About Barclay's American Grille

The restaurant serves Authentic American food & drink in an atmosphere that is casual & modern. Come for creative, ingredient focused food and a full bar serving regional craft beers, a broad selection of wines and inventive cocktails.

1120 Pleasant St
Oak Park, IL 60302
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Marion street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(708) 848-4250

Website:
http://www.barclaysamericangrille.com/

Public Transit:
Barclay's American grille is located 1 block south of the CTA Green line and Metra Union pacific west line

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Thanksgiving Day Buffet Adults $37.95 children (5-12) $14.95) Price does not include tax & 20% gratuity. Seating's at 1pm-3pm-5pm

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Barclay's American Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Casual (5)
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Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I had to make a very last minute reservation for my mom's birthday after her friend had to cancel on her due to an emergency. We live 30 minutes away from each other so this was a good halfway point for us both. She used to live in Oak Park / River Forest, so she knew that this would be a good place to go and I took her word for it.

She wasn't wrong - the staff was incredibly attentive to the fact that it was my mom's birthday (and that the time spent would be important to us both). We were greeted with a "Happy Birthday" and my mom was impressed that she was greeted that way (a "win" for me!).

Our waitress was the sweetest - she was attentive to our needs and made sure our food came out in a staggered way so that I could spend as much time as possible with my mom before driving back home. She did not rush us and allowed us to catch up and spend time together - I really appreciate that.

The food was really great - we each got a salad and tried the spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer. Everything was satisfying and the portions were manageable.

I haven't been to Oak Park's downtown since I was a kid and now that I live downtown, I will definitely make the trip to Barclay's now that I know how great it is!

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Sports, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Another great meal. Barclays always delivers. Michael is the nicest bartender

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

excellent meal. really enjoyed new menu item garlic spinach. great wine. great night.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Loved that they observed my husband's birthday which I noted on my OT reservation with a free dessert and no singing waiters.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Our server was friendly and drinks were pretty good. She had the fish and I had the delmonico steak. They weren't good. Steak was bland and poor quality. Our desserts saved the outing. Creme brulee and death by chocolate

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent appetizers that we usually skip because the entree servings are so substantial. Wine selections were top shelf. Enjoyed the meal and the evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Do not order the mac and cheese! Great patio! Great Service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The restaurant is a gem. But unfortunately, the parking situation in the area is horrible. We spent a lot of time driving around trying to find a spot. And the friends we met at the restaurant - one came in while the other was still driving around trying to find a spot. Then the waitress told us that you could park in The Carlton parking lot. Might be a good idea to let folks no this on the website. My
concern is this restaurant might close because people will avoid the parking situation. But a parking lot opens up the dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Bartenders are the BEST!!! This is the best Sports Bar in the Oak Park/River Forest area.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Business Meals, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Love the new menu items & wines. Excellent preparation and presentation, as always.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

This is one of Oak Park's hidden gems. The food is constantly fantastic and I don't think I have ever had anything I didn't like. its a quite atmosphere you can actually hear the other person speaking and just plain enjoy the company. They do have a typical bar with TV's and can be a nice quite spot to watch the game so you don't have the obnoxious drunks making it unpleasant. I do recommend a ice cold beer paired with the loaded tater tots. I then would finish it off with a rack of ribs. These ribs would rival any BBQ house out there! The best think to do is to just try it out and make your own decision. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Live Sports, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Love the pretzel crusted trout! Chef makes me a special sauce without onions!!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Our server Gene was great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Seasonal, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

My family and I ate there and were disappointed. The menu sounded good but the execution was subpar. My wife had the prime rib which was okay, but the vegetables (squash and zucchini) were undercooked and tasted bland. My fish dish was fine. My daughter got the $14 burger on the menu and the shoestring onions she ordered were white and barely cooked. My youngest ordered the kids cheeseburger which makes the McDonald's one look big. We also ordered a side of brussel sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions, but the sprouts were hard and didn't have any caramelization (definitely undercooked). For over $100, it definitely wasn't worth the value and the execution from the chef was not on the details. On the positive, the waitress was very nice. There are too many other better restaurants in Oak Park that are either lesser expensive with better food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2017

My fish was done properly but my wife's pork-chop was dry. Food was a bit on the salty side.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Favorite spot in Oak Park. Service is second to none.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 24, 2017

First visit and it was a pleasant one. We arrived shortly after they opened and were seated immediately with pleasant conversation with staff. Wine list is adequate and menu options, while not huge, are interesting. We had two large appetizers and shared a dinner. More than ample for the two of us and we have pretty good appetites. It's a quiet and gracious atmosphere suitable for conversation with no need to rush. We will return.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Great spot to meet friends great happy hour

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter Brunch was fabulous! Excellent service. Hot, delicious and fresh selections.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We went there for Easter Brunch. They never informed me we might be in a room across the lobby with a long walk back and forth to get our food. My mother walks with a cane and gets short of breath. It was hard to carry her food and mine so she could walk. A lot of the food was dry. I enjoyed the goat cheese ravioli and our server was great. The space the food was in was too small and did not have a good flow. I left tired and frustrated.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter brunch

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The menu was great for all-we had children and their menu fir their appetites well. The shared calamari was a big hit. The service was excellent and the quality of the food was good. Prices were reasonable for the Oak Park area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We had the short ribs with Brussels sprouts and horseradish mashed potatoes and half rack of ribs. My friend enjoyed the ribs; my short ribs were slightly undercooked for my taste. The carmelized Brussels sprouts weren't, but the potatoes were good. Service was attentive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food was good, the only thing where we sat was by the door and was drafty

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 10, 2017

A neighborhood favorite. Patricia is always a wonderful server with infallible advise on the specials.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We went on a birthday to have dinner and watch a Blackhawks/Oikers game. The service was excellent. We love their French Onion soup. The other dishes wete tasty too. Goid time, thanks.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Live Sports
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Good food, good ambiance, good service. I would definitely go back

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2017

We love the lively atmosphere and super friendly staff food is always great

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Well prepared food, consistently good. Sports bar atmosphere. We have always been
Leased with the quality of what we ordered.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2017

It's a good restaurant with decent food and nice decor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2017

We live in a neighboring community and love to meet friends at Barclay's. It's a quiet, comfortable spot to converse and catch up and at the same time enjoy really well-prepared food. Good wine and beer lists. Full bar great for specialty drinks. Sit next to the window at street level to watch the downtown Oak Park neighborhood go by. Included side dishes are very well-paired with the main course for you. Interesting sauces and just good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Great service and delicious chopped salad (we shared). We used a $50 OpenTable check for a great meal. My dining partner got and loved the Delmonico steak. I was underwhelmed by the sous vide short ribs. They were very good reheated the next day, but at presentation, they were dry and lukewarm. Maybe my expectation was too high. The roasted Brussels sprouts were tasty and could use a bit more caramelization (next day yep). Will return for semi-special occasions. Food is good, friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2017

We dine at this restaurant quite often. We arrived for our dinner and stood at the hostess stand for quite a awhile. (more than 10 minutes). I believe Joe saw us standing there and he looked for the hostess! The place, especially the bar, was very busy! Gene took care of us! Only drawback, was the mashed potatoes were very cold!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We're regulars here. For New Year's Eve, we'd usually choose a more innovative restaurant, but, given a temporary disability and Barclay's convenience and accessibility, we at here. And we're not at all sorry; the prime rib at Barclay's can't be beat, and Patricia is as good a server as you'll ever find.

Tags: Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Barclay's has become our go-to place when we want to relax and enjoy a good meal. My request for a booth on the quiet side of the restaurant is always granted. The service is friendly and efficient. The drinks are excellent and generous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

My meal was unsatisfactory. The short ribs were fatty and tough. Three of us had bad nights sleep due to digestive problems. However, the trout and skate were very tasty. A lot of $ for mediocre.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

An outstanding Christmas Eve dinner! The food is always delicious but on this occasion it was especially exceptional!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Hubby and I felt like a night out and had liked this place in the past. A light-handed remodel had brought it up-to-date. Good distance between tables. Despite being busy, quiet table conversation was possible. Food was well-prepared and paired nicely with sides. I had short ribs with horseradish potatoes and caramelized brussels sprouts. Perfect for a snowy evening. Service was perfect. A bit on the expensive side, but worth it every now and then.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Staff was inattentive. When meals were delivered they were not as ordered.
Waiter was unconcerned and no adjustment was made.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The awesome service and fabulous drinks:)

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