Consistently terrific, a favorite
We love Grunts. For years. Consistently good food, service and love the music that plays . Always Crowded. Love the salad bar. We just love it. Valet parking is so convenient also.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Chicago Institution!
It's simple: GREAT burgers (with addictive cottage fries which are basically fresh, crispy, kettle potato chips) , awesome apps (the wings and nachos are great), yummy milkshakes, and great soup and salad bar deals. These folks consistently knock it out of the park, day after day, year after year. There's a reason there's always a wait, but now you can makes reservations, so do so! Oh, and they have late-night burger specals!!! Visit the zoo across the street, and enjoy R.J. Grunts for a simply satisfying
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salad bar was disappointing.
Salad bar was disappointing. Not a lot of variety. Much better in the past!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really Great Milkshakes
We enjoy the food and are actually attempting to, someday, having eaten our way around the menu.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been going to Grunts for over 30 years! It is a fun place with lots of energy. The good never disappoints. The salad bar is a favorite.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu is somewhat limited and so is the salad bar, but otherwise it was adequate for lunch.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We absolutely love RJ grunts. My wife and I have been here every year on our anniversary (7/11) for 5 straight years. We had the msot amazingly great service from Tempe yesterday, and we look forward to dining at RJ grunts over and over. Thanks.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Family Favorite
This is the place we go for a casual meal when we are in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This is my older son's choice for his birthday meal. You can't go wrong with any of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, and you definitely will make a wise choice when choosing Lettuce's first restaurant.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
great atmosphere. food was
great atmosphere. food was ok. but that's what i expected.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gruntburgers and chips are
Gruntburgers and chips are the best. Enthusiastic staff.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic burgers and fries.
Fantastic burgers and fries. Service was a bit slow and inattentive, but the food was great. We have been coming here since it opened, and it still delights.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had been to RJ Grunts before so knew they had great burgers - which is what 6 of our 7 diners ordered (the 7th is a vegetarian). Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the service was great. We will be back next time we visit Chicago!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still the best salad bar
Took a young attorney friend who had never been for lunch before a Cubs game on a Saturday. Very crowded; I don't usually go there at this time. But we had a reservation and were seated right away. Both had salad bar; split a burger, then fruit for dessert. Always wonderful. She is happy to know this restaurant is there; really liked it a lot. We ate nothing at the ballgame - no room left.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
once or twice - worth the try
the location is great... food is good and priced well... atmosphere is fun and inviting... service fell flat in not a great way. We would try this again however that would be the last time if service didn't shine.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took our family who was visiting from Michigan to RJ Grunts after going to Lincoln Park Zoo, they really enjoyed the restaurant and their lunches. It was extremely busy but Alison our server did a great job. We had a party of 8 which included my granddaughters 4 & 7, they were kept busy coloring while waiting for lunch. From Wraps, to Chicken Fingers, Blt's, all went well. My 17 yr old great niece was very impressed, she has fallen in love with Chicago. All in all R J Grunts was a great experience for all.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great and I loved the music! Took me back to my younger years. Keep up the good work. I definately will come back.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hands down! I had one of the best services at a restaurant. Our server, Sean, was very attentive and did everything without being asked. My friend and I were sharing our meals and without asking he made it super easy. Even though he was busy -- he made sure we had everything and also provided great drink recommendations. It is enough that I will definitely go again.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Lettuce on Earth!
I have come here for years and it never disappoints. Excellent food and service and the energy in the place is phenominal. It brings me back to when I was in High School and came her with my parents. Now I bring my kids whenever I can. Love it - there is no place like it!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never disappoints. Great burgers
Never disappoints. Great burgers and shakes. A neighborhood institution!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can order an entree and add the salad bar as an addition, and share the food with another friend, which is a pretty good deal~ Salad was okay, but the french toast was delicious:) And they gave us a dessert for free because it was our first visit! Will definitely come back~
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local joint
Down home feeling in a big city
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
oldie but goodie
one of our old favorites and still doesn't disappoint!!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best chicken wings by far
Best chicken wings by far in Chicago, keep coming back for them!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
revisiting an old friend
If you haven't been to Grunt's for a while, go back. If you are looking for a place to go with your adult children and their children, go there. We had a great time and were taken care of by Katerina, an outstanding server who went out of mher way to be attentive, helpful and nice.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, as usual
We always get the brunch/salad bar and it always lives up to our expectations. Lettuce (all 3 kinds) are fresh, crisp and cold. All veggies, etc. are always replenished quickly so there is never an empty jar on the table. Service is always great.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food - Huge Portions
I always enjoy dining at "Lettuce Entertain You" restaurants and R J Grunts did not disappoint. In fact, this restaurant was the first in the popular chain. The menu is huge and offers something for everyone. Soup and salad bars seem to be a disappearing item nowadays, but R J Grunts had a wonderful bar with delicious soups (two) and a large assortment of fresh vegetables and salads.
Our group ordered a Mr. Chicken sandwich and a French Dip. The food came on large platters, overflowing with fries.The French Onion Soup, made with Spanish onions and loaded with cheese was a favorite.
The service was very good even though the place was packed. I will definitely eat here again on a future trip to Chicago.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grunts is a regular haunt
Grunts is a regular haunt for us. Burgers are always solid. The chips which come standard w/sandwiches are sometimes hit or miss. I went for Mr. Chicken this time which is made like an Italian beef. It was quite tasty. Again, some of the chips were perfect, some were a little soggy/chewy. The salad bar (or Sunday brunch) is just not worth the $ in my opinion. Stick with sandwiches and you won't be disappointed.
