Dinner and a show in the Aurora Area of Illinois
Posted on 08/26/2021 by James Cardis
A common dilemma: You've got tickets to see award winning Broadway at Aurora's Paramount Theatre, or a concert at RiverEdge Park, 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 just 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 (Re-opening fall/winter 2021)
Keep an eye on social media for the highly anticipated re-opening of this funky luxe-casual steakhouse 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.
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.
Craft beer is the star here, but so are the burgers, like the Rebel Duck, featured on Chicago’s Best TV as one of Chicagoland’s finest.
La Quinta de los Reyes
Double-decker mainstay for Latin American cuisine with roving mariachi, full margarita menu, and tableside prep.
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, upscale dining environment near Fox Valley Mall.
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.
Mandrake • Yorkville, 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.
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.
Benny’s Place • Oswego, Illinois
Family-owned neighborhood favorite for breakfast and lunch with a full bar.
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.
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.
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Photos: Hacienda Real / TheChicagoCouple.com; Altiro Latin Fusion / Amy Nelson Art & Photography; La Marimba Restaurant Oswego; Society 57 / Aurora Downtown.