Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 687
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 115 | Show All Ratings:
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Piece is a must visit for out of towners. Everyone has to get over the idea that all Chicagoans only eat is deep dish. While you won't find an extensive beer list here you will find a small, but great selection of Piece brews. They have their regulars / year rounds (4-6) with a small rotation of seasonals and limited releases (2-3 beers).
It's always busy, but if you go for an early or late dinner then getting a table shouldn't be a problem. Avoid this place 5pm-8pm or you can put your name in and walk around Wicker Park while you wait. There are plenty of bars to get a beer at while you wait an unreasonably long time.
The beers are above average with a few standing out against others. Most of the brews are of the Belgian style (not my cup of tea), but they do some great stouts and porters. My personal favorite, Flatiron is a solid oatmeal stout with some chocolate notes.
The pizza is what really sets this place apart. Do not order a pepperoni and cheese with red sauce. It's a great pizza, but you have so many other options here that you're doing yourself a disservice. We always order the white pizza with mashed potatoes and bacon. Delicious.
Piece is a great spot for game days and I'd suggest going early then bar hopping in Wicker Park or down Division (a few blocks south) for a great sampling of Chicago night life.
12-22-2013 15:16:56 | More by Yarni28
4.26/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Went here on a Saturday night with a large group ( 12 people ) they told us about an hour wait, as we'd probably expected. They only take reservations for groups of 20+. We hung out in the bar area which was crazy packed, but a good time. Bar tenders were very attentive and took care of us for drinks and apps ( although someone had to be seated at the bar to be able to order food, but luckily we acquired a couple chairs)
Brews -- The Double IPA (Camel Toe) and Pale Ale (Full Frontal) were decent, but actually I thought the Hefe was the best.
Food - the spinach cheese dip was great, though we ran out of chips and not enough dip. Pizza is amazing - got to try both the white pizza ( with sausage and jalapeno) and red pizza with all kinds of toppings that was fantastic.
Service was great despite how crazy it was there, can't wait to go back again.
12-01-2013 22:07:06 | More by maxcoinage
3.86/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Piece is a great spot for large groups of people. Their pizza is delicious, and their beer is well above average. The space is beautiful, and the bartenders are very attentive and on-point with their knowledge. On the weekends it get a little full of suburbanites, but what place in a prominent neighborhood doesn't? I don’t know if I’d put this place on a short list of must-visits if you’re in town touring Chicago craft beer bars, but to have a beer hall of this quality with good pizza in the neighborhood is definitely great.
11-24-2013 23:01:35 | More by Fluffheady
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I visited PIece Brewery and Pizza during a Chicago bar crawl for my friend's birthday.
The Atmosphere is solid. It's normally crowded, but you don't feel like you're completely on top of the people sitting next to you. It's a comfortable environment, but nothing stands out about it.
The Quality is pretty good. They normally have quality guest beers on tap, but nothing stood out to me among their house brews. They serve high quality pizza.
The Service was polite, and despite handling a large table, we received consistent service throughout the entire stay. No complaints here.
The Selection of beer is good. There's 8-10 guest drafts on tap, there's a handful of house brews on draft, and then they have a decent amount of bottles as well. The selection of pizza is great.
The Food is fantastic. They make really good pizza, almost NY style with the thin crust, but they cut the pieces up thinner than the wide NY style slices.
One complaint: the menu only lists the brewery rather than the brewery and the beer. There could be several reasons for this, such as consistent tap turnover, but it's annoying having to ask what's on tap simply because they don't put it on the menu. Other than that, I enjoyed my experience here, and I would visit again.
10-10-2013 15:30:07 | More by smartassboiler
3.56/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
Went here on a rainy Thursday and it was packed. Not a lot of room to wait for a table. The atmosphere is basically one big square room so it gets pretty loud. Despite that, the beer and pizza was pretty good and the service was great. I would definitely go here again when it's less crowded.
06-19-2013 04:01:26 | More by heytomcat
3.81/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Overall Piece was a good accidental find in Chicago. Personal 2 topping pizza crispy crust was made well. I would have liked have had more options for session beers to go a loth with it, the sub 6% or 80+ IBU beers were limited to their golden Kolsch. The Kolsch was refreshing and hit the spot, but more variety would have put Piece up a few notches. Recommended if your in the Wicker Park area.
04-29-2013 17:56:41 | More by guityler83
4.75/5 rDev +19%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Great place. Really good pizza and pizza dessert! Nice beer selections and friendly staff. Cool vibe overall. Tried a few of their brews and really enjoyed them. Wish they had a location closer to me cuz I would go back consistently. Anyone coming into town make sure to try this local gem out.
