Goblin & The Grocer

4.5
60 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Destination DIning in the Dunes! We are a Bistro, Market & Pub specializing in Midwestern Fare.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 60 people are saying
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DavidK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Very clean and great live music.

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chasen
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service and cocktails are excellent. Food was good. Atmosphere is cute. Gives you that farm to table feel. I will definitely go again.

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ValpoPam
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We're impressed! This was our first visit to Goblin & The Grocer, and we loved everything about it. My boyfriend and I went on a Wednesday evening in January. Even mid-week in mid-winter, the place was hopping with energy. We loved the ambience. The bar looks like a great place to gather, but we ate in the dining room.

Goblin has some excellent wine choices, and we didn't hesitate to indulge. We started our meal with the Feta Cheese & Thyme Mushrooms appetizer. It was a huge portion and absolutely delicious. (It was enough for four people to share.)

My entree was the True North Salmon, served with a light, yummy sauce, on a bed of braised carrots and Brussels sprouts. The salmon was cooked to perfection, and even though I don't usually care for carrots, I found the veggies to be quite tasty.

My boyfriend ordered the Traditional Schnitzel, which came with mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini sliced lengthwise. He said everything was delish. For dessert, we shared a Key Lime Pie. It was absolutely scrumptious! It was an individual pie, in its own tin, and was a generous portion for two people.

We can't wait to return to Goblin and try other menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food took a very long time to come out. 6 in our party and everyone with different dishes agreed food was cold and unseasoned. Vegetables were not even salted. The tiramisu was uneditable.

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AllisonM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thank you for offering vegan options! And it was a great place for a date night. Enjoyed sitting by the fireplace. I'd love to see vegan dessert options in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really, really good food. Everything I’ve had. My wife and I live in Chicago and this is the third time we’ve come, this time after a hike at Indiana Dunes. Highly recommended. It’s rare to find a restaurant this good in northern Indiana. I grew up here. I know!

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DWolf
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was top notch!! Excellent visit!

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KathyfromIN
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique fun atmosphere!

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MABSTJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food and nice setting. Friendly people fun atmosphere. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and venue. It is truly a special place.

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AdrianL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a chance on this restaurant and we're not regretting our choice. The service, food, and chocolate mousse pie were awesome.

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RichardB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Facility has very limited seating. It has a very nice bar area and also combines a gift shop area. Menu choices are interesting and tasty. Although, I had a reservation for dinner on Friday night it was not busy in early November. Close to beach and South-shore station.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service exceptional!
Great first anniversary dinner.

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Maryann1965
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service delicious food

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DavidK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was even better.

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Catty
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and varied menu options and all four of our dinners were perfect. The Jager Schnitzel was excellent! Staff were fun, knowledgeable and attentive. I'm sorry we have missed the opportunity for outdoor dining. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. Our waitress greeted us right away and was very friendly and attentive and gave my undecided daughter suggestions. The food arrived quickly and was very good, we got a charcuterie appetizer and each had a schnitzel entree. I read some reviews about the chicken being very thick but ours was pounded appropriately thin and cooked perfectly. I can’t wait to go back and try some of the seafood offerings. The setting is nicely tucked in the dunes. I think this place will become one of our regular picks!

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MichelleJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Goblin & The Grocer and we will definitely be back! Loved the food, the atmosphere, and the service. A lovely place to dine!

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Nettie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We dined outside on a beautiful evening when it seemed every motorcycle with a loud radio and an even louder muffler was out for a joy ride. The outdoor dining is at the intersection where there is a traffic light. Oh my! Why didn't you build your dining on the other side by the beautiful forest? We felt the food was good but come on, the pot pie came in a foil container and was a good size for baby bear. It was more like an appetizer than a meal. My husband then ate half of my pork chop, which for $27, I should have gotten two. Presentation was beautiful and everything was delicious, though I like pork moist and pink not dry and white, and the place is decorated beautifully, but why play music outdoors? I would go again but I think Ill go for the $15 burger.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! It is like a little bit of Chicago right here!

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Paul
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Stood waiting for a host for over 10 minutes. Took about 2 hours to have a pretty mediocre meal. The schnitzel (their big Octoberfest meal) wasn't schnitzel at all. Massive thick chicken breasts covered in breading.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great afternoon! Great waitress, attentive, personable, friendly! Food & beer were delicious.

