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Bluegrass

4.8
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1901 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1901 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAnonymus
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bluegrass does a great job of social distancing. The bbq chicken & ribs were fantastic. Bluegrass is one of our favorites.

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Hedoso
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside. Tables were spaced appropriately. Food and service were great!

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Pooh
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Wall-eye I have ever had!

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vipJohnM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Different comfort food done very well .

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Haveappetitewilltravel
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The Bluegrass experience is always very friendly and the food is excellent. Its a go to place for me when Im in the burbs

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vipHungry
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to have dinner at when I’m at home. Friendly staff, food is always delicious, safe COVID set up, and m I look forward to Bluegrass every time. Thanks for a wonderful meal.

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Naterich14
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a lunch meeting with a client. Nice quiet little place with great food. The service was exceptional.

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vipeddieras
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Bluegrass! Love the BBQ Blue burger and the salmon! Great beer selection too!

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vipEmbryo49
Chicago
488 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s been difficult to get into Bluegrass in these difficult times, but We are so glad we persisted. We haven’t been here in quite a while and we’re so happy to be back. We started with soups, and my baked French onion soup was quite good but nothing compared to my wife’s chicken and sausage gumbo which was unbelievable. Our entrees were equally fantastic: my wife’s BBQ corned beef platter and my crawfish etoufee. Both were delicious and generously portioned. Wines were interesting, trying new ones that were perfect. Eric our server was tops! Prices were moderate and everything was in line with coronavirus protocol, so we felt safe and comfortable. There’s so much on the menu to go back for!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Bluegrass did not disappoint. Excellent food,service and drinks. Loved eating outside.

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vipJoeFaz
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Great staff, awesome food Love it!!

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vipGeffK
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

nice menu and wine list....even better service. Great Lunch

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vipJohnR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed every part of this restaurant, from the well prepared appetizers, great variety of entrees, to the generous portion of desert that they call “a taster.” I’ll go out of my way to come back!

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Tealover
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Our server was very disappointing. We sat outside and he appeared very nervous to be near people. He stood quite far away from us, spoke rather quickly, made no effort to have a dialogue with us and seemed to be in a great hurry to get the order and move on. When the food was ready he almost threw it on the table to get it on the table and move away. He clearly should not have been working if he was that nervous about Covid. On the other hand the gentleman who brought us our bottle of wine was great.

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Nancy
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Will definitely come back

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vipJohnM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service; outdoor space; seemed COVID-safe

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OliviaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Bluegrass, they even brought out a complementary dessert for my birthday.

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vipLIANET
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Bluegrass in several months, my friend had never been there. We both loved our Keywest Seafood salads and iced tea. Everything was delicious and we had a terrific server also.
My friend ended up ordering three meals to go for her family. she loved the overall menu and I learned that her family really enjoyed their meals!!

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tinypotato84
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience2

Small portions for high prices. Calamari had so many fried onions as filler, we only ended up with about a half-order of calamari.

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Melissa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will certainly be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff and dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our places on the north shore! Food and service is consistent and always great! They have handled COVID beautifully and we feel very safe there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner on Tueday. It was a lovely evening and we ate outside. We were seated promptly. The service was excellent and the food, as always, was delicious.

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vipValerie
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on a beautiful night....delicious food and prompt service. Also they take all the protocols to make dining out safe and pleasurable.

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vipAnonymus
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Excellent food. Good distancing of tables for a feeling of a safe environment

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Crazybutt
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bluegrass is my best friends' fave place to go in our area and now she is moving out of state, so we planned to have a farewell dinner there to celebrate. Our usual tap beer (a delicious nitro stout) is no longer available, they rotate the taps periodically, no big deal we just ordered another stout and it was great. The deep fried artichoke appetizer was delicious too, always our go-to.

The real issue came with dinner, I ordered the petit filet and when it arrived it was over cooked. I ordered it medium and it was basically grey with a bit of pink inside, so I sent it back. For $28 you kind of want it to be good.

When it came back to the table it was almost blue it was so undercooked for a "medium" steak - but it wasn't grey, so I kept it and dealt with it. The green beans and garlic mashed potatoes on the first plate were delicious and well prepared from the couple of bites I tried, but from what I could tell, they just reheated these sides when they re-fired my steak. The beans were soggy and mushy and the potatoes were dry. Nice touch.

The steak itself was more than petit, it was almost microscopic. 4 ounces? Not so sure. So small that it was served atop a piece of baguette, which my friend questioned why they would choose to serve a filet this way - and I have no answer. I had upgraded the filet to include the blue cheese crust, which was delicious, but for an extra 4 bucks you would hope so.

The overall service was slow for the most part, maybe because we weren't ready to order the minute we sat down? It seemed that once we asked for a few minutes things slowed to a crawl. We finally received the bread basket after about 20 minutes.
Yes, it was busy on the patio, all of the available tables were taken, but the inside only had about four tables occupied.

I know with COVID everyone is stressed and restaurants are dealing with a lot, but at the end of the day, if you want your customers to come back you still need to provide quality food and service.

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MarcS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here a few times. The service is always attentive and friendly. The food is always fantastic. We started with shooters of gumbo, a tiny cup of gumbo just to get the meal started. This time I got the Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage. It came with two servings of cheese grits, one with Shrimp on top, the other with pork candy (?) on it. Between the two is some greens with spears of grilled Andouille sausage on top. Somehow I thought the grits, andouille, and pork candy would all be mixed into one serving of grits. other than that, all the components were delicious.
My wife got the Jambalaya and Ribs platter with a side of cheese grits. The platter comes with there version of fries. My wife would have preferred if the grits replaced the fries; she didn't want the fries (the fries were very good, she just didn't want them). So she ended with fries she didn't want and a large order of cheese grits where a normal side dish size would have been fine. She devoured the Jambalaya (I have had it before and it is great Jambalaya) and ate one rib and some of her grits. She made sure to take the rest home (minus the fries).
We ordered the 3 two bite desserts; don't believe the two-bite moniker. Neither the slice of bread pudding nor the creme brulee are two bites (I guess if your mouth is big enough, you could do that, but, why?).

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vipWadeK
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bluegrass is our favorite restaurant period. The food is outstanding at a reasonable price. The owners are involved all the time and make you feel at home. I have recommended this place time and again to all my friends and acquaintances.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Ate outside. The food was Very Good!!👍🏻

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate outdoors. Food was excellent. Tables far apart.

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LindaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food & service

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vipDianeP
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner dining indoors at BlueGrass for the first time. They were wonderful at providing lots of spacing between seated tables, all staff were in masks and gloves, and we felt very safe. Our meals were all delicious! The fresh caught Alaskan salmon, the blackened grouper, and walleye were all just wonderful! Thanks BlueGrass for doing it right, and exceeding our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food was great ! The service was weird !

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vipJBA1952
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. Nicely distanced tables and masked staff. Very pleasant. Great food as always

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vipPeterS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service

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vipLocalNorthSubs
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place rules.

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NicholasP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and attentive, food was fantastic.

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vipJoellynO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and Fresh!!

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luvtuna
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lunch at Blue Grass and the service was outstanding! I had the tuna appetizer which was a good size portion. My mom enjoyed her orange chicken and my sister loved her salmon salad if I lived closer I would be a regular.

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vipbroths
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside and enjoyed a wonderful meal at Bluegrass. The grouper was delish, my husband really like his giant burger, and the bread pudding is excellent. Glad to be back.

FAQs

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

Bluegrass is rated 4.8 stars by 1901 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.