Praise + Press

“Never let it be said that smaller cities in Peoria’s orbit lack for places to have a high quality, inventive meal. [After] dining that well, we’re eager to see what other innovations will be on offer in spring, summer and fall.”

Peoria Journal Star

“Written up in Midwest Living magazine, this casual fine dining restaurant is a culinary delight located in an historic, renovated hotel in downtown Canton. Listen to live music in The Parlor lounge while you have a cocktail or craft beer. Then move in to the dining room to feast on an eclectic variety of entrees, guaranteed to have you talking about your meal long after to you continue your journey on the Byway.”

Illinois River Road Magazine

“Along with a common focus on community and charity, the Bistro aims to serve Canton by offering a place like no other in the region: a place that cares about the people and strives to consistently provide honest, high-quality food and drinks to the community. Food trends or not, every single thing we’ve tasted at the Bistro has excited our tastebuds.”

Independent Heartland

“While most restauranteurs find a menu that works and stick with it, Bistro 101 is unique in the way its menu changes daily. On a particular day in February, the menu provided a plethora of interesting choices.”

The Register-Mail, Galesburg, Illinois

“Bistro 101 has been in operation for over 3 years now. Since then, Bistro 101 has supported countless local organizations and events. Bistro 101 has also hosted the Health and Wellness Clinic of Fulton County, Art on Main and donations to many local charities and events. Their tastefully delightful food has been featured in the Journal Star and has received high praise from regional travelers on tripadvisor and yelp. Bistro has gone above and beyond for this community and the Chamber of Commerce Member & Public Relations committee is proud and honored to recognize them as our Chamber Champion. Congratulations to Bistro 101 Staff & thank you for your support & hard work in the community!”

The Canton Chamber Courier

“Spectacular! Totally reasonable prices for fine dining. I love how they actually give you time to eat your courses before the next course comes. They're not in a hurry to get you out of there. Good food takes good time. From the appetizer to the main entree, you could tell there was time and thought put into the food. Real authentic homemade tastes. The waitress was wonderful. I will definitely be back.”


After Explosion, Canton Business Reopens with New Look: While waiting for the new windows to be installed, [The Bistro] put in a new bar, new flooring and gave the parlor a fresh coat of paint. Because of the people of Canton, they weren't down for long. ‘It always shows itself ability to bounce right back and pick itself up, dust itself off and get right back to work,’ Hale said.”

Central Illinois Proud