Grassroots Grill (fka Deleece)

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1319 reviews
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Contemporary American
Grassroots Grill is a neighborhood spot serving simple, seasonal dishes all made from scratch. Whenever possible, we buy meats and produce locally with a focus on Southwest Michigan farms.

The menu has something for everyone. 14-day dry aged steaks and burgers. Organic, cage free chicken. Sustainable salmon from North Atlantic farms and mussels from the Prince Edward Islands Reserve. We serve wild caught Great Lakes fish, delicious house-made pasta and a seasonal risotto that vegetarians adore. “Fresh just tastes better”

The kids’ menu features the same high quality meats we serve adults, like Kaminsky Farms meat for kids’ burgers and Harrison’s Poultry organic cage free chicken for kids’ tenders.

Come enjoy the simple, seasonal scratch menu as we bring the freshness and relaxation of Michigan’s Harbor Country to the Southport Corridor.

We serve dinner every night, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.
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SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating prior to opening, which encouraged us to return after the movie we were seeing at The Music Box for dinner. Service, food, and cocktails were outstanding.

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DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots! Always nice for special occasions or a casual get-together...

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f
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were going to see a movie at the Music Box at 2:00, so we searched on line for restaurants in the neighborhood for lunch and Grassroots came up. It offered a variety of food options for our party of four and they accepted a reservation. The food was good, the service was great. It’s a cute place on the same street as both the Music Box and next door to the Mercury. Worked out great

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was really good! The description of the tuna tacos could be more descriptiv. Was not expecting a tuna steak. But even though it wasn't what was expected, still very good tacos! Other than that service was awesome, food and atmosphere was wonderful :)

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ML
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there after seeing play at the Mercury theater. They're attached. Had Steak y Frittes. I'm not a steak eater, but this was delicious, not large (which was good for me) but very nice seasoned and well done. Parmesan fries very good too. My wife had salmon, which was nice size, well cooked. The black rice under it was excellent. The wine pours were very generous. Dining outside it we watched the cubs fans walk by.

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to catch-up with friends. Not too busy and the food was delicious!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place for breakfast.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good, not great. Nice signature cocktails, and if you are doing dinner and a show, this is a great option. If you are just looking for a great dinner experience, there are better options for the price.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. The waitress was spot on with her recommendations. Will definitely make a return visit.

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C
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grassroots has consistently good food and service. This was our first time eating brunch here and we were not disappointed.

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AD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have enjoyed Grassroots before a couple shows at the Mercury. We've always received great service, stiff drinks and solid food. Here were some challenges this time. I booked a 630 rezzie before an 8pm show. We walked in a couple minutes early and the hostess said she would put a table together. A gentleman walked in and the bartender greeted him and sat him right away - right in front of us. So that just made us feel a little bad and obviously overlooked. They were pretty busy and from what I could tell, they seemed shortstaffed. Things happen, but you know the schedules of the Mercury and the Cubs well in advance. Schedule accordingly. We were eventually sat and served. Specialty cocktails were amaze, as well as the food we ordered! Calamari seemed super bread-y, but still good. Our server (the same bartender who overlooked us before) was great and really attentive during service. This was clearly a one-off and I would not hesitate to book here again!

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Not the best place of a date - the food was terrible

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TK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place! The brussel sprouts were fantastic. The sweet and savory pizza had such complex flavors. The short rib papardelle was hearty and satisfying. I can't wait to go back.

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GL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place always has great food and cocktails, but they SAVED THE DAY for my group last weekend when we incorrectly planned our dinner before our show start time. They got us in and out efficiently, and it still felt like a nice fun meal. They are a great asset to the area!

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LP
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food, drinks and ambience! Loved the breadsticks, salmon, and creme brulee dessert!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal and excellent service! So convenient for pre-show dining. We stood up from our table and walked into the theater.

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BC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience pre-show at the Mercury Theater. It's attached to the theater and while the menu isn't voluminous, there is something on there for everyone and they have a kids menu as well. Our service was great - we had to get to our show before dessert was brought out and they saved that and reserved a table for us to have dessert at intermission. Just a great experience, great food, cool place.

