Old Crow Smokehouse
Old Crow Smokehouse

Old Crow Smokehouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnbarleycorn.com/
  • Phone: 8476195540x
  • Hours of Operation:
    MONDAY THRU THURSDAY OPEN 11:30 AM - 11 PM
    FRIDAY & SATURDAY OPEN 11:30 AM - 3 AM
    SUNDAY OPEN 11 AM - 10 PM
    BRUNCN AVAILABLE SUNDAYS 11 AM - 1 PM BUFFET $19.95/Kids under 8 $8.95
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Barbecue
  • 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
  • Entertainment: Sports programming, music & country bands from 9 PM - 1 PM on Friday and Saturday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: National Parkway
  • Parking: Private Lot
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Old Crow Smokehouse reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (17)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (9)great for lunch (9)late-night find (9)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (4)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (3)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Sportsbarreally
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great place to watch the game with friends over beers and great BBQ.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ is okay, but not great
    DailyDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The BBQ here is okay, but not near as good as Real Urban BBQ, Bub City, or even Famous Dave's. Noise level is extremely loud. And "live entertainment" started at 9 pm. It certainly sped up my dinner, as I initially thought it was open mike night. The lead singer on the first song hit all the notes except the ones I think he was aiming for.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great vibe, lots of fun!
    Carqueen66
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place is unexpectedly great. The new outdoor patio is large and great for outdoor dining. The inside is huge and has a stage for live music. The bar is large and there are TV's every where for the sport lovers. The bartenders are hot and the drink menu has a lot of yummy concoctions. I ordered the pull pork and it was way better than the brisket in my opinion. I was not a fan of the Mac n Cheese, I definitely think something can be done to kick that dish up a notch. The musical duet was good and the ambiance was lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice bar
    mrb268
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was searching for pulled pork and found it. food is nice, service is great. noise level is high. overall very nice
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timers......all timers!!!
    Akane
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We came here for some good food and especially the BBQ. The food was tasty and my family enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a bit loud, but it's a bar, so, that's the way it is. :) We tried the combo platter and it was great to eat all the yummy BBQ! We will definitely be back again soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not My Scene!
    justeat
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Walked in / No Host/Hostess....was seated by the buss boy. All high top tables, which is fine for a bar, but I expected SOME restaurant seating, OK anyway. Good T.V. viewing if your facing the bar if not there are NO T.V.'s on the other wall of the bar. The Food:..."Burnt ends" Most were VERY dry and days older than the others. (not really Burnt Either) No vegetarian options so some people will not be able to dine with us tonight! Over all, I would go there for a game and to drink but to eat go elseware
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd timer
    outandabout
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Chef Tony has created a fantastic bbq menu. Burnt ends are a MUST TRY. Pulled pork eggrolls are super delish!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lisajoVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was our first time for the Sunday brunch. The food was pretty good for a buffet. We loved the bloddy mary bar! $5 and you could make a meal out of the selections!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ok, fun
    dineoutfan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Noise level is high, acoustics could use some work for better listening, food was ok this time, the burnt ends we had were really dry and chewy this time. Usually pretty good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    Joanne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our bill was only $230 for 6 people with drinks(1-2 pop) brought home 2 left over boxes. Waitress was super sweet. Offered to take our group picture. Have reccomended to friends and p,an to go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John
    Jaser13
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was very good, several beer choices on tap as well as bottles. Only issues were that it's very loud. Music can stand to be turned down a few notches. Service was very friendly but slow and our table received appetizer after dinner was served. Manager and waitress apologized and removed app from the bill. BBQ burger was given thumbs up from my son. Wife had 3 meat combo, chicken was a little dry, pork and brisket were excellent. I had the burnt ends, other than a few dry pieces most was moist and flavorful with a nice au jus to dip for a different BBQ taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Please
    Chrissy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant was so loud we could not hear the couple we were dining with across the table and it was nowhere near full. There were big gaps in service too. Our waitress told us no one has told her that we were her table. When our food finally did arrive it was horribly dried out,which is hard to do with dark meat chicken. I don't think we will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK
    Donna
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I was surprised by the interior. Although I am sure it was not dirty, the look and feel felt a little grimy. It is one of those restaurants where they give you peanuts and paper towels at your table and there are peanut shells all over the floor, etc. The outside eating area looked cleaner than the inside of the restaurant. The food was good but not great. Their baked beans were not good at all. It's like they opened up a can of Campbell s Pork & beans and did nothing to enhance its bland flavor. At the very least, if you are going to use canned beans, buy the good stuff like Bush's baked beans. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Not sure I would go out of my way to go there again but if meeting up with a group, I would.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good BBQ
    DrDeeVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A birthday treat!
    ALC0719
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good barbecue
    greenlock
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The brisket is always good and do NOT get it trimmed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Unique atmosphere, excellent smoked bbq friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 213 reviews are from the Old Crow Smokehouse reviews archive.
  • New restaurant disappoints
    BobF
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good BBQ, Fun place
    mbornVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Britney the server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ + Drinks
    JanRay
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little country smokehouse
    BBQlover
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    BurntendsVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This smokehouse is awesome!!! The pulled pork and burnt ends were delicious
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good barbecue
    greenlock
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!
    xtina919
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding BBQ
    BBQLoverVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Absolutely delicious BBG. Tried all the sauces and all were great. Kinda noisy is the only drawback.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would love to but was crushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed on Father's Day!!
    Phil
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is never crowded.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    This place is never crowded. Friday night 6:30 and no one there???
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Value oriented brunch. relatively
    WGN15111VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Value oriented brunch. relatively low selection. Warming dishes not refreshed often enough. Good deals on brunch type beverages,
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fantastic, Noise level Bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dull normal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had enjoyable dinner, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    We had enjoyable dinner, and celebration of a birthday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went to barleycorn for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out for a bachelor party with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went here for Admins Professional
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Went here for Admins Professional day. I don't think people know it is open for lunch. It was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun night for a Bachelorette Party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went there for Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic