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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
94 Yorktown Center
phone: (630) 424-1550
(Place added by: schmudde on 09-25-2006)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
I tried this place out as my buddy lives not far from here. I was hoping for a better selection of beer as this is a brewery/pub sort of place. However, it was surprisingly lacking (5 beers?! REALLY?!). The house brews were good and enjoyable, but there wasn't much else in terms of craft. I have to say this place caters more towards the yuppity suburban wine and cocktail drinking crowd than a true craft crowd.
The food is typical of the area, in that it caters to everyone: burgers, pasta, pizza, seafood...anything and everything. Prices were decent for the area.
Atmosphere is fine. it's a BIG place and fills up quick on friday and satruday evenings. Lots of families here. Expect to WAIT, and long if you come at peak hours.
As a craft/beer join, I'd skip this place. As a we-need-a-place-to-eat sort of place that happens to have beer, go for it.
06-16-2011 20:56:03 |
More by Northsider
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The decor in the Lombard RB is pretty contrived with a sort of high-ceiling, hunting lodge decor. Yup, perfectly representative of the rich hunting tradition of the Yorktown shopping complex... At least the bar area has large (6-8 people) booths, a huge plus for pub culture IMO. The clientele, like myself, seemed largely comprised of hotel-dwelling corporate jags and rowdy locals. OK, maybe just one of those.
The server we had, while attentive and prompt, really needed to be more authoritative on his beer. In most restaurants I'll give a pass in this regard but, hey, it's a brew pub. Explanations of "this tastes like coffee" (for a red ale?) don't cut it.
Now about those beers, I was actually quite pleased. In the past I'd ordered the sampler at other locations and essentially found one beer that I found passable. Here I was pleasantly surprised. The light beer was...nevermind. The Pale, wheat & red were OK. However, I was pretty impressed from that point forward. The Trippel I was served needed a bit of refinement but was not at all pedestrian. The brown was nutty, lightly roasted and smooth as could be. And the Imperial brown, porter and Baltic porters were, frankly, excellent. I liked the Baltic enough that I ordered another pint after my meal which is remarkable because...
...the Jambalaya I ordered was massive. Not only was the portion large (too large in fact) but it wasn't dumbed down in the spice category. I love hot food and was very pleased that the chef got carried away with the Cayenne. The seasoning in general wasn't overly impressive as there was an obvious reliance on canned tomatoes for the sauce and the chicken, comprised solely of breast meat, didn't do much for the flavor. But the shrimp was well cooked and the Andouille was just fine. For pub grub this was a cut above. And yes, I'm always a member of the Clean Plate Club (which made for an uncomfortable night back at the hotel). The tab was totally reasonable and actually a nice break from the city's Alpine prices.
I think I got off to a bad start with Rock Bottom. The Warrenville location was the first and only location I'd been to and I was anything but impressed. However, after visiting the downtown (still haven't reviewed that!) location and this one I'm coming to see that this is a company that hires solid and, dare I say, excellent brewers. Tim Marshall, this location's brewer, is doing an exemplary job.
03-25-2009 02:56:47 |
More by malcontent
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I guess if you've been in a Rock Bottom somewhere in the country then you kind of know what they are going for here...
The bar area is great here. They have a real nice display on the brewery too.
It was jammed packed in there (and we're in an economic crisis). I couldn't move nor could I get a table. I did still get service however.
Was drinking the Powerhouse Pale Ale. Did try the Tripel (seasonal). The tripel was probalby a better made beer than the Pale. I was really in the mood for hops and was disappointed that they didn't have an IPA. Regardless both beers were decent.
I tried the pretzels which I highly reccomend. They come as a pair and are huge. Little cup of spicy spinach dipping sauce was great too.
02-14-2009 22:33:13 |
More by RockerD
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
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 | $$
Stopped by here to grab dinner and a beer. This is located next to a mall in the heart of suburbia. Not usually the type of place I like to go to, but there are not many things around here except chains.
The restaurant is big, a mix of Adirondack camp style and 1920's Mission and Stickley. When you enter, a smoky bar is on your left and the dining area is on your right.
I had one beer while here, the selection is pretty limited. I think six "regulars" plus one Brewmaster's Choice. the beer arrived in an Imperial pint glass and was really pretty good.
Food is good, I had pub tips. A lot of food for $12.99. Plenty of options available, from sandwiches to salmon.
My server was very attentive and knew both the beer and food. Very pleased overall.
03-19-2007 02:01:16 |
More by beveritt
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've visited the Rock Bottom in Lombard on many occasions as I've lived in the area for years.
The Atmosphere is great. I enjoy the layout of the restaurant that provides a clean, comfortable, well-designed environment for enjoying their food and beer. The bar area is separate from the dining area rather than being somewhat integrated in Warrenville.
The Quality is pretty good. I give a 4 for the food as I've enjoyed almost everything I've ordered from here, but a 3 for the beer as nothing I've had from them has stood out. However, nothing I've had from them has been bad, either.
The Service has always been great. Courteous, timely service each time.
The Selection is pretty good. The food menu has a wide variety of things to eat, but the beer is isolated to only house brews, or at least it was as of the last time I visited here. Their house brews normally have a pretty good selection of styles.
The Food is great. Like I mentioned above, I've never ordered something I didn't like, and the variety is good. Their cheese dip that comes with bread and veggies is delicious.
Overall Rock Bottom is an enjoyable location to eat and drink, but if you're coming here to find a great beer, you'll likely be disappointed. However, I know they've started offering barrel-aged beers, so I'll need to try those at some point.
10-10-2013 15:39:33 |
More by smartassboiler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I like the atmosphere of this Rock Bottom compared to others. I think it might have to do with the vaguely Faux Lloyd Wright design. The space is big, but still somehow feels cozy.
The food is standard Rock Bottom fare, but this isn't bad. The food is good. The beer is incorporated into the food here and there and this done fairly well. Meals can easily be split (plated separately for no extra cost) which I very much appreciate as this keeps me from over-eating and leaves more room the well-made beer. There are usually about five regular beer and about five or six limited run beers. On my last visit two of the limited run beer were aged in wood for seven to eight months. I had a beer from the regular lineup (Lumpy Dog, an 80/shilling Scottish Ale) and a snifter of the Argus India Brown. I could have had a pint of Argus (seem to recall taking home a growler of it last year), but the small amount in the snifter forces you savor this tasty well-hopped, strong brown ale.
If you're part of the mug club the value is outstanding. Every few months I seem to get a five or 10 dollar credit to my mug club account.
To sum up, I think this Rock Bottom is just as good as the fabled downtown Chicago location...and it's much closer to my house.
10-23-2008 03:04:47 |
More by marcobrau
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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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