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R.J. Grunts

2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614-4708 (Lincoln Park)
(773) 929-5363
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Ranked #540 of 8,284 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Cross street: Dickens
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is a restaurant caught in a time warp with an inexplicable decorating scheme. The best I could find on the menu was choosing between a Patty Melt and chicken tenders. Maybe you could eat there on throwback Thursdays and partake of a salad bar that definitely feels old. But it was very popular. Plastic greenery tops windows and large... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very quaint restaurant. The pictures of the women on the wall are the waitresses since 1960. The salad bar was $14.95 but it was fresh, fresh, fresh. The music was a little bit loud but it was at least old music from the 1960s and maybe early 1970. The chocolate chip cream cheese dip on the salad bar with the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Recommended by a dear friend, our family of 4 visited R J Grunts for dinner. We ordered onion rings to start, which was delicious, and had our burgers. We ordered medium and med. rare, which were right on-thick and juicy patties. The burgers came with gooey blue cheese, lettuce, tomato and fried onion, what would go wrong with this combination?!... More

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Denver, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The location and feel of the place leads me to round up. Mostly just decent bar food-above average not great. Except for the burgers. Debatable if it's the right bun, but the burger itself was the other reason I rounded up to 4*. Some inconsistency w medium vs medium rare so be cautious of that. Overall, I'm happy we went.

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Saint Johns, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Went to the Lincoln Park location on a Monday about 1:00 pm. Waited 35mins for a medium rare burger and a chicken wrap. Waiter named Sean didn't check on us at all during our wait. He was much too busy chatting with the table behind us. Wrap was cold and flavorless, burger was O.K. Bill was over $30. Music was... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We went to RJ Grunts with two other couples before going on a boat cruise at Belmont Harbor. Since this is in the heart of Chicago near Lincoln Park Zoo parking is a nightmare. So we took advantage of the valet parking. This was convenient but cost us $13 including tip. The food was fantastic but the whole restaurant was... More

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Lund, Sweden
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159 reviews 159 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I have never been to the restaurant in Chicago but we ate at the scaled down version at O'Hare recently. The burgers were rather small for $7 but tasty and fresh. $3 for a bottle of water was a bit much.

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We ate here instead of eating at the zoo. The food was great, the salad bar was a huge hit for my daughter. It was constantly being refilled and cleaned up. It's too bad there aren't more salad bars like this anymore. The service was a little slow, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt- lunch time, holiday... More

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Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great food and bar menu, great prices. Excellent food, drinks, and service. My husband and I would definitely return for food and drinks.

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

RJ grunts is lettuce enterain you's first restaurant and I still think it's one of their best. They play 70's music, they have great milkshakes and burgers and the best salad bar in town. Their servers are delightful and the best secret of all is between 10pm and midnight all burgers are 1/2 price. They have a delicious fish special... More

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