Grindstone Charley's - Lafayette

4.2
60 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
At Grindstone Charley's, we serve only the finest quality, freshest ingredients, served by a friendly hospitable staff, in a clean, warm and friendly environment. The food and recipes have come from many generations of experience. Started by the Fogelsong family in 1982, we offer a wide variety menu that includes USDA Steaks, Ribs, Seafood, Chicken, Salads, Burgers, and Sandwiches. We take great pleasure in your satisfaction and hope you enjoy!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(765) 449-8692
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout
What 60 People Are Saying
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T
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The baked potato soup and breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches are the best.

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SL
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 2

We will not be back to this restaurant. This was our second visit. Our first visit was mediocre. Despite having good servers both visits, the hostess and kitchen service needs serious improvement. This past visit, we arrived on time and we were promptly seated in an almost empty dining room right behind a table whose occupants were particularly loud and rude. Then, after placing our orders we waited approximately 1 hour to get our meals, which were appetizers and a salad, and some of which were cold while others were hot. Not wanting to wait that long again for our food to come back out we did not send back the cold appetizers. While we waited for our meal, I received an email from Open Table chastising me for not showing up to our reservation. I emailed back that I was, in fact, there as scheduled. I went out to the hostess station to let them know about the email so that I could be checked in with OT and I was told “to just ignore the email”...no apology for forgetting to put it in the first place. When I said that I’d like them to check us in w OT so I could get my points, the hostess acted annoyed. Our server did the best she could, but for a restaurant that was literally slow at the time, the ineptitude of the hostesses and the kitchen, in addition to the loud, rude table neighbors made our first night’s dinner of Purdue’s family weekend an irritating experience.

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TL
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always straight-forward food at a decent price. French Dip was tAsty with an excellent roll and good dipping juice. The Cole slaw was creamy and fresh tasting (thank you) and my server was attentive and friendly. Open Table worked like a charm. Desk staff were earnest, cute and clean. Always an ok place to get in, eat, and drink.

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d
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The only plus was the ribs and bread pudding were pretty good. Service wasn’t too bad. Chose this restaurant because of pretty good reviews on open table. Didn’t quite stand up to my expectations

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday for my dad! Salmon is awesome! Great service

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TL
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Decent restaurant food at a moderate price. Nice bar with lots of offerings. Stuffed mushrooms were terrific and prime rib above diner quality (but not steakhouse level). Something for everybody. We go when in Lafayette for Purdue event as there is usually enough options for all.

On Open Table, so easy to reserve and the staff is congenial.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Found a hair in my food

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and great food

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JC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, good service. Bread was great, but came late right before food was brought out

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D
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a half way point between our daughter in Illinois and our Ohio home.

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H
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great, prompt service. Good food, nice portion size. Good casual atmosphere with some flat panels spattered around the rooms.

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i
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was a very good dining experience? Good Customer Service.

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great value and food taste good, a good great go to spot if you couldn't think of where else to eat!

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OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent an early Mother's Day there with family for the 2nd year... good food and service again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food that was delivered promptly. Diverse menu matched the tastes - we will come back!

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i
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The bar seating was cramped at best, they put 5 people in a small booth. I am have a VIP Card and no points were put on my card. Other than that, the food was good and it was a good value.

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B
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A birthday event, I was pleased overall with the menu and the space . I had the walleye which was tender, I also had a Southern fried chicken salad which was available in a half order size ( a nice option). The long island ice tea was good but the smallest I have ever had.
The service was good.

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G
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to eat after my daughter’s Fashion Show. We got burgers and salads, and everyone enjoyed!

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4
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Loved the fried green tomatoes.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great, sever was good. We were disappointed there was someone there clearing our table and took food away we were going to take home. She interrupted our post lunch Easter time and family picture time. Manger tried to make it right by reducing bill, but that does not change result. We usually enjoy this restaurant, but probably won't return for a holiday meal. They wanted to turn table so bad, they interrupted our time, and that's not okay, we are very family oriented, and value our family time too much to have it rudely interrupted.

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good eating, casual chain restaurant, a bit more expensive than comparable places, and a bit noisy. Nevertheless, a good place to go unless you are hoping for quiet and romantic.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. One of my favorite places to eat.

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MC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Able to seat our group of 9 quickly after the Purdue/IU game. Our server took good care of us and all of our requests.

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YM
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice to be able to get the only reservation left in town. The food was just ehh. Broccoli was over done. Fruit was yuck steak salty salmon good. Waitress was rude and short telling us she did not really have time to go over the menu. She forgot my drink which dis not arrive at all.

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OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was very good and knowledgeable. Good came out fast as we were in a bit of a hurry.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We ended up with a party of 10 and it was handled great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good all around place for food and atmosphere. Not high end, but not low end. Right in the middle. Family friendly. Reminded me of Quaker Steak and similar places.

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T
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Pork Tenderloin sandwich coleslaw and soups.

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JA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family meal while dropping son off to college. We try to find places that offer variety in the food to make kids and parents happy and my husband likes to go places were he can try a locally brewed beer. This place has both. My kids are also picky about the atmosphere of the restaurant and they really liked it here. Loved that you could make reservations online. No waiting. Waitress was awesome. Very friendly. Food was very good and got plenty of it. My one son didn't love his buffalo chicken sandwich, said it was kind of soggy. He would have preferred it crispier. Would definitely go again and would recommend to others.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my food and asked the other 5 people that were with me and each of us had a different meal but everyone said their food was wonderful! I have been there many times and every meal has been great.

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C
Indiana
61 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In Lafayette for a wrestling tournament. Stopped in afterward. Sat at the bar. They had a 1/2 order of their great fried green tomatoes, and my husband loves their onion soup. People were friendly, food was good. We didn't get entrees. We have a Grindstones near us in Indianapolis and it's not great. This location was very nice. Bartender said it is independently owned. Nice place, would recommend.

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AR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met our oldest daughter, attending Purdue, after our second oldest daughters high school graduation, for dinner. Good food, great value and Abby, our waitress, provided excellent service!

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M
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was very friendly. The manager came to our table to ask us if everything was okay.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant/bar. In fact, I chose it for my Mother's Day dinner. The food is amazing. Portions are generous. The bar area is laid-back and casual. The drinks are great. Melanie has been our server multiple times and her wit, enthusiasm, and personality keeps us coming back. Our last visit was a party of four, over 21 crowd. Everyone loved their appetizers and entree choices. We will go out of our way to visit. Great place!!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was good but we have had better. Don't think the Grouper I ordered was the real Grouper. The shrimp kabobs were very good. My wife said she would order them again.

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DG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It was adequate. It was like an Applebee's or some other corporate chain place. I was surprised it was an Open Table offering. The staff did their jobs well enough. The food was mediocre. The setting was in an industrial area.

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C
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server was horrible. Not friendly nor efficient. Our orders were not correct and half our party waited a very long time for their food to come out. Bad experience. It was a Saturday night. I go there for lunch often and love it. Probably won't go back for dinner.

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TL
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice waitress. Varied menu with lots of decent choices: soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, platters. Strip steak and grouper were pretty good. Nice side salads.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, great food.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The waiter was overbooked in his section with three large tables seated about the same time. He did what he could but needed help and no one from management stepped up to help. If it was my place the management staff would be history.

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