Grindstone Charley's - Lafayette

4.2
70 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
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OT
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MG
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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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VS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there for a birthday.

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W
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

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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T
Indiana
19 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
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 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
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 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
2 reviews
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
7 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
Indiana
3 reviews
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 1, 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
22 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
9 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
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 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
15 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
19 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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