About Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen

Birch River Grill - An American Kitchen in Arlington Heights is a warm prairie-style restaurant and bar with cozy neighborhood appeal, offering Rustic American, gourmet comfort food.

75 W Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:00am



Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am







Lunch:



Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm



Closed daily from 2:00pm to 5:00pm



Dinner:



Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm



Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Arlington Heights Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 427-4242

Website:
http://www.birchrivergrill.com/

Entertainment:
Join us at Birch River Grill Lounge Saturday night with LIVE Entertainment from 6pm to 9pm... Also enjoy 1/2 Appetizers, $3 Bud Light Draft and $6 Martinis. Vist www.birchrivergrill.com for more info

Catering:
Custom catering available.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Private Lot shared with Doubletree Hotel.

Executive Chef:
Gama Coronado

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
See our website for all up-coming special events!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us for Thanksgiving . 4 course plated dinner. Acorn Squash and Kentucky Bourbon Bisque, Autumn Salad, Maple Glazed Free Range Turkey Breast or Cedar Planked Maple Salmon & Spiced Pumpkin Pie. $30.95 per person Kids 12 and under $13.95.

Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.7

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3.6

value

3.4

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Quiet

76% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (170)
Special Occasion (139)
Neighborhood Gem (135)
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Fit for Foodies (99)
Romantic (90)
Great for Lunch (90)
Great for Brunch (71)
Kid-friendly (52)
Notable Wine List (26)
Late-night Find (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Scenic View (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Casual (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Authentic (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is an absolutely fabulous restaurant! The ONLY caveat is you would want to go on Friday or Saturday because it is part of a Doubletree hotel. During the week, when we went there, it was quite busy. Friday and Saturday, it is usually very laided back and quiet. Food is fabulous, service is always good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Worst Easter Brunch EVER! Food was burnt, or has been sitting out too long. Way over priced. Kinda ruined my holiday.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We were at Birch River Grill for Easter Brunch. This is our second year doing so. The first year was great. This year, not as nice. Coffee was old and cold. Even asked for another cup and the wait person never brought it. Smoked fish was not replenished the entire two hours we were there. All in all, just ok.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Did not expect a lot and the place was fairly empty but the food was great and the server was awesome.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Very bland tasting food. Wine selection very poor. Waiters and busboys were nice but dressed in jeans land looked like they were just stopping by for a few minutes to help out. The management is not interested in making this a successful restaurant. Never again and will tell my friends to stay away

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Memorable service and not too noisy

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2016

This quaint place in the Hilton is hidden gem. Had the lamb chops and they were amazing. Service at the bar and the table excellent. Quiet on the weekends.....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2016

My children and I enjoy the brunch buffet. Much variety, delicious food. Coffee was not great, but service was decent. Omelette station was a favorite, and desserts were fabulous!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2016

We've eaten at Birch River Grill (BRG) before and always enjoyed the quiet atmosphere, good food, and attentive service. This latest visit did not disappoint. So many places these days are so noisy that you cannot hear what others are saying. Not true at BRG. The service is attentive and never rushed. This visit we had six in our group, and all enjoyed their entrees. We were able to converse and get caught up with the latest news from everyone without shouting or straining our ears. For a place with good food, great service and quiet atmosphere, this is the place to go.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 27, 2016

This is my second time going to Birch River Grille for Easter brunch and each time the service and the food was exceptional. I will definitely come back again for special occasions. The price is a little high considering that you probably won't have a lot of what is being offered; however, the selection is good and something for every pallet.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We have very mixed feelings about thus place. We went on new years eve, the restaurant was not full but had many diners there. The chili was wonderful once they got it hot - it was served cold and the kitchen said it was cold because of the sour cream and cheese they put on it. Not likely unless those were frozen when applied with an ice cube bath added too. The Caesar salad was very good. Cedar salmon was excellent. All the veggies they served were cooked perfectly. But the short ribs were tough and stringy, like an overcooked dried out pot roast. Service was just OK, they assigned the staff to random tables around the room so getting your server's attention was impossible until they decided to come by.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2015

