The Back Door Lounge is located off of Elements Restaurant and the Veranda at Starved Rock Lodge. The atmosphere is casual and fun! Our new menu has some great options including Avocado Fries, Blue Crab Tater Tots and Gorgonzola Nachos. Catch the latest sports scores while you’re there or step outside and take in the view from the Veranda. Outdoor dining is available in warm weather.
If you like Craft Beer, try Starved Rock Signature Ale (made just for us by Leinenkugel) or ask the bartender for one of our other seasonal beers. If you’re a wine lover, try a Starved Rock Wine (Chardonnay, White Zin, Merlot & Cab). Celebrating a special occasion? If so, try Starved Rock Bubbly for your toast! Our friendly bartenders are happy to make your favorite cocktail, so stop by and relax! Check out our creative, daily lunch specials.
Live music on the Veranda (and outdoor dining, too) will start up again in mid-to-late-May, when warmer weather returns to Illinois! See our Winter Music Schedule below.
Join us every Friday night for live, laid-back music in the Back Door Lounge from 8-11 pm. There’s no cover charge and it’s a great place to meet for dinner & drinks. Try our Gorgonzola Nachos with a pint of Starved Rock Signature Ale. Here’s the Line-up:
FEBRUARY Feb. 28: Mark Lorden - Acoustic Rock
MARCH March 7: Jeff Manfredini – Laid Back Rock
March 14: Rick Delphi – Popular Rock
March 21: Mark Lorden – Rock Acoustic Tunes
March 28: Brad & Josh – Oldies Rock with a Twist
April 4: Steve & Steve – Eagles, Beatles & More April 11: Steve Bores – Music 70′s, 80′s & 90′s April 18: Brian & Mark – Alternative & Classic Rock April 25: Tommy & The Nitecaps – R & B
Join us for these FUN upcoming events in 2014!
ROCK STAR 2014 Who is the best singer around? Find out when the search for our 2014 Rock Star continues at Elements Restaurant (located in Starved Rock Lodge). Rock Star starts at 7 pm, but come early and join us for dinner. Each week has a theme and vocalists will perform their best song for that theme. Competition continues on Thursday nights until the finals on March 13, 2014. A fan favorite will be chosen EACH WEEK and win $100. The winner of Rock Star 2014 takes home a $500 prize. Check back for weekly updates on who advances in this year’s competition! CLICK HERE for updates.
BLESSING OF THE BIKES- May 4, 2014
Stop by Starved Rock Lodge’s East parking lot and have your motorcycle blessed by local clergy in one of two ceremonies. The blessings remind us that life is a journey and we need to ask for God’s protection. A great kick-off for biking season! Open to the public. For more information please call 815-220-7386.
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, create unique recipes which bring our guests back year after year. The dinner takes place in the historic Great Hall of Starved Rock Lodge. 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! Check back later this year to see the 2014 Leinenkugel Dinner Menu. Reservations are required for this event. Call (815) 220-7386.
We value the opinions of our guests!
Here’s what a few of them had to say:
“Server (Jennifer) was very kind and brought water for my pet. She made sure that our being here was special. Thanks!” Rich & Phyllis (Itasca, IL) Sept. 2013
“Great food, great service, awesome view!!!”
“Ben is a wonderful bartender. He’s very helpful! Great service, very accommodating.” Sept. 2013
“Luke was very courteous and attentive. Excellent service.” Sept. 2013″
“Jennifer took care of my special requests and I am most grateful!” Elizabeth (Chicago, IL) Sept. 2013
“Best place I’ve been to–food was great and so was Jenny.” Terry (Loves Park, IL) Sept. 2013
“Tracy was a pleasure. Very polite and friendly.” Sept. 2013
“Our server, Becca, was very friendly and helpful. Thanks Becca!” August 2013
“So nice!! Destiny was great!” Sept. 2013
“Brenda was our server. Great experience.” Joyce (Evergreen Park, IL) Sept. 2013
“Stephanie was our server. Excellent!” Nyberg (Woodstock, IL) August 2013
“Luke was fantastic, despite the fact that he had to get home before the street lights came on, we didn’t feel rushed!” Megan (Schererville, IN) August 2013
“Luke was really great. It was really nice for him to miss his high school football game to serve us!” Megan (Crown Point, IN) August 2013
“Excellent” Diane (Geneseo, IL) Sept. 2013
“Stephanie was an excellent server. Knowledgeable about what was offered in the restaurant also and very friendly. She deserves a raise.” Maureen (Earlville, IL) August 2013
“Excellent in all categories.” Linny (Alsip, IL) Sept. 2013
“We had a great experience.” Elaine (Clarendon Hills, IL) August 2013
“Excellent service (Jennifer) and experience. Fabulous atmosphere. Keep up the good work!” Michael (Chicago, IL)
“Enjoyed the lunch. Pot roast was excellent. Cod was very good, nicely prepared.” August 2013
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.
Andrea Yeruski, Food & Beverage Manager (Back Door Lounge & Veranda)
Starved Rock Lodge
P.O. Box 570
Utica, IL 61373