Yard House

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1880 Tower Dr
Glenview, Illinois, 60026-7783
United States

(847) 729-9273 | map

Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:30pm or later
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:30am or later

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Tons of beer on tap. The problem is, for me anyway, is that it always seems to be the same. It's like they have a tap list they know sells well and they stick with it. Food and service are ok. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of cathomae
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of writewood
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of brandoman63
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of slasich
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of NappyB
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A climb through the Chicago rush hour traffic leaves me with a short stint at the hotel and a thirst that only beer can quench. A quick search of the Beer Advocate BeerFly section and www.beermapping.com tells me that the Yard House is the best choice in the vacinity. Giddy-up!

A charge into the semi-new urbanist neighborhood carries a sense of charm and newness that's somewhat quaint and somewhat grotesquely pristine. I've always found it odd to see these compact, all-inclusive designed neighborhoods out in a prairie or a cul-de-sac ridden subdivision. Stay on topic Kevin, stay on topic.

Diagonal parking a block up the street was no problem on a lazy Tuesday night, but the view of parking garages around suggests that parking in the area can be cumbersome at times. Past an ice cream joint, a steak house, and a few night life venues, here's the Yard House at the anchored corner. A step inside conveys a send of warehousey minimalist architecture with exposed ceiling joists, duct work, and pendant lighting. It's not too much off of the look and feel of Buffalo Wild Wings anywhere. The large bar sits smack-dab in the middle of the joint with a large racetrack oval arrangement. I'm guessing 50 patrons can belly up along the wood and glass bar. Although the menu clearly spelled out the beer offerings, it took a couple laps for me to decide.

Round one led me to the stalwart Yard House Pale Ale, and then on to Two Brothers Resistance Ale, Big Sky Moose Drool, and Timmerman's Strawberry Lambic. Though the evening kept the vast restarurant half full, the bar staff was fairly friendly, albeit a tad pretentious and knew their products reasonably well but probably over-sold their beer knowledge a little. But a peruse of the beer menu gives about 50 options that range from a few industrial lagers to a wide array of higher craft options, but nothing earth shaking. Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Half Acre, and Goose Island seemed to be the finest of their ales.

Since dinner was in our rear view mirror, we couldn't resist dessert. The fresh baked brownie with mint chocolate chip ice cream was certainly more than I could handle, but I ate it anyway.

The bar overall has an Applebee's-ish feel to it and I never really got comfortable with the polished and overly sculpted pretend-old look, nor with the classic rock music that might have appealed to me more in the 1986. Regardless, my thirst has been quenched and my nerves are settled. Time for bed as I have a full trip of beer-related activities planned for the short week in the windy city.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Place is a large room with an oval bar in the center with over 100 beers on tap. Most of the beers are from domestic and international Macro breweries. This is great for the average uninformed beer drinker. They do have a sampler platter but they choose the beers or you can order a yard of beer but that is for the young and foolish. There are a few good craft beers available. I had the Three Floyds Alpha King which hit the spot. Their menu has a large selection most of which are well prepared. Nice place to check out but I wouldn't go out of my way for.

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Photo of Northsider
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is famous for its massive tap selection. Indeed, it IS massive and wraps nearly around the whole restaurant. With 100+ taps to choose from, it's hard to be picky. As many have mentioned, many of the taps aren't that unique, but so what I say. I'm sorry, if you can't be happy with such a huge selection, well...

Food is decent enough, nothing special. Typical burgers and fries sort of joint. Family friendly, tons of kids and adults. what do you expect, it's the suburbs.

Service was average. Price was good.

Overall worth a trek if anything to see the largest tap selection I've seen anywhere so far. Good crafts to choose from, despite previous reviews. If you are in the suburbs, this is worth a visit.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Took the trip out to Glenview to see what this place was about. My girlfriend wanted to treat me at a "beer haven", and this counts as my belated Christmas gift from her. So first of all this is located in what appears to be a trendy pedestrian mall. The atmosphere of this place fits with that trendy vibe. You can see into the kitchen and the back room. Everything is centered around the ovular bar with 50 taps on one side and 50 on the other. It seems that everything is of quality at this place. The beer selection follows more strongly the concept of quantity over quality, but that doesn't mean there aren't some winning options on the menu. I suppose with 100 choices you're bound to get a handfull of winners. The food was decent, but it really wasn't anything special. I enjoyed my spicy chicken sandwich and my girlfriend enjoyed her food, but for the price we paid for it, it was just okay. An interesting place, nice if you live in the area, but nothing to seek out at distance.

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Photo of jsulko
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Reviewing after my second trip there. First was a company going away party.

Went on New Years Eve Eve. Not very crowded, sat at the bar. Tap list appears huge at first until you realize it is more macro and big micro than craft. They do have Three Floyds, Bell's, Great Lakes, and other locals such as Daisy Cutter. Seasonals are Bell's, Sam Adams, and new Belgium. Price is a bit high on both food and beer but then again you are in Glenview. 1/2 price appitizers during happy hour. All the food I had was very good. I was able to enjoy many beers that I had not previously had but there isn't much special. Bartenders not very interested on my second trip, much more attentive the first time. All in all a good place to hang out and have a beer but it is not a destination for a craft lover.

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Photo of robbyc1
3/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Yes, this is your corporate idea of a beer focused gathering place. Given it's location in the new downtown of Glenview, it attracts all kinds. Strangely U shaped bar seats dozens, and these are usually filled with suburban hipsters. Tables and booths hold the groups and families, have been here several times with groups and the spouse, never alone that should tell you something. Seems to be the place for divorcees or single parents to take the kids for an outing, they cater foods choices for kids, serve kiddy drinks, and the adult can feel like a choice king with the over 100 taps.

I've not had an off beer here, someday that will come, but they seem to have the tap management ergo quality down pat. That said my continuing beef is all beer is kept at the same temperature which of course sucks.

Service is good, the waitress and delivery folks are attentive and fairly knowledgeable.

The selection is nothing short of disappointing. Find every macro in existence, mix in some mixed tries and a few solid micros (Sam's seasonal and Two Hearted stood out). Yes there are a handful of premium Belgians, and you pay for them. Overall among the hundred I found 10 or so worth consideration.

The food is surprisingly good, that's not to say it's a value, but well prepared, large portions. Overall value is weak for the money. In a pinch or with a family, group not bad, looking for a beer bar in the suburbs, this is not it.

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Photo of chetripley
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

When I first found out about this place I was thinking it would be small without much variety being in a higher class section of the suburbs, expecting an overload of wines and vodkas, but I was presently surprised to see 100 beer taps that include lots of Three Floyds, many German beers and Bell's varieties. I think I can understand why the beer prices are high here but they at least try to give you a variety that is otherwise not available in this area of town.

I have been here a few times and never had the same thing twice. As the name implies they will serve you your favorite in a yard glass (actually only in a half-yard, since due to too much breakage they don't serve the yards anymore). I did not have one, just opting for the 20 oz pints, and while the couple I observed being sold were local macros, I did see something that warmed by heart-a petite girl looking about 25 yrs old ordering a half-yard of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

The food is pretty good. I have tried various appetizers and a burger, and all were cooked to my liking.

The only drawback is the service, which is hit or miss. On a Friday night there are many bartenders present and they are knowledgeable, but they tend to hang out with each other a little too much for my liking, and what is funny is that the girls know more about the beers than the big guys there, which may be just a coincidence for the nights I have been there. But on afternoons you might be hard pressed to be served promptly-the bartenders always seem to be busy somewhere else.

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Yard House in Glenview, IL
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