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The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company

About Us

Nestled in the historic small city of Ottawa, deep in the heart of beautiful Starved Rock Country, you’ll find one of Illinois’ most remarkable brewpubs, The Lone Buffalo. Ottawa is famous for its many historic murals and our restaurant derived its name from the one on our building, which shows the buffalo that once roamed the area, and which can still be found in nearby Starved Rock Park. But Ottawa is not only known for its beautiful outdoors. It is also a place where small town values meet progressive thinking. The Lone Buffalo restaurant is a great example of that.

This brewpub is remarkable in many ways: remarkable because of its rich and varied menu, taking familiar local favorites and giving them a chef-inspired twist. Remarkable because of the stunning decor, the highlight of which are the twin Bavarian copper brewing kettles. And above all, remarkable because it is here we brew Forty1 Eighty8, our unique ‘Farm to Foam’ ale, crafted from hops and barley grown right here on our farm nearby.

Areas Served

Ottawa, IL

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On 6/12/2024 Kevin (Huicho_Lives) had this to say:
Great food and Amazing beer. Lovely place to have a bite after a long hike at Starved Rock.

On 6/9/2024 Matthew Runowski had this to say:
Great beer. Ashley was super great as our server. She was able to recommend my fiance and I beers that we loved based on what we had already ordered/liked. The restaurant is a bit far from us but would definitely make a trip back.

On 5/22/2024 Paul La had this to say:
Excellent home made beer and very good food

On 5/20/2024 Hattie Scruggs had this to say:
The food and atmosphere was wonderful. Service was a bit slow for a Sunday evening around 6:00. Our server was very friendly and checked on us a couple of times after we got our drinks - 15 minutes after being sat. I would definitely visit again.

On 5/18/2024 Maureen Lane had this to say:
Even though I don't drink 🍻 beer I think you would love this place. Nice place to enjoy eating and drinking and can have a 3 dating site with your friends 🤠

Contact Us

The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company
812 La Salle St Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: (815) 324-9549

In Historic Downtown Ottawa, Near Starved Rock State Park

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Our Hours

Holiday Hours May Vary. Please Call For Details.

Monday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Lunch brunch runs until 3pm
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Lunch brunch runs until 3pm


Join us at Tangled Roots to experience the exquisite creations of our talented chefs.

Indulge in our NEW Chef Features menu items which have been crafted with the finest ingredients and are sure to leave you craving more. From savory starters to delectable desserts, our chef features promise an unforgettable dining experience.

Come in and try our Local Chef Features TODAY*! Pictured from left to right:
Black Bean Tetela: Created by The Lone Buffalo's Chef Jordan, this dish features a blue corn tetela, stuffed with black beans, roasted poblano peppers, and queso Oaxaca. The masterpiece is then placed on top of cilantro lime crema and topped with cucumber salsa verde and citrus red cabbage slaw.
Branzino + Parmesan Rissotto: Created by Hangar Two's Chef Salvador, this pan seared branzino is on a bed of parmesan rissotto topped with pimento cream sauce and roasted tomato slaw.
Fried Cheesecake Chimichanga: Chef Manuel's delicious flour tortilla stuffed with vanilla cheesecake that is deep fried and topped with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of strawberry glaze.

*The Chef's Menu varies by location. Visit our website to see each location's Local Chef Feature's Menu offerings.

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