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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Active Beers: 462
Beer Ratings: 2,751
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 8
Bottles: 2
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

94 Yorktown Center
Lombard, Illinois, 60148
United States
phone: (630) 424-1550

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(Place added by: schmudde on 09-25-2006)
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Reviews by bigkingken:
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

bigkingken, Mar 03, 2011
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maxcoinage, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

smartassboiler, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

VaTechHopHead, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

Northsider, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Visited 10/6/2010.

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.

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of tatt2ed
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%

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

tatt2ed, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%

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!

emerge077, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of malcontent
3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

malcontent, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of RockerD
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Nice place.

RockerD, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of marcobrau
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

marcobrau, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Though the Orland Park Rock Bottom is closer to my house, I often go to this location as well because it is in the parking lot of a mall my wife likes to shop at.

From my first visit about 6 months ago, I have been impressed with the beer, the food, and the seemingly honest desire to provide a good experience to customers.

The brewer at this location seems to have a preference for Belgian ales, which is A-OK with me. He also makes a fantastic Imperial Pilsner, but I digress. The bartenders to a good job of coaching newbies through their selections.

There are drink specials galore if you join the Rock Bottom Mug Club, which is free. Being a member gets you larger pours (20oz instead of 16) and reward prizes for certain numbers of visits.

The food is quite good quality and reasonably priced. For those who don't like the "chain feel" I would call the food a definite couple steps up from Applebees, Cheddars, TGIF, etc.

All in all, this place rocks (no pun intended). The beers are all well made and in addition to the 6-8 house beers, there are always 3-4 specialty or seasonal beers being served as well as a couple cask beers. Well worth the trip, as are all of the Chicagoland Rock Bottom locations.

spointon, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

I would have to say this is my second favorite Rock Bottom in Illinois, paling only in comparison to the downtown location which is always a treat to go to. This one is located next to the Yorktown shopping mall. Upon entrance you can head to the right for the large dining room section, or head to the left for the bar area which has tons of seating and views of the brewing equipment. The new smoking ban in IL makes the bar area an even more attractive place to grab a seat and belly up.

There is usually a great selection of brews. You have your normal RB standards along with a rotating wheat and stout option which can range in between anything in those respective styles. They have around 8-10 tap options usually and have recently started to feature barrel aged brews as well. (Barrel Aged Pomegranate Baltic Porter is quite amazing.) Any beer lover can find a good beverage here.

The food is equally good with quite a big American style menu with lots of favorites. Good appetizers include the nachos and calamari for sure. Reasonablly priced overall for the area and quality.

Service has always been good for me and the bartenders are generally knowledgeable and care about the beer they are serving. Overall, it's a good place to stop in for a drink and a nice atmosphere as well. My only complaint is that it can get a little loud with the TV's and music, since I sometimes like a more quite, laid back establishment.

Overall, Rock Bottom Lombard is a great place to stop at for both food and brew. Being that I grew up in Lombard I think it's a great asset for the town and a sure stop whenever I head out to visit my parents.

orbitalr0x, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%

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)

4thoseabout2bock, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.18/5  rDev -18%

I've been here to eat once and just for beers at the bar twice. The food is pretty good. For Rock Bottom - I'd rate the food a bit better than most others I've been to.

The room is impressive - lodge type of atmosphere.

The beers - mostly Rock Bottom Staples. The times I've been there they did not have any interesting brewer's specialties. A wheat beer the first time, a porter the second. Quality is okay, hoping this brewer will step it up a bit in style as they develop an audience. No flaws, but nothing pushing the envelope either. Considering the Rock Bottom downtown does push the boundries - I was hopeful.

The bar scene was not BA. Most were drinking the lightest beers possible. The bartenders did a decent job, but again, not really BA level. Didn't pick up on the fact I knew beer styles and kept going back to least common denominator when I asked questions.

Glad to have it in the area, hoping they stretch as time goes on. If you are in the area - pick this over Taylor.

sweethome, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

nice and new, rb beer-themed decor. lots of nice new flat screens surround the large circular bar. very nice steel cobra taps. nice lineup of about 8 beers but nothing "extreme" or out of the ordinary when i visited. service was good and at $3.75 per 20+ oz mug a nice value. the red and esb i had were nice and very sessionable. both had some nice caramel malt action going on along with a well-balanced hop bitterness. some of the upcoming seasonals look interesting. they serve the "light" beer they make here that most randonis drink in pilsner glasses and the rest in pint glasses or mugs.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Stopped by here to grab dinner and a beer. This is located next to a mall in the heart of suburbia. Not usually the type of place I like to go to, but there are not many things around here except chains.

The restaurant is big, a mix of Adirondack camp style and 1920's Mission and Stickley. When you enter, a smoky bar is on your left and the dining area is on your right.

I had one beer while here, the selection is pretty limited. I think six "regulars" plus one Brewmaster's Choice. the beer arrived in an Imperial pint glass and was really pretty good.

Food is good, I had pub tips. A lot of food for $12.99. Plenty of options available, from sandwiches to salmon.

My server was very attentive and knew both the beer and food. Very pleased overall.

beveritt, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.1%

This place is in a new mall that is under construction but the big post and beam structure of Rock Bottom is finish and looks great. When you walk inside there is a nice dinning room to your right and a bar area of the same size to your left. I sat at the bar and they had the typical Rock Bottom beer menu with a seasonal menu on the side. They also had the beers written on chalkboards on the wall but the top of the bar was in the way. The chalkboards gave date tapped, style, ABV, OG and a style. That was pretty helpful but I asked the bartender for some recommendations. I was shocked to see that they have 9 beers on tap, all brewed in house.

They had some different glassware for wheat beers and chalices for higher gravity beers which was nice to see. The styles that they wrote on the paper beer menus had different style descriptions than the chalk boards which was a bit confusing. The bartender said that the brewer writes the chalkboard description so I trusted those the most.

I wanted some snacks so I looked at the appetizers and they were a bit more expensive that I thought but they were double size portions so it was still a reasonable deal.

I was impressed that this brewer has some creativity and it will be nice to see what comes up with some of the other seasonal.

rhoadsrage, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a nice looking place. The outside has lots of brick, wood & stone. They have also incorporated a large grain silo into the design. I’m not sure if its functional or just decorative, but it looks fine.

As you approach the front door, you will notice a small outdoor patio on your left. Once inside, the bar is to your left and the spacious dining room is to the right. This may be the largest dining area I have ever seen in a Rock Bottom.

We chose to eat in the bar so I could watch the BCS game (what a blow out…). The bar is in the center of the room and there is seating all around it. There are also tables on all four sides. I’m guessing the bar itself seats 50 to 60 with room for another 100 or so folks at the perimeter tables. The bar has an attractive Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie style design. Brewing equipment is on display through windows on the west side of the bar. Stylish and very clean bathrooms.

They had about 6 to 8 regular beers. I had the Eric the Red, which is a decent enough amber. Their Pale Ale was outstanding. I also had a mug of their Baltic Porter, which was tasty. This was one of their specials.

The server had decent beer knowledge and ably described the beers. The place was crowded, but he did a pretty decent job of getting our food and keeping our beers full.

Speaking of food, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, portion size and the sheer number of choices. We started with some tasty calamari and then went on to the entrees. I particularly liked the smoked chicken enchiladas and the blackened chicken breasts.

This is well worth a stop if you find your self in the neighborhood. With dinner for four, appetizers and 14 beers, our tab with tip was $160.

Redrover, Jan 09, 2007
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Lombard, IL
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.