Blackhawk Plaza

Restaurant Review – Blackhawk Grille, Danville

Blackhawk Plaza

Blackhawk Grille is one of the oldest established restaurants in the area and I believe it has been in existence as long as Blackhawk Plaza. It has seen some changes over the years though. Initially, and for many years, this was an upscale fine dining establishment. Tastes change though, and a few years ago, they closed for renovations and a complete re-vamp. Now, the Blackhawk Grille markets itself as a neighborhood tavern.

Rarely have I seen restaurants successfully  reinvented without a change in ownership but this is a prime example of how it should be done. Those of us who remember the old Blackhawk Grill would not recognize it as the same place. It really does have all of the feel of a neighborhood tavern and seems more popular than ever. The bar area has been relocated and expanded and the restaurant has space for the largest parties.

Our son and his wife were visiting us from England and six of us dined here recently on a pleasant evening in May when it was a little cool but still just nice enough to dine on the patio, overlooking the water, particularly with the help of the heaters, of which there are many. For al fresco dining, there really are few places to compare with this.

We all passed on the appetizers although we were happy to snack on the complementary spicy potato chips while we waited for our entrees, accompanied by various beverages of course. Then we had quite a selection of main courses at our table.

Sylvia had the fish and chips. In this case, haddock, which is an unusual choice in America but she said it was the best fish and chips she had tasted in years. I chose the half-rack of St Louis ribs and I was also impressed This was a very generous half-rack and again, it was very tasty, as was the sauce.

Other selections at our table included Penne Jambalaya, beef short rib meat loaf and center cut filet mignon. Everybody was very well-satisfied with their choices. It really does seem that the Blackhawk Grille has something for everybody and the price-points range from just over $10 to $39 (for a very generous filet mignon)although most entrees are in the $15 to $20 range.

In addition to the dishes already mentioned, choices include pizza, mac ‘n cheese and various salads and sandwiches.

None of us had a dessert but they do have some that sound pretty tempting.

We will undoubtedly be visiting the Blackhawk Grille again soon. You can find out more on their website at


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