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The Grille on Laurel

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181 E Laurel Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1205 (Western and Laurel)
+1 847-234-9660
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 10:30 - 01:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Lake Forest, Illinois
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Every since new ownership took over, the Grill is no longer a staple on our restaurant list. The prices were raised, the menu nightly specials were pulled and call it a coincidence, but in two visits three people took ill, one right in the restaurant.

Thank Vic R
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The Restaurant is now renamed MLG. The food was Very good. Even though there was no official Sunday Brunch, they did have an order-off-the-menu for brunch. Again, the food was very good! Will definitely return.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Lake Forest, Illinois
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72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Recently remodeled and menu upgraded, sleek and modern inside with expanded bar. Service is good but really expensive place if you're just stopping in for a beer or glass of wine

Thank 1Angus1
Midland, Michigan
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Colleagues and I went for dinner. The service was EXTREMELY slow! There were only 4 other tables of people in the restaurant so was NOT busy. Drinks took 10 minutes! The food was not cooked properly, all steaks (ordered 3) came out under cooked and my Sea bass was unrecognizable as it looked like it came from the tail...long and... More 

Thank Dianne P
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105 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This restaurant is owned by Marcus Lemonis whose TV show is focused on fixing bad businesses. He may want to spend more time at MLG the new name for The Grille. I was excited about the new ownership after a couple of disappointing experiences a few years ago. Well, you need to do something more than changing the name. The... More 

Thank TimeTraveler123
Sparks, Nevada
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

The restaurant, according to our waiter, has only been open for less than two months. Our waiter was attentive; thanked us for returning to try their "new" menu. We dined on the patio. The inside has been totally redone with a lovely decor. Our party ordered the fish entrees (chilean sea bass; grouper; wild caught salmon). All were pronounced excellent.... More 

Thank George-Patsy E
Lake Forest, Illinois
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

The Grill finds its way to treat each customer with respect and well true midwestern values. I've enjoyed my several visits this year to the Grill and the staff is very nice and the food is as well.

Thank stalkinghorse
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Once upon a time, this was my favorite dinner spot in Lake Forest, however with the new ownership it has dropped of my list. The outdoor patio is still great, but the interior is now too "stuffy" and lost the cozy feel it had. They offer you 3 large menus which overwhelm you when you sit down, one wine list,... More 

Thank dadaman
Lake Forest, Illinois
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102 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

My husband and I ate at the newly renovated Grille/MLG last night. There were a few new items on the menu and some old favorites. The macadamia nut grouper has always been one of my favorite meals and it is still on the menu but it is missing the lemon butter sauce AND it definitely needs it! The fish is... More 

Thank paljoey1075BD
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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301 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Enjoyed a lunch with friends. Service was good. Homemade chips were awesome. Party had the Chicken Tortilla Soup which was very good; Also had Salmon Althenian, Salmon Wood Plank, and Pasta Vodka. Bill for 4 with 2 drinks $116.00 - which seems a bit much for lunch.

Thank Ann W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
American, Bar, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 E Laurel Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1205
    (Western and Laurel)
  • Public Transportation: We are located right near the Lake Forest Metra train station.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 847-234-9660

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?