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R J Grunt's, Chicago, IL

R J Grunt's

4.6
4.6
1518 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts still exudes the funky, devil-may-care lifestyle of the 70s in its style, décor, music, and menu. Happily for all of us, the best eating of that day continues to be some of the best today. While there"s a huge menu that's as much fun to eat your way through as it is to read, many of Grunts' old favorites spark return visits. The burgers are arguably the best in town. The salad bar boasts more than 50 ingredients daily. Giant malts and milkshakes are hand scooped and come in a rainbow of favors. Oh! Don't forget the barbecued baby back ribs and pulled pork sandwiches!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–8:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–8:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 929-5363

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Dickens

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,518 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    American

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  1. DD

    DowntownDot

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was like Old Home Week - returning to this great neighborhood restaurant. Our first visit was in 1972 and we were regulars for 19 years when we lived a couple blocks away. Now we're downtown but it is a must go to place whenever we're back at the zoo. Our waiter was terrific, we knew the lyrics of most every song that was played and the food was, as always, excellent. The only downside - we missed being waited on by Dorie, who has been there since it opened and just stopped waiting tables when the pandemic forced it. We're told she is still on the employee roster and comes by for lunch. An insight into this wonderful restaurant.
  2. MW

    MichaelW

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    First time back in many, many years and had a good time!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a reservation for 6 people (one of them being a toddler) we got there right on time but had to wait about 30 minutes to get seated still. But the manger came by to apologize and give us some apps on the house for waiting. Very kind staff and once we were seated it was a great experience
  4. M

    Mark

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Open Table says they have valet service. THEY DO NOT HAVE VALET SERVICE! If you ask inside they direct you to a garage across the street not associated with the restaurant. Inside the a valet takes your car. $12 for 3 hours after the restaurant validates your ticket. Since we were there with a wheelchair, it was, at first problematic. Otherwise it is the same (fun) RJ Grunts experience, although their Old Fashioned was weak.
  5. DG

    DanielG

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & experience as always! Love this place!
  6. MA

    MARCD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good and the service was great. The place still has a great vibe. The '70s music and all of the photos of past staff members on the walks helps create a unique atmosphere. Even without the classic salad bar anymore, the place is very special.
  7. B

    Brenda

    Los Angeles

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. I had the ribs and my son had the tuna melt. Both were large portions and very tasty. Service was great. We had a table next to the window with a nice view of the park. I like to go for a late lunch or a late dinner when it is less busy.
  8. WS

    WendyS

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hadn’t been here in awhile and it was very good
  9. LL

    LaLaR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This place has seen better times... expect to pay more for less.
  10. JC

    JillandChris

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was a bummer. Menu is much smaller than 'before'. The quality was not there and the presentation was boring. Who orders loaded potato skins and expects the toppings all smashed in a ramekin? The potatoes were browned and dry. Nothing on top, but in small dishes--one with sour cream and ? and the other with salsa? The buffalo chicken nachos were cold, barely any cheese and the chips were old--either reheated or microwaved. I ordered the digital salad as the salad bar is gone, but instead of a salad with toppings, it was tossed and tasted like a big scoop of a side salad you would get at a deli. Very disappointed and we will NOT be back.
  11. KC

    KatherineC

    Austin

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very loud. Service sluggish. Food was so-so. Won’t go back.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food and milkshakes were amazing!
  13. CG

    CaseyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven’t been here in over a decade. The food is amazing! I miss seeing the salad bar!! Patty melt and pickle fries were delicious!
  14. F

    Foodie

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was good. Not great! I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to go here. Fries were cold. Service was not great either. Bummed about the salad bar being gone but I get it. Covid!
  15. D

    Dmar

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We were there yesterday and our server was horrible. He took our order and forgot to add all the appetizers. He disappeared for 45 minutes and then returned with our entrees. He asked "do you still want those appetizers". No apology. Food was average at best.
  16. KJ

    KJLANDA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love RJ Grunts!! Please, don't ever close. Great burgers, cottage fries, and milkshakes. Music is the only distraction there. Service and ambiance is also great.
  17. L

    Lisa

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    There was a mix up on our order and it took too long to get our food as a result
  18. j

    jimf2

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    turn off the music...the noise is very unpleasant.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Burgers cooked to perfection! Delicious shakes.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    nice service and food
  21. CM

