The Veranda

Home / Dining & Entertainment / The Veranda
or view:


10/27/20: The bridge over Fox Canyon and sidewalk leading to the lodge from the large parking lot will be closed on Tuesday, October 27 from 9 AM to 1 PM for a routine inspection. Barricades will be in place to redirect traffic.

Trail Update: All trails are open except the Lodge’s (eastside) Veranda staircase and Illinois/Ottawa Canyon connecting trail. Matthiessen Dells Area at Matthiessen State Park is now open. The trail closest to Lake Falls and shelter is still closed as well as the Vermillion River Access area. For more information, please visit IDNR’s website.

Per Illinois guidelines, face coverings are required in all buildings (and trolleys) at Starved Rock Lodge & State Park.

Outdoor Dining with a View

The Veranda is open (weather permitting) so see autumn arrive at the perfect place to enjoy outdoor dining with a panoramic view of Starved Rock State Park. We’re open 11am to 8pm daily for lunch and dinner. Our servers will take your order. The Veranda is dog-friendly (dogs must be on a leash).

Dine Out in the Park

Join us for lunch or dinner and enjoy the panoramic view of Starved Rock and the scenic Illinois River Valley.

Open Daily
(Weather Permitting)

Click here to see all Lodge’s hours of operation

Full Bar Service

Food and beverage service on the Veranda is on a first-come-first-served basis. Our servers will take your order and bring it to your table when it’s ready.  Please maintain social distancing from other tables. Face masks required to enter Lodge.

  • Join us next summer!

    Due to COVID-19, our summer music line-up has been cancelled. We look forward to next summer and hope to have live music with amazing sunsets.

Doggie Delights Menu

Just for the pups!

  • Chicken Filet $3.95
  • 1/4 lb Hot Dog $3.95
  • Beef Patty $3.95
  • Collapsible Drinking Bowl $9.99

Other Dining Options

  • Back Door Lounge

    Try a signature cocktail or locally-brewed craft beer.
    Indoor food and beverage service is limited.

  • Lodge Restaurant

    Limited seating is available in the Main Dining Room for
    breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.

Trailheads Snacks

Carry-out food and drinks from Trailheads and enjoy outdoor dining on the patio. Limited indoor seating.

The Starved Rock Café

Carry-out breakfast, lunch, snacks and sweet treats. Souvenirs, beer and wine also available. Limited seating.

Keep In Touch