Prairie Grass Café
Prairie Grass Café

Prairie Grass Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.prairiegrasscafe.com/
  • Phone: 8472054433
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm 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, 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 8472054433

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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Prairie Grass Café reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (49)great for lunch (40)special occasion (31)good for groups (29)great for brunch (24)kid-friendly (18)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best burger
    frank
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The 10 oz. burger at Prairie Grass is the best hamburger in town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • wonderful dinner party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We dined here after visiting the Chicago Botanic Gardens with 2 other couples. It was a great ending to a perfect day. Everyone in the group enjoyed what they ordered especially the guys. They has the fish and chips with a side of apple slaw and said it was delicious. The Toffee cake for dessert was fabulous. My husband and I agreed that we would would return if the opportunity arises.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good
    roniVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were not too thrilled with our dining experience. Not as good as it use to be. What a shame!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st time at Prairie Grass
    peng60
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was good and served promptly. The noise level was over the top. It was very distracting and hard to converse without speaking loudly. If I was to recommend this restaurant I would bring up about the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    GuillermoVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We visit Prairie Grass several times a year because the food and service is consistently good. Among the four of us, we sampled the Lake Superior White Fish, a skirt steak and a hamburger. All were prepared well and to our taste. The service was attentive but leisurely allowing old friends to catch up. The back room is quieter than the main room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for casual special occasions
    Chefjack817
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant have a very vibrant and energetic scene that caters to all age groups across the board. It is a great place to find comfort food from a wide price range. There is something for everybody. They also have a wide variety of wine and liquor on their menu. The restaurant have a very casual atmosphere that it is suitable to celebrate any occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find and reasonable
    Foodie2
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The restaurant is great if you do not feel like cooking and want a home quality meal with reasonable price. Though some menu items were on the high end, it is still a good deal. There was a slight snafu when placing our group reservation of 12 through Open Table. I really think management should look into a group of 12 or more to be able make a reservation through Open Table. There were tables available for two groups of 6 which necessitated us to make two reservations under two different open table accounts instead of one. When we attempted to make a reservation, a table for 12 was only available 8 weeks out. It did not make sense; but an Open Table customer service was very helpful to iron it out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charlie
    Charlie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The menu is wonderful, the food is marvelous..we love eating there. It has a noise factor which is the only downside, it is really a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    What a blast! Great food, great service, and the best dessert ever (if you haven't had the Sticky Toffee-Date Cake, get your you know what together! Thanks for helping to make my wife's birthday extra special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Good Experience
    Alvin1
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Usually our dining experiences at Prairie Grass run from very good to excellent. This evening not quite up to par! Evening started off fine with our reservation being honored and seated on time. Waiter began the evening being attentive bringing menus, water, utensils, napkins, bread, etc. promptly. Took our drink order and brought the drinks out promptly. Within a reasonable period of time he took our order. All 6 members of our party ordered the hamburgers. They were served within a reasonable period of time; eye appealing and at the proper temperature. A slight problem with not serving the grilled onions arose but the waiter took care of that oversight. One of the glasses was severely cracked & that situation not handled well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hard to hear one another
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Everything was delicious, but the table was in the middle of the noisy, noisy room and it dampened the enjoyment of the evening
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hard to beat
    leeponton
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Prairie Grass is unique in that it appeals to virtually every diner. The food is perfectly prepared. The menu can please both vegans and carnivores. Most everything is "the best you have ever had", as my crispy duck was the best I've ever eaten and my Amish blue cheese salad was the best salad I can remember. The bar builds a righteous Dark and Stormy. The wine list is filled with good values. And all this from a place that is genuinely kid friendly. There is no other place like Prairie Grass Cafe.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always reliable
    WilmetteBoxer
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We never go wrong for lunch or dinner here. The regular menu is full of attractive offerings and there are always a couple of specials to perk it up. We long for old favorites, corn fritters especially. We often order the pate with apples and prunes and have even ordered it to take home for our guests. Some soups are sensation. For very good day-in day-out lunch fare, a great place, a nice mix of families and business people. The service is invariably quick and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat & Run
    DeeDee
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The menu had a wide range of choices and we were both pleased with our choices. The service was excellent, but the noise level at mide-day made conversation for this "older" couple impossible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ArnieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Everything was very good; except the noise level....really hard to have a good conversation with friends unless you are sitting in the back area and hope you are not near a large group.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PinkyVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We always enjoy dinning here as the food is very delicious. The wait staff is very efficent and pleasant. Definitely will return in the near Future...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Gary460VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Healthy well made fare with organic themes - substantial and delicious seasonal items.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch with family
    SaraVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Open, nice decor, feeling of connection to outside and nature adds to the comfortable environs of the restaurant. Had brunch with son, his wife and family and it is a great place for that. Nice variety of quality food, unique choices and all well prepared. Love their ancho sausage.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frequent Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Prairie Grass has become a favorite restaurant for my family and friends. The menu is varied and always delicious, and the service is impeccable. We've been there for brunch, lunch, and dinner and been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate