About Us

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Circa 1987 (2)

Welcome to Mercer's Restaurant!

With humble beginnings, we opened up the doors to Mercer's Restaurant in 1987. With a baby in tow, who is now managing the restaurant, we were excited to make home-cooked meals for our neighboring friends. We were welcomed with open arms by the community and have been able to continue serving you because of all the people that help make Mercer's Restaurant the enjoyable and friendly restaurant it is today. From the cooks to the dishwashers to the waitress who greets you at the door, we are here to help you have an enjoyable and relaxing meal. When you step into our father-son restaurant, we want you to feel like you are pulling up a chair at your best friend's table, with a comforting environment and even more comforting, delicious food. 

If you have visited Mercer's a couple of times, don't be surprised if the waitress remembers your name. Before you know it, you will feel like you are part of the Mercer's family as well! We are so grateful to have customers who have visited us across many, many years and have created a family-like environment in the restaurant. 

We are always trying out new daily specials, so if there is something you don't see on the menu, just ask! We welcome new dish ideas and may even be able to make it in the back. 

We know you have numerous options when choosing a restaurant to spend your time and money at and we appreciate you visiting Mercer's website. Come on in and give us a try - we have a hot cup of coffee and warm smile waiting for you.

Ed & Jake Mercer

What our customers say

  • review rating 5  Can't beat this place. Fantastic american comfort food with some of the very best servers in the area. Kelly sets the bar for service and the owner is a very hard working man.

    thumb Wm Huff
    9/21/2019
  • review rating 5  The food is good. The service is very good. The atmosphere is decent. Takeout is a breeze. The prices are good. For the kind of restaurant they are, they hit the nail on the head.

    thumb Brett Ward
    8/19/2019
  • review rating 5  This place is tucked away in an unassuming, older shopping center and frequented by locals. The food is what you'd expect from an American diner. It's good and usually busy, especially on Friday's for their all-you-can-eat fish and shrimp dinner. This isn't your average fish fry Friday. You get a salad or soup, choice of fries, mashed or baked potato (get the baked potato!), plus your fish and/or shrimp - holy moly, it's a lot of food & at a fair price. Two thumbs up!

    thumb Theresa Flores
    7/23/2019
  • review rating 5  Excellent food and service. Efficient staff who serve the hot food quickly. My fav dish is the broiled salmon dinner with numerous sides. Nod to the chef for great cooking skills. Felt 1980s retro vibes and prices. My friend could not believe her 10 oz rib eye was so good and priced so reasonably. Will return again to the hidden treasure in Peoria.

    thumb Carole King
    5/28/2019
  • review rating 4  My daughter-in-law's family introduced me to Mercer's. Mercer's is a local restaurant that has many regulars who eat there because they serve good quality food that patrons love. My personal favorite is a salmon salad with Greek dressing. It's a perfect size and very filling.

    thumb Dian Speer
    3/04/2019
  • review rating 5  This was a family favorite of my father in law and his friends. They were regular patrons over the years. The staff, Brenda and all are great people and they are a friend to all. Great home cooking withe good portions and affordable prices. The restaurant has a great decor. It makes eating more interesting!!! Thank you Brenda and staff for your hospitality and friendship with my father in law and his friends. Hope to see you soon!!! ☺️

    thumb Terry Zahn
    2/18/2019
  • review rating 5  This place is tucked away in an unassuming, older shopping center and frequented by locals. The food is what you'd expect from an American diner. It's good and usually busy, especially on Friday's for their all-you-can-eat fish and shrimp dinner. This isn't your average fish fry Friday. You get a salad or soup, choice of fries, mashed or baked potato (get the baked potato!), plus your fish and/or shrimp - holy moly, it's a lot of food & at a fair price. Two thumbs up!

    thumb Theresa Flores
    7/23/2019
  • review rating 4  Mercer's is consistently good. A hearty meal and just what you ordered. Staff is accepting of special requests. My chef salad was particularly good. Breakfast is always good, and quite a large serving. I would not suggest ordering the red wine, I don't know what brand it is, but it is not pleasant. They also offer mixed drinks.

    thumb Nancy Oshie
    4/19/2019
  • review rating 5  Out standing comfort food! Great specials! Free ice cream with every meal on Tuesday! To let you know how good it is almost everyone in the restaurant has Gray hair! It's where people go who know what good food is!

    thumb Ed Clouse
    10/30/2019
  • review rating 4  My family and I went Mercer's restaurant for dinner. The employee were very friendly and knowledgeable about there menu. We all had the all you can eat shrimp and chips it was very good. And refills were on point never taking very long. I only have one complaint, were a pair of slip resistant shoe the floors are very slippery. Other then that we will be returning again real soon.

    thumb Nicholas Frechette
    1/13/2019

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