Ja' Grill Restaurant & Lounge
Ja' Grill Restaurant & Lounge

Ja' Grill Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jagrill.com/
  • Phone: 7739295375
  • Hours of Operation:
    RESTAURANT:
    Mon-Wed 5pm-10pm (dinner only) Thu 5pm-11pm (dinner only) Fri-Sat 11am-11pm (lunch/dinner) Sun 11am-3pm (brunch/lunch), Sun 3pm-10pm (lunch/dinner)

    LOUNGE:
    Fri,Sat 7pm-2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Jamaican
  • Executive Chef: Herbert "Errol" Gallimore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Contact: cateringorevents@jagrill.com
  • Special Events: cateringorevents@jagrill.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sheffield
  • Public Transit: Brown Line Armitage Stop
    Bus Line 73
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ja' Grill Restaurant & Lounge
Ja’ Grill Restaurant & Lounge invites you to experience the Islands right here in Chicago. Serving "authentic Jamaican cuisine." If you like spicy, we have it! If you like plenty of flavors, we have them too. Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Ox Tails, Red Snapper (Escoveitch), Rice and Peas, Cabbage and Carrots, Plantains, and Beef/Chicken/Veggie Patties to name a few signature dishes. Or perhaps sip on a Red Stripe, a Cozy Island Cocktail, or signature “Ja’ Rum Punch,” while listening to Jamaican/Caribbean beats upstairs while dining, or downstairs in the lounge.
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Ja' Grill Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.8
    Service3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)romantic (5)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Not bad
    Unforgettable81
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place is very small but overall a nice place for dinner. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time !
    Shopalot
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The service was great and the good was fresh and delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great!
    Yanidayna
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Good food. Very authentic, you can tell from the chefs rice and pease that this place is legit
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Than Average
    Yummers
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I enjoyed the food, drinks and atmosphere. Our server was helpful but not very attentive. It was a good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Good...
    MzNeauxla
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a reservation for 8:30PM, but we were told we had to wait 20 minutes. We were sent to wait in a dark, dank, "lounge" that had a bar with no bartender. We had to wait 45 minutes for a table, past our reservation time! We got upstairs and things didn't get any better. The food was terrible. Cold cabbage, watery oxtails, and soft plantains. My friend who is from Jamaica said it was the worse he ever had. The chef came to speak with him, but only defended his food saying it was the best in Chicago, NOT! They brought him out a plate of beans & chicken, but still made him pay $18 for the meal. They didn't even offer to have it removed from the bill even though he was clearly dissatisfied. I was disappointed in the food & service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic dining
    nikg81
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great service, authentic dining experience particularly if you've visited Jamaica and are a fan of the local cuisine. Always a great experience here, with food, service, and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday reservation
    jenn
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was only approach once during the whole time I was there to ask if i need it anything. After that I had to keep calling the waitress myself. Was ignored twice. When my friends and I finished eating they pick up the plates of the table. Gave us our tab we were still consuming our Alcohol. We each had 1 drink. We felt that was there way of kicking us out the place. I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food bad service
    Thena
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I made reservations so they had a table reserved for me which is awesome! Food was great, drinks were great, and music was even better! But the waitress barely came to our table even though she was really sweet! It took almost 45 minutes to receive our food and about 15 minutes to receive drinks. The waitress was no where to be found when the check came which was a definite bummer when you're ready to go
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Experience...
