Bluegrass

4.8
1960 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bluegrass is a casual restaurant located in Highland Park. With a cozy setting nestled into the west side of town it is a true destination dining location. Complete with a warm friendly bar and an American flare, Bluegrass blends in a little Southern influence into its repertoire. The wine and beer selections are all American, along with a full back bar, all hand selected to echo the quality of the fare. Aside from a beautiful setting, the restaurant has extraordinary food and service with a remarkable value.
Check our website for details on the events during the summer, as well as our Facebook page. We have many wonderful, rotating specials therefore consult our online menu regularly.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1960 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience, had some cajun dishes, they were all really good. The carbonara was awesome...overall great food and value.

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vipGoldie
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was fabulous! Joanie was friendly and we loved the special touches including how the bus boy poured the water, to the way the calamari was served in giant martini glasses, and the tuna tartare in bowls with live fish! And the food and drinks were delicious including the calamari, french onion soup, sparking white wine, tuna tartare and etouffee. We can't wait to go back!

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SuzG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We've always loved Bluegrass, still is my fav place in HP. Just a little disappointed from this last visit, portion size seemed significantly smaller on the shrimp and grits. Quality was still top notcih, but was hoping for a bit more portion at $25. Otherwise, still my fav place!

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vipJohnM
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining in at Bluegrass and it is now our favorite! I have been searching for bbq corned beef that is as good as my dad’s meat company had 40 years ago. I found it at Bluegrass! Incredibly tender and flavorful. My wife had the fried shrimp and said it was fantastic. It’s the second time she’s had it so it had to be good! Obviously we will be back!

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Samlaw
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially the corned beef barbeque. Local bar ambiance. Good people.

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vipfoodieman
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration seafood was excellent and service and ambiance was outstanding

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vipLibgirl07
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten here twice and found it to be excellent both times. I came here for two business lunches and the servers were so respectful not interrupting yet constantly refilling water glasses, removing plates so they weren't in our way etc. And the food was excellent. My client even commented that she really enjoyed her meal. There's no better place in Highland Park to meet with the appropriate noise level (not too loud but not so soft you feel everyone can hear you) with great food like here at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Bluegrass!

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vipLoveEatingOut
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal! Attentive service (with extra cinnamon butter - yum!) made for a great dinner with friends! Thanks Joni!

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WayneG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The service was delightful, prompt and courteous

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vipCurlymom
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with great service. We sat in the patio to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Our waiter was attentive and the food was so delicious! The dessert was over the top amazing!!

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mgraze
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is just fantastic! There are so many things on the menu that look great. We'll have to go back many more times. My wife's crab cakes were some of the best I have ever tried - North, South, East or West. I had the Sunday smoker and as much as I absolutely loved the ribs and smoked corned beef (both are must-try) the chicken was fabulous and stole the show.

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vipSssc
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Had our anniversary dinner at Bluegrass and enjoyed the meal. We were seated right away and felt safe. Food was great. Had a nice chopped salad with homemade dressing and skirt steak that was large and very tender. They even made homemade barbecue sauce. Very friendly place and will definitely come back.

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vipShar
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a delightful evening there. The waiter was wonderful. The sound level was negligible, the food was excellent. And everybody from the manager to the hostess was wonderful. It was a spectacular evening all the way around

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service.

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PeterS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always perfect and the verity of food they offer will appeal to anyone at any age. This place is a most DO for lunch & dinner!

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Cajunman
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner and service! I had dinner here once before and decided to go again but bring along my boss. The food was exceptional and the price of the meal was an even better value. Don't tell Bluegrass but they could charge more.

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JamesJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice environment for a date with excellent service.

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vipPerry
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always.

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SteveA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, great service and an exceptional menu!

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Ltrem
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and always great service!
Highly recommend!

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vipLocal
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal.

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BethB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant. Plenty of options to keep everyone happy from a little guy to a couple teens to a vegetarian to the birthday boy (41!). We used to look for highly rated area restaurants before COVID-19 and post-vaccine were lucky enough to find Bluegrass for my husband’s birthday. The ambiance was great and everyone’s food was fantastic. Can’t wait to make reservations again, soon!

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vipJBA1952
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday smoker mixed meat platter is a great sampler of the food they make. They are flexible on substitutions and we always find a way to make everyone happy (Not an easy task)

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vipNicky
Chicago
134 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious, but service was terrible. It seemed that one waiter had most of the tables, so he could not take care of us. We sat with our menus in front of us for 10 minutes. At the end of the main course, we again had to wait for 10 minutes, and then waved down our waiter to order dessert. The restaurant just needs more waiters to work the tables.

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PhilR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is outstanding. Great menu and options as well.

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BonnieR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Server was rude- seemed very annoyed to be working. When I requested a drink that wasn't on the menu he scolded me that it is NOT on the MENU. Not sure I will go back and it is unfortunate because the food is so good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Bluegrass on Wednesday. As always, they did not disappoint. We enjoyed cocktails, and the mushroom appetizer, yum! Than my son had the walleye which was excellent. I had the shrimp and grits, also very good. Our only disappointment was not having enough room for the wonderful deserts.

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NicaRose
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great martinis; artichoke fritters fair to good; Louisiana grouper excellent and the accompanying risotto delicious; hot fudge sundae perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always superb and the staff knowledgeable and friendly.

JM
JudyM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful owners, wonderful meal...the entire staff was gracious and so were the Blue Grass Martini’s

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vipWadeK
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and very convenient. We love this restaurant the food is exceptional and the owners are awesome!

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vipAmyT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipSandiK
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent. Service outstanding. Cannot wait to go back

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HollyK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been coming here since they opened - I think it's been at least 15 years ago. The delicious FOOD and service is what keeps us coming back! My husband loves the shrimp jambalaya and I am crazy for the chicken artichoke dish (I keep telling myself I'm going to try something different but I love it so much I order this dish about 95% of the time!). If you're a beer drinker I highly recommend the Tavern Ale - another favorite. The banana's foster and bread pudding are a wonderful treat to cap off your evening.
The service is top-notch and the owners Joanie and Jim are friendly and happy to see their guests. There's are reason Bluegrass has such a strong base of regular patrons - IT"S THAT GOOD!

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vipAuctioneerFoodieChicago
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bluegrass continues to be the restaurant that will never disappoint. The menu is incredibly varied so there is something for everyone. The atmosphere, professional staff are terrific. We've eaten our way through the menu and you just can't go wrong.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and waiter
Never disappointed

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vipBDWM
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and service very good.

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vipSharonP33
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food great as usual!

JB
vipJBA1952
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ribs, wonderful wine list. Always fresh and well prepared. Looking forward to spring to eat outdoors.

Service is great and staff is polite and helpful.

JM
vipJohnM
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and attentive service.

FAQs

Bluegrass offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 831-0595.

Bluegrass is rated 4.8 stars by 1960 OpenTable diners.

Bluegrass does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/bluegrass-highland-park.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.