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BBQ Brisket Chips - Alter Brewing + Kitchen - St. Charles, St. Charles, IL

Alter Brewing + Kitchen - St. Charles

4.6
4.6
214 Reviews
$30 and under
Brewery
Nestled alongside the Fox River, and including a full-service container bar, our patio comes alive 12 months out of the year with a heated seasonal enclosure during the winter months.

Looking to host a party? Our private dining room adjacent to the brew house is certain to bring together small to medium sized private events in a vibrant sit down or cocktail environment.

While our beer is certainly the front man of this band, the supporting musicians are excellent players! A full-service kitchen, wine and spirit program allows not just beer lovers but all to enjoy our carefully curated offerings. Whether you come for the beer, food, wine or spirits we know you’ll stay and come back because of the great times you’ll have.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Brewery, Gastro Pub, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (331) 901-5949
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Tyler Mueller
  • Private party facilities
    Alter Brewing features a multitude of private event options across all three locations. Small to large, business to party, we have the spaces, the beer, the food, and the know-how to help you and your guests brew up amazing new memories.
  • Private party contact
    Ashley Zochert: (331) 901-5949
  • Neighborhood
    St. Charles
  • Cross street
    Main St. (Rte. 64 - North Ave.) and 1st St. on the Fox River.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Backyard BBQ Beer Dinner

    $85.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 21, 2024 only
    Our third Beer Dinner of 2024 is all about the barbecue baby! Burnt Ends (Meat Candy) Deep Fried Strauss Grass Fed Brisket tossed in simple syrup and Jalapeno Corn Bread w/Honey Butter BBQ KUROBUTA Pork Taco Smoked Kurobuta “wagyu of pork” Pork Shoulder served with Pineapple Pico and BBQ Crema BBQ Beef Rib Grilled Certified Piedmontese Beef Rib served w/Cheese Potato, BBQ beans BBQ Joyce Farms Le Poulet Rouge Chicken Heritage Bird Beer Can Chicken, served w/ 5 Cheese Mac n Cheese, Broccoli Salad Peanut Butter Pie Peanut Butter Custard, on bed of graham crackers, topped w/whipped cream, garnished with chocolate flakes. *Dinner starts at 7pm, please select that time for your reservation.* *Price does not include tax + gratuity.
    Backyard BBQ Beer Dinner Photo

What 214 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Suburbs

    Great for scenic views

214 Reviews
  1. EricR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing overall, table wasn't ready when we arrived (party of 14), service was slow, food was overpriced for the quality and variety.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Had a reservation. Weren't allowed to sit in the main area, even though tables were empty. In fact, people without reservations were seated in the main area. We were relegated to the extremely cold addition. Hard to enjoy a meal in the cold.

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  3. Bababooey44

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We are regulars! Kids love it

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Appetizers were cold and tasted terrible (jalopeno poppers ) Soup was watery and had no flavor Mashed potatoes look nothing like picture

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  5. DAlice

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy night and server had maybe a couple too many tables. Was slow on the refills but overall was still a great first time.

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  6. NikkiM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service, and ambiance! I booked the outside heated table and it was so fun!

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  7. DawnD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of eight chose an alpen globe for seating and it was warm and cozy and unique. Dessert, fried pickles, veggie entrees, Reuben, and flatbread all delicious. We’ll be back!

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  8. TomM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended a special dinner and beer pairing. So much food! The chef and brewer did a great job. We would do it again

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  9. Firehouse

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to a beer pairing dinner that was excellent ! Perfect amount of food. The chef came out to explain each course & the beer mister then explained ed his choices. Very glad we attended

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  10. Sean

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service. Juicy burgers. Great beer as always.

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  11. MarkC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first trip to Alter Brewing was fantastic! For someone who doesn't drink often, the food was delicious, service was kind and courteous despite being a busy Saturday night, and I will definitely be returning. 🙂

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  12. DanielC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great microbrewery. Food better than others I have been to. The brisket nachos are awesome and my burger was perfectly done. I will return in the summer when we can sit outside. Looks like a great time when it is fully open when the weather is decent.

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  13. JamesL

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Over priced pub food. Better beer from many breweries in area. Adequate, but not great service.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in one of the Aspen Globes and it was an amazing experience!

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  15. Hoosier

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a very comfortable meal and experience for our entire family. Our server was very good and gave us our space while being there when we needed her. It was a fun evening.

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  16. MaryT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated a family holiday get-together in an igloo. We had an initial very friendly, personal conversation with the owner (who is awesome)! Our waitstaff were wonderful from the first to the last. Even thou we were in an igloo and it was cold and wet, we were comfy warm inside. We started with the pretzel and dips and ordered bison and regular burgers and salads, the portions were so large we split the sandwiches. The cook actually does so for you along with the fries! Wonderful staff, food and experience. Very reasonably priced. We will be returning! Thank you!

