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R J Grunt's

4.5
1287 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
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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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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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 1287 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Abilene (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Loved the salad bar!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Meal was excellent as always. Laura had the barbecued chicken for the first time, as it was the daily special. I had the bacon swiss hamburger.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great American food, wonderful service, cool retro vibe and music. One of our faves.

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vipfugumushi (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Always a great time. Make sure you make a reservation or you might be waiting a while. Excellent food, drinks, & service.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Been going there for over 45 years

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SherrieA 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We had a reservation and were late b/c of weather and bus. They graciously held our table. We are from St. Louis and KC. We loved the food and will recommend to friends that visit Chicago. Thanks for a fun dining experience

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We had great service, good food, and an overall great experience. Burgers were great, fries less so, but my husbands chips were really good. We’d go back again if in the area.

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Karin (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food! Fast service and would definitely eat there again!

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FoodReview7 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  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.

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Fancy (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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Devildog (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent food and service

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viplovetoeat (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!!!!

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vipDeee (Chicago)
5.0  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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vipMarioDeroasch (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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Firemom (Chicago)
5.0  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

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Ueyec1 (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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vipLisaD (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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

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vipJenn (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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Toots (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Fun for the entire family.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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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booette (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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vipMilky (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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