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The Grille on Laurel
The Grille on Laurel

The Grille on Laurel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegrilleonlaurel.com
  • Phone: (847) 234-9660
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday Brunch: 10:30pm - 2:30pm

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Satuday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm (bar open until 1:00am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We prepare and serve food for all types of events, occasions and functions. From an up-scale lavish event to the more casual and less formal affairs, the food and service is a critical component to having a successful event, making our role very important. Let us bring the success to your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Grille on Laurel is the perfect setting for your next special occasion. Whether you are planning a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, surprise birthday bash, or a corporate luncheon, you and your guests will enjoy an incredible dining experience and impeccable service with great attention to every detail.
  • Private Party Contact: Patricia (847) 234-9660
  • Entertainment: Our comfortable bar becomes quite the meeting place on the weekends when our talented performers entertain in the lounge. Performers include, Marjorie Stroud, Predrag, Dave Allen and Warren Beck.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Western and Laurel
  • Public Transit: We are located right near the Lake Forest Metra train station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Our corner location makes street parking a breeze; in addition we have garage parking available on nights and weekends.
A word from The Grille on Laurel
“This hidden gem, which is nestled along the tracks with a pretty flower-laden courtyard for dining, is one to put on regular rotation. Modern and chic, the dining room, with its black and white photos, dark wood seating and black leather half-banquettes that sit below an inset circular ceiling, is a great place for power lunches and weekend munchies. The lounge, which is separated from the dining room by a two-sided flagstone fireplace, is perfect for grabbing quick bites and catching a game. As for the food, it's hard to lose. Among starters, the garlicky shrimp de jonghe is rivaled by sweet-but-savory French onion soup that's better than what you find at most French bistros. An absolute must to follow is the macadamia nut-crusted grouper, which is cloaked in Greek-inspired herbs and served with a creamy-dreamy lemon-butter sauce. The Prime filet is no slouch either, especially when it's paired with grilled, still-crispy veggies and zesty mac 'n' cheese.”Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Service and food very disappointing. Slow non attentive service. Food was not good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My family and I came here to celebrate a couple different things altogether and we liked it. The restaurant itself provides a really great environment. Although it did feel like it took a while to receive our food, all of our dishes were fantastic. Big portions and great flavors. Everyone really enjoyed their dinners."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Three for a birthday dinner. Everything good except my entre - BBQ chicken. Considering the prices, salads should be included with dinners. Cocktails were good, ambiance was fine, not over-crowded and seating was satisfactory. Have had excellent lunches there."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I hadn't been to The Grille on Laurel in a number of years, but I'm glad we opted for a change of pace. The menu offers a wide selection of options for every taste, including a delicious combination of veggies, spinach and quinoa that keeps up with today's tastes. The basics are well done, and the brisket sandwich and roasted chicken were big hits, as were several of the entree salads. The kitchen needs to learn how to prepare seafood better if they are going to feature it. Scallops and shrimp were not grilled as promised on the menu, but appeared poached/drowned in a sea of lemon butter sauce. Returned to the kitchen, they came out overcooked with slight grill marks, as though the kitchen wanted to "fix" them....not good."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed a scrumptious spanakopita paired with a Mediterranean salad. The flavored were fresh and crisp, the wait staff attentive and friendly. We lingered for a long time and enjoyed many drink refills on a warm sunny day. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Very nice and reasonable for a casual business dinner."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Very reasonable price for a good brunch. The only problem was that one had to serve one salad over the bowl for the other. My friend is allergic to strawberries and someone had dropped strawberries from one salad into the bowl of the other salad - fortunately, she noticed the piece of strawberry before eating any of the salad, but it could have been a problem - suggest that the foods not be placed in front/back positions, although I realize that the limited space makes that difficult. BTW, love the red shades on the lights!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My chicken was dry and baked sweet potato tasteless and over cooked. Waiter was attentive and friendly other than he forgot to put in our friend's order for soup. Did make up for it with a desert. Nice outdoor area."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Would recommend this for its food and it's brunch on Sundays."