Rox City Grill

4.5
573 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Set in a modern yet cozy ambiance and featuring a contemporary menu steeped in the flavors of the season, ROX City Grill provides you the true downtown experience. The goal is to offer guests an exceptional yet affordable dining option in an unassuming atmosphere for the everyday diner while being sophisticated enough to deliver unforgettable moments on special occasions. Fresh ingredients and precise cooking technique create a seamless interplay of flavors and textures. Steaks, chops and seafood are highlighted along with wonderful salads and decadent desserts. In the dining room, friendly, professional servers introduce you to a impeccable wine list. Come be the judge of the results!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Lounge menu nightly with entertainment Thursday through Saturday.
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Phone number
(630) 845-5800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Keith Willis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
First Street
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Parking details
Multi-level parking garage one half block South of the restaurant at First and Walnut. Floors 3,4 & 5 are unlimited time parking, floors 1 & 2 are 90 minute parking. Street parking along the bridge is also available.
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Entertainment
The Rox City Lounge, an elegant wine and martini bar adjacent to the restaurant, offers live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Every Thursday is 'Girls Night Out' with music by local artists featuring $6 martinis; 8:30PM to Midnight. Other evenings highlight local artists with both original material and covers of great piano, blues and jazz; 8:30PM to Midnight.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Please join us for our wonderful Thanksgiving buffet! Visit our website www.hotelbaker.com or give us a call at 630.584.2100 for more information and reservations.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 573 People Are Saying
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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It took almost an hour and a half from ordering to receiving our food. Way too long. The piano player/singer was horrible - all ten of us agreed. Noise level is not conducive for conversation. Very overpriced. Don't think I find a need to return.

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, nice ambiance. Delicious iced tea, tasted like cinnamon, and excellent lamb chops and mussels. Located in the Hotel Baker, would good back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The overall experience was good. We wanted a water front view of the river, but did not realize that the Rox City Grill was on the opposite side of the hotel from where the river was. Waitress was very nice and the food was very good. By far the best part was that the food came out fairly quick. We didn’t have to sit there forever waiting to eat, but I did not feel like the speediness sacrificed the taste or deliciousness of the food in any way. Very modern interior which was cool. I think sitting at a both is nice for a more private conversation, as it was a little loud in there, and more so than I was expecting. Overall a nice experience!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here for our 30th Anniversary. The food, service and ambiance was great!

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D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. We will come back.

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VM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice wonderful service! Food was good and nice atmosphere! Go hungry!

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JM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in the Baker Hotel, this restaurant is just a block away from the Arcada Theater. So, by having dinner at the Rox City Grill before the show, you can enjoy a fine meal and you only have to park your car once. Our server's name was Lhancy. She explained the specials on the menu and was as pleasant as she was efficient. The strip steak and Chilean Sea Bass we ordered were excellent. The restaurant has an extensive list of imported wines and offers live music later in the evening. My wife and I plan on returning to St. Charles in October to see another show at the Arcada and dinner at this restaurant will a part of our itinerary.

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LV
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was excellent but no real vegetarian options. Service was poor, had to ask for requested items two and three times--and it was NOT busy. Finally gave up on one item. For the prices charged, the wait staff should be better.

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HS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Would have been nice to go outside. A patio area near the river would be fantastic

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and location. There's absolutely nothing I would change. Our server, Jacob (Hope I got that right) was outstanding as was everybody else.

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MW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic. Our server, Stevie was very friendly as well as helpful. Outstanding dining experience, we will be back again for sure.

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b
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried it for the first time. Great food and service. Small and great ambiance. We will definitely go again.

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JG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was soso, snappy server, overall i am being generous giving it a 3. Be better or drop the prices! Also the serving plates aren’t cute.

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PJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant experience. Food excellent, quiet the night we were there, service accommodating but not overbearing. Will definitely return.

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VS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for Bachelorette dinner - party of 6 - food was amazing, staff was OUTSTANDING, fun and not stuffy or uptight. very fun vibe. would absolutely return. there was a musical act when we were there and he was great with the group, got them all signing along and played a little bit of everything. I would just recommend seeing if there is a band the night you're going if you wanted a quiet dinner because it was anything but that... otherwise fun place. great location. you may have to park and walk but downtown St Charles is gorgeous.

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DB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

We dine there a lot. Over the past 4 months service has been slow

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

First time visit. First impression not good when wait staff ignored us so they could chit chat with another couple planning a wedding. They were apparently having a good time. Food was eventually ordered and served and was well prepared and presented.

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MF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Excellent service. A little pricy but worth it.

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S
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for our Anniversary-met another couple for drinks in the bar and was fine, nice bar (but reconsider your choice of high top chairs-everyone was sliding out of them!). The restaurant was good and nothing fundamentally wrong but for the money it lacked a bit of creativity I thought. Service was ok but nearly a bit off pace as I think they were down a person.

Overall the place is nice but could be better and should be better for the money.

I would recommend the bar more than the restaurant and by the time we left and the piano player started the bar area was full-so seems a lot of people would agree with me.

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OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to Rox City Grill before, and I think it has changed. It was EXTREMELY noisy this time. Food was ok but very heavily salted.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience, but in pricey side.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the staff was very friendly. However, there were too many problems with the food. I had the lamb lollipops, the chicken lollipops, and the crab cakes. The lamb tasted as if it was old meat, but the chicken tasted very good. The crab cakes had too much filler; however, I will admit my standards are very high since we lived in Annapolis Maryland before moving to Illinois, where the crab cakes were almost all crab meat. My wife had the kabobs, and the steak also tasted like old meat.

On a positive note, our server realized we were not pleased with the food and removed several of the items from our bill without any prompting from us. Although, I was surprised the manager or chef didn’t come by to apologize.

I think we might go back again, but only for cocktails in a nice atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. This is a very quiet spot attached to Hotel Baker. We were there around 7:30 on a Friday night so later for dinner and early for a bar crowd. Our server was super friendly and energetic. It’s integrated with the bar so I’m sure it can get pretty lively with a crowd. The wine list is decent and the cocktail menu seemed impressive.

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BE
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, fabulous menu and the steaks are great. Don’t forget to order the doughnuts for dessert,they are to die for!

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal, great ambience and service! Will definitely be coming back again!

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KG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the shrimp tempura appetizer and it was delicious. Miso crusted Chilean sea bass was amazing and the steaks were cooked perfectly. Very enjoyable dinner location.

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Still one of the best steaks in the Fox Valley area and their Yukon Gold smashed potatoes are superlative. It is a small, intimate restaurant with attentive service and a nice ambience. On weeknights is generally quiet enough that you can have a conversation.

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C
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and and service was excellent. This restaurant has consistently served great food and great service for several years . I can not recommend it enough.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Very nice atmosphere

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dining experience at Rox City Grill was excellent. The service was prompt and attentive, the meal was outstanding.

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent as usual. The steaks are some of the best around. For the wine geeks, Tuesdays are the day we usually go because it is "no corkage fee" night. That makes it worth it as the steaks are pricey. Service is very attentive. Atmosphere is quiet enough to talk. Wonderful, cozy place that is great for a romantic dinner or a nice conversation with friends. They do have live music on weekends that makes the place much louder. The bar gets pretty active on weekends...and corkage is $25 on Saturdays.

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steaks are always excellent and the smashed yukon gold potatoes are a thing of beauty. Every bite was excellent. Only weakness was the ceasar salad was which still good but not up to their usual. Service is always attentive. This is an expensive dinner but it is always so good we like to go fairly frequently. Tuesdays are corkage free nights which helps on the expense and it is seldom busy on weeknights. Good for us but not so much for them. If they don't have their live music playing in the bar, it is also quiet enough that you can enjoy a nice conversation. Weekends are much busier and much louder. Small, cozy dining area in historic hotel with nice ambiance. Highly recommended.

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MB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went here for my birthday dinner this year.. The night started off bad, due to no parking.. I thought they had a valet, they do not. My husband dropped me off at the door a few minutes before our reservation.. he finally got back about 30 minutes later!! We are not familiar with parking in STC, he ending parking about 5 blocks away, after driving around for quite some time.

Service started off slow, but it was obvious they were trying .. it wasn't like people were standing around. It appeared as though they were short handed for the night. The server was very busy, so after about 10 minutes the hostess at least took our drink order.

Even with all that.. the food was excellent, I had a filet and my husband and the sea bass. Both entree's were amazing.

I would certainly go back, but most likely on a week night in warmer weather , due to the parking situation!

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n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and our server was very accommodating. We will definitely come back.

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HC
St. Louis
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our second time at Rox City in the historic Baker Hotel. We made a detour on our visit to Chicago to eat there as we live 300 miles away. Reception was excellent. Food was very good and the service was good, although when there were times it was difficult to get our server's attention, other staff members were quick to assist. Will definitely go again when we travel to Chicago.

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N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the live music but the volume is ear piercing. Food is delicious and bartenders are great!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it so, that I’ll be back

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M
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were under the impression that this was a "fine dining" establishment based on reviews.
This establishment can improve in many areas and does not meet the criteria for that designation.

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