Oh my, our experience here at Loukinens was awesome. We were greeted with such gracefulness by the owner, Laurie Loukinen and all of her staff. It was a welcoming and pampered visit. The food and beverages was gourmet prepared and so delicious. The fish tacos and salmon salad was prepared with elegance. We were honored to also be visited by the Chef. I felt so pampered by everyone there in this lovely setting.I will drive to this location from Wisconsin again sometime.Thank you all for taking such good care of us. More...
New restaurant. Beautiful decor, great service, good food.
Mark Crowe Jr
This place was great. Great menu, reasonable prices,handsome decor,delicious food.My best Springfield restaurant experience
Had an appoint nearby just after lunch. Stopped in for a quick bite. Didn't have a lot of time so I just had a bowl of soup. Great choice all around. A bit pricey but very ritzy out of the way place. Very friendly and a great bowl of soup!!!! More...
I have not had a meal at Loukinens' that I have wished I had ordered something else. Staff are always excellent. My favorite place to eat in Springfield.
Wonderful food and service.
Awesome scratch made food. We will return the next time we come to this area.
Very nice lunch. I reccomend the Salmon BLT. Wonderful. Great service. Thanks Katie.
Wait staff was great. Meal was very good as was dessert.
The service was excellent. The menu was reasonably priced (especially for lunch) and had innovative menu items. Outdoor seating was nice, and parking was available behind the building. The chef even came out to say hello. More...
Great food, service and ambiance.
Very good creative dishes in a friendly atmosphere. The chef imbues care into every dish; and even the wine list is carefully curated for quality and compliment rather than price alone. If you are looking for a nice evening for a date, business dinner, or just celebrating a random Tuesday, Loukinens' is absolutely worthy. More...
Excellent in every aspect. They serve a low carb entree of seared sea bass on spaghetti squash resting on a bed of mashed cauliflower that fits perfectly into a low carb/Keto diet plan.
This is the first restaurant I have been to and everything I eat was out of this world, tasty and amazing! We ordered a bunch of entrees and shared them. We loved everything!
Very good, highly recommend!
Wonderful experience. Regret that we did not find this place much sooner. Each staff member had an over the top personality followed up with patients and courtesy. The only down side to the experience came in the form of children trying to be adults but unable to achieve the maturity that is needed for that task. The old women that was written about in a previous review is far from what was insinuated. I would have to say well spoken, kind, considerate, attentive, attractive, well dressed, much needed asset to our community, respectful and most off all attentive to her staff and patrons needs would define her far better.The unwarranted actions of the children in the last review are obvious by the overwhelming positive reviews from past and present. The shame in all of this is that this small insignificant group of children that wrote the past review will never enjoy the company of this fine lady her husband or their devoted staff. Oh by the way sorry about the speech, reviews just get under my skin. Should have sat back down and had more jalapeño ice cream. Amy and Gregg More...
I visited this restaurant for the first time over the weekend, and what a wonderful meal I had! In my time, I've eaten at many restaurants all over North America. I think this may be the best one yet. A pure gem right here in Springfield. You'll not only get exceptional food here, that will make your taste buds come alive, the service is tremendous too! I implore you..... try this place out. Support a local establishment that has 5 star food/service! More...
Good food.....nice atmosphere....perfect lunch.
Great food and staff was incredible. If in Springfield, IL or visiting, you will not me disappointed.
Uhhhh... Amazing. I could start with how the simplest offering; the bread (House made) paired with whipped butter playfully infused with strawberry and tarragon is simply amazing! The Manchurian Cauliflower: AmazingFrench Onion Soup: PerfectSalmon: FlawlessThe service was excellent, as was the ambiance. I'll be back whenever I'm in town! More...
the food is beyond amazing ! the wine list is the best i've ever seen ! the owners go above and beyond and see to it that their staff does as well. they have both in and outside seating. the ladies bathroom is very tastefully done ! this is a must see ! a total five star restaurant located right across the street frm the governors mansion. Our meal was the best we had in Springfield. The service was outstanding. Our server, Kyle was attentive and knowledgeable. The Chef/Owner thanked us before we left for coming in which I thought was a nice touch. I love supporting local places like this. Everything from the apps to the entrees was prepared to perfection. The prices were more than fair for the quality of food. This would be our first stop on any future visit to Springfield. More...
We were truly amazed at the experience we had from the owner and staff at Loukinens. They accommodated our reservation for 18 family members. We had a funeral service for my mother that day and went with extended family to the restaurant to share family time before traveling back to our homes. The owner especially welcomed us with great empathy and everyone went above and beyond to ensure our time there was a comforting one. We were blessed to see how the owner was so involved in taking care of our needs along with all the servers. The food was excellent and the atmosphere very pleasant. We want to thank everyone for their outstanding courtesy, compassion and hard work ethic. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and visit again when we travel to Springfield. More...
The lunch time experience was wonderful. The server was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable of the menu items. The food was full of flavor and had appealing presentation. I enjoyed my kicked up burger! Definitely a place to come back to try other menu items. More...
Great food loved it
Gluten free options, staff was extra helpful, food great.
Quiet, upper-end dining
Wonderful food. Too bad they weren’t open on Easter! Crown Plaza had 700 reservations! These guys could have been full all day and much better food!
All I can say is WOW! The food here was beyond delicious! At our table we shared the Manchurian Cauliflower and it was scrumptious. I had the chef’s special which was as an unbelievable chicken cordon bleu sandwich. The sauces that the chef prepared mingled so well with the chicken. It was an eat every bite experience! I also had a cup of the BLT soup which all I can say is yum! If you live around Springfield, you should check this place out and if you don’t you should take a trip here just to come to this restaurant. More...
Delicious food - great flavor and presentation. Very professional staff. Chef comes out to speak to the patrons - nice touch. Atmosphere is great for good old conversation- no cell phones needed! More...
Mary Teresa Gibbons
Could eat there daily everything on the menu was so good. Highly recommend the desserts. Elegant but comfortable at the same time. Very attentive staff
Fantastic!!! We went to celebrate my mom's birthday. Everything went just perfect. The best service...
The menu is extremely large. Something for everyone! Delicious
Great place to hangout
Chef Chip Kennedy
Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere! I had the lobster ravioli and my wife had the lamb chops which she said were the best she's ever had!
Beautiful presentation of food and very attentive staff.
Nice place, good atmosphere.
We love this place. It's 100 miles fro. Ho.e, but always worth the drive when we are passing through the area. Great food.
Excellent service and wonderful food!
Very peaceful place to eat had great food and very respectable service the chef was amazing and polite!!
Wonderful service, delicious food and beautiful decor. Going back next week!
I could not have had a better experience than I did at this restaurant. My waiter was phenomenal. Extraordinarily engaging, and knowledgeable about the menu. What he didn't know about wines he found out in order to provide me with the best recommendations. The food was positively delicious, and perfectly portioned. Enough to be full, not so much to feel gluttonous. I even saved room for dessert, and although I had a difficult time choosing, I have to say that I don't think it would have been possible for me to go wrong. Finally, I also really enjoyed the location, right across the street from the Governor's Mansion. Pretty impressive, really. But I will be back for the service and food. Pricey, but worth every single cent. More...
Wonderful spot to eat. The owner made us feel right at home and all other staff members were exceptional. Oh yeah, the food was delightful! Will definitely be coming back when I need a nice night out. More...
Excellent food and service. The cauliflower appetizer is a must try.
We had a great meal with great service.
Great first visit! Get the chili cauliflower appetizer..yum. Our server, Alex, was spot on with his recommendations and all service was excellent.
Amazing place and amazing food.
The wait staff was out standing food is great.
Outstanding! Beautiful atmosphere, exceptional service and cuisine that was wonderful! A total experience! We have found “The Place” in Springfield! If you want to.be impressed, this most definitely will! More...
The food, staff and management are AMAZING!
This restaurant is treasure for Springfield. The food is exceptional and so is the service. Everything on the menu is made from scratch as far as I know.
Great food. Very flexible with how you want it prepared. Example being changing the order for a food allergy. Nice environment staff on they're game.
Richard I. Osland
Always great food and service.
Delicious food and romantic setting.
Great food and service. Reasonably priced lunch and nice, classy, dinner.
Food is great, but staff is AWESOME!
Excellent venue, ambiance, service and food! Highly recommend! Amazing cauliflower appetizers!!
This restaurant has it all great service, excellent food, and atmosphere! We we're highly impressed!
First time there, thumbs up all around. Great food, great staff!
It is refreshing how chef manages to make the environment both open and bright and intimate and exclusive. The hosts are well versed on the menu and welcoming. Quality and presentation is better than I expected. More...
Outstanding! Totally a 5 out of 5!
Very upscale, I love the fact that the dining room is very spacious instead of cramming in tables everywhere, food is absolutely top notch and love the fact that the chef comes out to check on you.A must try
This place was literally next to my hotel, best potato soup I have ever had! I ordered the half sandwich with a cup of soup for $11. The Italian sandwich on chibatta bread was great too. Everything tasted fresh. The servers were friendly and attentive. The food came quickly. The atmosphere was relaxing with soft background music playing. I will definitely be returning during my future trips to Springfield. More...
My family and I went here for my birthday a few nights ago. I would highly recommend this place for a special occasion. The food and presentation was simply outstanding. We tried the chili lime calamari. The best calamari I have ever tasted, and I have it everywhere that has it!! Also, my husband had the filet and it was cooked to perfection. A few of us had the roasted chicken over gnocchi. The chicken was SO flavorful! And the gnocchi... I am Italian and gnocchi is my absolute favorite, but most places don't have it on the menu. If they do, it's never done right. This gnocchi was absolutely perfect!! Perfect consistency and absolutely delicious! Now that I think about it, why wait for a special occasion Treat yourself and try Loukinens on 4th! More...
Everything was excellent.
Delicious food, great service, tasty cocktails. Laurie Loukinen-owner, consummate professional and hostess. Wonderful dining experience. *****
Exceptional service and great food.
Fantastic meal and service. It's our new favorite spot in Springfield.
Great service and fantastic food. Prices aren't bad either!
Very friendly and attentive staff! Very upscale and fancy without making you feel like you need a jacket and tie. Great place for gatherings and receptions. I ordered the cheeseburger for lunch and was very much impressed with the quality and taste! A *cheeseburger*! Will definitely be returning sometime not only for lunch but to also see what the steak and seafood offered for the evening meal is like! More...
food was good, staff were great. they go out of their way to make you feel special.
It has been a very long time since receiving such excellent service. Kyle, our server was beyond the best server of my local dining experience. He was very good at gaging the time to step up and meet our needs or keep at a distance to give us the time alone. I went to dinner last night at Loukinen’s and enjoyed every minute and experience from the beginning to the end. My daughter and I shared the cauliflower as our appetizer and it was wonderful! I had the duck in. Korean sauce and it was by far the best I’ve ever had!! I love duck, but I can tell you not everyone can prepare and present a duck the way they do.I am a life coach. I specialize in etiquette and business protocol. I moved to the area from New York City after marrying my husband of thirty plus years. Also, I had been in the hotel and restaurant business since the early eighties. I know good food and excellent service. This restaurant is worth your time and money. It is a great addition to the city. I will definitely be returning! More...
Me and my wife were in Springfield for her birthday over labor day weekend and we stumbled into this place. Extremely friendly staff. We sat in the back by the bar and had drinks and appetizers. Food was excellent and the bartender Katie was awesome. When we are back in Springfield we will definitely be stopping here again. More...
Great food and great service!
The Manchurian Cauliflower is out of this world!
Attenve service, lovely selection on the menu and wine list. Everything was decious.
Excellent service with knowledgeable staff. Unusual delightful flavors. Executive chef and owner came out to speak to everyone. Would recommend highly for lunch. Suspect dinner is also wonderful. More...
First visit. Great atmosphere. Loved the food. Very knowledgeable, friendly staff..
The place was clean, and classy. Excellent service, and even better food. I'll definitely be back.
Great service, very expensive, but good
The food was amazing and the staff was so nice. They made our Anniversary dinner an absolutely wonderful experience.
Enjoy the magic of wonderful food and service across from the governor's mansion. The resteraunt atmosphere is very upscale while the price of a meal is very affordable. The friendliness of the staff is very enjoyable. More...
Incredible experience. The food was beyond amazing and Chef Keith and Laurie Loukinen are perfect hosts, tending to every detail. Michael, our server, was professional, knowledgeable, and attentive. We will be back many times over. More...
Very kind wait staff, excellent atmosphere that was quiet with live jazz in the background, and the food was truly phenomenal! Highly recommended!
Chill atmosphere, great, attentive service and good food at a not too bad price. My waiter insisted I tried the Manderin Cauliflower. I hate cauliflower and these folks made that taste good, and my main meal was even better. Highly recommend the french onion soup and the grilled brie, bacon and raspberry sandwich. More...
I love this place and enjoy working for the Loukenins. Perk of the job is getting to try all of the features Chef puts out every night. Yum!
Great food!!! The taste, colors and presentation were amazing!! Will be back to try some other items on menu. I had the blackened mahi mahi and recommend to all!
Best burger I've had in a while.
Great service. The food was amazing and they really went the extra mile for our anniversary. We will be back again!
Amazing atmosphere, food, service, and owners. Local business I am glad to support. Plus they are pet friendly and even serve your pets a gourmet meal. :)
Amazing appetizers (the cauliflower is 10/10) and sandwiches (the club, paired with the parmesan fries, is one of the best I've had). Great view of the governor's mansion, interesting flavors without being pretentious, and excellent staff. Will definitely be returning. More...
We were very happy with our simple meal at this elegant-but-not-so-much-that-it's-fussy restaurant across from the Gov'nrs Mansion. Our friendly-but-not-unctuous waiter, Kyle, was helpful and responsive - he did not pester us. The reasonably-priced food was terrific - we had soups and salads and the chef stopped by, as well. My wild-mushroom-arugula soup was made to order and really hit the spot on a cold, March evening. We'd certainly go back and recommend giving it a try. More...
The service was attentive and friendly. The ambiance is upscale and comfortable. The bread basket was just ok. The cheese bread was somewhat hard. None of the bread was warm. The wheat bread was dry. The French onion soup was very good. The scallops themselves were excellent. The accoutrements were very spicy. The rack of lamb were 4 small lollipop lambchops. Again the accoutrements were spicy. The quality of the ice cream on the sampler was excellent. More...
You get what you pay for. I had the lamb, melts in your mouth. Best bacon jalapeno polenta ever. Great for a celebration or date night. Parents tip, leave the kids with a sitter, its worth it! More...
Service is excellent. Quality of food is also excellent. Only criticism is that there are a lot of hard edges in the dining area so the atmosphere is noisy. The night we were there we were treated to the sight of our legislators cackling, hooting and hollering, and glad handing one another. The Governor was there too, towering over all and adding his guffaws to the din. Menu is good, but not extensive. More...
Only thing I would change is either the corking fee or the quality of wine glasses/decanter. At $25 I expect wayyyyy higher quality wine glasses and a larger decanter. At the quality provided, I was not happy paying that price. More...
Great service. General manager even came to visit us. Chicken special was outstanding.
Lunch was great and was able to eat on lunch hour.
This might one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Great staff, nicely decorated and awesome food. I had the strip steak on the first night, and lobster ravioli the next night. If they have it, try the roasted jalapeño ice cream...incredible. P.s. Chef Keith is my brother... but the review is unbiased. More...
Top notch service! The food is amazing! From appetizers through dessert the presentation and quality is stunning!
Nice all around experience with great ambiance. You can tell that there is an experienced chef here. We look forward to visiting again.
Great food. Some minor new place problems. A good addition to the downtown area.
Only had lunch there once. Definitely returning. Wonderful ambiance, excellent service and tasy food. Had chicken noodle soup with fresh ingredients and a grilled cheese, fig paste, and green apple sandwich. Wonderful and a nice change from this city's universal pub grub. Prices higher than average but food better than average as well. Those ordering a burger will find them pricey, but why would you go to this place for a burger? Competes with Madaners and Incredibly Delicious on my lunch rotation. More...
Had a cup of the broccoli cheddar soup and a half chicken wrap that had a few spicy froyo in it, they were both amazing
Great service at lunch. Food was reasonably priced. Shared the crab cake appetizer and had the beet salad and bisque with a sea bass slider. Great job on the renovations. Very warm and inviting. Will be back to enjoy the lounge! More...
The food was amazing. The staff were polite and inviting. Best upscale dinner I've had in Central Illinois by far! Great job Chef!!
Great service, great experience! The Sirloin salad I ordered for lunch was amazing. What a great find, nice lunch treat.
Great food and fabulous service. One of the best places in town.
Very awesome staff. Very awesome meat and cheese board. Highly recommended
Great service and the food was excellent!
Very nice people & good food.
Only 1 time there, it was pretty tasty. I'll be going back
This is fine dining at its best. The experience from appetizer to desert is one like no other.
My wife and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary here and we had a great experience. Our waiter was nice and attentive. I had the filet mignon and my wife had the scallops and we both thoroughly enjoyed our entrees. Then she had a piece of white cake and I had chocolate cake and they were heavenly. The ambiance was great, not too loud yet not eerily quiet either. Keith, the head chef, was the chef at Nick and Nino's in the old Hilton and we were always fans of there too, but now that he's out on his own, it's worth the trip downtown. More...
Do yourself a favor and GO!
Great service and great food
Excellent service, food, and atmosphere. I was stranded in Springfield overnight due to flight cancellation. Lyft/Uber driver found reasonably priced lodging next door. Prices were a little more than I had planned on but well worth the visit. Management and staff greeted me and helped so much in relieving the stress of my day. More...
Great service, great food, great drinks! Loved all about this place. Easy parking, such courtesy and fine treatment by all from hostess, Daniel the waiter, owners and even the chef who stopped at our table. Apps were great, brie and poached pears my choice. French onion soup some of the best. Entrees superb, lobster ravioli for me and scallops for husband. We shared the chocolate cherry creme brulee to die for. And did I mentiion the fab chocolate martini? More...
The food here is top notch. I am not from Springfield but would find it hard to believe you could find a better dinner anywhere in the city. You could plop this place in downtown Chicago and it would hold it's own. More...
Delicious swordfish followed by homemade ice cream for dessert!
The food and service is excellent. Loukinens has an awesome lunch menu!
Food and service were awesome. Need to turn down the lights for a more intimate experience and take down the enormous mirror in dinning room. No one wants to look at themselves eating. More...
Great upscale place. Food was awesome. Definitely get dessert.
Appetizers were delicious and meticulously displayed (do go for the cauliflower), their house cocktails were unique, staff was attentive, but not overstaying their welcome (Kyle), and the atmosphere was relaxing. We were seated inside, but next time we shall opt for patio seating in the evening. A view of the Governor’s Mansion and ambient lighting will make it a great spot to dine.We wore jeans and there were guests in shorts, but some people were dressed to the 9’s. So reallly, it’s whatever your are cimfortabke with wearing.Prices are high, but the quality of the food balances out the cost. More...
Perfect Valentine evening. Every course delicious. Innovative dishes.
Creative menu, great flavors, well trained staff, and excellent atmosphere.
Really simple menu while having very sophisticated flavors. Awesome service and friendly staff.