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About Grille No. 43

Grille No. 43 is a North Shore restaurant destination featuring an intimate atmosphere and globally inspired cuisine. Our space is great for corporate lunches and dinners, family outings and special events. You will love our comfortable atmosphere, great unique menu, and attention to detail.

28800 N Waukegan
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Monday-Friday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Saturday: 4 PM - 10 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 9 PM


Cross Street:
Rockland Rd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 234-7643

Website:
http://grilleno43.com/

Executive Chef:
Paul Caravelli

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Grille No. 43 Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.7

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (4)
Business Meals (4)
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Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Casual (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Cozy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Had our Anniversary there last year. Service was much better. Acknowledged our Anniversary which was in the notes on Open Table then and now. Last year got a wonderful dessert. Nothing this year. Food was pretty good but very slow. Will not do another anniversary or anything else again. Sad.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Viewed their menu online and went here because of it. When we got there, the menu was only a fraction of what they listed online. Very disappointed! Our server Erica was outstanding.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Specific experiences - arrived at five thirty no hostess for two mins. Neither my drink nor my water was ever refilled and no offer to be refilled. The “everything” salad had two bits of chicken, I know this sounds hard to believe and it was for me too and a deciding factor in writing this place off. The veal appetizer was terrible. The check included a house salad that I had changed my mind during ordering and never received. The time it took to get an appetizer, a salad, and the sole drink was two hours.

Place is quite noisy with swearing loud women at the bar on a Friday. so loud it was difficult to hear the specials. I have had previous decent experiences here but thinking about it now even the bread was lousy. This is my first time reviewing a restaurant anywhere that was so horrible I will not return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Been at Grill on 43 a number of times, but tonight was not good, Steak and crab was embarrassing (business associate from out of town) small piece of meat like from Ponderosa and little scoop of crab cake, the jerk chicken was dry. My wife had the drunken shrimp and had no complaints

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Brussel sprout salad with salmon was delicious. Too much oil was used, but otherwise absolutely fabulous.
Waitress did a terrific job with observing any potential issues and offering suggestions.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was quite good but the service spotty best.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Once again enhance a very good meal. While the crab cake was delicious, I miss that the short ribs have been taken off of the menu.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had the ribeye steak special, it was excellent, cooked perfect medium. Green beans and tater tots that were awesome and six different sauces for the steak, great variety!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our experience was fantastic. After a long day we were greeted by a friendly hostess who brought us to an out of the way corner table. Server was welcoming and nice. She was enthusiastic about the food and even got our early bird appetizers and wine order in with 5 minutes to spare. Food was great. Only regret was between soup, appetizer and entrees no room for desert. We will be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This is our neighborhood go-to. We have been thoroughly enjoying lately since the change in chefs. Food is very flavorful and creative, right down to flavored butters and wonderful bread. James Beard Mushroom burger - amazing! Fish is always done to a turn. Grilled peach salad with frizzy lettuce -hmmm. And on. It's worth a trip to this funky location for the delicious nad thoughtfully prepared food.
Service is top-notch. Professional, thorough, friendly and NOT stiff!

I would underscore that the ONLY negative is the noise level. There are steps that could easily be taken to correct this. The bartender (owner?) has a Booming voice and it carries through this relatively small space. The kitchen service door should remain closed and clattering of dishes being cleared needs to be done with regard to diners. Sound baffles would really help. The TV monitors are with no sound and discreetly tucked in corners which works well but I guess disqualifies it from catagory of romantic-but we've had many an intimate dinner there!
Hope you can experience this hidden gem.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

A small group gathered to surprise a friend on her birthday. The owner and his staff were welcoming and accommodating. Courtney was our server and was excellent! We ordered appetizers, salads and burgers. All were very good. We'll be back soon!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

New menu was better than old one. Food was good but not inspiring. Steak quality was average.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great service and great food. Self parking is not available, which is unusual for the area, but valet was cool. Not loud so perfect for business meetings.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Evidently the original chef is back after a hiatus. Very inpressive with delicious food. Had the Avocado Toast for starter which comes with a poached egg. Then the brusselsprout salad was fanatastic. But best was the BLT with amazing Wisconsin bacon and fried green tomatoes. A sandwich I will be back for. The rustic hardy side of fries was great to pair with the sandwich. Yummy! I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Have eaten here a couple times. The food is always great, but the service is hit and miss.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Hadn't been in quite a long while. This was our go to restaurant but it had fallen off. Sorry that there other ventures didn't pan out but happy they are back on track. Awesome dinner!! We'll be back.

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·Dined on August 1, 2017

I made a reservation for my boyfriend's birthday. It wasn't even acknowledged that it was his birthday. Food was a bit pricey, and my steak was very chewy. My boyfriend's steak was cooked well though! Beer was good. Food came out plated very nicely. I was a bit disappointed here.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Never going back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We sat outside on beautiful day for lunch but the traffic on 43 is really noisy!
Food was very creative and wonderfully tasty.
Definitely will go back again and again as the service was friendly, attentive but not overwhelming.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Too expensive for food that is way over rated
Second time there and I will not be back. Both meals where not very good.

