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R.J. Grunts

#269 of 8,176 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln Park
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2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614-4708 (Dickens)
(773) 929-5363
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Staying Alive

I have been going here since 1972. The menu and the ambiance are a throw back to the early 1970's (in a good way.) The burgers, fries, French onion soup, impeccably maintained salad bar (a welcome change from the 1970s when we were all too stoned to care), and the milkshakes are what one comes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Pietro S
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

It was crowded, loud, and not a good atmosphere for my mother's 85th birthday. She has always loved RJ Grunts which is why we went there, but it was not the greatest. We were seated late, and our server seemed to have no idea of the occasion even though we had communicated multiple times the occasion. We finally just left... More 

Thank Stayactive26
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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138 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been going here since 1972. The menu and the ambiance are a throw back to the early 1970's (in a good way.) The burgers, fries, French onion soup, impeccably maintained salad bar (a welcome change from the 1970s when we were all too stoned to care), and the milkshakes are what one comes here for. Busy and crowded... More 

1 Thank Pietro S
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very good buffalo wings here. Also the salad bar looked amazing but we didn't try it. Veggie chili was very good as well. Some nights they have $5 glasses of wine which is a great value.

Thank lschaul
Sydney, Australia
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125 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommended by a friend, I was expecting a good burger, but it was GREAT. I haven't had a burger like this since my dad used to cook them on the barbecue with lots of TLC. Would definitely eat here again, for the burgers alone!

Thank Canada-Oz
Chicago, Illinois
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715 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

R.J. Grunts was Rich Melman's first creation when restaurant czar launched his Lettuce Entertain You empire in the 1970s. Located at 2056 North Lincoln Park West, across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo, it still is one of the most fan-friendly, funky, happy-go-lucky dining venues in Chicago. We started going to R.J. Grunts when we moved into the Lincoln Park... More 

Thank Taylor B
Oswego, Illinois
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Great little spot, perfect for a juicy burger after walking around the zoo during the Chicago winter. The salad bar also looked delicious, however, I was with the entire family so it was a little more troubling to get to, but it looked bright and fresh with a lot of variety. The restaurant is very small, so I would recommend... More 

Thank Suzanne S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We had a great lunch here on a mighty cold fall day. Tasty soup, generous salad bar, large burgers and a variety of fries. The 6 of us all had burger platters and no one was disappointed. There is even valet parking for strollers or cars. Located across from Lincoln Park zoo.

Thank Bily_Bob
Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I've been an RJ Grunts fan since they opened ( a long time ago) and they always deliver delicious food. The soup and salad bar are enough to fill any one's need for fresh veggies, fruit and hot soup. Others dining with us had the burgers - loved them, the fish and chips, loved it and the kids enjoyed their... More 

Thank Marcia P
Toronto, Canada
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137 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

After walking the Zoo mid day, this place was close by and fit the budget. I can only speak to the soup and salad bar which was great. Everything was fresh (so much to choose from) and the soup was piping hot. Had two servings of the chicken soup cuz it was just so good. My sister had the chili... More 

Thank Janice S
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70 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

I visited the restaurant at the airport and really wish I hadn't bothered. The burger itself was OK but everything that came with it, including the service was poor.

Thank SimonFord

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614-4708
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: (773) 929-5363

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • 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.