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NYNY123
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and menu. Ambience is fun.

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DennisP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would tell anyone to visit , it’s a great place. On the downside the menu is limited if your a picky eater this isn’t the place for you

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent, the service was good. You could tell the waitstaff was taxed with the same scenario we see everywhere right now but without the opportunity to regulate the capacity of diners they were accommodating. Unfortunately that’s something that would likely be addressed by someone even higher up than a shift manager. We ended up really loving our meal - there were a few things lacking like the add ons we requested and drink refills on some of our beverages went unattended which is understandable due to lack of help compounded with overcrowding. I believe the servers are wonderful just over run unfortunately. My mom attended with us and she’s 70+ - ideally you’d offer a seating arrangement with a chair back to someone of that experience but again we were still able to enjoy our experience. One other thing that was out of the staffs control was that a guy from a rather large and rowdy group was smoking after being told by the host that there’s no smoking on the patio. Finding it impossible to avoid hearing their conversation we were able to decipher that they were either friendly with the owner or at least knew of them well enough to point them out so maybe rules are different and service is different in that event as they were accommodated by a seat change after mentioning the need for one also. As much as I loved the food, server, and general vibe we will likely stick to our other favorites! Just don’t let that discourage you from giving it a try as the offerings were outstanding, sometimes ya just gotta mention some variables to help an awesome place tighten up where they may not notice or think they could use a little work/help. Thank you again for a wonderful meal.

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RachelZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I love the look and feel of Goblin and the Grocer, and they have amazing cocktails and good food. However, it took us half an hour to be seated even though we had a reservation, and then over an hour to get our food, which arrived cold. We had to ask for our drinks and water glasses several times before we got them. Our waitress was kind and apologized several times for continuing to forget about aspects of our order, but we left feeling frustrated with the service overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy night and staff had to hustle. Our server, Brenden, stayed positive and gave us great service. Absolutely enjoyed the food (all about the Chicken Schnitzel) and drinks. We will make a return trip!

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my daughter and my sister and we all love it! can't wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our first visit to Goblin & The Grocer! Aside from being unique and having wonderful staff, your Calabrian mussels were fantastic :) We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed taking our time without the hustle & bustle.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great. The staff is friendly and attentive. The owner is always on hand to help staff or stop by your table for a friendly chat.

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LizO
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, great service. We are big eaters apparently, so we got some ice cream afterwards to fill up, but it was a good plate full of food! The seafood options are impressive. We'll be back to try those!

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Toby
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was incredible the service left a lot to be desired. Hopefully it was just a bad night for her.

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pmcg2015
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful dining experience on patio. Sam was an excellent menu advisor, and we did the full program from oysters to little dessert pies, stopping for salad, salmon, schnitzel, and pork chop. If you vacation in Michigan City, make the short trip here for a meal when exploring the Dunes. Thank you much!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, service, ambiance

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ChristyL
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent salmon dish and our waitress was excellent! Definitely recommend!

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JimT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to relax and enjoy the summer weather with great drinks and delicious food

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MaryB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This restaurant/bar/grocery store looks great however the service is terrible and the food is OK at best. We sat outside which is a great patio. We waited a full hour for our food which primarily consisted of burgers. The menu is complicated/lousy (they did say they were revamping). I ordered the Chilli-blue burger. The quality of meat was great however toppings consisted of one oddly-colored square of blue cheese (?). The cucumber salad was terrible. We took friends there - had a 6:30 reservation and didn't get out until 9:00!! Won't be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful! We were on vacation and used Open Table and they even called to confirm. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was very nice. Atmosphere was great, drinks were delicious, appetizers very tasty! I had the salmon it was cooked perfectly! For dessert we had the key lime pie it was amazing, I highly recommend this restaurant!

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DeniseL
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was amazing. Loved the fresh oysters, clam chowder, salads, and knuckle sandwich. Lexie was our server and she was super friendly and did a fantastic job! She sold us on the chocolate mousse pie and it was delicious. We were road tripping from TN and if we are ever back in the area, we will definitely be back! Wonderful place!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Goblin & The Grocer using the Order Online button. Goblin & The Grocer also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (219) 809-9047.

Goblin & The Grocer is rated 4.5 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

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.