Our go-to place when we are looking for a good dinner in a quiet place where we can hold a conversation and enjoy the people we are dining with.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2015

It was pretty empty (a Monday night), but the food was great, menu nice options, and good service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2015

Both the service staff and the ambiance were good. The noise level was such that the people in our party could converse. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre and without much in the way of flavor. Therefore, I could not recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2015

We had a very nice dining experience. It was pleasant being served at our table instead of having to serve ourselves as often happens with holiday meals. The food was very good and the service excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2015

Great food, great service. Quiet atmosphere. Very enjoyable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2015

On Sat night at 8pm we were the only patrons there! The food was mediocre,margaritas from the grocery store bottle.Not going to return,ever.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 26, 2015

Had a nice dinner at the Birch Gril on a Saturday night, very private, only three tables occupied in the restuarant. Perhaps Satuday night at the Doubletree is not high on anyones list, but the food was solidly good. The flat iron steak was tender with a wonderful sauce, the fish flaky and flavorful. Firecracker shrimp as a starter had a nice zing. The only miss was the pasta dish with veggies. Not alot of creativity, not alot of flavor. Needed alot of garlic to help it along! Very pleasant waitstaff.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2015

I feel if Birch River Grill could attract a crowd then the would have a chance to become a good neighborhood/destination restaurant. The options on the menu appeal to many types of diners and I loved that they had grass fed meats on the menu. However, both our entrees were covered in sauces that did not compliment the rest of the plate. I question whether the sauces are necessary because of trying to mask ingredient quality or freshness.
I have a feeling that if Birch River were able to fill up and turn tables every night then I'd see fresher ingredients that could stand on their own. I will probably not be back, but I do hope they can succeed as I do like the concept a lot.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2015

We have been to Birch River Grill several times. We choose it for the food and service, which are excellent.. But mostly we like the quiet atmosphere that lets our group carry on a conversation without shouting. On this particular visit, our waitress was very attentive, and each of the four of us enjoyed our choice of meal. We ate and sat and talked for a couple of hours, never feeling rushed. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2015

A good find from Open Table search. It was a surprise in the menu options and nicely stocked bar. We were able to visit with friends most of the evening until a large crowd arrived - then it got noisy.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 10, 2015

we had no problem getting a table on Friday night, which made me a little nervous. Immediately upon walking in, the smell was delicious--a good sign. A private party was going on, but otherwise the restaurant had few customers. We were seated at a table where water had made the laminate start to pull up, giving a bad impression. A tablecloth would make all the difference, especially as we noticed the prices were around $15-30 per dinner entree. Other than the party, it was very quiet. A little bit of ambient noise would be nice, perhaps a water feature instead of music, fitting in with the river theme. We ordered a beet salad, fish tacos, flat iron steak & nut-encrusted pike. Everything was exceptional. Far exceeded our expectations. The next day we were still talking about how great the food was. We'll absolutely return, although I do wish the restaurant offered a bit more ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2015

Had a group of 9 for Mother's Day brunch and it was great! The food was amazing in quality and quantity. No matter who you bring, they will find something they like. It was a little pricey at $38 per person, but I'm fine paying a little more for a good meal. The only disappointment was that the mimosa's and bloody Mary's were extra. For $38, maybe one drink should be included? Bottom line, I would go back for sure.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2015

Staff went out of their way to accomodate guests at the lunch time rush. My waiter was terrific and they seemed to all work together to serve everyone.. I was helped by several staff..it was a nice thing to see. I was at a conference being held at the hotel and glad I chose to eat lunch here! Food was also outstanding.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on March 21, 2015

We stroll into this restaurant, we were actually well received by the staff, they were friendly and attentive all the time.
"Jose" was very helpfull... :)

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 2015

met 4 of my lady friends for dinner as it was equidistant for all of us. It is connected to a Double Tree so it appeared the majority of patrons were hotel guests. Food is good, service is excellent and it offers a comfortable experience at decent prices. The menu was varied and we all ordered something different. They have something for everyone--we will be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2015

Great place to have business lunch. The place is quiet , you can hear the conversations at the table without difficulty. The staff are really good and the food is great

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2015

Took my girlfriend here for dinner after driving by there a few times, we like trying new places. We had no wait on anything there, very prompt. At 8pm, only two tables in the whole restaurant had patrons, that's all....I wonder why they were so empty?

