Prairie Grass Café

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Owners Chef Sarah Stegner & Chef George Bumbaris created this casual Northbrook restaurant, boasting a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Wood-top tables without tablecloths give the main dining room a contemporary feel while seating is also available in the bar area. A menu, changing monthly, features contemporary American fare featuring seasonal ingredients. For dessert, Chef Stegner's mother bakes delicious pies.
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H
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good! Great wait staff, awesome burger!

DC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall a good experience. Easy to have conversation. Attentive to children. Service was a little slow.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service1ambience4

Salmon was suburb‼️

EH
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was delicious, the service was stellar and we had a lovely evening.

EC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Thought the food was fair and prices too high. $90 per couple with no liquor, dessert or coffee.

DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Love this restaurant.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

DT
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. Great service. Casual atmosphere with creative chef specials and tasty comfort food. Great place if you want great food and don't want to "dress up".

C
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific hamburger. But we often dine at Prairie Grass and we love the food.

J
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service at Prairie Grass are both quite good. But the restaurant is too expensive for the quality of the food. I have eaten there on many occasions; we are a party of 3 ordering one app, one dessert, three glasses of wine and being price-conscious on the entrees and have never gotten out of there for under $200. We generally go for an early dinner so it is quiet.

e
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Brilliant chef, wonderful waitstaff. It always feels like a party...maybe a little too noisy, but worth it!

a
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Comparatively overpriced. Food is good, portion sizes were adequate. Service was excellent.

LO
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome flavors for the new style chicken cutlet dinner.. squash flavor ♥️..fish and chips meal great also..as well as great staff.. always a delight.. fantastic👍🏻♥️🍀☃️

S
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a nice dinner at Prairie Grass! We have not been there in along time! The food was very good and so was the service! My husband had the bun-less burger and I had the Halibut from the specials! It was breaded and very good but wished they was a light sauce to put on top! Nevertheless, we enjoyed our meal and will definitely come back.

KS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I came to town and brought my daughter out for dinner.
She never gets a chance to go out for dinner with a (1) one year old and four year old.
Our reservation was at 7:30 and they sat us promptly.
My daughter picked this restaurant because she remembered 4 years ago the duck was so good.
She ordered the duck and they were out of it.
She ordered the chicken. I ordered the White Fish.
1 hour and 10 minutes later the manager comes and tells us, they’re out of chicken.
Who runs out of chicken? We came so hungry, now we were starving.
The manager says he’ll buy us dessert!
My fish was good but I didn’t care for it sitting on mushy mashed potatoes. All I ate was the fish.
We ate the toll house cookie the manager sent but we thought he could have done more.

L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Too loud to have a conversation in a group.

OT
Chicago
158 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All of the soups are flavorful, potato-leek, could use some color, but it is well done. Shrimp roll- always flavorful. Brioche halibut is still on menu, excellent. Salmon - excellent . Flatbreads are reliable. Grapefruit Basil- refreshing.
New on menu - strudel. Not seen before. Definitely worth trying. Cooking is a little different whether George or Sarah are the night chefs. Both are excellent.

SJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service.

LO
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again..superb meal..halibut..wow..apple strudel best ever and its presentation lovely..thanks as always

G
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I suppose that this restaurant should be praised for its reliability. Dishes are well-prepared if not especially imaginative. Ingredients are fresh.

On the other hand, the menu is always the same apart from a daily special or two. The volume of noise can be punishing.

No complaints about service. If, like me, you find many suburban restaurants wanting, this place could be worse.

ST
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience!

e
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

With caveats: good food , not exceptional but too pricey.

l
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been here before and brought some new to the restaurant. They enjoyed it, but we wish they had more of a selection of reasonable priced items on menu.

WL
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were going to the Chicago Botanical Gardens and Prairie Grass Cafe was suggested as a great place to eat. It did not disappoint! I had the sirloin burger and it was delicious our entire party enjoyed their meals.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Not worth the money they charge. Incredibly overpriced for fairly average food and cocktails.

GW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Wait service and bus service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Dessert of chocolate chip cookie with ice cream and chocolate sauce exceptional.

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good. Dine there often.

F
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice meal. We had some business to discuss and the staff were very accommodating to us doing that and taking our order when we were ready.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in a hurry and they responded by serving quickly.

BO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

BC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch with a friend. Great service, excellent food along with healthy choices. Becoming a ‘go to’ place for me.

JG
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You consistently deliver good food in a pleasant and sophisticated atmosphere. Your personnel goes out of their way to make your customers feel welcome and I would add that you have a secret weapon in the person of Jose!

L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another stellar experience at Prairie Grass Cafe. This time we were wowed by the halibut with a brioche crust, heirloom tomatoes and creamed corn (!) that was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. The atmosphere is cozy and I love the ever hanging seasonal photography-seems like it could feel gimmicky but it always adds to the atmosphere in a quiet way. Service was perfect and warm as always.

SK
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch spot. Everything was delicious!

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Prairie Grass.

SG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch at Prairie Grass Cafe last Sunday. The sirloin burger and chicken were delicious!

EH
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place...we know some staff, are warmly welcomed and the food is beyond delicious and fresh.

M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always the food was fresh & delicious, the service was great.

OT
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Corn soup- creamy. Seasonal corn fritters - great.
Duck is always a flavorful dish. Well-prepared. Some of the seasoned servers provide a better experience than newer individuals. They help create an ambiance. Worth the trip , out of city.

LB
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exemplary, as always!