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.
Highland Park, IL 60035
American, Southern, Barbecue
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Richfield Road and Old Deerfield
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Best Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in Chicago!
We now cater for home, office or in our dining room, check out our website for current menu suggestions. www.bluegrasshp.com
Plenty of FREE parking, with two lots next door for over flow, and additional parking across the street at the Highland Park Police Department.
Chicago Northwestern line in downtown Highland Park is about 1.5 miles away.
Private Party Facilities:
We only open for private parties on Saturday and Sunday lunches. We do open for showers, weddings, anniversaries and any large group over 30 guests. Everything from a Brunch to Cocktails and appetizers.
Private Party Contact:
Jim Lederer: (847) 831-0595
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Mardi Gras - Cinco de Mayo - BBQ Fest - Oktoberfest every year! Three week celebration for each event, special wine/beer maker dinners to conclude the special menu.
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Bluegrass Ratings and Reviews
Always an excellent experience with Bluegrass. Been coming for >5 years and never once less than an excellent experience. Be sure to stop by the bar and say hi to Luis - fantastic bartender who can mix it up for you :) Don't miss the jambalaya and ribs - great place.
Everytime I'm at Bluegrass I'm reminded how much I enjoy the whole experience of eating here. I've had several business lunches here (and I really want to try a dinner and check out the bar - craft beer and wine.) The food is awesome - love their Madi Gras inspired menu (complete with New Orleans beads!) - the jambalaya is very tasty and the blackened Grouper (served Sassafras style) was honestly one of the best things I've tasted - the pecan crust....well, my mouth is watering. I've never had bad service here - everyone is very attentive and I just cannot say enough good things about Bluegrass.
Bluegrass is an amazing place for lunch. We chose this restaurant for our guests (Blind Date) because we knew the environment would be perfect, the drinks would be right and the food is very tasty. At this stage, I will always recommend Bluegrass to my friends and family.
This place is five stars all the way! The service from everyone is attentive and spot on. One of the owners is usually on the premises to make sure your experience is a pleasant one. We went there on a Tuesday when they have all you can eat ribs and jambalaya, but our timing was off and we got there late. Unfortunately, they ran out of ribs after our first order, but they did everything they could to make it up to us by bringing additional servings of a different entree and a free dessert! You won't be disappointed! Authentic New Orleans cuisine.
We love Bluegrass! It's interesting in that it's kind of Louisiana spicy fish food, yet ribs, burgers too- eclectic! I love the orange shrimp app, the shrimp pasta, the burgers, my husband loves the ribs and more. The place gets busy so we like to get there before 6 pm. The best part of Bluegrass to me is the friendly, helpful, wonderful staff. They really care. They treat the diners like family. And last time our server was the sweetest young man who did everything to make our dinner perfect. Plus, one of the manager/owners noticed my husband accidentally dropping his napkin on the floor twice (due to taking his sweater on and then off). The manager appeared asap with a new napkin both times, and he joked with us about my husband's clumsiness, not being at all annoyed! You have to try Bluegrass, it is a gem
Four of us met here for an early Sunday evening dinner. We split the mushroom with melted cheese appetizer and all four really enjoyed the gooey melted cheese over the mushrooms on toasted bread. The four entrees ordered were the flounder, shrimps and grits, jambayla, and the bbq ribs and chicken combo. All four were very good but the star was the ribs and chicken. We also split three desserts, the bread pudding, ice cram box, and sweet potato/pecan pie. Again all three were very equally good. This place isn’t very big so make reservations and get there early in Sunday’s if you want the bbq ribs with chicken.
The food and service was out of this world - I mean by that it was GOOD! We had the Sunday special of 1/2 fried chicken, The chicken was the size of a small turkey. We took half home and had a great Monday meal. Also try the artichoke fritters - they melt in your mouth!!
We miss the Davis Street Fish Market. Bluegrass is a worthy substitute in terms of Southern cuisine, high quality, good prices, great service, but even better beer and wine choices. Plus, there are more than enough other cuisines! My chicken gumbo was fantastic and crawfish etouffee was outstanding. My wife loved her Caesar salad and salmon entree. There is so much to choose from, we will be back soon! We loved it!
Our friends choose Bluegrass for a birthday dinner. We’ve dined there before, but not recently. After our visit though, we’ll definitely be back soon. There were several other entrees on the menu we want to try plus our server hit all the right notes. It was a delightful evening.
Bluegrass never disappoints! We went for our anniversary and they surprised us with a little creme brulee and tasty ice cream afterward! That was our first time trying creme brulee, so it was even more special than they knew :) We got the corned beef platter and the pulled pork sandwich (or fav's) and they were amazing AS ALWAYS. I also had the small version of the fried calamari appetizer and was surprised at how large the portion was! You definitely get your money's worth. Love this place!
Since we discovered Bluegrass about 6 weeks ago, we have eaten there three times. It has been excellent every time. The ribs are my favorite dish, but I also enjoyed the pulled pork and the shrimp and grits. The service has been excellent. The waitstaff is even very nice to our two-year-old granddaughter.
We had know of Bluegrass from friends and their recommendations. We went for our first time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the hostess to our server, the staff could not have been any nicer. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and look forward to going back again.
Booked the reservation 3 weeks in advance and still couldn't get the time I wanted. We waited almost 30 minutes to be seated which was a bit annoying but they compensated us with a free appetizer. People just love this place and don't want to leave.
The food is great and once we were seated, the service was excellent.
We were lucky enough to make our first visit on a Sunday. Sunday they have their smoked special.. ribs, chicken, and smoked corned beef... all of which was succulent. My wife ordered the jambalaya and ribs which she raved about. We both ordered shots of gumbo well worth the $1.95 per shot. They allowed is too modify which sides so I traded the taters for shrimp risotto and my wife switched one of her sides to cheese grits. Both were very good and the server was very helpful in letting us change the sides. For dessert my wife had the mini bread pudding and I had the sweet potato pecan pie. The mini bread pudding was an ample portion and the pie was a great sweet potato pie.
All in all, the food was great and the service was very helpful. The place is small so come early and have reservations.
Decided on Bluegrass from the great reviews we read. We picked up our son at Lake Forest College -his first birthday away at school-and headed over to Bluegrass which lived up to its boast of good Southern comfort BBQ and food. We left full and happy. My son enjoyed his ribs-licking off every last bit!