Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1 W Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-4806
United States

(312) 755-9339 | map
rockbottom.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.63
Beers:
512
Reviews:
1,543
Ratings:
3,386
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PLACE STATS
Average:
3.78
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
123
pDev:
11.38%
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Reviews by GRPunk:
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I visited Rock Bottom for both lunch (fairy empty) and a late dinner (pretty busy) during a weekend in Chicago.

The atmosphere was pretty decent. The building and location were great. Multi-floor, brick building with lots of wood and stone accents. Upstairs were the bathrooms and what looked like conference or banquet areas. Downstairs was the bar and dining area (which I never sat in...see below). The bar had a bunch of televisions, but they were all on a horse race undercard for lunch and Sportscenter at dinner. For me a sports bar is all or nothing. Either get a bunch of different games going (or the big ticket match) or don't bother.

There beers were pretty good. I had a red and an IPA. The red was really good, the IPA was pretty bad (either too young or way over-hopped).

Service was decent. During both the lunch and dinner visit we were greated at the door and asked how many were in the party. Both times we were also told to find a seat in the bar. I'm not sure why we weren't offered a spot in the dining area, but no big whoop. During the lunch the place wasn't busy. It took forever to get a beer, but our food came really quickly. The server told us about the special, but also suggested we try their version of a domestic light (a little disappointed there). At dinner things took longer, but our server came back to check up on us a lot. She didn't mention the specials.

About a dozen or so beers on tap. A nice variety of regular offerings, seasonals, and special one-time brews.

Food was hit or miss. Had a good burger and fries for lunch and about the most bland Rueben sandwich for dinner.

It was a bit pricey. I assume I'll pay a bit more in a bigger city, but they seemed to overdo it a bit. Regular pints were in the $5.50-$6 range with specialties going for a bit more. The special was a pint of their red for $3 (good deal in my book).

I'd go back with a group that wanted some beers with a meal, but I wouldn't make a trip just hit this place again.

Jun 16, 2009
More User Reviews:
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eppie82 from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Typical corporate/commercial food first-'good enough beer' type of establishment. This particularly location is very big, and the roof deck is the best part. A bar up there is very convenient with plenty of outdoor space. Quality is good, as you would expect with most of the clientele being young professionals around downtown businesses. No one is driving to this spot for beer though, lets be clear about that. The selection is small and below average. Food is descent though.

I've still been here multiple times though because it's convenient to meet up with friends after work, and have that nice roof top deck to drink and hangout during the warm weather months.

Aug 03, 2020
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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Jul 01, 2019
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slee196 from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Central River North location and thus a lot of tourists and generally just packed. I've probably been here three times with friends. First and the second time, I'm gonna be honest, I didn't even realize that it was a brewery. It legit felt like a typical River North bar/ casual restaurant. My third time, I ordered two of their IPAs and they were actually quite decent. If you live around the area, it's good for a workday hang-out spot to grab a bite and drink some fresh brew. If you don't live around here, it's not special enough to travel.

Mar 28, 2019
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Eman17 from Illinois

2.54/5  rDev -32.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2 | food: 2.75

Mar 07, 2019
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Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jul 30, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Large open space just off the street. Brewing equipment sits behind glass at the center of the restaurant allowing customers to see the brewing equipment being loaded from nearly any direction, but to where they can't hear the brewer's cussing. The bar staff was very friendly. Stopped in after walking over from Binny's. Bar staff was friendly and attentive, offering up in-depth explanations on their beers. They got the beer out fast as well. Selection is all Rock Bottom beers which span a wide array of styles, with the limited seasonal offerings tailored to that season. The beers were of average to good quality, but nothing mind blowing. Great stop though between the friendly staff and quick service.

Apr 10, 2018
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cryptichead from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Dec 26, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

At the end of a family vacation to Chicago, I stopped into this place with my family. It was a Saturday night, and the place was absolutely packed, yet the wait wasn't quite as long as we expected. They have an open rooftop bar with a city vibe. The restaurant is fairly large, with plenty of seating. The service was prompt and friendly. We had the sampler, which was tasty and well-made. but not particularly interesting or outstanding. The food was also solid. I had an entree of beef tips that were very enjoyable.

Jul 21, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Jul 20, 2016
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DMcGirr from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Brewery chain that turns out decent food and good beer. Nothing really outstanding here, but not a bad place to hang out. Vibe would get a higher score if Chicago had a longer summer; the rooftop can be pretty nice.

Jan 25, 2016
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Gorf_Minor from Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Jan 08, 2016
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jschott75 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Dec 23, 2015
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nov 29, 2015
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nov 13, 2015
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98green from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in at 8pm on Halloween Saturday. Was the only place that wasn't completely packed, so that is a plus for me. The beer is fine but not spectacular.

July 2019 revisit. I think the vibe here is pretty solid. It was maybe 75% full on 4th of July evening, but it was still a chill space. I sat at the east end bar, which was well lit (the west end less so).

Service was quick and attentive. Sure it is a chain in a tourist location, but I like this for what it is rather than always chasing the hip new beer spot that is cramped and overpriced

Nov 01, 2015
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Boone757 from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oct 14, 2015
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paulish from New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oct 13, 2015
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Sep 22, 2015
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Aug 14, 2015
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plaid75 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Jul 17, 2015
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McAfee85 from Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Nice place for an afterwork beer...food is just ok.

Jul 17, 2015
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JDoHo from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

May 30, 2015
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31Sam13 from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Mar 16, 2015
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30MinutesSouth from Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Feb 20, 2015
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 3386 ratings