R J Grunt's
R J Grunt's

R J Grunt's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rjgruntschicago.com/
  • Phone: 7739295363
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am to Midnight
    Saturday: 10:00am to Midnight
    Sunday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
    Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dickens
  • Parking: Valet
A word from R J Grunt's
The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts still exudes the funky, devil-may-care lifestyle of the 70s in its style, décor, music, and menu. Happily for all of us, the best eating of that day continues to be some of the best today.

While there"s a huge menu that's as much fun to eat your way through as it is to read, many of Grunts' old favorites spark return visits. The burgers are arguably the best in town. The salad bar boasts more than 50 ingredients daily. Giant malts and milkshakes are hand scooped and come in a rainbow of favors. Oh! Don't forget the barbecued baby back ribs and pulled pork sandwiches!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
R J Grunt's reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (103)kid-friendly (79)great for lunch (77)great for brunch (38)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (21)hot spot (19)late-night find (14)scenic view (11)special occasion (9)vibrant bar scene (3)romantic (1)Show More
  • Still good after all these years!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I was last at this restaurant in the middle 80s and it was fun back then and it is still fun today. The food was very good and the service was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just another burger joint
    sfcvargasmp
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We went to RJ Grunts expecting to be blown away by their burgers. Though the burger was ok it wasn't mind blowing. The ambiance is good if you like an older almost stuck in the 70's decor. Overall the service was great but the food was just ok.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth It!
    Trixie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was awful - this is a buffet, and we never saw our waitress - never got clean plates so we used the same ones (is this a health issue - should the Board of Health be notified?) we had - my friend was never offered a refill on her drink, no coffee, etc. We got there very early on a Sunday morning so it was not crowded - no excuse. Not worth the money, go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tourist stop
    cornbred
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I took my visiting family of picky eaters here after the zoo and before Second City. Everything was good, but nothing was amazing. The best part, according to my mom and her sisters, was the 70s music. RJ Grunts is a good stop for non-adventurous eaters and tourists.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food! Good service!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The burger is delicious, so are the shakes. Portions are huge. Our server was excellent. Would love to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salad bar
    ChicagoFoodLord
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The only reason I love coming here is for the salad bar. The food is pretty standard but I'm a sucker for a salad bar. Tables are crammed in unless you get seated in a booth by the window. The salad bar is on top of other diners, much like being at relatives house for Christmas Eve dinner with all the foldable tables and chairs brought up from the basement and crudely placed around the room. You might have to throw a few elbows just to get your salad back to the table. Waitresses are always super friendy but can sometimes be painfully slow, or they just feel slow because the food comes out in lighting speed. Overall I would only come here if you have kids, are a die hard salad fan, or just want a burger and a shake.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff
    Trixie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The "hostess" had the personality and charm of lava rock (no offense to lava rock)-nothing like getting an attitude as soon as you walk in the door at 10:00am. I then sat at the table a full ten minutes before the waitress showed up - I literally was about to walk out (there were very few people in the restaurant) when she came by - to her credit, she was very sweet - however, she was a rare sighting. The food is very good for what you are getting - this place loses points because of the staff's attitude and lack of attention to its clients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Eatery
    Nora
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The burger was very good, I had the Yowza burger and my son had the cheese burger. My fries were so salty, so I couldn't really enjoy them. I loved the shake and the atmosphere was friendly. It was especially cold, so I was a bit preoccupied with the temperature. Good thing I bought a sweater! The comfortable relaxed environment would bring me back again. Although I didn't have the salad bar, it looked scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food and the air show too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We brought friends with us who had never been to RJ's. We scored a window table. Recommend the French Dip and the salad bar. We could see planes on the lakefront practicing for the air show. While waiting for the valet to retrieve our car the Blue Angels were everywhere above us ... such a wonderful sight with thundering sounds.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Lunch at Grunts
    LLChicago
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    On a Friday summer afternoon, the restaurant was full and lively. Outside was a row of baby strollers since many mothers came for lunch with their toddlers and young children. The food is primarily a throw-back. The salad bar is still available -- not $15 if ordered as an entree. Most of the sandwich offerings are hamburgers or chicken. Not many light lunch selections or vegetarian options. The guacamole was disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Hostess was very rude about us having 1 extra person no accounted for in our reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise Level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Hi - one of my favorite spots, but unfortunately there was a family next to us w little kids who were misbehaving, and also the adults were really loud - so it was difficult to have a conversation at our table. I am used to loud spots, but these adults were almost worse than the kids and I would have thought the wait staff should have asked them to not scream so much....in a polite, respectful way of course - the family was having a fun time and I do not think they realized how loud they had gotten.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just like a busy home
    optimist
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've been here before, but this was the first time I came on a Monday evening. The boyfriend had the Gruntburger, I had fish tacos. As ever, the food was very good and fairly priced. Tacos were very yummy. The ambience is busy and sort of loud but in a fun way. Music is all the best 60's-80's pop. Servers are business-like but cheerful. Salad bar is dreamy and you can even get dessert from it-cream cheese with cinnamon, dried fruits, and nuts. Drinks are basic but always good and not over-priced. I just like coming here-especially if the work day was long and I feel out of sorts. By the time I leave I always feel better. Nice for kids-if you share their food. Large portions.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed
    maurice
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    old time favorite. Great Patty melt Hadn't been in a long time but did not dissapoint
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place for family
    chuckie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Brought kids to place wife and I used to go to. Food as great as always. Kid friendly atmosphere and good kids menu too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruined by overcrowding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We frequented RJG's yrs ago. Went back after LPZoo as locale & casual vibe are perfect for that. But table placement is ridiculous, esp in the back center, which can only be termed a "death trap." I was literally stuck in my chair between a post, another table and a chair at a 3rd table. Were exiled there after checking in early for reservation;then food was so slow server offered free salad bar. Of course food came just as we got to the SB (but food was delicious, esp burgers.) Top it off with reporting us as "no show" to OpenTable and it's doubtful we'll ever go back. But we'll surely refuse to sit at those awful tables if we do -- and you should, too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grunting Good
    SonnyD
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food here is very tasty and well prepared. That being said it is mostly bar food, (Burgers, sandwiches, fried foods) although they do have a salad bar which seems popular although we did not try it. I would go back when in the mood for this type of fare.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lack of Service
    Trixie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great place for brunch - but this is the second time we were ignored by our waitress. The place was empty, yet I began to wonder if she was on the endangered species list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RJ Grunts Good but not Great
    consistant
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant has way too many tables in a small space. I asked for a booth but was put at a table near the back where 4 tables were smashed together. My 18 year old daughter could not get up to go to the salad bar without asking someone at another table to get up so she could get out. It was very uncomfortable for everyone. Also, the service was slow for my son's burger. Luckily, I used a gift card to help pay the bill as the prices are very high and not sure they are worth it. $14 for a salad bar at lunch is way too much and $12 for a not great burger is way too much to pay. I also thought our server did the best he could but he had way too many tables which resulted in a lot of waiting.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot...but not Hot!
