Back Door Lounge & Veranda

The Back Door Lounge is located on the northeast side of Starved Rock Lodge, overlooking historic Starved Rock.  It’s a place to escape and unwind, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the beauty of Starved Rock and the Illinois River Valley.  Outdoor dining is available on the Veranda (weather permitting).  This is OUR 19th hole or 19th Canyon! 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 thing to drink. Our guest’s favorite appetizer has to be our Gorgonzola Nachos. Most requested craft beer:  a pint of Starved Rock Signature Ale (made just for us by Leinenkugel). We also have a wide variety of seasonal beers. 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! Musical entertainment on our Veranda is awesome and so are the sunsets. Plus, the TVs are on with the latest sports scores and news, so don’t miss stopping for a little time to relax while you’re here. Check out 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)

Music on the Veranda (outside the Back Door Lounge)

veranda music 2014

Stop by The Veranda before or after the Vintage Illinois Wine Festival for great music with a great view!

Sept. 19: Steve & Steve (8-11 pm)
Sept. 21:  Steve Sharp (4-7 pm)

Sept. 28: Keg Tapping
(Bears vs. Packers at noon)
Keg Tapping about 3 pm!

Join us for these FUN upcoming events in 2014!


Autumn kicks off with our annual Keg Tapping event on September 28 at 3:00 pm. Head out to the Veranda and be one of the lucky ones who gets to sample the new beer for the season! German music is mixed with a great view, great food and lots of fun.



Oktoberfest Dinners will be held in the Great Hall  of Starved Rock Lodge on Oct. 11 & 12 (Burgoo Weekend) and  again on Oct. 18 & 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). 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