Easter brunch was excellent.
Easter brunch was excellent. Packed house so a little noisy but food and service were very good.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Interior decor was less than expected and the carpet looked a bit worn and the table was wobbly. But the food was excellent! The fact that they had a separate waiting room with champaign and bagels and cream cheese for those waiting for the rest of the their party to arrive on Easter was wonderful! I would definitely go there again.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our first time for Brunch and we loved it. The quality of food and the attentive service is first rate.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best around town
Wonderful dinner. The food was delicious, hearty and straightforward.
Love the clubby ambiance of this restaurant, and the woman at the piano was amazing. I have to say, it also was so nice that the owner sat us, and was again at the door thanking us when we left at 10:15! That's so rare in a restaurant today, kudos to her.
For anyone that wants an original and genuine dining expierience from beginning to end, The Grille beats the local competitors in spades.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
food and service was very
food and service was very good, our only issue was the brunch was not big enough for the amount of people. The line was very long if you wanted to get more food etc...
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A group of us got together for dinner for a friends birthday, what a great night.
We didn't realize that we were dining on burger night, wow, what a treat that was!
The burgers had and other entrees were amazingly good. What was the best
surprise; they didn't even mind that we brought in our own cake, no problem, no charge!
This place is truly a gem. Great people, atmosphere and really, really good food at amazing prices.
We will definitely be back.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, our waiter made
Great food, our waiter made the evening....love your grouper
We'll be back, and of course, recommend to others
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of our favorite places since moving to the area. Have always enjoyed the food and atmosphere, but Tuesday was the first time dining on the patio. The salmon with tomatoes and olives was even better than the last time I ordered it, was it the outside air or a perfectly cooked entree, I guess I just need to keep going to find out!
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
As for the food, my husband and I both tried the specials of the evening and really loved them.
The grilled shrimp with garlic mashed potatoes was so, so good, as was the mixed grill.
Service was excellent which made us really happy - we had dinner here on Mother's Day evening
and didn't want that meal to impact our opinion. That night was not the best for this solid
spot. Our waitress told us that they were so busy all that day, that by the time we dined there they
had already served over 800 people! It makes sense that they would be off at the end of on a day like that.
We'll be back for sure.
5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Third time dining here, and
Third time dining here, and really love it. Great food and the service the service attentive. The BBQ ribs are usually tender and fall off the bone good. Wish we could have dined on the patio but it was wet and cold.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I needed a place to take visiting Corporate Directors and General Manager as well as other Department heads for the company I work for, so I did a quick search and found The Grille on Laurel. The menu looked delicious, prices were very reasonable and the photos looked appealing.
The food and service were great! From the Host at the front all the way to the bus persons! I had the Nicoise salad and it was divine! All others in my party enjoyed their food and my Corporate visitors complimented me on my restaurant choice :)
I will be back!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is always consistent, very good and with attentive and friendly service. We always leave The Grille feeling happy, and sated. The music on the weekends is simply the best, just wish we could listen to it dining on the patio!
For anyone that wants a honest meal, well prepared with good service and a fun, from manager to the bar staff, this is the place.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, but not for winers.
My only complaint is that they were out of Sauvignon Blanc wines...had only 1 bottle of a very expensive one. Bartender was good about providing a Pinot Grigio that was good, but really? No Sauvignon Blanc? This isn't the first time they've been out of some wine we ordered.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We just love the relaxed, unpretentious feel of this restaurant. The service was exceptionally good (Nancy was just great) in the lounge which actually is our favorite spot to dine inside. The sea bass I had was amazing and perfectly seasoned, I asked for simple steamed broccoli and they prepared for me without question. My husband eats the salmon every time we come here, and insists its the best around.
We come back again and again for the food, people, atmosphere and vibe.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We're eaten here several times and have always enjoyed our meal. Our friends said the BBQ ribs are a must try, and they were spot on! We split the ribs and chicken and both were perfectly seasoned and grilled. Our server said that the kitchen could split it all for us which was great. We both got full servings of the roasted potatoes and vegetables! The Grille does food, service and value right in our book.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch is noisy but food is good
We went to the Grille for Father's Day brunch (They only have buffett brunch on Sundays). It was crowded and noisy. The hostess wasn't very friendly (she wanted to seat us right in front of the door, even though there were many other tables open. Another hostess lobbied for a different table, which was awesome. Our waitress was pleasant and brought our drinks promptly. The food itself was abundant and delicious. I would be interested in going on a regualr day and ordering from the menu.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally al fresco
After a chilly spring and late blooming sure the patio at the Grille was a lovely spot for a Friday night supper.y dad and I each had broiled whitefish, kind of hard to find. Very tasty served with spinach and a sweet potato. We split a crime brûlée which was surprisingly tasty. We will be back.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My birthday luncheon
Took 3 best buddies for their lst trip there. Loved the extensive & reasonably priced buffet. Patio is lst choice, but too hot that day so requested table inside in the bar area which was quieter. Service could have been better, but would highly recommend a repeat visit. Friends all agreed.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We so enjoyed our Sunday Brunch on the patio. There were 6 of us and two dogs, the busboy brought the dogs water in disposable bowls when they filled our water glasses; love how pet friendly the patio is, a rareity. Everyone in our group thought that was "so nice". The food was all so tasty, (loved the French Toast and the prime rib) and the staff was great. We will all be back soon.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love The Grille because it's a perfect combination: a broad menu selection, comfortable contemporary atmosphere and fairly priced.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently wonderful food
What a great place to gather with friends, listen to wonderful jazz tunes, sip wine,
and enjoy thoughtfully prepared food. Menu items consistently excellent, and omni-present owners
insure that each guest is cozy and happy.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lake Forest Gem
An absolutely wonderful, friendly, warm dining establishment with excellent staff, food and ambiance. Great for outdoor dining during summer season - very hospitable to Bogey, our black English Lab - they even bring him a silver water bowl! Additionally, the pricing is very reasonable for such a fine restaurant ... reasonable enough that we frequent it a few times per week. We believe that which makes this restaurant so special is the very warm and involved personality of its owners.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Early weekday dinner
Arrived for 6pm dinner on a Wed. Patio was still mostly empty, but filled by the end of our meal.
Service was great and had a personal feel at the beginning while the patio was filling.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this LF Landmark
This truly is a neighborhood gem. The food is consistently delicious and well executed without being pretentious or overpriced.
The service is always friendly, efficient and fun.
We're regulars so they know us but were treated the same way from the very beginning of our love affair with this stalwart spot.
Sitting on the patio Thursday night was pure perfection and the red snapper special was outstanding.
The Grille's patio is really the best around town. You don't feel rushed or cramped. The landscaping and beautiful flowers just add to the feeling of nirvana. the owners and the manager are always visible and so attentive; we just love The Grille, they know how to do it right!!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great drinks followed by a dinner
Our bartender "Greg" was great ! Very informative and talkative. This great experience was follow by
A terrific dinner with fantastic servic from "Roy". He was terrific, funny, and made our dining experience very special.
We had a party of five, on a Friday evening, and dined outside. Everything was just terrific. Great stuffed salmon special,
And great menu selections.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the Grille
Needed a good restuarant to celebrate a graduation from nearby Navy basic training center at Great Lakes and picked the Grille from choices found on the internet. Truned out to be a great choice. Food was very good and the service was really great. Calamari appretizer very tasty and not overcooked as many places do. Had lamb and fish for main courses and all were good. Very comfortable, quiet surrounding in which to celebrate a graduation. Also had nice outdoor dining set up, altho we didn't use it. Good wine list, and very friendly staff at all levels.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bevo and Trixie
What a great place for summer dining and late night cocktails.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hard to judge the noise level as we ate outside on the patio. The food was excellent as usual and will probably go there again.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely outdoor seating area!!
Really enjoyed our drive up from the city for a little dining al fresco in the burbs.
Nice setting, very quiet except when the metra trains rumble by - but it's not intrusive.
Check it out and enjoy!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites!
Everything about the Grille is comfortable, delicious, friendly, reliable and accommodating - from an event in their private dining space, to the great brunch, and a balmy evening on their wonderful patio - all have been just what we were looking for. Highly recommended.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable spot for group of friends
Our second time here, we like the locale and the ambiance for socializing with friends. Wine was great, food choices are extensive, the husbands were pleased with their fish selections. My lamb chops, while tasty, were mostly fat, with tiny bits of meat. My friend's petite filet was "ok", but she raved about the mac'ncheese. Overall a lovely evening, we sat indoors due to the heat, but a fun Saturday night out. Live piano bar music adds nice touch.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A particularly magnificent lunch!
We've eaten here dozens of times.....And even hosted large parties!! The food is always good and so is the service....
