413 N 8th St, Vandalia, IL 62471-1028 +1 618-283-0160
Excellent
75%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Tony H - Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Wife wanted to stop in for some chicken tenders (basket) and ice cream afterwards. Friendly staff, clean restaurant. Quick service. Standard prices and such. Enjoyed and would eat there again.

3. Joe's Pizza and Pasta

1227 N 4th St, Vandalia, IL 62471-1310 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 618-283-9105
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Joe's Pizza and Pasta

It is listed on the web. Looks like it may be a child of the same named restaurant in nearby Effingham, IL. Just off I-70.

Reviewed By Michelle D

Eating at the Vandalia location isn't really comfortable when they're busy or with a group of more than 4 because of the layout, small tables, and cramped space inside. Otherwise the food is always great! The Greenville location is wonderful to eat in and also has great food and good service. 5☆☆☆☆☆

4. Embers Wood Fired Pizza

7 Mattes Ave, Suite 2, Vandalia, IL 62471-2070 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 618-283-2625
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Embers Wood Fired Pizza

Reviewed By Amanda F - Columbus, Indiana

Best wood fire grilled pizza I have ever had. Loved the sausage and peppers and wild mushroom. New pruchitto bites were good..strong flavor. The garlic cibatta was amazing! Great fresh brewed tea both sweet and unsweetened. Watch the kiddos slots are unsupervised and not very loose lol. Definitely will make it a stop on the way to and from St Louis Missouri again! Very sweet servers... so polite!

5. Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant

1611 Veterans Ave, Vandalia, IL 62471-3303 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 618-283-4110
Excellent
37%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By SMcCann_69

Off the hook TexMex! OMG I love this place, great food great staff! Everything on the menu is great! I've eatin here several times and every time it's been great! My wife just had it and loved it!!

6. Chuckwagon Cafe

704 Janette Dr, Vandalia, IL 62471-3523 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 618-283-2220
Excellent
41%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Chuckwagon Cafe

Reviewed By Rita B

This time we stopped for breakfast - and actually, this is one of our favorite places to stop and eat in Illinois.

Breakfast was good - even though we had a simple order: one egg over medium with sausage and toast. Egg was cooked perfectly cooked (which isn't to be taken for granted!). There was an apple cinnamon jam choice - which I don't often see. The sausage was well flavored.

In the past, we have enjoyed their fried fish and taken advantage of their full bar.

We have always had attentive service. Even though this is located near a highway exit - a lot of locals eat here too. Always a good meal!

7. Ponderosa Steakhouse

2727 Veterans Ave, Vandalia, IL 62471-3242 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 618-283-4559
Excellent
31%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Ponderosa Steakhouse

Reviewed By Amusementparkguy - Pataskala, Ohio

While traveling from point A to point B, this became our dinner stop for a friend and I. Ponderosa's are getting tough to find. The restaurant has been newly remodeled. The food was good, with lots of variety for both hot and cold food items. Service was excellent. Prices were reasonable. The restaurant appeared to be fairly clean, including the restrooms.

8. Willy's Drive-In

710 W Orchard St, # 744, Vandalia, IL 62471-1249 Diner +1 618-283-1300
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Willy's Drive-In

Reviewed By Timothy B - Vandalia, Illinois

Just simple foods with a great taste and friendly service. Old diner atmosphere, kinda waffle house with the open front grill.

9. Huddle House

7 Mattes Ave, Randolph Street, Vandalia, IL 62471-2070 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 618-283-2255
Excellent
30%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Reviewed By MSUmindy - Lansing, Michigan

We had driven for 7 hours and wanted something quiet and quick. We really enjoyed the Huddle House in Vandalia! The salads were fresh, the sweet potato fries were excellent. The desserts were terrific. We will stop here again when traveling. A varied menu and very good prices in a clean and quiet pleasant environment.

10. KFC Taco Bell

2737 Veterans Ave, Vandalia, IL 62471-3242 Mexican, American +1 618-283-9364
Excellent
75%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Eugene E - Scottsdale, Arizona

Standard...good, btw...chicken; but the prices for the meals or individual pieces are crazy high!
Get the buffet, all you can eat for like $8.50?

I'd say, with ALL of your KFC experiences, look for those that have the buffet option.

Chicken continues to be very good

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