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RJ Grunts

RJ Grunts

American Restaurant$$$$
Lincoln Park, Chicago
  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Serious Eats
  • Sarah S.
    "Best salad bar! Buffalo chicken nachos rock."(20 Tips)
    Chicago magazine
    "Try the Grunt burger, BBQ ribs, and the cookie in a bowl."(3 Tips)
    Zack S.
    "Nothing like the Buffalo Chicken Nachos!"(3 Tips)
    Daniel E.
    "The Sunday special, Dixie Chicken, is outstanding."(2 Tips)
99 Tips and reviews
  • salad bar
  • burgers
  • milkshakes
  • vegetarian food
  • cookies
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  • Marc S.
    Marc SolomonOctober 13
    I love the burgers, especially the mushroom swiss burger.
  • Megan H.
    Homemade Cottage Fries!
  • Cyndi C.
    Best shakes& burgers ever!!
  • Bill P.
    Bill PeelerMarch 17
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is an institution!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweJanuary 6
    Been here 5+ times
    The sweet 🥔 🍟 are almost 👠 string like and super crispy
  • Bedi
    BediDecember 2, 2016
    Awesome staff, decent food
  • Can A.
    Can AyterSeptember 6, 2016
    Salad bar is awesome. Fresh veggies and fruits. Soups are very tasty.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoAugust 28, 2016
    Manager got a bit defensive about a tweet regarding a missing ingredient in the cocktail; NBD, but he just basically gave me the impression he doesn't understand customer service
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoAugust 28, 2016
    I liked the Strawberry Daiquiri, but the "lone independent strawberry riding on top with whipped cream" was missing; NBD, but should have been told that they were out
  • Winston
    WinstonJuly 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the chicken wings. Milkshakes and malts are great here too.
  • FJ B.
    FJ BeringDecember 30, 2015
    Went on a very crowded evening during the holidays, but service was great and food was tasty!
  • Allison A.
    Allison ArthurAugust 8, 2015
    If you like spicy food, get the hottest wings they have. I got the "Really Hot" and didn't think they were spicy at all. The peanut butter shake is incredible.
  • Melda Ö.
    Melda ÖzkanJune 13, 2015
    Great suprise around the corner. Buffalo wings are to die for. Super cosy bar.
  • Amy V.
    Amy VuckovichJune 1, 2015
    Place rocks. Music is all 70s . Totally go back.
  • Christine P.
    Christine PietrylaMarch 31, 2015
    French onion soup!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteJanuary 4, 2015
    Decent food for the price
  • Roe J.
    Roe JohnsonDecember 27, 2014
    2 hours and 45 minutes for a seat?!?!? This place must be good
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoDecember 26, 2014
    The chili wasn't that spectacular; hearty but not much flavor, to be honest
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoDecember 26, 2014
    Considering I keep hearing good things, the wings are rather disappointing, and I had the Super Hot Buffalo; they're not really that hot and definitely not very plump or juicy :-(
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AkinDecember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
  • Joe C.
    Joe CollinsDecember 13, 2014
    Kid friendly. Mother approved. Park your stroller outside with a complimentary lock.
  • Itzell I.
    Itzell IslasOctober 26, 2014
    The salad and soup buffet is DELICIOUS! 😍 Great music, the bartender is really cute. If you came by yourself, sit on the bar. Free wifi.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittOctober 17, 2014
    The burgers are good and the kitchen is open later than most kitchens in the area.
  • melissa m.
    melissa middletonSeptember 13, 2014
    Amazing salad bar and tasty burgers!
  • Linda L.
    Linda LabraAugust 8, 2014
    One of the best hamburguers in my life!
  • Nina M.
    Nina MarieAugust 7, 2014
    There are only two places I will eat ground meat. RJ Grunts tops my list! They also have very good gluten-free buns, and you never know who you'll run into there. :-)
  • ryan b.
    ryan brewerAugust 3, 2014
    talk to the adorable little bartender called ella. give her all the money in your wallet/purse/bank account for tip.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    There are plenty of things to love about this neighborhood standby—the cartoony menu, the milkshakes, the salad bar—but the burgers top the list. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    This tightly packed hamburger shack is where to get the thick, juicy “Gruntburger,” topped with addictive fried onions and blue-cheese dressing Read more
  • Lauren
    LaurenMay 26, 2014
    Great place and amazing service! Lauren was awesome!
  • Louis-Felix B.
    delicious greasy grub (and a salad bar!) in a typical 70s atmosphere. the music is excellent but it's the service that really stands out, from the minute you set foot through the revolving door. A++
  • Bridgid D.
    Bridgid DefranceschiApril 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Salad bar!!!
  • Courtney Q.
    Courtney QuigleyMarch 20, 2014
    Get anything with the name "grunt" in it
  • Lettuce Entertain You
    Lettuce Entertain YouJanuary 29, 2014
    Get rewarded at RJ Grunts! Earn points on every purchase toward meals, trips & wine. Ask your server about the Lettuce Entertain You Frequent Diner Club! Read more
  • Layla K.
    Layla Khoury-HanoldNovember 16, 2013
    Loved the yowza burger - peppercorn beef, spicy ketchup, pepper jack & smoked bacon. Save room for a shake! Ask for a booth by the window for views of the park.
  • Tornaparts !.
    Tornaparts !October 16, 2013
    Was here once a million years ago. I think it was fine. Remember drinking Newcastle and enjoying it. I guess its named for some bird the owner was giving it to or something. That's funny.
  • Lisa Z.
    Lisa ZimmerAugust 24, 2013
    So, do you get the famous burgers or the famous salad bar? Split a burger and each get the salad bar! The kitchen even cut our burger in half and served it on two plates.
  • Suneet G.
    Suneet GautamAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    3 dollar tall boy PBRs might be the best regular drink special in the area
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezJuly 29, 2013
    Order the buffalo chicken nachos! They are perfection!
  • Jason D.
    Jason DJuly 20, 2013
    Kind of an unorganized mess getting in on a weekend. Tons of children running around. Big salad bar, burgers... Basically if you are not close enough to Ruby Tuesdays or TgiFridays go here
  • David S.
    David SaffrinJuly 15, 2013
    Haven't been here for years. Still the same. Great food, salad bar and service. Classic!!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BaglioJuly 13, 2013
    The burgers are amazing!
  • Emily E.
    Emily EsmailJuly 6, 2013
    Go for the salad bar. Burgers are great too. It's a little cramped but fun atmosphere. Great place to go before or after zoo
  • Argelia M.
    Argelia MartinezJune 22, 2013
    1st Lettuce Entertain You restaurant
  • Mike S.
    Mike SegovianoJune 2, 2013
    great good and service, highly recommend this restaurant! Try the Salad Bar!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    R J Grunts has improved on the classic grilled cheese by simply adding...more cheese. No one can claim this thing is balanced, but that's really not the point.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GApril 22, 2013
    The California wrap is excellent.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithApril 5, 2013
    I can't really recommend their house cocktails: stick to beer and wine.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BinettiMarch 29, 2013
    Not worth it. Sh*t show. Front is totally unorganized. Tables are jammed. Hard to maneuver with kids.
  • Karan S.
    Karan ShahFebruary 17, 2013
    One of the best veggie burgers I've had!
  • Daniel E.
    Daniel EvansFebruary 11, 2013
    The Sunday special, Dixie Chicken, is outstanding.
  • Madeline M.
    Madeline MakaraJanuary 5, 2013
    The grunt burger is the best!!
  • Diana T.
    Diana TranthamDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The shakes are great!
  • Andrew
    AndrewDecember 13, 2012
    Best salad bar in Chicago, unbelievable chili and to die for burgers...paired with your favorite pint and you can't go wrong!
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LoblinerNovember 25, 2012
    The French dip was pure perfection
  • Ernie I.
    Ernie IzaguirreSeptember 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is great here, except don't get anything with Ranch, it's terrible.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you get Curtis as a bartender you are lucky. He is a total hottie!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BJune 3, 2012
    Don't bring your girlfriends sister, she'll run up the tab
  • Curtis B.
    Curtis BechtMay 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Mo k. U r not here.
  • Alexander B.
    Sooooo much history. Soooo much fun!
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 8, 2012
    Lettuce Entertain You launched its empire—and Chicago’s first salad bar—in 1971 at this comfort-food icon. Try the Grunt burger, BBQ ribs, and the cookie in a bowl. Read more
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerApril 4, 2012
    Half prices apps and wings 3-6. This place is ultimate throwback. 70's. French onion soup is the real deal
  • Tony P.
    Tony PinoMarch 26, 2012
    The best burgers and and great service as well as the bar make great cocktails.
  • Winston
    WinstonMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the buffalo wings!
  • C R.
    C ReyMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The salad bar is good but the burgers are where it's at! The wings are tasty, too. Three Floyds on draught, sometimes seasonal.
  • Nancy D.
    Nancy Drews SernaMarch 11, 2012
    Don't get one of the tables for 2 across from bar and in front on kitchen and don't get DORI!
