Palmer Place Restaurant and Beer Garden
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 150
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by karst:
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited following the Sam Adams Chicago region LongShot. Good Saturday night crowd. Took public transportation (always a good idea on pubcrawls)
Palmer Place with its outdoor facility and best of the burb's beer list was a natural stop on the Saturday night pubcraw. Impressive bottle list and serious tap offerings along with good food makes this my kind of place.
Most of the above reviews for Palmer Place are spot on - we did not notice a problem with their service on this visit.
Great burgers and nice areas for groups make this a popular area hangout.
05-21-2007 14:38:37 | More by karst
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I live about 2 miles from this place so this has been a great go-to spot for me a while. I really enjoy the atmospere as it has a quasi pub and restuarant feel to it. The beer garden outside is especially nice during the summertime to sit outside with a group of people and enjoy the night. Be warned that parking is a pretty big issue around the surrounding blocks, but the parking garage built across the street more than handles the overflow of cars.
The service is usually pretty good, although it can get pretty hectic at night so sometimes you have to flag down the waitress/waiter as they pass. They do not know to much about the beer on the menu, but I don't really knock them for that as most of the time I'm not there to quiz anyone, just to drink good brews.
They have a lot of taps with a bunch of the staple BMC, but they also have a great rotating section that has some great options. Had the Boulevard Tank 7 on tap, amazing. They have an extensive bottle list, and the menu is divided up so it's easy to find what they offer, but they are out of some of the harder to find stuff most of the time.
Food is about what you would find in a pub. They have an extensive burger list (maybe 35-40 kinds) and they are all good-great burgers.
Everything, including the beer is priced pretty much what you would expect it to find at a place like this.
I always enjoy coming here and as long as I live in the area I'll continue to do so and urge anyone coming to the area for the first time to try it out.
06-24-2011 13:12:08 | More by Treebs
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been here a couple times now. The food is acceptable, but nothing to write home about, and prices are reasonable there. It's bar food. It suffices. Burgers are pretty good.
Atmosphere's just so-so as well. The bar itself is nice enough, but the rest of the room is plain, with the usual sports decorations. It caters to the crowds, who tend to be normal family types and college kids--lots of BMC drinkers.
However, they do have a pretty good selection of beers. Firestone Walker 14 on tap? Yes, please. Some interesting imports--I had a tasty, standard German brew called Holzar Bier. Nice local representation, and fair pricing. Their BeerMenus page is pretty up to date, at least as of last night.
Overall, I generally have low expectations of suburban places--so sue me. Palmer's is a fine place to quaff, however, and I will almost certainly go back.
02-20-2011 21:14:38 | More by wschmit
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Palmer's Place; I have been going here for many years before legal drinking age with my family, and my family has known the owners for many years. However, I am reviewing this place based on my recent trips since turning 21.
The atmosphere is that of a local bar / Irish Pub / sandwich / burger place. It has a smaller bar with lots of outdoor and indoor tables and large TV's everywhere that are generally tuned to a sporting event. Not the best spot to enjoy your beer and reflect upon it, but a great meeting spot to grab a few pints and some better than average food.
Has about 25 taps with a very large bottle list. However, this bottle list is almost always out of date so make sure you have a backup choice in mind. The pours at table service are bar pours (poured to the top of the given glass, no head for the most part), but are better if sitting and drinking at the bar. Usually has a Surly offering on (Furious is common), but I have seen the Mild and Hell on tap here before. Also gets the New Belgium Lips of Faith series.
The food is pub food, but has some highlights. The fried party of four appetizer is great beer food, and the corned beef on rye and turkey club are great sandwiches. My dad has been ordering the sirloin steak salad for probably 15 years, and continues to enjoy it almost every time we go as a family. Also the spinach / artichoke dip is a vegetarian go to favorite (ask my sister).
A great local spot to grab a good beer and some good food. I will always have a soft spot for this place, but would rather go somewhere else for a "special" occasion. If your going in the summer be sure to sit outside in the massive beer garden, really makes for a relaxing summer evening.
