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)!  Outdoor dining is available on the Veranda (weather permitting).  Open daily, our menu has a wide variety of choices for appetizers, lunch and dinner. Our friendly staff is happy to bring you your favorite drink. We suggest a seasonal, craft beer or one of our signature cocktails. 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! Our season has ended for musical entertainment on our Veranda (Friday and Saturday nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day. But, Music moves inside The Back Door Lounge every Friday (from 8-11 pm) during cooler weather. Check the latest scores and news updates while your here while you’re relaxing Try one of our creative, daily lunch specials, too.

Menus & Hours


Open Daily for lunch and dinner!

Monday – Thursday
Bar 11AM-11PM
Food Service 11AM – 9PM
Friday & Saturday
Bar 11AM – 12AM
Food Service 11AM – 9PM
Bar 11AM-11PM
Food Service 10:30AM – 9PM

(Sunday Brunch is available from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm)

Join us for these FUN upcoming events in 2014!

BACK DOOR LOUNGE FRIDAY NIGHT MAR 2014 KCMusic in the Back Door Lounge 

October 17th-Sean Walsh Secret Play List

October 24th-Steve Sharp
Rock, Country & Originals

October 31st-John Baize Country Music





Oktoberfest DinnersTickets are still available for some of our Oktoberfest Dinners which will be held in the Great Hall  of Starved Rock Lodge on Oct. 18 (SOLD OUT) & 19 (Fall Colors Weekend).  Make your reservations early because you don’t want to miss out on this fun event. The evening begins at 5:00 pm with seating.  The evening begins with our awesome German-style buffet (served from 5:00 to 7:00 pm). CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MENU! Plus, there’s German Wine and Beer, of course!  You’ll love hearing music by the New Doodledorfers Band. Reservations are required for this event. Full dinner with beer/wine tastings and commemorative stein: $40.00 Buffet only: $25.00 For more information and to make reservations call 815-220-7386.










Leinenkugel Dinner: Friday, November 7, 2014  Sorry! This DINNER is SOLD OUT. Leinenkugel Pub Crawl: Saturday, November 8, 2014 One of the beer-lover’s favorite events of the year is our annual Leinenkugel Dinner at Starved Rock Lodge. This event sells out early, so don’t delay. The appetizers, entrees and desserts are all made with different types of Leinenkugel beers. Our culinary team, lead by Chef Bear, creates unique recipes which bring our guests back year after year.  One of the best parts of the evening is hearing what’s new from a member of the Leinenkugel family. Plus, there are great prizes for some lucky Leine lovers! Call (815) 220-7386.

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