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The Grille on Laurel

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181 E Laurel Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1205 (Western and Laurel)
(847) 234-9660
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:30 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is owned by Marcus Lemonis whose TV show is focused on fixing bad businesses. He may want to spend more time at MLG the new name for The Grille. I was excited about the new ownership after a couple of disappointing experiences a few years ago. Well, you need to do something more than changing the name. The... More 

Thank TimeTraveler123
Sparks, Nevada
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

The restaurant, according to our waiter, has only been open for less than two months. Our waiter was attentive; thanked us for returning to try their "new" menu. We dined on the patio. The inside has been totally redone with a lovely decor. Our party ordered the fish entrees (chilean sea bass; grouper; wild caught salmon). All were pronounced excellent.... More 

Thank George-Patsy E
Lake Forest, Illinois
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The Grill finds its way to treat each customer with respect and well true midwestern values. I've enjoyed my several visits this year to the Grill and the staff is very nice and the food is as well.

Thank stalkinghorse
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Once upon a time, this was my favorite dinner spot in Lake Forest, however with the new ownership it has dropped of my list. The outdoor patio is still great, but the interior is now too "stuffy" and lost the cozy feel it had. They offer you 3 large menus which overwhelm you when you sit down, one wine list,... More 

Thank dadaman
Lake Forest, Illinois
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

My husband and I ate at the newly renovated Grille/MLG last night. There were a few new items on the menu and some old favorites. The macadamia nut grouper has always been one of my favorite meals and it is still on the menu but it is missing the lemon butter sauce AND it definitely needs it! The fish is... More 

Thank paljoey1075BD
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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231 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Enjoyed a lunch with friends. Service was good. Homemade chips were awesome. Party had the Chicken Tortilla Soup which was very good; Also had Salmon Althenian, Salmon Wood Plank, and Pasta Vodka. Bill for 4 with 2 drinks $116.00 - which seems a bit much for lunch.

Thank Ann W
Lake Forest, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Nice atmosphere outside, dark and cozy all good. Had a cocktail and breadbasket and then ordered dinner. Second breadbasket, my mother went for a breadstick and came up with a gnawed on chicken wing. Management was too busy to be shocked. Offered to buy us drinks but never did. Second time there, (forced...? friends wanted to go) they couldn't even... More 

Thank Buckystar8
Lake Forest, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Reopened Friday, June 3; Major redecoration to interior dining room, staff turnover. Opening night service very poor, with no visible management on the floor, food and beverages slow to arrive. We hope that the experience will improve. This had been one of our favorite restaurants, especially alfresco dining when weather permits.

1 Thank edetgen
Daphne, Alabama
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

We went here as a last dinner with our new Sailors. From the moment we walked in the service was very flat. Not welcoming and felt like we were disturbing the staff. It was before dinner service would begin so maybe they wanted a break? The restaurant is lovely and we expected the service would get better. The server came... More 

1 Thank RJTaulbee
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Made reservations for 6pm on open table and got seated promptly. The food and service was excellent. They catered to my wife's gluten intolerance. The mousse for dessert was soooo good!!

Thank Dancestudio1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Bar, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 E Laurel Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1205
    (Western and Laurel)
  • Public Transportation: We are located right near the Lake Forest Metra train station.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: (847) 234-9660

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?