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Ram Restaurant & Brewery

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Ram Restaurant & BreweryRam Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
80
good

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Active Beers: 24
Beer Ratings: 97
Beer Avg: 3.27
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1901 E. McConner Pkwy
Schaumburg, Illinois, 60173
United States
phone: (847) 517-8791

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Reviews by gixxerman:
Photo of gixxerman
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

I don't usually go for the chain brewpubs, but I have to admit, this one was pretty cool.

There is a bit of something for everyone here. I can see why hardcore BAs might not like it, but I think the place has value.

There is a sports oriented bar off to the right of the entrance, which was packed due to the Blackhawks playoff game. It has a giant (over 100 inch) TV screen on the wall above the bar. It is visible from anywhere in the space. This is a great place to watch a game, and alot of people are already on that script.

Straight ahead there is a counter, you can sit there and eat/drink, while watching the cooks do there thing.

To the left is a more casual/date night area with comtemporary decor and candlelighting.

I also noticed a private room throught there, but did not get to check it out.

I started with a 71 and then a Big Red IPA - I thought both beers were very good. For dinner I had the sirloin salad which was also great. I was there on Tuesday - pints are only $2.50 all day - quite the bargain.

If you are looking for a cozy local brewpub feeling - you will be disappointed. This is not what this place is, or tries to be. But if you want to get some good beer, and want to take some people who are not BAs this is a good bet. This place could also be a gateway to bring your maco friend into the world of microbrews nice and easy.

Service was above average, despite the crowd. I might actually try another Ram next time I am near one, this one was that good.

gixxerman, May 18, 2009
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Surprised on the lower ratings on this location; stop by on a Fri or Sat night, jammed. Rest of the time, steady. Must not be anyone taking time to review.

Have stopped here many times on the way to or from O'Hare. Great place for a beer, solid choices, not over the top, but good beer, good service, have always had that, and solid atmosphere. Nice outdoor patio, good merch, if you like. The $5 summertime growler fills were nice, too.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

I've visited Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Schaumburg on many occasions as I used to live about 5 minutes away.

The Atmosphere is great. There's a separate bar and dining area. It's laid out well and provides a clean, comfortable environment.

The Quality is pretty good. I give a 3.5 for the food as I've enjoyed most things I've ordered from here, but nothing has really stood out. I give a 3 for the beer as nothing I've had from them has stood out while not being bad either.

The Service is great. I've never had a problem, and they provide timely, polite service.

The Selection is alright. They have some house brews, but as of the last time I visited, they didn't offer anything noteworthy outside of that.

The Food is good. I've enjoyed what I've ordered, but I've never had anything that would specifically bring me back. Their mexican-influenced burger was probably the thing I most enjoyed on the menu.

Overall Ram is an enjoyable location to eat and drink, but on that same note, I've never had anything that's brought me back, which is why I haven't visited in years. However, if you haven't been here before, it's good enough to visit and make your own call.

smartassboiler, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

ejimhof, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of cjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

It's an open dining room on one side with an open bar on the other. The bar doesn't get loud and the place is split with part of the kitchen and some isolation walls.

It's got a nice atmosphere with earth tones, darker woods, and precision lighting for tables and eating areas. There are TVs in the corners in case someone has interest, but they are unobtrusive otherwise.

The beer focuses on their house variety, which are all pretty good. Their seasonals are very good and worth trying for sure if you get the chance.

The private rooms are part of the restaurant/bar enough to maintain the idea of being out for a good time, but gives enough seclusion that your party won't be interrupted.

The food is quite good. Their burgers are done very well and their bigger plates are fantastic. Some dishes seem a little high in price, but from experience, the portion is about right and the quality doesn't make you regret it.

It's definitely a place to try, especially if looking for micro-brewed beer. The menu has a good amount of variety for either a decent sized meal or just a burger (good burger at that) to have alongside a couple of beers.

cjacobsen, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

There was a desire for steak, and since I really enjoy the steaks at the Wheeling location, I figured I'd take a friend of mine here. 'Twas a Monday night, somewhere 'round 7pm; the place was pretty crowded, but we were able to quickly get a table in the "lounge" area. It's a chain restaurant-brewery like any other, with semi-dim lighting, semi-sports/semi-classy eatery decor. The year-round brews are generally pretty good, but the seasonals this time (an Irish red and a pils) were kinda weak. The waitress really didn't seem to know much about the beers (couldn't recognize the Irish red by its name, even) and was a tad on the slow side, but nothing was given in error. My friend and I both enjoyed our steaks (she seemed to like the beers more than I did, for whatever reason), though this was in no way surprising. Overall, a nice place to hit every now and again, but not really a true destination in its own right.

