This place seemed to have some decent ticks so I thought I’d head over despite my reservation of it being another RB. Looks brand, a huge really nice looking building inside and out... Selection of their 5 regulars with 10ish pub drafts, sadly most that I had were not very good... the service was ok, the server seemed to know beer but wasn’t very good at suggestions... not worth the tick
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | July 12, 2008| Updated January 28, 2009
Been to this location about 7 times as it is less than 5 minutes from my house. Typical RB design with standard RB beers and fare. The main 5 beers that are on the every day menu are decent but Brewmaster’s Specials are quite good. Can’t say I have had a bad beer at this location but nothing I would say is great. However, I do beleive Iain Wilson will produce some fine brews in the future as the beer gets better everytime I go. My favorite so far has beer the Naughty Scotch Ale.
The food and service is quite good also. The wife likes the pretzel appetizer and I perfer the Chicken Enchilades and Fish Tacs. All in all it is a nice place to have a brew and beats the hell out of anything beer wise in Orland and Tinley Park.
I stopped here last night as part of a road trip to Ohio. It wasn’t very busy on the Thursday night so we grabbed a table in the bar area.
There’s not much to say about the food and decor if you’ve seen most of the Rock Bottoms you’ve seen this design before. Food was average to slightly above average - my pulled pork had a nice spicy kick but overall was your basic upscale brewpub fare.
The tap list was not much different than the one I visited in Milwaukee. The local specials were the BA Scotch Ale, a hefeweizen and an Octoberfest. Prices were reasonable and the half pint of hefeweizen I tried was decent. It’s a nice place to stop if you want good beers amid a sea of chain restaurants.
This new Rock Bottom is physically a clone of the recently opened RB Yorktown, the only difference being that the parking lot is on the other side of the building. The food is the standard stuff for the chain. Sorry, no salmon meatloaf, Joe, but my smoked salmon fish ’n’ chips were good, and they had the appropriate malt vinegar to go with it. The staff, friendly & efficient enough, seem to know very little about the beers. The beers- I almost forgot...
All beers are recipes of head brewer, Iain Wilson. (I tried to flag him down as me moved about the moderately busy lunch-time crowd, but he seemed to avoid the old beer geek and visited folk who were drinking [sigh] soda pop. Maybe next time.) His first eight tappings are a bit thin, but fairly decent drinking. At this point, I see it as a project in the works and will revisit to see how it develops.
For the most part, I am in agreement with the trusted raters below (well... at least I trust them). This is a cookie-cutter replica of the RB standard design... with its brick and stone and Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie-style influences. A smattering of patio tables should be pleasant in the summer while the interior finds large accomodations for the diner and drinker alike.
Food quality was above average, but I think the cooks still need to find their groove. A "spicy" entree was not so spicy while some side dishes (and the chili) seemed overly salted.
Service was VERY attentive in the dining room on a busy Friday night. In chatting with our waitress, we found that their wait-stations were astoundingly tiny in comparison to other restaurants of similar size. Even without a bus staff, there should be no reason why you’d find service lacking. On the other hand, the bartenders were swamped and could barely keep up with orders. (I think I counted three, but it wouldn’t hurt to equip an additional one on a weekend evening.)
I was impressed wtih Mr. Wilson’s beers (which I had heard were assembled rather quickly) and am hoping this standard of quality is maintained.
I just have to add that I’m excited to finally have a decent beer joint which is close enough to stop for lunch on a workday. (And my lunch is at midnight, so it’s all the better!)
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | November 21, 2007
Went here during the height of the football season on a Sunday. Beers were really great, especially compared to the Rock Bottom in Warrenville. The food was good too. Service was prompt and friendly. A couple of beers that I wanted to try were out. All in all the experience was great especially considering the circumstances.
The fact that RB has a standard design for its new locations has led me to call the chain Applebee’s with better beer. That’s probably not quite right they do have a chef at each location, only I usually have an appetizer. The food may be much better than I know. Only drag on the Ambience is the fact that you’ve been here before if you’ve been to RB Yorktown. BUT the place does have brewmaster Iain, who has his own ideas about what to put on the taps, as does Pete downtown and Tim at Yorktown. My experience of the beer so far is just three, from a pale lager to a barrel-aged IPA, but he handles each extreme pretty well. Let’s just note that RB seems to have set this up pretty close to a brewpub with a poor reputation (Harrison’s), just as the Yorktown RB is near Taylor. Hmmm.
dm9831 (34) Monee, Illinois | March 24, 2008| Updated February 23, 2009
jason was the bartender when i stopped by. nice selection of beer, and jason poured me three samples of of my favorite styles without being asked. knowledgable staff, decent beer, nice place. maybe i will eat here soon. join the mug club...it’s free!
iain willson, the master brewer is often on hand to discuss beer, or present free samples on mug club beer release nights. my second home brew pub.
Typical suburban chain restaurant feel. Very clean. They had a nice selection of beer on tap. Mainly session-type stuff. The service was quick and attentive. Food was decent. Worth a stop if you are in the area.