Emmett's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 119
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 11 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
Paid $15 for a couple beers here somehow. Quiet dead vibe mid-afternoon on a Saturday, with lame 90's pop music (The La's - There She Goes... barf.) piped in the bar area, and a Nascar race on tv. There was a fireplace with a gargantuan bison head above it.
Service was prompt and we ordered a couple seasonal Schwarzbiers, which were good, but not cheap apparently.
Pretty good selection, though half the taps were out. Bottle selection was mediocre and half macro. House beers included a Doppelbock, Helles Lager, Schwarzbier, Honey Rye, and a couple others.
Not far from other drinking establishments, but not really recommended for food based on the reports of some local friends.
08-18-2013 03:49:33 | More by emerge077
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the closest Emmett's location to me and is a convenient distance from Bauer's, Dobby's, Nellie's, the Metra station, and even Lamplighters, so that's a plus right there. It's a quality little mini-chain, not totally unlike an upscale version of Ram. The dining room to the left of the front door has always seemed to classy for the low ranks of myself, so I've only been to the bar on the right. It's full of dark wood paneling, a few TVs, and plenty of windows. Their mainstay beers are mostly German-inspired and solid, if not very average. The rotating occasionals, though, have ranged from the iffy to the surprisingly damn good, and run the style gamut from steam beer to dubbel to session and single-hop IPAs. They have yet to do anything all that crazy, opting instead for a more traditional/mainstream approach to things, which seems to have suited them well. The bartenders and waitstaff are always pretty genial, though they are occasionally preoccupied, allowing for some long waits between beers sometimes. Still, they know something about the beers they pour, so I'm usually pretty satisfied. The prices are pretty decent, with most house beers coming in at about $5.50 per pint (and they're true pints). I have yet to try any food, but it looks pretty solid. Overall, a nice place, and a good source of locally-made brews.
05-21-2013 02:28:59 | More by TMoney2591
2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Came in from out of town and arrived at around 4PM. Only one customer sitting at the end of the bar. That was clue #1. Sat at the bar and the bartender quickly arrived and took my order. She explained that she was going off duty and my server would be Mi???. Had the APA and was enjoying it and thought about ordering some food and getting a second beer, but no one came back by. Finished my beer and sat for a while with an empty glass. No one came by. Walked down to where the two employees were talking and cashed out. $5.75 for a pint that was on special during happy hour. I understand why it was empty. This was number 357 on my visits to brewpubs. And one of my worst.
10-04-2012 01:11:35 | More by fwhite02
4/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped by here while visiting my relatives during the holiday break. (Always looking for a new place for some good beer/grub while in town.)
Unlike most brewpubs that have a very industrial feel, Emmett's is sort of the exact opposite. I'm not sure what this place used to be before, but it looks like it might have been an old bank or Hotel from 1930's. Split up in several different rooms, it's very old school comfy with lots of dark woods, fireplaces, white table clothes, brass, etc. It looks like they special rooms for banquet functions. I must say.. the brewing equipment behind the host stand that sunk down a level into the basement was very cool.
Beer selection was mostly you're basic brewpub variety that every brewpub seems to have. Your basic yellow beer or golden ale, another beer a step up from that, a middle of the road pale ale, a stout, etc...then with a few seasonal brews. I tried the sampler as well as all their seasonal offerings. All were solid, but nothing really blew me away. Although I did have a really nice seasonal stout that had a nice smoke backbone to it. I'd love to be able to come back and try some of their more adventurous brews when they're on tap.
Food is a little more upscale type pub grub; burgers, sandwiches, apps, salads. Some bigger fish, chicken, steak entrees. All the food I tried was very good, and you can see they're really trying to be a step above just normal pub grub with things like truffle fries, walleye bites, an artisanal cheese platter and such. Definitely worth checking out again for the food alone.
Overall, my first impression was I really liked Emmett's. I will definitely be back one day.
03-14-2012 19:33:47 | More by taez555
2.88/5 rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
It was date night this past Saturday night so the girlfriend and I decided to give Emmet's in Palatine a whirl. I had head good things about Emmett's (albeit the West Dundee location) from a coworker.
We did not have a reservation, I was surprised it was as full as it was, so we were seated in the corner with a small table. It was kind of off-putting but we weren't going to let it ruin our night. Full disclosure: we are the type of couple that would rather make fun of or mock our current situation (to ourselves) than get upset about it. Other than that, it appeared Emmett's has a nice relaxing atmosphere. We didn't make it into the pub area, although I wish we would have.
Our server was very nice though he seemed rushed, perhaps another waiter/waitress or two to serve would ease this. It seemed we waited longer than average to be waited on but it's hard for me to blame the understaffed workers for this.
I ordered the Dunkel Weizen and the girlfriend the Rye IPA. Since they are not listed on BA (yet) I'd give the Dunkel Weizen a B- and the Rye IPA an A-/B+ as beers. The beers were probably the highlight of our experience.
I had ordered the Pub Trio which when brought out to me looked like three average size hamburgers. At this I was excited until I took a bite that consisted of all bread. Each one of the "burgers" contained about a half-dollar in diameter of meat. My sweet potato fries could have been "fresher" as well, as they were luke-warm at best. Her reuben sandwich tasted alright to me but it sounded as if she wasn't impressed with it...hey, she's the reuben expert here.
Overall, it was a disappointing maiden voyage for Emmett's. I was really hoping we'd like the place since is only a 5-10 minute drive from her place. As it stands, we probably won't return anytime soon.
11-21-2011 23:00:20 | More by Duff27
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I was finally able to stop by the Palatine outpost. I enjoy the Emmett’s in Downers Grove so I was anxious to compare and contrast. It is located in a nice downtown area and is convenient to the Metra station.
Lots of parking in front and as you approach you see a very nice terrace. There is a wrought iron fence that surrounds the patio and a large outdoor fireplace, propane heaters and some cool lighting. It looks like this would be a great place to spend some time when the weather cooperates.
As you enter, the barroom is on your right and the large multi-room dining area is on your right. There is also some meeting rooms downstairs near the brewing tanks. The decor is nice. Tall ceilings, wood and lots of black trim make the place look very nice. The sound volume is fairly high due to 1) the large crowds & 2) all the hard surfaces.
The hostess and waitresses are professional and were proficient. While the service was a bit slow, the place was crowded, so I’m going to give them a pass. They had some good fundamental beer knowledge so that is appreciated.
Beer are all served in 20 oz. imperial style glasses & contain 16+ oz. of beer. Nice to see they leave some room for the head of the beer. They had three seasonal offerings and 6 or so regulars. I had a good, Rye IPA, a very decent 1 a.m. ale and a passable dry Irish stout. They also have a pretty solid wine list and offer specialty cocktails. Pet-peeve, no prices on the “specials”.
The food is good and aims to be high end. While not as well executed as places like the Publican, I think you will like the soups (Beer cheese is a must), burgers, steaks, pork offerings, etc. Most dinners are in the $16 to $28 range.
This is worth a stop if you are in the area!
11-21-2011 18:03:44 | More by Redrover
Emmett's Brewing Company in Palatine, IL
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.