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere but the service left a horrible taste in our mouths. She was rude and seemed irritated with us right from the beginning. Seemed very put out to bring us requested items. When asked again would question us the customers that she thought we didn't ask for that. Last straw when paid she came back to our table and questioned us on her tip. Not only awkward but very unprofessional. We tipped but not high because we were really annoyed with the service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Celebrating a birthday with girlfriends was perfect at The Grill. The food choices met everyone's taste preferences, the service wonderful, and birthday surprise treat (complimentary) delicious. Sitting outside in a beautiful garden setting made the occasion feel very special."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I am not a, "foodie," but I thought dinner at the Grille on Laurel was excellent. I typically do not order seafood, but the crab cake appitizer was excellent, and my macademia nut crusted grouper was also delicious. The restaurant interior is very nice and the outdoor seating area was also very enjoyable. There are less expensive sandwiches/burgers available, but for mixed drinks, two appetizers and two nice meals, plan to spend $100-$120 per couple for dinner. Our server was very polite and attentive. While the restaurant accomodates patrons wearing jeans, a collared shirt is appropriate. A nice place to take a date."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My kids took me here for my birthday dinner. We were disappointed with both the service and food. Our waiter seemed to treat us as an afterthought, he was not attentive or cheerful. I know it was burger night & was very busy. I ordered a drink and 15 minutes later had to ask him if it was coming. Food was also disappointing. My son ordered a strip steak medium rare and it came medium well. He didn't want to fuss so ate it. My filet topped with mushroom was very "charred tasting", I love filets and this was not a good tasting one at all. Also, the waiter knew it was my birthday but did not acknowledge it. Very disappointed. Will still come for lunch with friends as the salads are great and we love the outdoor ambiance."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The scene and the food was great... as advertised in Yelp."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The burgers are without question, the best. We enjoyed ours on the patio in perfect weather which takes it to another's level of happy. The service was attentive and fun. You can't miss."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was average. Our server did not come to ask if we wanted more beverages nor did she come to ask us if our food was good. The restaurant was not that busy so there was not a good reason for the lack of attention."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lovely atmosphere and decor. The food was delicious particularly the whitefish and accompanying potatoes and spinach. What would have made the meal better was more attentive service and facial recognition on the part of our server that we were there. At times like this I always plan to return because of good food and hope for better service. Will try again."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our evening was wonderful. The patio is pure bliss, and so glad that management has added the placemats for the outside tables. Our dinner was awesome, I had the seafood brochette which was so flavorful and grilled just the way I ordered it , my husband had the filet and was happy with his steak, and that yummy Mac and Cheese. I really loved the green beans which were perfection; not overlooked and seasoned with a light touch. The Grille is still the best around for good, unfussy food and a fun staff. It never disappoints. Ask for Roy, he's just great!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had 4 people and were served 3 rolls. Asked for more and got 3 more. We were tired of begging. Cheapest thing they could have served and they were rationing it! My husband loved the French Onion Soup. Greek Salmon and coffee were great!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great patio but when the fog from Lake Michigan rolled in over the trees it turned quite chilly. The hostess happily found us a table inside and alerted our waiter so our dinners were able to be served without being carried outside first. Their dessert menu includes a choice of small portions of desserts so we ordered 3 different items, the bread pudding was the winner with its buttery caramel sauce. Since the patio is on the east side of the building (most seats are shaded by dinner) we will pay closer attention to the "cooler near the lake" temperature report and give the patio a try again since it is nicely landscaped and comfortable distance away from the street."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I dinner on Monday. Great deal on burgers on Mondays with an excellent outdoor dinning spot. Food was great and service was also. Ask for Roy as a waiter."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we were celebrating our anniversary. A family member had made the reservation and mentioned that fact and as a nice touch we were greeted by our server with a quick "Happy Anniversary". As for food and drink - I had a very good martini and our dinners were very good and reasonably priced. The service was a little lacking because we had to wait to catch our waiter's eye each time to ask for other drinks and refills."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Nice varied menu with good food. Nice atmosphere, plenty of room for each table."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service not good. Had ask. For a different server because was ignored by first one. New one was fine . He did make a mistake and didn't omit cheese as requested but apologized several times and offered to correct. Rolls were not warm and should have been to seem fresh. Veal speci al was just ok-too saucy and not that appealing looking. Restaurant is comfortable and mgr seemed eager to please and correct."