TMoney2591, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.84/5  rDev +10%

Visited 10/7/2010 late in the evening (half hour before last call).

Service was prompt and friendly. Too late for anything from the kitchen so we just got a sampler. Had a nice conversation with the waitress about the upcoming 20th, or 25th (can't remember) anniversary of the place and about the fact that they make the same standard recipes at all these places, which saves me the trouble of ticking them all.

The beer was all over the place in terms of quality. Some were downright bad while others were bordering on good.

Didn't stay long but the place was open with lots of tables and high ceiling. Don't know how loud it gets on a Friday or Saturday night though as we were there on a Thursday night.

Nice place over all but not sure if there is a good reason for me to go back, unless I'm staying in the area or a friend really wanted to go.

t0rin0, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

Amongst the few times I've come to this place, the last time I came here was was when my girlfriend brought me for my birthday (does she know me or what).

Anyway, The atmosphere of the places looks similar to the other ones I've been to it does have that chain restaurant feel to it, but the brewing equipment and bar area do look rather unique.

The overall quality of the establishment is pretty good there is no visual problems or out right complaints that I've had with anything in particular in my visits with the place. Or else I probably wouldn't come back as many times as I have.

The service is pretty darn good, they have a pretty good knowledge of the beer types that they serve. As well as the majority of the individuals have been attentive and friendly. And as far as I recall they've never messed up an order.

The selection is anywhere between 6-8 beers depending on the season. They have their standard brews as well as some rotating seasonals. For the most part I don't care for a few of the regulars save the Porter, but the seasonals tend to be rather nice. Even with the limited options it's rather nice that they have their own style of beer.

The food is good as well I believe that I've never been dissatisfied with it. I particularly enjoy several of the meals that either beer batter or use beer in the bbq sauce. Overall, the food and the beer combined keep me coming back.

Vdubb86, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

Man, was this a big place, yet hard to find.
A huge bar with huge tables along the walls. They make their own beer offerings and I tried their Hefeweiss which was pretty good. Everything food related we had was quite good despite a slightly steep price. The staff was very friendly and helpful until it came time to ordering the beer, but I did not mind.

I would go back again for sure just for the food. I would be curious how their other beer offerings stack up for the styles they are in. The deep fried pickles were amazing by the way, i would go back just to try a few brews and a giant bowl of those fried pickles.

sweemzander, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

Ram Restaurant/Big Horn Brewing is located in Schaumburg right off I-90 on McConner Pkwy. They have a fairly large lot.

The inside is very spacious with high ceilings. The lounge/bar area is on the right and the restaurant seating area is on the left. There is a lot of brick along with red/brown colors and the place has a somewhat industrial feel. In the bar area the brewing equipment is visible, and there are large boards displaying the beers on tap.

As for the beers, this location has more or less the standard "spiral" group of beers from the Hefe, Big Red IPA, 71 Pale, etc as well as a seasonal (Maibock). All of the beers are more or less average and are available in a sampler for $4.

Service was decent on a weekday lunch. The bar server didn't seem overly knowledgeable about beer but was friendly.

The food at Ram is pretty good, no complaints about my sandwich.

Overall this is a decent stop along the highway but is pretty far down the list of Chicago-area beer spots.

