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Grille No. 43
28800 N Waukegan
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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Grille No. 43 Details
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday:11:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Great for Lunch
You can count on a wonderful meal
whenever you visit Grille 43. The food is delicious and the choices are well proportioned, not overwhelming which leaves room for an appetizer- the Chicken Satay and Seared Ahi Tuna are favorites, or/and a dessert. The soups are complex and rich in flavor perfect for a cold day. The mussels are the best and the chef should contemplate turning this into a main entrée. The crab cake special was very satisfying, with delicate flavor from the rice and cherry tomatoes."
Dined on 4/18/2014
Love the place but too noisy. I
would go there more often but hard to have a conversation."
Dined on 4/11/2014
The appetizer consisting of
drunken shrimp and scallops was great. our steaks were cooked to order and delicious. The cheesecake was probably the worst I have ever had (one bite) so I don't recommend desert. The staff was professional, friendly and very accommodating. Overall a very nice dinner, the desert may have been a one-off so don't let that turn you away. I will dine at Grille #43 again,...just not for desert."
Dined on 3/31/2014
The night we were there, there
happened to be a group of about 10-12 younger people only drinking in the dining room and they were really loud, so a dinner with the wife was not so good since hearing each other was very difficult.....................but what can the restaurant do about that, however, they occupied lots of seats in the dining area and bought no food, so maybe not so good for the restaurant?"
Dined on 3/25/2014
Great food and service despite how
busy they were. Nice that they have specials during the week. Complimentary valet was nice as there is little parking. Nice wine list and variety of food."
Dined on 3/18/2014
I've had lunch here several times,
and it never disappoints. It's near my office not home, so I've yet to have dinner here. I suspect that it's just as good."
Dined on 3/19/2014
Our first time there , very
impressed. Generous portions. Very good"
Dined on 3/18/2014
The staff is accommodating and
friendly. Food was very good although noise level from bar is something to contend with. Parking is limited to valet, but they do a nice job. For a very good meal at reasonable, but not low cost, price, close to home, definitely recommended."
Dined on 3/14/2014
I've been meaning to try this
restaurant out and a "ladies night out" was the ticket. I had the special, grouper, which was excellent. My friend had salad, also excellent. A few things to "warn" about - parking is tight so there is only valet parking, which is free. The restaurant is small so expect to feel a bit crowded. Prices are on the high side, appetizers 10-17, salads 13-15, entrees 21-34, burgers/sandwiches 11-19. But overall, I'd say this place is worth a try. The food was better than I thought it would be, especially in a place right next to a gas station. It was busy/popular, so the rest of the menu must be pretty good! Reservations a must after 6:30pm."
Dined on 3/15/2014
Grill 43 has a very upscale menu
and great "white table cloth" service and experience."
Dined on 3/10/2014
The food is good, fairly priced,
well presented, even if menu is short. We are a couple, we wanted to try Grille 43 after driving by often and reading good reviews. Service was miserable, start to finish: a 10-minute wait for the waitress's first visit, lack of serving utensils and fresh plates for a shared appetizer plate, wine never topped off and one of our glasses taken away before we had finished the meal (?!), no water refills, and no interest in replacing used knives, side plates, and silverware. We had to ask our waitress for everything, and then gave up! Skipped dessert and coffee. I informed the manager of the poor service on exiting (left low low tip), and was told she was among their best, before "sorry." Seriously? Bye!"
Dined on 2/21/2014
The fixed price menu for
Valentines Day was a great idea. Service was fast and accurate. Food was hot when it came to the table. A very nice evening"
Dined on 2/14/2014
What is most outstanding about
this restaurant is the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff."
Dined on 2/1/2014
I was here with a group of four
work colleagues and we all loved it. The drunken shrimp appetizer was fantastic, and I had a Scottish Salmon special which was fantastic as well. The food is not too simple and not too fancy... just right."
Dined on 1/30/2014
Food was great, service perfect -
attentive but not annoying!"
Dined on 1/25/2014
My oldest grandson who likes to
eat, really likes The Grille and if he's happy we are all happy."
Dined on 1/24/2014
Very good dinner with service to
match. We thought it was a bit pricey. Every thing is ala carte and sides are priced high. for 37. 00 for a 14 ounce bone in Rib eye served with nothing is a little steep. Makes it hard to consider eating there often: more of a special occasion."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Very nice specials, excellent
salads, outstanding staff."
Dined on 1/15/2014
I said this before but hey must
have changed chefs. Our favorite dishes have all changed - and for the worse. The black and blue salad had virtually no steak in it. The fish tacos are awful and they used to be my fav. The lobster salad is like a chefs salad"
Dined on 1/7/2014
A great spot for lunch on busy
Route 43 in Lake Bluff; really the only restaurant in the vicinity that's not a hot dog place or a fast-food chain...excellent hamburgers, very good salads. It's worth a trip. It's a relatively small place, so reservations, even for lunch, are a good idea."
Dined on 1/6/2014
Very good tasting food, nice
presentation. Staff very attentive. Will visit again!!"
Dined on 1/5/2014
Very nice atmosphere, food was
prepared perfectly and tasted magnificent! The chef certainly pairs together great food and sides! Nice selection of wine. Perfect for a romantic evening yet casual for any meal. Would recommend this restaurant to all my friends."
Dined on 1/5/2014
Although I had been to this
restaurant once Before, this experience was different. We went as a family, were given a very Small table, in a very unappealing location. The food we enjoyed most were the Appetizers. Great (noisy) place to stop For a drink and an upscale snack."
Dined on 12/24/2013
Grille No. 43 is our go to spot.
Among our party we had Gluten/dairy allergies and a shellfish allergy. The server was knowledgeable about the dishes and consulted the kitchen when he was not sure. The menu has something for everyone from burgers and salads to roasted sea bass and beef tenderloin. The food is always well prepared with interesting sides (black rice, roasted veggies, etc.) They can handle groups with a max of about 15. It is not large and it can get noisy. This visit our party had grilled salmon, roasted sea bass, prime rib and a burger. All of us had the house salad which is very good. It has cranberries, apples and sugared pecans. Everyone was very happy with their meals and the service was excellent."
Dined on 12/24/2013
Great lunch as always, great food,
friendly service and great atmosphere. Lively, but quiet enough to talk."
Dined on 12/6/2013
We went here with a group of 10,
after making a last-minute reservation on OpenTable. We arrived to see our table ready for us. The ambiance was nice- with perfect lighting- dim but not too dim. The menu was interesting and varied with generous portions and tempting specials. The food is downtown sophisticated with several "comfort food" options. We had delicious seafood and meat choices- the drunken shrimp with jalapeno, a fantastic shrimp/scallop special, super homemade soup, mussels, strip steak, fantastic sliders and pulled port.Our waiter Eric (and crew) provided excellent service. They were attentive but not overbearing. Provided nice wine service and handled the kids professionally, while accommodating to very discriminating adults."
Dined on 11/27/2013
All five dishes were well
presented and all plates cleaned. I'm usually a steak orderer but went with one of the night's specials, the Halibut. It was perfectly cooked and thoroughly delicious. The corn relish was very tasty but maybe with fresh corn out of season it lacked that little something (did I say it was very tasty anyway?) Good reviews for the flatbread app, Niçoise salad, shrimp and scallop special and the veggie sliders too. Service was friendly and efficient. Attentive without being overly so. The only possible downside was the noise level. It was sometimes hard to hear but we weren't trying to have a romantic evening so it was okay. I will almost certainly be back despite 30 minutes away."
Dined on 11/15/2013
This is about the 4th time I've
eaten at Grille No. 43, and it has disappointed me every time. Billed as an upscale restaurant (as evidenced by their menu descriptions and price), every meal I've had has missed the mark. I think low quality ingredients and poor execution are the problem. I had a pulled pork sandwich this time. The pork had that "old meat" taste. The barbecue sauce was unremarkable, and the pork was dry and chewy, despite the sauce. It was basically a huge bun with a mound of mediocre pork. My colleagues chose the Ahi sandwich special ($19 each!). The ahi was so thin, they mistook the onion for it! Cheap cheese and an aoli that tasted like 1000 island made things worse. I really WANT to like this place, but just can't."
Dined on 11/4/2013
Not many restaurants in this area
(Waukegan & Rte 176) except fast food and hot dog places. Grille 43 always has reliably good food; very good salads and burgers. Nice bar area with tvs. Can get very crowded at lunch, especially on Fridays, so reservations are a good idea. A small restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere; but noise can be very "energetic" when it's full."
Dined on 11/1/2013
I had Salmon and my wife had pork
chops. Both over cooked and dry as a bone. We should have sent out plates back but we were so hungry we just woofed it down. The wait staff was very good and attentive and when we did mention our dissatisfaction with our meal the manager came over, listened and bought us a couple glasses of wine. Previously, I had other meals that was very good, but for this meal only, I can't really recommend Grille 43"
Dined on 10/25/2013
Free valet parking! All of the
staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Food is excellent and presented beautifully."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Quick lunch service, food is a bit
expensive, 16 dollar bburgera little extrene but worth a visit as food is good."
Dined on 10/9/2013
We tried Grille No. 43 for our
anniversary and were not disappointed. Although the menu is a bit limited, our food was well prepared and delicious, and the service just right. We would definitely go back."
Dined on 8/4/2013
Friday night was very quiet, tonic
was flat, Kevin, the bartender forgot the fruit garnishment on 2 different occasions, Amy, our attendant was okay but we have had much better service. Obviously they were having an off night, I'm hoping this was the case as we enjoy the food and cocktails very much."
Dined on 8/2/2013
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