Radio Maria is a restaurant and tapas bar located in Downtown Champaign. We strive to source the best products seasonally and regionally whenever possible to let the flavors of the ingredients speak for themselves. Our menu draws from the wealth of produce grown in the Midwest. Paired with our extensive wine and beer list, we aim to give the guest the absolute best experience dining out.


Book online or give us a call at (217) 398-7729. For private dining options, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you.

BRUNCH Sa 10:30a - 2:00p | Su 10:30a - 2:30p
DINNER M - Su 5:00p - 10:00p
TAPAS M 5:00p - 10:00p Tu - Su | 4:00p - 10:00p
BAR M - Su 4:00p - 2:00a

To make reservations for graduation 2015, please contact the restaurant directly at (217) 398-7729.


Radio Maria has daily dinner specials as well as bar specials and weekly infusions. Contact us to find out the specials for the day.

Sunday: $2.25 wells, $1.25 pbr, 25% off tapas for our friends in the service industry
Monday: 25% off bottles of wine, $5 seasonal cocktails
Tuesday: 50% off wine by the glass
Wednesday: $1 off draft beer
Thursday: $5.25 mojitos, caipirinas and Brazilian cosmos
Friday: $3.25 smirnoff mixed drinks, happy hour - free appetizers
Saturday: $3.75 north shore and koval mixed drinks

Try the wheel! 4 oz of all 27 beers on tap!!

To make reservations for graduation 2015, please contact the restaurant directly at (217) 398-7729.


We use local and sustainable products whenever possible to create seasonally driven preparations. Our seafood and meats come from natural waters and sustainable farms to give you the highest quality and freshest product.

All items are subject to availability. Menu is subject to change.


Radio Maria serves classic and modern cocktails along with specially selected wines and craft beers.

We feature 27 beers on tap with over 100 different bottles with a beer cellar dating back to 2007 of local, domestic and imported breweries. 150 specially selected wines by the bottle, 25 by the glass and 8 expertly crafted infusions with weekly specials.


Thanks for thinking of us for your event. We'd love to have you!

Our space is a perfect venue from business meetings, corporate events, wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners to casual birthday celebrations and post-wedding brunches. Private and semi-private dining options are available. You can choose from off our menu or work with the chef to creating that memorable dining experience that is sure to wow your guests.


The restaurant was constructed by its owners, David Spears and Sharon Owens, both artists who studied at the University of Illinois in sculpture and painting. Colling and using found objects from the past has inspired both artist in the creation of Radio Maria.

David's sculptural pursuits are predicated on his salvaging of industrial and mechanical materials from the era of man-made objects, re-purposed for art's sake. Many of the materials used in the restaurant's interior have been collected from the local area and surrounding communities.
Tables made from U of I Harker Hall doors, with ephemera from Sharon's collection. Window ledges, stone lavatory counters and stall partitions from Linden Hall (women's dorm) shower stalls. Dining room pendant lights salvaged from Gibson City Elementary School. Wall sconces fashioned from salvaged prism glass and tin ceiling panels. Doors to dining room are from the Urbana Sheriff's residence.

Back bar and wall partitions made from Collegiate Cap & Gown Factory windows. Colored glass (vitrolite) is salvaged exterior architectural glass. Bar handrail is the escalator handrail from Bergner's department store. Red velvet bar front is from Sidney grade school stage valence. Slate foot rest is from Danville VA Hospital stair treads.
Aluminum cowling from aeronautical lab windtunnel chamber. Aluminum disk from Champaign Cinema Theater (film reels). Up lights and down lights are drink jiggers. Stainless drum and fittings are salvaged science equipment. Holophane globe from early subway or Pullman lamp. Oiler from Model T car.

Pendant lights over bar are U of I vacuum sending tubes. Beer tower is modeled after a Bradley hand washing station.( Hydratapper.com | Patent #7,635,069)


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