Barclay's American Grille
Barclay's American Grille

Barclay's American Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barclaysamericangrille.com/
  • Phone: 7088484250x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Barclay Room is located just off the main dining room and can accommodate up to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Joe Huston 7088484250x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Marion street
  • Public Transit: Barclay's American grille is located 1 block south of the CTA Green line and Metra Union pacific west line
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Barclay's American Grille
The restaurant serves classic American cuisine "with a twist". Signature burgers, BBQ ribs, fresh seafood and an array of steaks and chops and served with our amazing homemade sauces and creative toppings.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Barclay's American Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)great for outdoor dining (11)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)romantic (3)late-night find (2)special occasion (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • loved it
    Teri
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was excellent and very reasonable, service was wonderful, atmosphere was delightful!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & Attentive service
    Monica
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I like Barclay's for the quiet atmosphere and the non-intrusive buy attentive manner of the servers. There is a good variety on the menu and the food is quite tasty. It would be a good choice if you are headed to the show at the Lake Theater (two blocks away). There is free parking on the surrounding streets after 5pm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do NOT get the end cut Prime Rib
    TcoatVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was warned by the waitress that it would be medium/well, but what I received was something that never should have left the kitchen. Everything else was very good and have had the prime rib before and it was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this place
    MaryT62
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was my first time here. Beautifully decorated - they wait staff was efficiently and our waitresses was very knowledgable about the wine list and food. I was there with 2 friends and we all enjoyed the food - I had the turkey burger on pretzel roll with sweet potato fries delicious. We were there aon a Wedneday andthe house wines were on special - I had the house merlot it was very good looking forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gene Rocks!
    timmer
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We visit this restaurant often! Our last visit had a lot of hiccups! But Gene stepped in to cover! The prime rib sandwich is great as well as the pounded pork tenderloin!This visit was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but soso service
    helloVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It was a quiet/dead tues nite around 7p. It took almost 15 minutes AFTER being seated before one of the servers came over. For a place that had all of 3 diners, I'm not sure why it took so long for one of them to greet us. The food came out fast and hot after that, but I tip based on overall service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gene Rocks!
    timmer
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We are semi-regulars at this restaurant! We walked in, with a reservation, and waited at the host stand for a few minutes. The back server saw us and sat us outside. We were very grateful! We sat there for almost 25 minutes. Two other tables were seated after us! The server went to them, and we got nothing! We flagged the server Gene down! Explained that we had been sitting here for 25 minutes and that the two other tables had been approached and gotten drinks! He said we were not his table, but he would find out what was going on! He came back immediately and took care of us very well! He turned what could have been a bad experience into a great one!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice time
    Mmomma
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Always have a good time here- I bring my son and sit in a both w/ a tv so I can actually enjoy dinner (he's 2)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighbor restaurant
    Jrbxiii
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Very accommodating, good service on a busy night, reasonable noise level, both indoor and outdoor sitting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 106 reviews are from the Barclay's American Grille reviews archive.
