Ja' Grill Hyde Park

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$30 and under
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Jamaican

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Ja' Grill Hyde Park invites you to experience the Islands of Jamaica right here in Chicago. Serving "authentic Jamaican cuisine." Signature dishes include Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Ox Tail, Ital Stew (vegetarian), and Whole Red Snapper Escoveitch, to name a few. We also have a full service bar for your spirit of choice as well as a rum selection from over 20 different countries (including rum flight tastings). We also play some pulsating Jamiacan/Carribean beats to enhance your bar/dining experience.
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JD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The restaurant was nice,I felt the lamb chops could of been more tender,the beer and cocktails made up for an average meal my son liked the wings (we all did) the jerk chicken I had was dry.My other son had the catfish(which was good and one of my sons had the goat(which could of cooked longer) overall it’s ok.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Having reservations makes no difference we had to up against the wall and wait to be seated no one came to speak with us. Service sucked Waiter didn't really give us good service Totally over packed. Couldn't hear the waiter or anything total displeased and the appearance of the host omg aint no way

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was and has always been very good to me. Portions seemed to have decreased in size relative to previous visits, nonetheless, our double date was good. Suggest the ladies at the check in area ask if the patron has a reservation before assuming otherwise.

AJ
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious as usual, our server Michael was awesome, it was very busy but he was more than attentive to our party of five.

OT
Orlando
30 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Grilled chicken dinner was a little overpriced, but I guess it is Chicago.

RH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host, waiter and servers were all great.
It was a pleasure!

GM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The food was too spicy and was not flavorful. The shrimp was overcooked. The cabbage was good. The rum cake was heated. Why????
Not a fan at all.

m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, Nellie was attentive and on top of everything. Drinks were on point, food was served piping hot. I'll definitely return.

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was AMAZING I'll definitely be back soon!

BM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The music was loud and I was not able to have a conversation with my guests at my table.
I had to speak rather loud even to the people at my table.
Good service and great food.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I was taught that if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was Excellent! Cooked to perfection!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

JN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ordered the goat and it was delish!! My very first time ever trying goat and I was pleased!!

ML
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I had the jerk ribs. I often get this dish and sometimes they are burned and over done, sometimes not. This particular time they were burnt. Everything else was good.

AB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was outstanding, but unfortunately overshadowed by poor service. This was a 2 1/2 hour dining experience. Our server, Nelle, was only seen twice throughout the night. Once to take our orders, and a second time to provide us with incorrect billing. Once the orders were taken, it took 1 hour for the food to come out. Granted, it was absolutely delicious and I was willing to overlook this. However, when it was time for the check, we told the server that we wanted two checks; one for each couple. When he returned with the check there were multiple errors. I took it upon myself to go to him and ask for a revised check since I knew he was busy and would likely not be back at our table for a while. With an attitude, he asked me to explain who's meals were who's and walked away mid explaination. "Okay! He must understand then" is what I thought....until 10 minutes later when he again asked who had what drinks. I really don't know how or why this guy is still employed here. He really made the while experience a bit crappy.

SF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I'll still recommend although not the best visit to JaGrill I've had. Ive been many times before but, this time the food was just ok. The two girls I brought with me wasn't impressed.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here! It’s just a bit loud for talking to your table.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok.. Waiter inexperienced

MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

This was my 2nd time eating here. It was so good the 1st time. The subsequent

DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience... Great food
Roxie was my server and she was great

N
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, but it is important to call and make a reservation or else, you won’t find a seat.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first date and everything was perfect!

L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time. Service and food are always consistent

D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had jerk ribs, honey wings,jerk catfish and oxtails. All very delicious. The Blueberry Gin Smash was quite tasty, too!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration

CS
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch in Hyde Park. Wide selection of traditional Jamaican dishes with a fun vibe and laid back atmosphere.

PG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was my first time at Ja'Grill and I enjoyed my food which came out pretty quickly, but what I didn't like was how long it took the waitress to return to take our drink orders initially. Also the seating is so close that it is hard to move around or get to and from your seat.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience1

It was too small for the crowd of people. The oxtail dinner was way overpriced. The noise level was high but i guess it was because it was small. It was an okay place

AA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food did not taste like authentic Jamaican cuisine and the waiter's manners/service was below average.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed myself here. The music, ambiance, and vibe was great! Would definitely go back here for sure! The punch and plantains were my favorite!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend talked about it all weekend. She was so impressed

C
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I enjoyed the food and the service was great. The place is small and overcrowded. Not enough room table.

GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every bit of the place and food. Great atmosphere.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Other than the very bland Jerk Shrimp app and a little slow service (she def made up for it with her smile and energy) the meal, restaurant, and night were amazing!

c
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Over all good experience, Service was a little slow, took a very long time before the waitress to come and take our order. The portion sizes were great, but the overall flavor was a little bland. Thought I didnt order a cocktail, the drink menu was great and reasonably priced. I'd come back for a drink at the bar, but not to dine.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Very nice staff!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The restaurant and service is good. The noise level was a bit much

r
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

While we frequent this establishment often, this past visit just did not meet our expectations. The lamb chops are usually my favorite, but this time they were rubbery. The lemon drops and rum punch drinks were great as well and our server was very pleasant. I think it was the fact that one guest (that happened to be part of a group at the pub style tables next to our table) decided to lay down on the floor and do some sort of roll, as if he was giving a play by play of a football play. That was not okay to me- maybe at a park or beach, but definitely not dining out. None of the staff seemed to mind, so maybe it was the owner or something.

JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Should state it’s a sports bar. Food was very tasty. I’ll go back but not on a football night

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