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

Ja' Grill Restaurant & Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jagrill.com
  • Email: info@jagrill.com
  • Phone: (773) 929-5375
  • 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: Jamaican, Caribbean
  • 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 & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Excellent Jamaican food, great service and clean - will definitely go there again!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Always enjoy our outings to Ja Grill. Great food, great drinks...over all great place!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The flavors and quality of food has been very good and consistent on each of my visits. I appreciate consistent quality."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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" '"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The Food is AMAZING and The Drinks are AMAZING... I love going there when I visit Chicago"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Best kept secret in Chicago. Thank you to the staff for making it so welcoming!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Was very nice wish they had parking live music would be super but I had a goodtime"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "When walking into the restaurant they greet you with such polite faces. Everyone there was so friendly and made you feel welcome. I loved it!!! I will be back again!!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "food and ambiance are both vibrant and good. intimate space so make sure to make a reservation"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The restaurant is a gem particularly for those wanting the flavor of the the spicy food, it is a great place to eat and enjoy. We recommend it highly and will continue to patronize in the future."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Had an awesome time at Ja' Grill. We went there on a Saturday night when the lounge was open. Started out with some food and cocktails, then proceeded downstairs to the lounge. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Great mix of reggae music and great time overall. I would highly recommened this place to those are looking for something different."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I had dinner reservations for myself and friends, we all had groupons, which are supposed to be one per table. They allowed us to sit together and gave us separate waiters to accommodate our groupon usage. We had a wonderful time, the service was awesome and the food was delicious...AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Excellent as always, I mean what else can I say that I haven't yet about this place. Simply put the best Jamaican restaurant in the city"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We went on a cold Sunday night and had a wonderful meal. We both had a delicious authentic Jamaican rum punch. We shared a beef patty, but should have ordered two. The dough was delicious, but I wish it had been crispy. Both of us had the Jerk Chicken. My companion had a half order and I had the 1/4 order. My size was the perfect amount. The larger size was too much for him to finish. The chicken was heavenly and wonderfully seasoned, with just the right amount of heat and spiciness. Lots of perfectly cooked rice and peas. The cabbage and carrots were well seasoned and al dente. You get a lot of great food for your money, plus great Jamaican music in the background. We'll be back!!!!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Went to Ja'Grill again. Great place! We got there and a had a brief wait for out table to be set. We sat at the bar and decided to have a drink. Bartender and hostess were not very friendly. Attitude was flat to even annoyed. Once we were seated our waitress was great. Big smiles and helpful with the menu for newcomers to the restaurant that were in our small group. The food runner was also personality challenged. If you don't enjoy working with people, don't work at a restaurant. Or at least fake it. We'll go back again, but if the staff is as low energy and uninterested as this time it will be our last visit."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food was great, service was great, drinks were great!!! What more could you ask for?!?!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great night out with the girls... However, our waiter wasn't the most professional but I decided to not allow that one thing effect the entire experience. ..yes I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "small area, poor parking. waited over an hour with a reservation! waited 45 min for food!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This is a nice little Jamaican restaurant in the neighborhood..the food is really enjoyable and the portions are generous. The drinks are limited but good, although a bit over-priced. Overall a pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Love this spot. ..made reservations and table was ready right when we got there..you definitely should make reservations because it's packed on the weekend. Dj was spinning reggae which was nice and the lounge downstairs was nice to relax and have more drinks after eating. The food is excellent. Well worth the money."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Ja'Grill was cool. Food was great, only wish I was there on a Friday or Saturday night when they have live entertainment. When I get back on one of those days then I'll respond back to give five stars depending on how the live entertainment is."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Service was a bit slow..and the food wasn't all.that good.."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Been coming here for years. The ambience is great, the staff is very friendly. The food is unique and has some good vegetarian options. It can get crowded so if you like it quiet go there a little early."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "First time at Ja'Grill a few years back was something special. For our second visit this past weekend, we were left a little disappointed. By all measures the food was still good, but the wow factor was not there as it was the first time. Service was left a little to be desired, and the music was WAY TOO LOUD! We are a late 20s couple and love a very up beat atmosphere, but when you can't hear your waitress or each other's conversation...it's too loud."
    Dined on 11/9/2013