  • Yum, grilled asparagus
    Walker
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to give this place a try because it is within walking distance of the apartment and the menu looked good. I found this place on Groupon, so I had an added incentive to try it. There was no host and a sign to seat ourselves. I guess I didn't really need a reservation. At least I didn't at 6 pm on a Monday. After a few minutes an extremely polite server greeted us. Bf had the beer special. It was a good price. I had a decent but overpriced Zin. Bf had the meatloaf and loved it. I had the Black Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon. It was tastey but I was disappointed that there wasn't any crust on it. Nice cut though. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JMike
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Always a good experience at Barclay's. The fish & chips were particularly good and they have a nice selection of wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unsatisfactory
    Elaine
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    M husband ordered a Delmonico steak medium and it was well done and very chewy. The service was very slow even though the restaurant was not busy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    Mmomma
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went with my 19 month old for Mother's Day Brunch. Sounds like a nightmare right? But it wasn't! We didn't have to fight crowds or wait in long lines for food. Service was prompt and the seating wasn't cramped. They actually had kids cups w/ kids and straws which I'm finding to be hard to get at the places i dine. Overall, great brunch spot and we'll definitely do holiday brunch there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    wishmystomachhadmoreroom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A couple times a year this restaurant, connected to the Carleton Hotel, puts out a brunch for special occasions. And.. it's worth it. It's a bit pricey but the food is excellent. This was our second visit back for brunch, too bad they don't do it more often. Everything from breakfast items to salmon and prime rib were all excellent. Wish my stomach had more room. The only thing I would hope would improve is the service. I never received the orange juice I ordered. The service staff worked as a team during brunch but each table was assigned an individual server. Although they were excellent about getting fresh, hot food out immediately, it appeared our table was assigned a newbie when it came to serving.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Employees
    Thanks
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    All the employees that we've had contact with are very personable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food
    Christine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Prime Rib didn't seem fresh; vegetables overcooked - soggy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the Ribs on Weekends
    RedBeardVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    In the Carlton Hotel in Oak Park, this is in a quiet neighborhood and has great service and a wide variety of entree and starter options. Two of us had the ribs - try them on the weekend - and get a full slab and take some home. Excellent ribs. The service was also friendly and top notch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mangia
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    nice ambiance as part of Carlton Hotel, but really IS A SPORTS BAR chicken provenciale ok but not great and neither was lamb burger maybe better to stick with beef burgers good enough overall however to warrant second try
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty Good
    Migs
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I would characterize the place as an energetic bar scenic atmosphere. Booths are comfortable and well maintained. Service was moderate due to twice the wait staff brought food to our booth that was not ours. For a first time after the renovation I will pass these mistakes until the next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a fun evening with great food.
    JimSparksVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Flatbreads are excellent as well as the burger. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GNO
    Casey
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Went out to a movie with friends and stopped at this local gem. The staff and the food were great definitely going back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice find
    Kevin
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I booked this through the Open Table app and have to say it was a really great surprise. The burgers were fantastic and the service was definitely up to par. I'm already planning on coming back and trying some of the other dishes they served to other tables. You can only eat so much in one visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, comfortable neighborhood spot
    Kitzie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I brought my 2 friends here as a change from the restaurant we usually go to for a special evening out. They both enjoyed it and the service was fabulous (although the restaurant wasn't very busy). We'll go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep pulling for this place
    TcoatVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Because it's a great space, great bar layout, and right in the heart of Oak Park. The Friday/Saturday Prime Rib special is .... special. Kids menu has chicken strips that are very tasty and ample ... but there continues to be something just "missing" from making this place a must go to destination.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experienc, but not for groups
    SFCStaff
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Having been here a couple of times before, but with one or two more friends, I had great experiences. Therefore, I knew this would be a great spot for my colleagues and I to enjoy happy hour. About eight of us showed up and not only were we asked to leave at 7:30 due to another group needing the area we were seated in, but the drinks were watered down and the "service charge" that was added to our individual charge was a turn off. I will come here again, but not in a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Refreshing Change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I like Barclays' menu selection and the different "take" on common restaurant dishes; for example lamb burgers or fish and chips with a craft-beer batter. The service was good. We all enjoyed what we ordered. I had prime rib and found it excellent. It was a bit noisy the night we were there, making conversation a little challenging. The hostess was good about trying find a relatively quiet table. We visited with friends for several hours without being pushed to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barclay's met our expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Barclay's met our expectations of moderately priced, simple American food. We wanted something near by. Looked for times on Open Table. Wanted 6:30. Only available 5:45 or 8:45. Chose 5:45. We were seated in an empty room. Weird mix of attempt of class and large screen T.V.s. By 6:30 still mostly empty. The main room and bar area looked fun and lively.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Go-to Restaurant