Dogbrick, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of claytri
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

I really like this place. I've been several times when travelling in the area. It's a loud sports bar atmosphere. The beer and food are good solid products. The service at the bar was a bit slow, but was due to the crowd that was gathered there. Pretty standard bar food menu, but large so something for most people. They specialize in burgers and have a variety of named special burgers. The food is always good here. It's nothing pretentious, just good solid food done well. I'd say it's pretty reasonable, but that could vary. The burgers might be a bit pricey, but the steaks are a very nice price.

claytri, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of tatt2ed
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

lets start out with the food, if you want hot food this is not the place to go at all , the first time we ate there i requested HOT fries and got old warm ones reheated, the second time was even worse, we sat next to the kitchen and watched our food sit there and sit there till the cold fries and waffle fries were up. the only thing positive about the food is the onion rings. they are some of the best i have ever had and the only item that was extremely hot. the service was ever so slightly above average, only reason i say this is because neither time the waitress could tell me anything about their house beers except their names (which by the way is on the menus and on the wall in very large letters)
BEER time ,seasonals.... the barefoot winter wit was good (alittle too winter moon'ish but very good). nutcracker was my favorite , hazelnutty times 10, no small flavors here ! bighorn hefe another great flavorful selection typical hefe and yet still suprized me on how the flavor carried. total disorder porter is a must try hard to describe and ever harder to forget. 71 pale ale was flavorful and worth a few refills. the buttface amber ale was a little sweet but worth trying a few more times, the other 2 house beers are next on my "to try list"
overall i would say the beer is worth going for on its own, and if you get hungry get the onion rings. maybe save your money, eat somewhere else then goto the RAM for their brews. $4 growlers and $5.50 = 1/2 price fri and sat fills is another great plus about this place

tatt2ed, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%

Knowing this was a chain brewpub, and being disappointed by the Rosemont Ram location, I wasn't expecting much really. Found my way to the bar early in the day, past the hostess stand to the right. The space was cavernous, more suited to house a few prop planes than a restaurant. A few beer signs decorated the place, and they had copies of Great Lakes Brewing News at the door. A giant upside-down canoe was suspended overhead, the centerpiece of the northwoods lodge-meets-airplane hangar interior. The U-shaped bar was familiar, as was the "library" shelving decor behind the bar. Brewing equipment loomed large behind glass panels above the bar. Beer styles were listed on the windows, and a chalkboard listed the beers available, awkwardly posted high on the side wall. A ton of tv's stacked on top of each other, with a large projection screen behind the bar also.

Selection was pretty good, they had 4 seasonals: Higgins ESB, Norm! Pilsner, Barefoot Wit, and Brunette Bombshell, an American Brown ale. The Big Red IPA was also available, but it wasn't very good. After talking with the bartender I learned they have brewed a couple different DIPAs (Double Trouble, Hop Harvest) and a bourbon aged one also. Service was really good, although there was only one other patron at the bar when I was there.

Didn't try the food, but i'd return if I was in the area. A passable place to hide out if your significant other is at Ikea or Woodfield.

emerge077, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of KBomb
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Yes, this is a chain brewpub. I frequented some of the original locations often back when I lived in Washington state, and for the price they can't be beat. Since returning to Chicago I've come back here for some very good food offerings and some decent beer.

The atmosphere at the Schaumburg location is average. Big room, lots of TVs in the bar. There are some decent beers here and some not so good ones. Even though they're often served a little too cold, I like the Buttface Amber and the Porter. The Witbier here is not as good as others I've had at different locations. Let's be clear, none of these brews are "extreme" or even superb; but they're good enough and its hard to beat fresh draft beer to wash down good food. And the food is good.

There is a lot of the typical Bar & Grill offerings: burgers, wings, sandwiches, etc. I've never been disappointing with any of them. Where the RAM shines is its wild pacific seafood. Midwesterners are under the unfortunate impression that farm raised Atlantic salmon is good fish. Its not. Wild Alaskan Salmon, King Crab, and rock shrimp are all delicious and are featured in many well executed dishes. I'd call it a good value too; wild seafood will cost twice as much in a downtown restaurant. Their desserts are also quite good. My wife and I share one almost every time we go.

Service has been mostly good in my experience. Friendly bartenders and servers, prompt service.

Do not expect to be blown away by incredible beer, but don't write off the RAM as a typical restaurant chain.

KBomb, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

When you walk in you are drawn to the giant wall of brewing equipment along the back wall. Big roomy atmosphere with tons of TV's. Great place to watch a game. Good selection of beers on tap...about 10 or 11. I enjoyed several of them and liked almost all. The bartender was friendly and service was decent. The food is nothing to write home about but but bad either. As far as chain places go this was pretty cool and a great way to kill an evening watching a game or just grabbing a quick bite. Worth the visit.

BeerisfoodLLC, May 29, 2009
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Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Schaumburg, IL
80 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.