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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.75/5
Based on:
466 Beers
3,149 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 68
Visits: 114
Avg: 3.84
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1 W Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-4806
United States
phone: (312) 755-9339 | map
www.rockbottom.com

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Reviews: 68 | Visits: 114
Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I visited Rock Bottom for both lunch (fairy empty) and a late dinner (pretty busy) during a weekend in Chicago.

The atmosphere was pretty decent. The building and location were great. Multi-floor, brick building with lots of wood and stone accents. Upstairs were the bathrooms and what looked like conference or banquet areas. Downstairs was the bar and dining area (which I never sat in...see below). The bar had a bunch of televisions, but they were all on a horse race undercard for lunch and Sportscenter at dinner. For me a sports bar is all or nothing. Either get a bunch of different games going (or the big ticket match) or don't bother.

There beers were pretty good. I had a red and an IPA. The red was really good, the IPA was pretty bad (either too young or way over-hopped).

Service was decent. During both the lunch and dinner visit we were greated at the door and asked how many were in the party. Both times we were also told to find a seat in the bar. I'm not sure why we weren't offered a spot in the dining area, but no big whoop. During the lunch the place wasn't busy. It took forever to get a beer, but our food came really quickly. The server told us about the special, but also suggested we try their version of a domestic light (a little disappointed there). At dinner things took longer, but our server came back to check up on us a lot. She didn't mention the specials.

About a dozen or so beers on tap. A nice variety of regular offerings, seasonals, and special one-time brews.

Food was hit or miss. Had a good burger and fries for lunch and about the most bland Rueben sandwich for dinner.

It was a bit pricey. I assume I'll pay a bit more in a bigger city, but they seemed to overdo it a bit. Regular pints were in the $5.50-$6 range with specialties going for a bit more. The special was a pint of their red for $3 (good deal in my book).

I'd go back with a group that wanted some beers with a meal, but I wouldn't make a trip just hit this place again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Brewery chain that turns out decent food and good beer. Nothing really outstanding here, but not a bad place to hang out. Vibe would get a higher score if Chicago had a longer summer; the rooftop can be pretty nice.

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Photo of Gorf_Minor
2.88/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of jschott75
3.8/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of NateDyk47
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.84/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in at 8pm on Halloween Saturday. Was the only place that wasn't completely packed, so that is a plus for me. The beer is fine but not spectacular.

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Photo of Boone757
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of McAfee85
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Nice place for an afterwork beer...food is just ok.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of irish6174
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Chicago, IL
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.