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2014

My wife and I truly enjoyed our Christmas evening outing to the Birch River Grill at the Arlington Heights Hilton Hotel. The restaurant has a kind of hunting lodge feel to it in the midst of this busy suburb and the fireplace as well as cozy bar add to the friendly and rustic atmosphere. The prime rib we enjoyed was outstanding and the accompanying sides very tastefully prepared. The desert list was a little sparse but what we ordered was simply delicious a choice of either a very rich cheesecake with chocolate topping or a triple layered whipped cream parfait. What I especially appreciated was the friendly wait staff who while not falling all over to please offered gentile first rate service. Of course, as is invariably the case the servers (who were most excellent, polite, helpful and talkative) were all of ethnic origin while the clientele was almost white or able to afford this moderately expensive venue. This represents a dilemma in many traditional restaurant settings around the country but I would have liked to have observed at least one non-ethnic person sacrifice his or her Christmas eve to also serve the public in the kind manner these folks did. Jesus, who was born in a manger amongst the animals to a very poor family in Bethlehem said "It is more blessed to give than to receive..." would have been there at the BRG helping out washing dishes or some such menial task.

I want to thank all the good folks at the Birch River Grill who served my wife and I as we have no family in this area for their kindness and hospitality. All of our needs were attended to in a very friendly and helpful manner and I would recommend this cozy out of the way locale to anyone who wants to spend an intimate evening with friends and family in a spacious and restful environment for either lunch or dinner. We will most certainly return to the BRG the very next time we are looking for a peaceful evening of pleasant dining and fine ambiance. Thanks much.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Went there on a Saturday night and the place was empty. We were sitting at the bar and heard another couple say they used open table but believe me there was no need to. The bar had limited selections. The servers were nice and polite, and the food was average. But I cannot recommend a place with no clients. The place was dead.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on September 6, 2014

I did not have an enjoyable experience here for brunch. I had the buffet which had an ok selection but the food was not kept warm.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2014

Brought a friend here for dinner on a Thursday night. Dining room was empty when we arrived. A large group came by the bar and that was basically the last we saw of our server. Food was good, nothing special. Would not go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 6, 2014

Very good for a hotel restaurant. The fish was excellent.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 11, 2014

I had a few choices in mind for Mother's Day brunch and was happy that I chose this place. It was not over crowded as I anticipated for such an occasion and the food selection was more than enough. Overall it was a great experience and I would select this restaurant again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 11, 2014

My mom (90)had the best Mothers' day brunch for the price...Compared to places like the RItz Carlton Downtown...This place is a gem ..Kathy was our server and made her feel so special..THank you for a wonderful experience!!!..Oh yes the food was very very good!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 17, 2014

Wonderful food, great service, great place for a business meeting

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 7, 2014

Always on my list to try, but never made it until a few weeks ago & went a second time this weekend. Both times we were surprised by how few people were dining, however, the bar area seemed fairly busy both times. The hostess desk wasn't manned either time, almost like dining guests were a complete surprise, despite having reservations both times. That in itself gives the restaurant an odd atmosphere. The decor is very nice, even upscale. If there had been more people the atmosphere would be great. The food is really quite good. The menu has some classic standards mixed in with some more unusual fare. The service is very attentive. If you're looking for a nice meal last minute, without the wait, I'd definitely give it a try.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2014

We drove over an hour to come to this restaurant and would do it again! Best meal, hands down!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Look - the food was fantastic, we both loved everything. Go here for fantastic food but do not expect a vibrant scene.

Cannot stress enough how great the food was. Try the chili.

Pork Tenderloin was great, as was the seafood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service. The décor was high end and delightful. We will be returning soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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