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R.J. Grunts

#234 of 7,633 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
Lincoln Park
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2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614-4708 (Dickens)
+1 773-929-5363
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11:30 - 00:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Madison, Wisconsin
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313 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is small, but has lots of character. Wood everywhere, a traditional (extensive) salad bar (with soups and great add on items - namely the sweetened chocolate chip cream cheese). The shaved roast beef sandwich with au jus is a buy - it is served on garlic bread! All reasonably priced. Great atmosphere with standard 70's music playing constantly... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a treat to stop by R.J. Grunts! You have to try the salad bar whether you do so with a meal or ALL BY ITSELF. I am an "all by itself" fan. Make it part of a Lincoln Park Zoo excursion. Their freshly made smoothies are fantastic.

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Thank JustARider2
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155 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This used to be my favorite restaurant a long time ago. Not much has changed for sure! Except maybe my palate. We had to wait and the place is tiny with a little to no waiting area, and it was cold. We sat outside on the bench because there wasn't anywhere to go. The wait was sooner than anticipated, and... More 

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Thank Granolamama
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

My husband and I came here and sat at the bar to grab a couple drinks. The bartender was very friendly. When my husband orders vodka on the rocks they upcharge for the "rocks" aka ice... We both thought that was a bit much, but didnt say anything. My husband ordered a cup of soup, the bartender put an empty... More 

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New Jersey
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329 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Our group of five adults and toddler had a terrific experience at RJ Grunts. Our server was friendly, attentive, and did us a huge favor by snagging a dinner roll for our hungry toddler while we looked over the menu. We shared a starter of their rightfully-famous onion rings, which were crispy in the outside and sweet and silky inside.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My husband and I had dinner here last night. My husband had never been and it had been about thirty years since I had eaten here. We just relocated to Chicago from New York and are still finding our "go-to" restaurants. Such a fun place. It never seems to get old. RJ Grunts is the first "Lettuce Entertain You" restaurant... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Grunt's has been a staple in Chicago since the early 70's. It's a family restaurant with oldies playing in the background. It's a popular place and difficult to get into during certain times of the day and night. RSVPS are accepted and a good idea if you want to be guaranteed a table. The food is consistently good. It's not... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Mid afternoon on a Monday, very nice service and good food. Shakes (chocolate and banana) were excellent. Burgers very good, but not amazing. A bit pricey as well, so next time we'll probably try something different (just because there are so many places)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

It was our first evening in Chicago. I can't remember where I heard about R.J. Grunts, but it was in my trip notes, so we popped over for dinner after visiting Lincoln Park and were seated immediately. The atmosphere is fun, with great music playing, and a very friendly and efficient wait staff. My husband had the pot roast special... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

As a lifelong Chicagoan I've heard about RJ Grunts forever but had never been. We went today for an early dinner and got to see what all the fuss has been about all this time. Great service - I mean really great service and attention on everything. Really good food - buffalo chicken sandwich and even a gluten free menu.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 00:00
Thursday
11:30 - 00:00
Friday
11:30 - 00:00
Saturday
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614-4708
    (Dickens)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-929-5363

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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