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About rbk American Grill

Contemporary american menu and feel. Craft cocktail and beer list with a smart, mostly american wine list. Friendly, accommodating service with a great local vibe.

994 Warren Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:


Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Warren/Main Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(331) 251-6780

Website:
http://rbkdg.com/

Public Transit:
Metra - Burlington Northern Train
Bus - Pace

Executive Chef:
Robert Butterfield

Private Party Facilities:
Private to semi-private from 20-60 guests

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

rbk American Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Cozy (5)
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Creative Cuisine (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Business Meals (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful food as always, love this place

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very nice little restaurant along the train tracks in Downers Grove.
It is a casual place with very good food.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent. First time in Downers Grove. Great place to go before or after a movie or play

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Hidden treasure in Downers Grove...Really a great value....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The heat didnt work for the 1st hour there.
No apologizes just pretended it was no big deal. People left it was so cold.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were a little disappointed in some aspects of the evening but some of it became clear when we talked to our server. They were 2 servers short so poor planning by the manager. Second, one of the sides was iced cold. We told the server this and she apologized and offered to bring the manager over. We told her we weren't looking for any freebie. We just wanted someone to know about the service which she explained and apologized for. We'll probably give RBK one more time in hopes of a better experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

First time visit. I had the grilled shrimp tacos which were very bland, they need some kind spice or something. Others had the eggplant and the short ribs were good.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful food, cute look, trendy vibe and home cooked great food but very slow service.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Decent food for a hefty price

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with a friend! The goat cheese appetizer was perfect - loved the crispy goat cheese! I had the eggplant parmesan, which was a unique plating - much healthier than the traditional version. It was delicious and even made great leftovers. My friend had the short ribs and enjoyed her dinner as well. We split the flourless cake for dessert - rich, dense, chocolaty - a perfect way to end the meal. The waiter made an excellent recommendation for my cocktail. The service seemed a little slow at first to take our appetizer order, but after that, everything went smoothly with enough attention to keep our drinks/water filled, well-timed food, and allowed us to enjoy our conversation. I will definitely be back as there's lots more I'd love to try on the menu.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Friday night dinner at RBK . Located in a cute Downers Grove downtown area. Food and service were both average, at best. Three of the six of us enjoyed our meals, the others not so great. Our server was pretty sassy. It took them a long time to bring some things we requested- like mustard and diet coke. Probably won't go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Delicious food and a nice atmosphere. We tried the crispy goat cheese as well as shrimp ceviche appetizers. The goat cheese was rich and creamy, and ceviche was bright and boldly flavored. Both super tasty! Would recommend RBK!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food and service!!! Nice selection of craft beers and speciality cocktails. My only minor complaint is when you serve a $12 specialty cocktail, don't use standard maraschino cherries, they are overly processed and actually detract from the drink. Splurge on the Luxardo cherries or the moderately priced Bada Bing cherries from Tillamook farms.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing food ! Fresh and well plated

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was good but nothing special. Salad with meal was separate charge, no bread on the table. Expensive for ordinary meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We came to RBK for a double birthday celebration and shared plates with excellent success. We shared a prosciutto flatbread (topnotch), beet salad, crab cakes, sweet potato tots, and entre chopped salad. Two amazing desserts in bourbon bread pudding and cherry tart. Everything was delicious, inventive use of ingredients, and lovely presentation. I recommend this place highly, and it is worth the drive. One drawback is how incredibly noisy it was, at least on Saturday, but a large percentage of that noise came from one table right next to us, so we could not avoid their raucous laughter and loud voices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and service. Numerous options to choose from

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always great

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I was very disappointed with my meal. I was looking forward to having fish and so I ordered the "special" which was fish and chips. The fish crust was moist and the restaurant did not have Malt Vinegar. Instead they brought out red wine vinegar. The flatbread was just "ok" and overall the service was slow for not being crowded.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This was my first time at rbk American Grill. I found the menu interesting but a bit confusing. The eggplant parmesan looked interesting, so I ordered it. When it arrived, it was a tiny serving -- three slices of a small eggplant with a little shredded mozzarella cheese melted on top, accompanied by some greens with shredded mozzarella. It came with no pasta or bread. It was delicious, but the portion was so small that I was still hungry when I left the restaurant. The server offered no input when I ordered -- in fact, service throughout the meal was indifferent at best. on top of everything else, the chairs are not upholstered and I became very uncomfortable sitting there through dinner.

While I might be willing to give rbk another try sometime, it won't be for a while.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Consistently good food and service. Haven't had a bad experience there yet. Always look forward to eating there!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

A great meal on the outdoor patio. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Second visit. Food was excellent. Service again left a lot to be desired. Provided feedback upon leaving, since we love the food. The owners were there and should have seen for themselves (or at least walked around and asked their patrons).

