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Forbidden Root Restaurant and Brewery

4.7
20 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating

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About

At Forbidden Root Restaurant and Brewery, Chicago's first botanic brewery, we brew craft beer inspired by nature. We love barley, water, hops, and yeast, and use those as a base to explore a rich world of wild ingredients.
More than just a brewpub, our restaurant and brewery offers seasonal dishes to highlight our craft beers and elevate your over all experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Brewery, Beer Garden
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 929-2202
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Forbidden Root can accommodate all of your special event needs.
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Private party contact
our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 335-2325
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wood
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Parking details
Bus- #66 Chicago, #50 Damen, #9 Ashland
Train- Blue Line at Division, Green Line at Ashland
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.7based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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4.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Seen on Check Please : food and ambiance lived up to the review : we will be back .

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Best beer in Chicago. Great staff and great food. Definitely going back.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

I LOVE Forbidden Roots! I come here quite often. The menu is always changing around; however, I usually have the same thing every time. My go-to is a beer, a salad to split and the burger. The burger is the best in the city in my opinion! This is one of my favorite restaurants - very relaxing and delicious food/drinks!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

We love the eggplant appetizer and whitefish dinner. The flavors and colors are delicious and enlivening. Great chef without paying downtown prices. Lots of beer types to choose from, sure to please everyone.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

This place is great for beer lovers (and food lovers). The menu is inventive and interesting. The hostess was a little weird to us; the place was empty and half the part was about 5 minutes early. I had a reservation (obvs) but she wouldn't seat us until the whole party came. It was EMPTY though, we may have been the only people there.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Food and service was incredible! You much have the burger!

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Forbidden Root is a rustic welcoming place for Foodies and Beer nerds alike. Each dish on the menu is seasonally crafted and comforting. The biggest hits are the burrata and the burger, but you can't go wrong with anything they are slinging. The beer is their pride and joy (and it delivers over and over ) but don't miss their cocktails. The UVA is a perfect palate cleanser after a superbly juicy IPA.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2017

Great beer, food, and fun for a get together with friends!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

I went here with friends for a delicious brunch! It was not crowded and the weather was nice, so we sat by the large open front windows. We all tried each others' food and beer and everything was amazing! The coconut milk french toast and savory pancake were my favorite food options, and the strawberry basil beer was a favorite of everyone at the table. Can't wait to go back and try their dinner! I've heard rave reviews about the brussel sprouts...

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Great lunch here with friends. The staff was friendly and very helpful when choosing beers. Got the lunch special with the Chicory Salad and Grilled Cheese. Very tasty and a perfect amount of food for lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Had an unbelievable burger (I eat a lot of these) and Death by Snu Snu IPA. A Chicago local's dream meal...

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Very good overall. If you have the culinary palate of a 12 year old like I do, you may have difficulties finding something that isn't mayonnaise based.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Great place although a bit on the loud side. The "root beer" is a must try.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Great local spot that I discovered when having dinner with my son.

Really friendly service, cool food options, and botanical libations.

Definitely going back soon. ..

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

I was a bit hesitant going there because the "botanic beers" label makes it sound like the beers are going to have many crazy flavors and not be drinkable as I've experienced at other breweries. Disclosure: I have a wide palette for beer but appreciate not drinking a glass of herbs when taking a sip. I was very pleasantly surprised by the great flavors and would happily go back for more tastings. My girlfriend's cocktails were excellent also.

The food was fantastic! We chose to stick with small plates and skipped the main courses, they just didn't stand out to us and I wanted a few more choices on the main courses. The preparation, flavor combinations, and presentation were top-notch.

It was slightly loud but not overbearing and we would happily go back.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Great spot with eclectic but tasty beers, delicious food to accompany your beer tastings in a place where you can actually hear what your friends are saying.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2017

Great beer, and brunch. Witch brunch menus items that took us out of our comfort zone, but proved to be delicious. The savory cheese curd pancake was out of this world.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Very cool ambiance and great service. The food and device were fantastic. We had the burger and the schnitzel. Both were fantastic, as were the cheese and crackers. I will say that their menu is rather odd and limited, but everything we had was great.

We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2017

I enjoyed it. I'll definitely do a flight next time I visit.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Overall it was a good experience with great beer! But the service was VERY slow and it was rather loud.

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