01-17-2010 08:16:15 | More by Gonzoillini
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is usually the go-to place for the wife and I if we are too lazy to cook and can't decide on somewhere else. Walking in is a little confusing since if you come in from the front you are immediately in front of tables without much direction where to go. We usually sit in the back 'sportsbar' area since I probably would want to watch a game. The beer selection is very good. Not world class but a good selection of 30ish draft and well over 100 bottles. The prices are acceptable except some of the bottles specialties. The mark up on a few of those seem very steep. I don't mind paying for a $4 bottle of beer which I can get retail for less than $2. I do mind paying $15 for one that retails for under $8. They usually have about 5+ good rotating taps with some good choices, including some higher gravity beers for sub $4/pint. I do wish they would have more rotating taps though. Out of the 30ish or so 10+ were BMC or Leinies. Another 10 are pretty common imports (Amstel, Guiness, Bass, Heinie, etc.) which I would never buy where much better choices are available. That really only leaves 10ish taps for good microbrews. Those 10 are usually good choices so I'm not complaining that much, just pointing out the ratios.
The food is very good. I always have a burger there. They are really well done and have a lot of unique selections. As previously mentioned the Belvidere burger is a favorite. The wife usually gets some sort of salad which she really enjoys there.
My only major complaint is the atmosphere in the back portion occasionally. Sometimes there can be quite a lot of 25-30 year olds and after a few drinks the girls become 'woo girls' and the guys become obnoxious. I realize it is more of a bar setting and the problem can be remedied by sitting in the restaurant portion. Also in the summer they have a great and expansive beer garden.
Overall its a great meal and a well above average beer selection for a good price. The wife and I can easily have dinner and 2 good drinks a piece for under $50 with tip. That's why we keep going back.
10-09-2009 17:42:38 | More by weatherdog
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here for years when I lived in the southwest suburbs. Don't get back as much now that I'm in the far west suburbs. But this is my place to go when I visit my wife's family near our old house.
The beer selection is one of the best in the suburbs. And the tap list just gets better and better.
Has two main dining areas, plus outdoor seating in warmer weather. The back one near the bar has a sports bar theme, the front area is more family oriented, and quieter.
Good selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and main dishes like ribs and steaks. Have always gotten a sandwich or a burger, and they are always top notch. Our favorites are the reuben and the belvidere. The belvidere is a burger on texas toast with canadian bacon, blue cheese, and grilled onions. Oh my!!
Service has always been their weak spot, usually good, rarely exceptional, and even more rarely lowsy. And the prices are good. This trip $60 for two sandwiches, two kids meals, an appetizer, three drinks, and two beers. One of the few places you can get green river.
This trip, I had my belvidere with a surly furious and a lagunitas little sumpin sumpin. I'm in heaven.
06-21-2009 01:25:20 | More by JamnesCameron
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Grew up and lived in LaGrange for 24 years so Palmers was always a standby. Been to Palmers dozens of times, only worth it to go there in the summer and sit out in the beer garden. Do not bother to go there in winter as the inside is nothing special. Tons of tap selections, usually 30+ with BMC standard fare. 100's on bottles to choose from, but like others have said, they are often out of your 1st or 2nd choice, gets annoying, but other options in LaGrange are limited. Food is good, nothing spectacular, but definately good in terms of bar standards with a wide selection. Service is friendly but can be scarce in the summer when they are busy and seemingly always understaffed. Definately worth checking out in the summer, sit in the beer garden, have some good beers and good food in a very nice west suburban town.
01-16-2009 00:39:41 | More by hawks10
3.08/5 rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
I have been to this place several times. They
Have a big selection of bottled beers and have
about 35 or so on tap. Its a good place to go to try different types of beers from all over
the world. Only thing is I don't think they
stock all of their beers regularly so have a
few different choices ready before you order.
The have a parking lot in the rear and in the warmer months they open their outdoor beer garden which gets pretty crowded.
The food is also not the greatest.
If you are looking for a place to try new beers you should still check this place out.
03-08-2008 17:47:08 | More by Blueye80
4/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a go-to place if you're looking for a suburban beer bar with a fine selection. 36 beers on tap the day I visited, with countless more in bottles.
Tried a Two-Brothers and then a German import.
Food menu has a well-rounded selection. I played it safe with a burger and wasn't dissapointed--huge hand-formed patty grilled to perfection along with fat beer-battered onion rings.
Great place to grab lunch or dinner when you want to enjoy a nice beer selection, especially for the midwest. The farm belt is pretty much all-macro-all-the-time, outside of gems like Palmer Place.
07-14-2007 19:28:54 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Palmer Place Restaurant and Beer Garden in La Grange, IL
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