    QD4U2
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This was not my first time/experience at Ja Grill. I can honestly say it's gone from a choice to non-factor. Made reservation because last time it was packed. "Not this time" in fact the server was the host, server, DJ and bartender. To make matters worse it wasn't busy but we waited a long time for everything. App. -(1) beef patty and jerk wings with honey sauce gross and sticky. Then dinner was another 20-30min wait and the food wasn't even hot. The multi staff/employee wasn't even cool. I'm sure tired or maybe all the shots she had from the neighborhood buddy. Overall horrible experience and my cousins 1st and last time going. Oh and the only reason we stayed is because we already paid $15.00 for parking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • would not go back -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    ordered a jerk chicken salad - that looked like it was iceberg lettuce poured from a bag - with 2 cucumber slices and one tomatoe on it and a couple of pieces of chicken cut up - looked and tasted bad. Disappointment. Server was nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Freindly Enviornment
    Sully
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The staff is very friendly and the food is great! I chose a bad day to visit, because there was another party that had a lot of people attending and we weren't able to hang out in the lounge area. However, the wait staff was very accomodating to us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 172 reviews are from the Ja' Grill Restaurant & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Take a trip to Jamaica in Chicago
    MsWendy68
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Attentive service, fantastic food. We had the jerk catfish and the curried goat. Portion sizes are just right. You get a lot of food for the money. The rum punch is NOT watered down! (bonus points for the bartender!) Save room for dessert. We tried the bread pudding and the rum cake, and were not disappointed. It IS a small place, though, so if you have a thing about sitting close to other diners, you might want to go elsewhere. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I really enjoyed myself. I would recommend the restaurant to everyone I know. Can't wait to come back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A touch of Jamaica in Chicago
    NEJKE
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our dining experience was awesome!! My four sons took me to Jah Grill for mother's day, and I had a grand time. We all ordered the Brown-stewed Fish, which was served whole. It was full of flavor (not too spicy) and very tasty (not fishy). The rice/ red beans was perfect. I had this in Jamaica, and it felt like we were in Negril. The food, music, staff and the atmosphere was a 5 starr. On of my sons, sho is a DJ, will be mentioning Jah Grill on his show
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay...
    PhillyChiGirl
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I love curry chicken, so naturally I ordered curry chicken. The curry sauce was very bland and left much to be desired. We ordered the jerk catfish as an appetizer and it would have been perfect if we didn't have to pick the bone out of each bite we took. The waitress took our order and left to submit it. 40 minutes later she came back to our table to ask us again what we ordered because our order slip was misplaced. It wasn't that busy when we first arrived so I do not understand how or why our slip was misplaced. Overall, I don't think the first impression was good enough for me to return.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!!
    nikki
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    All was great!! It had been my 3rd time there, food is excellent along with the rum punch :) and the service. I will defiantly be going back and have already told others about it! I'm a realtor and if I'm impressed with a place I share with everyone.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • experience overall
    experience
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Food was great service was great as well. However $80 for dinner for two people is ridiculas I most likely won't return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome food!
    Jonathan
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The food was awesome! I was here for brunch, which has a great selection of dishes including fruit as well. You definitely cannot pass up the drink menu, especially the rum punch! There were also sports games on tv which is just what I needed to see.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    MonkeyFu
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Ja Grill is the go to brunch spot for my friends and I. Great food and the all you can eat is a fabulous value for the kind of great food you are getting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Jamaican Food
    Flower
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent Jamaican food, great service and clean - will definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ideal for winter blues
    HIChgo
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Hate the long winter? Warm up at Ja'Grill. Loved and savory flavors! I've been here twice and will be back a lot more. It may not feel like spring in Chicago, but the punch and background music made for a spring break feel. The shrimp curry and all the jerk dishes don't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food AWESOME Drinks!
    Betty
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I've been to this restaurant quite a few times and it never dissapoints . The food is delicious and the drinks are AMAZING. Food took a little long but it was a very busy day so I suggest to make reservations ahead of time just in case.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and worth the
    Tracee
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Excellent food and worth the drawbacks....crowded, make reservations and noisy....not bad things...just not the best for a first date or large groups...but the food is unbelievably good!!!!!!! Worth every penny....service is fair...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If it wasn't for the food,...
