Punch Bowl Social Schaumburg

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Punch Bowl Social cultivates an eclectic approach to the new concept of eat-ertainment. In a design-forward environment described as “dirty modern,” Punch Bowl Social effectively combines a diner-inspired scratch-kitchen, craft beverages, and classic parlor-style entertainment that will turn your date night into a shuffleboard showdown and your bowling buds into chicken ‘n’ waffle connoisseurs. #HeresToGoingOutRight
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T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

I would reccomend for groups and only if the activity areas are available. Unfortunately, the activity area was not available during the time of my visit. The menu is also not widely appealing.

AS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit. Disappointing that the full upstairs (where a lot of games are housed) was reserved for a private party. Would have been nice to see that message when you open their Schaumburg location webpage. Food items were limited but everybody in our group of 6 liked what they had (fries were not hot though).

J
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food ! Super busy and the food came out fast !

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great and the food was great. We went to celebrate my dads birthday and even made a reservation. After dinner we couldn’t play any games because they had 2 events going on. I wish they would have told us because we would not have gone there if that was the case. This was our first time at the establishment and was not a good first impression. If your customers make reservations, let them know they can only come for dinner if the rest of the establishment is closed to the public.

KK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Most of the space had private events going on and it was a Saturday night. So you couldn't take advantage of all of their so called activities. There are hardly any video games, maybe 7? And they aren't great quality games. Arcade looks like someone's basement. Bowling was ok as long as it is available. Only one 1 was available when we were there. Not really worth the trip

SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

PBSS is a great place with even better food and cocktails. The menu is full of flavorful options delivered in satisfying proportions. However, this place could use some music during brunch hours. Sure, it was a perfect noise level for an intimidate conversation with my best friend. But, some groove shaking tunes would have taken the overall experience to another level. I also love the message in the outside door about “the loving and affirming place for ALL lives,” great touch.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took our daughter there for her 29th birthday and we're looking forward to having some shakes but the shake machine was broken and it wasn't going to be working for 2 hours. Disappointment for 3 kids that wanted shakes. Probably won't return.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal! We will definitely be coming back! Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is really good. Bar lounge type of food. Lots of games and activities for an additional charge. Good for a younger crowd. 21+ after 10pm.

LR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and menu. Worth swinging by! Awesome atmosphere!

CF
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Had a blast in the karaoke room the waitress was very nice

T
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Good variety of food & drink options. Good entertainment options.

M
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The bar service was excellent and the things to do were great. Once we sat down for dinner, the service was just okay. Food was good.

HM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

A fun place to hang out with friends and play some games. The food and drink are generally well designed but have some inconsistent execution so don’t expect perfection and you’ll have fun.

B
Birmingham
26 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Liked eating outside and the strawberry daquiri was delicious. All the games and activities are super fun!

RS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lot of fun things to do and many of them are free and they have good food there also.
I’ve been there on a Saturday night or Sunday night and the Tuesday night and it’s never really crowded

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We went to brunch for my friend's birthday. Our food was pretty good, drinks were decent but took forever to get. It wasn't busy at all, so I wonder if our server just didn't put them in right away. Our service overall was HORRENDOUS. Angela was her name and she said a total of 6 words to us. Never smiled and didn't bring water when asked. We would have stayed for more drinks, but she wouldn't check on us. We ended up going to the bar ourselves after we paid. She didn't ask how we wanted the checks split, just dropped them and took off. She didn't thank us for coming in, never acknowledged that we had a birthday at our table, nothing. We won't be back because of her. She should be in the back washing dishes with her poor "serving" skills.

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I came here with friends for my birthday. The food was good. The ambiance was a disappointment. The games were upstairs and it was freezing up there. We couldn’t stand it. Then we went down to the basement to do karaoke The room was so small! It was a joke. Overall a disappointed. We left to go to another bar.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Celebrating family birthday

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The top floor was FREEZING - too bad too because it was really a cool environment but so cold we couldn't stay up there to do anything since we hadn't brought heavy coats. Overall the place is very fun - awesome concept

k
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

With the exception of the woman tending the game cage, every employee we encountered acted indifferent, did not make eye contact, and generally made us feel as if we were inconveniencing them. I worked to be extra enthusiastic with our server and was rewarded with some warmth, so that's good.

