Prairie Grass Café
Prairie Grass Café

Prairie Grass Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.prairiegrasscafe.com/
  • Phone: 8472054433x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday : 5:00pm - 9:00pm Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 9:30am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sarah Stegner, George Bumbaris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Prairie Grass Cafe can accommodate semi-private parties of up to 14 guests & private parties of up to 45 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Rohit Nambiar 8472054433x

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large private lot attached to Prairie Grass Cafe for easy access.
A word from Prairie Grass Café
Chef Sarah Stegner joins husband Rohit Nambiar & fellow chef George Bumbaris in creating this casual Northbrook restaurant, boasting a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Wood-top tables without tablecloths give the main dining room a contemporary feel while seating is also available in the bar area. A menu, changing monthly, features contemporary American fare featuring seasonal ingredients. For dessert, Chef Stegner's mother bakes delicious pies.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Prairie Grass Café reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (65)fit for foodies (52)great for lunch (40)good for groups (35)special occasion (34)great for brunch (19)kid-friendly (15)notable wine list (11)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)romantic (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • My Go To local lunch place
    SeasaidhVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I always love their burger-- one of the best in Chicago area. Service was great too. A reliable option always. Also, their whitefish is really good. And very tempting salads.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Lunch
    Judy
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I took my cousin there for a Birthday lunch. We had never been there before and were quite impressed with the menu and service. We both ordered salads and they were great. I would surely come back and try this restaurant for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good meal
    MickeyB
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Prairie Grass has a nice selection of tasty food; hamburger is a standout but other choices are delicious as well. Noise level is OK but bearable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2 for 1 has changed
    2for1deal
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    On Wednesday nights, you can their sirloin steak burger on BOGO free. Great for a couple who like their steakburgers. Each person must now purchase a drink in order to get the 2 for 1 deal. Any drink; it does have to be an alcoholic beverage. It's still a good deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Twodogmom
    Twodogmom
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food is consistently good and service attentive. Wine list was very nice although expensive. Always enjoy a great restaurant close to home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good dining experience
    DougZ
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food is good and consistent. The place was bustling on a Sunday night so it must be doing something right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anne54
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I ordered the skirt steak. It was very good. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    PinkyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We really enjoy eating here, its always delicious and we have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious , and the servers are very efficent and pleasant . We all enjoyed it here, will definitly return in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great specials
    Ayse
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I recommend you to try egg benedicts and crepes. Warm cinnamon and pecan cake is great to share
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delicious
    Foodieinpr
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have never had a bad meal or poor service at Prairie Grass. I had the vegetarian plate and it was delicious. My husband had the strip steak and he too was quite happy with his meal. The pear/almond cake was wonderful, would have been fantastic with some vanilla ice cream on the side. Our server was very attentive. Wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • basic, reliable, always a pleasure
    WilmetteBoxer
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've had lunch and dinner here for years and never been disappointed. The menu changes frequently but retains some excellent favorites such as Parmesan-crusted tilapia. Ham and cheese sandwich with fig compote is another standout. Seasonal desserts are a strong point. Servers are informed, friendly, prompt, but we never feel rushed. We long for more of the corn fritters and the pate with apples and port. We always leave happy and always come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carolola
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Service and food was very good. Drinks such as coffee was a little pricey. $3.95 is ridiculous. Birthday dessert for my friend was not complimentary. Usually birthday celebration desserts are. Server was delightful! Fast and very efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant is declining
    Downhill
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Wee've gone to Prarie Grass numerous times over the years. The restaurant is looking worn down--the tables have a gummy feel and bare spots where plates are placed. This is the second time I've been here recently where one of our biggest complaints is the lighting--the lighting is so bright, it feels like one is eating dinner in a fast/casual/delicatessen, not at all consistent with their menu and decor. The noise level is unpleasant---it's not loud and festive like you'd hear in a bustling restaurant which I'd like, rather i the restaurant has no soft surfaces so all the noise and conversations sound harsh and intrusive. The brussel sprouts were burned--clearly pre-cooked and then re-fried to serve. Ugh. Won't go back till they improve
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Burger in Chicago is True
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great service, friendly staff, best burger I've ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Burger
    frankVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Their Wed. night hamburger deal is great, best burger in town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Of Our Favorites
    GoBoldly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We love Prairie Grass Cafe! We have eaten there many times and have never been disappointed. The food and service are consistently good. The waitstaff is very well trained and are customer-centered. We've eaten here for brunch on the weekends, lunch, and dinner and have tried many of the items on the menu. It is so good! One big draw about the food is it is farm to table and sustainable, something that we really admire. Be sure to give Prairie Grass Cafe a try soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu
    nbc173VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Heard wonderful things about Prarie Grass but was disappointed in the limited menu they have. Cocktail creations were vast and interesting!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over rated