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wish I enjoyed it but..food is still very marginal at best, awful atmosphere, very loud and packed in tables with lame service yet it isn't a bargain by any means"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I went to the Gennesse Theater Friday night and was looking for a nice restaurant open later then 10PM. The decor was fabulous and there was a musician playing. Great find and everyone loved their meals!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've reviewed the Grille before and I will repeat myself here. The menu is great and the dishes are well prepared, but there are always a few jarring lapses. On sunday night they were out of salmon, which is a really popular choice around here. There is a pile of dirty dishes right by the door where you enter. The hostesses are pleasant, but raggedy clothes and dirty hair. It could be so much more uplifting to enter and be seated. These are just Nitpicking remarks, I guess, but they just never show the edge that they should and could. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I understand there was a wedding going on in the back room, which put everyone orders behind. Our server was working the main room and outside dinning. Poor planning on managments part for staffing. Wine bucket was tipped over and was left for sometime while staff and patrons stepped over the pool of water. The staff was waiting for the bus boy to clean it up. Finally the hostess came over to start cleaning. Had to ask twice for our daughter's soda. Waiter came to take order; had to ask for specials. Kitchen was very slow; waiter came over a few times to tell us our order was next; finally came 25 mintues after the second time we were told our order was up. Food was luke warm. Did not wait for desert or coffee; poor experience."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Service was awful. Waiter was rude. Food had no taste at all!!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The Grille is fabulous on Friday nights, when they always have great entertainment! The food is consistently good, with an excellent entrée selection and we love all the bar and wait staff. Their blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich was so good, that we were there 2 Fridays in a row. The ambience in the bar is wonderful, along with their beautiful patio dining in the summer months. We will continue to have dinner at the Grille regularly and it's one of our favorite spots. Their staff make it very welcoming and a fun place to be! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Nice outdoor space. Average food and service. Menu un-inspired"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our reservation was honored; we were seated; order taken and we then waited an hour and a half for the food to be served. It was not the fault of the server; the hostess came to the table and apologized and comped the entire meal for the four of us."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had such an amazing time at the Grille on Laurel! But the manager in the front said it would be just a couple of minutes and asked if we would like to wait in the bar and have a cocktail. We did and the bartenders were funny, nice and made an amazing martini. The manager at the front said it would be 15 to 20 minutes and she was spot on. The staff was very attentive and very fast. I didn't feel rushed though, which happens at so many restaurants. The restaurant was packed! We got a great table, nice server and the food was spot on. We will be back for sure and suggest this place to all of our friends!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went for brunch as it had been written up favorably. The buffet table looked like card tables with cheap linens thrown over it. The lox was not real - it was that electric orange stuff. The service was completely nonexistent. We wont be going back."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "It was our first time to dine in at The Grille on Laurel. We were pleased with the food and service. Their Easter Brunch had great selections of food with reasonable price. We'll definitely be back to try their lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was Easter Brunch so, expectedly, busy and louder than usual....but food and service were both excellent and plentiful. Perfect Easter Brunch, second year in a row!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Love The Grille and it never dissapoints, all of the food is uncomplicated and unusally good with something for everyone. The new menu items are wonderful; I had the Kale Salad with chicken which was yummy, and my friend had the hot crab sandwich and said it was amzing. Can't wait to try the rest!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Everything was good, just not as good as when first opened. Not sure if we will return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My father and I had dinner here this week and enjoyed the Whitefish, something not served in many restaurants. It's served broiled and is very tender. My father ordered risotto, which he usually orders, and it was shown on the menu, but then our server told us they don't serve it anymore and customers are disappointed about that. I understand changing your menu, but why wouldn't you print new menus to reflect the change? Like I say, this place is good but I can't say great. Also, their rolls are awful. There is so much good bread out there that this is pure laziness."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "After having a great meal on Valentine's Day, we took friends with us this time. The place is Really noisy but the food - again - was outstanding! Service was good once it got started ( took longer than usual for water and ordering…. We decided that rather than complain about the noise ( not so much the entertainment but some large boisterous groups ), we'd ask for a seat in the bar and enjoy the music!! We can always talk on the way home so why not enjoy the really outstanding guitar player!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014