There were folded bar mats unevenly piled up on one end of the shuffleboard table. Standing on them to play from that end of the table was awkward. When we asked if they could be moved elsewhere, there was no apology and the mats just got piled up at the end of the bar in a place that would be in another person's way if the bar had been more crowded.

We played shuffleboard and found that the table needed a little more silicon sand on one end, but I didn't ask for help, because I was afraid I'd get treated like an inconvenience again.

The food was quite good, but not good enough to overcome the general vibe of the staff.

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with a group of coworkers for our last night in town. The service was superb and food was delicious. They didn’t even bat an eye at our troublemaking antics.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Went on Mother’s Day (after the brunch). The server acted like she didn’t want to be there. Barely a greeting at the table. I honestly felt bad for my mom because we we excited to bring her here for the first time. Probably will wait awhile before I come back.

C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We have been a few times. They have some unique and very tasty items. Last time food was great and service was terrible. This time the service was great, but the food wasn't good. Pork Belly Tacos were average at best. Monkey bread french toast was solid. We were in for Mother's Day. Kids buffet was $10 and sounded good, bit everything has been out way too long. They did make fresh items and replace them as we asked but just annoyed that we had to ask. Given the track record here this is likely out last visit.

KC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, food was unusual and tasty. Plenty of activities for my kids.

F
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch menu. Will definitely come back!

KC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great experience overall...food was good...the drinks were great! Will be back

KR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I was extremely excited to get there and order the cauliflower nachos only to find that they had been completely changed two weeks ago apparently and definitely for the worst. That aside, this place is just slightly off. It has good potential but it seems a little confused on the route it’s trying to go. Food is alright but overpriced, drinks are decent, and our server was not so good... she would disappear for long stretches of time (it was not busy at all) and we’d find he standing in a back corn chatting with friends. I work In the restaurant industry, I never tip poorly...tonight I unfortunately had to. She had nowhere near earned it. There’s busy, typically great servers who fall behind and there are servers who just shouldn’t serve... Going to leave her unnamed, but she was less than attentive, short, and would walk away before we were even done speaking to her. Pretty bummed about that. Definitely put us in a weird vibe for the rest of the evening.

Little notes:
1) WAY too many sheets of paper are given to you as a diner. You literally get a clipboard of 3-4 sheets of info each if it’s happy hour. Menu, happy hour, booze, non booze. Find a way to combine this all!!! Felt like I was signing legal documents
2) Your food is way too overpriced... the sheet of nachos was lacking in toppings, flavor, and cheese... and $5 to add maybe a 1/4 cup of chicken? You can do better.
3) chicken fried chicken saved the day. Was absolutely delicious. Very heavy but delicious. Maybe pair with a light arugula salad or something to take a break from the heaviness?

I always want to like this place, but have left feeling unsatisfied every time I’ve come. The nachos were a saving grace but they’re gone and I’m really not sure I’ll ever come back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great drinks and amazing food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great and unuque

L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere here. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Can wander from floor to floor for games. Favorite for birthdays and parties.

MM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Bring back the Impossible Burger! I have gone here for several MeetUps, specifically because of this menu offering. Will need to change venues now.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service at PunchBowl has always been terrible. Usually you can count on the food to be good enough to make it worth slow and unprofessional service. This time the food was horrible too. Won’t be back.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

It was okay. Food was separated from games. Had to eat and close food tab before we could open a bar tab and play games. Made the night very long and slow.

K
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Food is fantastic!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Spring break fun

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service not that great. Waiter forgot to put in our appetizer in. Took over 15 to receive

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

The server was very rude. I would go back if I had a different server

LJ
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service from start to finish. Very very slow

G
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We do not recommend PSS for breakfast. The skillet potatoes were mushy and didn't really have much mushrooms. Did not like the jelly that was served at all, stated it was strawberry but was more on the citrus side.

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