This particular Wednesday afternoon was particularly special though....Jason waited on us....We hadn't been to the Grille for a while as we just had a child....Jason was fantastic....Got our drink orders perfect (which is more important to me than the food)....And was always very attentive....We asked about specials, and although there weren't any for lunch, he mentioned the Grouper special from the previous evening could probably be whipped up....We both ordered the Grouper special and it was fabulous !! Even the leftovers were great!!!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We never never go wrong choosing this restaurants for any meal.. Great food, value and that they have one of the best patios around for dining outside which makes it our number one choice in the warm weather months.
We have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. Highly recommend it.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We saw this place while driving through Lake Forest and saw it was getting good ratings. Tried it out with another couple the food was great and the service was top notch! Will go again!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply the best!
This "neighborhood gem" never disappoints. The food is yummy, hearty, priced right and well prepared. the service is always attentive. We love The Grille's staff and atmosphere. The bar is a upscale "cheers" with friends and neighbors being taken care of by Deuce and their patio is so very nice (although it was raining again Tuesday night). For us, The Grille simply rocks!!!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Greatservice, great food.
A beautiful night to eat al fresco and this is the place to do it. The food was delicious. The wait staff was very attentive but not overly so. A wonderful evening was had by all. Can't wait to return.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
We love this place. The food is always well prepared and well priced. We sat outside and the weather couldn't have been more perfect, along with our server, Nancy. She recognizes us each time we're in. The staff and owners of The Grille really make you feel like you're at home on a fun night with good friends. Nothing pretentious about this place, which in today's restaurant climate, makes it truly unique.
I hope they never change!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local restaurant
I recently began working in the North Shore area on an assignment and am always looking for new restaurants since I'm eating out every night. The Grille on Laurel is a great find. I have eaten there twice so far and have not been disappointed. The menu is varied with both full meals and lighter selections. Food has been great, service great. I will be coming back many more times.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Grille on Laurel's signature bread pudding is the very best I have ever had....and I have tried bread pudding all around the world!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty and a good value
The salmon served Greek style was flavorful and a n ample serving. The whitefish was delicate and fresh. We sat outside which is pleasant. We had to ask for a candle when it got dark.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great lunch. Took a
Had a great lunch. Took a friend out for her 70th b'day. We had the same meal. It was delicious.. So happy you are open on Sat. afternoon. Not easy to find a nice place for lunch.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an amazing time! LOVE the new wine list! Service was top notch! Will be back soon :)
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our server was enthusiastic,
Our server was enthusiastic, knowledgeable about the house wines, the food and its preparation. That doesn't always happen in my business travels. The restaurant is definitely a keeper.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Birthday celebration
Took our grandchildren and their other grandparents there for my husbands 70th...wonderful food..We all loved it, including the kids
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around amazing
I found this by chance online, & couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome. The staff was friendly, restaurant clean, decor simply sophisticated, food exquisite. The fried calamari was exceptional: lightly breaded & melted in your mouth. The filets were cooked to perfection. The mandarin salad mouthwatering with every bite...even the chicken on it was moist. I was hugely impressed with the warmth towards our 7 & 4.5 year old boys. Our waitress was phenomenal, prompt & even packed the boys some ice cream to go since we had to get my husband back to base! I don't live in the area, but I have already been recommending this restaurant to those I know that do, and can't wait to return again next time I'm in the area. Absolutely worth the money!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My car and I are GPS-challenged.
My car and I are GPS-challenged. Because of this, it was difficult finding the non-main street called Laurel in the dead of the night. When we called in for directions, staff was understanding and helpful. As a result of our driving issues, we had very little time to eat before we had to leave to make a theatre curtain. Explaining this to the reception desk peeps, they assigned a great waitress (Katie, I think) who they knew had the right energy to get us served and released quickly.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice ambiance, good food & service
I went with my husband and 7 year old daughter. We decided to sit by the bar because of the beautiful fireplace and comfy chairs. It was a perfect meal and there was something for everyone. They even have gluten free which is often a struggle for me. I would go back again.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, great food with a wonderful atmosphere. We appreciate the friendly service and the special attention we were given. Whenever we are in Lake Forest visiting our student at Lake Forest College we enjoy spending an evening at The Grille on Laurel!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classic and comfortable
We really enjoy this restaurant every time we come. The menu is timeless, the food consistent, well prepared and unusually good.
I tried the ribs for the first time Saturday night, and was blown away.
The service is always efficient and friendly and the atmosphere lively and warm.
The Grille is a slice of heaven if you like honest, good food, well prepared and served with a smile!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
great brunch and service
We enjoyed the wide variety their brunch offered. The servers were very attentive and personable. The restaurant was clean and welcoming. I have trouble hearing in crowds but that was not a problem here.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM