R.J. Grunts

★★★★★
The 1st Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Creation
  • 2056 N Lincoln Park W

    Chicago, IL 60614

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  • 773-929-5363

About R.J. Grunts

Hours
Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 12:00 AM Sat: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM Sun: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Food

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I've come here a total of many times and really loved everything. I tried, from the onion pancakes to the spicy tofu. Amazing dishes, quick staff, and good crowd. Its a family owned restaurant so it's simple and practical.

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I've come here a total of many times and really loved everything. I tried, from the onion pancakes to the spicy tofu. Amazing dishes, quick staff, and good crowd. Its a family owned restaurant so it's simple and practical.

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Met some girlfriends last night in the city and went to our old favorite - RJ Grunts. I love this place - the waitresses are always so friendly and we love looking at all their pictures on the wall. Unfortunately, we had to go on a really

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Met some girlfriends last night in the city and went to our old favorite - RJ Grunts. I love this place - the waitresses are always so friendly and we love looking at all their pictures on the wall. Unfortunately, we had to go on a really

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EVERYTIME IVE BEEN TO GRUNTS THEY TREAT ME LIKE A KING. THE PRICES ARE REASONABLE FOR LINCOLN PARK AND THE SANDWICHES ARE EXCEPTIONAL. IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU NEED OR DONT LIKE, THE SERVERS AND THE MANAGERS GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE THE CORRECTION. MY SON WHO WORKS FOR COLDSTONE THINKS GRUNTS SHAKES ARE THE BEST HE'S EVER HAD. IM NOT A BIG FRY GUY AND THEY, THE FRIES, DONT LOOK THAT GOOD... BUT I DONT USUALLY LIKE FRIES ANYWHERE. TRY GRUNTS ON A WEEKNIGHT WHEN THEY ARE CROWDED AND U'LL LOVE IT

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EVERYTIME IVE BEEN TO GRUNTS THEY TREAT ME LIKE A KING. THE PRICES ARE REASONABLE FOR LINCOLN PARK AND THE SANDWICHES ARE EXCEPTIONAL. IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU NEED OR DONT LIKE, THE SERVERS AND THE MANAGERS GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE THE CORRECTION. MY SON WHO WORKS FOR COLDSTONE THINKS GRUNTS SHAKES ARE THE BEST HE'S EVER HAD. IM NOT A BIG FRY GUY AND THEY, THE FRIES, DONT LOOK THAT GOOD... BUT I DONT USUALLY LIKE FRIES ANYWHERE. TRY GRUNTS ON A WEEKNIGHT WHEN THEY ARE CROWDED AND U'LL LOVE IT

Pros: burgers and service

Cons: not crazy about the salad bar

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We always look forward to dining here and feel especially appreciated as patrons. The food is fresh + tasty leaving us completely satisfied. There is plenty to sink your teeth into here and the ambience is inviting. Just plan ahead so you don't have to wait too long in line...but boy is it worth the wait.

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★★★★★

We always look forward to dining here and feel especially appreciated as patrons. The food is fresh + tasty leaving us completely satisfied. There is plenty to sink your teeth into here and the ambience is inviting. Just plan ahead so you don't have to wait too long in line...but boy is it worth the wait.

Pros: Can We Franchise...

Cons: Good Luck Finding Them

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Been coming here since they opened. Never ever had a bad burger. Medium RARE means Medium Rare, cooked properly all times. The French Onion soup is the best. Bring back the crackers and specialty cheese, please.

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★★★★★

Been coming here since they opened. Never ever had a bad burger. Medium RARE means Medium Rare, cooked properly all times. The French Onion soup is the best. Bring back the crackers and specialty cheese, please.

Pros: Great food, staff and price.

Cons: No parking.

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Ther service is good. The salad bar is not as good as it looks...the veggies aren't all that fresh. The beer battered onion rings are pretty good though there aren't that many. We enjoyed the fresh juice...great idea and the bread is great!

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★★★★☆

Ther service is good. The salad bar is not as good as it looks...the veggies aren't all that fresh. The beer battered onion rings are pretty good though there aren't that many. We enjoyed the fresh juice...great idea and the bread is great!

Pros: good service, bread, and fresh juice

Cons: not a great deal for the price, salad bar not so fresh

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When I die and meet St. Peter at those pearly gates, if he asks me to choose just ONE restaurant to hang out for all eternity, it would be Grunts. Oh, yeah. I love it that much. This Chicago favorite never disappoints. From the amazing salad bar, to the great sandwiches and tempting specialty drinks, this place is a winner. You will enjoy the theme here, which look straight out of Woodstock (the concert, not Snoopy's little pal) and includes everything from a Peter Max painting, to ticket stubs from that historic musical event and even a giant portrait of a banana staring back at you! Totally far out man :) You will find the service team to be excellent, friendly and always there to make sure you have a good time. Only down side is that on crowded evenings, it's a tight squeeze around the salad bar. But that's no problem, just make sure you used Dial and you'll be fine.

PROS: Amazing salad bar, the nicest staff in the city, great choices, it rocks!
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★★★★☆

When I die and meet St. Peter at those pearly gates, if he asks me to choose just ONE restaurant to hang out for all eternity, it would be Grunts. Oh, yeah. I love it that much. This Chicago favorite never disappoints. From the amazing salad bar, to the great sandwiches and tempting specialty drinks, this place is a winner. You will enjoy the theme here, which look straight out of Woodstock (the concert, not Snoopy's little pal) and includes everything from a Peter Max painting, to ticket stubs from that historic musical event and even a giant portrait of a banana staring back at you! Totally far out man :) You will find the service team to be excellent, friendly and always there to make sure you have a good time. Only down side is that on crowded evenings, it's a tight squeeze around the salad bar. But that's no problem, just make sure you used Dial and you'll be fine.

PROS: Amazing salad bar, the nicest staff in the city, great choices, it rocks!
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I've loved this place for years! It has changed the salad bar (not what it used to be with that great tuna salad they used to have on it) but it has introduced some new items such as a second soup. Great location to go walking before or after a great meal. Waitresses are great!

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★★★★★

I've loved this place for years! It has changed the salad bar (not what it used to be with that great tuna salad they used to have on it) but it has introduced some new items such as a second soup. Great location to go walking before or after a great meal. Waitresses are great!

Pros: food, service, location

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Easily the best salad bar in the city. overall good basic food-try the chicken potpie soup if it's available. great 70's atmosphere with 70's dance music always on. a must is their dessert-try the chocolate chip cookie/ice cream/hot fudge concoction-far superior to other versions. worth a trip alone when you need a sweet fix.

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Easily the best salad bar in the city. overall good basic food-try the chicken potpie soup if it's available. great 70's atmosphere with 70's dance music always on. a must is their dessert-try the chocolate chip cookie/ice cream/hot fudge concoction-far superior to other versions. worth a trip alone when you need a sweet fix.

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This little neighborhood eatery is a great find. The food is great, the staff is friendly, and the manager is engaging. If you visit on the weekends, you may have to wait for a table, but you won't be disappointed. The delicious food and salad bar make the wait worthwhile. And, if you're lucky, you may just get a free dessert!

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This little neighborhood eatery is a great find. The food is great, the staff is friendly, and the manager is engaging. If you visit on the weekends, you may have to wait for a table, but you won't be disappointed. The delicious food and salad bar make the wait worthwhile. And, if you're lucky, you may just get a free dessert!

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Inexpensive

Cons: Bad parking, Crowded, Long wait on weekends

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Coming from L.A., where I believe the best hamburgers in the country exist (i.e. In-N-Out, Fatburger, Apple Pan), I was happily surprised to find the best burger in Chicago. Great service with pictures of all the servers on the wall. Huge Salad bar and soup the cost of the weather outside.

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★★★★★

Coming from L.A., where I believe the best hamburgers in the country exist (i.e. In-N-Out, Fatburger, Apple Pan), I was happily surprised to find the best burger in Chicago. Great service with pictures of all the servers on the wall. Huge Salad bar and soup the cost of the weather outside.

Pros: Temperature Soup, Peppercorn Burger, Salad Bar

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Generally I don't quibble much about service, unless it's egregiously bad. RJ Grunts' service wasn't terrible, however, I felt like I had to work WAY too hard to get my order right. I ordered an IBC root beer and a swiss/mushroom burger which allegedly comes with fries. When the food finally arrived, the burger had no lettuce, onion or tomato, the fries had morphed into chips, or 'cottage fries' as the waitress informed me, and the root beer had no glass or ice even though I'd asked for them. The waitress rectified things, but I really dislike having not being asked if things are alright, and the 'cottage fries' thing seemed like a hustle. Otherwise, the burger was very good once I had my veggies, and the prices weren't too bad. Overall, I'd come back, but make sure to let the server know EXACTLY what I want next time.

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★★★☆☆

Generally I don't quibble much about service, unless it's egregiously bad. RJ Grunts' service wasn't terrible, however, I felt like I had to work WAY too hard to get my order right. I ordered an IBC root beer and a swiss/mushroom burger which allegedly comes with fries. When the food finally arrived, the burger had no lettuce, onion or tomato, the fries had morphed into chips, or 'cottage fries' as the waitress informed me, and the root beer had no glass or ice even though I'd asked for them. The waitress rectified things, but I really dislike having not being asked if things are alright, and the 'cottage fries' thing seemed like a hustle. Otherwise, the burger was very good once I had my veggies, and the prices weren't too bad. Overall, I'd come back, but make sure to let the server know EXACTLY what I want next time.

