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Garden of Paradise

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1412 East Empire Bloomington IL, Bloomington, IL 61701
+1 309-828-8080
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun 06:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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El Paso, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have always loved GOP. The owners and employees are super friendly and accommodating. The food is typical of a Greek restaurant (a slang from Chicago for these types of restaurants - I know the owners aren't Greek) that has some of almost everything. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are great comfort food. I come frequently for lunch. Very... More 

Thank art r
Bloomington, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So glad GOP is finally back among us! A great place for weekend breakfast. Same great food and service.

Thank RaceGirl83
Bloomington, IL
Level Contributor
46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Great service, great menu and truly the best chicken noodle soup I have ever had. So excited the restaurant re opened. The renovations are beautiful and menu still has same amazing options. Thank you for staying in our community.

Thank MIrvinGM
Level Contributor
133 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Garden of Paradise has undergone a face lift with a wonderfully decorated interior remodel. Our waitress was very attentive, with coffeepot in hand when she greeted us. Even through they were busy, our breakfast order was both taken quickly and served in a very short amount of time, and our coffee cups were always refilled before they were emptied. Omelets... More 

Thank LucyLucerne
Medford, Oregon
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Good food, quick service, clean, well run restaurant. Nice complete menu. Family friendly. Long time business breakfast, lunch, dinner. Good value

Thank rmuckey1
Level Contributor
44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Even though since their re-opening I've had a few bumps in the food quality, the issues were corrected immediately and they went beyond what they needed to do to correct it. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. Though they are usually very busy, the service is fast. I've been going there for several years and will not hold a... More 

Thank xtreme7
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

We went into this restaurant thinking it was another restaurant. This was a mistake which had a very happy ending. Once inside, we decided to stay. It is a family-friendly, family-owned and operated restaurant. Clean, bright and comfy with very friendly, efficient staff. I had an excellent Greek salad, with crisp lettuce, excellent Feta cheese and plenty of anchovies, olives,... More 

Thank David D
Bloomington, IL
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234 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

We just love GOP for week-end breakfasts...great coffee....lots of choices and terrific service. Grits have been taken off the menu but you can still order them. We always feel welcomed, never rushed. Reminds me of some great diners I went to as a child...

Thank Connor11_7
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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168 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

"G-O-P" has for some time been a generally well-liked place among townies. The service is intentionally warm, and it's all-encompassing menu and ample seating makes it an easy go-to place when you can't make up your mind. While not every dish is going to wow you, there are a lot of solid offerings and the prices are more than fair.... More 

Thank Jake F
Normal, Illinois
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

Dined in for lunch today. Got the lunch special which was tenderloin w/ potatoes and gravy plus a cup of soup. Food was pretty tasteless. Service was decent , my wife ordered some breakfast food - she wasnt that impressed either. Do think we will be back.

Thank Shane B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Greek
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1412 East Empire Bloomington IL, Bloomington, IL 61701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 309-828-8080

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?