History of Tom’s Place

Tom’s place was established in 1921. Tom Endsley was the first owner, thus the name Tom’s Place. Lasse and Maryjane are the eighth owners. The restaurant has a colorful history from an alleged gangster hang out in the 20’s and 30’s including bootlegging and gambling. If you were a local and ordered an orange soda, you got homemade beer. The restaurant features small rooms, that use to have a front and a back door with doorbells for ultimate privacy. The restaurant today, still features antiques and memorabilia from the roadhouse days.

Maryjane and Lasse, having owned the restaurant since 1998, with their professional hospitality backgrounds, have made many changes to the restaurant. The menu today reflects Lasse’s cutting edge cuisine. Customers enjoy casual elegance and warm hospitality. Crisp linen, fresh flowers and candles create an atmosphere of comfortable elegance and polished, personal attention sets the framework for your evening. To ensure your evening is as you expected, Chef Lasse’s wife Maryjane oversees the dining room and greets every guest.

Maryjane and Lasse are passionate about their desire to make every guest walk away with a great dining experience.

Tom’s Place features a monthly gourmet evening, on the last Wednesday of the month. Also there is a six course Discovery menu served daily, along with the chef’s selection of many daily specials.

The restaurant is also available for business meeting, luncheons, banquets and private parties for up to 300 people.

Tom’s Place has been awarded the North American Restaurant Association five star award of excellence and the Wine Spectator award of excellence for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016.


Phone:  618. 867. 3033

Please call to make reservations


Wednesday thru Saturday

5pm to closing.

A  5- Star Experience

Tom’s Place of De Soto, Illinois, is a five-star restaurant offering customers with discerning taste fine dining featuring exquisite food. Our menu has an international flair with meals that are Asian and Scandinavian inspired.

We also have a fresh selection of seafood and popular classics. To complete your meal, we offer you the most decadent desserts. Make any night out a special occasion by dining at our five-star restaurant in De Soto, Illinois.

Interview with Lasse and MJ