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RJ Grunts

RJ Grunts

American Restaurant · Lincoln Park
2056 N Lincoln Park W (at Dickens Ave), Chicago, IL 60614, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts still exudes the funky, devil-may-care lifestyle of the 70s in its style, décor, music, and menu.


Based on 207 votes

People like this place

  • What you need to know
    Sarah S.
    "Best salad bar! Buffalo chicken nachos rock."(21 Tips)
    Chicago magazine
    "Try the Grunt burger, BBQ ribs, and the cookie in a bowl."(3 Tips)
    terry f.
    "Yowza burger is amazing."(2 Tips)
    Zack S.
    "Nothing like the Buffalo Chicken Nachos!"(3 Tips)
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93 tips and reviews.

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  • salad bar
  • burgers
  • milkshakes
  • French onion soup
  • spicy food
  • cookies
  • French Dip sandwiches
  • veggie chili
  • cocktails
  • cheeseburgers
  • great value
  • frozen yogurt
  • malts
  • wine
  • beer
  • BBQ ribs
  • family-friendly
  • good for a quick meal
  • wraps
  • brunch food
  • Allison A.

    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.

    Allison Arthur · August 8
  • Melda Ö.

    Great suprise around the corner. Buffalo wings are to die for. Super cosy bar.

    Melda Özkan · June 13
  • Amy V.

    Place rocks. Music is all 70s . Totally go back.

    Amy Vuckovich · June 1
  • Christine P.

    French onion soup!

    Christine Pietryla · March 31
  • Andrew W.

    Decent food for the price

    Andrew White · January 4
  • Roe J.

    2 hours and 45 minutes for a seat?!?!? This place must be good

    Roe Johnson · December 27, 2014
  • ISC C.

    The chili wasn't that spectacular; hearty but not much flavor, to be honest

    ISC Chicago · December 26, 2014
  • ISC C.

    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 :-(

    ISC Chicago · December 26, 2014
  • Michelle A.


    Michelle Akin · December 20, 2014
  • Joe C.

    Kid friendly. Mother approved. Park your stroller outside with a complimentary lock.

    Joe Collins · December 13, 2014
  • Itzell I.

    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.

    Itzell Islas · October 26, 2014
  • Joseph B.

    The burgers are good and the kitchen is open later than most kitchens in the area.

    Joseph Blewitt · October 17, 2014
  • melissa m.

    Amazing salad bar and tasty burgers!

    melissa middleton · September 13, 2014
  • Linda L.

    One of the best hamburguers in my life!

    Linda Labra · August 8, 2014
  • Nina M.

    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. :-)

    Nina Marie · August 7, 2014
  • ryan b.

    talk to the adorable little bartender called ella. give her all the money in your wallet/purse/bank account for tip.

    ryan brewer · August 3, 2014
  • Redeye Chicago

    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

    Redeye Chicago · August 3, 2014
  • Time Out Chicago

    This tightly packed hamburger shack is where to get the thick, juicy “Gruntburger,” topped with addictive fried onions and blue-cheese dressing Read more

    Time Out Chicago · August 2, 2014
  • Lauren

    Great place and amazing service! Lauren was awesome!

    Lauren · May 26, 2014
  • 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++

    Louis-Felix Binette · May 16, 2014
  • Bridgid D.

    Salad bar!!!

    Bridgid Defranceschi · April 29, 2014
  • Courtney Q.

    Get anything with the name "grunt" in it

    Courtney Quigley · March 20, 2014
  • Lettuce Entertain You

    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

    Lettuce Entertain You · January 29, 2014
  • Kirsten G.

    Soup and salad bar. The Cream of Mushroom is delicious!

    Kirsten Gorton · January 26, 2014
  • Layla K.

    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.

    Layla Khoury-Hanold · November 16, 2013
  • Tornaparts !.

    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.

    Tornaparts ! · October 16, 2013
  • Lisa Z.

    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.

    Lisa Zimmer · August 24, 2013
  • Suneet G.

    3 dollar tall boy PBRs might be the best regular drink special in the area

    Suneet Gautam · August 9, 2013
  • Anamaria H.

    Order the buffalo chicken nachos! They are perfection!

    Anamaria Hernandez · July 29, 2013
  • Jason D.

    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

    Jason D · July 20, 2013
  • David S.

    Haven't been here for years. Still the same. Great food, salad bar and service. Classic!!

    David Saffrin · July 15, 2013
  • Melissa B.

    The burgers are amazing!

    Melissa Baglio · July 13, 2013
  • Emily E.

    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

    Emily Esmail · July 6, 2013
  • Argelia M.

    1st Lettuce Entertain You restaurant

    Argelia Martinez · June 22, 2013
  • Mike S.

    great good and service, highly recommend this restaurant! Try the Salad Bar!

    Mike Segoviano · June 2, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    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.

    Serious Eats · May 14, 2013
  • Laura G.

    The California wrap is excellent.

    Laura G · April 22, 2013
  • Jake S.

    I can't really recommend their house cocktails: stick to beer and wine.

    Jake Smith · April 5, 2013
  • Michael B.

    Not worth it. Sh*t show. Front is totally unorganized. Tables are jammed. Hard to maneuver with kids.

    Michael Binetti · March 29, 2013
  • Karan S.

    One of the best veggie burgers I've had!

    Karan Shah · February 17, 2013
  • Daniel E.

    The Sunday special, Dixie Chicken, is outstanding.

    Daniel Evans · February 11, 2013
  • Madeline M.

    The grunt burger is the best!!

    Madeline Makara · January 5, 2013
  • Diana T.

    The shakes are great!

    Diana Trantham · December 22, 2012
  • Andrew

    Best salad bar in Chicago, unbelievable chili and to die for burgers...paired with your favorite pint and you can't go wrong!

    Andrew · December 13, 2012
  • Aaron L.

    The French dip was pure perfection

    Aaron Lobliner · November 25, 2012
  • William R.

    I really enjoyed the chocolate shake.

    William Rush · October 13, 2012
  • Ernie I.

    Food is great here, except don't get anything with Ranch, it's terrible.

    Ernie Izaguirre · September 14, 2012
  • Chelsea

    If you get Curtis as a bartender you are lucky. He is a total hottie!

    Chelsea · September 8, 2012
  • Daniel B.

    Don't bring your girlfriends sister, she'll run up the tab

    Daniel B · June 3, 2012
  • Curtis B.

    Mo k. U r not here.

    Curtis Becht · May 23, 2012

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