    Jimbo6VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Overcooked fish entree, mediocre service were the highlights of the dinner. The spinach side was overly salty. Cooffee was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best burger
    frankVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The 10 oz. burger at Prairie Grass is the best hamburger in town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit
    ChicagoFoodFanVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were thrilled with our first visit to Prairie Grass Cafe. The service was polite and attentive. Our food was excellent and well priced. The decor is warm and contemporary, a nice surprise for a suburban restaurant. It is on the noisy side as the ceilings are vaulted and there is no carpeting or table cloths to dampen the sound. We selected a booth by the window to avoid the noise as much as possible and that seemed to work quite well. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • forgotten favorite
    bikemomVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always forget how much I enjoy this restaurant till I come back and it is perfect every time. One of the few restaurants in the area where you can truly have a conversation without yelling. Also one of the few non-vegetarian restaurants where my vegetarian daughter is excited about the variety of choices for her. Broad selection of food that is prepared to showcase the quality and freshness of the ingredients. The service is attentive and competent and the atmosphere is casual and warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Lovely lunch visit with a colleague. The quality of the food and service is always very enjoyable. At times I find the voices and other noises of the restaurant make it a bit of a challenge to hear the others at my table, however that never interferes in the enjoyment of the visit there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    One of my favorites in the area. An easy place to share a meal with friends and colleagues. Always a quality experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoy this
    friendVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I really enjoy this restaurant. They have good vegetarian selections, which is a rare find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have eaten at Prairie Grass Cafe several times. The food, as always, was outstanding. However, the service this time around was not up to the usual standard: the host was a bit dismissive, and the waiter took an exceptionally long time to take our order or to check up on us. Granted, it was a very busy Friday night, but I still think the service could have been one step stronger in order to complete the optimal dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    denisediv
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Really enjoyed the meal;however there was no ambiance. I was surprised with the interior of the restaurant. My husband and I have been trying to go here for awhile. We were excited to be able to get a reservation. The service was fine, not great. The food was good, but it would have been worth the wait had the ambiance been better. Though the food was good, I don't think we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always great food
    TomK
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It seems like the clientele is getting a little creepy. Lots of walkers, oxygen and wheelchairs. Attendants hovering around tables. Seemed like a nursing home went out for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still great in Northbrook
    DougR
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent ingredients and a light touch in the kitchen. A great combination
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointment
    Reviewer34567VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I hope this was just an off night because this is my go-to restaurant at least once a month. It took over a half hour to get a waiter to take our order (and only after I complained to the manager), over one hour to get our salads (described as kale and arugula but none of our salads included kale). To get the salads I again had to complain to the manager who replied "well, you only gave your order 20 minutes ago." 3 free desserts were plunked down on our table, and we weren't charged for our salads, but no apologies were given and I felt like somehow i was to blame.
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  • Excellent Dinner
    Judyh
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits starred in this lovely dinner with friends. Thank you for the delicious selections to meet a variety of diners needs. My husband and I are vegetarians. Our friends enjoyed the regular selection with seasonal favorites. And the PIE A La Mode was Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    AllenK
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went to lunch in Northbrook with some clients and the food, service and atmosphere was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Food Favorite
    MarceVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Prairie Grass consistently offers delicious seasonal options. The quality of the food is outstanding and the kitchen is willing to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Consistantly enjoyable and of quality. Everyone I introduce to Prairie Grass wants to go again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HappyBosnianVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Prairie Grass Cafe seems to always do a good job, even if it doesn't wow you. Food and service are reliable, without being memorable. The room is basic and somewhat loud when crowded -- which it usually is. You will always find something to like when others in your party want to go there, but you will probably look elsewhere for something special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Way too noisy. Made the evening unpleasant .Could not wait to get out of there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What took us so long?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We live in Lincoln Park and rarely venture to suburbia to eat. Luck found us in Northbrook and led us to Prairie Grass Café. Suffice it to say, we were blown away by the quality of the food and the unpretentiousness of the service. The wine list seems to be of the "almost three-times retail" type, but "reasonable" values are there. The food shines and will have us returning, bringing friends with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    tenan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We always enjoy Prairie Grass. Our reservation was honored in a timely fashion. The food and service are consistently good. The wines are very well paired with the entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    MicheleVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Prairie Grass never fails to provide a wonderful dining experience. I had the sockeye salmon with creamed corn and roasted vegetables, with a caesar salad as my side. Truly excellent. I have also had the ahi tuna, so fabulous I have even returned for carry out. You can never go wrong here, and Jose provided excellent service. Making sure I had what was needed, but never intrusive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DocSVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Wonderful food and service...would like to go back very soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Quality service, quality food every time. A great place to meet friends and business connections for lunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.