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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (53)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Fun (37)
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Comfort Food (37)
Kid-friendly (36)
Great for Lunch (34)
Great for Brunch (23)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
People Watching (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Great Beer (7)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

never a disappointing experience. Still love the salad bar after all these years!

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Overall great! The music and environment was fun. Ultimately we felt a little rushed and I️ was disappointed with the price of the salad bar... as most toppings didn’t have a label and were left unreplenished. I️t would have been fine for a Golden Corral, but not when you’re paying $15 dollars. Still will come back. Recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The Sunday fried chicken dinner was enough to feed two and was delicious. Was basically a half chicken with a large plate of mashed potatoes!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Valet wasn’t attentive dropping off or picking up; all else was great!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was bland and expensive. We’re lucky we had a gift card. We were also brought the incorrect order.

The shakes were really good though!

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Lunch with my dad in town from California. Good sized portions, prompt service. Have been going here periodically since 1981. Still enjoy every time.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was a great new experience but food was not impressive enough to recommend to anyone!

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Grunts is always great. Been going for years. Their thanksgiving on a bun is incredible. And their burgers and salad bar are always a hit. We had three generations at dinner and all were very happy. Love the music. Love the atmosphere. Valet parking makes it easy. One of our family faves.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We love Grunts...been coming here for years & it never disappoints! Food, drink & service is great. But the real reason to come back...the sound track!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

RJ Grunts is a very upbeat restaurant, and is family friendly. The beer selection is good, and they make a very good Gin Martini.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is a Chicago classic. However, the tables are so tight you better be prepared to get to know your neighbor. They have to zig zag the chairs just so they fit with the tables so close. The booths are a good option for two people but anymore those are really tight too. Salad bar is the best ever.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food. Fun!! Loved the brunch! Grandkids love the milkshakes!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I have gone to RJ Grunts since 1976! I enjoy the salad bar or the burgers!

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Cozy, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place for families that don’t want run of the mill type of fast place. Servers catered to the kids, food came out fast, could get an adult beverage in a bar-like setting but with the kids—was perfect for us!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It’s a legend. It’s been around for a reason. This is a no brained.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Casual, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great location near the zoo and Lincoln Park. It gets crowded and noisy, but our service was fine and timely. Good milkshakes!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great brunch in a fun and quirky restaurant. Location is close to Lincoln Park zoo and the Chicago museum are within walking distance.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Fantastic time! First time there and our server Jordan was stellar with his timing and very accessible.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

An old favorite for a good salad bar and burger, but WAY TOO CROWDED at 6 pm Sunday. There literally wasn't enough room to even sit at our table with all the tables jammed together in too-close proximity. Waiters continually bumping into you trying to get by. It was ridiculous! I've been coming here since 1971 and never encountered such a problem. Yes I'd recommend RJG but never during a rush hour. By 745 Sunday it was relatively empty.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

RJ's is always a little noisy but great food! Service was slow this visit- waited 35 minutes for a simple order

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very busy and noisy. We were charged for an item we didn't order.

Tags: Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great Staff
Very marginal food
Tasteless with a lack of creative seasoning
I would not go back

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

My second visit to RJ Grunts (about 30 years after my first visit here) and I'd say little if anything has changed. Reasonably good bar food - I had the BBQ pulled pork sandwich and it was tasty. The accompanying fries were just okay. My friend liked her California Wrap sandwich; her house-made potato chips were a bit greasy. They claim people love their salad bar, but the thought of people all day long breathing and worst on the open air salad bar scares me. The decor is about as dated as you'd expect from a place that's been here for 40+ years. If you're going to the Lincoln Park Zoo, this is very close and a good choice for a quick lunch or dinner.

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Salad bar was extensive but selection was mediocre. BBQ Pork Sandwich was extremely fatty. Onion Rings were grease bombs. Will not be returning.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Brought back a lot of good memories... Would recommend for some just good food !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

RJ Grunts is a cute family friendly place for good burgers and shakes! The waiter checked in with us numerous times and water was always refilled! I want to go back to try their wings! That looked good

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

A great place to go with my family. There is something for everyone and a great salad bar for me. Service is always great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I can’t find fault with anything here. Everything was excellent

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Still great after all these years. The staff is extraordinary .

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We walked over to RJ from Lincoln Park Zoo. Seating was very tightly packed. We became very friendly with the table next to us. It's a smallish place, but they jam in every body possible.

We all ordered burgers of one kind or another. It took a long time to just get four burgers. The burgers themselves were actually quite good. Large patties and good toppings. The French fries and chips were cold and under cooked. But frankly we were tired and hungry so we just pushed the fries and chips to the side and didn't eat them.

When done we tried to pay for a portion of the meal with a gift VISA card. The waitress explained she usually can't the cards to work. She agreed to try and later came back explaining she could use the entire value of the card. The system only allowed her to use a portion of the outstanding balance. Never experienced that before.

Bottom line if you're willing to put up with the crowded environment and iffy service it's OK in a pinch. And definitely not Disabled Access friendly. They didn't even allow child seats at the tables.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Sat at a booth that backed up to a "dish/glass" center for the staff. Had to ask the staff twice to be more quiet when restocking dish/glass ware, etc. I don't think the staff realized how the loud clanking of dishes/glasses was very annoying when eating and conversing with friends.
Otherwise, everything was great!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I've loved this restaurant since I was a young girl and it never disappoints. You cannot beat the salad bar! Service is always outstanding with perhaps the friendliest waitstaff in Chicago. Food is always good and its just a fun place to dine!

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Lucked out and got a window booth. This is a Lincoln Park West institution. One of the best veggie burgers in Chicago. Had the fries for a 1.00 up charge. They were worth it. Small restaurant so glad for the open table reservation option. Found street parking nearby. Nice Sunday dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

One of our favorite go-to spots in Lincoln Park! Consistently great food and great casual atmosphere! Love the neighborhood feeling .

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Didn’t have our open table reservation. Squeezed us i

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Just love R J Grunt's. They really make a quality cocktail, and the food--though by category "comfort" is very high quality and consistently excellent.
Carne asada was best we've had anywhere--cooked to order, seasoned well and generous portion. Veggie options too.
Friendly for families, and just a nice option for everyday dining that's far better than average.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

A favorite to pair with a day at Lincoln Park Zoo. Kids love it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Good burgers and salad bar. Love the milkshakes. Always a good dining experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Waitress was rude and unfriendly. She obviously wanted to go home and we are one of the last tables of the night.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Good location, walking distance from our residence. Kid very friendly. Very good fried pickles and burgers. Ribs OK. Hostess got us in right on time of our reservation despite crowds awaiting seating. Superb and kid sweat waitress much appreciated.

Tags: Comfort Food
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