The only downsides to this place is they pack you in - tables all super close together. And if you go on a weekend, expect a zoo centric crowd - aka lots of cranky rugrats.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Fun Atmosphere
The food was great although a little pricey for what you get, but the atmosphere is so fun and the staff is so friendly, it definitely makes up for it! I just moved in not even a block away from R.J. Grunts and I can definitely see myself becoming a regular. Can't wait to check out their brunch sometime soon (maybe even this weekend!)!!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, ambience and decorations make this a cozy and comfortable place to eat. However, the tinny cheap silverware needs to be upgraded badly. The fork was hard to use which was frustrating as there is a wonderful salad bar that also includes fresh fruit.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here for a surprise for my boyfriends birthday it was the first time either us had been there but we thought the food was great and they have an awesome atmosphere. There's lots of groovy pictures to look at hung all over the walls including a giant banana! The music was great the wait staff all seemed very friendly and we will definitely be back again in the future!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mom's 70th Birthday
The last time my whole family was together, was for Mother's Day Lunch at RJ Grunt's when I was 4. My Aunt and I decided it was a perfect setting to get the family together there again for my mom's 70th birthday which was on the 14th. We had a wonderful time! My Mom loved everything!!! The food and service were excellent, the atmosphere was perfect....Just a wonderful time there once again. Thank you!!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious and fun!
We had a lovely server, Tempe, who was extremely adept and anticipated our needs, especially difficult when dining with a 2 year old! RJ Grunts is a family favorite!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oldie and a goodie
RJ Grunts is a great place for a couple good beers (Three Floyds Gumball Head is always around, plus a seasonal option), a burger (cannot beat the Gruntburger!), and a bowl of chili.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I traveled
My husband and I traveled to Chicago on Oct 1, 2013. Uncle Jack (Chicago native) introduced us to J P Grunt and what a GEM it turned out to be!! I had the patty melt, my husband had the BLT and Uncle Jack had the cheese burger. OMGoodness all was so tasty delicious, the fries are to die for. I will definitely come back when I return to Chicago in the future. I do have to caution it isn't that easy to find, but if you stay close to the lake area you won't be too far off. It's definitely worth the hunt! Enjoy
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed our meal
We enjoyed our meal, and the service was great. We were placed near the kitchen which was not our favorite spot, but other wise everything was great.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
An old standby
Consistently good, basic food. Don't worry if your kids are noisy. Everyone is.
10/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very friendly place in Lincoln Park
Very friendly staff and some very good food options make this a great place to get brunch with friends or family in Lincoln Park.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
RJ Grunts has been a neighborbood institution for ages. They have scaled back the menu to primairly sandwiches and the like, so check the limited menu first.
Food still great and service still excellant
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
LOVE salad bar,music and waiters!
We dine here at least once a week and always reserve through opentable because the crowd is never predictable, especially on weekends , Sunday evenings in particular.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
RJ Grunts never disappoints! So many great options and wonderful friendly service
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I try and take clients moving to the Chicago neighborhoods here to celebrate in the history of the salad bar and great food Grunts has to offer.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Even old 'lettuce' is still good!
It was hard to believe that I've lived here for THIS long and had never been to RJ Grunts (I'd always wanted to go, just never remembered at appropriate moments). I wasn't disappointed. The food and service, as at all Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, was great. Their chili was delicious - we had it as an appetizer, but I'd go back and have it as an entree. It being November, "Thanksgiving on a Bun" was on the menu - don't miss it (especially if Thanksgiving is one of your favorite hoidays). The combo of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, etc. on a delicious bun was delicious (and nostalgia-inducing).
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a favorite
We always love this place. The service was slower than normal, not sure why. We were in a booth behind the host stand and this is a great place since you don't feel so crowded
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
awesome food and great service
the food was great, i love the salad bar at r.j. grutns it's one of the best!!! we did have to wait a bit past our reservation time which was a bit irritating because the restaurant was packed!! but out waitress was great, we will definitely be back!!! we love r.j. grunts and dine there often.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time there.
This was our first time there. The manager received word of this and brought us out free desert!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
very easy going place
great overall experience. people working there were terrific
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
spent an enjoyable dinner with wife before going to a show in Chicago
RJ is still the same after 20 years and the food is just right.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Me, my wife and daughter tried RJ Grunts for the very first time. Everything was fantastic and I only have one suggestion. I think that the tomatoes should be served on the side of the burgers. Burgers were delicious but the tomatoes soaked the bottom bun and when I picked up my burger, the bun fell apart and was totally wet. Wet bread bums me out but the burger flavor itself was excellent
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual, we had a great time at Grunts. Couldn't figure out why they ever wanted to close the restaurant but we're sure glad they didn't. Pricey, but always the best in the city was the salad bar. The others that ordered sandwiches came cooked as they should. We will return!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really great food, music & service
This is a family favorite. Our party of 6 had a cozy booth in the back. A server we have had before, who has been there for decades was our waitress. She was awesome - as usual. The food is always great. Reasonably priced, plentiful and an awesome salad bar. Perfect outing - and valet parking out front.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM