Prairie Grass Café

4.3
1906 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipCarolP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful attentive service. Nice setting. Excellent creative salads. Hamburger to die for. Highly recommend.

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vipEnjoyable
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food o the North Shore

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vipavashistha
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and wine. Must go to dining in Chicago. They know how to curate an excellent meal. The wine list is small but fabulous.

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Jack
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was quite good. Duck was great. Put us in a small corner of the restaurant which was hot. Not sure why they put us there but it really took away from the occasion.

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vipSmitty
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Perfect spot for city dwellers to meet friends from the North Shore.

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vipJoyroma
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing...true original flavors and everything cooked to perfection.
Makes a killer dirty martini

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shrimp roll is excellent. Not spicy. Crab cake - is now an entree. Flavorful sauce. More like a sandwich.
Ora King salmon - wonderful. Did not enjoy regular potatoes as vegetable. Spinach - OK, but sauce could be made with egg whites, and more flavorful. Cherry pie - reliable dessert.

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Sailing111
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch. The egg salad sandwich and the fish sandwich were delicious!
Check out the menu and the specials they have. The wait staff is so attentive and everyone is very friendly! The food is great and the chef has so many little things going with the menu.

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vipSailor
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Host was a bit rude to my husband when we left regarding where he had left his hat during our meal.

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vipRita
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

No pork on the menu for my husband who is a pork freak-no, didn’t check the menu in advance.
Good seating, quiet, good parking.
My salmon was wonderful🤪

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vipStevenM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fantastic service and wonderful food. We had the salmon and the striped bass along with the chicken liver appetizer along with a piece of cherry pie! We will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was wonderful and our service was outstanding!

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HappyDiner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My food was excellent but my friend thought the crab cake was not top quality. Service was initially good but fell away.

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patricial
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is my favorite place to eat. Great food, reasonable prices and very good service!

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Jeff
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

For us, the "Wow" factor of Prarie Grass Cafe seems to have slipped away in the past 4 months or so. The food was good, but not great. Certainly fell short of the expectations I have for the award winning chefs listed on the website. I'd prefer to score the food at 3.5 stars and overall score at 3.5 stars but Open Table system functionality does not support that.

We had great engagement with the staff (hostess, waiter, servers) from beginning to our dessert orders, but then it seemed as though the selling was done and we were forgotten. I don't know how you can try to enforce a dress code (my understanding is business casual), but quite frankly, it was annoying that so many people were allowed in and dressed like slobs - sweat pants, yoga pants, hoody's, torn jeans, athletic shoes. Additionally, the kids running around next to our table that were'nt kept in line just added to the disappointment and really took the experience down a few notches.

We intentionally chose Prairie Grass Cafe because of our great experiences in prior months. We brought an out of town guest there to enjoy a meal of (perceived or expected?) higher quality and I expected the environment to be special too. It wasn't.

Not sure we will be going back when there are other upscale options on the Northshore. If you want a super casual dining experience in a loud setting with average food at above average prices - then this will work for you. Party of 3 adults .... 1 appetizer, 3 entrees, 3 desserts, 3 glasses of wine ($45), total bill w/o tip $198.00.

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vipMarc
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love
Food is amazing.

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WilmetteBoxer
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants around. We told our trainer we were headed there for lunch, and she said, "Everybody loves that place." That sums it up. A relatively small menu with a lot of variety, the occasional special, always a wonderful soup and pie. Our favorites include the egg salad sandwich and tilapia with Parmesan crust. But the burger is great, the crispy chicken salad equally good. Helga is an especially gracious welcomer and many of the waitstaff are warm and helpful. For a quieter lunch, come after 1 p.m., when the lively business crowd has moved on. The weekend brunch menu is outstanding. The lemon-ricotta pancakes are sensational. Luckily Prairie Grass packs up food on request, and the pancakes reheat beautifully. Great place!

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TableBoss
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Americana menu good selection of fish meats and vegetables/salads. Good deal on Monday half price wine and no corkage fee if you bring your own. We had the Brussel sprout salad, lamb dish and skirt steak all were prepared nicely seasoned and cooked well - the skirt steak can be challenging they did a good job. George was our server and provided us with thoughtful service taking good care of us. What he didn’t know, he quickly found out and was happy to do so. The dining room NEEDS an update. The sea of unused tables makes the room seem tired. Suggest taking a third out and put a nice island in the middle of the room servers can use and can top with flowers or modern centerpiece. Cover the tables in clothes, paper or clean them up.

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IllBeBack4Sure
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splurge on the NY Strip - flavor is wonderful! Smashed Avocado appetizer and Crispy Brussels Sprouts salad were a hit around the table. Attentive but not overbearing service; quiet atmosphere in which conversation is easy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and ambience. Would definitely go again. Lemon Ricotta pancakes are a must!

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vipeater
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Service was very disappointing...after the waitress apologized for not getting to our table and then disappeared for 15 minutes. She did not seem very concerned about the lack of attention to our table.
Food was also very disappointing.

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LisaR
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Prairie Grass for Saturday brunch. Food was good. We sat and laughed for a long time and server didn’t bother us. Thanks for great eats, mimosas and a morning of girlfriend fun. Neighborhood gem.

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Kevin
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great quality, service and options.

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vipAlona
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, great service and our favorite spot for a business luncheon.

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vipDREJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were great! Unfortunately, it was so noisy at lunch time that is was very difficult to have a conversation across the table in our booth.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a great selection of food that I feel is a little healthier than most other restaurants. Staff is very nice, one of our favorite places to go.

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vipRalphP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent service

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StevenS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional. Great menu and specials. Beautifully prepared food, wonderful service and warm atmosphere.

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AnnD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lamb sausage and chard was excellent and great next day lunch!

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vipJanetH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I indicated on my reservation it was a special birthday and then called one hour before my reservation to ensure there would be some recognition of my father’s birthday. After I reminded them again when we were done with dinner we waited about 10 minutes. As we were walking out with our coats on they brought a cupcake. I was so upset and told the woman at the front desk it was not a very nice way to treat regular customers and we would not come back. Her response — “good” They should be ashamed. Instead of an apology an insult.

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KFitz
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great flavors and high quality food always. Relaxed environment and excellent service. It's not cheap, but for the quality a reasonable value compared to other high end options. Definitely recommend strongly.

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JoanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love the round tables for a group. It made it easy for everyone to get together.

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Jeff
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a good experience either at lunch or dinner. Typically have business dinners at PG.

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MariaF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and thank you so much!

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BDS1
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was great (lamb sausage, cheese, salads), service average, dining room outdated and a bit run down. Very overpriced considering a fairly standard menu and below average atmosphere.

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vipBigfoodie29
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very disappointed that your menu offers lamb sausage again but in a mix with vegetables. Did not want to even try it. Also the kitchen was out of a special salad with Ravinia lettuce Etc but it wasn’t even 6:45! Plus my husband said his fish was fair...won’t be coming back anytime soon..

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vipDinnerwithfamily
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We meet with friends who were in from out of town. None of us had been to Prairie Grass in a number of years. We all had good memories from past visits and were not disappointed on this visit.

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vipTraveler
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine multiple times per year at Prairie Grass.

Always highly satisfying

We enjoy fact that it’s menu offerings vary from one visit to the next.

As well, service is exemplary.

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JillB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So many options for meat lovers, vegan etc. All really good. Lots of non-dairy options.

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vipJimJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant. Needs soundproofing. Way too noisy

FAQs

Prairie Grass Café offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 205-4433.

Prairie Grass Café is rated 4.3 stars by 1906 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.