The Lucky Monk
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 204
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beerwolf77:
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here with BeerFMAndy and our ladies recently and gave it a whirl.
The decor seems to be upscale restaurant/sports bar. Which suits me just fine. Dark wood and rich upholstery cover the place. Along with a large number of flat screens. Low lighting to give it that almost romantic feel. We were seated in a large booth and persused the menus. Andy and I actually walked up to the bar to check out the chalk board to see what seasonals were being offered. Unfortunately it was rather sparse. We sat back down and were informed they wereout of all seasonals except the porter. I love porters so this wasn't all bad.
The beers were served at proper temp in nice oversized pints. The food was fantastic. The pretzel trio was EHHPIC! The pizza was very tasty as well.
About the only complaint I would have is the price. A bit steep for my taste but it is IL. I would go back for dinner for sure.
11-30-2010 15:39:20 | More by beerwolf77
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3.21/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The last time I was there, they were putting all their beers in this little mason jar glass.
They used to have tall glasses for the tritica, but now put all beers in the same glass.
Does anyone else have a problem with this? Now, I have not been there since they made this glass change, if they went back to REAL glasses, I would like to know.
08-05-2013 03:50:04 | More by dh1
2.29/5 rDev -38.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5 | $
If you enter this place and judge the book by its cover you will be incredibly disappointed once you read the pages. Very nice atmosphere with barrels embedded in the walls (complete with names like lambic, kriek, Belgian Abbey ale, Doppelbock, etc). Well laid out tables in the dining area and high tables in the bar area. But despite the decor the house beers were awful, every last one that I tried.
It strikes me as basically a restaurant trying to capitalize on the popularity of craft beer without making the effort to create compelling beers themselves. The IPA was bitter without any flavor, tasting as if it was aged for 5 years prior to serving. The pilsner was similary bitter without redeeming flavors. It's difficult to make beers this bad without realizing it, and thus I believe that they truly don't care. They do carry guest bottles (although all the taps are house beers), so Lagunitas IPA to the rescue.
The food was quite good, no complaints as a restaurant. But the reason I find brewpubs is for good beer/food pairings, and except for the guest bottles there was nothing to find here.
07-10-2013 01:54:05 | More by TurdFurgison
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere is clean and a little more upscale than just a pub or restaurant. Darker colors, wood, and modern furniture. The lighting is ample but nothing too bright or too dark. It's a nicer atmosphere that you can wear something casual and not feel underdressed but can dress up a bit and not be overdressed.
The beer menu mainly focuses around their house brand, which is very good and has a wide selection of styles. I'm a fan of their oatmeal stout. They even have limited seasonals and other specialty brews as well. Their bottle list has actually gotten smaller over the course of time, but it is constantly being updated and switched out.
The food is really good. So far every time I've been there I've gotten something different and have been very pleased with the quality of the cuisine.
It's not really expensive and definitely not any more than another pub or restaurant in the area. I think it's quite reasonable for what you are getting.
08-24-2011 17:05:49 | More by cjacobsen
The Lucky Monk in South Barrington, IL
86 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.