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This was my second time at RBK, and it's great for a group where a bunch of us have dietary restrictions. Thankfully our table on the patio and the quality of the food made up for the subpar service - forgotten drink orders, missed appetizers, timing of the meal generally off. I really wanted to like this place more! But for the prices for the food, you expect the service to be better. The ambiance inside is also just meh - feels a little more casual than the menu itself. We'll probably go back since we're local, but to sit at the bar and less for a nice friends' dinner.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food was great. I always feel that the wine list is a little limited but we found something that worked for our group. My only real criticism is in the service of our waitress, she acted like we were bothering her each and every time she came to our table, including the first time she came over. Others that we interacted with were quite friendly though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We unfortunately had a poor experience at RBK. We were seated promptly but we sat ignored for over 10 minutes. It was very weird, servers just kept walking right by us and no one said a word or even looked our way. We were really hungry so we ended up just leaving, which is unfortunate as the food looked good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This was a disappointment. We were there on a Saturday night and the place was half empty. That should have been the first clue. The restaurant doesn't live up to it's "hip" reviews. It really is very nice inside and the 2 patio areas are lovely as well. Unfortunately, the food was not good. We ordered flat bread which was soggy and cold and not terribly flat. It may have been tasty if it wasn't soggy. Also ordered the goat cheese appetizer which was cold and served with marinara most likely from a jar. The server dropped the spoon into the sauce and asked if that was ok. Not sure what I was supposed to do with a spoon in my marinara so I asked her to just take it out. My husband had tortilla soup which also wasn't hot and a chopped salad that was underwhelming. No reason to return here. Too bad since the atmosphere was nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Awesome food and awesome atmosphere

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

We've been numerous times and always leave having had a great time and a very satisfying dinner. Owners are warm and want you to have a great time. Food is creative and delicious - drinks are even better!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Everything was spectacular. Our server, Kerry, was delightful and helped a lot with recommendations. We did the ceviche appetizer (awesome) along with the crab cakes, grilled shrimp tacos, and the tempura asparagus - all DELICIOUS. A definite neighborhood favorite.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

If you are people-watching in downtown D.G. , RBK is the place to be. We passed on the patio that day but RBK's patio is shady in the evening and allows great people watching without too much annoying traffic (although there is an occasional train.) The ice-cream shop next-door provides some entertainment. My husband has commented that the menu doesn't change but why would you want a change when the menu has so many great standard items! My new yummy item, the "grown-up version" of mac n' cheese with peppers and mushrooms was fantastic and (yes the menu does change!) the tempura asparagus which I love, love, love is BACK! The ceviche is great as always too. Definitely one of my favorite places to dine outdoors in the summer!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, People Watching, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The food was piping hot and absolutely fantastic. We will return and get something new. I can't see this place disappointing.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Had a wonderful meal at rbk American Grill. We shared appetizers (P.E.I. muscles, crispy goat cheese and crab cakes), entrees (beer battered shrimp tacos, rbk burger, 6 hour short ribs and Nashville hot chicken) and dessert (flourless chocolate cake, bread pudding and a cherry tart). Food was excellent, service was wonderful. Pace was leisurely. The wine list is very nice, with a good variety of reds and whites at reasonable prices. We stuck with the dry rose. Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The food was wonderful and the staff were very attentive and respected our need to leave on time to see a movie.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great food ... crab cakes and red grouper was excellent

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great mixed drinks. Wonderful service. The burgers are cooked to order and done properly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great Beer
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We ate outside. The server was very helpful 20th info. Food was pricey, but worth it. Fresh, flavorful, beautifully prepared!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This my third experience at RBK, the food is superb! I have order a different dinner entrée on each occasion. Comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff and an excellent bar area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I was told, after I made the reservations, RBK was a hamburger joint. Well, it's more than a hamburger joint, it is casual but, the menu is sophisticated . I had shrimp tacos, they were scrumptious and crunchy. Scallops were ordered and they were cooked to perfection. Other people had fish and loved their food. I had cherry tart that was sublime a dynamite crust. We also ordered banana cream pie with oreo crust WOW. My one pet peeve with restaurants today is NOISE and sorry to say RBK is LOUD. It's very irritating and doesn't have to be loud. There are tons of noise baffling items on the market use just 1, please.

RBK was enjoyed by all and we will be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

RBK is close to home, and makes a great dinner spot for a dressed-up menu with casual convenience. Our meals were both quite good, and the pace of the meal was just what the evening called for. We'll continue to Lean on RBK to deliver when we don't have time to cook ourselves!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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