Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 440
Beer Ratings: 2,616
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
2.64/5 rDev -31.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Stopped here on a recent visit to Chicago. Only two block from my hotel. Walked in and was able to find the bar after walking around trying to find the bathroom which happened to be upstairs. The bar was pretty packed for a Monday night. Found two seats and ordered up some drinks. The service was OK. The selection was unimpressive. Usual house offerings with only two other offering. Settled on the Hoppy Summer. The beer tasted slightly better than home brew. I thought the place was overly dark like the all of the other Rock Bottom breweries I have been to. All in all, an OK place to stop if you are in the area.
08-31-2009 22:13:59 | More by mymrnngjckt
2.9/5 rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3
I guess the beer was above average. Part of the rockbottom chain. I wanted to know if the porter made here was the same as the porter made in Cleveland, but noone could answer my question. Even e-mailed to Rockbottom, but got no response.
The Chicago Gold was so/so. Kind of light bodied, low in flavor. The Erik the Red was pretty good, as were the brown bear ale and walleye wheat. So the beer was above average. But the selection was lacking. They were out of something (I don't remember what), so had only 5 beers on tap.
We sat for some time before someone came over to take our drink order. Then sat for some more time waiting for them to come. Then sat some more time waiting for food order to be taken. Then sat even more waiting for the food. It wasn't really worth the wait.
Took two growlers to go out with us. Probably the best move we made. Not bad price wise, but to go and drinking them in the hotel room certainly served us better.
02-19-2004 20:39:04 | More by TheJudge
3.05/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Rock Bottom is in the near north side which means that is it is located very close to all the shopping trendy parts that tourist love to hit part of town. Take a cab or expect to valet part cause you won't find a parking spot unless you are a local and you now the secret prime locations. When you get into RB they have your typical sports bar/ brewpub schlock on the walls like "olde time" beer signs and giant TVs play any sports that are on at that time.
They usually have the standard 4-5 beers on tap with 1 seasonal and they are all are within style guidelines but still appeal to the masses. If I'm in the area I usually stop in for the seasonal but I don't go out of my way for the usual suspects.
They wait staff is used to dealing with high volume so they are really good at getting what you need and moving on. They always seem nice but they never stay around to answer questions.
The food is typical pub grub and if also appeals to the masses so you are pretty safe with anything you order.
It is a fun place to go if a company has rented out the private rooms and they foot the bill but with so many choices in Chicago it is not one of my typical hangouts.
03-24-2005 02:54:29 | More by rhoadsrage
3.08/5 rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This brewery is located smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago. Being such its always busy which sucks and forever has has annoying construction around making it tough to get in and out.
The atmosphere is nothing special, its a a regular busy restaurant with a couple tvs throughout. Its too busy and cramped for me.
The quality is ok, they have decent beers of their own making. However, the quality and selection of guest beers is severely lacking.
The service is ok. They are not beer people, but nice enough. Cannot offer you good suggestions.
The selection is pretty weak, usually only 5-6 of their brews and not much of a choice of anything else.
The food bar food, and average at that. For the restaurant it is, it should be a lot better.
12-27-2009 01:55:59 | More by jrallen34
3.33/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I was staying at the Embassy Suites down the street so this place was the nearest beerworthy joint. Went there on two occasion and although I was please with the overall experience, I wasnt really expecting much from this chain. I will say this was my best experience of the chain.
Went on Friday night and it was slammed with thirtysomethings so service was really bad. Ordered a Belgian Wit and received a pale ale. It thought it would be okay when the server said "This one is on us". Whenever I got the bill, there was the wrong beer on there. I knew if I disputed it would take 30 minutes so I accepted the beer anyway (my wife drank it). Went on Saturday afternoon for a LATE lunch (like 2pm) and service was still pretty lame although the joint was pretty empty.
Beers were actually pretty good. I had the American Stout, the pale ale, the Belgian Wit, a 13 anniversary ale, and a HopFunWeizen (american wheat) and all were enjoyable with the stout being my favorite.
Chose a mushroom swiss burger that was pretty good. Fries were kind of old and cold and chewy due to the late lunch.
Pricey beers but I guess that is Chicago. Most were in the $5-$6 range, which was typical of all of Chicago. Went twice so I enjoyed it!
12-15-2008 20:35:21 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.34/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Really big, really busy restaurant/sportsbar type. Besides the big touristy feel to the place, the experience was nice. The sampler included about 8 different beers (but I was dissapointed the stout was out), so selection was acceptable. Erik the Red ale surprised me with its impressive hop crispness and drinkability and the Brown ale was rich and dark. This place can definately make a few good beers, but I doubt I would go back for them - at least not on any weekend or game nights, just too big of a hassle with the crowd and limited seating.
06-23-2004 18:50:38 | More by BeerZack
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
There are a few things I loke about this location of rock Bottom. First there is the roof deck which is great for the summer and offers nice views of downtown Chicago. The second thing is this place seems to have better quality seasonals than other locations. I had a Bourbon Barrel aged Brown bear ale which I thought was excellent. Other than that it was the typical Rock Bottom beers. The IPA I had was pretty bad, it tasted like hop pellets and nothing else. The food is typical Rock Bottom which you would find anywhere. It happens to be across the st from y friends house so it is a good choice for the area.
08-04-2007 16:33:51 | More by sleazo
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Chicago, IL
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