An invitation to visit, stay, shop &
eat right here in Nauvoo, Illinois!
Nauvoo, Illinois is a
historic community located 20 minutes North of Hamilton, Illinois
and Keokuk, Iowa on the Illinois side of the Mississippi river. It
is a small community of just over 900 residents, but each summer
thousands come from across the country and around the world come to
visit this Historic area.
Nauvoo is open year round with
dozens of historic homes with senior couples in period costumes to
give you your own guided tours. Nightly shows with performing young
adults and talented senior couples delight visitors both young and
young at heart. And don't miss the Nauvoo & British Pageants each
summer in July.
The restored Nauvoo Temple of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a unique landmark and has
thousands of visitors each year. For those that want fast food and
larger shopping centers, Ft Madison & Keokuk Iowa are within 20
minutes just across the Mississippi river. But we invite you to
stay, eat & shop right here in Nauvoo, Illinois! You will love the
quaint antique shops, Phamacy, Art museums, Souvenir & giftshops
along Mulholland Street. Each summer additional retail spaces appear
to accomodate the thousands that will come looking for T-Shirts and
other gifts to take home with them. The restaurants, diners,
buffets, custard & sandwich shops offer lasting, happy memories of
your visit to Historic Nauvoo. We will see you there!
Restaurant / Food Guide to Nauvoo, Illinois
The restaurants are listed from left to right (West to East) by
ascending numbers. So if you were strolling down Mulholland
Street starting at the LDS Nauvoo Temple, you will pass the
Restaurants in ascending number order.
This buffet is only open for breakfast and
lunch. It is owned by the owner of Hotel Nauvoo across the
street and offers nice meals without having to wait for the food to be
prepared. If you are in a hurry, this cafeteria style dining is
a great place to go but remember it is not open for dinner.
Hotel Nauvoo BuffetSee Website
(Closed Mondays, Dinner only Tues - Sat 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Sundays
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM) Across the street from Grandpa John's is
the the Hotel Nauvoo buffet. It is only open for Dinner and as
of 2018 cost between $12 - $18 depending on if you ordered an entree
or did the buffet. I have eaten here a few times and although the
price may be more than other places in town, I highly recommend it.
This is definitly the most elegant restaurant in Nauvoo and is great
for special occasions. The selection of food in the buffet is
excellent. This has been a staple of Nauvoo restaurants for many
years and does a great job of serving the guests that visit year
Apron Restaurant Their Facebook
Page This restaurant was formerly "The Ivy" restaurant
in Ft Madison. It was sold and the name changed to "The Apron"
and moved to Nauvoo in 2017. It features fresh baked gormet
sandwiches, cold soft drinks, chips and deserts. They also have
some very unique desserts that are made fresh daily on site.
Nothing here is frozen and reheated. They focus on healthy fresh
baked breads and ingredients and are a welcome addition to the Nauvoo
Annies CustardTheir Facebook Page
(open late during pageant) Although people go to Annie's for
the Fresh Custard, they also serve Belgian Waffles all day long.
This is a great place for tasty custard on a hot day. Try the
"Snow Bob" which is similar to a Rootbeer float type drink using
different flavors of drink and custard.
5) Nauvoo Mill & BakerySee Website (closes at
5:00 PM) The Nauvoo Mill & Bakery offers freshly made gormet
sandwiches, cold drinks, and homemade desserts. They do close at
5:00 PM so make sure to come early enough to enjoy this great food.
6) Casey's Convenience
See Website (closes at 11:00 PM) You might not
think of a convenience store as a place you would list under
"restaurants", but in a small place like Nauvoo, Ilinois Casey's is a
very popular place among locals and visitors alike. They make
Pizzas and sell them by the pizza or by the slice. They also
have hamburgers, chicken, cookies, and all other items you would
normally see in a convenience store. They close at 11:00 PM and
are the only gas station in town.
7) Peter's Place & Nauvoo RV Park See
Website (open late during pageant)
This was formerly "Dairy Sweet" and is still listed that way online if
you are searching. They also changed their name from "Pete's
Place" to "Peter's Place" due to the confusion that they do not sell
pizza. Why is that confusing? Try saying "Pete's Place" outloud.
Right? It sounds like you are saying "Pizza Place" :) Thus
the name change. Peter''s Place is open for business in 2018 and
although it is at the far East end of town, it offers a nice selection
of food you would expect at a Drive Inn type place: Burgers, Fries,
Shakes. But Peter's Place offers some very unique items that I
have personally enjoyed. My favorite is the Navajo Taco but the
Pork "Sirloin" sandwich and Onion Rings are very popular also.
Enjoy Drinks, shakes and fries with your meals. Price range was
from $3 - $9 with many entrees costing $5 to $7. Family friendly
Purpose of this Website Each summer, thousands
of people come to see the historic sites of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. With over 30 homes that are interpreted by young
women and Senior Couples dressed in 1840's period costumes, the whole
family can enjoy this great historic adventure. Please shop, eat and
stay in Nauvoo, Illinois. It is a wonderful community and works hard
to earn your support. This site is a "fan site" of Nauvoo and is not
officially endorsed by any company, organization or church. It is
maintained by a frequent visitor of Nauvoo who loves the small
community and loves to see the good people of Nauvoo thrive and
succeed at their business ventures. And of course we want to have
these places be successfull so we can visit them each year! The
majority of visitors come to the LDS Church's Nauvoo & British
Pageants held for 4 weeks in July. I have heard that over 50,000
visitors will pass through Nauvoo each summer. During the winter
season, the historic homes and some activities remain, but during the
summer Nauvoo is very busy!
Need something added or
Corrected? Each of the Restaurants above were contacted
and agreed to this "free publicity." Every effor has been made to make
sure the information is accurate and up to date as of Summer 2018. But
things change! If you see a correction that needs to be made, or an
addition to this list, please notify the webmaster by using the
contact page on the main menu. There is so much to do
and see in Nauvoo, Illinois There has never been a better
time to visit Historic Nauvoo, Illinois with the majority of all
activities, the pageants, and historic home tours are free! Nauvoo
is a unique LDS historical site that allows guests who stroll the
streets to see what the original city would have been like in the
1840s. You can receive a souvenir brick at the Brickyard, experience
the sights and sounds in the pioneer Blacksmith Shop, and enjoy a
ginger snap cookie from the Scovil Bakery. Take a ride in a carriage
or wagon pulled by draft horses and hear stories of Old Nauvoo. Visit
HistoricNauvoo.net to learn more about over 30 restored historic
sites. Young performing missionaries provide live shows for visitors
throughout the day. Don’t miss the patriotic “Sunset by the
Mississippi,” offered by the senior and young performing missionaries
Monday thru Saturday evenings from Memorial Day to August 11.
Nauvoo and British Pageants Thes are
wonderful additions to your summer in Nauvoo. See
Newspaper Article here The pageants celebrate the legacy of
the early Latter-day Saint pioneers. The Nauvoo Pageant is on
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the British Pageant on Wednesdays
The Nauvoo Pageant Preshow & Country Fair
Games and activities of the 1840s are provided for guests at the
pageant preshow celebration and country fair beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The outdoor pageant performances begin at 8:30 p.m. No reservations
are needed for the country fair or the pageant, and no tickets are
The majestic Nauvoo Temple
Rebuilt on its original site overlooking the Mississippi River in
Nauvoo Temple will create a lasting memory. Come visit the Nauvoo
Temple and feel the great spirit of sacrifice of the early the Nauvoo
residents. Visit Nauvoo, Illinois this summer and remember it always!