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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Not Rated.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
BA SCORE
88
very good

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.88%
Active Beers: 467
Beer Ratings: 2,826
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Cantera Center - 28256 Diehl Rd
Warrenville, Illinois, 60555
United States
phone: (630) 836-1380

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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Interesting place. very very expansive so the neighborhood corner tavern is out of the picture in this building. Sort of a cross between art deco and an upscaled Chili's, not nice but not offensive, just big and softly lit. I like the beer though and the way they serve it, though the Belgian style ale I was served was brought to me in a pint glass...the beer selection is put up on a large chalkboard that lists when the keg of that beer was tapped with the OG and FG ratings were in case you were curious, the ABV and a breif description of the beer. I thought the listing of the dates was a really nice touch and there was a huge difference between the newly tapped and the old, obviously. Didn't have the food but the menu is typical pub grub fare, burgers, hot wings, quesdillas, etc etc. Everyone seems friendly enough but in a place like this its really too big to tell. An overall averagely nice kind of place to drink a brewpub brewed beer.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 30, 2008
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Photo of smartassboiler
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

I've visited the Rock Bottom in Warrenville on many occasions as I've lived in the area for years, and I had friends that used to be on the wait staff here.

The Atmosphere is great. I enjoy the layout of the restaurant that provides a clean, comfortable, well-designed environment for enjoying their food and beer.

The Quality is pretty good. I give a 4 for the food as I've enjoyed almost everything I've ordered from here, but a 3 for the beer as nothing I've had from them has stood out. However, nothing I've had from them has been bad, either.

The Service has always been great. Now this comes from someone who always requested a friend who was working, but I've been there plenty of times where someone we didn't know waited on us, and we never had a problem. Courteous, timely service each time.

The Selection is pretty good. The food menu has a wide variety of things to eat, but the beer is isolated to only house brews, or at least it was as of the last time I visited here. Their house brews normally have a pretty good selection of styles.

The Food is great. Like I mentioned above, I've never ordered something I didn't like, and the variety is good. Their cheese dip that comes with bread and veggies is delicious.

Overall Rock Bottom is an enjoyable location to eat and drink, but if you're coming here to find a great beer, you'll likely be disappointed. However, I know they've started offering barrel-aged beers, so I'll need to try those at some point.

smartassboiler, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
3.64/5  rDev -5%

(Visited 11/2010): This Rock Bottom location is in the Warrenville/Naperville area on W. Diehl Rd, right off I-88. There is ample parking available.

The inside is pretty spacious, with the bar area on the left side which offers a view to the brewing equipment. The rest of the brewpub is devoted to table seating. A lot of the decor features their house ales.

As with other Rock Bottom locations, this one has their own spin on styles that mimics other sites. They have around 8 beers on draught, all of which are available in a sampler. They range from Kölsch, APA, IPA, Wit to Coffee Porter Dubbel and Stout. The beers are decent for the most part with none being particular standouts.

Service at the bar on a relatively busy weekday evening was pretty good. The bartender was knowledgeable about their beers and friendly.

We did not have any food on this visit.

You pretty much know what you are going to get at Rock Bottom which is a positive and a negative and this one is no different. Worth a visit in the area but not somewhere I would go out of my way to hit.

Dogbrick, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of LairdChisholm
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

A - I went here with my girlfriend one afternoon. Good lighting, they had various beer signs all over the place which was good eye candy. On the second level I could see the fermenting tanks which got me excited right when I walked in. There was also a glass case with a bunch of growlers in it too which I enjoyed. Lots of TVs with sports games on. Not too loud either. Very nice.

Q - The beer and the food were good for the price.

S - We were seated promptly and our food and drinks came rather quickly. My waiter knew a good deal about the brews considering I had a lot of questions, which was refreshing.

S - The selection was very good, even thought they were out of two beers. I got an Altbier and a Dubbel and enjoyed them both with my burger and french onion soup.

F - The food was great. I couldn't get enough and I wanted to save room for beer.

V - For the quality and selection I would highly recommend this place.

LairdChisholm, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of tatt2ed
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

been to this location 4 times now. the food is right on par with other RB's i've been to. the chicken fried chicken to me is by far my favorite. the wait staff varies greatly , i have had great service once, ok twice, and not so good once. the beer to me lacks the standard that rock bottom has come to be known for. to me it is served too cold, causing it to taste watery and "lite". don't get me wrong i would take this beer over a bud or miller lite once it is given a chance to warm up a few degrees. I am a big fan of small brews and like their changing selections (seasonal wheats and rotating darks) another plus is the beer of the day, daily drink specials, happy hour 3-6pm and 10pm till close is $5 appetizers, and best of all is the free mug club and its perks. you can go to their website to read about the RB club card. alittle hint is if you have the card show it when you order and you get the larger serving at no extra cost.

tatt2ed, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Stopped in here today for a beer. The building was a little different than the carbon copies in Lombard and Orland. Similarly open and airy, this RB had a second floor lounge with pool and a second bar. Past the door there was the bar on the left, booths and tables on the right. The brewing equipment loomed large above the bar on the second floor behind glass. A chalkboard above the bar area seemed to be the most informative about the beers, though there was a small menu on our table.

The beers I tried were good, especially the barleywine and woodford barrel-aged porter. The mild wasn't that great, watery and lacking flavor. We had some appetizers which were good, but pretty standard for a chain restaurant. Overall the service was great, and it didn't feel as sterile as other suburban outposts. I'd stop in again to check out their seasonal lineup.

emerge077, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

I was able to stop by here last Saturday for a couple of beers. Coincidently, I had been at the Lombard outpost the night before. This gave me a chance to compare & contrast and give my Rock Bottom Mug Club card a workout.

Located in the midst of a semi-high end shopping area, there is plenty of parking directly east of the building. There is also a covered patio on the east side.

As you enter you will notice the soaring ceilings with exposed beams and brick. There are some semi-elevated areas provide visual interest. There is a 2nd story loft in back part of the building. I like that they have lots of beer inspired artwork.

The bar seats about 15 & the tanks are on display behind the bar. There is one cool "W" shaped table that seats about 12 right near the bar. The design of the table makes it easy for a large group to converse. There are also lots of smaller round tables.

The service was friendly and had no problem handing out samples. I did not eat but in reviewing the menu it appeared to contain the standard Rock Bottom choices.

There was a decent crowd for 2:30 on a Saturday.

The beers were fresh and tasty. I particularly enjoyed the seasonal wheat. They usualy offer two cask beers but had only one during my visit. I did notice that beer choices were more conventional than the Lombard outpost.

Redrover, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

I visited this place on 1/3/2009.

I often visit the Orland Park and Yorktown Rock Bottom locations so I thought it was time to try this one out. This location being much older, the layoput is different from those other locations. I would say that the "feel" of the place on a busy Saturday afternoon/evening was not so good. It seemed cramped (despite being rather large) the bar area was way too small, and the parking is not very convenient to the front door.

The brewer at this location seems to have a handle on things. I sampled three beers and drank pints of two of them and they ranged from a high average mark to very good. The bartender was super nice and took good care of us.

As in all area Rock Bottoms, there are drink specials galore if you join the Rock Bottom Mug Club, which is free. Being a member gets you larger pours (20oz instead of 16) and reward prizes for certain numbers of visits. There are about 6 or 8 house beers that are always on tap and a solid 3-4 seasonal offerings and limited release beers that rotate regularly.

The food was good quality and reasonably priced. For those who don't like the "chain feel" I would call the food a definite couple steps up from Applebees, Cheddars, TGIF, etc.

All in all, this was a very good place to have a fresh craft brew, just not quite as good as the other two Rock Bottoms I regularly frequent.

spointon, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Arrived at the establishment on a Saturday afternoon about 3Pm. When we told the greeter we were only interested in beer ans appetizers, we were directed to the bar area. Our waiter soon arrived and our drink orders taken. The service was good. We ordered some appetizers which were served promptly, and tasted very good. The beer is pretty middle of the road. I would describe it as a place that is basically a restaurant, that also happens to brew beer. Tha main emphasis seems to be on the food. It was definitely a positive experience. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

tgbljb, May 03, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

quite big for a brewpub, typical decor mostly decorated with big signs/murals of their various beers past and present. beer selection varies based on who is brewing here and whatever is the monthly seasonal. all of their regular lineup of brews are typically geared more towards people new to craft beer, nothing big or bold usually. decent, fresh session beers in general but nothing you would seek out. some of the seasonals can be really good depending on the brewer. also they usually have something on cask. as with all RBs, no guest beers. i would rate the atmosphere higher but some lamos have gotten cigar smoking banned here. food is generally pretty good, i would recommend the pretzels, beer bread, grilled mahi tacos, or buffalo fajitas. service is generally fine. free mug club specials and freebies make this place more reasonable. it's a shame there is no competition in the immediate area, not even a single damn brewpub in naperville which is basically where this is located. fucking ignorant meatheads! argh.

MrMcGibblets, May 02, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

No secrets from this ever-expanding chain. The atmosphere is what you'd expect from a chain; kitschy-y posters trumpeting their own brews, multi-level seating to cram lots of patrons in, loads of TVs featuring sporting events. A "been here, done that" feel.

The beer is surprisingly good for the most part. Brewing that many selections at the same time will effect the attention to detail to some extent but there were several nice offerings (the dunkel & the seasonal were quite good).

