Bloomington's culinary scene is a foodie's dream.
The incredible flavors, quality ingredients, and sustainable efforts of B-Town's restaurants are just part of what sets our small city's food scene above so many others. The experience that local restaurants create in tandem with their food and beverages — the unique character, the friendly service, the inviting ambiance — is what makes dining in Bloomington next-level exciting. It’s easy to fill your belly with good food, but it’s not every day you're able to fill your soul with a delicious experience. That’s what makes the culinary scene in Bloomington so special: it’s homegrown; it’s eclectic; it’s delightfully fulfilling.
There are nearly 150 eateries in Bloomington's downtown district, and over 350 total restaurants in Monroe County. Thanks to the influence of Indiana University, B-Town also offers an incredible spectrum of cuisines from around the globe, as well as nearly 30 dedicated pizza joints. Almost every restaurant in Bloomington boasts at least one vegan-friendly dish on their menu, but there are several that prioritize plant-based lifestyles and health-forward thinking in their plates more than others.
B-Town's culinary scene isn't just about food — there are an abundance of local wineries, distilleries, and breweries to experience, too. The state's largest winery and the first brewery in the region reside in Bloomington, which has set a standard for high-quality craft beverages at every cidery, winery, brewery, and distillery that have followed. You'll find many locally-made beers, wines, and liquors are featured on menus at various restaurants around town as well, so if you don't have time to make it out to your favorite place for a leisurely drink, you can enjoy one during your dinner instead.
Whatever you're craving at any given moment — Tibetan dumplings, New York-style pizza, fresh sushi, vegan tacos, Mediterranean gyros, authentic French crêpes, and so much more — Bloomington has a restaurant that offers exactly what you're looking for.