About Legends at Walkers Bluff
Carterville, IL 62918
Legends at Walkers Bluff is located in the Carbondale area of Chicago. It is modern dining in a beautiful destination setting. The Walkers Bluff resort houses The Tasting Room and a beautiful hotel and resort area along with the Legends restaurant. Internationally influenced gourmet cuisine makes its way onto the menu every season, and Chef King's culinary staff takes a one-month sabbatical every January in order to learn a new dish and bring it back for the enjoyment of guests.
Legends at Walkers Bluff serves lunch and dinner Thursday through Saturday, and also offers a Sunday brunch. On Thursdays, couples can order a three-course meal with appetizers, main dishes and dessert. Guests can order popular dishes such as the baked red snapper, braised lamb shank, Legends burger or the wild mushroom & asparagus risotto.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 4:00 pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am-3:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Walker's Bluff is an exceptional entertainment venue that strives to delight our guests with a variety of activities. Whether it be an experience in fine dining, a unique shopping opportunity, or beverages that will qualify as a sensory experience, we have something for everyone! From concerts by award winning, nationally recognized artists to local live entertainment, there is something special almost every weekend. Families will enjoy an atmosphere that promotes wholesome fun. Whether it's fishing for the "Big Wonga, enjoying an outdoor movie and popcorn, or two stepping to a Nashville band, we promise you a delightful time. You'll want to sign up for our email blasts and newsletter to stay abreast of all that goes on during the year at www.walkersbluff.com. See you at the Bluff!
Location is a bit hard to locate. Once there it is very nice. Decorated for Christmas and it was beautiful. Reservations were handled A+. 1. service was spotty. Hard pressed to meet average. We had to ask for bread, salt and pepper. The only thing good was the server who kept our water glasses filled. Food was delivered to our table by a food runner. Had to be auctioned off once it arrived, as he didn't have a clue who got what. NOT GOOD FOR A RESTAURANT CHARGING THESE KIND OF PRICES. 2. Food was just ok. Not terrible but not outstanding. Average to say the least. Pork rib-eye was a cut of pork loin grilled without the bone-in, with mashed potatoes. We had a special menu for graduation at a local university. (not the regular menu) 3. Prices were inflated for this special menu. Prices reflected something in Chicago or New York and not out in the country in Southern Illinois. Two lobster tails $75.00.....The owners have spent a ton of money building this place and it shows, as it is very very nice. The food, the service is just average at best. It would push it to meet the average stage. The prices are quite high for the service and food that you get for your dollar (s)......
We were seated promptly. However, we waited at least 20-25 minutes before I decided to go to bar and get myself and my wife a drink.(no server was assigned to our table evidently). Wonder why! People who came after us were served before us.
Giving us free drinks does not solve the problem.
Our 22nd wedding anniversary dinner wasn't so special at Legend's. The service was very slow, they didn't have the expensive wine I had ordered, the entrees that we had were all very, very salty (ribeye steak, scallops, and strip steak). Our son is a senior at SIU and we had been anticipating visiting Legends for almost 4 years and were very disappointed with the over salty food and slow service. Our waiter Adam wasn't to blame it was the nature of the restaurant. After returning home I had read some reviews of the restaurant and I'm kick my self for not reading them before having dinner at the restaurant. Based on the reviews I have read these issues have been issues for a long time.
This was our first visit to Walker's Bluff. His prime rib was tough and full of gristle. It was poor quality meat and should have been used for stociklnThe server brought him a second steak which took forever to receive. The quality was even worse. I ordered the pasta of the day. The pasta was overcooked and had the texture of paste.
My wife and I drove 2 hours to take 2 other couples to this restaurant for Sunday brunch because we thought is would make a great start to a day of visiting wineries in Southern Illinois. It didn't start out good from the get go. On my Open Table reservation I requested a table in a corner because of our tendency to get a little loud. The maître de did not know about it. Of course, the one table for 6 that fit that requirement was being used by three people.
Then the food took one hour to be served and all of our omelets were not made right and they were cold. On the plus side, the deserts on the desert buffet were pretty good and the salad was very good. Also, the prices are reasonable.
WE were a party of four we had drinks, appetizer and dinner.It took quite a while to get appetizer,even longer to get salad,I ordered my steak well done and it was quite pink - red I had to send it back to get it well done.After dinner we ordered dessert we all wanted the choc cake ,they were out!! So we each had something different and it was not good.Quite surprised !
Our waiter was AWESOME.......the restaurant was very nice, the overall service was AWESOME.....the food on the other hand wasn't what I thought it would be. You could have knocked out a window with the bread we were served, the salad was good, my steak was good but not near as good as what I can get at any local steak house, my wife had the spinach linguine with chicken, the chicken was very good but the sauce and the spinach linguine was nothing to write home about.
We were there nearly three hours! When our meal was finally served, steaks had been resting so long that they were overcooked. Was starving, but sent them back, because when you pay top dollar for a steak, they should be properly cooked. Same thing happened second time. Ate the steaks and even though they were over-done, they were excellent. Filet was extremely tender and tasty. Would return if they had better service. On their behalf, it was July 5 and they had a fireworks show going on later that evening and perhaps their staff was spread too thin?
We have limited options for upscale restaurants in the area; this one is nice. For the price, though, I would pretty much love to see perfection. Air conditioning was on high when we arrived, and I was very uncomfortable. Next time will bring a warm sweater. It was fairly noisy. Service was good but not as attentive as top restaurants I have been to. My pasta with chicken was on the edge of too salty, but portion was very generous. Dessert was ephemeral, and the wine the waiter recommended was very good indeed. I'll go back for special occasion dining.
