Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
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Active Beers: 441
Beer Ratings: 2,621
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Although Rock Bottom is a chain -- the Chicago location, and now the Yorktown/Lombard location, have great brewmasters who are doing excellent things with their seasonals. The decor is woodsy ski lodge and the location is in a mall parking lot. However, you can discount all that if the beer is good. As of last night, RB Lombard had 6 seasonals on tap and another on CASK. (My ratings above reflect the seasonal selections featured on the chalkboards on the big wall behind the circular bar.) They had the usual line up as well, but I did not pay them any attention.
Service was great at the bar -- the bartender Michael was especially knowledgable and helpful. Knew to recommend the cask of the Rye Porter, and to suggest that the Barrel Aged Stout needed to warm up a bit.
The Rye Porter was on both tap and cask. The rye accenuated the hoppy quality in the porter. The Winter Wit was a cloudly very belgian wit with lemon and eggy qualities. Two of the current seasonals are barrel aged: the Creme Dreme, a cream stout aged for a year in bourbon barrels, and the Night Vision, an IPA aged for 5 months. The Night Vision was a solid IPA with oaky wood overtones. The Creme Stout really picked up the vanilla from the cask and seemed to pick up some bourbon heat as well. (and did develop some more depth beyond the vanilla as it warmed). The Old Thumper Barley Wine was 9.5%, and if you like grapefruit hops and strong alcohol - this is the beer for you. The final seasonal offering was 3rd Eye Imperial Stout which was a fine stout -- It didn't really taste imperial, but had good body and nice dark flavors.
In addition to the kick-ass seasonal line up, you can get most beers to go in growlers for 6.99 (downtown Chicago location has similar deal, does not include barrel-aged or barley wine -- but did include the wit and rye porter), making this the best growler value in the Chicago area.
Hopefully this strong seasonal line up is the sign of things to come -- seems that others have not seen as deep of a special selection on previous visits. The brewer is certainly doing some nice things here!
(also close by and worth a trip are Lunar in Villa Park and Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge in Lisle)
12-29-2007 01:09:26 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've visited the Rock Bottom in Lombard on many occasions as I've lived in the area for years.
The Atmosphere is great. I enjoy the layout of the restaurant that provides a clean, comfortable, well-designed environment for enjoying their food and beer. The bar area is separate from the dining area rather than being somewhat integrated in Warrenville.
The Quality is pretty good. I give a 4 for the food as I've enjoyed almost everything I've ordered from here, but a 3 for the beer as nothing I've had from them has stood out. However, nothing I've had from them has been bad, either.
The Service has always been great. Courteous, timely service each time.
The Selection is pretty good. The food menu has a wide variety of things to eat, but the beer is isolated to only house brews, or at least it was as of the last time I visited here. Their house brews normally have a pretty good selection of styles.
The Food is great. Like I mentioned above, I've never ordered something I didn't like, and the variety is good. Their cheese dip that comes with bread and veggies is delicious.
Overall Rock Bottom is an enjoyable location to eat and drink, but if you're coming here to find a great beer, you'll likely be disappointed. However, I know they've started offering barrel-aged beers, so I'll need to try those at some point.
10-10-2013 15:39:33 | More by smartassboiler
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
I tried this place out as my buddy lives not far from here. I was hoping for a better selection of beer as this is a brewery/pub sort of place. However, it was surprisingly lacking (5 beers?! REALLY?!). The house brews were good and enjoyable, but there wasn't much else in terms of craft. I have to say this place caters more towards the yuppity suburban wine and cocktail drinking crowd than a true craft crowd.
The food is typical of the area, in that it caters to everyone: burgers, pasta, pizza, seafood...anything and everything. Prices were decent for the area.
Atmosphere is fine. it's a BIG place and fills up quick on friday and satruday evenings. Lots of families here. Expect to WAIT, and long if you come at peak hours.
As a craft/beer join, I'd skip this place. As a we-need-a-place-to-eat sort of place that happens to have beer, go for it.
06-16-2011 20:56:03 | More by Northsider
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
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 +3.1%
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
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Lombard, IL
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.