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R J Grunt's

4.7
1329 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts still exudes the funky, devil-may-care lifestyle of the 70s in its style, décor, music, and menu. Happily for all of us, the best eating of that day continues to be some of the best today.

While there"s a huge menu that's as much fun to eat your way through as it is to read, many of Grunts' old favorites spark return visits. The burgers are arguably the best in town. The salad bar boasts more than 50 ingredients daily. Giant malts and milkshakes are hand scooped and come in a rainbow of favors. Oh! Don't forget the barbecued baby back ribs and pulled pork sandwiches!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am to 11:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 2:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 929-5363
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dickens
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1329 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The homemade fries left something to be desired, they were neither hot nor crunchy.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

food is very good as is service...nostalgic classic lettuce entertainment classic. moderate prices, good sandwiches, generally always get the salad bar and leave stuffed. Sandwishes and onion soup are also very good....

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Had great service. Good food. We will be back.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

After all these years. Grunt's is still worth the trip. As a former Chicagoan. I needed to return for yet another great meal.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The Wednesday Fried Chicken special is excellent. I would highly recommend the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This place has been around for years and is consistently great. Salad bar is off the charts

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My mushroom burger was half the size of the bun and had maybe 4 small mushrooms on it. And it was $14!! Fires were rubbery and cold. And we paid extra for them! Salad bar was good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Brought some out of town family here and they loved it. We were seated on time for our Friday night reservation and all the food was great, service quick, and kids loved the vibe as much as the adults.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

A local gem because the restaurant maintains the same happy vibe as it did in the 70’s. The service is always friendly and attentive; and the food is always fresh.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We always love going to RJ Grunts. It brings back many memories we’ve been going there since it opened

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Bad. No birthday celebrations at all. They forgot

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Friendly. Welcoming

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love Grunts.
Consistently good food - good price point - great music - everyone having fun!
Yesterday's brunch was great -- pecan french toast thingy-- yummy!
And even the egg white scramble (often a kinda bland, wimpy choice)
was particularly good.
Grunt's has the best servers! And we appreciate that we are able to ask for,
and most often get, our favorite booth.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always enjoy RJG! Have been a customer since 1971. Has maintained quality food, service, presentation through the years! Thank You! Calvin Bridges

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Server was great, food was great and not a long wait!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always good. Salad bar slightly expensive but very good with lots of choices. Service outstanding. Fun atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We love the ambiance of this place. The service was great. We enjoyed the burgers that were cooked to perfection. The music was all the retro classics. We look forward to returning with friends this summer.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

A fun place to eat. Great for a zoo trip and lunch.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We have gone to Grunt's at least 5 times since moving to the neighborhood 9 months ago. Good value and lots of energy. Very tasty burgers, just okay fries. Always at least two soups with the salad bar. Staff hustles the entire time, as one would expect with a Lettuce restaurant (the original!) A Chicago icon

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great, busy place--make sure to make reservations. Food was very good, with generous portions. They have a humble gluten free menu, also lacking the less expensive kids' options. Our server seemed rushed, making me feel hurried while I was asking food related questions.
Overall a good experience.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Have frequented this place for decades and it's still serving great food w/a family-friendly and lively atmosphere. Space is pretty tight but that's a signature trait. A little less value (considering food quality/quantity/price) than previous years but still a solid when in the area. Definitely recommend a reservation because it's typically busy at peak dining hours--like REALLY busy.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love that RJ is still here. First visited in the 70s and is a family favorite. My dad is 83 and he still picks it to get the family together. Server was calm and friendly and too care of all 10 of us perfectly. Been in the restaurant biz for decades and love fun food and great service. Thanks for another good occasion!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Never disappoints...great vibe and great music. Waitress was attentive. Food was excellent and great portions. Great salad bar too.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

It was great to see R J Grunts was as much fun now as it was 40 years ago when I used to visit regularly. Great food, warm atmosphere. Still fun to go there.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Went to celebrate my Mother-In-Law’s birthday. My wife grew up in Lincoln Park going to RJ Grunts with her family so it was like coming home. Good food and pleasant service!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always a favorite! Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Dori was amazing !!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

GET THE BUFFALO CHICKEN NACHOS!!! Great food, great service, would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

As always, AWESOME food and service! RJ Grunts is our go-to!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Classic Lincoln Park restaurant. Great food, great views of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the park. The food gets delivered fast and they have a great drinks menu. We come here at least once a month.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Still the best salad bar. Daily specials are a good idea. Laura had the barbecue chicken.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was our anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Busy time we went seating was nice Accross the bar. Milkshake just right. Yummy hamburger s

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

This place was cozy and quaint. I loved the food, ambience, and the service was great too! I will be returning.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I like RJ Grunt but a little noisy and cramp. Valet Parking is very expensive $12 and if you include tip that comes out to $15 .. That is 25% of the meal so too expensive for me .. The food is OK ..

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The flavor of their burgers are delicious and remind me of summer time grilling. The onion rings are yummy. Lots of food - expect leftovers.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fun family night out!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Issue with line to be seated. More staff is needed.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a great time at RJ Grunts. We each got a burger that was great, the service was top notch and the venue was great. Love the music they play too!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

I come for the music and stay for the food. The best neighborhood place for a great burger. Very relaxed atmosphere. Just don’t get seated near a table with little kids or your meal will consist of screaming children and yelling parents.

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