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About R J Grunt's

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!

2056 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
Dickens

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 929-5363

Website:
http://www.rjgruntschicago.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

R J Grunt's Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (45)
Great for Lunch (37)
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Neighborhood Gem (31)
Kid-friendly (30)
Fun (29)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Authentic (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
People Watching (12)
Cozy (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great Beer (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Healthy (1)
Romantic (1)
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Vegan (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

RJ Grunts will always have my favorite salad bar in the city of Chicago. I also ordered a burger that was a bit more rare than medium-rare (there was a nice sear on the outside, but the middle was very pink), but overall it was a good experience.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The atmosphere is very upbeat and lively. You can sit at the bar or at a table. The portions of food are very generous. Great salad bar, great burgers and reasonable drink prices. We got together with friends. A good time was had by all.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The salad bar had a wide variety plus the items were properly cut for a salad. I ordered a medium well cheeseburger and it was cooked to perfection. This burger was probably the best burger I have had the pleasure to enjoy! The tables in this restaurant are very close together. On a Saturday late morning we experienced children who thought they were dining at home - talking excessively load, roaming about invading our space by tipping chairs back into where we were seated. We tried twice to slide our table further from them. The parents did nothing to help these children learn restaurant etiquette. This is obviously not RJ Grunts' fault but shared so people know what to expect.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Went here for my birthday - glad I did. Great food and ambience!

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent food and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food is rock solid and the staff is very accommodating. Bartenders were nice and responsive too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Have been here many times in the past but on this occasion, seemed like food portions were smaller and hamburger buns a bit stale.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointing, very crowded, too many tables in a cramped and small area. Very loud, can't hear others in your party, bathrooms need to be updated & somehow - enlarged.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Cool place for good food and drinks!
Little tide but manageable .
I like the location and the spirit of employees .
Best brunch!!!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Generous portions, fantastic service, beautiful salad bar. My only negative is the cost of the valet.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

With so many great options on the menu, it's hard to choose. The burger and salad bar are always the best.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I have not been here in about 35 years it has stayed the same. I took my girlfriend there for her birthday before going to the theater. Look forward to coming back again soon

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As always the food is great, their burgers are awesome and the wings I’ve never had them better then here.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My family loves the food. It has something for everyone and all age groups.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Really great food and great location really enjoyed the experience and also close to the zoo which was really convenient

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We haven't been to RJ Grunts for a long time. Just as good as ever. Good food, good price good staff.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Introduced a spot that was a childhood favorite of mine to my daughter and two of her besties following our annual zoolights outing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Fun for the entire family.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Seats need some cushions. Service was great. I had the triple tuna melt, I would toast the muffins way more. The tuna was cold and the cheese was not melted very much. I would have sent it back but I was super hungry. The homemade chips were great just enough salt and very tasty. I think more attention to small details like the tuna melt could improve.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

super friendly. vibrant atmosphere. yummy good burgers and great salad bar.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Cozy, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always consistent and so good. Great vibe and music. Lots of fun

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My husband asked for a night out in the city for Christmas. He suggested RJGrunts and A comedy club. A great combination. I purchased Lettuce Entertain YouGift cards .The bonus $25 is awesome. We will definitely be visiting in the Spring.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Live Sports, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of my favorite original Chicago Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Always a classic and always a great dinner pre/post the zoo! Loud and rambunctious but great for families!

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Love RJ grunts. Been going there since 1975. Love food is great. My favorite thing is the atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

RJ Grunts has been a favorite since the 80's. Love the salad bar and menu choices.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful! Seated right on time. Even though it was extremely busy our service was outstanding and our entire party enjoyed the food and had a great time!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I've eaten here for years, infrequently albeit. This time the food was not good. Cold fries, soggy buns, buffalo chicken sandwich was drenched in sauce. What a let down....this family favorite when we are visiting the zoo, is a thing of the past.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always good. French fried and seeet potato fries were cold as it was end of evening. But still...
Great service and sharp hostess. Has a great booth on the window
Will keep coming back. Love the place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and ambiance but a little too loud with the music.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Early dinner before Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park. Great location to the zoo and many food choices. We also like the temperature soup.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Burger was great. Beer was good. House wine was meh.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Well we did make reservations for 9 people at 1pm but when we got there they made us wait for 30 minutes. The table we were going to have the people at it were finished with their meals and paid for it too. They just sat there for 30 minutes doing nothing but talking. This shouldn't be when others made a reservation and are waiting.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Pub chips are so good! We had a cheeseburger and California wrap. Drinks were made good and strong. Atmosphere was fun.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent as always. Food, service, ambiance. Sam as 30 yrs ago

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

It was my second time here and they dis not disappoint. Thr burgers are really 1/2 pound and filling. The turkey club comes with a lot of meat but could have more bacon. Our service was great and tho its tucked away on the side of the building, its def worth the confusion to find it. Go for lunch bc you wont need dinner

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Outstanding, make reservations it's very popular. Value for money was unbelievable, had to check the bill twice as I thought I was UNDER-charged, now there's a refreshing change!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always a great time for our holiday tradition!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Pretty bad service from the host stand. Couldn’t find our reservation. Then kept talking over us while seating us when we kept saying we had 4 adults and 1 baby in a car seat and needed a table to accommodate that. Overall the place is small and univiting. They have some weird salad bar that nobody was using. Food was pretty mediocre. Definitely better burgers in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The menu said the burgers were half pound. Not even close. Tasted very blan. Too make it look better, the plate was overloaded with fries. Been going here for over 40 years. Each time it gets worse.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I go there for the salad bar. It is wonderful. They always have oven roasted beets which I love. Took a friend who recently had her knee replaced. She had soup and chicken wings, which she said was very good. I love this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun
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