Highly Recommended
"TripAdvisor rated MarkAllen's as the number one restaurant in Peru. We can confirm this rating. The food was exquisite, perfectly prepared and served with great care and style"
Great food - great service
"My wife and I just got back from this lovely restaurant in Peru, Illinois, during our weekend visit to Starved Rock State Park. Overall, a wonderfully relaxing evening with very good food, great service, and a comfortable decor. Definitely a place I would come back to!"
a gem!
"A sumptuous delight! Gorgeous decor to relax and enjoy a delightful cocktail. The wait staff is friendly and provide excellent service. The food is simply delectable.
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Welcome To MarkAllens

Come join us and enjoy a unique dining experience. Express yourself with the vibrant, interactive art that is displayed throughout.

The food is delicious, and the menu changes seasonally. We take great pride in preparing our food with the finest and freshest ingredients available. MarkAllens American Kitchen is a comfortable place to be and is perfect for lunch, dinner or just a quick drink or snack.

Make your special day even more amazing with our unique Catering options and service. MarkAllen‘s is committed to our quality of food and service, and will do our best to ensure your big day is spectacular!

  • Check out our Makers 46 ManUp! A classic Manhattan Up
    Check out our Makers 46 ManUp! A classic Manhattan Up style made with the incredible Makers46 Bourbon. Stop in to try it today!
  • Whos ready for the weekend!?! We have some awesome specials
    Who's ready for the weekend!?! We have some awesome specials including Mako Shark with Ginger Teriyaki and Mango Salsa NY strip Oscar with Brie, crabmeat, and balsamic Asparagus  Saturday only Prime Rib!
  • Who doesnt love ice cream when its hot! Come in
    Who doesn't love ice cream when it's hot! Come in every Tuesday night and get a FREE messy ice cream sundae with a purchase of any burger or BBQ item!
  • Calling all Judys! Come get your burger girl!
    Calling all Judy's! Come get your burger girl!
  • NY strip Oscar with Brie and crabtopped with balsamic asparagus
    NY strip Oscar with Brie and crabtopped with balsamic asparagus. Stop in this weekend and try one
  • Its Wednesday night date night! Stop in for the best
    It's Wednesday night date night! Stop in for the best deal in town including a bottle of house wine for only $40!  @eatfresh   @locallyowned 
  • Come try our 4 draft of the day! We are
    Come try our $4 draft of the day! We are featuring Sun Crusher by Revolution Brewing. This hoppy wheat ale ends with a hint of citrus. Stop in today and give it a try!
  • Today is TEQUILA TUESDAY Come try any tequila drink and
    Today is TEQUILA TUESDAY. Come try any tequila drink and get it $2 off!!!
  • Calling all Davids Stop in anytime on Tuesday and get
    Calling all David's. Stop in anytime on Tuesday and get any burger half priced! You don't want to miss out on this
  • JENNIFER! COME CLAIM YOUR 12 PRICED BURGER
    JENNIFER! COME CLAIM YOUR 1/2 PRICED BURGER
  • Call 8152200642 for reservations Serving from 11am to 5pm
    Call 815-220-0642 for reservations Serving from 11am to 5pm
  • Pan seared Swordfish with Cajun Seasoning and Cilantro Lime Brown
    Pan seared Swordfish with Cajun Seasoning and Cilantro Lime Brown Butter
  • Patter B. Avatar

    5 star rating Fabulous! After a long day of driving, we had one of our best experiences ..both the food and the wine. The waiter could not have been friendlier, a cozy atmosphere and the best calamari we have ever had. It is a good thing I don't live in Peru or I would be eating there all the time and huge!

    Patter B. 1 month ago
  • Phlegon Avatar

    5 star rating Comfortable. Good food. Good value. It was our first visit. We liked the artsy, comfortable atmosphere. We came early so it wasn't crowded. I'm glad we did. I wouldn't feel comfortable if the room was full - I know that's good for business but it's a cozy setting. The food was good and we thought the prices were reasonable. We plan to come back. It was a nice meal, a good value, with a comfortable setting.

    Phlegon 1 month ago
  • CabKdb Avatar

    5 star rating Best Dining Experience Ever Mark Allen's knows what it takes to be an outstanding restaurant. Starting with their service; servers were prompt, friendly and smiling during our entire meal. The food - bartender knew how to make the perfect dry martini anywhere - bar none! My husband had their 13 ounce New York sirloin medium-well; cooked to perfection, the meat was seasoned beautifully.I had the Wonderburger, absolutely magnificent. Well done Mark Allen's, we will tell everyone about you and we will be back!

    CabKdb 2 months ago
  • Colleen M. Avatar

    5 star rating Great time on a surprisingly busy week night! Great place! We could tell when we arrived that a lot of other guests came at the same time we did. Though our server was busy, our service didn’t suffer. Everyone jumped in to help and the staff was as friendly and incredible as can be.

    Colleen M. 2 months ago
  • Rob G. Avatar

    5 star rating Always Great We go to Mark Allen’s a lot, best steaks you can at any restaurant!!! The desserts are out of this world too!!

    Rob G. 2 months ago