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About Prairie Grass Café

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.

601 Skokie Blvd
Northbrook, IL 60062
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 205-4433

Website:
http://www.prairiegrasscafe.com/

Parking Details:
There is a large private lot attached to Prairie Grass Cafe for easy access.

Executive Chef:
Sarah Stegner, George Bumbaris

Private Party Facilities:
Prairie Grass Cafe can accommodate semi-private parties of up to 14 guests & private parties of up to 45 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Rohit Nambiar: (847) 205-4433

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Prairie Grass Café Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (16)
Business Meals (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Seasonal (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Organic (8)
Authentic (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fun (7)
Cozy (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Birthday celebration

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Too loud portions too big parking poor at this time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The staff is exceptionally friendly and the server was patient, did not rush or push menu items.
Hd a great chance to visit old friends who found the place centrally located for all.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is always excellent at Prairie Grass. I have never had a bad dining experience here. Location, parking and service are all good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Menu needs to be expanded, was hoping for more of international spin on things. I also thought it was pricey for what you get - pasta and ribs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always great food! Our waitress continued to try to up sell drinks and appetizers. She was flat out rude when we declined. But PG is usually a great experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was very good service tends to be a bit slow but the servers are friendly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place for a ladies night or drinks, fun birthday lunch or dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was a great place for brunch. We were celebrating a soon to be new addition to the family, but were a small party (6 of us). The hostess and waiter were great about accommodating us some extra space due to the number of gifts we brought with. The food was great. Would definitely come here again.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food is aways tasty and well prepared. There is really something for everyone. Seasonal pies are not to be missed!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Six of us gathered for brunch. The drinks and coffee were good, food was fine but omelets needed more flavor. Nice brunch/lunch choices. Great service-attentive when necessary and Casually inattentive as we sat and chatted.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal
appetizer, enter great, and enjoyed our dessert greatly
pleasantly surprised how excellent our food was

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have have eaten at Prairie Grass quite a few time but I brought my adult son with me for the first time. He thought he had died and gone to heaven. The food was excellent! We had the butternut squash flatbread and Brussels sprouts, the Pablo crusted pork cutlet and he took a piece of the pumpkin pie Home. Our waitress was also excellent! Delicious and we will be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Always reliable, a warm and welcoming place with an attractive menu and a daily special. Soups are terrific, nothing less than that. The squash soup this visit was perfect, creamy and smooth with a distinctive fresh-squash flavor. Guests loved the tuna melt and egg-salad sandwich, and my whitefish was fresh and accompanied by crisp green beans. Sensible portions, light food. The pumpkin pie was another example of sophisicated preparation that preserved garden-fresh taste (but I would have liked more whipped cream). Greeting and service at all levels are just right. The restaurant feels noisy from 12 to 1, when the business people pack it for lunch. By 1 it is quiet and easier for conversation. A wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a great dinner here. Our server was very nice and the food was delicious. We had steaks and a parmesan crusted tilapia. Very nice wine and cocktails. Thanks

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We dine at Prairie Grass frequently and we are never disappointed.

Excellent menu. V-e-r-y attentive and highly professional service.

Sole lament is that the sound level is often loud.

But the latter does not deter us from returning again and again,

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This restaurant is consistently great...the food, service, wait staff and hostess!
I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We love Prairie Grass! The food is great and the service outstanding! We dined there on Saturday with friends. 3 of the 4 of us ordered Salmon which was a special. A few minutes later, our server came back to the table to tell us that they had run out of Salmon. 2 changed their orders to Halibut , 1 to chicken. When our food arrived the waiter brought a lovely plate of Salmon...the last that the kitchen had. The chef sent it out gratis so we could each have a taste. A lovely gesture.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The waiter was efficient and attentive to our needs. The food arrived in a timely manner. The portions were generous. The food was very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Prairie Grass never disappoints, love the food, outstanding service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Tilapia fantastic and loved the the spinach it was served over. And I hate spinach! Should come with a salad I think.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Fantastic kids' menu, with adult meals that are just as fresh and delicious. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual, Healthy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

It is our favorite place to eat delicious food made with local ingredients. Salads are die for and you will never find better lava cake.
The service is acceptinal and we love the art work and a beautifully designed place.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Prairie Grass has a very nice burger and the fish is always fresh and well prepared. They also have some of the best soups in town.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service and food both excellent.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Noise level is very high. Practically need to converse through text messages. However, food was good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

As usual, a great meal and friendly, attentive service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We had never dined here, and decided to try it out because it looked like a nice place to meet an older friend for dinner and conversation. As it turned out, the restaurant was incredibly loud. We ended up in the smaller, less special-looking dining room, in a corner, in order to escape the noise, but we still had to huddle and raise our voices to be heard. Our friend is hard of hearing, so this was a particularly bad situation.
The meal was very good, but not better than one would expect for the price. It would be good if the management would focus on how the restaurant sounds (not just how it looks), and invest in some acoustic paneling or other solutions.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We always enjoy dinning here. The food is delicious and constantly good. The wait staff is very efficient and pleasant. We definitely will return soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have been to Prairie Grass for brunch and lunch on several occasions. However, we found dinner to be very disappointing. The restaurant was busy, lots of children and seniors and the noise level was deafening. We had a chicken cutlet meal (which was fried) and a sirloin burger. The burger was delicious (it's a signature dish) but the chicken very mediocre. We will go back for breakfast and lunch but give dinner a miss in future.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was excellent. The service was attentive and professional and not rushed. The atmosphere was very nice although we were in the private room which became very loud.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I have to admit that upon arriving I saw someone with a dog inside the restaurant. It did not look like a service dog to me. I was not pleased to see dog's where food is served.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food is always good. Pea shoot salads refreshing. Service was a bit slow,but it was crowded. The pies are outstanding. Save room for pie.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Our waiter took 45 minutes notes to rake our order. I ordered chicken breast with salad and it cost $22.00. Ridiculous. It was extremely noisy and my water did not get refilled. Just awful.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great burgers. Very attentive service. They were very good a getting our meals out promptly so we could get to Writer's Theater in plenty of time for the performance. We make this a frequent place on our dining list.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I come here a lot with my father because he is in assisted-living just a block away. It is nice because it is easy to get in and out of with a walker. The food is always good, sometimes the service is slow.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Celebrated my mom's birthday. Wanted to have brunch, gave Prairie Grass a chance and we were all pleasantly surprised. Our server was wonderful and attentive. The restaurant was just busy enough. The food was usual brunch menu of eggs and pancakes but all very tasty-nothing over the top. Prices were very affordable too. They brought out birthday treat without my asking, out it in the notes on my open table reservation notes. Would definitely go back, especially with large groups.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food. Good wines. Great service. High moderate pricing. Comfortable seating. Poor acoustics, unfortunately.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Food was incredible! Burger, corn fritters, halibut, watermelon salad were amazing. Can't wait to visit Chicago again so I can see what's new at Prairie Grass.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very enjoyable.good waiter

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