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The Lucky Monk
The Lucky Monk

The Lucky Monk Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theluckymonk.com
  • Phone: (847) 898-0500
  • Hours of Operation: Sun - Thurs: 11 am - 11 pm
    (kitchen closes at 10 pm)
    Friday & Saturday: 11 am - 1 am
    (kitchen closes at 12 am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Brewery
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Abbey Room, our private room, seats up to 50 people. We also have The LaTrappe Room, our semi-private, which seats 36 people. Our Priory room which overlooks the fire pit offers seating up to 30 people in a private setting. Our patio can seat up to 70 people and is open weather-permitting.
  • Private Party Contact: Jori Geanconteri jori@theluckymonk.com (847) 898-0500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Barrington Road and Route 90
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is complimentary valet Thursday thru Saturday nights during the months of December and January. All other months complimentary valet is offered Friday and Saturday nights.
A word from The Lucky Monk
When you name your restaurant after Trappist monks who've spent centuries perfecting their craft, you're serious about your beer. That's why we hired a master to craft our house brews and why our beer list spans the globe. With everything from refreshing pilsners that match the lightness of our thin-crust pizza to dark, rich ales that stand up to our decadent burgers, you're certain to find a new favorite at The Lucky Monk. We're sure that our Prime beef burgers — served with hand-cut fries — will be the juiciest you've ever had. Our other house specialty is pizza. It is crisp and generously topped with fresh ingredients. And we round out our menu with vibrant, flavorful salads; a handful of classic, satisfying American entrées; and some sweet surprises.

Whether you're settling in at our bar or relaxing with your friends and family in our comfortable dining room, our delicious food,drink and warm welcome are sure to elevate your soul.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "After hearing great things about The Lucky Month, my husband chose this restaurant to have our first date night since having our son 4 months ago. I ordered the spinach and goat cheese burger and was disappointed that I could hardly taste the meat because there was soooo much goat cheese. Also my fries were cold so I didn't enjoy those. My husband liked his steak tacos though. The beer flight was yummy, our server was great and the dessert menu seemed appetizing. We will likely go back eventually if in the area and wish our first experience was more noteworthy. Overall it was nice but any trip outside of the house without a newborn has its upsides!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were looking for a different burger place and stumbled across The Lucky Monk. They had a nice selection of burgers, as well as appetizers. They brew their own beer as well, so they had a great selection. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a party of 8 adults and one toddler. The Lucky Monk staff insured that our requested patio seating was ready when we arrived. Our server did a spectacular job of taking care of us, paying special attention to the little one-year old in our party. The food was very good and served promptly. We were not rushed away after we completed our dinner."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Favorite place to go. Service is always great and I've always had great food here! Staff is very knowledgable and friendly."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "All of the food tastes great, however do not come here unless you have two hours to spend once you are seated. This is the third time we've made reservations, been seated on time, yet still missed our movie because it takes way too long to get our food and bill. The four of us ordered burgers and it still took over 1.5 hours from when we sat down to when we were able to leave."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our server was incredibly helpful upon finding out it was our first time at the restaurant. He went over almost every beer to help us decide what to get, and he gave great suggestions about which plates are the best to get. He made our expierence wonderful and I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I both ordered the burgers on our waitress' recommendation. They were excellent. Beer flight was a great value and prices all around were reasonable. We will definately go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We ordered the pretzel trio appetizer which consisted of three unexpectedly enormous pretzels. Way too much for two people, but very tasty. For our entrée, we shared the Sunrise Burger which was disappointing. The topping were good, but the burger itself was unremarkable and not particularly flavorful. I was underwhelmed by the dessert offerings, but we went with the Cookie Skillet which was just okay. I'd like to see some lighter options on the dessert menu. I did the beer sampler and in my opinion, the only worthwhile varieties were the IPA and the Belgian. The other samples were bland. Our server, Donato, was excellent. If we come back, his service will be the reason we'd be willing to give the restaurant another chance."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We love coming to lucky monk, the tritica wheat ale is my favorite. It might be wise to make a reservation on the weekends though."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • " We were headed to the Arlington Heights fest and wanted some good eats instead of Carney food. what a good call. The burger was juicy and cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "After a long day in downtown, we decided to come back to the burbs to have a great meal and try some beers before calling it a day. We had immediate seating with reservation time. Awesome service with detailed descriptions to food and beers. Attention to detail. Gladly served the kids when they asked for everything under the sun. Ended the evening with a conversation with the server about coming back and sitting outside."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our waiter was very polite and easy going. She was very easy to talk too and gave us recommendations on what to order as it was our first time there. Will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday lunch this week for 3 friends. The food was great, service outstanding and the outside view amazing. To top it off, our wonderful waitress brought out a birthday brownie surprise for all to share. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I've been to The Lucky Monk several times and I have never been disappointed. Their hamburgers are to die for and are very unique. They have a nice menu besides burgers - a little something for everyone. The servers are very good, very attentive. They aren't bugging you every 2 minutes asking if you need anything. They check back at reasonable intervals. I brought some friends on this visit who had never been there and they raved about it."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to step outside the box and try something new. The food was great, and reasonably priced, and the service matched it! We even had a table visit from two managers, checking on our experience. Wow, we had a great time and we will definitely come back again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food and server was knowledgeable about the gluten free options. I had the chicken tinga tacos, and they were very good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It is always fun to visit The Lucky Monk. There is a great menu with some unique options."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It is nice every now and then to enjoy some fried food, Lucky Monk can handle that for you. It was all too good, but if you are watching what you're eating this is not the place for you. The food was good, the service only fair. I wouldn't rush back but I am glad I tried it!