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John Barleycorn - River North
John Barleycorn - River North

John Barleycorn - River North Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnbarleycorn.com/
  • Email: info@johnbarleycorn.com
  • Phone: (773) 348-8899
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am-2:00am*, Friday: 11:00am - 3:00am , Saturday 9:00am - 3:00am, Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00am*
    *closing times subject to change
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from John Barleycorn - River North
The original John Barleycorn, which opened nearly 50 years ago at 658 W. Belden Avenue, has become a Chicago classic. From its debut as a neighborhood haunt featuring classical music and art slides to its current format as a sports-focused neighborhood bar and restaurant, the core of the concept remains the same: quality food at reasonable prices, a full-service bar with a stellar beer list and an eclectic interior which is both welcoming and comfortable. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "This was the first time our group visited John Barleycorn. We work a couple of blocks away and looking for somewhere different to go for lunch with our birthday group. The restaurant was unusually empty for this location ( I'm talking only 5 tables of people the whole time we were there). We were seated promptly. The food was very good. My gripe would be for how empty the restaurant was the food took a while to come out and the service was just fair. We asked for our check, but had to ask a second time because it was 10 minutes and there was still no check. We were there for a little over an hour and a half and most of it was due to waiting on service. I can't imagine what it would be like if we went on one of their busy days."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Music was so loud I couldn't talk to the person sitting next to me."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We came here as a large party with a confirmed reservation. It took 15mins to even get a server, then another 10 for her to bring us menus, which turned out to only be drink menus, so it was another 10min to get food menus. We also only got two menus for a party of 10. It took over 45mins to get a drink and even longer for the food. I will not be returning because of the horrible service. Our server was impossible to find at most times, and they didn't even have the ingredients for a drink listed on their drink menu, making the wait for a drink over an hour for that person."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent, waitress was friendly knew the menu also I was very impressed that the manager came over to chat and inquire about the food."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Promptly seated when we arrived. The place was fairly busy, but there were still open tables around us. We then sat and waited 20 MINUTES until we caught the water person and he tracked down our server. She took our drink order & then waited another 10 minutes. Anyway, that sums up the service the rest of the night. I would describe it as an "I don't care" attitude by the entire place - the only one who seemed concerned with our experience the entire evening was the water person !! Food was basic and very limited menu that was explained as their "March Madness" menu - but most of the regular menu I had seen online was not there!! So many better choices in Chicago, we were able to watch the game, but that was the only positive :("
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went for a team lunch to watch the USA v. Canada hockey game - apparently John Barleycorn was the only bar in Chicago that didn't get the message. We had a reservation for 6 people - got there exactly at noon and ordered immediately. After an hour and 25 minutes we got up and left without receiving our food! They were completely understaffed and overwhelmed by the turnout for the game. They were irresponsible to accept our reservation in the first place."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This restaurant was completely not prepared for the crowd that came in for the Olympic Hockey finals. They were definitely understaffed and ran out of food. We waited too long to get our order in, and apparently they ran out of burger meat and had to go to either a store or their other location to pick up reinforcements. Once we got in our order, it was at least another hour before we had our meal. The manager was apologetic and comped a large part of our bill, but an explanation would have been helpful much earlier, rather than let us sit there waiting. We could have been offered to change our order to something that was more readily available."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went here to watch the football playoff games. Great apps and food selection and a TON of TVs with sound playing, which is KEY during games. There were a lot of people there, yet it did not feel crowded due to the spacious nature of the restaurant. They had an event going on upstairs as well, which didn't affect the atmosphere downstairs for the games. They had game day specials advertised on the website, which is one of the reasons my friends and I chose to go there, but the waitress never mentioned them (any of them), and we had to ask several times about them in order to get the best deal since we were there for several hours (2 NFL football games). Atmosphere and food were great though!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We both had a great sandwich here....a turkey wrap and a turkey club, and they were both very good! And the bar was very nicely decorated for the holidays, and the staff provided great service! And there were TVs everywhere so you could see any game you wanted to! This is a great place to go!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great for a beer and todays games but that's about it...did I mention it was noisy!!! Food was average and fries were cold; definitely not a place for foodies. Crowded game table style seating ..... A rather uncomfortable and disappointing experience. Way beyond energetic...."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I was looking for a relaxed atmosphere to take some business clients, however the music and tv sound was too high to communicate without shouting at the person next to you. The wings and nachos were very good however the rest of the food was bland. A good beer selection was available. This would be a good place to watch a game alone and have some snacks and beer."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Great food. Spinach artichoke dip was terrific! Good variety. Fun venue, reasonably priced. Unfortunately, we had incredibly bad service by our waitress. We weren't asked about drink orders. Appetizers came before our drink orders were even taken. We waited all dinner for ketchup to arrive. When we asked to order drinks, we clearly inconvenienced the waitress. When we'd look for her, we'd see her talking to other tables. Not sure if we were ignored because we were not ordering alcohol? Or because we were a younger group (with a reservation, money to spend, and the full check on one bill.) No one acknowledged our special event - not even a candle or brownie? POOR comm. between expediters and staff. Great busboy service saved the nite."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Stopped by for a quick lunch before the show. Was very loud in the restaurant. They had the football games blasting. Seemed a little chaotic in the restaurant but they were quick and efficient. Food was very good. We will go back."
    Dined on 10/27/2013