Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
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4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went to the Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Bolingbrook, IL last evening with some friends and was pleasently surprised. The atmosphere reminded me alot of German beer halls with a bit more upscale decore. The volume of noise was quite significant, which again is like Germany beer halls, but made it difficult to hold a conversation. The quality of the food and beer was very good. All there beer was solid and the food was exquisite. The service was very attentitive and knowledgable. There were plenty of beer to select from they had their five standards available plus a Dunkel and Oktober Fest available....all which represented their styles well. The food was great...the app chips with cheese and bacon were incredible. The cajon fish tacos were very good as well. There were four of us....one app....7 pints, one sampler, four entres, two deserts came to $170 without tip. To me a bit pricy....the pints were only $5 each which is good, but hte food was a bit more than the norm....I thought. All in all a great visit.
09-25-2011 13:58:39 | More by WoodBrew
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This was stop #208 on my quest to visit as many quality breweries as possible. I've historically avoided Gordon Biersch because of it being a chain and focusing on lagers. I've been to ones in San Francisco and Atlanta pre beer geek. This visit made me realize an error in my ways and for skipping the New Orleans location ~5 times (given the poor beer options in Louisiana).
On the 5 hour drive from Cincinnati to Chicago, I listed to a fascinating podcast of the Brewing Network Sunday Session (11/6/05) with Dan Gordon. It can be said that Dan Gordon has as much, if not more, formal German brewing training and experience than many German brewers. His focus on quality and freshness made it impossible for me to bypass GB on this visit to the Windy City. The fact that I just finished brewing a Maibock and the comments about the GB Marzen were even more incentive.
This location is off 355 which is the far beltway around Chicago. It's located right next door to a Binny's if you're looking to pick up some bottles. I sat at the end of the bar. They have free wifi.
I went with a sampler - golden export, Maibock, hefeweizen, czech lager, marzen, schwarzbier, and a unique edelhell which was described as a light hefe.
Top to bottom, all the beers were spot on from a style standpoint. The marzen was the most popular and I felt the best of the group - I followed up the sampler with .41 liter pint. I had an appetizer of the seared ahi tuna as my meal.
The service was friendly, prompt, and professional.
While I've never been drinking in Germany, I feel this is as close to fresh, quality German beer as you can get in the United States. Especially considering that the German imports we get come through the Panama Canal and Dan Gordon has done tests on his beer and freshness subsides after weeks at room temperature.
04-09-2011 16:51:40 | More by Yetiman420
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite beer-themed restaurants, but more for the food than the beer. The beer is all good, first rate, no complaints, but the food kicks ass.
Big, open space with a big bar area separated from the main dining room. Bar is high tops, lots of big screens, and closer to the windows making it brighter. Dining room is more 'cozy' and warm, darker lighting.
Quality of brews and food is always top notch. Standard selection of brews, mostly lagers, plus a hefe. Food menu is huge with entree salads, pizzas, steak, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, enough to please anyone out for a meal. Garlic fries are freaking amazing, work them into your meal, if you can, or just order a side of them.
Service has always been A-one, no compaints, attentive, knowledgeable of the menue, and know the beers.
Again, the food is amazing for a chain restaurant. Prices are reasonable. You won't go wrong giving this place a try if you're in the area. After dinner, stop by the Binny's that's next door to take a few craft beers home.
03-02-2011 02:23:01 | More by JamnesCameron
4/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$
I have been a frequent customer of this place since it opened in 2007.
First of all, I have to say that the ambience of the place is upscale chain restaurant quality. Better than Applebees / TGI Fridays / Cheddars / Chilis etc, but not as much character as a big city brewpub operating in an old brick building.
As you enter, the bar area is to the left and very open and large. During warmer months they open up big panels in the wall and let the the fresh air roll into the bar. There is also an outdoor seating area just outside the bar.
The dining room area is between the bar and the visible kitchen. This is one of those places where you can watch the food being cooked if you like.
The beers are all well made, but very Germanic (grin) - but German style beers are the theme of the place after all. They have a set list of house beers that are good (hefeweizen, pilsner, martzen, schwarzbier, golden lager, etc.) plus they offer a few seasonal beers throughout the year. The seasonals I have had are Winterbock, Maibock, Kolsch, and an Octoberfest. They never seem to make enough of the seasonals and they sell out quick. Normally, they then brew up a quick batch of Altbier to pour from the seasonal tap until the next scheduled release.
The food is absolutely excellent - probably the best brewpub food I have ever had. Very high end ingredients and a chef that knows what he/she is doing make this a great dining experience.
Service is friendly and competent, though at times a bit slow due to the business of this place.
If you go on a weekend night, expect to wait a bit unless you are a "Passport Rewards" member. Joining this rewards program gets you to the front of the line for seating and also gives you rewards for money spent. For example, every $500 you spend in the place gets you a $50 gift card.
The only downsides to this place for me are that the beer selection is very limited to just a few German styles (I miss my ales in there) and the prices. Speaking of prices, expect to pay at least $20 per dinner entree and at least $5 per beer. That is not terrible by any means, but it is a lot more than other area brewery-restaurants.
09-06-2008 22:49:46 | More by spointon
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
The food is fantastic.
The beer didn't blow me away, though it was quite palatable.
The atmosphere is great.
Too bad reviews can't be that short?
The food is always spot on. Well-sized portions, lots of flavor, a mix of traditional and interesting. The waitresses are friendly, and sometimes cute (but I guess that apples to most establishments).
