Ja' Grill Hyde Park

4.4
420 reviews
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Jamaican
Ja' Grill Hyde Park invites you to experience the Islands of Jamaica right here in Chicago. Serving "authentic Jamaican cuisine" from a menu inspired by Errol Gallimore from Ocho Rios. 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 and you can listen to our DJs spin some pulsating Jamiacan/Carribean beats.
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DB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Waiter Raushaun was always missing and we had to keep asking two other members to get him or assist us. Food was awful. Oxtail and stew chicken had a thick icky sauce, really bad. The chicken soup had flavor like packet soup and was too salty that we had to return it.

We don’t plan on returning unless they get an authentic Jamaican cook who actually knows how to make meals tasty and maintain flavor. Do not go for food and private dining!

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LR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I really enjoy eating Ja'Grill's food. It took a little long to be served even though I had a reservation. But once Roxie came, I was happy. Tge onky other thing is obe of my food items didn't come until I was ready to go.

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d
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my second time coming to Ja' Grill. The drinks are good along with the food. It can be a little packed but that adds to the vibe of the restaurant. Everyone was in good spirits.

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RS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A trip to Jamaica in Hyde Park. Fun place!Excellent interesting food and great ambiance! Great value!

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EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We visited for Mother's Day. Overall, the location is very small, so you feel like you're sitting on top of people. You can practically hear other people's conversation without being included. The food was decent and the drinks were ok. I would only go back for the steam cabbage, the cabbage had me at hello.

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my 2nd visit to this restaurant and have received very good Service on both occasions. Considering this was on Mothers day on this visit I expected crowds. Pleasantly surprised that my table was available on time. The portions are enough for two meals. My table of four had whole red snapper, curried goat and oxtails. All were very good. Our server Denise was professional, friendly and patient. I was impressed that on the way out because we had an elderly person with some vision impairment the person who seated us ( forgot her name) was able to prevent us from having to walk around the longer way to exit. Thanks for that. Also observed that Reserved signs were placed on tables until those guests arrived. Will definitely continue to patronize this business

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Michael, was phenomenal! His recommendations were on point and our food was spectacular. My only concern is the noise level. It is entirely too loud and I don’t think it’s because of the acoustics. My recommendation is to lower the music because it’s hard to hear the person next to you.

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DB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The food is outstanding, the staff is great and it has a cool casual atmosphere. If you grew up on Queens and Brooklyn NY Jamiacan food like I did Ja' Grill will take you back to the good old days of coco bread, jerk chicken and a whole lot more. DO NOT forget to try their bread pudding.

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SD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The rum punch is a must have or have a shot of Balvenie Scotch make sure it’s the 15 year.

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KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyable experience all though prices are expensive for the standard Jamaican cuisine. $25 for Oxtail and $32 for lamb chops (WOW)
Noise level extremely high but nevertheless an enjoyable night out.
Be sure to make reservations on open table for a stress free experience.

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DD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Jerk chicken was on point. Rum Punch never disappoints. The Dark & Stormy drink is good but too much ice, not a good value.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friend’s birthday

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

FOOD ALWAYS GREAT ! THE SERVERS AND BUS BOYs NEED TO LEARN GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The place is tight and loud; which is the perfect setting for great Caribbean food. Friendly staff and did I mention amazing food.

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BE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was ALL GOOD!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a date night and we decided to stay close. We wanted some jerk chicken and this was the spot. The service was good even though it stays super busy.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for 9:15pm and the hostess made sure we were seated at our reserved time. Our waiter was extremely nice, courteous, and attentive. I would definitely come back along with guests.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food had no seasoning at all. The wait time was extremely long literally a hour an half before the food came out! The wait staff doesn’t acknowledge you. Never again

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KH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately my salmon was over cooked but overall good experience.

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RL
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good (jerk wings, the honey wings, and the jerk catfish). The only disappointment was that they ran out of ribs.

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday with about 20 people and the waiter took care of us all he made sure we were all tooken care of and everyone loved the food and music great way to bring in my 50th birthday thanks ja grille

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KG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was our 1st time there and the food was good. My husband is a very picky eater and he enjoyed the food as well. But what stands out the most to me was that rum cake OMG they were delicious!!!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great drinks. Amazing food. Really good service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Island Vibe
Great Food
Good Service
Glad I didn't listen to other reviews and miss this wonderful treat. Best food of my visit.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Once you’re parked, Ja Grill is the spot to be. Warm,welcoming, well prepared Caribbean style foods,beverage selections,good music will have you moving in your seat. Ja’ Grill Hyde Park is an attractive place to be for a upbeat date or time out with the crew

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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food & drinks
thanks to open table i was a to reserve a table which minimize my wait!

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great Food! Very crowded and loud on Friday evenings!

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NS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

I dine here often, however, the food is inconsistent. most days the salmon Escabeche and jerk chicken is moist but my last couple of visits... both were dry to the point I needed to specify extra saucing./desserts are always a hit.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as usual Rum Punch wasn’t as strong as it was suppose to have been but everything else was awesome 👏🏽

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was amazing until a group of people got into it at the bar. Everything else was very good.

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SI
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food! Great atmosphere! Busy so must be patient but it was worth the wait

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FM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I loved it, we've already made it our special go to spot!! 👍🏿

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server was a bit rushed and kept forgetting certain things, but that didn't take away from us having a great girls night out.

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere , missed our reservation but the hostess was very good about getting our party of 3 seated promptly. Salmon salad was excellent.

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SU
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, small space, need reservations, nice ambiance..

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TP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was decent, service was good, and ambiance was alright. I will suggest that if you are in a wheelchair make sure you make reservations but still be prepared to be extremely close to others.

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SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The jerk chicken, chicken soup, jerk shrimp and lamb chops were excellent. The red beans and rice and cabbage not so much. The red beans and rice were dry and the cabbage had absolutely no taste.
It's still a go to spot for us.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was not authentic Jamaica cuisine! It was so plan and dry I had the lamb chops and they were dry and bland. My husband had the jerk chicken and it was not seasoned. Me and my husband had a 8pm reservation and still had to wait about 20 minutes for seating. Our waiter was ok nothing special, the drinks were the only thing that was great. Next time we will just go there for the drinks only.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place excellent staff and a big thank you to Alex who assisted in coordinating my proposal at the restaurant but also the food was amazing and will continue my anniversary dinner at JaGrill

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jerk Grill cat fish was delicious.

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