Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest

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$30 and under
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Burgers
Burger Theory features specialty burgers, apps, and unique eatables long with local craft beers and cocktails. We have whiskey flights as well !
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quesadillas, bacon burger, & BLT Cobb salad were absolutely delicious.

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OneDog
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We had outside table. (I had to go inside and ask if they knew we were there AFTER they sat us at table) We had a NEW Server that came to table without order pad, one dish was incorrect but manager caught it before it was served so had to wait for the dish and everyone else was finished when plate arrived. I had to get our own eating utensils and napkins. Manager said she comped the $10 salad. Manager said there was a whole new kitchen staff.
I thought food tasted fine. Never had a bad meal there yet.

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JohnK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burgers!

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MarkinIL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I am not a big giver of 5 stars unless there is an over and above situation so 4 stars from me is really really great. The staff was friendly and attentive and the food was tasty for sure. We had burgers of course and the build a burger option is great if you don't see anything on the menu that interests you. We had a few drinks from the bar as well and they were a perfect blend of taste in all aspects. I would recommend Burger Theory to friends for sure and we will stop back in there when we are up in that area again and looking for food. Overall it is not bad at all and we would recommend the Tuscan Chicken Flatbread if you are looking for an appetizer. It was quite yummy.... Full of flavor just like our burgers were!!!

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DawnM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Were out of 2 beers we wanted but food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time trying Burger Theory and we were NOT disappointed. Tables were distanced appropriately, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and the food...well, amazing! We all built our own burgers to exactly how we liked them. My son who does not normally finish a meal devoured his and said “this place is a keeper!” Kudos to our server Taylor! She explained everything, engaged with our kids and was overall a pleasure. Make sure to ask for her- you will not be disappointed!

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Nemooka
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First time diner there. Taylor (our server) was great! Friendly and helpful. She tried her best to make up for the problems in the kitchen...kitchen staff goofy slow. Medium well burger came out rare. And everything from the kitchen took forever. Taylor kept apologizing but management was no where to be seen. That part was sad. Overall an ok experience. Food only adequate.

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BRUCE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST HAMBURGER I HAVE EVER EATEN. THE SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES. I GO TO JOLIET ON A REGULAR BASIS. I WILL ADD THIS TO PLACES I PREFER TO EAT.

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LanceL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor seating
Neat pond - quiet
Beer was ice cold
Burgers cooked to perfection

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and will definitely go back!

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Waya
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My lettuce wrap burger was very tasty.
Nice and juicy and they will cook them medium rare which is a plus.
Also had onion rings and they were also good.
I would definitely recommend eating here especially if you like burgers.
Sat outside and it was a nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my sons graduation and because of Covid had to sit outside.
Servers made sure his experience was great, food was great, beautiful view even with the tent and bugs.

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FrankK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The patio is beautiful next to a pond. Very relaxing. The food was really good. I had a slider trio that was delicious and they have a good variety of beer on tap. The fries are really good to. I've been telling all my friends and family to try it. We will definitely be coming back!

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ChristinaO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Mike the bartender & Fransisco the chef! Best bloody Mary's ever & the food is amazing! Loved the outdoor seating!!!

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JodiK
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor was our waitress, very friendly and professional. Just the right amount of attention. The food was great too.

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vipJillB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al and everyone was great!

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FirstTime
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was our first time there and we probably would have enjoyed it if it wasn't so COLD!!! We mentioned to our server that it was cold and she informed us that the heat was out and the repairman wasn't coming until after hours. We hurried and ate to get into our car for some heat. Not a good first impression.

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MamaG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Burger came out wrong and fries were soggy. Asked for the toppings that were missing from my burger and for some new fries. About 15 minutes later the fries came but still no ingredients for my burger. So I asked that the whole burger be remade at that point because it had been sitting and was cold. My friends were done eating and we needed to leave. The waitress said all of her tables had their burgers messed up that night. The manager took a long time to come over. I had to thoroughly explain to her why I was not happy with my experience. She took half off my burger. That I didn't even eat. Not impressed. Also when I did taste the burger. I liked the garlic mayo but I didn't think the patty itself had much flavor. Maybe it was an off night. I had heard good reviews so I was looking forward to dining there. And I don't consider myself a very picky Eater.

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vipcyndc1
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our first time here. Food was okay. I didn’t think the burgers were that special. Fries were good. Service was excellent!

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MeghanF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The group I was with thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We were all just a bit taken back about the service. We had to request a few times for a couple of things. It wasn't busy so I assumed we would have received more attention. I wasn't sure if the waitress was new or what. I would go back because the burger was good and maybe service will be different. I don't know how "new" the restaurant is but food was great and beer selections were just as good too.

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vipjohnb
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The queso was super thin
All four people in our party felt very ill after

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vipKPE1
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first time here. The food was good and there was a huge selection of burger toppings, some were more unusual than you would find anywhere else.
The service was very good! Our server was very friendly/helpful! According to the special’s menu they offer some good daily drink and food specials.
Cute place. The only negative was the price of a well mixed drink, $7.00. That is about $2.00 higher than the majority of other bars and restaurants in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow. Had trouble with check not coming out correctly. Drinks took a long time to arrive at the table

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vipSparkyGray
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Service at the bar was beyond disappointing.

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Disappointed
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Burger overcooked and relatively flavorless, not worth cost.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I brought a guest from out of town. We decided to try Burger Theory because it was nearby his hotel. The server said she was new. I don't remember her name (sorry) Hubby thinks, Taylor? but she was outstanding. Efficient, helpful, and professional. The room was nearly empty...very quiet so we had a great visit. We each had a different burger and side and enjoyed them. I had the blue burger and it had a good amount of creamy thick blue cheese. Onion rings were good. Server refilled our Arnold Palmers 3 times! For those guests who find stairs difficult...this is on the ground floor. Easy access. We'll return.

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for the review. Taylor is a gem of ours. We look forward to you dining with us again.

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LisaJ
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband is a fan of burgers so I decided to take him for his 50th birthday he loved it! I had the chicken tenders and they were the best I ever ate! our hostess was prompt and friendly and our server was also prompt an friendly. I would certainly recommend and will be visiting again.

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for the review! Look forward to seeing you again.

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JosephE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Slow. Over priced. Small portions. Inattentive staff. NEVER AGAIN

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LauraO
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Thought it would have more
Ambiance kind of plain
Food was good and servers were
Very friendly!

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for the review. Look forward to seeing you again.

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Joyce
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I liked dining outside on the patio! Good place for a burger and al beer!

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for the review! Look forward to seeing you again.

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KathleenA
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I felt that menu choices were too limited and too expensive for what you got.

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

We are currently offering new specials & features of the month. It would be amazing if you could come check them out!

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DawnZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was good!! We will definitely be back.

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for the amazing review.

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RickC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Both of my kids burgers were brought out with the works but were ordered plain. Had to send one back. The other he just scraped it off and got a new bun. The salad was not fresh and was brownish. The burgers had good flavor and the fries were good. Service was a little slow. I might go back but doubtful.

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Did not have record of reservation when we arrived even though I showed them number on my phone. Service was rather slow but waitress said it was her first day. When we asked for silverware we eventually went and found some ourselves when she did return after several minutes. A few people in my party got the sliders and one slider on each of their plates was noticeably smaller, the size of a silver dollar. Food took close to 45 minutes. Other than the issue with the small slider food was ok.

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DianeF
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

7 of us. The food was hot and delicious. The service was great. We weren't rushed. Overall great experience. They also had the table ready for us. We will go back

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review.

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JillM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great for our family get together. Great burgers!

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review.

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vipRandaliz
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I would honestly say, this place is just okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and very friendly service. Kept our soft drinks full without asking. The kitchen was pretty slow to get the food out, thankfully it was worth the wait we cleaned our plates.

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for the great review. We would love to see you again. We have improved on our service time.

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vipJennifer
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

This was my first experience and it was just awful. We came here (my entire work office of 8 people) to celebrate my birthday. I made the reservation. No one knew what Open Table was!!! I had to keep explaining it to them, so frustrating. It was empty and our service was horrible. We were there for almost THREE hours on November 19. So unbelievable slow and the food was very mediocre. I would not recommend this. So disappointing.

FAQs

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (779) 206-2915.

Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Joliet Southwest is rated 4.5 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.