Flatlander's Restaurant and Brewery
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 40
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
2.45/5 rDev -28.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I got a groupon for this place (2 flights, 2 apps, and a growler for $22) which is the reason why I went. Figured it was a pretty solid deal.
The place looks a very large lodge, like the ski lodges you'd find in the mountain at resort. It had a pretty cool feel to it. They also had a very large bar up front with a lot of TV's.
Our server was nice and there wasn't anything wrong with it really.
We got the beer flights first and the two apps. The beers were pedestrian and not very good, and the apps weren't much better. We got the wings and the pretzels. The pretzels were basically cold and the sauces weren't very good. The wings were average as well. We both got burgers and they were pretty average as well. The menu is very big so there is something for everyone though.
What really got me going was how they did the bill. I paid for the Groupon, but they charged everything to our bill normally without the Groupon, taxed that, put on an 18% gratuity and THEN applied the discount for the Groupon. Basically our two burgers with tax cost $41. FUCKING ABSURD. I def. will not be going back and I'm regretting buying the Groupon.
10-16-2011 14:39:09 | More by Treebs
3.64/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here after a jaunt to The Firkin and WhirlyBall, basically making my way down Milwaukee. It was early evening, day after Christmas, and it was pretty empty. Just makes it easier to get a good seat at the bar, if you ask me. There were plenty o' TVs around the room, all tuned to either the Bulls game or the bowl game going on at the time (I can't remember which one). I sampled the different brews, which ranged from a mild wit to a nice light oatmeal stout. The latter was my favorite. They were all pretty decent, though nothing really stood out as special or anything. The bartender seemed to know his stuff when it came to the beers, and was generally quite genial, if slightly aloof. I didn't try any of the food, but it smelled pretty good (very similar to the DFH locations I visited back East). Overall, it's a decent brewpub, nothing outstanding and not a place to go out of the way to visit, but a nice destination if you're in the area and in the mood for some nice house beers.
12-27-2010 21:25:55 | More by TMoney2591
3.69/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Visited 10/11/2010 (Columbus Day). 8 house taps.
It was early afternoon on a holiday so it's not surprising that there weren't many people there but I was literally the only customer there. At one point another person showed up and sat outside.
The place is rather large with multiple dinning rooms (each with a different atmosphere to them) and a large bar. I sat at the bar and talked to the bartender about beer the entire time I was ticking away at my flight. Turns out an old friend of his is not brewing (or maybe just working, can't remember) at Allagash. Nice guy and the service was great, but of course since I was the only one there.
Lots of styles represented on tap.
Not much going on here but who knows, maybe they'll have something you like.
12-22-2010 21:14:58 | More by t0rin0
3.58/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stopped in here today in the middle of a blizzard, and surprise, it was dead in there. Other than a pair of older couples stopping in for lunch, we didn't see anyone else coming or going. Figured it was just the weather...
Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly, recommending beers based on our personal tastes. He mentioned a handpump will be installed at the bar soon, so expect cask ales in the very near future.
After a couple samplers and pints, it was clear the beer selection was fairly average but serviceable. IPA and Oktoberfest were the best options, the Wit was decent, and the others were average.
Atmosphere was pretty standard, there looked to be a nice outdoor patio in warmer months, and a stage for live music. I was here 7 years ago for a show, but don't remember drinking any of the house brews. In the bar area, there were a few flatscreens, windows to the parking lot and patio, with some high glass shelving for the spirits. Windows to the brewing equipment behind the bar and opposite wall, and some brewing-themed decor high above that.
Overall an ok place, nothing earth-shattering. Pretty standard brewpub fare.
12-13-2010 00:36:10 | More by emerge077
3.9/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Hmm, about 100 yards from my work, was last there for a coworkers last day outting. The beer is better than I remembered, had a Oktoberfest that honestly was one of the most authentic Ameircan versions that I have ever had, and an IPA that was surprisingly hoppy and pleasant. I think their beer has improved since I had been there. I do agree that the atmosphere while nice is kinda dead, in a bad way, but I never feel uncomfortable or that I;m unwelcome of anything like that. Our server was very attentive and professional, but I always wonder about the fate of this place. Just never seems busy enough for the big barn roof, or the ever empty bar area. I always get hit by flies flying around inside for some reason too, no idea what the hell that is all about. And yes, i have tried the food, i split a burger with my buddy cause they are MASSIVE, he gave me his half and it was actually pretty good. Prices are a bit high, but her, the area is $$. I hope this place can figure out a way to bring in more patrons, or appeal to a younger crowd aside from the ever present Lincolnshire work outtings.
