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About Us

Our restaurant was established in 2022 in Emden, Illinois where we provide the best of homecooked meals on the prairie in the Land of Lincoln. With over 20 years of experience and based on a mix of traditional and modern recipes, we’re proud to offer the most delicious foods in the area.

Over 20 Years Delivering Deliciousness

Welcome to our restaurant!

Inspired by traditional recipes and modern cooking styles, we’re proud to deliver the best foods in the area.

Our goal is to provide you the best dining experience from a friendly and attentive wait staff in a beautiful, relaxed, romantic space.

We look forward to serving you at our restaurant.

Beautiful and Romantic 

We have a beautiful, modern, and romantic place that is perfect for couples and families.

We don’t just cook food. We create tastes, experiences, memories, and feelings. Visit us to enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Cooking with a Heart

With more than 30 years of experience, our talented and passionate chefs understand how to best serve you. 

We create food we’re proud of, and deliver to you with a smile. From appetizers to main dishes and desserts, we do our best to make sure each meal you enjoy is truly delicious and unforgettable.

From Our Happy Customers

"Definitely Recommend"


Definitely recommend Dovetail Inn…worth the drive to enjoy a relaxed comfortable atmosphere free of the franchises found in larger towns. Support small town business – great food, great staff, great chef!

– Gary O. –

"Pleasureable Experience"


I had the pleasure of eating dinner at the Dovetail Inn last evening. The side salad….it is NOT just a side salad, everyone! It had all kinds of good stuff included. The prime rib and mushrooms, though. OH MY! The best I have ever eaten. Make the drive. Take your own cocktails and go. You won’t be sorry! I cannot wait to go back.

– Martha F. –

"Pefection"


I just had one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Everything was cooked perfectly. I highly recommend the blackened salmon with baked potato and a side salad with homemade ranch dressing. Service was great they had a lot of help and it was price awesome too. Thank you for an awesome meal!! We will go back for sure.

– Cindy L. –