Starved Rock Back Door Lounge

Contact Info

Starved Rock State Park Lodge
Utica, Illinois 61373
800-868-7625 View the website

The Back Door Lounge restaurant is located just beyond the Main Dining Room. Enter the “Back Door” from the northeast side of the Veranda and don’t miss the amazing view outside the door! Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back destination we call the 19th canyon (like the 19th hole on a golf course)!

We’re open daily and our menu has a wide variety of choices for appetizers, lunch (ask about our creative specials for lunch and dinner). Our friendly staff is happy to bring you your favorite drink.

Our guest’s favorite appetizer has to be our Gorgonzola Nachos. And, the most requested craft beer:  a pint of Starved Rock Signature Ale (made just for us by Leinenkugel).  If you’re a wine lover, try a Starved Rock Wine (Chardonnay, White Zin, Merlot & Cab).

Celebrating a special occasion? Try Starved Rock Bubbly for your toast!  Relax and enjoy music inside The Back Door Lounge every Friday from 8-11 pm. Check the latest sports scores and news updates while your here. Our Veranda Parties and outdoor dining will return with warm weather (kick off planned for  Memorial Day weekend).

Open Daily for lunch and dinner!


  • Monday – Thursday
    Bar:  11:00 am to 11:00 pm
    Food Service: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday
    Bar: 11:00 am to 12:00 am / Midnight
    Food Service 11:00 am to  9:00 pm
  • Sunday
    Bar: 10:30 am to 11:00 pm
    Food Service: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
    Sunday Brunch is available from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm