Where to Eat in Centralia: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Joeann Galban

Centralia is a city in Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 13,032 as of the 2010 census, down from 14,136 in 2000. The current mayor is Tom Ashby.
Things to do in Centralia

1. Monical's Pizza of Centralia

1310 N Elm St, Centralia, IL 62801-2307 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 618-533-2755
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Monical's Pizza of Centralia

Reviewed By Wes M - Centralia, Illinois

Monical's has the best pizza in town. The service is incredibly fast. Your salad is delivered by the time you sit down and the pizza isn't far behind. If you like thin cracker crust pizza, you will not be disappointed. Try the Italian special. I do miss the Russian dressing but the salad is always incredibly fresh.

2. Java Joe's Coffee House

325 W Noleman St, Centralia, IL 62801-3128 Seating Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 618-532-0619
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Reviewed By inChrist - Missouri

I ordered the chicken salad with freshly grilled croissant and fresh vegetables served with dill dip. The chicken salad was delicious with grapes and nuts, seemed freshly made. I waited a very short time, maybe five minutes service was excellent, despite the rush of orders within the restaurant as well as many carry outs.
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3. Dairy Queen

427 S Poplar St, Centralia, IL 62801-3923 +1 618-532-0716
Excellent
0%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
80%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Aboatrider - Saint Louis, Missouri

My friends and I ate here every Tuesday night for over a year. Once I wanted a salad but they said they were out. There is no consistency in how they make the sandwiches. I ordered a chicken sandwich on three separate occasions and got three different sandwiches. The service inside is slow because they serve the drive through first. Then they discontinued a lot of our favorite menu items but told us the truck did not come in. After a month or so we figured out they just discontinued the items. The last time we went in there, they said the kitchen was closed, but we could have ice cream. I have never gone back.

4. Jerry's Grill and Bar

835 Wabash Ave, Centralia, IL 62801-5234 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 618-533-9197
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 32 reviews

Jerry's Grill and Bar

Reviewed By Amy B

This seriously is the only place I'll eat steak! New York strip please!!! House wine and cheese dressing for my salad, butter and sour cream on my potato and ALWAYS a piece of Tammy's turtle cheesecake to go!!! Everyone is always so friendly and you know it will be a great time out with family or friends!!!

5. Rail Coffee Room

230 E Broadway, Centralia, IL 62801-3251
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Rail Coffee Room

Reviewed By mym2bw

Centralia has so little, and Rail is a lovely addition to our selections. I am not a Super coffee person, but I enjoy the lunch and dinner selections. Check their Facebook page for the very limited lunch and small bites menu as it changes each day. They do very little, but what they do they do very, very well. Centralia has a rich history as a train city and Rail pays homage to this. It is a wonderful addition to this little burg. I recommend any cheese sandwich with spicy chips. I’ve never had a bad dessert. Breakfast and small bites are delicious, too!

6. Centralia House

111 N Oak St, Centralia, IL 62801-3246 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol American, Steakhouse, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 618-532-9754
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Centralia House

Reviewed By Janey M

The New York Strip topped with gouda cheese and Bordelaise was absolutely wonderful!! All the flavors were savory and blended so well!!! My husband had Red beans and rice with Andouille sausage and it also got rave reviews from him!! I had vegetable beef soup for an appetizer; it was the best vegetable beef soup I've ever eaten, very savory and with large pieces of beef. We had Bananas Foster over vanilla ice cream for dessert and although not as good as found in New Orleans, it was very tasty and I would definitely order it again! They flame it at your table, which my kids really enjoyed! The atmosphere is so charming--upscale yet cozy at the same time. Rich dark reds and golds mixed perfectly well with the dark wood of the interior. Very relaxing. We had reservations and were greeted and seated immediately. This was our first time dining here and so our waitress shared the history of the place with us which was quite interesting. I really enjoyed the pianist who played soft jazz throughout our entire meal, even entertaining my children with the theme song from the "Peanuts" (Charlie Brown). When I complemented him, he easily struck up a conversation with me as if we were old friends!! How refreshing!! We rode the amtrak there and were dependent on it to return to our prior destination. When it was delayed 2 hours, and cold and dark outside, the waitress offered us a small cozy room with a television for our children and even gave us the remote! The staff checked in on us from time to time, asking if we needed anything to drink, and we also had some nice conversation with them! I absolutely LOVED this place -- the food, the charm, the decor, the ambiance, the staff -- all wonderful A++ . We will be back!! If we do utilize the amtrak next time, we will most likely return when it is warm, so we can walk to the nice park they have in town there if the amtrak is late. Kudos, Centralia House! We love you!!!

7. Corner Cafe, Inc.

816 S Poplar St, Centralia, IL 62801-4538 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 618-532-7190
Excellent
41%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Reviewed By Rkolb26 - Inverness, Illinois

Nice neighborhood place, good food, reasonable prices and very clean. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful. One warning though, if you are a Cubs fan you may get indigestion. This place is full of great Cardinal's baseball memorabilia. So leave your Cub's hat in the car, have fun and enjoy the food!

8. Burger-Haven

639 N Poplar St, Centralia, IL 62801-2339 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Dinner +1 618-532-0614
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Burger-Haven

Reviewed By R6762PGstevec - Pekin, Illinois

Stopped in for lunch, on a referral. They have a double cheeseburger, fries and med drink combo for 5.89. They have a jr bacon cheeseburger and fries for 3.49. Sloppy Joe for 1.59. Super friendly people. Older place, but food was very reasonable and very hot. Will definitely return when we're in the area.

9. Fairways Restaurant

2801 Putter Dr, Centralia, Centralia, IL 62801-6183 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Pizza Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 618-532-0050
Excellent
74%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Fairways Restaurant

Fairways at Greenview Golf Club is open 7 days a weeks for Lunch, and Dinner. We have several specialty items including our "birdie" sandwich which has quickly become a local favorite. We just started serving brick oven pizza which is getting rave reviews.

Reviewed By Stacie W

We live near by and frequent this restaurant a lot. I have had almost everything on the menu and it's all been very good. I love the house dressing, the fish and their pizza. Their steak is also very good. We eat there probably three...MoreThank you for the excellent review. Fairways at Greenview has put a lot a time and effort building a reputation for excellent food at reasonable prices. Thank you for your continued business, and I'm sure we will see you again soon.

10. Tequila Mexican Restaurant

1053 W Broadway, Centralia, IL 62801-5309 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 618-533-2270
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Tequila Mexican Restaurant

For over 20 years, we've been serving home style Mexican food. Our menu features favorites such as: delicious dips, enchiladas, chimichangas, burritos, and of course, sizzling fajitas. We also have burgers, chickens, steaks and a kid's menu. Best of all, we take pride in making everything very affordable. So come down and enjoy something for the whole family!

Reviewed By Delphine384 - Saint Louis, Missouri

I always enjoy Tequila's if I'm in town. The portions are hearty and the food is consistently good. I don't always stick to the same order and each menu item I've had has been really good. The service is usually pretty friendly so no complaints there. I also rarely drink, but I find their classic margaritas on the rocks to be excellent. Good place to good for comfort food without breaking the bank.

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