Watson's Shack & Rail

211 N Neil St, Champaign IL 61820
$$ American New

Reservations

Booking Notes:

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Business Info

  • Address: 211 N Neil St, Champaign IL 61820
  • Cross Street: Park Ave
  • Cuisine: American | Bar-B-Q | New American | Sunday Brunch |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Lunch | Dinner | Late |
  • Parking: Street | Parking Garage |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (217) 607-0168
  • Features: Full Bar, Sunday Brunch, Late Dining, Live Entertainment, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Happy Hours, Lounge / Bar, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi, Big Screen TV,
  • Occasion: Dining Alone, Meet for a Drink, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed - Restaurant
Tuesday
Dinner - Indoor 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday
Dinner - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Dinner - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Sunday - Brunch 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner - Restaurant 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.88 out of 5 stars based on 790 votes

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May 04, 2022
Cary S.
The food is always amazing. We had Meagan as our server and she was absolutely fantastic. Don't change a thing!

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Apr 25, 2022
Neil W.
Great food nice place

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Apr 07, 2022
Julie W.
Awesome food. Great atmosphere. Always recommend getting reservations online.

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Apr 02, 2022
Angela A.
This is a must-go for anyone in the area! Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this delicious chicken.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 23, 2022
Michael W.
Great food..unless you are dieting :)

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Jan 20, 2022
Keith M.
Favorite place to eat on earth

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Jan 15, 2022
Taccarah W.
superb service. food was awesome

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Jan 09, 2022
Cara D.
Watson’s has great food and even better service. Our server Bonnie was excellent. Fun place for a date.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 21, 2021
Ryan G.
A couple of staff members were walking around with no masks a little more than I think they should’ve. Please keep us all safe while serving such amazing food, you guys.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 20, 2021
Megan N.
Great, as always!

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Dec 19, 2021
Steve S.
Perfect service and food

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Dec 06, 2021
Twinkle M.
Drinks are expensive but everything else is 10/10

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Nov 19, 2021
Evan K.
Had a reservation for my birthday, the staff was very warm and welcoming. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 19, 2021
Doug M.
Food, service, everything was excellent!

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Sep 21, 2021
John M.
Everything excellent, as always. This was 3rd visit in 4 days, on this trip. Certainly could not forego Sunday Brunch. .

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 23, 2021
Kyle M.
awesome restaurant and good food. would recommend

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Aug 22, 2021
Jennifer H.
Great customer service ! Great Bar selection. The slushy flight was amazing ! We Will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 20, 2021
Grant G.
Watson’s is my favorite restaurant in Champaign, hands down

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 05, 2021
Lisa H.
After my Mother’s Day res was cancelled due to computer error, Watsons sent me a $100 gift card. This was so generous! I took my family out last night & we enjoyed a lovely dinner. We will definitely be back. Great drinks & great food!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 01, 2021
Cathy B.
Wonderful meal! Great service and food!

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Jul 25, 2021
Steve S.
Great service Great Food.

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Jul 22, 2021
Michaela B.
Everything I have tried here is incredible!

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Jul 03, 2021
David C.
Really great place in the local area to go grab the meal. Food quality and consistency is always very good.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 11, 2021
Brenton J.
Excellent as always

Overall: 10/10
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May 14, 2021
Laila M.
Excellent food!

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May 11, 2021
Ryan G.
Watson’s has been one of my local favorites for a very long time, and they just keep getting better!

Overall: 10/10
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May 01, 2021
Matthew L.
Food was great, service was great! I can't think of anything negative to say about them. This is now one of my new favorites!!!

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Apr 02, 2021
Amanda G.
I loved the vibe here and the food and drinks were awesome! We got a variety from the menu, including adult slushies, and everything was delicious, I would highly recommend

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 30, 2021
Brandon L.
Still remains my favorite restaurant in the CU area.

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Mar 25, 2021
Lorrie H.
The food was fabulous!

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Mar 13, 2021
cory e.
One of my favorite places to eat! Great food and people

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Feb 20, 2021
Alyssa B.
The service was exceptional and the food was banging.

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Feb 15, 2021
Art R.
Everything was awesome from our server to our food. A perfect Valentine’s Lunch.

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Feb 10, 2021
Mothusi D.
Gigi (I hope that’s how you spell it) was a delight, definately felt genuine. She is awesome. Will be coming again

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 07, 2021
Joanne W.
Waitress was phenomenal. Let me taste different sauces to test how hot they were. Very friendly an attentive. Food, as always, was delicious. Best wings - anywhere!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 06, 2021
Anna L.
Great food , great service, good atmosphere. My favorite restaurant in town!

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Feb 04, 2021
Sarah M.
By far one of my favorite restaurants in Champaign! Always amazing food, kind and helpful staff, and a wonderful environment. Thank you for making it great!

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Feb 04, 2021
Steve S.
Perfect as usual.

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Jan 22, 2021
Cathy B.
The outdoor greenhouse was great.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 17, 2021
Jordan B.
It was sexy. Chicken and waffles are godly.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 14, 2021
Courtney B.
I loved the igloo experience! Our server was wonderful and as always the food was outstanding.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 13, 2021
Paige R.
Great food, great outdoor set up, great waiter! Would definitely recommend

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Jan 09, 2021
Katie R.
We had the best experience!!! We were quickly seated. We felt taken care of all night. Everything was perfect! Will be booking again very soon!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 28, 2020
Debbie B.
We ate in the outdoor greenhouse and it was great! Toasty warm, clean, twinkly lights for a nice ambiance, and everyone at Watson's following strict covid protocols. I had their house salad with grilled shrimp and citrus vinaigrette and it was fresh and delicious, shrimp was nice sized. My husband had the rice bowl, with chicken tenders and it was wonderful; Watson's chicken is the best in town. Service was just right and our server stayed outside the greenhouse door when possible, with her mask on of course. Overall lovely experience, highly recommend, and it felt so good to be out and about downtown. We also believe very strongly in supporting our local shops and restaurants during this tough time they are going through with the pandemic restrictions.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 28, 2020
Wendy C.
Food was wonderful, servers were friendly and prompt.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 20, 2020
Wes G.
All around fantastic experience. The wait-staff is prompt and respectful. The food is consistently amazing. And the alcohol selection is all around welcoming. Cannot recommend this place more!

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Aug 23, 2020
Rebecca B.
Great Experience!

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Aug 17, 2020
Erik S.
The lobster sandwich was amazing!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 17, 2020
John B.
It was a lovely experience--brunch at 10 outdoors in the alley next to the quaint building. Well-cared-for flowers were growing in a container next to us. The tables were spaced appropriately and the hosts and servers were well organized and gracious. The drinks and food were excellent. It's the food we come here for!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 17, 2020
Austin W.
Favorite place in town. Love the Nashville hot chicken sandwich