Bluegrass is a casual restaurant located in Highland Park. With a cozy setting nestled into the west side of town it is a true destination dining location. Complete with a warm friendly bar and an American flare, Bluegrass blends in a little Southern influence into its repertoire. The wine and beer selections are all American, along with a full back bar, all hand selected to echo the quality of the fare. Check our website for all of our special events.
Check our website for details on the events during the summer, as well as our Facebook page. We have many wonderful specials that rotate, so check our menu regularly on line.
American, Southern, Barbecue
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The best Mardi Gras in Chicageaux!
We now cater for home, office or in our dining room, check out our website for current menu suggestions. www.bluegrasshp.com
plenty of FREE parking, with two lots next door for over flow, and additional parking across the street at the Highland Park Police Department.
Chicago Northwestern line in downtown Highland Park is about 1.5 miles away.
Private Party Facilities:
We only open for private parties on Saturday and Sunday lunches. We do open for showers, weddings, anniversaries and any large group over 30 guests. Everything from a Brunch to Cocktails and appetizers.
Private Party Contact:
Jim Lederer: 8478310595x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Mardi Gras - Cinco de Mayo - BBQ Fest - Oktoberfest every year, three week celebration for each event, special wine/beer maker dinners to conclude the special menu...
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Bluegrass Ratings and Reviews
Always a pleasure to go to Bluegrass. Fr ...
Always a pleasure to go to Bluegrass. From the food to the wait personnel , everyone is super nice and helpful!
Always consistent food, interesting specials and fun drinks. Great Bloody Mary's served with a beer chaser!
We enjoyed another wonderful meal. We ar ...
We enjoyed another wonderful meal. We are never disappointed with our dining experience!
This is the best southern food in the north. If I was not certain I was sitting just outside of Highland Park, Illinois, the shrimp and grits could have fooled me into thinking I was in Louisiana. The meal started with exceptional appetizers and went uphill from there.
Food was delicious and drinks were amazing. Atmosphere was very nice. Definitely will return!
Joan and Jim operate an awesome restaura ...
Joan and Jim operate an awesome restaurant that make you feel welcome. The food and service is like being at home.
Great people, great food, great everythi ...
Great people, great food, great everything. My kids love coming with us because they can visit the treasure chest with great items for them. A chance for us to have a delicious, awesome meal with such kind people. My kids also enjoy watching the long pour for water. I tend to always get the crawfish risotto, but this time had the flank steak and was not disappointed. Their mini-martinis are also fabulous. 5 stars from me!
We go here a lot and the food is always good and the service is attentive. It's the type of place that you can go back to again and again and not grow tired of it. Highly recommend Bluegrass.
As close to Texas Hill Country as you will get. Friendly, great service and authentically prepared ribs and sides. Plenty of other related items to choose from.
Great food with a Cajun flair! Always a ...
Great food with a Cajun flair! Always a treat.
Delicious love it
Delicious love it
My blackened grouper was outstanding! Ev ...
My blackened grouper was outstanding! Everyone loved their meals. As always Bluegrass does an outstanding job from their service to their wonderful food!
Held a luncheon special occasion part for nine. Could not have gone any better. Immediate seating, accommodated last minute increase in reservation count, beverage order taken and delivered quickly, excellent menu selection for any taste, good food taste and presentation. Highly recommended. Helped make a special day even more special.
Great N'awlins food!
I love Creole food and this place answers the call! I had jambalaya that was loaded with shrimp and andouille and bits of chicken, delish! My husband had the crawfish etouffee, which I thought the roux could have been a little nuttier, but he enjoyed it. The service here is outstanding. The owner is present and watching over everything that happens. Wine list offered some good choices. This is my second time there. We brought friends with us, one of whom is a party planner and she plans on sending some of her brides there for showers!
Food and service consistently top notch
I have been getting dinner at Bluegrass at least every month for the past two years and I've never been disappointed by the quality of the food and always impressed by the wait staff.
Always great food and service!
Always great food and service!
not very good
first you notice the low ceiling, dark interior and dated furnishings. Service was good, food not so much. ordered the ribs, dry not juicy at all. tater tots over salted and beans tasted out of a can. husbands brisket looked better and he was satisfied.
This is the first time I had ever ordered the blackened grouper on risotto. While the food is always reliable, this was extraordinary: probably the best meal I ever had anywhere.
Jim and Joni pay great attention to deta ...
Jim and Joni pay great attention to detail. My family has been celebrating special occasions for years at Bluegrass and we are consistently blown away by the food and the service. We come maybe 2-3 times a year but Daria remembers our dinner order including our subtle preferences. Jim and Joni make everyone feel like their most important customer, and that's why our family loves the place! Don't skip the Tilapia Sassafras. Thank you again!
Been going here for several years.. seems that every 3 to 4 months we need a Bluegrass fix! Food has never disappointed...and the martini's are the best! We brought friends last weekend...they were so impressed and couldn't stop raving about the Grouper dish. The owners seem to be there all the time working...no wonder it is consistently a wonderful meal out.
My husband found this place on open table. We were looking for a southern style BBQ restaurant which is hard to find. We both ordered the Sunday smoker and it was delicious. The ribs were cooked well, not chewy at all, but not quite 'fall off the bone.' The chicken was very tender and flavored extremely well. The corned beef brisket was my favorite, very flavorful with fresh onions. The sides were corn and potatoes, which were seasoned and delicious as well. Very good pricing, not cheap but not overpriced, like some restaurants that serve ribs and chicken. The staff was very helpful and professional. The owner/executive chef checked on us to be sure we were enjoying the meal. This was a great find and we will be returning!
Great for foodies
The food is delicious- great southern food, the wine is good and the beer list is great. The desserts are okay
Gumbo is not that good.
Gumbo is not that good.
Wow, were we surprised, The menu has so many options we were a bit concerned about how it all "works" - well it works GREAT! We all had different meals and all were excellent. And the service and friendliness of staff (all of the staff!) was as good as it gets. We had a great time - and will go back if in that area of Chicagoland!
Had the Crawfish Ettouffee from the Mard ...
Had the Crawfish Ettouffee from the Mardi Gras menu and it was excellent!
We are repeat customers. We are always e ...
We are repeat customers. We are always extremely happy with the warm greeting, service, and food!! We highly recommend this restaurant.
Great cajun food!
Celebrating Mardi Gras from mid January. Great food, fun atmosphere with beads galore!
It Was GREAT!!!!
First time at this Restaurant, I cannot wait to return. The food was Wonderful!!!
Magnificent as always
If you are foodie you will have found your home here. We've been eating here for years and except for the growing popularity which makes it more difficult to go without a planned reservation, everything else remains perfect.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Mardi Gras menu!
My husband, son and I went to Blue Grass (first time) for my birthday dinner and it happened to be during their Mardi Gras celebration. Between the 3 of us we had the Shrimp and Grits, Crawfish Etoufee and LaFayette Blue Plate Special, all of which were superb! There were so many dishes that sounded wonderful that it was hard to make a decision on what to order. The seasonings were wonderful and the seafood cooked to perfection. They have a nice selection of beer. Unbeknownst to me, my husband had mentioned we were celebrating a birthday. So after dinner they brought us a huge slice of delicious chocolate chip bread pudding to share. Our server was very attentive and congenial, and during dinner, the chef came out to talk with us to ask what we thought of our meal. It was an all-around great evening and we'll definitely go back soon!
Awesome As Always!!
You can always count on Bluegrass for a wonderful meal and a wonderful time! Everyone goes out of their way to make sure your dining experience is outstanding! We come here on a weekly basis.
There is something for everyone on the menu
From the moment you arrive, everyone is warm and friendly. The menu has great selection. Something for anyone,
Many interesting choices on menu
We kept eyeing the giant martini glass filled with calamari that was ordered by more knowledgeable diners than us. Next time, that delicious looking treat will be one of our orders. Our food was very good and the service was very attentive and the staff very friendly.
Well presented, very fresh food. Conveni ...
Well presented, very fresh food. Convenient location, plenty of parking. Excellent, attentive servers and owners.
As always Bluegrass never disappoints from the quality of the service to the outstanding fare! It is our go to place on a weekly basis !!
Another excellant Bluegrass meal!!
This was another visit at Bluegrass and it was a special as the last visit and the first visit. The food is great, the prices are fair, the drinks are very well made, and the service is spectacular. I can't wait to return and try a new dish that I've never had. Mouth is watering already.
Reservations? What do they count for?
Made reservations... waited 30 mins to be seated (after other people). Why? I'd been trying to find the time to eat there with my husband for so long and after a busy week--but it was just stressful evening. We even showed up 5 mins early. It was so embarrassing for me.
Solid and Special
Bluegrass never disappoints. From ownership (Joni and Jim are gracious hosts who make you feel like family) to the food, value and service with a smile, Bluegrass truly is a neighborhood gem! We've wanted to try the Sunday smoked chicken special, finally did and loved it. We will be back, again and again.
While the food was average - the bartender was THE BOOM!! He made am excellent Moscow mule and Patron gimlet. I'd come back just for drinks! The friendly atmosphere was great too. Very welcoming!
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