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Old Crow Smokehouse
Old Crow Smokehouse

Old Crow Smokehouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnbarleycorn.com
  • Phone: (847) 619-5540
  • Hours of Operation: MONDAY THRU THURSDAY OPEN 4PM-1AM
    FRIDAY & SATURDAY OPEN 4PM-3AM
    SUNDAY OPEN 10AM-MIDNIGHT
    BREAKFAST/BRUNCN AVAILABLE SUNDAYS 10AM-3PM BUFFET $9.95
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Chef Gabriel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: WE OFFER A BOX LUNCH MENU AND TRAYS OF FOOD FOR PICK UP DURING HOURS OF OPERATION, for more info email lup@johnbarleycorn.com
  • Entertainment: Sports programming, music, bands & DJs on weekends.
  • Special Events & Promotions: UPSTAIRS CLUB AREA OPENS @ 10PM FRI-SAT WITH DJs, BOOTH, BOTTLE SERVICE INFO THRU info@johnbarleycorn.com or lup@johnbarleycorn.com or call 847-619-5540.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: National Parkway
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: FRIDAY- FREE VALET STARTING 7PM,
    SATURDAY VALET $8 STARTING 7PM
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "It was our first time there, and five stars all the way. The beer selection is excellent, and I wish they did beer flights. The Kentucky Bourbon beer is awesome, highly recommend it. The food is great and our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Will certainly come back again and again!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Good BBQ. Brisket was tender and flavorful. Pulled Pork was tasty. Fast service. They do need to do something about the comfort of the chairs/bar stools. Not really conducive to eating a meal while sitting uncomfortably. Also would suggest more lower tables and booths rather than the slew of higher bar tables."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "When I told my husband that I wanted to go to Old Crow for my birthday dinner, he suggested that we try something more festive. But this was where I wanted to go and we both were very happy that we went. Our table was ready upon arrival and right away the hostess apologized for the construction. They are adding a patio, yippee I thought, we love eating outdoors. I read the reviews that complained about the chairs but we found them comfortable. Had the jalapeño poppers per the waitress' suggestion. Perfect starter with a little zing. I had the pork sliders and my husband had the brisket. Both were delicious! Meat was juicy and full of flavor. Drinks were good too. Had the cranberry moonshine. Was great with the BBQ. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The brisket is always good and do NOT get it trimmed."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Unique atmosphere, excellent smoked bbq friendly staff."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We are always excited to see a new BBQ restaurant in the suburbs. We are familiar with Austin Texas BBQ so thus restaurant/sports bar looked promising. We ordered the brisket and pulled pork. In my opinion, the brisket was cut a little too think, rather dry and tough, not much flavor, and too salty. The pulled pork, however, was very moist and flavorful with a nice smoky flavor. The waitress was great, checking in frequently. The atmosphere was good, but the restaurant could use some additional regular height tables and chairs, as all but one were bar height, making it difficult for some people to climb. My wife has knee issues and has trouble with tall tables. All in all, the restaurant was OK but not memorable."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our party of four got the combo platter which included pulled pork, a rack of ribs, a whole beer can chicken, a couple sausage links, four large pieces of brisket and several sides. All in all the food was good and the value was exceptional - the chicken was some of the most moist we'd ever had - probably the best part of the meal. Brisket and sausages were also very good. Pulled pork was a little dry and we found the ribs to be dry and salty - but otherwise a very good deal. Hot sauce could be hotter. Service was prompt and friendly. Great beer and bourbon selections and even a respectable wine list - not expected in a Texas style BBQ joint. The place is a little off the beaten path in Schaumburg but give it a try. Fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Their sever Britney is awesome, super personality, on top of her game. Best server we have had in a long time and we eat out on the burbs rather often."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "New bar/ food spot in the old John Barleycorn site in Schaumburg. Drink selection had some intriguing mixed drinks as well as a nice selection of beers on tap and bottled as well as wine. Mixed drinks had some emphasis on bourbons which was a nice change and went well with BBQ. We had smoked brisket which was delicious, and pulled pork tacos with coleslaw relish which was good. Food served was casual as expected at a bar. Server was attentive. Lots of natural light from large windows and the room was large and open with overall barnwood theme. Country band was to play in this first floor room later but we could not stay this time. Will try that next time."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Walking into this place is like walking into an old west saloon ... Surrounded by TVs. Great BBQ, cold beer, good looking servers, and you get to throw your peanuts on the floor. Truly a great restaurant for dinner, and an even better country bar with live music at night. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This smokehouse is awesome!!! The pulled pork and burnt ends were delicious "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The brisket was delicious. The sides of green beans and cole slaw was very average. Chef Scruggs came by the table to check on us (and others). The personal service was very nice."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went here for dinner with my boyfriend and another couple... I instantly loved the atmosphere/decor. I wish I remember our waitress's name, she was great! The food was delicious, and the drinks were great. I would definitely go back! I've already recommended the place to a few friends. Great new place!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious BBG. Tried all the sauces and all were great. Kinda noisy is the only drawback."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I would love to but was crushed to learn via Facebook Monday they are now longer a bar and restaurant - they will only be open for party's and special events."
    Dined on 6/23/2013
  • "This is my 2nd time at the Father's Day brunch. I was very disappointed this year. The buffet items were not kept up, many were empty or had very little left and many items were not kept hot. Last year I did not experience these problems. The dessert table was very disappointing, not much there at all. Their advertising of the event mentioned "give-a-ways" and other surprises, there were none and the only surprise was that the food was not up to their normal standards, I enjoy this establishment , but will probably not attend their "Special Days" again, especially with the inflated prices charged for my party of 8. The service was OK, At least they did their job."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "This place is never crowded. Friday night 6:30 and no one there???"
