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Once Upon A Grill

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2758 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062-2609
+1 847-562-1411
07:00 - 20:00
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Sun 07:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 20:00
Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We often order from as well as eat in at Once Upon a Grill! It is a reliable place to run to when you want something simple like a fabulous bowl of soup or great sandwich! They have a variety of different soups every day including always their Chicken soup! Sandwiches are all reliable on bagels or breads! I have... More 

Thank lrsda
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

There aren't too many deli style restaurants left in the Chicagoland suburbs. Not too far from once upon a grill, there are 3. What's so nice about this restaurant is that it is relatively small. Although the tables are quite close together, it epitomizes a homey feel and you know at least 2 people every time you frequent the restaurant.... More 

Thank BloatedcowandMo
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370 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Riding on their successful reputation with a number of solid restaurants in the area, this place is disappointing. Friendly servers and ok dining area but NO Flavor! Tortilla soup, eh......needed cilantro and flavor! Bagels ok but tuna salad nothing special. The kids meal are outrageous- $7 for macaroni and cheese and a drink..... The Mac and cheese was overcooked limp... More 

Thank Chicagonative_7
Highland Park, Illinois
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160 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

My father (91 years young) didn't have the best experience the last time we ate here, but he saw that I enjoyed my corned beef sandwich so much, he suggested we visit for lunch. We beat the lunchtime crowd but still had to wait a long time for our food. Was it my curly fries or my dad's sweet potato... More 

Thank GerfnitAuthor
Chicago, Illinois
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393 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Like it's siblings in the "Once Upon" group of restaurants, expect good deli food with a wide variety of choices on the menu. Salads, sandwiches, soups, omelets and many other traditional deli favorites. Service is good. A bit noisy, but maybe because it is so popular at lunch time.

Thank Paul C
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 June 2016

This is a wonderful place for breakfast or lunch. Great service, efficient, plenty of variety and all very tasty. My husband and I go there about once a week and it has been a favorite since we moved to the Northbrook area a few months ago. We've taken friends and family that come visit us.

Thank Vivian A
North Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

This restaurant is wonderful. You order when you come in and the food is then brought to your table. This deli/restaurant is great for any meal of the day. I particularly love their breakfast. They have a pleasant staff, fast service, great tasting bagels and their breakfasts are all very good. Big selection for breakfast. It's become a favorite for... More 

Thank vascubhab
Boston, MA
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217 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Our team routinely orders lunch from "Once Upon a Grill." It tastes like a "NY Deli" (if you like NY): fresh breads and meats, just tasty, affordable, filling and fast!

Thank DieselDad
Northbrook, Illinois
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121 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Always crowded at lunch time, it's a challenge to find a place to park in this strip shopping center, and then wait for a table after you place your order. This is a very popular spot with the local older set, and they tend to chat and linger over their tables. Mothers and babies/toddlers also fill tables. But if you... More 

Thank Merrill M
Lincolnshire, Illinois
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

Ordered 2 eggs up with a bagel side of cream cheese and a coffee eggs came in a saucer no potatoes no garnish just 2 little eggs by themselves cost 9.25 way out of line

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2758 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062-2609
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Northbrook
  • Phone Number: +1 847-562-1411

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