    Gale
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My first time back in awhile....patty melt was delicious! Get a bartender who can make a decent mixed drink..waited for them and they were disappointing! Cup of soup was not hot but tasted good. Soup has to be hot! Salad bar looked awesome....maybe next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food & Good Service
    PhillipMichael
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I enjoyed our latest visit to R.J. grunts very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    HammondS
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Family of 4 - 2 adults 2 kids. We all enjoyed our meals. Especially the burger special and the hot wings. Service was great. We would go back any time we are in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A re-visit to an old favorite spot!
    PhillipMichael
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    After two disappointing meals at R.J. Grunts, we decided to try them again. They not only made up for the past two disappointments, they have returned to my Top 10 List! The Patty Melt was SUPERB! Moreover, the Cottage Fries were cooked Well-Done just as I requested! I cannot wait to return to my old Lincoln Park Neighborhood for another visit to the Classic, R.J. Grunts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Destination
    sunshine
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Our party had a wonderful dinner. This was a nice night out for me as an out of towner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • be a throw back
    Suzi
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    No better place to listen to great 70's music and have fun and good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • crdmike
    crdmike
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    ALWAYS a great choice, RJ Grunts has a great salad bar and delicious food. Their patty melt is awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Cyndijs
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was great! Everyone said their burgers were good, and they were. Only bad thing was we had reservations and got there like 10 minutes early. They said we would be seated closer to our time. We were seated twenty minutes AFTER our reservation, and after people who just walked in. Very small area to wait in, so we heard everyone coming in and putting their names on the list. Aside from that, had a great time - server was very energetic and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Burgers
    ET312
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I've been eating here for years, and it is almost always excellent. I love their burgers, if you're not in the mood for cottage fries you can substitute regular french fries for an extra dollar. I need to try their salad bar soon, it looks amazing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    Suzi
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Never get tired of the throw back seventies music and the GREAT salad bar. When you don't want to beat the tourist crowds downtown it's the place to go
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my all time faves
    bunnie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    RJ Grunts is definitely a neighborhood gem. Quirky, fun, and friendly place with great burgers and fries (recommend getting the merkts cheddar with them or go with sweet potatoe fries, yum!). The salad bar is also fantastic and I'm NOT a salad person. It's super noisy and not great for large groups. But if you're looking for great food in an energetic place that makes you feel like a kid again (in a good way), this is it. Try the adult milkshakes! You won't be sorry!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Not that it needs finding, but RJ's fits perfectly into the LP area. On top of that, the staff is fun, charming and never makes a mistake. Great place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieTom
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Grunt's opened the year I moved to Chicago - 1971. It continues to be a great place to go, particularly for lunch. The salad bar is outstanding as are their burgers. Temperature soup ($.01 per degree) is a great deal. Service is always spot on. A fun place with excellent food,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Desset Value in the City
    Rbreitstein
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Order the Cookie Sundae dessert for $6. By far the best dessert value anywhere in the city!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Kids!
    mollsballs
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I brought my brother and his family here (11 mo. old twins and a 5 yr old). It was perfect. We had space and could be loud without bothering anyone plus the kids menu kept my nephew entertained the entire time. My sister-in-law loved her burger and my wings were absolutely delicious. It's great finding somewhere in River North/ LP area that you can take kids to without sticking out or bothering other people. Plus it was really easy to get to, and they had vallet. I would absolutely suggest it to anyone trying to have dinner with a bigger group esp if there are kids in the party. Very fun, very delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service and food was great! Highly recommend. It was my first time at there and I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CWCW
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I've never had a burger this good. They're very inventive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Original Lettuce Place
    StealYourFace
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We always enjoy coming back to the first of Rich Melman's restaurants. It has always served good food and with great service. Also, if you're going to Park West for a show.. you can't beat its close walking distance!! The valet parking guys were great too. We will come back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The hostess on the night we were there was extremely rude and not helpful at all. Our waitress was nice but it took forever to get around of drinks. The food was good as always.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great burgers, beer and salad bar
    swasgrafx
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The original Lettuce Entertain You restaurant never disappoints with a host of burgers and salad bar. The tables are as close as they can be but the food and service makes up for any shortcomings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Delicious food and fun atmosphere! We went with a big group and everyone enjoyed their food from burgers to salads. It can be a little hectic at lunch time. The seating is a bit narrow, but the staff are very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic