gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | June 5, 2007| Updated June 8, 2008
Went there at open and stayed through lunch on a Tuesday. Why is everyone ragging on this place? Ambience is nice and classy, upscale, but not uptight. Service was outstanding, bartender was extremely friendly and personable. Got to meet the braumeister too, who is very proud, rightly so, of his stout and IPA. Great beer selection, I had 11 on draught. Standard pub fare but big portions. Some of the beers were not outstanding, but I would definately be back. Re-visited 12/07 : Am I missing something? This place is great. The beers have character, and are not formulaic like Rock Bottom across the way. I really don’t understand why people would recommend a corporate shill over this place, anyway. Re-visited 6/08: I still don’t understand why people hate this place so much. I’m no regular, but I’ve been three times and every time the service was knowledgable, prompt and friendly, the food was delicious and plentiful, and the beers were respectable if not really creative. Why does everyone fawn over Rock Bottom for the exact same thing when the underrated little guy is just down the street? Oh well, suit yourselves. More beer for me, I guess.
Arnie (17) Chicagoland, IL, Illinois | July 26, 2005
Like everyone else, I’ve noticed Harrison’s "personality crisis." It’s somewhere between a Fridays and something trying to be more upscale. But, I’ve never been diappointed when I’m in there, and the Black Diamond Stout is a personal fav. Of course, it’s been...jese, three years? Guess I’ll have to make an excuse to go back.
The place looks nice on the inside, a nice ambiance for an upscale restaurant. But very shortly you realize they aren’t quite upscale at all! Their service was below average, their beer selection was good, but the beers themselves weren’t terribly good. The prices were a little high, and the food was not that good. Wouldn’t really recommend this place. Go across the street to RB instead
Nice building, lots of food options that were pretty tasty, and eight beers on tap when we went. Although most of the beers are pretty sub-par, the prices for both beer and food are good, and it’s a nice environment to spend an extended weekend lunch.
i’ve been stopping here to fill a growler, whenever i am in the neighborhood (usually before i stop at rock bottom orland park). dustin, the bartender offers friendly service and beer conversation. haven’t had any food yet.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | July 12, 2008| Updated September 7, 2008
Have been going here for over 10 years. My parents love this place for some reason. Food is poorly done and service can be down right awful some time. Beer is below average and has not improved. I’ll give them kudos for doing craft beer for so long. I must say their growlers are bad ass thou.
I enjoy Harrisons atmosphere which is half sports bar/cigar bar and half simulated-upscale dining. Their food menu is moderately priced, and I recently enjoyed a decent cut of Prime Rib.
Our server was knowledgable about Harrison’s beers, steering my wife away from their regular wheats towards their seasonal Hefe, which, while not the best-ever tasted, was still rather refreshing.
After visiting Harrison’s time and again over the last few years, I’ve come to realize that nobody involved really cares about the beer. All it will take is an inexpensive sampler flight to figure that out, but you can also tell in their lack of rotation and insistince in keeping macro brews on hand. Plus (whether or not it was by their own accord) something got them removed from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and that seems like a bad sign.
Those big brewkettles seem almost like a novelty... like the faux props of Gotham when you’re waiting in line for Batman the Ride.
Decent selection, but nothing stood out. Tried a raspberry wheat seasonal that tasted like a weak witbier with hardly any fruit flavor, and the stout was nothing special. The servers all seemed bored, but the prices were reasonable for the beer. (Food wasn’t worth it.)
Place seems to want to be a yuppie cigar bar that just happens to brew beer. And with that kind of palate-killing atmosphere, it’s no wonder they also have a full line of BMC available. A change of brewmasters still hasn’t improved the mostly mediocre selection. Prices are at least reasonable, and the sandwiches are pretty good. But still, one of the most beer-unfriendly brewpubs I’ve found. I’ve been to places that had worse beer, but I would prefer them to this place.