The service falls into the chain philosophy; you could be at any of their locales nationwide & expect the same, uneventful, even-keel attention.

The menu was almost too large & the beer selection covers most of the stylistic bases so you shouldn't feel as though something is lacking. Once again, the quality is better than I'd expected although the prices, specifically the food, seemed high.

malcontent, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of sweethome
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

I have been here about five times over the past few years - most recently dinner yesterday.

The beers are decent - about average for a Rock Bottom - but usually will have at least one interesting beer. Yesterday it was Saison. (also had a dry hopped brown on cask which our waitress never mentioned - shame - I saw it on the board on the way out).

The wife had their pale ale which is decent enough - a bit pedestrian.

The service is good - fast and friendly enough - but lacking in beer knowledge. As mentioned, never offered the cask - I didn't realize they did cask beers. Live and learn - next time I'll ask.

The food is good, not great. Served quickly and with a smile. For this type of fare, I really have to complement on the service - attended to our requests well.

One strange thing - they wouldn't fill my growler because it wasn't theirs. I have never had that happen before....no big deal as they only charge an extra $1 for the growler.

sweethome, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
3.83/5  rDev 0%

I had the Lumpy Dog Brown Ale, a Milk Stout, and Fire Chief Ale with the ribs/chicken combo. My wife had the buffalo fajitas. My son had a steak off the kids menu, only $5 I might add. All the beers had good qualities as well as flaws. It was actually pretty close to what I expected. Overall you could probably say that this is the Applebee's of brewpubs.

Overall the atmosphere was nice. You could see the brewing equipment through big windows on the second story. The woodwork was nice, but in the back, by the kitchen and the bathrooms, the wood floors were extra slick with grease.

The menu looked good, but there were only 6-7 beers to choose. from. There were dates written on the beer boards saying what date the kegs had been tapped. Overall it was alright, and I'll probalby go again. It was fairly kid friendly, and that's always a bonus for me.

zjungleist, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of SurgeonGeneral
2.95/5  rDev -23%

Having heard such great things about some of the Rock Bottom breweries out there, let me say that I had high hopes for this visit. It took me 3 hours and $200 to get about 8 miles to the place from my house, but I finally arrived with my fiance (car died). I'll break it down into categories-

Atmosphere: A very nice looking place, with a good amount of brew paraphanalia up and nice seating. Somewhat trendy/rustic look to it, however the brewery is kind of hidden upstairs (I think- it was well hidden). Very crowded on a weeknight, but not too difficult to navigate.

Quality: Well, the beers I tried -their Pale Ale & Bitter- were not all that great. The Pale Ale was not very hoppy and had a wierd astringent graininess to it. The bitter was better, but tasted flat. So, I knew I had to drive and wanted to taste their Imperial Stout that was in rotation. I asked for a sample, and was shot down. No samples available. Ok, I'll get a growler and taste it at home, right? Nope, no growlers- even though above the exit, a neon sign is lit that says, "Fresh Beer to Go!" Unaccaptable, IMO.

Service: Service was good. They were very crowded but it never took too long for our waitress to get back to us, and my drink was never empty. She knew enough about the beers to go through a couple reccomendations with me, as well.

Selection: 4-5 regular beers with a few seasonals as well. Not sure about any outside beers.

Food: Well, their "Titan Toothpicks," an appaetizer of super thin, fried fajitas were very good, but my ribs were horrible. Extremely overcooked, tough & fatty. Sauce was just passable. I was very dissapointed and couldn't finish it.

Value: 2 beers, the toothpicks and two entrees ran to $55. Ouch. I was not happy, and will not be returning. I still look forward to visiting other Rock Bottoms, however.

SurgeonGeneral, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of keilerdunkel
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

I recently organized a gathering there for my bro-in-law, pre-wedding and did not know the exact number of people who would be showing up. I made a guesstimate and called for reservations. They were very helpful and were willing to hold a table for 15 on a busy night. It happened to work out well.

I arrived early and looked over the beer list and picked the ESB on cask to have prior to people showing up. It was good but not exceptional. I did have another as well. With dinner I sampled the american brown ale, but it was not as good. Other people there enjoyed the ESB, dry irish stout and the American wheat. Overall, the consensus on the beer was good but not outstanding.

The food was definately above average. I stayed with the pulled pork sandwich which was large and very tasty. Another person raved about his selection, which was the southwestern shrimp and chicken pasta. The appetizers were very good as well.

All in all a nice place to hang out and would recommend it to anyone who was in the area for a movie (accross the parking lot) to stop in pre or post movie for a bite or beer.

I will have to stop by to try some of the seasonal beers, and I was told that they will refill any growler not just their own.

keilerdunkel, Nov 04, 2004
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Warrenville, IL
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.