R J Grunt's

4.6
1546 reviews
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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!
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C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was not so good which is unusual for a Lettuce restaurant. A waitress came over to introduce herself and then never came back.My husband ordered a beer but that didn't show up. We stopped another waitress and asked for our waitress but she said she would bring a beer. Then, she came back and said she would take our order. My husband got his appetizer but his entire never came. Finally, we asked how long it would be and she said she didn't know we ordered something else!!!!!! Wow! What was going on there. We were going to the theater and no-one brought the check.OK, maybe it was a bad night but really?

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CO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places for lunch! It's always great , we've been customers since it opened, and are thrilled that it has survived!

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a
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful throwback joint with good burgers and great salad bar!

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p
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

This is one of the few restaurants left that has a salad bar. I have several friends that have teenagers and they like to go there so that they fill up on salad. The burgers are great and the ribs are also very good. The bottomless pit of teenage stomachs get filled and the grown ups get craft beers and a good bar selection. Everyone goes away happy. What's not to like?

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MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I was looking for a place that had a large salad bar so my vegan family member could enjoy our outing. We were all very happy with the choices on the menu...and the salad bar was exceptional! It had every possible vegetable you would imaginable to put on a salad and more. The place is much smaller than expected. It was pretty cramped. A large person might have difficulty getting around.

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RL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

RJ Grunts is the original restaurant of the Lettuce Entertain You organization. We have been going there for 30 years, since our kids were tots. Now that we are all adults, I still insist that we go to RJG for my birthday -- it's a tradition.

The hamburgers are great (particularly the Gruntburger) the beer is cold and the staff is friendly. A great Chicago tradition.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was fine. Nothing outstanding.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the salad bar, portions big on menu items

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HS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Always consistent and delicious!

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OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about RJ’s! Good food, excellent service!

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SD
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Honestly, I have been going to RJ Grunts for decades. We were there to celebrate my birthday. The service was slow (off time on a Friday) and there were other tables having issues, as I saw the manager talking to a table near ours. We were there with my grandkids to celebrate and the server either forgot, wasn't made aware or was too busy with other tables that nothing was mentioned. Rather disappointing, since we have had better food and service on many other occasions. It appears plates are downsized with portions. I understand the burger was good, but the grilled cheese looked atrocious. We may not be back for a long time, especially never on an occasion.

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LI
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food! Portions were quite large too. Tables are way to small and close together... no privacy or comfort at all
The booths are too tight as people walking in the isles bump people at their table. Too dark too ... mid afternoon and it was hot and dark

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SG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! Service could have been better. Hostess did not check us in properly so I received an email from Open Table stating that we had not honored our reservation.

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RK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as always I have been going there for over 40 years.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I have been going to Grunts since they first opened. Always known for their burgers. The service has always been great and was at our recent visit. The burgers were dry. It appeared and tasted if they were precooked and then heated up. They were also flattened and not like the big juicy burgers of the past . The cottage fries were also not fresh. They were over cooked and tasted as if they were precooked and broken into pieces like chip. Very disappointed

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good price!

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OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration!

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NT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the restaurant was packed, service and food excellent.

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g
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

honored dietary requests. waitstaff was attentive, disappointed that anniversary was not acknowledged. it was noted in the reservation.

Food excellent and hot when delivered. a place to return to for reasonable price in Lincoln park.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love R J Grunts! It’s our yearly tradition. We eat our awesome onion rings and amazing dinner and then head to Lincoln Park Zoo Lights! Perfect location. Great service. Fun atmosphere!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

A Family get together before visiting Zoo Lights. Had reservations for 6 at 4pm. It had been awhile since we were last here. Used to be a great hamburger joint, great ambiance and good food. The ambiance was still the same; the service ok, but the food quality had gone down dramatically. We order hamburgers, fish and chips and a couple of kids dishes. The burgers were smaller, had less garnishments, and had little tastes. The fish and chips was smaller proportioned; not as tasty and the chips (fries) thinner and smaller. Overall, the food was nowhere the quality we remembered and a disappointment. Did not try the salad bar but it looked a bit spartan compared to when were last there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was ice cold, tables were super small and they served food in gigantic platters leaving us barely any space to eat. Felt uncomfortable and squished next to table next to us. Couldn’t give me a high chair for my one year old so she had to sit in a booster seat and I had to hold her the entire time. Not worth the money at all. Surprised this is a Lettuce Entertain you place. Will not return or suggest this to anyone. It seems like people just go here bc of the proximity to the zoo. Best part was the valet parking and only paying $5 more to stay parked there for zoo. Major thumbs down. Go somewhere else.

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my 86 year old Ma! She loved it from the service to the burger to the 70’s music!

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OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, excellent food, and we loved the atmosphere!!!

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DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to RJ Grunts for the last ten years as our annual holiday dinner and Zoolights outing. We have yet to be disappointed -great service, great food and an energetic and lively atmosphere all add up to a great evening.

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L
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going here since it first opened. Still love it!! The homemade chips are the best!!

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great late dinner after Zoo Lights. Our family loves going year after year. Always great service and smiling staff!

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PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I hadn't been to RJ Grunts in about 40 years and it felt just the same today as it did in the early 70's. I was happy to see that it hadn't changed much!

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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall an average experience. Place is small and seating is tight. Staff needs to come up with a better system of seating people. Walk ins should never be allowed to be seated when there are reservations not filled yet. Onion rings are not worth the price. We were expecting a larger order than what was brought to the table.
Menu needs more variety. Mostly burgers and sandwiches. Though the burgers were delicious, there needs to be more healthier options on the menu.

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DD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Packed because of Zoo Lights!! Pretty cool that they hv a stroller lock out front for all u parents out there!
I just moved down the street & I definitely will be here a lot more! Salad Bar was awesome. Burgers are the best I’ve had around here. Mac & Cheese is the cheesiest! Chili is perfect w the cheese & onion on top! Cottage fries are a must!

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O
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

RJ Grunts is one of my favorite places since the early '70's

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KF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been going to RJ Grunt’s for years. LOVE that salad bar but was shocked to see they did away with that yummy cream cheese dessert. So disappointed!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 7:30 reservation on a very busy Sunday night during Zion lights. They were right on time and we sat at 7:30 with a large table of 7. Bravo

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F
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We simply adore this place. One of our favorites. Only drawback is how tight the space is, but it’s worth it.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for kids!

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S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It is really crowded in the restaurant which makes it uncomfortable but food and service were great.

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SB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to RJ Grunts for 46 years. There is a lot of food to choose from. Always happy. Just think their drinks cost way too much. When the drinks are more than my meal, it's time to drink else where.

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Been eating here for years. This last visit was disappointing. Salad bar was not fresh, soup bar not fresh. Server very nice but very confused. As a long time customer, I may not return...

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L
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a yearly event after Music Box and Zoo lights. My friends LOVE RJ Grunts and have been coming since you have opened many many years ago. Still is great.

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SS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love RJ's. Espcially before Zoo Lights.
The service is always outstanding and every item on the menu is delicious.

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