Grindstone Charley's - Lafayette

4
92 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Grindstone Charley's is an American restaurant + bar serving scratch made quality food and drinks. Established in 1982, this is good home cooking, with recipes that have been passed down through generations. We promise flavorful food, spirited drinks, and a good seat at the table.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 92 people are saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlanS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

unfortunately we arrived just after a power outage. food was unremarkable, cold soup,tough steak. Another one off our list.

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SierraS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had to send back our food twice, also our waitress was very rude and we had to ask for everything she kept on getting mad if we needed something, I will not eat here again! Also we asked for kid glasses she brought out big glasses, also we asked to speak to a manager that never happened also we told her our bill was separate from others she put it all on one bill! I would love my money back from this horrible experience!

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MonicaA
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Excellent service from Antoinette. Food was good but little cold. It was a Sunday night . Will give a try again.

KM
KristinM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, but not much seemed to be made fresh/from scratch. (Fairly certain their mac n cheese is GFS straight from the pan.) Everything tasted good, but it's a high price point for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was bland at best but service was great!

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WilliamG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice to eat out after virus virus kept us in so long, limited menu was a little disappointing.

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BrianK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The manager was amazing! We had a large party and she assisted our server to make sure we had great service. We had a mishap with my daughter getting sick, and she was incredibly helpful and gracious. Was much appreciated!

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vipMWSeem
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, Good Service, Well priced. Location ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything all of our guests ordered was terrific! We highly recommend this resturaunt!!

MJ
MarkJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I go to Grindstone Charley's when we want to have a quiet dinner together. The food is always great and the service is superb. Local management means a lot in running a great restaurant. The staff here is always working to make sure everything is right for their customers. We appreciate that. We highly recommend Grindstone Charley's.

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StewartC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience1

I thought the food was not good. The kettle chips were good.

RD
vipRDCPA
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went after the Purdue Christmas show. Made a reservation for 12. I am always worried with a group that large but our server was amazing!! She took great care of us. We were served quickly and efficiently. Food was very good for all 12. Place wasn’t too full hitch also concerned me. When we left we all thought we’d be back. Give this place a try, it is well worth the trip!

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vipUsedtobeinthebusiness
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The staff was completely overwhelmed.

It was a busy weekend but they were not overloaded-so not sure what happened.

The good news:

But the server recognized what was happening ( hr. To get appetizers, drinks wrong, etc.) and she alerted the manager who comped our meal. So they made it right.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food took forever, we ended up being sick that night

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GaryP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu provides many excellent alternatives. The food was excellent and served in a timely manner. I had the ribs and they were some of the best I’ve had. The ambience is great and while there were televisions they were not intrusive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed with our meal. Son liked his ribs, and cheese curd appetizer, but husband only had a few bites of his pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich and my salmon was very over cooked (supposed to be one of their signature dishes). It took a long time to take our order and waitress never brought napkins we requested. Also billed full price for drink that waitress suggested as a happy hour special. Won’t ever go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great casual restaurant

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MarkB
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met the family there for a local band competition..Everything great except fo a very wobbly table that we had to slide something under a table leg. But not a problem we couldn't handle.

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Libby
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was meh. Fly wouldn’t leave us alone. Caesar salad was not tossed and covered in blue cheese? Not a Caesar salad.

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AMGraduationDinnerparty
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a graduation 👩‍🎓 dinner and had a great time !! Food was good , service was great!
We will be back ! We will consider coming here for other celebrations!

TJ
TamiJ
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good selection and food for a chain. Exceptional service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Mother's Day tradition is for my mom to come down from Lake County and I come up from Indianapolis, and we always come to GC's... we love it!

JB
JuliaB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Grindstones Charley’s to celebrate after our daughter’s graduation from Purdue. The food was excellent especially the spinach salad and the burgers. Our waitress was fantastic (I’m sorry I cannot remember her name). With reservations, there was no wait. I’d go back again!

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vipMichaelG
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Waitress was excellent! Steak was luke warm, loaded baked potato didn’t have hardly anything on it including butter. Potato wasn’t warm enough to melt butter and was hard like it was cooked yesterday and then briefly put in a microwave before serving. Onion rings were very crunchy and over cooked. Appetizers were very good as was the rack of ribs. Was really expecting better.

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VinceS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I was very upset with my Birthday experience on March, 10th. The server was great! But they served me day old chicken and noodles! Which was brought to my attention when they served my friend the same meal and it was soupy abd mine was not! Then i had to wait 10 mins to get my food. All are good came out at different times as well. You would think it would be at same time. They still wanted me to pay for the meal which upset me even more. I did not pay for the meal. I love coming there but this encourages me not to come back! I brought a group of 20 plus people for you guys and I got that type of service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were there for a birthday.

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Wildcats2016
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! It was our first time at one and will probably be back!

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ChadnBrandyT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!! Couldn't ask for a better evening with my Husband.

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KeithB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service, all for a fair price!

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BillW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Wedding Anniversary is Christmas Eve.
So glad you were open for my wife and I and we had a great time.

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natalieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience3

This is one of our favorite places to eat. We came for our daughter's 16th birthday. The waitress was very attentive and food was good and cooked fast. the manager even came out to check on our meals and gave our daughter a free birthday dessert.

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vipTommy
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSLHC
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall1food3service4ambience2

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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TedL
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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dawng
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday for my dad! Salmon is awesome! Great service

TL
TedL
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Found a hair in my food

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and great food

FAQs

Grindstone Charley's - Lafayette offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (765) 449-8692.

Grindstone Charley's - Lafayette is rated 4 stars by 92 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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