11-05-2010 03:09:54 | More by Star80
3.38/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was my first trip to Flatlander's and I have to say on a Friday night for a large place it was pretty empty, which surprised me. The atmosphere is a mixture of a really nice facility that is full of old people and has that kind of Baker's Square feel to it...except here I had no pie. The quality of the beers both my father and I consumed were average. That's not to say they don't have some good brews, but I didn't really think anything special of what they had. Although if I wanted to I could have probably gone through all of the brews that they had on tap for if memory serves me correctly there were 6 at most. The food was pretty decent, but it was traditional American fair and nothing on the menu will wow you, but it is all pretty tasty. As far as the service went, you would think in a place as empty there would be a lot more attention paid on you, but our waitress didn't. Now I know better than to say that it's they way it always is, and it wasn't horrible, but it did get annoying sometimes. If you're a BA and want to try it out locally, I say go for it. If you want to travel from out of town to come here, I have better recommendations for the area.
09-14-2010 17:03:18 | More by Vdubb86
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Had some trouble getting to this place using Google maps thanks to the ridiculous amount of construction going on. Once I made it to the right exit, the place is pretty easy to find off I-94 near the junction of 21 (Milwaukee) and 45. Parking is plentiful in their private lot.
The exterior kind of reminds me of a dining hall except for the brewing equipment that can be seen from the parking lot.
The interior is rather large and stays with the banquet hall theme. There are multiple rooms, most of which are for table seating. The bar area has a sports theme with high tables and games, while the restaurant area(s) have more of a lodge look with wood, dark red colors and brick. There are murals with a heartland theme, hanging lanterns and high ceilings.
Flatlander's has 6 beers on tap including a seasonal. There is a sampler of 5 available for $5, and the glasses are adorably tiny. The styles are lighter in nature (Lager, Wheat, Oktoberfest) up to a Stout. The beers are average for the most part.
Service was pretty good on a slow weekday late dinner. My server was attentive although he seemed to disappear for longer than seemed necessary for how few people where there.
My dinner at Flatlander's was a build-it-yourself buffalo burger and tater tots. All in all a good dinner.
Overall I wouldn't make a trip from Chicago to visit this place, but it is worth checking out assuming you're on the ball with the construction nightmare.
10-07-2009 03:36:31 | More by Dogbrick
4.45/5 rDev +29.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I really like this place. Try to hit it every time I'm visiting the Chicago suburbs for business or pleasure.
Eight beers on tap, though they don't always have them all. They tend to be really good, and there is a good mix to choose from.
The building itself is huge. Separate areas for hanging out at the bar or having a quiet dinner. Easy to find, plenty of parking. Kid friendly.
Very nice menu. I've always had good luck with the food there - think upscale pub fare. They do just about everything well.
06-13-2009 00:47:27 | More by KTCamm
4.04/5 rDev +17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Let me start this review by saying that I've been going to Flatlander's since it opened, what - 10+ years ago?
They've gone thru many brewmasters and the beer has been up and down, but ever since Art Steinhoff took control of the boil kettle, I knew that the beer would start to shine.
Art's been home-brewing since before most of us knew what Alpha Acids were and he's been pub-brewing longer than 3 Floyds has been open. Yeah, I know Art, home-brewed with him for years, but that doesn't cloud my critique -- our club(s) have always been honest with ourselves because we want to make good beer.
That said, when I saw some bad reviews on the beer, and I hadn't tried them in a couple months, I thought maybe something had gone south. Not at all, the beer is just as good as it has been for the past few years:
Abe's Honest Ale, $4 pint -- a solid, well balanced APA that would stand up next to Honker's or Sierra Nevada.
Belgian Golden, $2 pint -- great Belgian character in a lighter body with good Pilsner malt and noble hop character.
80 Shilling, $4 pint -- the peated malt in this brew could tip the style to a smoked beer, but it's had this character for a while and people like it so they stick to it. Beyond that, this beer hits the style on the head; malty with vague fruity esters. Any diacetyl was light and gone after the first sips.
The atmosphere of the bar is pretty much sports oriented, but how many bars aren't these days? Gets loud when crowded, but which don't these days? Certainly the other 2 pubs within proximity do, I go to them too.
Flatlander's beers don't deserve the bad rap they're getting, they're solid examples of the styles being produced and any true beer lover will enjoy them.
08-29-2008 12:50:04 | More by steveh
2.93/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a tough place to review. Had the 5 beer sampler - two were ok (Abes Ale, 80 shilling), two were bad (stout, weiss), porter was good. The two bad ones had an overwhelming diacetyl flavor.
Food was excellent - cheddar ale soup and beef and brie sandwich. Excellent selection of food overall.
So, bottom line is - beer was mediocre, food was excellent. I rated quality and service based on beer, so they came in low. Slightly better food than the other brew pub in the area (Mickey Finn's), but I wouldn't go out of my way for any of the beer.
04-29-2008 00:58:32 | More by CH3CH2OH
Flatlander's Restaurant and Brewery in Lincolnshire, IL
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