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Active Beers: 402
Beer Ratings: 2,200
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
94 Yorktown Center
phone: (630) 424-1550
(Place added by: schmudde on 09-25-2006)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
menu has a wide variety of items , and decent lunch specials , this place wont break your wallet. first thing to do get the beer samplers , try them all ,try the ones you normally wouldn't drink, then try them again, then go larger ! they didn't charge us for most of the samples anyways which were maybe 3-4 ounces each. i could see going for just the food or just for a few drinks but this place you can honestly do both. they have a real variety of drink specials everday not just on the off days. try it once this place wont let you down. i only wish they were on my way home from work so i could refill my growler
11-29-2009 22:09:11 |
More by tatt2ed
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: 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: 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 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I would have to say this is my second favorite Rock Bottom in Illinois, paling only in comparison to the downtown location which is always a treat to go to. This one is located next to the Yorktown shopping mall. Upon entrance you can head to the right for the large dining room section, or head to the left for the bar area which has tons of seating and views of the brewing equipment. The new smoking ban in IL makes the bar area an even more attractive place to grab a seat and belly up.
There is usually a great selection of brews. You have your normal RB standards along with a rotating wheat and stout option which can range in between anything in those respective styles. They have around 8-10 tap options usually and have recently started to feature barrel aged brews as well. (Barrel Aged Pomegranate Baltic Porter is quite amazing.) Any beer lover can find a good beverage here.
The food is equally good with quite a big American style menu with lots of favorites. Good appetizers include the nachos and calamari for sure. Reasonablly priced overall for the area and quality.
Service has always been good for me and the bartenders are generally knowledgeable and care about the beer they are serving. Overall, it's a good place to stop in for a drink and a nice atmosphere as well. My only complaint is that it can get a little loud with the TV's and music, since I sometimes like a more quite, laid back establishment.
Overall, Rock Bottom Lombard is a great place to stop at for both food and brew. Being that I grew up in Lombard I think it's a great asset for the town and a sure stop whenever I head out to visit my parents.
02-10-2008 23:35:06 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here one night for some food and brews, sat at the bar area. It's a very clean and modern place with large glass windows displaying the brewing equipment. They had at least 10 different beers on tap ranging from a light lager to a cask-aged IPA and a barrel aged belgian. I had the Imperial Pils, Milk Stout, Red Ale, and IPA and I was pleased with all of them with my favorite being the milk stout, and all their beers are $3-$6 for a 16 oz. pour. The food was very good and pretty much all entrees and around or under $15, had a pecan crusted chicken and was extremely pleased. The atmosphere is fun, lots of people willing to talk beer, and plenty of TVs to keep one entertained as well. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to go out in the Lombard/Downer's Grove area.
07-31-2011 16:41:05 |
More by VaTechHopHead
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Hold on to your hats folks, this isn't your typical Rock Bottom. The venue is typical enough - a giant space with tons of televisions, a certain amount of class and a whole lot of predictability. Except something is different about this place; there are award banners hanging up everywhere you look. Now, most of them aren't international or even national contests, but winning Chicago-area beer awards is still pretty impressive given the number of outstanding breweries the windy city enjoys.
Speaking of enjoyment, man was their beer awesome! Most Rock Bottoms - no, all of them that I've been to - keep their beers mild and approachable by all customers. But not here, my friend. The two "regular" beers on tap were outstanding for their styles (a light lager with a true pilsner taste and a pale with a great use of hops), but the true mettle came from the three beers they had that were over 10% ABV. This is unheard of - at least to me - in a Rock Bottom.
The Imperial IPA was rock solid, as was the imperial stout, but the beer that really got me was a sort of Belgian with rosemary or some herb that made it stand out. I drank two of them. Afterwards, I was just hungry enough to enjoy a $5 appetizer (it was after 11:00) of fried mac and cheese. Now, I'm sure that anyone can make some mac and cheese, fry it, and it would be outstanding. So I don't give a lot of credence to the food here - it might be exactly the same as all the other Rock Bottoms. But based on the beer, I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say it also is a step above the typical.
The service was awesome too. Always attentive, and warned me that if I waited a half-hour to order an appetizer I could get a lot more for my money. Also, my camera and a DVD fell out of my computer bag somehow, but they were there waiting for me the next day.
03-03-2011 19:27:21 |
More by bigkingken
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Stopped in here to get a growler of the new batch of American Dream IPA. What struck me as funny was that it was a carbon copy of the location in Orland Park, like some kind of parallel dimension brewpub. This one was on the outer rim of the gargantuan Yorktown shopping center.
Bar was to the left of the entrance, down a few stairs. The taps were chrome plated and looked to be sweating a little. I picked up the beer list which had about 10-12 brews listed in a variety of styles. Made a beeline for the IPA, which delivered lots of tropical fruit & citrus in the nose, and solid hop flavor with balanced bitterness. A great growler option that was about $8 for a refill, which was an excellent deal for a 7% IPA.
Service was quick and friendly, I wasn't charged for samples, like they did at Orland for the high gravity stuff. There were some boards on the wall that listed tasting notes for the current beers, with ABV and OG stats listed. This location has a barrel program, and regularly sends entries for FoBAB, so major beernerd points there.
Didn't try the food, so I can't comment about that. Beer was great, so cheers to the brewmaster!
07-04-2009 05:44:21 |
More by emerge077
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Busy place with lots of tables. Found a table and sat next to the brewing equipment. It was a Wednesday night so I was surprised to see so many people there.
The service was very nice and accomodating. Got some good info on the Replicale and the brewing system from the waitress. Didnt stay long enough to eat anything but had a good time regardless.
Lots of beers to choose from (11 total) and a good range of styles covered. The price was pretty good for a whole sampler including the barrel aged beers.
11-08-2010 07:28:10 |
More by t0rin0
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