Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
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Active Beers: 425
Beer Ratings: 2,432
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've visited the Rock Bottom in Lombard on many occasions as I've lived in the area for years.
The Atmosphere is great. I enjoy the layout of the restaurant that provides a clean, comfortable, well-designed environment for enjoying their food and beer. The bar area is separate from the dining area rather than being somewhat integrated in Warrenville.
The Quality is pretty good. I give a 4 for the food as I've enjoyed almost everything I've ordered from here, but a 3 for the beer as nothing I've had from them has stood out. However, nothing I've had from them has been bad, either.
The Service has always been great. Courteous, timely service each time.
The Selection is pretty good. The food menu has a wide variety of things to eat, but the beer is isolated to only house brews, or at least it was as of the last time I visited here. Their house brews normally have a pretty good selection of styles.
The Food is great. Like I mentioned above, I've never ordered something I didn't like, and the variety is good. Their cheese dip that comes with bread and veggies is delicious.
Overall Rock Bottom is an enjoyable location to eat and drink, but if you're coming here to find a great beer, you'll likely be disappointed. However, I know they've started offering barrel-aged beers, so I'll need to try those at some point.
10-10-2013 15:39:33 | More by smartassboiler
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here one night for some food and brews, sat at the bar area. It's a very clean and modern place with large glass windows displaying the brewing equipment. They had at least 10 different beers on tap ranging from a light lager to a cask-aged IPA and a barrel aged belgian. I had the Imperial Pils, Milk Stout, Red Ale, and IPA and I was pleased with all of them with my favorite being the milk stout, and all their beers are $3-$6 for a 16 oz. pour. The food was very good and pretty much all entrees and around or under $15, had a pecan crusted chicken and was extremely pleased. The atmosphere is fun, lots of people willing to talk beer, and plenty of TVs to keep one entertained as well. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to go out in the Lombard/Downer's Grove area.
07-31-2011 16:41:05 | More by VaTechHopHead
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
I tried this place out as my buddy lives not far from here. I was hoping for a better selection of beer as this is a brewery/pub sort of place. However, it was surprisingly lacking (5 beers?! REALLY?!). The house brews were good and enjoyable, but there wasn't much else in terms of craft. I have to say this place caters more towards the yuppity suburban wine and cocktail drinking crowd than a true craft crowd.
The food is typical of the area, in that it caters to everyone: burgers, pasta, pizza, seafood...anything and everything. Prices were decent for the area.
Atmosphere is fine. it's a BIG place and fills up quick on friday and satruday evenings. Lots of families here. Expect to WAIT, and long if you come at peak hours.
As a craft/beer join, I'd skip this place. As a we-need-a-place-to-eat sort of place that happens to have beer, go for it.
06-16-2011 20:56:03 | More by Northsider
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Hold on to your hats folks, this isn't your typical Rock Bottom. The venue is typical enough - a giant space with tons of televisions, a certain amount of class and a whole lot of predictability. Except something is different about this place; there are award banners hanging up everywhere you look. Now, most of them aren't international or even national contests, but winning Chicago-area beer awards is still pretty impressive given the number of outstanding breweries the windy city enjoys.
Speaking of enjoyment, man was their beer awesome! Most Rock Bottoms - no, all of them that I've been to - keep their beers mild and approachable by all customers. But not here, my friend. The two "regular" beers on tap were outstanding for their styles (a light lager with a true pilsner taste and a pale with a great use of hops), but the true mettle came from the three beers they had that were over 10% ABV. This is unheard of - at least to me - in a Rock Bottom.
The Imperial IPA was rock solid, as was the imperial stout, but the beer that really got me was a sort of Belgian with rosemary or some herb that made it stand out. I drank two of them. Afterwards, I was just hungry enough to enjoy a $5 appetizer (it was after 11:00) of fried mac and cheese. Now, I'm sure that anyone can make some mac and cheese, fry it, and it would be outstanding. So I don't give a lot of credence to the food here - it might be exactly the same as all the other Rock Bottoms. But based on the beer, I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say it also is a step above the typical.
The service was awesome too. Always attentive, and warned me that if I waited a half-hour to order an appetizer I could get a lot more for my money. Also, my camera and a DVD fell out of my computer bag somehow, but they were there waiting for me the next day.
03-03-2011 19:27:21 | More by bigkingken
4/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Busy place with lots of tables. Found a table and sat next to the brewing equipment. It was a Wednesday night so I was surprised to see so many people there.
The service was very nice and accomodating. Got some good info on the Replicale and the brewing system from the waitress. Didnt stay long enough to eat anything but had a good time regardless.
Lots of beers to choose from (11 total) and a good range of styles covered. The price was pretty good for a whole sampler including the barrel aged beers.
11-08-2010 07:28:10 | More by t0rin0
4.7/5 rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
menu has a wide variety of items , and decent lunch specials , this place wont break your wallet. first thing to do get the beer samplers , try them all ,try the ones you normally wouldn't drink, then try them again, then go larger ! they didn't charge us for most of the samples anyways which were maybe 3-4 ounces each. i could see going for just the food or just for a few drinks but this place you can honestly do both. they have a real variety of drink specials everday not just on the off days. try it once this place wont let you down. i only wish they were on my way home from work so i could refill my growler
11-29-2009 22:09:11 | More by tatt2ed
4.01/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Stopped in here to get a growler of the new batch of American Dream IPA. What struck me as funny was that it was a carbon copy of the location in Orland Park, like some kind of parallel dimension brewpub. This one was on the outer rim of the gargantuan Yorktown shopping center.