My wife and i was very pleased with our dinning experience as it was our twenty fourth wedding anniversary so we chose to try the legends and was not disappointed.We have had the privilege of dinning at many upscale establishments and found yours to be a top the list and look forward to coming back very soon.
Ambiance was beautiful. Dinning room decorated for Spring was lovely. Enjoyed the Prime Rib Brunch. Loved the quiet and soft music for easy conversation during our meal. Our company was very impressed with Walker's Bluff. Personally, the pitcher of mimosa was a nice touch. Choices for the brunch was limited but we were all able to find something we liked.
Restaurant setting just gorgeous. We had reservation for graduation dinner and although we had reservation, table was not ready for 15 minutes. Lots of tables were open. Not as though the place was packed.
Food quality good, priced high for quality, though.
Service was great. We had requested in advance a special dessert plate with our son's name and grad details. It was served flawlessly!!
We had a limited graduation menu. It was not advertised. Didn't know we would have limited menu. Was looking forward to other menu items.
It was graduation weekend, and they were very busy. In spite of a few service hiccups, our server (Shane) did a nice job taking very good care of us. Both the Salmon and Chicken with pasta were delicious. I appreciated that the bartender actually brought my first cocktail out to the table himself just to make sure it was satisfactory. Nice to see that kind of attention to detail. I've already selected several other entrees that I look forward to enjoying.
After being called not once, not twice, but 3 times to confirm my reservation, and told to arrive early if possible, we were 15 minutes early, and had to wait in the foyer while 2 other couples who had arrived after us were seated,[ mine was not a large party only 5 members] we were finally seated 10 min after our reservation time, only to sit for 30 min before anyone acknowledged our presence or even bring us ice water. As it was a special occasion, my birthday, and mothers day, my fiance, daughter, mother, and grandmother accompanied me to where i was sure they would be impressed and delighted. Instead we were disappointed and the only highlight was the waiter, Ken, who tried to make up for the distressing first impression we received.
Our birthday celebration was a wonderful and perfect evening! We were given special attention by all, service was great, and our entries for four were all delicious, just outstanding! Thank you for giving us this wonderful evening. We did forget to mention it was the women's birthdays--don't know if you served a special dessert for this occasion. We did forget to mention this--- perhaps the waiter could have asked if it was a special occasion. Just a suggestion! Thanks again. We will be happy to dine again. Joyce
After ordering a $50 steak and biting into a lot of gristle, I asked to return it. I was met by a very defensive evening manager who did nothing to solve my problem, but let me know that this would be kitchen waste and that I was causing an issue. My problem was not taken care of and I ended up paying for a dinner I did not even eat. She even had the nerve to return to my table later and ask if I wanted some bread while the rest of my table finished their meals.
We had a group for the sunday brunch. The restaurant is a gem in an otherwise backwoods area. The facilities were beautiful and the service was good. What I was disappointed in was the food itself. The highlight of the meal was the wonderful salad that was chill and quite delicious. The rest of the meal was a disappointment. The omelette was greasy and I didn't even get what I had ordered. The potatoes were hard and cold. The most disappointing part of brunch was the dessert buffet. Cold hard cinnamon rolls, sliced fruit, blueberry cupcakes (looked from the local Wal-Mart), and peach pastry. We all would like to try one of the other restaurants, but agreed we would not be returning to Legends anytime soon.
Walkers Bluff is an enjoyable place for an up-scale evening out. A place where you can have a full course relaxing meal, drinks, and a great time. Walkers Bluff itself is stately, with beautiful scenic views all around, along with other attractive venues on the grounds (Seasonal Decorations added a nice warm touch). Our dinners are consistently cooked to our liking, the wines are all so tasty, and the deserts (which you must have) are all so rich and full of flavor. Brandon is our server and he is, as always, a very attentive friendly young man. The manager takes time to ensure her patrons have a pleasurable dining experience. Legends at Walker's Bluff is a place you want to visit and you will surely return.
The waiter acted like he didn't know what he was doing. He was late getting our food and drinks. I had to loan him a pen to take our dessert order. We were at our table for 2 1/2 hours! Everyone else had come and gone! I took my wife and sister in law, and they were very disappointed in the service. Everything else was great!
We try to eat at Legends - but every time we take either a work group or friends, we never leave saying " great meal for the price". We have no problem spending the money, but we classify Legends in the same group as Tom's or Mary's. Which is where the problem lies. The food is always just "ok". Saturday evening my waiter convinced me my Ribeye steak was the Kobe steak I ordered - it wasn't. And the mashed potatoes were so salty, they were not eaten. We graciously ate our meal, as we had guest with us who had never been there.It is such a bummer the food continues to be not very good. But it will not stop us from visiting the Tasting Room and the concerts and family activities - just not Legends.
We enjoyed an excellent dinner with friends at the Legends at Walker's Bluff. The New York strip steaks were very tender and well prepared. The seared salmon and bleu chicken were excellent. The waiters were very prompt and service was exceptional. The price of the menu items was reasonable for the quality of the food we were served. We plan to return to the Legends for another special occasion. We highly recommend this restaurant and the other venues at Walker's Bluff.
Reservations made. Seated promptly. Waited an hour to receive a main course. One was cooked very well done (medium rare requested) and was not tasty. Other entrees just OK. Ordered coffee and desert. Waited 15 minutes for coffee. Cold. Waited another 30 minutes for dessert. Way too large. The service was ghastly. The food was mediocre. The prices were sky-high. Entree servings not up to the price. No bread. Lunch should not take over 2 hours for an entree and dessert. Didn't visit last year. Won't visit again. This place has declined beyond recognition and it was NEVER up to the rave reviews some have given it. Anyone who ever rated this restaurant over 3 stars does not know much about food. And it's gone downhill from there.
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