Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
46.8%
Liked Their Beers
3.7 w/ 3,271 ratings
Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(312) 755-9339 | map
rockbottom.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
482
Reviews:
1,516
Ratings:
3,271
Liked:
1,530
Average:
3.7/5
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
8.5%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
118
Liked:
10
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
15.83%
 
 
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by bditty187:
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to a couple Rock Bottom Brewpubs. I am never thrilled to go to one but I always like my visit. As this Rock Bottom was literally two blocks from our hotel we stopped here for dinner.

At 8pm on a Saturday night it was loud and busy. We found a seat near the bar in moments and had great service throughout even though it was busy.

The first thing that jumped off the food menu was the large pretzels for an appetizer and beef tips for dinner. I don't even recall what else was on the menu. I was hungry and those sounded good. My better half got steak and she liked it. The food was very good. As expected.

For beer, we tried the seasonal IPA (tasty... hoppy, not too bitter), Stout (robust roasted flavors), Unfiltered Pale Ale (decent) and a Barleywine which I really liked. If wasn't so tired (I had drove straight from Omaha) I would have had a couple of these.

I didn't really checkout the building; the dinner area seemed to be separate from the bar. The bar area was dark, lots of wood and their beer signs. Lots of tables and booths, plenty of seating... it looked like a fairly big place. There was even seating upstairs (but that was closed on our visit). The bathrooms were upstairs as well. The TVs had a Cubs rerun on plus some random-ass "X Games" type thing. That was really my only complaint, put on some live sports!!

Our waitress, Jen, was awesome... attentive and knowledgeable about their beer.

Rock Bottom, during our visit, was the right place at the right time. Good food and good beer... yes, it was loud and busy but it was downtown Chicago on a Saturday. What else should I have expected?

Worth a visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HardyA
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Gorf_Minor
2.88/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of jschott75
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of NateDyk47
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Boone757
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of McAfee85
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

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

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Photo of JDoHo
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 46.8% out of 100 with 3,271 ratings
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