03-01-2013 01:54:44 | More by krl2112
3.5/5 rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
After hearing great things about this place, I decided to finally quit wavering and get my ass in for a visit. It's a decently large (compared to other, slightly similar places I've been to) place, with that kind of Max and Erma's faux-semi-postmodern-industrial motif going on, what with exposed brick and ductwork intermingling with drywall, metals, and smooth 'n' shiny woods. It's never been my thing, but at least it's not a turn-off. A few flat screens line the wall over the bar and into part of the seating area, allowing for a glimpse into the sporting world not often seen at brewpubs these days (sometimes awesome, sometimes not). As per usual, I eschewed tables and whatnot for a seat at the bar. I ordered a flight of everything to give myself a sense of what Piece was all about beer-wise. The bartender was generally amiable, though it seemed as though the lunch rush was just about to begin, and the staff was preparing to deal with it. As such, friendly and helpful though the were, the staff made sure things were done with a sense of urgency, with the next item on the agenda to follow right away. I didn't feel rushed, but I didn't feel not-rushed either. Weird. Anyway, the beers were generally solid, though nothing really grabbed my attention. It's clear that's the basic MO here, to brew good, semi-traditional beers. I have no problem with that whatsoever, but I could easily think of at least two other offerings in the same style I'd rather have for each beer. (I know I shouldn't have thought that, but it's where my brain went whilst sampling.) Suffice it to say, nothing was either growler- or return-visit-worthy. I didn't try any food and have heard mixed reviews on the pizza (I think it depends on how you feel about thin vs. thick crust and whatnot...and I'm in the latter camp, myself). Prices seemed on par with pretty much every other Cicago brewpub I've been to.
In all, I enjoyed my time at Piece, and have enjoyed a couple visits since, but it's still really not a place I wholeheartedly look forward to visiting, and I never find myself saying "Man, you really need to go to Piece!" I don't mean to knock the place too badly, but I just can't get all that excited about it.
10-03-2012 14:56:30 | More by TMoney2591
3.38/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A leisurely stroll throughout the Chicago streets takes us first to Bangers & Lace then to the Maproom, and now dinner and beers at Piece caps the night with pizza and ale- yea, I'm a happy guy.
The busy dinner hour rush held us up at the door for a few minutes. When asking the door guy for recommendaitons of what's a preferred flagship and a special beer not to be missed, the young fellow replied with Worryin' Ale and Wingnut with no hesitation.
We shrugged off the 20 minute wait for a table for two open seats at the bar. This gave us a chance to take in the large warehouse-type space. Full of beer drinkers and pizza eaters, it looks like there's 50 tables with a curved bar that has to seat 30 or so. The space and personnel handles the Wednesday night crowd very well. A mix of industrial designed lighting, chalk boards, and exposed brick, ductwork, and structure reinforces the notion of being a hipster joint under the tracks; except we're in a pretty nice Chicago neighborhood.
The two pints of beer were nicely promptly delivered and provided a very rewarding taste that's malty rich, seemingly of English origins, firmly hopped with noble and American varieties, and enough of an American experimental attitude to keep the imagination churning. With their strong malty character, the beers were not the perfect match for the garlic pesto pizza but that's my fault. The thin and biscuity crusted pizza is a departure from the famed deep dish Chicago pies and took care of the hunger pangs, but yielded few other reasons to celebrate. This is Chicago- food expectations are high here.
The bar staff was courteous although very busy. They took care of our orders swiftly and efficiently but with little opportunity for conversation otherwise. The visit to Piece was satisfying and rewarding but I left with the impressions that Chicago has better to offer. Although the business model for this brewpub seems strong and loyal, it has a sense that it is 1992 and can use a remodel from concept to execution to fulfill the demands of today's beer enthusiasts.
06-20-2012 18:01:33 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Piece is a real fun place to go to. It gets packed here on the weekends and you need to make sure to get here early if you want a table. The waits can be a long time when it gets packed.
The beer is pretty solid. A bit variable across the board, but never a bad beer in the bunch. They will have anywhere between 5-8 of their on beers on tap along with about the same in guest taps.
The service has generally been very good for me. I've been at both the bar and tables. I've always gotten great service from the wait staff and the bartenders are usually very good as well (and obviously it's hard to keep up when the are slammed)
The pizza is really why you come here to be honest. It's new haven style so it's thin and with good sauce. The pizzas are real big where even a small is way more than enough for 2 people.
The pizza isn't cheap and things add up real fast here. Piece is fun to go to though. The only real downside is the parking. It's near impossible as non-permit cars usually get ticketed at some point or you have to deal with paying for street parking
02-07-2012 03:06:33 | More by KDawg
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
89 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.