Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen
Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen

Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.birchrivergrill.com/
  • Phone: 8474274242x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:00am



    Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am







    Lunch:



    Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm







    Dinner:



    Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm



    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Rudy Navarro
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Custom catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room seats 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeremy Donaker 847-427-4242x
  • Entertainment: Join us at Birch River Grill Lounge Saturday night with LIVE Entertainment from 6pm to 9pm... Also enjoy 1/2 Appetizers, $3 Bud Light Draft and $6 Martinis. Vist www.birchrivergrill.com for more info
  • Special Events: See our website for all up-coming special events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arlington Heights Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Private Lot shared with Doubletree Hotel.
A word from Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen
Birch River Grill - An American Kitchen in Arlington Heights is a warm prairie-style restaurant and bar with cozy neighborhood appeal, offering Rustic American, gourmet comfort food.
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Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (3)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (2)neighborhood gem (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Don't do the brunch buffet
    swimdave
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I did not have an enjoyable experience here for brunch. I had the buffet which had an ok selection but the food was not kept warm.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Once was enough
    AHMom
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Brought a friend here for dinner on a Thursday night. Dining room was empty when we arrived. A large group came by the bar and that was basically the last we saw of our server. Food was good, nothing special. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very good for a hotel restaurant. The fish was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 210 reviews are from the Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Great for brunch
    foodcritic
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had a few choices in mind for Mother's Day brunch and was happy that I chose this place. It was not over crowded as I anticipated for such an occasion and the food selection was more than enough. Overall it was a great experience and I would select this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mothers Day Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My mom (90)had the best Mothers' day brunch for the price...Compared to places like the RItz Carlton Downtown...This place is a gem ..Kathy was our server and made her feel so special..THank you for a wonderful experience!!!..Oh yes the food was very very good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    MrBFHVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Wonderful food, great service, great place for a business meeting
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food -- No Waiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Always on my list to try, but never made it until a few weeks ago & went a second time this weekend. Both times we were surprised by how few people were dining, however, the bar area seemed fairly busy both times. The hostess desk wasn't manned either time, almost like dining guests were a complete surprise, despite having reservations both times. That in itself gives the restaurant an odd atmosphere. The decor is very nice, even upscale. If there had been more people the atmosphere would be great. The food is really quite good. The menu has some classic standards mixed in with some more unusual fare. The service is very attentive. If you're looking for a nice meal last minute, without the wait, I'd definitely give it a try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Valentines Day ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We drove over an hour to come to this restaurant and would do it again! Best meal, hands down!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, meh ambience
    Tofo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Look - the food was fantastic, we both loved everything. Go here for fantastic food but do not expect a vibrant scene. Cannot stress enough how great the food was. Try the chili. Pork Tenderloin was great, as was the seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Higher End
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service. The décor was high end and delightful. We will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch? Um, no.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    According to Open Table, this location was taking reservations for lunch as early as 10. My guest was from the east coast, so it was perfect to have lunch there at 10:30. However, when we entered, we were told by the very polite wait staff that lunch didn't begin until 11, but there was still breakfast buffet going on. We agreed to do the buffet, however, most everything on the line was lukewarm.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Totally Disappointed
    TM18
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Are you kidding me! First off, they should have SAID it was a limited menu for Christmas. NO indication when making the reservation that we wouldn't be able to oder off their menu. They handed us a white sheet of paper, looked like someone took about 2 minutes to type up, with the few items they were offering. NO holiday decorations at all, it looked like a Denny's. The diner I ate breakfast at was more festive. And they had the nerve to charge $39.95 per person! Totally not worth it!!!! I don't know what they were thinking! If you didn't want to work on Christmas, then don't. But if you're going to charge that much you better have something more to deliver. We were totally disappointed and would never go back there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Turkey of a Dinner
    Dotster
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Rather disappointed, as really looked forward to having our Thanksgiving dinner at Birch Tree Grill. Our previous times eating there have always been good. Now, especially for this special holiday, no place mats, the dishes were round and food piled on top on other food (green beans covered with cranberries). I remember eclectic plates, not plain round generic plates. The service was fine. I doubt if we will ever return, as this was a real let down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Staff needs training
    jjwk
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We dined on Thanksgiving and had a nice experience that could have been a very good one if the staff had better training. Most notably, the silverware was cleared at each course but never replaced. I saw 2 other tables also flagging down any passing wait/buss staff to get forks for their dessert, entrée, etc. Our entrees were delivered by our waiter who didn't notice we had no silverware on the table at that point. When I asked for forks, etc. he was very nice, but never came back. The hostess eventually brought us utensils. I might add it was not crowded, many empty tables. The food was very good, I would definitely go back to this restaurant. It may have been just inexperienced staff on the holiday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find in Arlington Heights
    KCoakley
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Went on a Wednesday evening and the restaurant was pretty quiet. Because it's located in a hotel, I imagine the customer base is mostly business travelers during the week. Haven't been there on a weekend so I can't say what the traffic is like then. The food was REALLY good--we had the flatiron steak and the pork tenderloin; both done to perfection and the accompanying sides were a very good complement to the meats. Portions were generous. Good selection of wines, but I thought $10 a glass was a bit pricey, though I know that's the going rate. Service was very good. I would definitely go again. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is Always Great!
    HappyCamperVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I have been to Birch River Grill for both lunch & dinner and always have a good meal. It is rarely crowded but the food is great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WHAT A DISSAPOINTMENT
    AQUA911
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    WE KNEW SOMETHING WAS UP WHEN WE ENTERED A TOTALLY EMPTY RESTAURANT AT 530 PM ON A SATURDAY NIGHT. TONS OF CARS IN THE HOTEL LOT BUT NOT ANY DINERS OTHER THAN OURSELVES TILL ABOUT 7 PM. WE RECD A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR THIS RESTAURANT , CHECK OUT THE MENU ON THE INTERNET AND THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE REALLY GOOD SINCE THERE WERE SEVERAL ITEMS ON THE MENU THAT LOOKED PROMISING. I ORDERED A NEW YORK STRIP WITH CHIMCURRI SAUCE. SAUCE WAS VERY VINEGAR TASTING , KILLED THE STEAK FLAVOR AND NOT LIKE ANY CHIMCURRI SAUCE I HAVE HAD BEFORE. MY WIFE HAD THE BROASTED CHICKEN THAT WAS TASTLESS.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the food at BRG. I had the pork tenderloin- the meat was tender be well seasoned, the carrots were perfectly cooked and the cheddar grits were absolutely amazing! The service was also excellent. They were attentive, friendly, and prompt. Looking forward to going again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get together
    Nonnapro
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    If you want a place that is quiet during the week night for a small get together with family or friends.. This would be the place. Food is very good, small menu, but excellent on all items. Server was very considerate and always came to check to see if we needed anything. We stayed there a few hours with drinks, food and desserts and all fell into place niceley.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just Another hotel restaurant
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    Attached to the Doubletree. Very ho hum. Breakfast is mucb better
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Yankee Pot Roast
    Robert
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    The pot roast was excellent. The restauarant was not very crowded, so it afforded a good environment for a business lunch. Reasonable prices for the area. Service was good. I'll definitiely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a great find! we were
    Joey1VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    what a great find! we were a group of 6 and everyone loved their dinner. service was great perfect night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • attached to hotel I was staying
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    attached to hotel I was staying in. Was hoping for a bit more. The breakfast was far superior to the dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was Easter night, so it
    Andy
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    It was Easter night, so it was empty. Food was good and service was good. Salmon was excellent. Hummus was nice. Steak salad one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch at Birch River Grill!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    My family and I enjoyed a lovely brunch at Birch River Grill. Food was good, service was good and everyone was truly helpful. I would definitely go again for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have been here many times.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    I have been here many times. I think BRG could be a great place to dine but every time I come here, there's practically no one in there. It could be such a great place. On this night, I came specifically for the fish fry. I had seen a picture of it in the newspaper. Believe me, it looked nothing like its picture. We were served four small pieces of fish. They looked like something out of a box of Gorton's frozen fish dinners. I would still come here for other meals, because their food is always good. But never for the fish fry.
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  • Quiet restaurant in DoubleTree
    Andy
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Quiet restaurant in DoubleTree hotel. Food was good. Reasonable prices. A fair amount of open space for larger groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very average experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    A very average experience. Food was ok service was good . Do not know if I. Would return
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was enjoyable and
    Howardr48VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The food was enjoyable and the portions were more than adequate. They had no problem taking care of a party of 8.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of the best kept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    This is one of the best kept secrets in the NW suburbs. Nothing flashy, just excellent food and service and nice presentations. I have never had a bad meal at Birch River Grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy, with friendly staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Cozy, with friendly staff and it was open on Christmas. Both a Christmas special and their regular menu were available to order from, but i felt like they were pushing for us to order the Christmas special (they didn't give us menus at first and questioned "are you sure?" when we asked to see the regular menu), even though i had called ahead to make sure we could order from regular menu. Food was of good quality, and they had a nice variety of items to choose from. Everything we ordered was delicious; pot roast, macaroni and cheese, cheeseburger and the Christmas special (prime rib with roasted potatoes and broccolini). Attractive decor, dimly lit and roomy. Bar looked nice as welll; great hotel restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place for business
    MrBFHVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Wonderful place for business lunches and dinners. One of the very few places that is quiet enough for conversations!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were a party of four seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2012
    We were a party of four seated in a roomy booth. We could all talk without competing with loud music or noise from other diners. The food and service were great too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner: good; Breakfast: NOT.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    The positive reviews for Birch River Grill must be for Dinner, possible lunch as breakfast is very poor. In short, the wait staff is there to bring coffee, and are presumptive that if one is there for breakfast, one must be there for the buffet. Although a menu was made available, the waiter was utterly unable to explain a single menu item. The food was heavy and tasted as if it had been prepared from low cost ingredients (pancakes tasted like they were made from a "just add water" mix). If you're staying at the DoubleTree, convenience may make it worth eating there. Otherwise, you should pass.
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  • Took my staff here for a quiet,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    Took my staff here for a quiet, out of office meeting. Was perfect, convenient location, nice atmosphere, accommodating restaurant staff, great selection so everyone in the group could be accommodated. Was surprised at the array, from interesting salads and sandwichs all the way to full lunch entrees - seafood selection in particular. No one in our party even knew the restaurant was there, and it is only about 3 blocks from our headquarters!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable Source of Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    Despite the fact it's in a hotel (Doubletree), this is a very distinctive restaurant. Their menu has a great variety of comfort foods and the daily specials are always enticing. The best part is that you can usually get in without a problem, even last minute on a Friday night which is what we did. It's a great place for you to try too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All four of us had different
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    All four of us had different meals and they were all very good. The chicken quesadilla appetizer was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is always first rate.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/20/2012
    The food is always first rate. Service this time was a little slow at first considering there were only 3 tables of people. It improved once he took our drink order. The place is starting to look a bit worn. The tables are all down to bare wood in some spots. I would still go back for the food and atmosphere. Quiet and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our second visit
    Tony
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    This was our second visit to Birch River in two years (we live 300 miles away). The excellence of their food, service and atmosphere has, if anything, gotten even better since our first, very positive, experience. My beet salad and crusted pike was prepared just about perfectly and the salads and entrees of the other four individuals in our party were similarly remarkable. The quiet, almost forest-like atmosphere belies the fact that the restaurant is about 200 ft from a major suburban thorofare. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attended for Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Attended for Mother's Day brunch. There was a nice variety of items in the buffet, although the overall quality ranged, depending, I think, on how long the food had been out. The manned stations were very good. The hostess didn't have our reservation for some reason, which led to some delays, but otherwise the service was ok. Nothing particularly special food-wise, but everything was decent. My in-laws enjoyed their meal. My wife and I were less impressed overall.
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    • Noise LevelModerate