Back Door Lounge & Veranda







The Back Door Lounge is located just beyond Elements Restaurant. Enter the “Back Door” from the northeast side of the Veranda and don’t miss the amazing view outside the door!  Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back destination we call the 19th canyon (like the 19th hole on a golf course)!

We’re open daily and our menu has a wide variety of choices for appetizers, lunch (ask about our creative specials for lunch and dinner). Our friendly staff is happy to bring you your favorite drink.  Our guest’s favorite appetizer has to be our Gorgonzola Nachos. And, the most requested craft beer:  a pint of Starved Rock Signature Ale (made just for us by Leinenkugel).  If you’re a wine lover, try a Starved Rock Wine (Chardonnay, White Zin, Merlot & Cab). Celebrating a special occasion? Try Starved Rock Bubbly for your toast!  Relax and enjoy music inside The Back Door Lounge every Friday from 8-11 pm. Check the latest sports scores and news updates while your here. Our Veranda Parties and outdoor dining will return with warm weather (kick off planned for  Memorial Day weekend).

Menus & Hours


Open Daily for lunch and dinner!

Monday – Thursday
Bar:  11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Food Service: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
Bar: 11:00 am to 12:00 am / Midnight
Food Service 11:00 am to  9:00 pm
Bar: 10:30 am to 11:00 pm
Food Service: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday Brunch is available from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm


Music in the Back Door Lounge (Fridays 8-11 pm)



Music in the Back Door Lounge
Meet your friends or relax during your stay with music in the Back Door Lounge every Friday from 8-11 pm. Enjoy Starved Rock Signature Ale and some Gorgonzola Nachos. Or, stop by after dinner at Elements and we’ll make your favorite autumn-inspired hot coffee or specialty drink. We also have great desserts!

Winter Music Schedule: 
December 19:  Jeff Manferdini: (Laid-back Acoustic Rock)
December 26th- Sean Walsh- Secret Play List

January 2nd – Kevin Kramer
January 9th – Steve n Steve – Eagles, Beatles, hot classic rock
January 16th – Double Dave Trio – Classic Rock Hits

Signature Ale

We have our own special beer and it’s called Starved Rock Signature Ale. Produced by Leinenkugel Breweries, the hand-crafted beer is a cross between an English-style amber ale and a pale ale. It’s fresh and it’s on tap.

“You can’t buy it in a store,” said Food and Beverage Manager, Andrea Yeruski, “You can only get this at Starved Rock’s Back Door Lounge.” The last time we counted, Starved Rock sold 7,582 pints of Signature Ale! And that number doesn’t include the kegs which were featured at over 80% of our wedding receptions. At our Leinenkugel Dinner, both John and Dick Leinenkugel were our special guests. They talked about this special craft beer and how it is made for Starved Rock.
Click here to read an article from Northwest Quarterly Magazine.

Want to be Heard?

Got Talent? Want to be heard? If you are a vocalist …or in a band that’s perfect for entertaining on the Veranda, please send your promo package to the address below.

Contact Information
Andrea Yeruski, Food & Beverage Manager (Back Door Lounge & Veranda)
Starved Rock Lodge
P.O. Box 570
Utica, IL 61373