    jlo773
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food: The food there is fantastic. Love the jerk and curried meat dishes, rice an' peas (red beans and rice), plantains, and flavorful veggies. Service isn't great. Checking in is awkward as there is very little room and you find yourself huddled in the doorway. Don't call the restaurant (you'll get put on hold indefinitely) just make your reservations on OpenTable, show up on-time, and don't bring extra people (you will be turned away w/ a larger group than what you have reserved). Not the friendliest of staff, but at the end of the day it's all about what's going on in the kitchen and everything coming out of the kitchen is great. Turn a blind eye to the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This I was my first time attending the restaurant food is good but the service was horrible ! I waitied a whole 45min. For service waitress was all over the place and lack focus when it came to customers . And wait another 25 min for drinks . The waitress made this experience not a great one.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    Cheers
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Always enjoy our outings to Ja Grill. Great food, great drinks...over all great place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have visited Ja Grill Many Times
    Sandi
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We have visited Ja Grill Many Times in the past. It appears they have new wait staff who were'nt as friendly as those in the past. We had the brown stewed chicken inwhich I thought would be like home but it was nothing like it. Our favorite part of dinner was dessart " apple bread pudding with a shot of rum" '
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    YoYo
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The flavors and quality of food has been very good and consistent on each of my visits. I appreciate consistent quality.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After theater dining experience
    pjones
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    This restaurant was absolutely perfect for after-theater matinee dinner. The food was spot on, our server was knowledgeable and quite friendly. If I had a complaint it would be the restrooms which need attention. Would recommend this restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Place with Good Drinks....
    Shar81
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    First off, the place is smaller than I thought it was Thank God I reserved a table. Drinks.. Purple Rain and Rum Punch. RP was too strong for me but everyone else liked. I am a wine drinker so I should have known better than to order it. Appetizers we ordered- Honey Wings. Niether of us liked it. Its an acquired taste I guess. Our food took over 45 min. I orderd jerk shrimp dinner with dbl cabbage and he had Ox tail dinner. I tried his they were decent. My shrimp was good but really spicy. I generally love cabbage but this one was not as good. Our table agreed Uncle Joe's food is much better but the ambience here and the drinks are cool so its a good spot for that. Ladies, the bathroom stalls are EXTRA tight!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ja Grill, Awesome
    MB60657
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Best kept secret in Chicago. Thank you to the staff for making it so welcoming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!
    bigh
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My date and I were very cramped and uncomfortable! We were right on top of each other with no privacy or elbow room! The DJ was good for ambiance, but you can't have a conversation because you can't hear over the music! When the restaurant first opened the food was excellent. Now it doesn't even compare to local neighborhood jerk joints! I won't be back!!! It was waaaaay over priced and the food was not good!!! Really!!! I eat out regularly and I enjoy good food! Ja' Grill will be removed from my list!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The food is really good. I've thrown a party here once even though the space is very limited the staff is very friendly and the food is GREAT!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experiences.
    Mskimber
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I have been here several times. Good food & drinks. I even had private party there & all guest thoroughly enjoyed. Great place to experience Jaimaican delicacies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food is AMAZING and The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The Food is AMAZING and The Drinks are AMAZING... I love going there when I visit Chicago
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good time
    harrylynwood
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Was very nice wish they had parking live music would be super but I had a goodtime
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bday
    Exqusitetastez
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I arrived several hours late, due to weather conditions they were closing and still served my group hot fresh food and never rushed us out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Food4junkie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    If you're looking for some great Jamaican cuisine & lounge, this is the place.The food & ambience was great. The DJ was playing some great music which was loud but perfect for still having a conversation. Definitely plan to visit this gem on later dates especially in the spring & summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Jerk dishes & Rum Punch!
    Jeff
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We have been several times but always order Jerk something. Additionally, we always get the rum punch. We set out to try something new but these are so perfect, it is had to resist. I would also like to mention that the understated "peas and rice" otherwise known as "beans and rice" is exceptional. We tried the jerk pork this time and were also very pleased. Our next trip will press us to try the snapper. We also want to try one of their other rum drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around favorite place
    Bill
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food here is outstanding and the staff are excellent. It can get a little crowded though and despite (yet another) snow storm the place was packed. There wasn't much room to wait either, but they took care of us with a round of drinks for the wait. I am always very pleased with this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.