Dinner at The Department (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.


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In a Nutshell

The aromas of Cajun-spiced steaks, crab-stuffed tilapia, and build-your-own-burgers mingle with live acoustic music

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Valid only for dinner. Not valid on 10/18, 10/27, 11/7, 11/9, 12/5, 12/12, 12/14, 12/29, 1/11, 1/22, 2/9, or Valentine's Day. Not valid for banquets. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Cannot combine with any other offers or discounts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Few things in life feel as satisfying as finishing a hearty meal, especially now that workplaces no longer recognize resignations tendered via throwing your computer out a window. Take this food and savor it with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $20 for $40 worth of dinner Sunday–Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $25 for $40 worth of dinner Friday or Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

All days offer the same menu, highlighted by crab-stuffed tilapia in a white wine butter sauce ($22) and the Department chicken, which arrives festooned with spinach, plums, artichokes, feta cheese, and kalamata olives ($17.50). The 16-ounce Cajun rib eye marinates for 48 hours, then sits through another four hours of Law & Order re-runs without meaning to before it finally feels the kiss of hot grill ($27.50). Avant-garde eaters can also build their own burger, outfitting any of three meats with pretzel rolls, chipotle avocado ranch, hickory-smoked bacon, fried onion rings, and similarly outré toppings ($8+; cheese and toppings $1 each).

The Department

Named in honor of local firefighters and police, The Department's restaurant and liquor lounge serve modern cuisine in a loft-style space outfitted with exposed-brick walls, gleaming wood floors, and an abundantly stocked bar. In preparation for the dinner rush, waiters flip crisp white cloths to hide tables’ risqué tattoos while chefs fire up the grill and stir marinades for gourmet steaks, pork loin, and seafood plates. House specialty dishes reflect the chef's meticulous attention to detail; the Cajun rib eye basks in a marinade for 48 hours, and the crab-stuffed tilapia offsets the rich seafood with a white-wine sauce. At lunch, a menu of gourmet sandwiches and burgers fosters casual meals. Fridays see live acoustic entertainment filling the air with quarter notes as bartenders work hard shaking potent cocktails and luring corks out of wine bottles with maraschino cherries. Those craving al fresco eats during warmer months may dine on The Department's tree-lined, second story balcony.


The drinks are always good, and so is the food. It is always a good place to hang out.

Pauliee_Dee, TripAdvisor, 10/4/12

a hidden treasure in Joliet’s post-industrious ruggedness, and is one of the most unique dining experiences in Will County.

Harrison Jones, Chicagoland Food Blog, 4/30/12


  • “Are server was name Bob and he was GREAT !!!!!!”

  • “I enjoyed from time I went in to I left.. the food was great.. the waitress was very friendly and a nice over all experience”

  • “ Great dinner and a fair price.”

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    205 N Chicago Ave.

    Joliet, Illinois 60432

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