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Prairie Grass Café

4.5
1439 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Business Meals
  • 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
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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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
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Phone number
(847) 205-4433
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sarah Stegner, George Bumbaris
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Private party facilities
Prairie Grass Cafe can accommodate semi-private parties of up to 14 guests & private parties of up to 45 guests.
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Private party contact
Rohit Nambiar: (847) 205-4433
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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 1439 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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😉

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

There was a hair in my daughters meal. She is 11 and was upset. We showed the server and he took the plate. The manager came over at the end of the meal and said they couldn’t find the hair and that the server didn’t see it. I was dumbfounded. She said that “if I wanted” they would take the meal off the bill but they didn’t see a hair. Knowing that we specifically showed the waiter, it was pulled from my daughters dish and she was visibily upset...I was offended by the flippant and accusatory demeanor. When I said yes, it should be removed, she said ok but no one working for her had “the color of hair we found” and started laughing as she walked away. This was our fourth time hear but needless to say, we won’t be back.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

I usually love PG and eat here when we're dining locally. However, this one time it was not up to par. When I arrived, my friends were already seated (though they said the hostess wanted them to wait until I arrived -- even though one woman had just had hip surgery and was walking with a cane, they didn't want to seat them). My friends said the staff was not in a good mood. When our food arrived, the server gave everyone the wrong plate. My hamburger was supposed to be medium rare and it was not pink inside at all: I sent it back (and when I did, the waiter seemed annoyed). This was the first time ever that my burger was not cooked correctly. . .and the first time the wait staff was surly. So: has there been a change in management? Based on this experience, I would not recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants. Never disappointed. Great food, excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our friends’ first time at Prairie G and they loved everything about it. Ancho marinated steak special was outstanding. Moussaka delish. Fish eater pleased with her dish. Moscow mules and wine hit the spot.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I was very disappointed, the place is dingy and needs to be updated. The food was prepared ahead of time and the $36 halibut came cold as did the mashed potatoes. I was grateful my friends weren't able to join us. I would have been embarrassed selecting this as a fine dining option.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The noise level was extremely loud. We had forgotten that Prairie Grass attracts families with babies and elderly parents. We won’t go again on a Saturday early evening. The meals were good. We had the duck, a chicken dish and fish and chips. Our server was very nice but rushed off his feet so we had to ask twice for vinegar for the fish and chips, another round of drinks and the bill. In future, we will stick with Sunday brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Sarah Stegner has created an incredible meeting place with incredible food. Great fir all occasions... even if just at the bar!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very reliable and enjoyable. It's a good idea to show up after 1 p.m. for lunch, which can be very busy. Service is prompt as well as attentive and friendly, just formal enough. The menu is full of rewarding staples, including fish and a nice mix of salads. The chef makes marvelous vegetable cream soups, and desserts are lovely--lemon pie, banana cream pie, we've had a lot of them. Brunch is great here, wonderful ricotta pancakes, coffee cake, and good omelettes.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Always appreciate the service and food.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I always love sitting in the bar area of any restaurant...there was a fabulous table available for me and my friends! We had a delicious meal, had great service and look forward to going back really soon!!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I have been to Prairie Grass many times but I have not been for lunch in a long time. Let me say this place hasn’t been around this long for no reason. The service is impeccable and the food never disappoints. It was Birthday and my parents took me out for lunch,we ordered a cocktail and they said “ happy birthday “ Our waitress must have overheard us and at the end of our meal brought out a decorated Happy Birthday plate with a cupcake and sang!That is a very attentive waitress. I will continue to go back because the food is always delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was my second time at Prairie Grass Cafe. The food was just as good as the first time; the service even better. I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I LOVE this restaurant!! Their specials are always delicious, but I especially love their seasonal menus. The season salads never disappoint. Tonight’s, shaved Brussels sprouts with butternut squash was fantastic. We each had that and their drippy half duck over braised cabbage which was so tasty and wonderful. The coffee is also excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Our experience was very good. The service was excellent. Our food was very good. I had the brisket sandwich special. The brisket was delicious. (My only suggestion would be to toast the bun.) Having been here before, PGC is always great.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Overpriced! Lousy customer service. Snobby hostess. Wouldn’t go back if meal was free. Don’t get the brisket!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent food & attentive servers.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Less than stellar food that we have come to expect. Service excellent

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We have recently discovered prairie grass brunch. Love it! Quality of downtown locally. Their benedicts are divine. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food was great and served very quickly; they were very accommodating to our needs. The only thing that could have been improved is that one of the wait staff kept taking away our silverware and empty dishes as soon as they were empty, even when we wanted to keep them. This gave the impression that we were being rushed to complete our meal and leave the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food is delicious, service excellent and ambiance perfect!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Their burger is really delicious. . .one of the best in the Chicago area. And my brother had the salad with the steak and that was delicious also. The menu is substantial --- so many choices! And the food is always excellent. So glad to have such a great choice locally

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We visited for St. Pat's Day, loved the corned beef and soda bread special!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent salad. Salmon entrée very good. Fish and chips totally tasteless. Service was very good as usual. I also believe the menu needs to be updated as evidence by the dogeared menus.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Good food, nice server, got a quiet table against wall in back room

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Go to restaurant twice a week...fantastic everything..steak,soup,salad..cherry pie👍🏻😉🍀🥧great employees..too..hardworking and kind..thanks..Chef Sarah and Chef George

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Jose is amazing. Brussel sprout salad was delicious as was the salmon. Pretty place, quiet and high quality.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Service and food were excellent as always

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We go to Prairie Grass often, because the food is always excellent. We especially appreciate the daily specials -- always a nice selection -- including some interesting daily wine recommendations (which we've always thought were very good). The staff is very helpful, cheerful, and efficient. We're a bit elderly, so the noise level is a bit high for us, but, other than that, everything is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Have not been there in many years and were pleasantly surprised how wonderful it was. We will definitely come back very soon

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Reliably good every time. Excellent choices for everyone’s different diets

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Best bartender on the north shore. Jasek is a great bartender.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always delicious. Very friendly staff, eclectic menu, reasonably priced. First time here for brunch, and I'll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Enjoyed Greek Moussaka for the second time. Great Northbrook restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

A wonderful first experience dining at Prairie Grass Cafe! Baked feta appetizer, chicken and burger entrees at our table. Everything tasted fresh and perfectly cooked. The food was superseded only by the service. Our server, Humberto ( ? Sp) is alone worth the trip to this restaurant. He and his co workers were attentive and gracious. Thank you for a wonderful dinner!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Good meal, but steak was very salty

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I have been there on Wednesday special Hambergers.
Saturday night dinner is just as goood.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always dependably good

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Ordered skirt steak salad— very bland , cheese tasted processed, salad dressing too thick, requested balsamic vinegar dressing instead.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Fantastic meal again..scallops were fantastic..please have more often...could you put everyday specials on your website daily..thanks..your loyal customers👍🍀😉

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