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "Value oriented brunch. relatively low selection. Warming dishes not refreshed often enough. Good deals on brunch type beverages,"
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "Let me start out by saying The Jalapeno Bacon Burger was fantastic, it has just enough heat to it. Had family in from Minnesota that were staying near by, choose John Barleycorn for the food, Had I know that the noise level was so high you could barely hear yourself talk, I wouldn't have choosen this restuarant for a family gathering with that said we were greated with a smile, the food was fantastic, service was ok and we did have a good time. I would recommend John Barleycorn based on the food alone."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "If you want a suburban mall bar that serves good hamburgers, this is fine. If you want anything else, go somewhere else."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "We had enjoyable dinner, and celebration of a birthday."
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "I went to barleycorn for my birthday with a big group of friends. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. She even separated the checks without me asking her to. It was very convenient and we really appreciated it! I had a great night."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "Out for a bachelor party with the guys, Seated right away, lots of different beers, service was good, a good group of large breasts and low cut tops, lots of room for our table, food was good and TV's everywhere for sports. All in all a good time."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "Went here for Admins Professional day. I don't think people know it is open for lunch. It was very good."
    Dined on 4/24/2013
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant. We ate in the bar area. Good Lunch place for business people. The Chopped Salad was very good. Management was testing new summer soups, and gave us a complementary free cup of the french onion. it was very good. Manager and Staff very focused on our needs. I would go there again."
    Dined on 4/16/2013
  • "We went to John Barleycorn for a Bachelorette Party and we all had a good time. We started off with a cocktail downstairs and our server was very nice and attentive. We took the party upstairs because the music was hoppin and much to our surprise, it was almost dead up there at 10:45. We waited it out and danced a little hoping that others would join in. It took about an hour to really get a good crowd, but once they did, we all had a great time, especially the bride! :)If I ever go back, it will be much later in the evening so there is a good crowd."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "Went there for Sunday brunch even though I had been there once before for lunch and did not have a great experience due to POOR service. This happened shortly after you opened and although we go out for dinner 4 nights a week we never returned. When one of the people in our party on Sunday suggested to go back I had reservations because of our past experience but thought that maybe the service issues had been addressed in the past couple of years but no, the problem still exists. We waited 9 minutes for a server to even come to the table and she was not even busy. Food was, for the most part, tasty and it is a very good value although selections were quite limited. I am a past restaurant manager and you have serious problems."
    Dined on 4/7/2013
  • "Food was good. Prices were reasonable. Beer selection was good. Service was attentive, but regular coke was served rather than diet and one meal was completely left off the order. We were a group of 9...large for one waitress but not unmanageable! Despite the mixups, we would return."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Your noise selection goes from quiet to energetic. I would say "too loud" if the selection was given. I was there for a business dinner and the band music in the bar made it hard to hear at the dinner tables. Wish the bar or the dinner tables were more closed off. If I wanted to hear the band, I would have gone to the bar."
    Dined on 3/21/2013
  • "The food was a little slow coming out of the kitchen for those of us who ordered the corned beef and cabbage dinner. Others in our group had the buffet - so all is well."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "Service staff outstanding. Too loud. Throughout the night, you could hear someone speaking with a microphone, VERY distracting and disruptive to table conversation. Food ok. Steamed Vegetables while seasoned good, the carrots were barely cooked. Very hard. The squash and zucchini was over cooked. Prices good for groups."
    Dined on 3/12/2013
  • "This is a good old fashioned brunch. Standard lunch/breakfast food in a comfortable setting. There was enough of a crowd to keep the food turnover high enough so that nothing sat in the warming dishes too long. The omelets were quick and made to order. The only area that may have lacked a little was the dessert table but that didn't matter to us as we were pretty full by the time we finished sampling the other areas."
    Dined on 3/10/2013
  • "Our food was mediocre at best. My fish had the texture of chicken and required a steak knife to cut. My boyfriend's steak was overcooked. Overall, I thought this place was VERY overpriced for the quality of food we received."
    Dined on 3/2/2013
  • "Very impressed by the food here! Came here with other family members for the first time and were not disappointed. Waitress was wonderful and service was great. The appetizer was delicious (sample platter was huge)and the barbecue baby back ribs were excellent. The prices were very reasonable and will be coming back."
    Dined on 3/2/2013
  • "If you are looking for a good fish fry in the area, Barleycorn is the place to go. All you can eat for $13!"
    Dined on 3/1/2013
  • "Service was very slow. I was with a group so that may be why it took so long for the food, however, it seemed like it took forever for the menus and drink orders. It also was too loud. I don't usually complain abut the noise but I don't like to yell at someone during dinner to be heard. Food and martinis were great!"
    Dined on 2/28/2013
  • "Reserved for brunch. No one else dining. No longer do brunch on Sat. Website showed Saturday. Beef tenderloin sliders. Grizzly. Couldn't chew thru the few pieces of meat there were."
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "Great Valentines special. Filet was very tasty as was the potato soup and cheesecake. All for $15 so a great deal too!"
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "Had a great time. They were very accomodating and high customer service oriented."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "This was a good example of a sports-themed (lots of TVs with different sports channels showing) bar/restaurant. If it had been more crowded it would have been very noisy, since it is a big dining room with mostly hard surfaces. Nice long beer menu, a something for everyone food menu, with fair pricing. The baby back ribs were nicely done-crispy outside, tender meat and a tending-to-the-sweet side sauce. The Reuben sandwich was well-stuffed with lean corned beef and the salads were fresh. Service was prompt without being pushy. The location is off the beaten track, so they won't get much business from drive-bys, but it is well worth considering among the casual dining choices in the Woodfield area."
    Dined on 2/6/2013