United States > Illinois > Lisle
NachlamSie (572) Denver, Colorado | March 18, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 20/20
Visited here on a slamminí Saturday night. The place was packed out but we were still able to approach the bar and get some fantastic beer while we waited for our table. The ambiance of the place is inviting with much German alehouse decor and classy wooden/brick rooms. The service at the bar was great. Tap list here was one of the best I have seen in a long, long time including serious gems like Fastenbier and Older Viscosity. Once we got our table we enjoyed a bowl of liver soup, delicious sausage and schnitzel of some kind which I donít recall, and a dessert which the lady devoured. Prices are fair, considering the quality of the food that comes out and the classy environment. Iíd say we spent about $50 for two rounds of truly awesome and rare beer, a meal and dessert. It really pains me to see a negative comment about such an awesome place. What more can you expect?
jrallen34 (412) Chicago, Illinois | October 26, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Why I have waited so long to check this place out? German feel on the outside and the seating, American music, Belgian decor on the walls, warm and friendly. Great beer list, lots of rare stuff and they allow 5oz samples, however only 2 per person. The food was outstanding, best German food in Chicago, not even close. Get the braised sweet and sour red cabbage for sure. The only downside this trip was the service. She was flightly, not knowledgeable or overly friendly. Couldnít tell if she was just new or incompetent. Must stop.
ElGaucho (224) Minnetonka, Minnesota | November 11, 2007
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I canít believe Iíve been living so close to this place & havenít visited until now. Interior is large with at least 2 large rooms. My 2 most enduring impressions are 1) the place is meticulously clean & well kept & 2) they care about their beer. It is a rarity to see a bar menu where the beer selection takes up 75% of it & the wine is the afterthought. I had intended to go to Chef Paulís for an Oífest celebration they held about a month ago & my impression from the brief research I did at the time was that they had a good selection of German draught beers. Although true, they also have a good selection of draught beers period & an even better selection of bottled beer. Their slogan is Best Beer in the Burbs. They very well may be right. If I had to come up with a negative, it would be that some of the beers are a little pricey. Although you can pay as little as $3.50 for a 12 oz Spaten Lager or Ettaler Koster Dunkel, youíll also pay $6-7 for a 12-13 oz snifter of Eggenberg Urbock 23 or GI Matilda. In return, however, youíll receive a fresh beer poured from clean tap lines and served in proper glassware. Their beer menu features a commercial description, ABV, and glass size for every beer. They claim they are soon getting Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Kaiser on draught & a mini-keg of Surly Darkness. You really need to check this place out.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | August 28, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Odd, thought I had already rated this. Itís a pretty great spot when out in Lisle, offering plenty of beer selection. The food does leave a bit of something to be desired. In terms of value itís pretty solid, not over priced but not a loss leader. Good rotation, good events, good ambiance. Solid spot.
kseecs16 (202) Naperville, Illinois | August 24, 2006| Updated April 1, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Recently renovated exterior and inside the cozy dark wood bavarian lodge is quite welcoming. Service is good and prompt, but can get slow on Saturday evenings. Beers are served with appropriate, and branded glassware and at good temperatures. A nice selection of german beers including Spaten, Ayinger, Augustiner, etc... along with a decent array of Belgians, Unibroue beers, and an always expanding selection american micros. And a concession of MIller Lite, but only in bottles. Good food with schnitzels, sausage, and authentic entrees along with a less extensive selection of americanized dishes for the less adventurous. Good food, good place. The dining room closes two hours before the bar every day but sunday. 10/9/2007 - Increased my selection rating as they added more draft choices and increased the range and quality of the bottles. Great place!
ryanfolty (202) Bourbon County, Minnesota | June 29, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
June 24, 2012 - Probably the best beer restaurant in the íburbs. I am a sucker for all things German so of course loved this place. They had lots of glassware around and some of it was for sale, so I did pick up a glass to commemorate the visit. It was a little dark in the building, but maybe they were just trying to keep the sun out due to the excessive heat at the time in Chicago for June. Service was quick, but the guy just did not have much beer knowledge. Guessing that will be hit or miss depending on who you get, so not going to let that dissuade me from stopping by again in the future.
troyc (147) Illinois | November 3, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Man this place is great! Fantastic German food and lots of unique beer on tap. They had some German taps that I have never seen before in the US. Quite a few US craft selections too. Good prices on most things as well. I would estimate more than 100 bottles as well, with German and Belgian beers dominating the list. Friendly waitstaff as well. Well worth the visit!
DrnkMcDermott (88) Downers Grove, Illinois | November 12, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite nearby beer bar. I just had the "Schnitzel Bites" during their Surly Darkness tapping, so Iím qualified to rate the food. I admit I usually get good service by sitting at the bar, so I canít speak to othersí experience. For the Darkness event, they started taking orders and filling glasses a few minutes before the schedule tap time, so it ran much more smoothly. I still find beers I havenít rated on tap, and donít even start me on the bottle selection. Also quite a collection of obscure German liqueurs on the back Iíll want to tryÖ some day. Great German stube atmosphere, though they promise no lederhosen during Oktoberfest.
Headbanger (81) Aurora, Illinois | April 27, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place is fairly quaint in the bar area but they have awesome taps. Service was nice and they were knowledgeable. Didnít eat.
Thorpe429 (58) , Illinois | September 1, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
A: Very cool. German-looking place and I like that you can sit at individual tables on high stools without being too close to the bar, while still getting the bar atmosphere.
Q: Both the beers and the food are of quite high quality. Also, the website is outstanding--has a list of beers that are currently on tap, as well as those that will be coming soon.
S: Every time that I have been there the service has been quite good. I canít attest too much to their serversí knowledge of the product, as Iíve generally used their online beer menu to pick out what I was getting before arriving.
S: Great selection of craft brews on draft from around the country. Good deal of Belgian beers as well. Their bottle list isnít as large as many other places, and thatís really the only thing holding them back here.
F: Traditional German style food. The hamburgers served on pretzel rolls are my personal favorite.
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