Bluegrass

4.6
1486 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Bluegrass is a casual restaurant located in Highland Park. With a cozy setting nestled into the west side of town it is a true destination dining location. Complete with a warm friendly bar and an American flare, Bluegrass blends in a little Southern influence into its repertoire. The wine and beer selections are all American, along with a full back bar, all hand selected to echo the quality of the fare. Aside from a beautiful setting, the restaurant has extraordinary food and service with a remarkable value.
Check our website for details on the events during the summer, as well as our Facebook page. We have many wonderful, rotating specials therefore consult our online menu regularly.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Southern, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 831-0595
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We only open for private parties on Saturday and Sunday lunches. We do open for showers, weddings, anniversaries and any large group over 40 guests. Everything from a Brunch to Cocktails and appetizers.
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Private party contact
Jim Lederer: (847) 831-0595
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Catering
We now cater for home, office or in our dining room, check out our website for current menu suggestions. www.bluegrasshp.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Richfield Road and Old Deerfield Road
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Parking details
Plenty of FREE parking, with two lots next door for over flow, and additional parking across the street at the Highland Park Police Department.
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Public transit
Chicago Northwestern line in downtown Highland Park is about 1.5 miles away.
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Entertainment
The Best Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in Chicago!
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Special events & promotions
Mardi Gras - Cinco de Mayo - BBQ Fest - Oktoberfest every year! Three week celebration for each event, special wine/beer maker dinners to conclude the special menu.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1486 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.3
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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y
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered a pecan encrusted tilapia that was deeeevine and I ordered the chopped salad with grilled shrimp which was fresh and yummmmm
Our server was attentive the noise level was great so my hubby and I could talk and hear each other ....all in all a deeeelisous Time was had by both me and my hubby
We will go back soon.....10 star evening

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KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem my husband and I discovered. We like this restaurant so much that we have been going here for years for our anniversary and birthday celebrations. We enjoy it that much. The service and food are outstanding. The staff is personable and really care you are enjoying your meal. I can’t wait to go there again.

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PM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My entire party was extremely pleased with our experience at Bluegrass. I have heard about this place for years and we finally got over here for a business dinner. About the only thing that wasn't positive is we were sitting right under a big speakers so conversation was a little difficult. Everything we got from apps to entrees was outstanding - even the BBQ sauce. Drinks were good and they have a pretty unique/hard to find selection of alcohol. We will 100% be coming back.

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F
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistent, and consistently good. Attentive, friendly service with wonderful owners.
The Sunday smoker is simply wonderful!!!

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l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal food, especially wild caught salmon with dill beurre blanc sauce and orange chicken. Shared a bananas foster dessert in a giant martini glass. This capped off a fun night with our friends. Love this place!

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but very expensive. The "chocolate three way" dessert is fun and delicious; good for sharing.

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AS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, my favorite place to eat!

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first (but definitely not our last) visit to your restaurant. The knowledgeable and very pleasant wait staff and the creative preparation of the food was just what we were looking for. Two of the folks in our group are craft beer drinkers and one person is a cocktail drinker. All three found excellent choices from the list. The server answered all of our questions and helped us with recommendations for our food, which was very good....seasoned correctly and arrived to our table in a timely manner. We eat out often and will be adding this gem to our go-to list. Thanks again to the excellent wait staff!

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RW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are always top notch. They honor reservations. Great Cajun flair to many dishes, extensive menu will have something for everyone on it. The owners are always there, and it shows in how well run it is. Highly recommended!

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ST
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here with a few friends who hadn’t been to Bluegrass before. Food and service were excellent as usual and everyone enjoyed their dinners. The hostess was very helpful in getting our party seated earlier than our reservation time.

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d
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really personable and efficient waiter. Good food. What more could a person want?

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HA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

This is the second time we have been to Bluegrass. The cocktails are good. The wait staff is very good. The cleanliness is absolutely filthy. There is food splatter on the windows, window shades, and underneath the tables. The salads are absolutely horrible. For the price of the food that is not worth it. The first time we had gone was for a birthday . This second time was only because friends of ours had a gift certificate to Bluegrass and needed to use it. Same issues on the first reservation as the second where it was absolutely filthy, table was sticky, etc. Would not recommend it. We were very disappointed.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found Bluegrass on Yelp. What a Fantastic find. Great food, beer and service. We had the ribs which were Fantastic! Many more interesting dishes to choice from ... We have to return and try/taste more.........

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful service and food!

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BD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We went to Bluegrass for lunch to celebrate an office birthday. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was good but nothing to write home about. The decor is intentionally simple but does not jump out as anything special.