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HiscoxMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The French Dip on garlic bread is excellent!!
  • Kimmie K.
    Kimmie KimmieFebruary 12, 2012
    Nothing special the food is ok the mixed drinks are pretty awful probably will not be coming back unless I'm starving and all other options have been exhausted
  • Zack S.
    Zack StollerFebruary 9, 2012
    Nothing like the Buffalo Chicken Nachos! Cannot be beat!
  • Ben C.
    Ben ClarkJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Dixie Chicken. No doubt. Also, the cookie ice cream thing. You're going to pop.
  • lexi h.
    lexi hoffmanDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lettuce Entertain You is the best when it comes to handling food allergies; the rest of the restaurant industry needs to take note. I have a ton of food allergies & I'm always comfortable eating here!
  • Ben P.
    Ben PiskorDecember 22, 2011
    The home made chips are delicious!!!
  • Josh E.
    Josh EvninNovember 26, 2011
    Salad bar is amazing. Yum Yum.
  • Chad
    ChadNovember 10, 2011
    Best French onion soup
  • Christy K.
    Christy KostakenOctober 24, 2011
    They have the most amazing music here :) oh and the burgers are pretty fantastic ;)
  • Kristiana Z.
    Kristiana ZeromOctober 13, 2011
    This place has an expansive salad bar, but try the peppercorn burger! Also, shakes here are amazing & reasonably priced.
  • Nancy G.
    Nancy GedenSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    onion rings. hickory burger & cottage fries. cookie in a bowl. REPEAT.
  • Danny R.
    Danny RAugust 30, 2011
    Cookie in a bowl! Best dessert in Chicago. Save room!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SifuentesAugust 12, 2011
    Best salad bar! Buffalo chicken nachos rock.
  • Sue C.
    Sue ChernoffAugust 10, 2011
    Don't miss the homemade shakes and malts!
  • ScoopADay
    ScoopADayAugust 6, 2011
    Perfect for the after zoo animal appetite !
  • James "JJ" F.
    James "JJ" FanninJune 14, 2011
    The soup being the price of the temperature outside is a pretty good little gimmick. I loved the burger. The chips, not so much. Definitely going back though. Read more
  • Eric M.
    Eric MunnJune 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    All the shakes can be ordered with frozen yogurt and taste just as good. Read more
  • Hayley W.
    Hayley WestMay 10, 2011
    Without a doubt the best chocolate chip cream cheese dip in the world! Get it from the salad bar and add it to some graham crackers, I sometimes come just for that!
  • StateStSports S.
    StateStSports SMay 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Soup and salad bar is a home run!
  • Shannon R.
    Shannon RoseMay 3, 2011
    The cookie sunday is so amazing!!!!
  • Lindsay M.
    Lindsay MaldonadoMarch 23, 2011
    The veggie chili is delicious!
  • Nicki W.
    Nicki WalliserFebruary 11, 2011
    The shakes are amazing...seriously. This place is usually packed during the warmer months. Staff is always very friendly and food is delish! Burgers and wraps are awesome.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MarshallDecember 29, 2010
    Chips are great (fried on site). Skip the fries.
  • Ro-Black
    Ro-BlackNovember 10, 2010
    Service is always good, food is pretty good. No place to be fancy, jeans will work. Nice location, good atmosphere...if your looking for a good burger & beer this is your place ; )
  • J.j. M.
    J.j. McclellanOctober 18, 2010
    Fish and chips, buffalo nachos, burgers, salad bar. Been eating here for over five years and my favorite north side spot thus far. Everything is great!
  • Brad B.
    Brad BiceAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't order the BLT! It's mostly L!
  • Karen G.
    Karen GrossAugust 27, 2010
    Salads are the bomb and don't forget the cheese dip!
  • ShopTRACY B.
    ShopTRACY BURTONAugust 22, 2010
    the original salad bar rocks! BEST rootbeer floats!
  • Suzie R.
    Suzie RossJuly 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's all about the chicken fingers!!!!!!
  • katie r.
    katie rasmussenJune 26, 2010
    salad bar is amazing..add on the buffalo chicken fingers for $5.95 and eat them at home later..u won't be disapointed;)
  • Phil B.
    Phil ByersMay 12, 2010
    If country chicken is a special the day you visit - DONT HESITATE - order it.
  • Brad C.
    Brad CDecember 15, 2009
    Grunt Burger was excellent! Great shakes too!
  • David S.
    David SchafferSeptember 22, 2009
    The buffalo chicken turbo nachos here -- with buffalo chicken strips on top -- are HANDS DOWN the best nachos I've ever had.
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