The beer left me feeling bored. I guess to have a successful chain of brewpubs you need to cater to the masses in a sense. There needs to be beer that the average American can drink-- and since the average American drinks an adjunct lager, you have your work cut out for you! I'll give them credit for making veers that are simultaneously several steps above BMC whilst not alienating the average patron.
The restaurant is modern and clean, very classic and upscale looking. If I were single, this would be a perfect place to bring a date. Of course, now that I'm married I would only rarely bring the wife and/or kids to a place this expensive...
It's pricey. The beer, the food, the air you breath-- you're paying for it, and when the bill comes, you'll know it!
Overall, if you live in the area, this place is certainly one to add to that "we ditched the kids at grandma's so let's go out" list.
08-26-2011 00:45:43 | More by AleWatcher
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Recently opened the end of April '07. Having never been to a Gordon Biersch establishment, I was not sure what to expect. The decor was nice with alot of wood and dim lighting. The menu had a good selection to choose from, something for everyone, but not too much that you worry about trying to do too many foods well. They regularly brew 5 beers (hefeweizen, marzen, light lager, czech lager, and schwarzbier) with a seasonal offering as well-not available at this visit since the establishment was too new. The beers were much better than other chain brew-pubs visited and they offer a sampler of brews which is nice. The dinners ranged from burgers for less than $10, to steaks for $25, something for every price range as well. The food was ready quickly (too quickly for me as I wanted to sit and enjoy my beers, but felt rushed). But for the price (~$50 for my wife and I with several beers) the quality is excellent-thus the inexpensive value. Well worth a visit.
06-02-2007 18:53:10 | More by ryanocerus
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was able to stop by for a pit stop after doing some shopping in the adjacent mall.
As you enter there are two outdoor areas. One overlooks the Bass Pro Shop parking lot and the other a mall courtyard.
The layout reminds me of other GBs. There is a long bar on the west end with lots of high tops and booths. There is a separate dining area as well. Behind the bar are some cool glass garage door type windows that can be raised on nice days.
There are high ceilings a muted color scheme with lots of iron and stone. I like the old beer posters that decorate the bar area.
They offer 5 regular beers plus a seasonal, which was the winter lager during my visit.
The menu appeared to be the standard GB fare. I had a decent turkey sandwich and garlic fries (a bit overpowering). I liked the chili made with winter lager. It hit the spot on a cold day.
Service was friendly and was able to describe the beers and the food.
I would have no problem going back if I find myself in the neighborhood again.
12-08-2010 17:13:54 | More by Redrover
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
It took me a while to find this place packed in a outdoor mall that reminds me of Disney world. Head toward the Giant Bass Pro Shop and park there, GB is across the parking lot. Walking inside it was a big open place with a high-end chain restaurant feel. The bar is in the front with a series of small glass garage doors that could open in the summer making it a open air bar, which I will come back for.
The menu had a nice info sheet of how they brew beers, using the Reinheitsgebot to the strictest accord. Really? Then I can't wait to try there hefeweizen brewed without wheat. All the rest of their beers are German styles aswell. The beers are actually served at a decent lager temp. and some were pretty nice.
Even though the beer was strictly German, the food was all over the place. They served whatever was trendy from mini-burgers to lobster mac n' cheese, to steaks. I feel like the food is served in double portions at double the price. After an starter of house chips, thin sliced chips with tons of blue cheese dressing and a few green onions I was full.
They have a passport club for $20 that gets you a discount card for beers much like other brewpubs chains but this one gets you VIP seating and a $10 gift card to start.
If I had to go to a chain restaurant this would be my choice but if I don't then it won't.
I also felt like the servers had memorized cue cards on each beer and could recite that verbatim and that was the extend of their beer knowledge or interest.
All the beers that I tried are very light and clean but also have muted flavors. I will be interested to try their seasonal and specialty beers.
05-05-2008 03:40:41 | More by rhoadsrage
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Stumbled on this place while Mrs. Kdog was shopping and I wanted to watch the game. Had a number of large TVs going and quite a few people watching for a Monday evening.
Beer selection was not good if you are a hop head. All lagers. Tender gave me a taste of what she called the hoppiest beer. Not a lot of hop to it so I tried the seasonal. A Vienna Lager that had a pretty good flavor.
Glanced at the menu and it looked to be standard for your chains (see Friday's, Bennigan's, etc) and the prices looked reasonable for a Chicagoland mall.
I'll probably be back to eat next time we're in the neighborhood.
08-05-2008 15:55:59 | More by kdog630
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Stopped in here on the way home last week. The place looks nice enough and is clean enough and all that but it's so much like any other chain restaurant you would walk into there really isn't anything to get excited about. It's like the TGI Fridays of the brewpub world. The bar was nice and the towers were cool looking but the beer wasn't all that impressive. The two bartenders were very friendly and talkative and while they tried to tell you about the beers you could tell they read up on a study sheet but they were helpful none-the-less. I will give them credit for trying to learn the beers.
There were six beers on when I was there and all of them were mediocre. Some better than others (I tried them all) but they all hovered around average. There were five regulars and one seasonal (octoberest). Nothing really stood out and made me want to come back. I don't think I'll be visiting Gordon Biersch again unless my arm is severely twisted.
11-05-2007 05:23:14 | More by joe1510
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Bolingbrook, IL
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