Grille No. 43
Grille No. 43

Grille No. 43

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://grilleno43.com/
  • Phone: 8472347643
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Khammy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rockland Rd.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Grille No. 43
You'll love our comfortable atmosphere, great unique menu and attention to detail!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Grille No. 43 reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (8)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (5)romantic (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • A Repeat for Sure
    Touchedbyjules
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great service..outstanding food..dont forget to try the Chicken43..it was fantastic! We will return for sure! DELISH!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • David
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The bartender / manager David was awesome. He recommended my wine & dinner and both were exceptional. Happy to see such a knowledgable manager running such a cute/cozy place. Loved it! Will recommend. Thanks David.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise!
    IreneVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wow I booked this through Open Table because it was close to my previous appointment. I was so surprised that this was so great! Our serve was relatively new from Cincinnati and he was very helpful and cheerful. My friend and I hadn't seen each other for a year and we had such a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to it's usual par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had been having Grille 43 withdrawals and thus we decided to go there on Saturday night. On occasion, I'll order a cosmo and I usually like theirs but it was flat; I think it was missing lime. I always get the 43 Chop salad and it, too, was disappointing. I didn't look closely enough at it before I tossed everything and dug in so I can't really say what the problem was. I remember thinking it was kinda soupy. Not sure what's up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday Night Dinner
    WheninRome16
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Busier than we expected, but this did not cause any delay in service. Our party of 8 thoroughly enjoyed our meals, ranging from a Tuscan pasta dish (one with chicken, one without) to duck (a generous serving, with a peach/orange sauce that was a tad too sweet for the diner), hanger steak (with a chimi sauce - delish!), a burger (topped with crispy fried onions - um!), and a strip steak special. The drunken shrimp appetizer was a hit. The only disappointment was the crab cake - flavorless, lacking a nice crust and luke warm. $11.50 for a martini seemed a bit steep. Waitress was very attentive and knew the menu, ingredients and preparation well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Fine Meal
    Reliable
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We chose Grille 43 for its consistently good food, great service, and locality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh...but not in a bad way
    wizzo45
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    One of those restaurants where there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but also nothing special. Quality service, very unrushed. Food was very good, if unspectacular. Will certainly return, but not in a rush to do so. Worth a trip, but nothing magical.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slight disappointment this time
    LilyTheValleyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went out for dinner, and experienced slight disappointment comparing to the several other visits. I had given 5 starts for their food because all the dishes I have tried in the past were beyond expectation from a small restaurant located in a quiet corner of major streets. We ordered all today's specials, and I just could not give 5 starts for any of them.... I will give a credit to the chef though that the request to put as little batter as possible to tempura was accepted and he deep fried in perfection. I will visit them again for lunch, but maybe not for dinner.... Despite all I said above, their food is decent. Don't take it wrong:-)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    service as great, food was good but nothing special and pretty expensive, dining room is very small and very loud to have a lunch meeting (which is why i was there )
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We enjoyed our selections and had excellent service. Plus, we could talk without straining to hear one another. That is a real plus for me and for my dinner partner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Natalie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The desert they gave us for our anniversary was great. All the food we had was amazing. I think our waitress had my meat down as medium rare instead of medium well because it was very pink and she seemed very distracted all night. The gentleman that cleared our plates was fantastic and all the ball with refills and bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise find
    Luvgdfd
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We have lived in the north suburbs for quite some time but had never ventured north of Lake Forest on Waukegan road for food. We were celebrating a young friend's birthday and he suggested Grille 43 because he lives in Lake Bluff. What a pleasant surprise! Delicious food, prompt and pleasant service, and a conversation friendly atmosphere. What go again in a heartbeat. But not cheap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch cuisine
    baatkarlo
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Business lunch oriented, great tasting items on lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Suprised
    momof2
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We went on Wednesday during the lunch hour and the I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was. It is a very small restaurant but they make the space work for them. My only complaint would have been that our waitress while very friendly was not very attentive but it appeared she was having to cover a large portion of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 172 reviews are from the Grille No. 43 reviews archive.
  • Good Food
    peptoitVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food is wonderfully prepared and the menu specials change frequently. There is little ambience but it's great for a neighborhood restaurant. The service is good when not to crowded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Kimberly
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We are never disappointed with the food and service at Grille 43! The staff couldn't be friendlier or more accommodating, and the food is always outstanding. However when the restaurant is busy it is way too noisy. The other night we were with friends and we were trying to yell above all the noise and could barely hear each other talk. If there is anything they could try to do with the acoustics it would be perfect. It truly is a great restaurant, if they could only do something with the noise level. The good news for them is they are always packed on the weekends since the food is so good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner in unlikely location
    SaturdayNiteDiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The exterior of the building located in a parking lot does not do justice to the dining experience. The food is great and very fresh tasting. A little on pricy side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced brunch
    Nerfman
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a party of nine for brunch yesterday and had been to the restaurant in the past for dinner. The brunch was disappointing because it was expensive and there were limited food selections for both kids and adults. At $45 and $20 for adults and kids I would have expected a much broader selection of food like an omelet bar, scrambled eggs in a warming dish and hard boiled eggs. Also, the selection for kids was horrible and nothing really catered to their simple tastes. The manager could have had a selection of cereals and more kid friendly items. I will not return for brunch even if the prices were higher due to it being Monther's Day. The service was great and prompt but they did take forever to clear our plates.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for brunch
    anonymous
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times and been quite happy with the experience. This was the first time I had been there for brunch. I was disappointed in the food and appalled at the price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Awesome Vietnamese spring rolls and sliders. Server was excellent! Very nice beer selection on tap.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Daily grind
    Sec2guru
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great place for lunch or to unwind. Food is always fantastic with great flavors.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great North Shore find!
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We had great food and wonderful service. The salads were fresh and delicious and the entrees were cooked to perfection!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bring your kids to brunch
    Melvin
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Brunch too expensive for small kids - unless your child is starving, they won't eat $20 worth of brunch buffet.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the place but too noisy.
    Kathy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Love the place but too noisy. I would go there more often but hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The appetizer consisting of
    March31Visit
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The night we were there, there
    NewtVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch or dinner
    Kappy
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    EldelVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first time there , very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Our first time there , very impressed. Generous portions. Very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    GreenOaksFoody
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale local find
    Over35
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale - Excellent Food & Service
    dav1988
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Grill 43 has a very upscale menu and great "white table cloth" service and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair Food, Failing Service
    CalamustardVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great grill
    Daveh
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait staff
    Snow
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    What is most outstanding about this restaurant is the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great placeI
    JD333
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good dinner with service
    Bubbles
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Chelle
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food was great, service perfect - attentive but not annoying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GUS LIKES IT!
    Snow
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    My oldest grandson who likes to eat, really likes The Grille and if he's happy we are all happy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.