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Palmer Place Restaurant and Beer Garden

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Palmer Place Restaurant and Beer GardenPalmer Place Restaurant and Beer Garden
BA SCORE
89
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 150
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

56 S. LaGrange Road
La Grange, Illinois, 60525
United States
phone: (708) 482-7127

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(Place added by: RedBaron)
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Reviews by karst:
Photo of karst
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

karst, May 21, 2007
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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.

Treebs, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of wschmit
3.9/5  rDev -1%

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.

wschmit, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.9/5  rDev -1%

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.

Gonzoillini, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

weatherdog, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

JamnesCameron, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of hawks10
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

hawks10, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Blueye80
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

Blueye80, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

This place has a nice old pub feel and it was gearing up for St. Patty's day decor. It has several smaller rooms, which make it nice to talk and hear everyone. There is one room with a fireplace and another smaller room where you can order food, at lunchtime. In the back is a more open bar and then the beer garden is in the back. It has great big clean bathrooms and a Golden Tee by the back bar.

The beer menu is on folded photocopies that are tucked in 6 pack carriers from good beers. That makes me feel like the BIG beer menu is updated quite often and that it stays pretty accurate. The have beers listed by countries so it really helps to decide what I'm in the mood for that round.

The waiters are very friendly and are there to clean up after you very quickly. It feels like a 4 star restaurant staff.

The food is a good mix of pub grub and home cooking with Sloppy Joes and all the fixins. There are some nice hamburgers and sandwiches and the full size salads are really big. The soda come in what seems like a liter cups.

This is a great place but parking can be confusion with so much 2 and 3 hour parking in the back. One of the locals said that the new parking garage going up across the street and they thought it was free parking. I will try to park in there next time. They did have large posters in the bathrooms and the hallways promoting Heineken Light coming 03.02.06. I thought that showed it was a sports bar with a good beer bar inside.

rhoadsrage, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%

I'm glad to see this place listed. It is a great beer bar located in the very nice downtown area of La Grange. RedBaron does a great job of describing the bar, not much I can add there!

There are three decent sized rooms and a very good beer garden. This is one of the kid friendliest places I have ever encountered. Nice helpful staff.

Just a huge beer menu. Well over 200 choices. The choices range from blah (macros) to fair (Leines, ) to outstanding (tons of micros and imports). Huge selection of Midwest favorites (Bells, Summit, Goose Island, Three Floyds, etc.) Maybe the best bar selection of Lambics I have ever seen. Always something new to try. Great seasonal beers as well. Added bonus, they often have giveaways (glasses, openers, t-shirts, ect.).

Food is slightly above average pubfare. Decent, but not earth shattering.

Strange fact, they only serve beer & wine, I don't think they have a full liquor license, but with this selection, who cares!

This is a great bar for a work outing, birthday party, etc. Something about sampling all of the different beers seems to put people in a good mood!!

I would highly recommend giving this one a try.

Redrover, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of RedBaron
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Palmer Place is a great drinking and eating establishment in the classy Victorian suburb of LaGrange. Located downtown on the main drag of LaGrange Road, in the midst of a lot of recent re-development projects, this pub consistently packs 'em in.

Really, Palmer Place has three, or four different and distinct rooms in which friends can gather for a pint and grub. The front rooms consist of Irish/British pub-like partitions with booths, oak-paneling, fireplaces, etc. and makes for a cozy, relaxing atmosphere. The backroom, mainly a large sports-bar area, has a wide-screen TV, and several small tv's peppered throughout, with the main bar at the head of this room. Outside, there's an outstanding, German-style beer garden, complete with many beer label-decked, umbrella tables, but the wait for a table in the summertime can be daunting. All said, there is probably room in Palmer Place for upwards of 400 people.

Their beer list is one of the best in the 'burbs. They have a regular list of about 200 beers, ranging from excellent German weiss/pilsner/bock beers to a rousing number of domestic craft brews (Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, etc.) in the bottle, to a rotating draught list of about 30, or 40 beers (they've had real cool special draughts, from Paulaner Salvator to Lindeman's Kriek). The prices for the beer are pretty good, as they're typically less expensive than downtown Chicago counterpart pubs.

The food list is top notch, with over 10 different kinds of monster hamburgers to choose from. There are several other items on the menu, too, from fish and chips, to various sandwiches, salads, ribs, etc. The food is inventive, and typically better than most pub grub. Again, the prices are pretty reasonable.

The pub really is a nice outpost in the 'burbs, and there aren't too many others that can deliver the beer, food and charm all within the space of a rather bustling establishment.

For a beer lover visiting west suburban Chicago, I'd make an effort to get to Palmer Place specifically, and downtown LaGrange in general. There's a lot happening there.

RedBaron, Oct 22, 2003
Palmer Place Restaurant and Beer Garden in La Grange, IL
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