Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
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Active Beers: 438
Beer Ratings: 2,603
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rhoadsrage:
4.13/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is right on the main drag so it is easy to find and easy to get to. When I walked in the front doors this Rock Bottom was identical to a Rock Bottom just west of Chicago. I knew exactly where the bar, bathrooms and restaurant tables were without asking.
When I got to the bar I asked for the tasting. The bartender asked if I would like the first 6 beers or the 12 beers. I was shocked they had 12 different beers on tap. Two of those were on cask and 1 was on Nitro. They had the standard 6 beers that most Rock Bottoms have but they had 6 Brewmaster’s Choices which were quite good. I will make this a stop when I’m in the area just to see what they dream up next.
The food is pretty standard pub grub jazzed up a bit and served in good size portions. I enjoyed it so much that I went back 2 days in a row because I was in the area for work and it was a great place to unwind. There were plenty of big flat screen TVs and they did have a nice outdoor patio aswell.
10-14-2007 15:14:30 | More by rhoadsrage
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
08-19-2011 19:54:17 | More by AleWatcher
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great place for a night out with your friends, but don't plan on catching a ball game here (TV layout is fairly odd). Bar area can get crowded on mug club (Tuesday) and weekend nights but seating is almost always available. Outdoor seating is delightful on a summer night.
Many of the entrees I've had off the menu were fantastic. RB also offers a late night menu with several appetizers/small dishes that are reasonably priced. Beers average around $6 but their standard beers are around $3 on Tuesday nights.
They primarily serve their own beers, which consist of about 5 standardized year-round offerings, and 3-4 different seasonal beers on tap. Since RB’s merger with Gordon Biersch, RB dropped some of their regular offerings and the quality of beers decreased. Previously each individual Rock Bottom Brewery had their own unique offerings available on tap. Unfortunately, brewmasters are now somewhat limited in their freedom to create new beers.
After becoming a frequent customer, there has been some rapport developed with a couple of the servers and the overall service continues to be phenomenal. Since you can count as many beers they have available on 2 hands, the bartenders and servers are very familiar with each beer and can provide a recommendation if needed.
08-01-2011 07:37:25 | More by IlliniPi
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-28-2009 17:45:03 | More by redjameskidd
3.86/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
05-26-2009 02:25:18 | More by emerge077
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Orland Park, IL
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.