Bar was to the left of the entrance, down a few stairs. The taps were chrome plated and looked to be sweating a little. I picked up the beer list which had about 10-12 brews listed in a variety of styles. Made a beeline for the IPA, which delivered lots of tropical fruit & citrus in the nose, and solid hop flavor with balanced bitterness. A great growler option that was about $8 for a refill, which was an excellent deal for a 7% IPA.
Service was quick and friendly, I wasn't charged for samples, like they did at Orland for the high gravity stuff. There were some boards on the wall that listed tasting notes for the current beers, with ABV and OG stats listed. This location has a barrel program, and regularly sends entries for FoBAB, so major beernerd points there.
Didn't try the food, so I can't comment about that. Beer was great, so cheers to the brewmaster!
07-04-2009 05:44:21 | More by emerge077
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The decor in the Lombard RB is pretty contrived with a sort of high-ceiling, hunting lodge decor. Yup, perfectly representative of the rich hunting tradition of the Yorktown shopping complex... At least the bar area has large (6-8 people) booths, a huge plus for pub culture IMO. The clientele, like myself, seemed largely comprised of hotel-dwelling corporate jags and rowdy locals. OK, maybe just one of those.
The server we had, while attentive and prompt, really needed to be more authoritative on his beer. In most restaurants I'll give a pass in this regard but, hey, it's a brew pub. Explanations of "this tastes like coffee" (for a red ale?) don't cut it.
Now about those beers, I was actually quite pleased. In the past I'd ordered the sampler at other locations and essentially found one beer that I found passable. Here I was pleasantly surprised. The light beer was...nevermind. The Pale, wheat & red were OK. However, I was pretty impressed from that point forward. The Trippel I was served needed a bit of refinement but was not at all pedestrian. The brown was nutty, lightly roasted and smooth as could be. And the Imperial brown, porter and Baltic porters were, frankly, excellent. I liked the Baltic enough that I ordered another pint after my meal which is remarkable because...
...the Jambalaya I ordered was massive. Not only was the portion large (too large in fact) but it wasn't dumbed down in the spice category. I love hot food and was very pleased that the chef got carried away with the Cayenne. The seasoning in general wasn't overly impressive as there was an obvious reliance on canned tomatoes for the sauce and the chicken, comprised solely of breast meat, didn't do much for the flavor. But the shrimp was well cooked and the Andouille was just fine. For pub grub this was a cut above. And yes, I'm always a member of the Clean Plate Club (which made for an uncomfortable night back at the hotel). The tab was totally reasonable and actually a nice break from the city's Alpine prices.
I think I got off to a bad start with Rock Bottom. The Warrenville location was the first and only location I'd been to and I was anything but impressed. However, after visiting the downtown (still haven't reviewed that!) location and this one I'm coming to see that this is a company that hires solid and, dare I say, excellent brewers. Tim Marshall, this location's brewer, is doing an exemplary job.
03-25-2009 02:56:47 | More by malcontent
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I guess if you've been in a Rock Bottom somewhere in the country then you kind of know what they are going for here...
The bar area is great here. They have a real nice display on the brewery too.
It was jammed packed in there (and we're in an economic crisis). I couldn't move nor could I get a table. I did still get service however.
Was drinking the Powerhouse Pale Ale. Did try the Tripel (seasonal). The tripel was probalby a better made beer than the Pale. I was really in the mood for hops and was disappointed that they didn't have an IPA. Regardless both beers were decent.
I tried the pretzels which I highly reccomend. They come as a pair and are huge. Little cup of spicy spinach dipping sauce was great too.
02-14-2009 22:33:13 | More by RockerD
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I like the atmosphere of this Rock Bottom compared to others. I think it might have to do with the vaguely Faux Lloyd Wright design. The space is big, but still somehow feels cozy.
The food is standard Rock Bottom fare, but this isn't bad. The food is good. The beer is incorporated into the food here and there and this done fairly well. Meals can easily be split (plated separately for no extra cost) which I very much appreciate as this keeps me from over-eating and leaves more room the well-made beer. There are usually about five regular beer and about five or six limited run beers. On my last visit two of the limited run beer were aged in wood for seven to eight months. I had a beer from the regular lineup (Lumpy Dog, an 80/shilling Scottish Ale) and a snifter of the Argus India Brown. I could have had a pint of Argus (seem to recall taking home a growler of it last year), but the small amount in the snifter forces you savor this tasty well-hopped, strong brown ale.
If you're part of the mug club the value is outstanding. Every few months I seem to get a five or 10 dollar credit to my mug club account.
To sum up, I think this Rock Bottom is just as good as the fabled downtown Chicago location...and it's much closer to my house.
10-23-2008 03:04:47 | More by marcobrau
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Lombard, IL
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.