Prairie Grass Café

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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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LB
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exemplary, as always!

AR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We have visited Prarie Grass before. This time wait for service was endless although place was not crowded. Waiter never reappeared after meal was completed. Food was off target for this visit. Was told fried chicken would be dark and light meat...received only white. Water glasses were never refilled. Sorry evening.

KW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a busy (and deservedly so) restaurant serving breakfast, brunch and dinner. We went there for brunch on a Sunday Their menu is unique, with some interesting and really delicious options for pancakes, Benedicts, omelets and other options. The ingredients are locally sourced, the waiters knowledgeable and passionate about the food. The portions are generous. The waiter strongly recommended the lemon ricotta pancakes which we didn't order, but he generously provided us a plateful on the house and they were exceptionally delicious, light, fluffy and lemony and certainly worth ordering on another occasion. This is comfort food, but it is all most tempting and served in a friendly, congenial atmosphere.

SS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun chic atmosphere. Great brunch items.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

What a disappointment. I find the positive reviews stunningly inconsistent with our experience which was lousy.

This isn’t my first time at Prairie Grass. I had been there a few times years before but thought it had declined in quality so we stopped going. Then a few months ago friends brought us here for dinner and it was pretty good so we tried it again. Big mistake.

First off, the food itself is aggressively mediocre. There were several different dishes and they ranged from low mediocre to medium mediocre. Everyone described their meals as nearly flavorless. For $36 I had the tasteless and undercooked halibut special. Sorry, but halibut is supposed to be cooked and not translucent. Mostly it was just taste-free. My wife had the duck. She described it as mostly flavorless. My son had the pasta bolognese which he described as mostly flavorless but with an unpleasant sweetness. You get the idea.

Service was bad. Our waiter couldn’t handle basic food allergy questions and was slow and not particularly responsive.

I wouldn’t accept this poor experience from a place charging half as much. But PG is expensive and so not worth it. Definitely not going back.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Such a delicious omelette/perfectly dressed side salad too. Only downside was the noise. Got better as lunch crowd dispersed. We stayed beyond and enjoyed a relaxing time together.

JR
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have gone to dinner here many times, but this was our first brunch. It was very good. I prefer going to brunches where you can order off a menu (NOT a buffet) and this hit the mark. The menu options were varied and there was something for everybody. All of our food was great! Will definitely go again.

KA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service from waiter was non existent until the bill showed. The side of bacon was burnt and way too greasy along with the eggs Benedict coming burnt. Experience was lacking since being a Long time guest. This experience was not to expectation and cost did not justify the value.

TO
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prairie Grass is consistently great! The watermelon side dish for the ahi tuna was new to me and delicious!

d
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter, a pleasure

PZ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As always, the food and service were excellent. It was reasonably quiet at our table, but overall the noise level is bothersome for my 65+ year old ears. The prices are a little on the high side compared to a few other restaurants of similar quality.

MH
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Kitchen sent out our dinners before the apps. This was a problem

O
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went for Sunday brunch you eat off the menu it is not a buffet the food was delicious delicious and had a very nice time

JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place for consistent service. Menu is somewhat limited. If you don't want the specials, the regular menu is difficult, needs an update. Chicken is good. Fish so-so if not one of the specials. Overall, a place to which we return despite limitations.

JJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very good. Only one of the four of us wasn’t happy with her entree, but it wasn’t what she expected. The rest of us were pleased with everything.

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

While we always enjoy the food at Prairie Grass, the noise level on a week night was off the charts. Sitting at a round table, it was almost impossible to hear the person across from me. Also, our server was abrupt and impersonal. Definitely could use some finesse in the area of common courtesy and engagement.

b
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local dining option! The bar and food menu are outstanding.

WB
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a restaurant in its medium price range, this is a wonderful establishment--adventurous food, carefully prepared, beautifully served, yet very close to comfort food even with the refined touches. Excellent soups, very hot and crispy tempura, both make for starters we come back for over and over. Favorites include the delicate tilapia with a light Parmesan crust, juicy flank steak, and the big burger. On the lighter side, there are lots of good salads, some with unusual touches. The crispy chicken salad is a favorites, with a marvelous dressing. We always share a piece of pie. Be sure, if it is a fruit pie, to ask that it be warmed and served with a bit of ice cream. Warm, genuine welcome, attentive and friendly service. How we wish the season for corn fritters were a little longer, and we'd love to see the guacamole back on the menu. For lunch later is better because there is a big business crowd and it is very busy 12-1 weekdays. Weekend brunch is full of memorable dishes, including lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry sauce. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back.