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S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Modern warm ambiance. Terrific staff, friendly and helpful without being overbearing or obsequious. Drinks were perfect, exactly what we asked for. All the dishes were delicious and well prepared from the Brussels sprouts appetizer, to the vegetable risotto to the pan fried walleye with crispy polenta. And all right next door to the theater, what's not to like?

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LD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dining experience, with friendly staff and great ambiance. It was a bit cold when they would leave the entry doorway open. We ordered an appetizer, fried calamari which as a bit rubbery. We also enjoyed tuna tacos and a burger as the main course which were both delicious.

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R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid farm to table bistro with a nice variety of yummy dishes - fish, pork, chicken, several vegetarian options. The bartender is very good - order a cocktail!

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MK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at Grassroots grill. It was busy with the pre-theater crowd but the staff still managed to provide great service - fast, efficient, and friendly. Our pork, risotto, chicken dishes were hot, beautifully presented and delicious. We had the creme brûlée and apple cobbler for dessert - a perfect way to top off a great meal. Depending on your energy (aka noise) preference, once the theater crowd left, the noice level decreased dramatically. Highly recommended!

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GD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The servers were very nice. however, the coffee was awful, the food was overly salty, and the food took a long time to arrive

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H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. It really could not have been worse. Food took hours to finally arrive and server was unwilling to place entree and appetizer orders at the same time, so party was under the expectation that food was coming when it wasn’t. Probably won’t go back.

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b
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

we liked the food and drink, and appreciated the packaging and dating (!) of our take-home left-overs, which were delicious the next day. will be back.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grassroots is amazing. Great food and great portions. Especially the kids. They loved the food as well. Wasn’t loud at all. Perfect. Great lighting. Did I mention the food was great. I will be recommending grassroots to all my friends and family. I will be back.

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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mussels in Chicago! They make a great Dirty Martini and it’s a neighborhood favorite!!

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CG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic. I took my girlfriend on a date here for Valentines Day and we had a great experience. We had the Buffalo Cauliflower and the Roasted Herb Chicken Breast and they were esquisite. However, the desserts they offered were a bit of a let down but overall the place was great. Would highly recommend

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant meals I have had in a long time. The staff is friendly and knowledgable and the food is out of this world. Try the Brussels Sprouts or the "Sweet and Hot" flatbread. Yummy.

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W
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant, we were going to the Music Box theatre and our server was very attentive of the time. Highly recommend the mussels! Plus the cocktails were excellent, they know how to make a good martini.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Go to spot for delicious food and welcoming environment.

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EB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the butternut squash toast. So delicious! Especially with mimosas! They have bottomless mimosas for only $15. My friend got the hash which he said was also really good. He took a while to drink his Bloody Mary because he said it was really strong.

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N
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal with excellent service. Waiter was very knowledgeable and very helpful in making choices.

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GP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was full due a big crowd for a movie. service was slow due to big crowd, food was supposed to take 25 minutes max, it took 40. Had to cut our meal short to get to the show at Music Box.

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C
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small but interesting menu, excellent friendly service. Nice selection of wines by the glass.

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LA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect match with to our evening out at Mercury Theater! We made a reservation and the owner called ahead to inquire if we were dining before of after a show. With his organization, it was so nice to walk right from the theater and be seated right away. Delicious food! Look forward to going again soon.

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING, above VERY attentive and on top of every aspect. The food was phenomenal; unique, something for everyone, and delicious! HIGHLY recommend!

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H
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon is delicious. Great preparation and cooked just right. The short rib pasta (house made) also very delicious. Reasonable prices.

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was cold and knife was not sharp enough to cut the meat. The menu selections were good but the preparation was barely average. The desserts were very good.

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KL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was okay. Brussel sprout appetizer was good but really salty. Entrees (pumpkin risotto, walleye with polenta and mushrooms, salmon) were just okay. "Mushrooms" was one oyster mushroom. One. Pumpkin and Maple creme brulee came in a small Mason jar. It was runny; sent it back and received a just fine, more typical shallow ramekin creme brulee instead. Was expecting more overall from descriptions and write-ups.

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LL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu offered something for everyone and the food was delicious.

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