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Ja' Grill

Lincoln Park
Caribbean, Jamaican
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1008 West Armitage, Chicago, IL 60614 (Sheffield)
Brown Line Armitage Stop Bus Line 73
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff

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    Very good
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Jerk Food, too loud to enjoy

Jerk Shrimp and Chicken were excellent. Great spice that was very flavorful. The Goat Stew was also excellent. Tender with lots of spice. The desserts were fantastic. The bread pudding and the rum cake were tops and a must have! No real wine list but the cocktails were very good, especially... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2014
houston, TX
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Visited this location with friends last night and I was kind of disappointed. It's extremely small and because it's apparently popular it's a tight squeeze getting to/from your seat (sitting near or at the bar is advised for this reason). Our waitress seemed overwhelmed because there were big gaps in service time. Wings were decent (appetizers). We received cocoa bread... More 

houston, TX
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150 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Jerk Shrimp and Chicken were excellent. Great spice that was very flavorful. The Goat Stew was also excellent. Tender with lots of spice. The desserts were fantastic. The bread pudding and the rum cake were tops and a must have! No real wine list but the cocktails were very good, especially the rum punch. Wine really doesn't go well with... More 

Thank thptrek
Chicago, Illinois
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a review of the Hyde Park location. I believe the Armitage location closed. I order the bread - skip it; the jerk shrimp - very spicy; the chicken and beef pockets - the chicken was terrible, the beef was okay, the dough was flavorless and the filling is like a paste; and the curry shrimp salad - very... More 

Thank 231Liz
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Excellent food and the most welcoming staff. It is always a treat to come to Ja Grill for dinner with friends. Great atmosphere, food, and drinks.

Thank N M
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I went for dinner alone at the new Hyde Park location. I sat at the bar. The bartender suggested that I have the rum punch. It was a large glass. It taste good. I had the shrimp meal. Nice size shrimp, the meal was a good size portion. I felt the price was reasonable. I will definitely go back.

Thank Thorntone M
Treasure Island, Florida
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Chicago is my second home, so when this spot opened I was so excited. As Jamaica is my third home :) The food is delicious and equals true Jamaican cuisine found in JA. I love the Ackee and Saltfish with Callalo, Jamaica's national dish and a favorite Sunday breakfast. Their bloody Mary's are perfect.

Thank LuvJaBad63
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Ja Grill is one of my favorites in Chicago. The staff is always pleasant and the food is always good. I had the ox tails and rice the last time I went and I had to personally thank the chef! If you are a drinker, I suggest their rum punch. Other than IN Jamaica, its one of the best I've... More 

Thank nsutton2002
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

One of my favorite places in Chicago because it has the best rice and gravy I've had here so far. The curries are flavorful and delightfully spicy. The fried plantains are my favorite appetizer. Crunchy on the outside but soft in the middle. Sometimes the music is a little loud for my taste, but it is a fun atmosphere so... More 

Thank CajunCali
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

I will definitely be back.Thia is one of the best food I had ever since I came to Chicago.....what a nice place.I will be back.

Thank GoldenDragon8
Indianapolis, Indiana
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Old style Chicago ambiance was thick in this small neighborhood restaurant with tin ceilings and brick walls. It was warm, cozy, and just dark enough to be romantic. A staff person manned the music by the door, which was flavored Caribbean without being uncomfortably loud. We were a group of Model U.N. delegates looking for a taste of the country... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1008 West Armitage, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Public Transportation: Brown Line Armitage Stop Bus Line 73
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: 773-929-5375

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Jamaican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions


Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lincoln Park

Neighborhood Profile
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.