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The Lariet Steakhouse was Built in the 1940s

Thirty years later, the Kouri family took on the mantle of this prestigious restaurant. It was Lou Kouri, in May of 1970, who purchased the Lariat. Six months later, Lou’s brother Ed joined the business, and it’s been a family affair ever since. Four major renovations and two generations of the family later, the Lariat Steakhouse has come to be what you know and love today.

Dan Kouri now manages and operates the Lariat Steakhouse, with the assistance of his brother Kenny and more of his extended family. We are a true, multi-generational family-owned business with deep roots in the Peoria, East Peoria, and Pekin area. Our family is diligent, some might say obsessive, about passing down our steak house heritage to each succeeding generation.

We worked hard to achieve our success, and we want to keep it that way: in the family, in Peoria, and in the best possible style.

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Fresh & Quality

Words We Live By

You’ll appreciate the exquisite taste and polished perfection of every menu item. You won’t just have a meal. You’ll have a memorable feast. We are one of the top steakhouse restaurants in Peoria, IL.

For example, every steak is hand-cut in-house. Secret recipe soups are home-made on a daily basis.

We’re a Peoria classic with our prime sizzling steaks, including our popular 24-ounce T-bone steak, as well as our salmon salad, ribs, catfish, fried chicken, and our luscious, after-dinner ice cream drinks. If Peoria, East Peoria, and Pekin, IL residents are looking for the best seafood around, come visit us.

Our Relaxing

Relaxing. Intimate. Comfortable. Romantic. That’s putting it mildly. You’ll drift off into a dreamy, happy state of mind before you even take a bite of food. That’s how charming and cozy our dining room is.

Our restaurant features a mahogany ceiling and a newly remodeled bar. It’s a great place to meet friends and enjoy the company of others before sitting down for a delicious meal.

The dining room and banquet halls combined hold up to 450 total seats. We can handle banquets up to 250 seats, with the ability to split the banquet area into three separate banquet halls.

Adding to the style and atmosphere of our restaurant, you’ll find our fireplace, adorned by a large buffalo head, bought by Lou Kouri back in 1970.

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Free Wi-Fi

The restaurant is 100% handicap accessible.

It also offers free Wi-Fi internet access. A full bar and five banquet rooms compliment our restaurant.


  • Lou Kouri was awarded the Illinois Hospitality Association lifetime achievement award.
  • Awarded the Best in the Midwest for Upscale Dining.
  • Best of the Best numerous times by Peoria Journal Star.

Come on by or Call in your reservation. Book one of our banquet rooms. Schedule your catered party. Bring your children to a kid-friendly/family-friendly steak restaurant. Right now, while you’re thinking about it.