Pros: Decent price, Good location, Tasty burger

Cons: Service not intuitive

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The Gruntburger is without peer in the Chicago area. Blue cheese, plus the terrific french fried onions, make this the perfect end to a bike ride.

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★★★★☆

The Gruntburger is without peer in the Chicago area. Blue cheese, plus the terrific french fried onions, make this the perfect end to a bike ride.

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Another great place to eat. My Mom took me to Grunt's since I was 8! It's still great today. I think the black and white photos the waitress are cool. I almost always get the famous salad bar. They make fresh juices for the health nut. The Lincoln Park zoo is across the street.

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Another great place to eat. My Mom took me to Grunt's since I was 8! It's still great today. I think the black and white photos the waitress are cool. I almost always get the famous salad bar. They make fresh juices for the health nut. The Lincoln Park zoo is across the street.

Cons: meter parking

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This place never disappoints! I love the buffalo chicken wrap.

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This place never disappoints! I love the buffalo chicken wrap.

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as it has the original salad bar in chicago, it is awesome. Always fresh veggies and good food. it is a...

5
★★★★★

as it has the original salad bar in chicago, it is awesome. Always fresh veggies and good food. it is a...

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My favorite restaurant by far. I love getting the grunt burger and a peanut butter milk shake every time i...

5
★★★★★

My favorite restaurant by far. I love getting the grunt burger and a peanut butter milk shake every time i...

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A Chicago staple. The walls are covered in photos of all the waitresses that have ever worked there. Music...

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★★★★★

A Chicago staple. The walls are covered in photos of all the waitresses that have ever worked there. Music...

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The main reason I give RJ Grunts such a high rating is because they have kick ass milkshakes. I had a chai...

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★★★★★

The main reason I give RJ Grunts such a high rating is because they have kick ass milkshakes. I had a chai...

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This is a great place in Lincoln Park to stop into and load up from their awesome salad bar. I don't think I have ever seen such an extensive line of fresh salad items, pastas, and soups. I really prefer to eat in, only because the

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★★★★★

This is a great place in Lincoln Park to stop into and load up from their awesome salad bar. I don't think I have ever seen such an extensive line of fresh salad items, pastas, and soups. I really prefer to eat in, only because the

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There are alot of decorations from the late 1960's here. There is even a ticket stub that is framed on the wall from the famous Woodstock concert. B&W photos of waitresses that go back to when they first opened line the walls. Their

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There are alot of decorations from the late 1960's here. There is even a ticket stub that is framed on the wall from the famous Woodstock concert. B&W photos of waitresses that go back to when they first opened line the walls. Their

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Without a doubt, one of my most special places of all time. I have never had a bad experience here. Whether I went with a large group, a loved one or even by myself, I had a great time. The wait staff, consistently, are the best around.

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Without a doubt, one of my most special places of all time. I have never had a bad experience here. Whether I went with a large group, a loved one or even by myself, I had a great time. The wait staff, consistently, are the best around.

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I am going to go ahead and stick my foot in my mouth here by saying that this place has the best burgers on the north side. I realize what a statement that is, but I feel very strong on the subject. I would say go and try it and if you

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★★★★★

I am going to go ahead and stick my foot in my mouth here by saying that this place has the best burgers on the north side. I realize what a statement that is, but I feel very strong on the subject. I would say go and try it and if you

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This place has the best salad bar in all of chicago. There's so much to have in the all you can eat bar, fresh vegetables, fruits, pasta, soups, and more. Everything is really fresh here and very, very tasty. If you are not a big fan of

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★★★★★

This place has the best salad bar in all of chicago. There's so much to have in the all you can eat bar, fresh vegetables, fruits, pasta, soups, and more. Everything is really fresh here and very, very tasty. If you are not a big fan of

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I lived in Lincoln Park when this place opened, and I remember going and enjoying the casual ambiance, the good salad bar, the good burgers, and the cute waitresses.Little did I know that this would be the first of Rich Melman's multi

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★★★★★

I lived in Lincoln Park when this place opened, and I remember going and enjoying the casual ambiance, the good salad bar, the good burgers, and the cute waitresses.Little did I know that this would be the first of Rich Melman's multi

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Great burgers, etc. Good-size fun atmosphere (autographed famous pictures, etc.) restaurant but also perfect for take-out.

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★★★★★

Great burgers, etc. Good-size fun atmosphere (autographed famous pictures, etc.) restaurant but also perfect for take-out.

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The original Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts is also the least manufactured, with a cozy, neighborhood feel, high-backed wooden booths, mellow '70s music and an amiable local crowd. The menu offers reasonably…

 

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