Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
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3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a good date night stop for me and the wife. It's a little loud, but a booth in the dining room is quiet enough to hold a conversation without feeling like you're screaming.
The beer...because that's why we're reviewing this place. Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed. Over the course of a few visits I've tried all there brews. The Marzen is very good. Their other standard varieties leave much to be desired. Nothing is bad, but nothing great. They just brew to appeal to the majority of American beer consumers, not the BA hopheads.
Haven't had a food item I didn't enjoy. Little pricey for what you get in my opinion, but very tasty.
Overall, a nice place for dinner. This would also be a fun place to come with a group and sit in the bar area and have a few, as they have some high top tables that accommodate 8 or so.
03-20-2014 13:25:45 | More by BrewThru_29
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went to the Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Bolingbrook, IL last evening with some friends and was pleasently surprised. The atmosphere reminded me alot of German beer halls with a bit more upscale decore. The volume of noise was quite significant, which again is like Germany beer halls, but made it difficult to hold a conversation. The quality of the food and beer was very good. All there beer was solid and the food was exquisite. The service was very attentitive and knowledgable. There were plenty of beer to select from they had their five standards available plus a Dunkel and Oktober Fest available....all which represented their styles well. The food was great...the app chips with cheese and bacon were incredible. The cajon fish tacos were very good as well. There were four of us....one app....7 pints, one sampler, four entres, two deserts came to $170 without tip. To me a bit pricy....the pints were only $5 each which is good, but hte food was a bit more than the norm....I thought. All in all a great visit.
09-25-2011 13:58:39 | More by WoodBrew
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
The food is fantastic.
The beer didn't blow me away, though it was quite palatable.
The atmosphere is great.
Too bad reviews can't be that short?
The food is always spot on. Well-sized portions, lots of flavor, a mix of traditional and interesting. The waitresses are friendly, and sometimes cute (but I guess that apples to most establishments).
The beer left me feeling bored. I guess to have a successful chain of brewpubs you need to cater to the masses in a sense. There needs to be beer that the average American can drink-- and since the average American drinks an adjunct lager, you have your work cut out for you! I'll give them credit for making veers that are simultaneously several steps above BMC whilst not alienating the average patron.
The restaurant is modern and clean, very classic and upscale looking. If I were single, this would be a perfect place to bring a date. Of course, now that I'm married I would only rarely bring the wife and/or kids to a place this expensive...
It's pricey. The beer, the food, the air you breath-- you're paying for it, and when the bill comes, you'll know it!
Overall, if you live in the area, this place is certainly one to add to that "we ditched the kids at grandma's so let's go out" list.
08-26-2011 00:45:43 | More by AleWatcher
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This was stop #208 on my quest to visit as many quality breweries as possible. I've historically avoided Gordon Biersch because of it being a chain and focusing on lagers. I've been to ones in San Francisco and Atlanta pre beer geek. This visit made me realize an error in my ways and for skipping the New Orleans location ~5 times (given the poor beer options in Louisiana).
On the 5 hour drive from Cincinnati to Chicago, I listed to a fascinating podcast of the Brewing Network Sunday Session (11/6/05) with Dan Gordon. It can be said that Dan Gordon has as much, if not more, formal German brewing training and experience than many German brewers. His focus on quality and freshness made it impossible for me to bypass GB on this visit to the Windy City. The fact that I just finished brewing a Maibock and the comments about the GB Marzen were even more incentive.
This location is off 355 which is the far beltway around Chicago. It's located right next door to a Binny's if you're looking to pick up some bottles. I sat at the end of the bar. They have free wifi.
I went with a sampler - golden export, Maibock, hefeweizen, czech lager, marzen, schwarzbier, and a unique edelhell which was described as a light hefe.
Top to bottom, all the beers were spot on from a style standpoint. The marzen was the most popular and I felt the best of the group - I followed up the sampler with .41 liter pint. I had an appetizer of the seared ahi tuna as my meal.
The service was friendly, prompt, and professional.
While I've never been drinking in Germany, I feel this is as close to fresh, quality German beer as you can get in the United States. Especially considering that the German imports we get come through the Panama Canal and Dan Gordon has done tests on his beer and freshness subsides after weeks at room temperature.
04-09-2011 16:51:40 | More by Yetiman420
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite beer-themed restaurants, but more for the food than the beer. The beer is all good, first rate, no complaints, but the food kicks ass.
Big, open space with a big bar area separated from the main dining room. Bar is high tops, lots of big screens, and closer to the windows making it brighter. Dining room is more 'cozy' and warm, darker lighting.
Quality of brews and food is always top notch. Standard selection of brews, mostly lagers, plus a hefe. Food menu is huge with entree salads, pizzas, steak, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, enough to please anyone out for a meal. Garlic fries are freaking amazing, work them into your meal, if you can, or just order a side of them.
Service has always been A-one, no compaints, attentive, knowledgeable of the menue, and know the beers.
Again, the food is amazing for a chain restaurant. Prices are reasonable. You won't go wrong giving this place a try if you're in the area. After dinner, stop by the Binny's that's next door to take a few craft beers home.
03-02-2011 02:23:01 | More by JamnesCameron
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Bolingbrook, IL
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.