Taps: 68 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 177 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by semihobo:
4.9/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My fiancee took me out to Hopleaf for my birthday. It was pretty accessible by public transportation, which is a plus -- #147 north to #92 west put us right there. I'll skip the general scheme of the place as there are so many other reviews.
On a Monday at 7:15, the place was pretty full, but we got seated immediately at a table for two in the back. Our attentive server got our drink orders immediately, although we needed some time just to digest the tap list. We started off with a Maredsous 8 and a Tripel Karmeliet, both served in the branded glassware. I had the mussels for starters -- they were excellent. If you like mussels, don't miss them, cooked in beer, with sourdough bread to soak up the extra liquid. Comes with very thin, savory french fries. Unfortunately the two travelers eating next to us (judging by their suitcases) were bragging loudly about their toolish exploits while I was trying to enjoy my birthday dinner... thankfully they left early. All other patrons were pleasant.
The menu was not that long but it was certainly adequate, there were two major options for vegetarians, a sandwich and a squash/risotto combination. We both had the CB&J, cashew butter, fig jam, and morbier cheese. Definitely a winner there. The side of stilton mac-n-cheese was also delicious.
Dessert was the only place where the food didn't shine -- the blueberry almond crisp was mediocre, although it didn't help that we were stuffed to the gills. We finished with a Dogfish 90 Minute and an Allagash White, both of which were reasonably priced at $5 a pint. Selection was excellent -- roughly 20 Belgian and 20 other taps, along with a very long list of bottles, arranged by category with prices. Meads and wines are also available. See their website for lists.
The men's room is kind of funny, nice walls and fixtures but the dividers and stalls are made out of rusted old corrugated metal, it works nicely. They also have one of those high-speed hand dryers that blows the air so hard it distorts your hand.
A filling meal for two plus 4 good beers for $62? I think that's a reasonable value.
A must visit, I will definitely be returning soon.
02-12-2008 15:20:25 | More by semihobo
More User Reviews:
4.66/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
This place is awesome. They have a bunch of not only American craft on tap but plenty of Belgian beers too.
Food is great and reasonably priced. It's a great neighborhood too.
Only ten minutes away from Half Acre. Get the oysters they are the best I have ever had.
07-07-2014 15:18:13 | More by NewGlarusFan
3.86/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere: nothing to special here. mostly has the feel of a fancy restaurant.
Quality: fairly good to great quality but I would assume this isn't too out of the ordinary in Chicago.
Service: good service, didn't need much help making my selections but he was there when needed and fairly quick
Selection: pretty good selection, I'd hope for nothing less with the distro and quantity that chicago gets. I had zombie dust and heart of gold from perenial. it didn't look like the most rare and unique beer but there was a good variety
Food: very good, probably the highlight, I had good mussels and some tasty fries
Overall: if your in the mood for mussels and beer you can't go wrong. Definitely worth a shot but unlikely to be the very best of chicago
06-18-2014 20:20:17 | More by SportsandJorts
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.