Prairie Grass Café

4.6
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1858 Reviews
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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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J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent specials. Friendly wait staff. Fresh ingredients from local sources. Never disappoints.

LF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were accommodated in the booth we requested, our service was very attentive and the food was perfect according to our order. We lingered over second drinks and did not feel rushed to free up the booth.

OT
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding shrimp spring rolls. Flavorful smoked salmon pizza.
Brussel sprouts salad was interesting with thin match stick cut vegetables.
Duck is always excellent. Now it is thighs. We also enjoy breasts.
Solid pumpkin pie. Nate is an attentive server, outstanding.
Whole staff, from front desk reception to everyone, really care. It is worth the trip from Chicago.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great

F
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is my family's favorite for many reasons. The food is spectacular and often unique. my family values the thought and diligence given to sourcing and quality of all of the ingredients involved in each dish. We have not found an equal in the quality of service that they manage to maintain there - which, I believe, indicates both quality of service to the customer, but also to the employee because the employee retention seems obvious to us. We value this restaurant.

NW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waiter was terrible. Service was very slow.
Two of the four meals came out wrong.

TB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Food and service was very good. Will be back.

P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the meal. Waitress was awesome

LO
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic steak,carrots and Parmesan wedges..as usually great fish and chips.. and always over the top great service.. thanks😉🍀☃️

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great
Service excellent

BT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a very good meal.

R
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Only good thing was the food although it was overpriced. Service was terrible, very inattentive waiter.

L
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for brunch for the first time. The menu was fabulous. We could hardly choose. All of our choices were excellent. The service was attentive and friendly. We can’t wait to try it again

C
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Several mishaps,
One meal of the four took much longer then the others to be served.
Asked for straw , it never came till we asked again
Took sometime to place our order for out table of 4.
Salad stated on the menu that avocado was on salad,
There was no avocado! Had to ask for it.

I
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Prairie Grass. The servers are excellent. The quality of the food was excellent. I thought the prices at dinner were a little steep. We usually have lunch there and find the prices better at lunch. Keep up the good work

b
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a nearby favorite of ours and we look forward to each visit. The atmosphere is always welcoming and warm, and in this case, it was five people at a comfortable table with a sound level that allowed the conversation we hoped for. Prices are most reasonable and the waitstaff was responsive to our needs and wishes. The specials are creative and the regular menu is my favorite with a few "must-order" items to which I look forward each time. The wine list is also quite complete with a good variety of wines-by-the-glass that can, to my tastes, complement any item I choose to order. The pacing was excellent. We'd recommend this to any one in the area looking for a place to go with friends. The skirt steak on the regular menu was, as usual, quite good, while my wife was most pleased with her hamburger, done as she wanted it. Our other diners enjoyed their choices as well. Our only negative, if you can call it that, was that we were too satisfied to continue on with the desserts, which we've found in the past to be excellent.

H
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good! Great wait staff, awesome burger!

DC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience4

Salmon was suburb‼️

EH
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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
70 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
63 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
160 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
63 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
4 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.