Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 759
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Vdubb86:
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to the Onion Pub on several occasions with my family. Overall it seems like a classier place than it actually is. I'm not really sure how to describe the atmosphere. It's a really very quiet place, but that may be due to the fact that every time I'm there it's relatively empty. The quality is average across the board the food is good sometimes depending on what you get. The brews are average at best I prefer the Maibock as their best but in all honesty there is nothing special. It's a place to go for different brews than the mainstream. Sometimes there is a gem in the seasonals but the standbys aren't really the best. The service is always pretty good. I would venture a guess to say that there are better brew pubs out there, but since this one isn't overpriced at all it's worth a try if you find yourself in the area. I wouldn't go and seek it out but every once in awhile that is well worth a stop by
09-11-2010 16:24:25 | More by Vdubb86
More User Reviews:
3.86/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I went to a wedding reception here and had a great time. I was sitting at the bar drinking a diet coke when the smell of the beer just overwhelmed me and I ordered a few Pilsners. Their Pilsner is a really nice one and they allowed me to sample most of the rest of their Beers.
I really like this place. The Beer was fresh and delicious, obviously brewed with care. I wont go into detail about the different brews here but I consider Onion to be well worth the hour drive just to have lunch. Most of all a liquid one. I had a very good time there.
10-24-2013 09:14:58 | More by USAF77
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Back when Illinois brewpubs were few and far between, new breweries weren't popping up every other week, and The Onion was among the last handful I haven't been to. This was mainly due to it's obscure location in an industrial park (a la FFF) in a suburb I never had a reason to go to. Recently had time to grab lunch here over the weekend, after drinking their beers for a few years now.
Oddly we were the first patrons at 11:40am on a saturday. The expansive parking lot was deserted, leading us to do a drive by on the front door to doublecheck the hours before parking.
The building is nice, definitely has lots of rustic, homey ski-lodge decor, with a fireplace in the bar area and a pair of little corner snugs flanking it on either side. The bar area is to the left past the host station once inside the heavy double doors. There were a dozen staff working, many sitting at one table doing prep work for Easter brunch. The bartender came over and served drinks and got us menus when we asked for them. They had some spring specials, I had the footlong jalapeño cheddar brat, and it was good.
Beer selection was decent, seemed like less than a dozen house taps, I had a Beggar's Brown and Drago Imperial Stout. Most of the standard lineup i'd had before. Kainz Brau is a surprisingly solid Pils, Hop Slayer is also good. Doesn't seem to be much variation seasonally, and more of a focus on the commercial canning operation of their regular lineup. The bartender mentioned they do a sign-up brewery tour on the first Saturday of every month. Village Tap and Owen & Engine will still be my go-to's for Wild Onion beers, where they tend to send their rarer one-offs and cask treatments.
Overall good, but probably not a place i'd return to soon. Locals don't seem to have many options though. Solidly just above average sums it up well.
04-02-2013 00:41:37 | More by emerge077
3.56/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25 | $$$
We chose the Wild Onion as it was kind of half way between the two groups I was going out with. It was still a 40 minute drive….
As we pulled into the parking lot, I was impressed by the building and really liked the large mural on the outside. Inside, even more impressed. There is lots of large wood beams, a huge stone fireplace, cozy bar area to your left and lots of dining straight on and to your right.
Service was friendly and knew the beer menu, but they really try and quickly turn the tables over. My advice is to order an appetizer or two and don’t place your food orders until after you are done with the appetizers. I realize they are busy and may have folks waiting, but our check arrived at almost at the same time as entrees. Our waitress did say not to rush, but I still felt rushed.
Between our group, we had full pints of 7 of their offerings. The consensus was good not great beers. The best of the bunch was their hefe.
The appetizers were pretty good, the food was adequate. We liked the fried pickles and calamari. Burgers seemed to be premade patties. The fish and chips were good and the tartar sauce was very good. Nice salads as well. The prime rib, wraps and fish special didn’t not receive as high of marks.
I would be willing to go back for another visit. Maybe pick a week night to see if it is a little less rushed.
03-04-2013 19:05:49 | More by Redrover
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co. in Lake Barrington, IL
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.