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  17. Nicole

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did our globe dinner and service from Tom was great. Probably the best service we’ve had while at alter. Food was fine, brisket chips were good, alter burgers are just burgers, but not bad. Kids had fun bc it’s private igloo seating which also let my husband and I enjoy the te more knowing our kids weren’t impacted others dinner experience. :)

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  18. markt

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good service was great would definitely go back

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  19. Xxxx

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Beer was great. Food was disappointing. Service very slow. Booked an igloo but they put us inside

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved being able to eat inside the igloos this winter with our kids, but this is our third time trying out their food menu and it just disappoints us every single time. We will stick to just visiting for drinks and opt out of eating there in the future.

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  21. KarenN

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very limited menu and some items weren't even available.

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  22. KateL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tented outdoor space, almost warmer than in the actual restaurant. Service was incredible.

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  23. PAMT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My sandwich was excellent, but my fries were cold.

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  24. Savannah

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good. It was a great selection of food, beers and cocktails. I would definitely recommend the soft pretzel!

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  25. Maryann

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Buffalo wings (truffle Buffalo?) were outstanding! The pancetta, goat cheese and fig flatbread was one of the best dishes I have ever had-the salty/sweet-creamy/crunchy was perfectly balanced-what a fantastic combo !!! My husband’s burger was very good as well. I really enjoyed my stout-swetta wetta🍺

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  26. Ih2kpm

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable enough. Waitress was fantastic. Food was OK. The main gripe I have regards GETTING there. First Street looks like a war zone, and is cordoned off by fences and construction junk. I literally could not get across the street without having to go through an alley and parking garage. I understand that there are challenges with on-going constructio, but a sign or two explaining where to go would be nice. And for goodness sake, put it on your website! I will not be returning, at least until the construction is complete.

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  27. peggyf

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Alter burger and fries were very good! Our waiter was attentive. The restaurant was clean and comfortable.

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  28. KristieK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant experience as usual! Ended up sitting inside as alter needed to change our seating request. All was good.

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  29. JOHNS

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was good and the waitress was excellent. We were seated in an added on room that seemed temporary. It was extremely loud and cold. We had to wear jackets while we ate. The beers were similar to all microbrewery beers.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It took well over an hour for us to get our food after we ordered. We asked about it once, we’re told momentarily. Still waited another 10 minutes. I was ready to just walk out. At that point, nothing really rates a positive in review

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  31. MeghanK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was pretty good. My salmon was dry so I only ate half of it but my husband loved the wagyu meatloaf & my son loved the steak frites. Service was meh. Our server was sweet but we sat for 15ish minutes before anyone came over to even check on us. There appeared to be plenty of servers so not sure what the miscommunication was. Have been there before - experience was about the same. Not terrible but not great.

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  32. ArunK

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was friendly and the food was very decent. They had pretty good variety of beer as well. I love this place just because of the location next to the river.

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  33. HeidiLaw

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Our appetizer was cold twice! Will not be going back ti summer!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there for a bridal party ask and the waiter was very attentive and kind. They even provided free dessert!

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  35. SheilaL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service! We love trying the new beers with a flight.

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  36. Dtk1

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Not the best service tonight as far as dishes and glasses being cleaned off the table. They were still sitting in front of us when we left over an hour later.

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  37. Laurapora

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun night out with friends. Enjoyed their seasonal Festbier and Apple Turkey Burger (the cranberry aioli was delish)!

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  38. BrendanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Place was noisy (not "energetic"). Reserved a table for 4, and were shown to a community style high table (bar height table with 10 seats). The hostess basically dropped our stuff and took off. Another person helped us, moved us to a regular table, and then when we were seated the original hostess came by and told us that we couldn't sit at that table, somehow it was reserved. However, she did not really tell us where we could sit. So, we went back to the original high table; then someone came by and moved us to a regular table in a different area. So I suppose the issue was resolved but seemed pretty chaotic getting there. Once seated the service was OK, food was good, some simple service issues fumbled (example, had to ask for salt/pepper 3 times).

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  39. Spammy

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was average and service slow for a Friday lunch with nobody in the place.

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  40. JenP

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We love outdoor dining and especially by the water. This location is great and will be better once the construction is completed near the restaurant. Very hard to navigate finding the entrance due to the construction. Food was just ok, for the prices, we expected better food. Needed more flavor, pretty bland and have had better food as lesser places. We tried the Mac Burger and Bang Bang Cauliflower. Wouldn’t order those again. Cocktails were good but way overpriced. Service a bit slow, when it wasn’t very busy. May go back and try another dish once the construction is complete, the outdoor seating atmosphere is worth giving it another try.

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FAQs

Alter Brewing + Kitchen - St. Charles offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (331) 901-5949.

Alter Brewing + Kitchen - St. Charles is rated 4.6 stars by 214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Alter Brewing + Kitchen - St. Charles

12 South First Street, St. Charles, IL 60174

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main St. (Rte. 64 - North Ave.) and 1st St. on the Fox River.
  • Neighborhood
    St. Charles
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Brewery, Gastro Pub, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tyler Mueller
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (331) 901-5949
  • Private party facilities
    Alter Brewing features a multitude of private event options across all three locations. Small to large, business to party, we have the spaces, the beer, the food, and the know-how to help you and your guests brew up amazing new memories.
  • Private party contact
    Ashley Zochert: (331) 901-5949
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