Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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3.71/5
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3,304 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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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.79/5
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
118
pDev:
15.83%
 
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

While in Chicago one of my friends told me he went to this place and wanted to go again. I figured it would be like a Grand Rapids Brewing Co. and nothing special, prolly bland beer with mediocre food and shoddy service. But it was lunchtime and my hangover was starting to kick in. I needed lunch and maybe a beer or two so a group of us went. Well, shit, I was way off the mark here! The service was quite knowledgable about their beers and he was very friendly, already better than the GRBC and their shitty service. Their sampler deal was a good deal so I went with that. The beer was exceptional for a national chain standards. This brewer knows his stuff, its obvious. Each beer had a solid flavor and some were exceptional. Plus, the best part, they had a bourbon barrel aged imp. stout and a bourbon barrel aged barleywine on tap!!! And they were both awesome, simply incredible. The food was solid and large in size. I had an chesse dip appetizer which was really thick and slightly spicy. Then the pulled pork sandwich which was really big and really juicy, not dry at all. The fries were weak and too greasy and thin. I liked this place so much I had to go back a few more times in my relatively short stay, it was also b/c of where i was staying and the fact i could walk there and back easily. Don't miss this place, next time I would like to meet the brewer and give him my congrats on such a good job.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Harrison8
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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.

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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 REVZEB
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%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 3,304 ratings