Dinner and a show in the Aurora Area of Illinois
Posted on 09/23/2022 by James Cardis, Aurora Area CVB
A common dilemma: You have tickets to see award-winning Broadway at Aurora's Paramount Theatre, a concert at The Venue, or a night of stand-up at the Comedy Vault, but you're still not sure where to eat. We heard from locals and visitors alike seeking an easy to use dining guide covering downtown Aurora and the communities of the Aurora Area for just such an occasion. Whether for a date night or to get a bite before a matinee, you're in the right place to find delicious destinations to pair with your next outing. Enjoy the show!
Outstanding dinner options just steps away from the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora.
Altiro Latin Fusion
Upscale tapas with Latin-fusion flair located just across the street from Paramount Theatre at the ground floor of iconic Leland Tower.
Amy Morton’s Stolp Island Social
Cozy, upbeat luxe-casual seasonal kitchen and steakhouse in the located next door to Paramount Theatre.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub
Enjoy the traditional fare of the Emerald Isle in a modern nod to the Irish pub with live entertainment on weekends.
Craft Urban Aurora
Seasonal kitchen and cocktail bar with specialty pre-theater and late-night ramen menus.
El Jefe Lena y Mar
Just north of downtown Aurora, El Jefe serves up authentic Mexican cuisine in a lively modern setting.
Overlooking downtown atop Hollywood Casino Aurora, enjoy steaks, chops, and cocktails in the casino’s decadent style.
La Quinta de los Reyes
Double-decker mainstay for Latin American cuisine with roving mariachi, full margarita menu, and tableside prep.
Spartan Ale House
Modern sports bar with Broadway Series themed specials, just minutes away from downtown.
Tavern on Broadway
Cozy, casual beer, wine, and cocktail bar with rotating apps and mains, only a 3 minute walk from Paramount.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Historic building housing the big, bold flavors of Two Brothers Artisan Beer & Spirits along with a chef-driven gastropub menu featuring seasonal sides & mains.
Throughout the Aurora Area, upscale and eclectic restaurants offer excellent options for your evening outing to the Paramount.
113 Main • Oswego, Illinois
New American craft in the heart of Oswego’s charming downtown area.
Basils Greek Dining • Aurora, Illinois
Authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in a stylish dining environment near Fox Valley Mall.
Dakotas • Yorkville, Illinois
Craft bar and grill specializing in signature cocktails and indulgent American dishes. Around every corner is a story, ranging from the Tetons mural to the Harley-Davidson centerpiece.
Fireside Grille • Sugar Grove, Illinois
Quaint mainstay for steaks & classic American cuisine in homey digs with a full bar & fireplace.
Gray’s Mill Estate • Montgomery, Illinois
Historic riverside building newly renovated as an outstanding food & beverage destination with a speakeasy, restaurant, gorgeous outdoor patio and biergarten.
Hacienda Real • Yorkville, Illinois
Traditional family recipes are served up with modern elegance at this new date night spot in Yorkville.
Hardware • North Aurora, Illinois
Sustainable gastropub & brewery with the suburbs’ largest collection of whiskeys. Highlights include the ‘living wall’, greenhouse, on-site orchard and hop farm, and a seasonally rotating menu.
Hopvine Brewing Co. • Aurora, Illinois
Craft brewery pairing artisan ales with chef-inspired tavern food near Fox Valley Mall.
La Marimba • Oswego, Illinois
New to downtown Oswego, this hip casual Mexican restaurant offers fresh flavors and an upscale environment for date night.
Mirus • Batavia, Illinois
Chef-driven menu of seasonally sourced small plates and libations, including an interesting variety of wines and craft cocktails, makes this cozy spot a dream come true for adventurous eaters.
Pacifica Square • Aurora, Illinois
Asian lifestyle center featuring a variety of cuisine ranging from barbecue and fried chicken to sushi, pho, ramen, and more.
Sakamoto Japanese Grill & Sushi • Oswego, Illinois
Enjoy chef special sushi and sashimi or do signature steak bites and entrees at this inviting restaurant in Oswego's Route 34 retail corridor.
Silver Fox Bar & Grill • Yorkville, Illinois
Share a seafood tower or enjoy signature steaks and chops at this upbeat restaurant and bar in Yorkville.
The Turf Room • North Aurora, Illinois
New American cuisine centered around steaks, chops, and seafood pair up with one of Chicagoland’s top rated wine programs in rustic chic digs.
Lunch and a Matinee
Attending a matinee at the Paramount Theatre is a great opportunity to do brunch or get a group together for lunch before the show.
Alice's Corner • Aurora, Illinois
Started as a popular food truck, Alice's Corner serves up authentic, delicious Bolivian cuisine.
Benny’s Place • Oswego, Illinois
Family-owned neighborhood favorite for breakfast and lunch with a full bar.
Burnt Barrel Social • Yorkville, Illinois
Comfortable lounge serving up uniquely crafted food and award-winning spirits.
Chupacabra Restaurant • Aurora, Illinois
Get on island time with the flavors of Puerto Rican cuisine at the brick & mortar location of the popular food truck and catering service.
Crusade Burger Bar • Yorkville, Illinois
Epic burgers & shakes with a rock n’ roll theme have made Crusade a travel destination for thousands of Instagram foodies.
Endiro Coffee • Aurora, Illinois
Tree-to-cup coffee sourced directly from women owned co-ops paired with Ugandan spins on American breakfast & lunch staples at this charming riverside cafe.
Harner’s Bakery & Restaurant • North Aurora, Illinois
A Fox Valley favorite for generations, Harner’s is a dining institution where you’ll find fresh-baked pastries and outstanding breakfast & lunch items like homemade fried chicken, as featured on Chicago’s Best TV.
Portillo's • Oswego and Batavia, Illinois
Get a taste of Chicago's signature Italian beef and sausage at this famous regional fast-casual chain.
Riverview Diner • Montgomery, Illinois
Traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner items served morning to night in this spacious, group-friendly modern diner.
Riverside Pizza & Pub • Batavia, Illinois
Open for lunch and dinner daily, this contemporary pizzeria offers a full bar and plentiful seating.
Society 57 • Aurora, Illinois
Located in Aurora's historic Pocus building, Society 57 features a specialty cafe where Aurora's own Modest Coffee is poured along with pastries and breads sourced from Katic Bread of Aurora. Great for groups!
Southbank Original Barbecue • Yorkville, Illinois
Follow your nose to the back patio of this BBQ destination with wraparound views of the Fox River, where you can satisfy your craving for smoked ribs, brisket, and more for lunch or dinner. Great for groups!
SYRUP • Aurora, Illinois
Formerly known as Colonial Cafe, this suburban restaurant chain modernized its menu and decor, transforming into an upscale spot for brunch to rave reviews.
Tap House Grill • Oswego, Illinois
An outstanding selection of craft beer and American pub fare is on offer at this group-friendly destination in the heart of downtown Oswego.
WindMill Grille & Pizzeria • Batavia, Illinois
Great selection of soups, salads, and entrees, including delicious pizza made from scratch, at this spacious lunch and dinner restaurant in downtown Batavia.