    CharlotteM

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, food was delicious and service was great!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fun place to go when visiting the zoo. Good food and great service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The Mr. Chicken was amazing but you received only a small portion of the au jus and they ran out so I couldn't get more to fully enjoy the sandwich
  24. c

    clarabella

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this place is a hidden gem in the heart of Chicago! just the menu will get you excited ! I had the digital salad bar and it was DELICIOUS! I wish we ordered the appetizers but the salad itself is so filling!. prices are really reasonable, our waitress was very nice and attentive! definitely going back if i visit chicago again !
  25. KP

    KeithP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    RJ Grunts...the home of the original salad bar, it's always a great time. Their service is outstanding, the staff is friendly, and tastiness of the food is awesome. We recently went there on our anniversary dinner (with our 2 teenage kids) and they were great. We were seated within a few minutes of arrival, and they surprised us with a free dessert for all of us to share at the end. The final bill was more than reasonable, especially when you consider it fed 4 very hungry people with multiple trips to the salad/soup bar plus drink. This is a place that everyone should go to at least once--and like us, a dozen+ times annually for the past few decades.
  26. MD

    MichaelD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Family loves this place....Great Meal every time. The Dude who handles the salad bar, is a rock star.
  27. EH

    EvaH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Our waitress Brittany was knowledgeable knew her stuff, very attentive she did a great job!
  28. c

    cameronp

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch buffet and salad bar were fresh and outstanding, as well as California wrap and peppercorn burger. Fabulous service.
  29. S

    Stuart

    Chicago

    152 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    been there many times over the years, but the meal the other night is not at all enjoyable. Price /quality not balanced. The meals were well plated with gobs of french fries etc but the taste wasnt the same as in past years.The salad bar was alright and not much change over the past several years. Not the same place it used to be Im sorry to say. The lady waitstaff was unattentive and not very good. Too bad. 1 star out of 4....
  30. AL

    AlexeL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The ONLY reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because they got rid of their Chicken Pate and Tuna Salad at the salad bar. They were the biggest reason why I got the salad bar there. I'm not saying the salad bar isn't good, or that the selection isn't great. I was just disappointed to see them change the things I liked best of the bar. The food and service is always great, and if something isn't right, they do their best to make it right. This trip was great. Everything came out piping hot, and very tasty. Our service was on point. They recently changed their seating. It can be a little tight if you're a little (a lot) overweight as I am, but it does make it so the walk ways are much easier to move in. They put in more booths in leu of the dining tables and chairs that they used to have. I highly recommend this place. It's a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant that I still love going to.
  31. C

    Cookie

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was not so good which is unusual for a Lettuce restaurant. A waitress came over to introduce herself and then never came back.My husband ordered a beer but that didn't show up. We stopped another waitress and asked for our waitress but she said she would bring a beer. Then, she came back and said she would take our order. My husband got his appetizer but his entire never came. Finally, we asked how long it would be and she said she didn't know we ordered something else!!!!!! Wow! What was going on there. We were going to the theater and no-one brought the check.OK, maybe it was a bad night but really?
  32. CO

    COLLEENM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places for lunch! It's always great , we've been customers since it opened, and are thrilled that it has survived!
  33. a

    afrotrek

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful throwback joint with good burgers and great salad bar!
  34. p

    paulc

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    This is one of the few restaurants left that has a salad bar. I have several friends that have teenagers and they like to go there so that they fill up on salad. The burgers are great and the ribs are also very good. The bottomless pit of teenage stomachs get filled and the grown ups get craft beers and a good bar selection. Everyone goes away happy. What's not to like?
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for the hamburgers and chicken.
  36. MB

    MaryB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I was looking for a place that had a large salad bar so my vegan family member could enjoy our outing. We were all very happy with the choices on the menu...and the salad bar was exceptional! It had every possible vegetable you would imaginable to put on a salad and more. The place is much smaller than expected. It was pretty cramped. A large person might have difficulty getting around.
  37. LA

    LAF3

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    RJ Grunts is the original restaurant of the Lettuce Entertain You organization. We have been going there for 30 years, since our kids were tots. Now that we are all adults, I still insist that we go to RJG for my birthday -- it's a tradition. The hamburgers are great (particularly the Gruntburger) the beer is cold and the staff is friendly. A great Chicago tradition.
  38. LR

    LindsayR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best patty melt and French onion soup in the city! I also ordered a side of merkts cheddar cheese to dip my fries in and it made my meal extra perfect!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Everything was fine. Nothing outstanding.
  40. RL

    RobertL

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Love the salad bar, portions big on menu items

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You can order delivery directly from R J Grunt's using the Order Online button. R J Grunt's also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. R J Grunt's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 929-5363.

R J Grunt's is rated 4.6 stars by 1518 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for R J Grunt's

2056 N. Lincoln Park West Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dickens

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–8:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–8:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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