Save your money

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

This was our 2nd time and it did not disappoint! .Delicious.creative.food. The help was helpful and engaging. While we sat outside... we wish it had a fire pit of sorts.
From our posting on FB, you should see an influx of new people coming your way.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I don't know why there wasn't a line out the door waiting for a table. This a New York cutting edge sensibility that's affordable. Chef Paul's creations were outstanding. We decided not to order a main dish, but try several very unusual appetizers instead. They were all amazing. Each ingredient rang out like a bell.
Here's where people either get it or they don't. If you're not a foodie, you won't appreciate how special this place is.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great new menu

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Both my friend and I were very disappointed with the new menu. We miss some favorite items (pulled pork, cod fish tacos, steak frites to name a few), and the Drunken Shrimp (which had always been 5 huge and delicious shrimp easily serving two people as an appetizer) has been downsized to 3 small unsatisfying pieces. Although the price reflected the smaller portion, the actual size of each shrimp should be reflected in a new name: Shrunken Shrimp. Unbelievably, we were brought one small piece of stale bread for two people to split. This has always been one of our favorite local spots and we have been coming here twice a month for years; I hope the nightly specials can fill the gaps in the abbreviated new menu, and that portions do not continue to shrink.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I used to love Grille No. 43- they had a diversified menu and the "43 Chop" salad was a favorite of mine and many of my friends/colleagues. However, on June 2nd, I was extremely disappointed to learn they had changed their menu due to a new chef. the 43 Chop salad was removed, as were the excellent Quesadillas and a few other very good salads. The remaining items on the menu are less classic in nature, and most have foo foo, trendy ingredients which most normal people have to ask the server what they are. I was not happy with what I ordered this last time (pork belly sandwich) - it was smothered in sauce and coleslaw-type accent. I can tell you that unless they bring back some of the old favorites, I do not plan to dine there again. Plenty of other choices in the area.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

This was our first time dining here. We were able to make a quick reservation early and stopped by after hearing good reviews from other friends. The service was great and friendly. The food was very good with a unique menu. We had the pear and pecorino ravioli and salmon entree and both were delicious . And I'd recommend the calamari appetizer! Nice wine selection also. The server told us they have a new chef so the menu is new. I'd recommend this for a nice meal!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The wait staff was friendly, not very quick service considering there were only 2 other tables. The food was very good, however a bit pricey for sandwiches and fries. We did enjoy the meal and experience for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Great food and service as always. Loved the special I ordered for lunch and was delighted to find out it will be a regular menu item.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food was very good, service was average, Noise level was extremely loud, primarily do to unfortunate seating next to unruly children with parents who let them misbehave.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Good food and good service but very pricey. $26 for fish & chips which included one piece of fish. $16 for a hamburger. Everything was very tasty but be prepared to pay for it.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Service was awful, food was cold and had obviously been sitting a long time, special was grilled cheese (which two people had) and it was burned (black all over). This was the second time I was there and was very disappointed in the food, quality and service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Very nice staff, and lovely menu, but the food was just O.K.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is our go-to restaurant. The food is always good, as is the service. We have never been disappointed!

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Sports, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The Mother's Day brunch had a strange selection of foods. The eggs and omelettes were dry and filled with artificial cheese. It was too over priced for the selection of foods offered.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Everything good except it took over 45 minutes to get dinner- fish tacos!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Excellent menu - especially lately. Great new menu items!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Was an okay place to go, not special. The wait staff was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

This was our 1st time going and the wife and I were enjoying a date night. The food was great and our waitress Erica went above and beyond to make sure our experience was great. Thank you again Erica

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 22, 2017

We went in a small group from work for lunch. There is no separate lunch menu, so you need to stick to dinner size portions, which was too much. They are also priced like for dinner, so it turned to be one of the more expensive lunches I had. The decor is rather simplistic, more casual and appropriate for lunch spot, so it clashes with "the dinner for lunch menu" approach. I ordered fish tacos, which were very good and my friends were complementing food also. Overall food is good but overpriced and the place has no identity. Also, a parking lot is small but they provide complementary valet.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 20, 2017

It was my first time at Grille 43. I attended a business lunch with 2 others. The place is not a large restaurant. The prices are a bit high, we thought. The cheapest burger was $14. All the entrees were over $20. The food was good, as was the service. My biggest concern was that the restaurant was really loud. We were sitting in a booth and at times we found it hard to talk. Even the waitress couldn't hear us very well. It was okay, but I wouldn't choose it again, over the myriad of other places in the area, most of which are cheaper.

Tags: Business Meals
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