United States > Illinois > South Barrington
don_zouras (19) South Barrington, Illinois | May 9, 2010
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 11/20
We stopped in for "brunch" early on a Sunday. The decor was typical upscale suburban with lots of TVs. (not a good thing in my opinion) We sat at the bar so we could be closer to the beer.
The bartender, Lauren, was attentive and helpful. There werenít many people at the time, but she took good care of us throughout the day even as the lunch crowd came in.
The Lucky Monk has six house beers on tap and another half dozen others. They also have a nice selection of unusual beers in bottles. The only macro brew that I saw was Miller Lite and it was in a bottle only. Good thing they didnít waste a tap on it.
The prices on the beer were on the high side, but that was not surprising for the area. They did have a sampler of the six beers for $8. The bartender was also willing to give away small tastes if you asked.
The beer was served VERY cold, but at least the glass was not chilled. I just let each pour warm up to my preferred temperature.
The food is nothing special. I have tried the pizza and the burgers.
Overall, I had a good time with the Monk. The beers were good, but not exceptional. The atmosphere was a little sterile, but still enjoyable. Many of the people we talked to at the bar were either coming or going to the nearby AMC theater. I will probably be coming back to The Lucky Monk in the future.
BVery (567) Plymouth, Minnesota | November 11, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 11/20
Urban chain bar vibe but nicer than most in that category. 7 house beers on. Flights of 6 for $8.95. Beers arenít very good. Several guest taps and bottles but nothing too out of the ordinary. Didnít eat. Free lot parking.
redlem (77) Ohio | July 15, 2014
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Think any commercial brewpub like Rock Bottom or RAM and you have Lucky Monk. All the house beers have an icon beside them on the menu, there are 6 of them and they are all average. The food is typical pub fare priced $2-6 more than it should be for what you get, not bad but made for people who think Wendyís is a step up from McDonaldís. It also is a place that no matter when you drive by the parking lot is always full and when you go in you wonder where all the people are. Made for those seeking average.
t0rin0 (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 8, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in late in the evening after being thoroughly let down by Millrose just across the street. Very large but very cool place. The fire pits outside were the most inviting. They had eight house beers and you can order a flight. The service was a bit slow getting the sampler out but was friendly enough. Also, despite it being late on a weeknight the place was pretty busy. Not a bad place to hang out really, at least outside. The beers are alright, nothing amazing but not bad. The three best beers they had were probably my least favorite styles: American pale wheat / garbage ale, porter, and amber. Didnít eat and prices on drinks were reasonable. Maybe Iíll stop in again next time I go to Great Taste.
cbfobes (27) Quad Cities, Illinois | September 17, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited here this past weekend, cool place with a nice vibe to it. We sat at the bar, it was mid-day on a Saturday and the place was pretty empty. The sampler was decent, nothing really stood out of their stuff. The guest beers they had on tap were nice, with about 30 bottles to choose from as well. Like other people said, a little pricey though. We had a pizza and it was pretty darn good, the bartender knew quite about about their beers and was very pleasant. I would recommend this place.
XmnwildX12 (51) Farmington, Minnesota | July 7, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Got a flight of their 6 house taps for 8.95 and tried their seasonal. All mid level type beers. The pizza was pretty good, nice chunks of spicy sausage. Prices are decent on the to go beer as well.
beerdetox (2) Illinois | March 26, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this place and have been going since it opened. Itís really busy on the weekends now so I would avoid it. Food is good, some dishes are excellent including the pizza. Burgers are decent. Beer selection is average, doesnít change much but I love the Cardinal Sin and the Triteca. Very good stuff. Wouldnít recommend a growler from here though, just never lasts and is flat right away. Worth trying....
JoePeesie (68) Long Lake, Illinois | September 20, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
House brews are okay but not great. The ambiance is nice and classy the staff is very friendly. My glass was not empty for long. The food was very good. The beer selection was decent, the pricing was a touch high. Easy access to I-90.
MasonicMonk (1) Streamwood, Illinois | May 24, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
Microbrewery that has an awesome Oatmeal Stout worth trying there and getting some for home!
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