    LB3416
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Barclay's has become the restaurant we automatically think of when we want a special night out. We just celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary with dinner at Barclay's. We have never been disappointed. My husband had the rockfish special, which he said was outstanding. I had the pork tenderloin (which can sometimes be overdone); the pork was perfectly done. A winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Spot in OP
    AmyK
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Enjoyed dinner Saturday night. Highlights were the bleu cheese chips and steak bites (ops) and the prime rib, fish-n-chips & BBQ ribs. Our server was fine, but a smile would have been nice. For Oak Park, it seemed expensive, but food was really quite good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Barclay's American Grill
    ElvisTheCar
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    In town overnight unexpectedly, stayed at The Carleton Hotel. My wife is handicapped and in a wheel chair, so it was very nice to be able to go from our room to Barclays without battling the 8 inches of snow that fell outside. The appetizer was delicious and quickly devoured. The main meal portions plentiful and the wait staff attentive. Would return again without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Anna
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I've been going here for years, but this is the first time we went one NYE. It was very busy, but our waitress still did a great job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Find
    The2ofUs
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great place for special occasions or just looking for a great meal. Excellent food; have choices of eating in a booth, table or at the bar. No complaints about anything. But ... wish they opened before 5 pm!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barclay's - Christmas Eve
    Joank1
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Noise level was fairly high. We just had appetizers and drinks. One of us had tummy troubles the next day from both or either the calamari or the blue cheese chip. They tasted pretty good at the time. Also, it was very breezy where we sat from the front door always opening and we were four tables away from the door leading to both the street entrance and the hotel entrance. It was very cold that night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great looking sunken bar surrounded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Great looking sunken bar surrounded by a beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eh
    localgirl83
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food was good, but nothing memorable. I don't necessarily regret going, just won't be going ever again. The appetizers (oysters rockefeller and crab cakes were pretty darn good). My husband had some ribs and I had the pork tenderloin. All good but kind of "eh." The reason I wouldn't recommend this to a friend is because it is ridiculously too expensive for the quality of food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go Barclays! Outstanding food,
    Jass
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Go Barclays! Outstanding food, service and staff -Nothing disappoints. Barclays is the place for an elegant or casual evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanksgiving
    Scarlett
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I had six guests this year as well. We were crammed into a booth. No one told us when to head to the buffet or where to start, our guests missed out on the salads and shrimps. When I went for a piece of Ham there was only one piece left so the carver just dropped that on my plate. The rest of the food was okay, nothing special, but afterwards it seemed like there may have been a sprinkle of MSG which I am very sensitive to. I don't think I will be booking there again. Our server also refused to apply a gift card with was going to be her extra tip aside from what was mandatory on the bill...don't know why I couldn't use the gift card? There was nothing on it except to say safeguard it like cash...no instruction not to use on certain days.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barclay's is a gem in Oak Park
    LB3416
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We really like Barclay's American Grille. It's become our "go to" restaurant when we want something a little special, but not terribly expensive. The menu is extensive, offering everything from sandwiches to entrees. Depending on your mood (and your pocketbook), there is something for just about everybody. The service has always been dependable. I asked for a booth in a quiet area, and I was accommodated. Friday nights can be noisy. The bar is full and there are lots of larger groups. There is a quiet space that is off to the side of the restaurant that has a half wall separating it from the rest of the place. A nice space. Our server was friendly, but not overly so. The wait for the food was reasonable, considering how busy they were.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood spot
    JoeB
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Good neighborhood spot with hit or miss offerings. The Chopped Salad is good and reasonably priced. Build-A-Burger is a reliable choice, as is the BBQ Pulled Pork and Mini Sandwiches. The Strip Steak sandwich on french bread was okay, but the melted chees toppings overpowered the steak. Seafood choices include Pretzel Crusted Rainbow Trout (too much pretzel, not enough trout), Micro Brew Battered Pacific Cod 'N' Chips (uninspired and probably frozen) and a good Pan Seared Tilapia. Slow roasted Prime Rib is a Friday/Saturday special, and is usually good, but with limited availability. Get their early, or you may have to settle for a well-done end cut - or nothing at all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and tasty
    touspring
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This restaurant is consistent. We didn't order anything super-fancy and it was all very tasty. The apple crisp for dessert was made to order and fantastic. The service wasn't overly attentive but it was a busy night. Overall I enjoy this restaurant every time and like the casual atmosphere and lively ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate