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Active Beers: 405
Beer Ratings: 2,216
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
94 Yorktown Center
phone: (630) 424-1550
(Place added by: schmudde on 09-25-2006)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Though the Orland Park Rock Bottom is closer to my house, I often go to this location as well because it is in the parking lot of a mall my wife likes to shop at.
From my first visit about 6 months ago, I have been impressed with the beer, the food, and the seemingly honest desire to provide a good experience to customers.
The brewer at this location seems to have a preference for Belgian ales, which is A-OK with me. He also makes a fantastic Imperial Pilsner, but I digress. The bartenders to a good job of coaching newbies through their selections.
There are drink specials galore if you join the Rock Bottom Mug Club, which is free. Being a member gets you larger pours (20oz instead of 16) and reward prizes for certain numbers of visits.
The food is quite good quality and reasonably priced. For those who don't like the "chain feel" I would call the food a definite couple steps up from Applebees, Cheddars, TGIF, etc.
All in all, this place rocks (no pun intended). The beers are all well made and in addition to the 6-8 house beers, there are always 3-4 specialty or seasonal beers being served as well as a couple cask beers. Well worth the trip, as are all of the Chicagoland Rock Bottom locations.
08-24-2008 06:29:01 |
More by spointon
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I would have to say this is my second favorite Rock Bottom in Illinois, paling only in comparison to the downtown location which is always a treat to go to. This one is located next to the Yorktown shopping mall. Upon entrance you can head to the right for the large dining room section, or head to the left for the bar area which has tons of seating and views of the brewing equipment. The new smoking ban in IL makes the bar area an even more attractive place to grab a seat and belly up.
There is usually a great selection of brews. You have your normal RB standards along with a rotating wheat and stout option which can range in between anything in those respective styles. They have around 8-10 tap options usually and have recently started to feature barrel aged brews as well. (Barrel Aged Pomegranate Baltic Porter is quite amazing.) Any beer lover can find a good beverage here.
The food is equally good with quite a big American style menu with lots of favorites. Good appetizers include the nachos and calamari for sure. Reasonablly priced overall for the area and quality.
Service has always been good for me and the bartenders are generally knowledgeable and care about the beer they are serving. Overall, it's a good place to stop in for a drink and a nice atmosphere as well. My only complaint is that it can get a little loud with the TV's and music, since I sometimes like a more quite, laid back establishment.
Overall, Rock Bottom Lombard is a great place to stop at for both food and brew. Being that I grew up in Lombard I think it's a great asset for the town and a sure stop whenever I head out to visit my parents.
02-10-2008 23:35:06 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Although Rock Bottom is a chain -- the Chicago location, and now the Yorktown/Lombard location, have great brewmasters who are doing excellent things with their seasonals. The decor is woodsy ski lodge and the location is in a mall parking lot. However, you can discount all that if the beer is good. As of last night, RB Lombard had 6 seasonals on tap and another on CASK. (My ratings above reflect the seasonal selections featured on the chalkboards on the big wall behind the circular bar.) They had the usual line up as well, but I did not pay them any attention.
Service was great at the bar -- the bartender Michael was especially knowledgable and helpful. Knew to recommend the cask of the Rye Porter, and to suggest that the Barrel Aged Stout needed to warm up a bit.
The Rye Porter was on both tap and cask. The rye accenuated the hoppy quality in the porter. The Winter Wit was a cloudly very belgian wit with lemon and eggy qualities. Two of the current seasonals are barrel aged: the Creme Dreme, a cream stout aged for a year in bourbon barrels, and the Night Vision, an IPA aged for 5 months. The Night Vision was a solid IPA with oaky wood overtones. The Creme Stout really picked up the vanilla from the cask and seemed to pick up some bourbon heat as well. (and did develop some more depth beyond the vanilla as it warmed). The Old Thumper Barley Wine was 9.5%, and if you like grapefruit hops and strong alcohol - this is the beer for you. The final seasonal offering was 3rd Eye Imperial Stout which was a fine stout -- It didn't really taste imperial, but had good body and nice dark flavors.
In addition to the kick-ass seasonal line up, you can get most beers to go in growlers for 6.99 (downtown Chicago location has similar deal, does not include barrel-aged or barley wine -- but did include the wit and rye porter), making this the best growler value in the Chicago area.
Hopefully this strong seasonal line up is the sign of things to come -- seems that others have not seen as deep of a special selection on previous visits. The brewer is certainly doing some nice things here!
(also close by and worth a trip are Lunar in Villa Park and Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge in Lisle)
12-29-2007 01:09:26 |
More by 4thoseabout2bock
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been here to eat once and just for beers at the bar twice. The food is pretty good. For Rock Bottom - I'd rate the food a bit better than most others I've been to.
The room is impressive - lodge type of atmosphere.
The beers - mostly Rock Bottom Staples. The times I've been there they did not have any interesting brewer's specialties. A wheat beer the first time, a porter the second. Quality is okay, hoping this brewer will step it up a bit in style as they develop an audience. No flaws, but nothing pushing the envelope either. Considering the Rock Bottom downtown does push the boundries - I was hopeful.
The bar scene was not BA. Most were drinking the lightest beers possible. The bartenders did a decent job, but again, not really BA level. Didn't pick up on the fact I knew beer styles and kept going back to least common denominator when I asked questions.
Glad to have it in the area, hoping they stretch as time goes on. If you are in the area - pick this over Taylor.
08-28-2007 01:56:43 |
More by sweethome
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
nice and new, rb beer-themed decor. lots of nice new flat screens surround the large circular bar. very nice steel cobra taps. nice lineup of about 8 beers but nothing "extreme" or out of the ordinary when i visited. service was good and at $3.75 per 20+ oz mug a nice value. the red and esb i had were nice and very sessionable. both had some nice caramel malt action going on along with a well-balanced hop bitterness. some of the upcoming seasonals look interesting. they serve the "light" beer they make here that most randonis drink in pilsner glasses and the rest in pint glasses or mugs.
04-10-2007 04:38:11 |
More by MrMcGibblets
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here to grab dinner and a beer. This is located next to a mall in the heart of suburbia. Not usually the type of place I like to go to, but there are not many things around here except chains.
The restaurant is big, a mix of Adirondack camp style and 1920's Mission and Stickley. When you enter, a smoky bar is on your left and the dining area is on your right.
I had one beer while here, the selection is pretty limited. I think six "regulars" plus one Brewmaster's Choice. the beer arrived in an Imperial pint glass and was really pretty good.
Food is good, I had pub tips. A lot of food for $12.99. Plenty of options available, from sandwiches to salmon.
My server was very attentive and knew both the beer and food. Very pleased overall.
03-19-2007 02:01:16 |
More by beveritt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is in a new mall that is under construction but the big post and beam structure of Rock Bottom is finish and looks great. When you walk inside there is a nice dinning room to your right and a bar area of the same size to your left. I sat at the bar and they had the typical Rock Bottom beer menu with a seasonal menu on the side. They also had the beers written on chalkboards on the wall but the top of the bar was in the way. The chalkboards gave date tapped, style, ABV, OG and a style. That was pretty helpful but I asked the bartender for some recommendations. I was shocked to see that they have 9 beers on tap, all brewed in house.
They had some different glassware for wheat beers and chalices for higher gravity beers which was nice to see. The styles that they wrote on the paper beer menus had different style descriptions than the chalk boards which was a bit confusing. The bartender said that the brewer writes the chalkboard description so I trusted those the most.
I wanted some snacks so I looked at the appetizers and they were a bit more expensive that I thought but they were double size portions so it was still a reasonable deal.
I was impressed that this brewer has some creativity and it will be nice to see what comes up with some of the other seasonal.
01-14-2007 22:37:04 |
More by rhoadsrage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a nice looking place. The outside has lots of brick, wood & stone. They have also incorporated a large grain silo into the design. Im not sure if its functional or just decorative, but it looks fine.
As you approach the front door, you will notice a small outdoor patio on your left. Once inside, the bar is to your left and the spacious dining room is to the right. This may be the largest dining area I have ever seen in a Rock Bottom.
We chose to eat in the bar so I could watch the BCS game (what a blow out ). The bar is in the center of the room and there is seating all around it. There are also tables on all four sides. Im guessing the bar itself seats 50 to 60 with room for another 100 or so folks at the perimeter tables. The bar has an attractive Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie style design. Brewing equipment is on display through windows on the west side of the bar. Stylish and very clean bathrooms.
They had about 6 to 8 regular beers. I had the Eric the Red, which is a decent enough amber. Their Pale Ale was outstanding. I also had a mug of their Baltic Porter, which was tasty. This was one of their specials.
The server had decent beer knowledge and ably described the beers. The place was crowded, but he did a pretty decent job of getting our food and keeping our beers full.
Speaking of food, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, portion size and the sheer number of choices. We started with some tasty calamari and then went on to the entrees. I particularly liked the smoked chicken enchiladas and the blackened chicken breasts.
This is well worth a stop if you find your self in the neighborhood. With dinner for four, appetizers and 14 beers, our tab with tip was $160.
01-09-2007 19:11:05 |
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