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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (15)
Seasonal (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Bar Seating (11)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 15 hours ago

We always enjoy Prairie Grass Café. The food is delicious and service is always good. Pricing is also reasonable.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I found a hair in my omelette. This is the second time this has happened dining here (the 1st time I was almost finished and didn't say anything). This time I had just bitten into my food so I had no choice but to mention it. They took it away and brought me a new one a bit later, but I was disappointed to see that they still charged me for it at the end of the meal. We also had tea and dessert, so I'm surprised the server made no effort to compensate me somehow beyond just bringing me out a new one. I'm not sure I'll be returning because why do I keep having hairs in my eggs?! It's disgusting! I'm sad though because this was my go-to local business lunch place...

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Prairie Grass has long been a favorite and never disappoints. Instead of my usual lunch choice of a (great) burger or salad, I tried the mushroom omelet - which was perfectly prepared.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great Burger/Great Service!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Portions small for cost, food was tasty and fresh. Service was slow. Very very noisy and hard to hear friends across from me in the same booth. Disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Jose , our server was great!! Impeccable service. We had skirt steak, Brussels sprouts salad and the vegetarian dish. All delicious and beautifully presented. We will be coming back here for sure.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went for family brunch. Service was very good, good value, nice menu. We went back the following weekend! Service wasn’t quite as good the second time around, but it’s close to home, the food is solid, and it’s kid friendly, even though considered “upscale”.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service was horribly slow and inattentive all evening. Server took orders and brought them to the wrong people, even a single glass of wine ordered 2 minutes previously. Noise was over the top given that the 20-year-olds dining in our party found it to be too much. Waited 20 minutes for initial drink order to be taken. Not rushing back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a solid pick; easy neighborhood favorite. Had the special shepherds pie made like a beef stew, not too heavy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We loved it. The ONLY reasons for not all five stars in all categories was that it seemed a bit loud ... very few sound absorbing surfaces. And, the food was fantastic!

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Seasonal
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was great and the food was good. I think the food could be better tasting by focusing more on flavor and less on creativity!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Good restaurant for business meals and for people with a variety of tastes - everyone I've ever brought here liked the food and intended to return. Great hamburgers (salmon burger too), salads, omelets, and daily specials!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Change your Chief Tilapia needs a great sauce to be used with this bland fish. Noise level was difficult to carry on any type of conversation. Too much hard surfaces. I t may be the fashion but Francesca's suffers this problem.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Birthday celebration

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Really enjoy dinning here. The food is consistently delicious and the wait staff very knowledgeable. Will. Definitely. Return in the near future.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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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