This is a wonderful restaurant with great service, knowledgable staff, a great brewmaster, and most importantly great beer and food. It is reasonably priced too. The beers are truly premier, and they always have a new one ready to be tapped.
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.
Great food at this place. Nice, slightly fancy restaurant feel. Great selection of food. Beer selection has both sessionable and heavier, interesting ales. The Brewmasters beer gets better every time I go there.
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.
First Rock Bottom I’ve been to. Decor was much like a Chilis or Ruby Tuesdays. We got great service and the food was quite good and the portions ample. Ordered their beer sampler which started with their version of light beer. Of the six, only the last two (a porter and a stout) were decent. Wanted to try their bourbon coffee stout but was told I was too late. The guy who waited on me knew enough about beer.
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.
hogan873 (14) Joliet, Illinois | June 13, 2009| Updated August 4, 2009
Excellent food, good service, and very tasty beer. Not a huge selection of beer, but what they have is very good. I partook in the sampler, and was impressed by all beers, especially the brown ale and pale ale. I tried a pint of their seasonal Cinco de Mayo...this was very good.
Overall a great place. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere. A bit pricey, but not too bad.
As Cornfield says, template Rock Bottom building, template Rock Bottom menu... But I was pretty impressed with this location’s beers.
This visit they had three beers on cask, the Fire Chief Red (better on cask IMHO), Pale Ale, and an experimental white chocolate stout. I also tried their Brewmaster’s Special, Naughty Scot Scottish Ale. Tasty.
Service is hit or miss. Late on Friday night the bartender told me that the special was, "A dark". She new no more details. On the other hand, today the server was right on, clearly knew her stuff.
Food is standard Rock Bottom menu, which isn’t bad for a chain location. Jerk chicken sandwich was solid.
A very good addition to the South Suburban scene. I’ll be back.
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!)