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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Active Beers: 418
Beer Ratings: 2,799
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

16156 South La Grange Road
Orland Park, Illinois, 60467
United States
phone: (708) 226-0021

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(Place added by: joe1510 on 06-02-2007)
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Reviews by rhoadsrage:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

This is right on the main drag so it is easy to find and easy to get to. When I walked in the front doors this Rock Bottom was identical to a Rock Bottom just west of Chicago. I knew exactly where the bar, bathrooms and restaurant tables were without asking.

When I got to the bar I asked for the tasting. The bartender asked if I would like the first 6 beers or the 12 beers. I was shocked they had 12 different beers on tap. Two of those were on cask and 1 was on Nitro. They had the standard 6 beers that most Rock Bottoms have but they had 6 Brewmaster’s Choices which were quite good. I will make this a stop when I’m in the area just to see what they dream up next.

The food is pretty standard pub grub jazzed up a bit and served in good size portions. I enjoyed it so much that I went back 2 days in a row because I was in the area for work and it was a great place to unwind. There were plenty of big flat screen TVs and they did have a nice outdoor patio aswell.

rhoadsrage, Oct 14, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

So this is just a pretty standard small brewpub.
I found the beers to be pretty bland and boring and the food to be unoriginal pub-fare.
Orland Park is swimming with places to eat, and I'm a bit shocked how crowded this place always is. The service is adequate, but nothing to write home about.
The interior is nice-- I actually really like the sunk-in island bar. The brewing equipment looks nice in the background as well.

Overall-- feel free to stop here for a small brewpub experience... But better food and better beer can be found elsewhere.

AleWatcher, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of IlliniPi
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Great place for a night out with your friends, but don't plan on catching a ball game here (TV layout is fairly odd). Bar area can get crowded on mug club (Tuesday) and weekend nights but seating is almost always available. Outdoor seating is delightful on a summer night.

Many of the entrees I've had off the menu were fantastic. RB also offers a late night menu with several appetizers/small dishes that are reasonably priced. Beers average around $6 but their standard beers are around $3 on Tuesday nights.

They primarily serve their own beers, which consist of about 5 standardized year-round offerings, and 3-4 different seasonal beers on tap. Since RB’s merger with Gordon Biersch, RB dropped some of their regular offerings and the quality of beers decreased. Previously each individual Rock Bottom Brewery had their own unique offerings available on tap. Unfortunately, brewmasters are now somewhat limited in their freedom to create new beers.

After becoming a frequent customer, there has been some rapport developed with a couple of the servers and the overall service continues to be phenomenal. Since you can count as many beers they have available on 2 hands, the bartenders and servers are very familiar with each beer and can provide a recommendation if needed.

IlliniPi, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of redjameskidd
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

This would be the best chain brewery restaurant in the area, far more focused on beer than any others, like say the Granite City. Say what you will, I think you have to respect the fairly large number of taps and diversity of beer that they offer, and their emphasis on having people drink their own beer instead of outside booze. They also have a very nice mug club that is free to join and offers very large glasses and discounts on a beer of the day. Repeated visits and a certain number of purchased pints earns you certain rewards, as well.

A good mix of regular beers on tap and rotating special brews. I prefer most of the stuff they do in the fall and winter to the summer seasonals. I have detected a sort of "house taste" to the beers the last few times I've been around.

The food is surprisingly good as well. I personally have enjoyed everything I've had there, though I know that my opinion on food isn't worth much. Previous times I have been there I have had a bacon cheeseburger and a country fried chicken. My father loves the spicy jambalya they have. It is pretty good. Definitely has a kick.

The best beers I've had there have been the brewer's more obscure fancies. Probably the best have been:
1. Single-hop Simcoe IPA
2. Subzero winter warmer
3. OFF Duty Ale, which was basically a west-coast red or red pale.

redjameskidd, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%

Stopped in today and had a beer at the bar. Walking up, it felt like any other formidable high-end chain restaurant brewpub. Your experience definitely feels "engineered" here. A bright and shiny painted tank was out front, and the brewing equipment was visible from outside, and inside at the bar. There was a strip of patio seating with entrances adjacent to the bar. The bar was a large rounded rectangle with at least 2 tap stations, and a box with 2 handpumps (red & pale ales). Lots of dark wood beams and soft mood lighting. Service was quick and friendly enough.

Selection seemed to have a high number of light lagers, a Kolsch, 708 lite, Line Drive, and a Cinco de Mayo lager. There was a barrel aged Scotch ale on, which was pretty boozy...a $1 taster was enough for me. It would have been nice to see some English styles on the cask maybe.

Overall it was a good place for a beer if you're local, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for it.

emerge077, May 26, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +5.8%

I've been here several times and have not had a bad experience. The atmosphere is pretty good, but still fairly standard, nothing special.

I have had pretty good luck with the bar tenders and servers as well, nothing to complain about here, though nothing to praise highly either, just good service.

The beers range from great to average, it is a mixed bag, but with two cask offerings and rotating seasonals it's not all bad.

A nice place to visit when you can't decide where to go, I visit this place fairly often and will not soon stop.

paco1029384756, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Rock Bottom - Orland Park, IL

The atmosphere in this place is nice. It has a nice dim light, but clearly easy to see and communicate with a larger group. It has a large bar that is rectangular with seating all around it. Booths are on the sides of the bar area.

The service was good as they were fast and kind. The server didnt know too much about beer or made any effort to pretend to. The selection was very good.

The food was good for what I had. I shared nachos with a friend and found them to be generous in portion and affordable in price. The value is good for the quality of the beer.

For an all around safe bet, this is the place. I will visit this place many times more.

cagocubs, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Being the bestest thing nearest to my house, this place is what I consider my "home pub". From my very first visit a year ago I have been impressed with the beer, the food, and the seemingly honest desire to provide a good experience to customers.

The brewer, Iain Wilson, stands behind his beers to the extent that he will often spend time in the pub, coaching newbies through their first flight of samples.

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!!!

spointon, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of BertSugar
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

First visit. A really nice building that looks like they really spent a lot of dough to build it. Nice architectural touches (even the bathroom is nicely appointed). It's always been my understanding that at RB the specal beers are where it's at, and I think that's true. Did not have a lot of time, but did have a Hop Bomb that was not really as aromatic and complex as the description would have you believe. That may have been related to the fact that the beer is served too cold. Also had a barrel aged Java stout. It seemed a bit light in the body, but very filled with vanilla and bourbon flavors. Good. I overheard the bartender coaching some newbies pretty well, which is a good sign. They have a monthly specials map on the wall so you can see what's coming up, which is a nice idea. Overall, a decent visit if you keep in mind that they have no intention of breaking the creativity land speed record here with their regular line up. A nice addition to the beer scene in the area, though.

BertSugar, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of rmcnealy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

First time at a Rock Bottom restaurant/brewery. Orland Park, IL location.

Had planned and waited all week to go to this spot. Looked prior at the brews and knew what I wanted. Ambiance is cool. Typical brewery/restaurant style with the brew operations in view off to the side. Server was not very knowledgable about or interested in beer. First tried the "Lumpy Dog" brown ale. It was pretty good. Not too far off from a Newcastle. Also tried "Erik the Red"... also decent. The food was awesome. Had the Asiago Chicken... was very good! If in the Chicago area try Goose Island first! Ram is decent, also.

rmcnealy, Jan 15, 2008
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Orland Park, IL
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.