Carmon's Bistro is a new bistro that took over the space from the restaurant formerly called Carmon's. My one meal there was very good. It's a small restaurant and so is generally more difficult than most places in town to get a table.
There is a new brewery/restaurant downtown called Destihl. I've had a few meals here. The only one that was a disappointment was a burger, which was over cooked. The best dish I've had is the pork shank. Beer is very good.
Friends have recommended Seven Saints, a bar and restaurant that does a lot of slightly upscale sliders. I haven't been myself.
Other places nearby that aren't new:
Bacaro is a short walk from the Virginia theater and it's the best restaurant in town, IMO. It's fairly upscale.
Peking Garden is a very good Chinese restaurant and is about a block from the theater. They have the American-Chinese classics, but also have a very good selection of more interesting dishes.
Radio Maria is very good, though I haven't been in a while.
Luna is a popular restaurant downtown (formerly known as Cafe Luna and located near campus). I've been perhaps 4 times in the last year and have been pretty disappointed with the food. This used to be a very good place, but clearly something has changed.
Jim Gould's (a steakhouse) has closed.
I've always been disappointed with Ko Fusion and Escobar's.
I haven't been to Nitaya Thai in years, but it was pretty bad last time I went. It's about a block from the theater.
If you like beer, head to The Blind Pig. It's one of the best beer bars I've been to.
301 N. Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
P: 217-356-0301 http://www.destihl.com/
Peking Garden Restaurant
206 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL
32 East Chester Street, Champaign, IL
415 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL
(217) 378-2299 · carmonsbistro.com