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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.74/5
Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(312) 755-9339 | map
rockbottom.com

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87
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
116
Avg:
3.84
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is a great place to have dinner downtown. It's less like a typical beer bar, and more like a Bennigan's or Applebee's that happens to brew their own beer. What I mean is that for 90% of the patrons, the focus is on the food (families, non beer geeks, ect.).

The food was excellent; I had a Mediterranean style pizza and my fiance had a chicken quesadilla and a cesar salad. The beer was good, but pretty average and forgettable. I tried the porter, the IPA, the non-barrel aged Brown Bear, and the Oatmeal Pale Ale...all were decent and very much "too style," but nothing really stood out.

I picked up a growler of Eric the Red, that I tried at home the next day. It's a hoppy session brew that is their best regular offering IMO, and I had a snifter of the bourbon barrel-aged Brown Bear which is the real standout of the place. Its an outstanding brew if you like bourbon or scotch (I do).

The service was amazing, and our knowledgeable waiter was more than happy to bring me free samples of everything ...he just kept bringing me stuff to try, I didn't even have to ask!

The place is huge and very nice. There is a third floor beer garden with great views of the buildings towering above you. Also, be warned...the bathrooms are on the second floor and not real easy to find.

There are much better beer joints in Chicago, but if you are with your family or a bunch of non-BA's or people who don't drink (perish the thought) this is a great place to go, and it's just a few blocks away from the Magnificent Mile.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -25%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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3.8/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of NateDyk47
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.84/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of McAfee85
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
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 -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.72/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Chicago, IL
3.74 out of 5 based on 3,214 ratings.
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