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G
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent, casual restaurant with attentive service. Interesting menu that includes Bananas Foster for desert.

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u
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I think I got them on an off night. I had been told this place was tops really something special and well it wasn't. My date who was in the restaurant business was most critical. My own feeling was that i may not have ordered the best thing. It was a vegetarian "meatless" but tastes like meat patty which I have had be succulent and tasty at WHITE CASTLE but which was dried out and tasteless though edible.

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This comfortable neighborhood gem is perfect for lunch or dinner. The menu includes some of my favorite New Orleans entrees that you may not find at any other restaurant in the north suburbs.

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JB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the cajun food at Bluegrass and the bananas foster is the best!!!

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SR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 5:00 reservation at Bluegrass to eat dinner prior to attending a concert at Ravinia. We were able to have dinner and be finished in plenty of time to depart for the concert. The food was fantastic. When we arrived the restaurant was pretty empty, but by the time we left at 6:30 the place was packed, with folks waiting. Staff was friendly and efficient. I'd recommend Bluegrass and if ever in the area again, would definitely eat at Bluegrass.

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L
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Curtis was our waiter and as usual was very good! The food was outstanding and our service superb!

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r
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a pre-Ravinia dinner.
Great food, service, ambiance!

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P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always, ALWAYS surprised how good it is. I love turning new people on to Bluegrass because it is so consistently delicious!

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JD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

All of the staff was great! Very friendly and accommodating. It is a small property, worth a very lively crowd. Unfortunately the food was just fair and I think priced a little high for what you receive. We are holding out on our final judgement and will give it one more try. Perhaps we didn’t order the right thing.

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TO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bluegrass is one of our favorite restaurants. Jim and Joni couldn't be better hosts and the food is always delicious. You can't go wrong ordering anything on the menu. Great beers, too!

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants ever. I’ve never been disappointed!

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IA
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our lunch and our visit with our out of town friend. Perfect place to spend our time and have a very good lunch with a friend from LA

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AW
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Good service. The popcorn shrimp appetizer was wonderful. We especially loved the grouper with risotto. It was delicious.

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A
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bluegrass. We eat there at least once every two weeks. Never had a bad meal or bas service. Joan and Jim are great, as are the others in charge.

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s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Bluegrass for years now. It is our go-to place to take friends for a great meal. James made us feel right at home. Service and food are always top rate!

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MW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I was fairly disappointed in this visit. We were 'celebrating' my son's college departure, and he chose this restaurant. It has sentimental value--we've been going here for years. We had a pretty good crabcake for appetizer, along with some shrimp poppers, which were tasteless. The college-bound son's grouper dish was good, but not $30 worth of good. My tilapia dish, which was described as 'lightly-fried' was deep-fried and lacked any real flavor. My husband had pulled pork and was happy, as was my other son's shrimp linguini dish. They topped off the meal with a Banana Foster dish . . . so good and a nice celebratory touch, but it was 'complimentary' yet showed up on the check. We didn't contest it because we don't make scenes (and it would have detracted from the celebration).

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JR
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Bluegrass. The food quality and service were excellent -- however, my salad was considerably smaller than I expected. I ordered the "large" chopped salad. It was more what I would expect of a "reduced portion" -- hence my lower score on "value". Although delicious, I left a little hungry. I will return to Bluegrass and try something else on their menu.

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c
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bluegrass is truly a "Neighborhood Gem". But don't think the drive isn't worth it! We have been here many times and we noticed this time that acoustical panels were installed on the ceiling and the result is just what they needed -- not as noisy now!

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b
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came for dinner, and I had soft shell crabs. You can't find them in many places, and they were good. Ribs are good too. Also barbqued corned beef. Great bread pudding.

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P
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and terrific service. Always seated at reservation time. Never disappointed with food. Nice variety of foods to chose from on menu.

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K
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bluegrass! Excellent food, great mixologist at the bar! Luis’ cocktails are always the best!

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S
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Difficult to evaluate either the food or the service when dining in their enclosed outside facility which appears to be an outstanding breeding area for flies which swarmed over our food and bodies during the entire meal. The only thing worse was management’s total indifference to our numerous complaints and its failure to even pretend to care about our discomfort and the possible health risks. This outside facility should be inspected by the local health department and shut down until it is determined to be environmentally safe. Possibly the worst dining experience ever - - stay away!

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good meal and friendly staff! Kid friendly too.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

$24 is too much for cafeteria style plated food. A better price point would be $15.

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BA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good, reliable eats. My wife said her filet was the best she ever had. I always get the house chopped salad with salmon.

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