Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_informationCreated with Sketch.
You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Prairie Grass Café.
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 39 times today

Prairie Grass Café

4.5
1478 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Chef Sarah Stegner joins husband Rohit Nambiar & fellow chef George Bumbaris in creating 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday : 5:00pm - 9:00pm Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 9:30am-2:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(847) 205-4433
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Sarah Stegner, George Bumbaris
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private party facilities
Prairie Grass Cafe can accommodate semi-private parties of up to 14 guests & private parties of up to 45 guests.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Rohit Nambiar: (847) 205-4433
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
There is a large private lot attached to Prairie Grass Cafe for easy access.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1478 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 2 days ago

As always, a fabulous experience. FRESH, delicious food, friendly,experienced service. Will go back again and again.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wow..fantastic steak,asparagus,sirloin burger,ice cream and berries..etc..great service..food...and soup fundraiser and ten quarts later..yum..chicken noodle and asparagus soup..delicious..shout out to great hosts..servers..thanks for all once again..

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious! I had a halibut dish that was very tasty. Two in our party had the fish and chips and love it.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous food & service!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 7 days ago

We dine multiple times a year, with great pleasure, at Prairie Grass.

Never ever disappointment.

Superb (very attentive) service.

Outstanding menu choices to select from.

Often -- especially on weekends -- we make a 5:30 PM reservation to avoid the rising hub-and-bub tempo.

We'll be back soon.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Overall was very good. The food was good, atmosphere was fine, and service was good. The only negative was it was pricey for the amount of food.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Just a great dinner at one of my favorite restaurant. The owners and entire staff are great.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Service was slow. Very noisy.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

11:00 reservations.We had our birthday lunch for my sister. They accommodate her request to add an over medium eggs as a side to compliment her steak. The busboy or gentlemen was so attentive and kept our coffees refill and warm bread on the table. The waiter even surprised my sister with a chocolate cupcake with candle. Great touch.
I do recommend the restaurant and we’ll be back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I have been dining at Prairie Grass for many years. It is consistently excellent in all respects and the food is always good. They are especially good with fish. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

As always, you exceeded our expectations. There were eight of us celebrating our daughter's birthday. The food was spectacular. The server was outstanding. Could not have been better. Thank you

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Family Reunion

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

always welcoming Nice hotesses at all times like the booths

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent healthy food with wonderful care by the staff!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Happy to see this place doing a vibrant lunch business The meal was very good and as ordered (substitutions and deletions). Service great. Lively atmosphere yet quiet enough to converse.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Consistently good. Enjoyed the duck and halibut dinners.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Always a very satisfying experience. Thoughtful, attentive service and always a warm welcome. Best times for lunch as 11-12 and 1 to 2. It is very busy 12-1 with a lot of enthusiastic business people and can feel a little crowded. Top to bottom the menu is full of great food. On our most recent visit the asparagus soup was the star of the meal, velvety texture, fresh asparagus taste, perfect spring color. I took a serving home. Crispy chicken salad is a hearty lunch choice, crunchy texture on the chicken paired with a slight touch of sweet in the dressing. On other visits the steak has been great, also the (limited) fish choices. A great variety of sandwiches, always an omelette of the day. Save room for dessert. The strawberry-rhubarb pie (with ice cream) list visit was the perfect finish to a lovely lunch, charming. We will be back. Highly recommended. consistently great food, nice pace, lively but never noisy. Watch out for weekend brunch, though, and tables with kids running around.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Best skirt steak and creamed spinach I have ever eaten.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food was good. This was my first visit for lunch. Staff was personable, however it was very loud and difficult to hear

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Aaaamazing!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Our dinners were great. We all had fish - halibut, whitefish and talapia. I would definitely go back. A little pricy and everything is separate as far as a full meal. It is loud. Hard to hear one another talk. Good service. Waitress was very nice. We did have to ask for bread three times. Bread boy wasn't very nice.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We live in Northbrook and have been going to Prairie Grass since it first opened. It is probably our favorite restaurant anywhere. For whatever reason, we have not been there in several months and really missed the Prairie Grass experience. Returning there for dinner last week was like going home. The food is excellent. The service is friendly. And there is always Mom's pie.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

15 minutes before waitress stopped by our table while others seated after us were served meals. Depending fried fish was mostly coating. Very noisy.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Excellent meal

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Birthday. It’s always consistently wonderful at PG!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s day

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Fresh, fresh, fresh
served hot and quickly
consistent high quality proteins, salads, vegetables
Comfortable and relaxed and welcoming environment
Chefs and staff happily accommodate any diet restrictions you may require

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Prairie Grass is a great value for quality food with interesting specials and great service. We always lunch here when going to the Botanic Garden.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our dinner was lovely until some over zealous staff members took plates and tried to clean off the table as we were sitting and chatting. The restaurant was not full and this was not nevessary

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My "award-winning" sirloin burger was dry and of uninteresting texture and the bun is too dry to accommodate it-- just as the last time i ordered it.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Shrimp phyllo dough roll - excellent. Miss the peekytoe crab cake from the past. Flavorful kale-cheese-mushroom flatbread. Daily specials are always a joy.
Seafood always excellent. Western sole - outstanding flavorful, spring preparation. Terrific!
Great fish and chips . Dietary request, like, olive oil allergy, is now honored here. That is a positive change from the past. Excellent cooking. Reminds us of Ritz-Carlton days.
This is more of a local North Shore dining experience with seasonal specialties. Seasoned waitstaff is professional.

Miss Prairie Fire. Glad Prairie Grass is thriving. Because the fish is specially sourced, it makes
a difference.

Always a pleasure to dine here. Most nights there are families. Keep up the excellent work.
Worth the trip from the city.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The food is always well, seasoned, well prepared and very good. Our server seemed overwhelmed, even though it was that busy, can’t say she wasn’t attentive, but in a very awkward way. She didn’t understand a wine request, and rolled her eyes when it was pointed out to,her that it was not what we ordered. It was just the service we received, and by no means would keep us from returning.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Service was wonderful. Half price hamburgers were fair. Didn't care for the menu.
Won't be going back.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Quiet enough to be able to have an intimate conversation, we enjoyed this restaurant. I ordered the house Cabernet and the Salmon Pizza appetizer and both were very good. The pizza was a wonderful take on the locks-and-bagels, but served on a crispy thin crust with capers. Delish! My friend ordered a nice caesar salad and added chicken, as she was dieting and she said it was very good. I ordered the lamb sausage, served with lentils. Great, not too spicey. I also tried the double-chocolate cake, and took some home to share; extremely rich and decadent buttercream. I recommend! Service was great, not intrusive but attentive. A warm, friendly restaurant to visit with friends and or business associates, but nice enough for a birthday or anniversary, in Northbrook.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Always perfect. Wide range of appetizers soups dald

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food is always good there, though a bit overpriced.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

An enjoyable meal with very good service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Food was wonderful. Can't beat the value for a great burger. A bit noisy.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Yuck! One and Done. Very disappointed with this restaurant and would not bother going back. I had mushroom soup that was very good, followed by mozzarella and tomato salad, fair and the half duck which was awful. Although it did not describe the preparation of the duck other than "crispy" I expected it to be roasted, which is the usual preparation. This duck was deep fried and a most unappealing yellow color. I regret that I didn't return it. The service was just so-so, but it was especially irritating to have the waiter reaching in front of our faces to refill water glasses. The prices for the quality of the food were too high. Definitely would not go back.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great meal..but tad salty today..must agree sometimes staff seems upset..I believe all are great but human..please smile at your regulars..who truly care and support all..who work hard in front and in back😉

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
37