OT
Chicago
156 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a birthday celebration. Prairie Grass provides a special chocolate cupcake. with a candle, which is
appreciated.
Shrimp rolls - great appetizer. Corn products - current. Flavorful - cream of corn soup, outstanding.
Fig jam and bacon - all right. Real larger figs would add more texture. Flatbreads are usually a good choice.
Duck - with corn and blackberry salad - great choice. Halibut is always outstanding. Blueberry pie had corn
crust, which stands up to the blueberry moisture.
There was a new waiter, and it would be nice to have someone you know for a little celebration.
Wednesdays are big for senior citizens and burger special. Always quite noisy. The farm fresh produce makes a difference. Attention to detail. Both Sarah, chef, and husband were working this night.

c
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great meal at Prairie Grass! Haven’t been there in many, many years and decided to try it. We split both the chicken and the burger. The kitchen split both for us which was a bonus. Both were delicious and sides were great as well. Didn’t even know that
Wednesday was 1/2 price on the burger, another bonus. Our server was good, not overly attentive, but we enjoyed our meal.
Definitely an older crowd (I’m in my mid/late 60’s-felt young).
Would definitely go back, maybe sit at the bar.

LO
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional service and fantastic soups and fish presentations and tastes..such as salmon,halibut,and tonight’s awesome scallops and cauliflower dinner..thanks for a great meal..also the salads tonight were large and well dressed..yes many attendees are seniors..but families on weekends..and fantastic brunch preparations..thanks!??been to Daniels in NY and Alinea four times..and many times Prairire Grass is at the top as they are too!!

T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We made a reservation on Open Table , but it was not honored when we arrived We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated!!! We might have waited longer, but we chose to be seated in the bar, which worked out great, because the noise level in the restaurant was very loud.

EL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prairie Grass is one of the better restaurants on the North Shore. It is always one of the first name that comes to mind when I am asked “ where would you like to have lunch or dinner. Food and service are always first class.

ML
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and creative dishes!

M
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Food, service all flawless.

O
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Celebrating two birthdays.

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food and Service. Only issue is no shade on window so sun was in my eyes for a period of time.

SP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much to noisy!!!!!

LK
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food and service were excellent. They honored our request for a quieter table. Prices seem to have gone up a bit.

TO
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Everything was very good, but it was too noisy which made it difficult for me to hear my business contact.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

It's surprising that a restaurant such as this does not offer any gluten free breads or desserts. Seeing as I eat only dairy free and gluten free, the menu is very limiting for me.

B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We sat in the "back room" which has no ambience, however, the noise level wasn't as loud as the main dining room which allowed for easier conversation.
Not sure if the kitchen or the waiter messed up on our dinner orders but we waited a very long time for our dinners to arrive.
Food was delicious - the main reason why we continue to come back!

EH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my nephew for his birthday...his first time there. As always...great food and service. We all had specials...apps and mains...so fresh and perfect!

KS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved everything

LW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Umberto, was amazing! Attentive to every detail! We appreciated our lunch time with our group of 5, and would certainly go again in the near future. We all dined on the salmon. Cooked perfectly.

DG
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent business lunch experience - food was exceptional. Deliberately set reservation for 11:30 to arrive early to the lunch hour and requested a booth which seemed quieter than the standard tables.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, drinks, all was excellent. We sat in the bar bc we thought the full dining room was loud. It worked out great.

N
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I think the food is expensive for a casual suburban restaurant.

MV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Keep the salmon and salad presentation on the menu. The vegetables with the salmon (or halibut substitute) are the best combination we’ve had in a long time.

G
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my father’s 88th birthday at his favorite restaurant, we loved our quiet table in the back at 5:30-finally we have discovered the secret to fully enjoying a meal at Prairie Grass! With a table of 6 it can be hard for everyone to hear each other in the main dining room.

Everyone loved their food (roasted veg flatbread, shrimp spring rolls, caprese salad, wild salmon, wild halibut, great steak), except I was disappointed in the crab cake. Not the usual-this was rather mushy- tasting of breading rather that crab. The usual crab cake I expected was made of pieces of fresh lump crab and was delicious-not sure what happened.

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