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We took my sister and her husband here to celebrate his birthday. The food and beer were excellent. Our server, "Red" was patient and very helpful. He even brought out a complimentary ice cream sundae for my brother-in-law and sang Happy Birthday with us!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "we got the steak and a fish and chips both were very bland, I generally do not use a lot of extra seasoning and I had to."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I came to the Lucky Monk to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Originally I was nervous that I made the right choice, although I have been there before and liked it wanted him to as well since it was his day. Overall it was a great experience, and was the right choice. Thank you for a great dinner!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great food and great service with a busy bar and great outside seating"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The lucky monk has great food, beer , and the location is great."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Substituting fries was available but every side "option" I requested was not available to replace my fries. The beer flight comes with every in house beer. I think it would be good to let customers pick 3 or 4 beers at a lower cost. We can then choose a full glass or possibly a second flight. (Summer shandy was one of the beers on the flight) They have mini tacos. The dish comes with 5 tacos but I'm unable to mix the meats? maybe make large tacos if I can't mix them up. Or allow us to try 1 to 2 types? Our server was good and I don't think we are picky diners what so ever, but the menu needs to be more clear about options. Or rather no options. I felt like I was dining in at a fast food burger/pizza joint with servers."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed a quick meal pre-show ... Would definitely return"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We come in from Michigan once a year for a horse event and make it "ritual" to visit the Lucky Monk. Last year we didn't have reservations and waited over 2 hours to get a table, but it was worth it. This year - making reservations online was so convenient! As per usual - the food and staff are terrific and we always have a fantastic time. It is our favorite stop when competing in the Fox River Valley Pony Club event in Barrington."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I love the food here, the waiters are so friendly."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Located less than a minute from the South Barrington AMC 30 Theaters, The Lucky Monk is a perfect spot for dinner before the movies or drinks afterward. The service was quick and friendly. The burgers are delicious and huge. The fries are some of the best I've had anywhere!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband is in the Monk Society, so we dine here at least once a month. Last Friday I tried a new item on the menu, the chicken kebab, and was disappointed. The chicken lacked flavor and some pieces were dry. The vegetables were too large, very big pieces of onion that were still slightly raw. The potato hash had great flavor, but was very rich with the cheese, so I couldn't eat much of it. My husband ordered fish and chips, but the fish could have used more seasoning. When I told our server that I didn't like my food, the manager came over immediately, asked what was wrong and took it off our bill. We were very pleased with the level of customer service. I never expected to get the meal comped when I had eaten most of it!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was decent, service was a bit slow but we were not in a rush. Good pub scene. Brew their own beers. Meatball sandwich was so-so. Not enough meatball. Otherwise there sides were good. Poutine, truffle fries, and chili. Stick to the pub fare. that's what they are good at."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Best burger EVER. Loved everything but noise level is crazy loud. Kevin GM kept a close eye on dining room an jumped in where Needed. We will be back"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time dining with the Monk and it was amazing. Best burger hands down and everything on the menu looked great. Can't wait to try them all someday. Thanks for the great experience, hope to return soon!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The bar area is nice (but small and crowded) and their beer samplers are outstanding and reasonably priced too. Their burgers are great. Only complaints from the group of 6 I came with: calamari was a bit on the small size, compared to say their fondue or fried pickles. Bringing the food out took a long while, but it's was fine for our group who were socializing anyway. Parking is horrible, but they have valet - it wasn't clear if it was free or not. There's no other lot to park in, it's just Lucky Monks - period. They must park across the street or in the AMC and trek back, I have no idea. Me and my husband want to come back, sit at the bar, and drink the beer samplers! The best part!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "They are more concerned about selling beer than they are about the quality of the food. I completely get that concept but if that's how your going to run your business then maybe your servers should be trained pairing certain beers with certain food items. Instead they are just blindly pushing any type of beer into you. Overall the good was okay due to being lukewarm. The manager did apologize for this, however I do not think I will be back. Once the server saw that my table was not ordering a bunch of alcohol he defiantly paid more attention to his other tables."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We love the Monk. We go at least once a week. So is my review biased? Maybe. But I've never had bad service, the burgers are awesome, the cheese curds are a must-have. Do they have the beer selection of some other places? No. But do you really need a Smoked Wheat Berry Saison aged in barrels that have been blessed by the Dalai Lama? If so, you need to check in with your therapist."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I chose The Lucky Monk after reading good reviews online. We were just in the area for the weekend. We had gotten in late and I was able to easily make reservations on OpenTable. We arrived ten minutes early and were sat almost immediately. My husband was grumpy from the long travel day but as soon as we sat down, his mood immediately changed. Our server was really friendly and very quick with our drinks and appetizers. She made great suggestions for our main dishes. The pizzas were really great! So were the pretzel and empanada apps. If we lived in the area, we would definitely come back often."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere. Open table made it super easy to reserve the table and Lucky Monks staff took care of my special requests. It was really a great time."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our server was slooooooow. Luckily we weren't in a hurry, but it's still frustrating to be left for over 15 min. The positives are below + Cheese Curds Pear & Elderflower Martini Carrot Cake Price point Sweet Potato fries"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went to Lucky Monk because they represent themselves as a Craft Brewery specializing in Belgium Beers. What it is in reality is a massive restaurant with a small brewery and a limited beer selection. Seriously some franchise restaurants have a better beer selection than this place. It didn't help that it was our server's first day and he had no idea what he was doing or any knowledge of the menu or different beer types available. That being said the beer was good and the food delicious. It sucks that you have to join their little club in order to take any of the house beers home with you. Fortunately I brew my own beer though so it's all good. Go here because the food is great and there's an interesting vibe. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Brought my mom here. We all had the Steak tacos which were amazingly delicious. If you can snag a table outside on a beautiful night...even better! P.S. Best Cookie Skillet Ever."
    Dined on 5/30/2014