About Bluegrass

1636 Old Deerfield RD
Highland Park, IL 60035
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Richfield Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 831-0595

Website:
http://www.bluegrasshp.com/

Entertainment:
The best Mardi Gras in Chicageaux!

Catering:
We now cater for home, office or in our dining room, check out our website for current menu suggestions. www.bluegrasshp.com

Parking Details:
plenty of FREE parking, with two lots next door for over flow, and additional parking across the street at the Highland Park Police Department.

Public Transit:
Chicago Northwestern line in downtown Highland Park is about 1.5 miles away.

Executive Chef:
Brian Bishop

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

Additional:
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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Promotions

Authentic Crawfish Boil Sunday June 12th Noon

Sunday Jun 12, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Details
Come join us for an authentic southern Crawfish Boil. The boil pots will be in the parking lot, the dump table in the dining room! Great fun, as this will be a sell out event. Call today for reservations. Brewery (TBA) will provide cold beer. Excludes Tax and Tip. 50 dollars per person plus tax and tip. Special valid on Sunday Jun 12, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

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Bluegrass Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience4
service5

Always a pleasure to go to Bluegrass. Fr ...

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Always a pleasure to go to Bluegrass. From the food to the wait personnel , everyone is super nice and helpful!

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Neighborhood Gem

Dined on April 24, 2016

Always consistent food, interesting specials and fun drinks. Great Bloody Mary's served with a beer chaser!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We enjoyed another wonderful meal. We ar ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

We enjoyed another wonderful meal. We are never disappointed with our dining experience!

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Perfectly satisfying!

Dined on April 10, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing

Dined on April 10, 2016

Food was delicious and drinks were amazing. Atmosphere was very nice. Definitely will return!

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Joan and Jim operate an awesome restaura ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

Joan and Jim operate an awesome restaurant that make you feel welcome. The food and service is like being at home.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great people, great food, great everythi ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

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!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Consistently good!

Dined on April 9, 2016

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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Authentic BBQ

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food with a Cajun flair! Always a ...

Dined on April 5, 2016

Great food with a Cajun flair! Always a treat.

food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious love it

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

Delicious love it

food5
ambience5
service5

My blackened grouper was outstanding! Ev ...

vip
Dined on March 25, 2016

My blackened grouper was outstanding! Everyone loved their meals. As always Bluegrass does an outstanding job from their service to their wonderful food!

food5
ambience4
service5

Delicious food

Dined on March 19, 2016

Delicious food

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great experience

Dined on March 18, 2016

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.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great N'awlins food!

vip
Dined on March 12, 2016

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!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Food and service consistently top notch

vip
Dined on March 9, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Always great food and service!

vip
Dined on March 7, 2016

Always great food and service!

food2
ambience2
service4
value2

not very good

Dined on February 27, 2016

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.

food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Always reliable.

Dined on February 27, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Jim and Joni pay great attention to deta ...

Dined on February 24, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

ALWAYS great!

Dined on February 21, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Great find!

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Great for foodies

Dined on February 14, 2016

The food is delicious- great southern food, the wine is good and the beer list is great. The desserts are okay

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service5

Gumbo is not that good.

Dined on February 9, 2016

Gumbo is not that good.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Surprised! (Happy)

Dined on February 3, 2016

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!

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Had the Crawfish Ettouffee from the Mard ...

Dined on February 2, 2016

Had the Crawfish Ettouffee from the Mardi Gras menu and it was excellent!

food5
ambience5
service5

We are repeat customers. We are always e ...

Dined on February 1, 2016

We are repeat customers. We are always extremely happy with the warm greeting, service, and food!! We highly recommend this restaurant.

food5
ambience4
service3
value5

Great cajun food!

Dined on January 31, 2016

Celebrating Mardi Gras from mid January. Great food, fun atmosphere with beads galore!

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

It Was GREAT!!!!

Dined on January 30, 2016

First time at this Restaurant, I cannot wait to return. The food was Wonderful!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Magnificent as always

vip
Dined on January 28, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Thoroughly enjoyed the Mardi Gras menu!

Dined on January 25, 2016

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!

Tags: special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome As Always!!

vip
Dined on January 23, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

There is something for everyone on the menu

Dined on January 17, 2016

From the moment you arrive, everyone is warm and friendly. The menu has great selection. Something for anyone,

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Many interesting choices on menu

Dined on January 15, 2016

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.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Well presented, very fresh food. Conveni ...

vip
Dined on January 14, 2016

Well presented, very fresh food. Convenient location, plenty of parking. Excellent, attentive servers and owners.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Outstanding Dining!

vip
Dined on January 10, 2016

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 !!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Another excellant Bluegrass meal!!

vip
Dined on January 9, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
food2
ambience2
service1
value1

Reservations? What do they count for?

Dined on January 9, 2016

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.

food5
ambience3
service5

Solid and Special

vip
Dined on December 14, 2015

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service5

Best bartender!

Dined on December 13, 2015

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!

Tags: neighborhood gem

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