Dine Out in Edwardsville

Edwardsville is a jewel in southwest Illinois’ culinary crown - talented chefs and individuals with a creative passion for cooking are busy growing new experiences in the region- all focused on bringing something delicious, beautiful, and unexpected to your table.

Discover New Restaurants

Whether you’re searching for local flavor or international, Edwardsville has you covered. New venues, like restauranteur Michael Del Pietro’s Blue Violet, are making their homes in the city and making a splash on the epicurean front. Del Pietro’s latest restaurant will bring a casual atmosphere to formal dining, with small plates and entrees focusing on Midwest, Latin, South, and Southern American flair.

Oriental Spoon serves up authentic ramen among other delights.


Another fresh face coming soon to Edwardsville is So Hospitality Group’s Drunken Fish, specializing in sushi and Japanese fare, and Kimchi Guys which will serve traditional Korean favorites like Bibimbap and Korean fried chicken.

For more Asian eats try Oriental Spoon, serving authentic ramen, bulgogi, and katsu, Bann Thai, with hot pad Thai and bubble tea, or Mr. Curry’s offering zesty and flavorful Indian entrees and a buffet. Hungry for something healthy and fast? Rocket Bowls offers modern quick-bites perfect for a busy schedule- bowls, wraps, and sandwiches with globally influenced flavors will add some pep to your step.

Check out Bella Milano for fine Italian dishes.

Latin and European

Latin American food lovers will enjoy the tastes of Chava’s Mexican with its tasty savory Latin entrees or Oaxaca Margarita Bar with Mexican fusion and smoky mescal.

Italian cuisine and pizza come to the forefront at Peel Wood Fired Pizza which toasts its pies in a wood-fired oven and also offers pasta and salads. Seek something a bit more upscale at popular Bella Milano, offering a seasonal Italian menu featuring pasta, pizza, and elegant desserts.

For a modern take on comfort food visit Cleveland-Heath


Turning to American cuisine, 1818 Chophouse indulges with hand-cut steaks, chops, signature entrees, and refined desserts sure to impress. For a modern take on comfort food, try Cleveland-Heath - with mac and cheese, seared duck, and pork belly, the menu is anything but ordinary. Seekers of classic American barbecue can swing by Sugarfire Smokehouse, winner of multiple awards both local and national for in-house smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and sandwiches.

Visitors looking for an exceptional breakfast can seek out Twisted Biscuit Brunch, where house-made biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and slingers will amplify your morning, or 222 Artisan Bakery whose gorgeous fresh-baked bread, oatmeal, pizza and sandwiches can bring even the drowsiest dreamer out of their morning fog.

For your caffeine fix, check out Goshen Coffee Cafe - the cozy indoor café is a great place to relax and have a beany brew- roasted in-house. Goshen also has fresh sandwiches, toasts, oats, quiche and frittata to welcome your day.

If you’re looking for a traditional diner experience, Sgt. Pepper’s Café, named for the classic Beatles song, has all-day breakfast and American diner food favorites like horseshoes, cheeseburgers, and baskets.

Pick up some fresh baked bread at 222 Artisan Bakery

The City of Edwardsville has even more to tantalize your taste buds! Check out the Eat and Drink page for more fantastic eats across southwest Illinois!

About the Author

Kayla Howland

Kayla Howland is a local writer and artist who lives in Alton, IL with her Cairn Terrier, Ripley. She enjoys fiction and non-fiction writing, graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. Kayla is a graduate of Southwestern High School and Lewis & Clark Community College. She has worked doing freelance graphic design, photography and commissioned paintings since 2012.