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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.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Closed daily from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Arlington Heights Road
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Custom catering available.
Complimentary Private Lot shared with Doubletree Hotel.
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!
Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
Had a group of 6 and was not told that there would be an automatic gratuity. Because it was Christmas we gave a very generous tip in cash to our waitress. Between the automatic tip and what we gave her in amounted to approximately 40% of bill. She never said anything. And we did not leave restaurant right away so she had plenty of time. So disappointing - especially because if she would have been honest and told us I would have told her to keep it. Sent an email to general manager and never received a response.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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