Two Brothers Barrel House

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The Two Brothers Barrel House is Naperville's new home for craft cocktails, artisan beer and Americana comfort food. With the continued growth of Two Brothers Artisan Spirits, the Two Brothers Barrel House will be the new home to showcase the spirits lineup through an extensive cocktail menu, drink features, and spirits flights. The bar and restaurant will also include a large draft list of Two Brothers and guest craft beer, wine selections and delicious handspun milkshakes (both kid and adult options) to pair with a menu full of Americana food favorites. Add in live music every weekend and a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere, and the Two Brothers Barrel House offers a memorable dining experience for the whole family.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the wedge salad & black bean soup. Very tasty! The live music was wonderful! Would definitely return!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food was okay, service was okay.

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend. Beer was great! Enjoyed the entertainment! Humming Scholars rocked!

SK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Better options in the area. Wings were outstanding but shrimp were way undercooked. Good service but zero crowd/energy

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Kitchen was understaffed and it took about 45 minutes to get our order. Waiter made many apologies but made no effort to make the situation better. I emailed the restaurant a week ago about the poor experience but heard no response. It’s probably a nice place to drink good beer though. The food is not memorable.

AB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I went there with the mistaken thought it would be like the location in downtown Aurora. It is nowhere near the quality or selection. The drink was so heavy handed I couldn't drink it, and I'm not a lightweight. The pretzels were greasy from the cheese and dry inside. We didn't bother ordering the dinner we planned to, we went to another place down the street as we didn't want to risk more undesirable food and drink.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We did not find the quality and service up to the same standard as the Warrenville location.

F
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was okay. The pictures look much more hyped than what it really is or maybe we were seated upstairs which had no crowd and just felt boring for our group of 6 people. We went on a Saturday night for a friend's birthday but felt like we were there for a quiet dinner and our table was the only one talking. Food was ok. Bar burger typical american food -- nothing wow about it. Drinks were okay too. I had ordered a Mexican mule. I wouldn't recommend this place for people. There are other places in downtown way better.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Long wait for drinks even though it was empty. Food was just ok

JM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. The staff and service was outstanding!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

I selected this restaurant based on the photos and menu linked on Open Table. The restaurant has since changed. The third floor bar was the same but the restaurant is now basic bar food: burgers, a few sandwiches. I was embarrassed because I had invited people out for my birthday dinner and frankly we could have gone to chili’s if I had known this was the menu and the ambiance was what it was. Their walls are now covered in fake wood board and barren like a old basement would be. I specifically picked this place because of how it looked and the menu. I recognize I should have looked at their own website to be sure.

Further, the food was just ok. They claim to have a cheesy pretzel twist. It’s not pretzel. Just bread. Everything else was just ok. The service was slow and our server lacked personality and what personality she did have was sassy and not in a good way.

m
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was below average at best, pretzel appetizer was dry and seemed like it was baked days before. If you are at all on a low salt diet, this food will taste very salty. Still love their beer but will pass on the restaurant. Disappointing.

P
Chicago
189 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The hostesses seemed very confused when we arrived with the manager explaining that they were shortstaffed. This didn’t bode well for the beginning of our meal. However, the meal was good and our server did a good job keeping up handling multiple tables

DJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was good but that’s where the good ended. Cocktails were terrible. I ordered a Manhattan and my wife a Negroni: undrinkable. The vermouth was bad. I sent mine back after two sips....they never credited my bill. $30 in terrible cocktails from a place that advertises themselves as a cocktail bar.

Waiter cared but was poorly trained. The only saving grace is the food was hot and good. Place could be great but is poorly managed. You can tell when tables sit with guests plates on them long after guests have left.

Would not recommend and I’m a Two Brothers fan. The restaurant in Warrenville is one of my favorites.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We were a party of four with 7:00 PM reservations on a Saturday night. It didn't seem too crowded; there were several open tableWe were sat on the first floor

JN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service needs work to improve. Our waiter was pleasant but definitely overloaded. Glass of wine ordered early did not come until food was served. Desert took a long time for delivery. Server made attempt to make it right by not charging for the desert. A manager and two hostesses, who were no more than 15 feet from our table, were not perceptive to the issues and could have helped out the server. One hostess stopped at our table after we had been waiting for the check for a long time, but only offered us more water. What was surprising was that not all the tables in our area were occupied.

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food was good, service was very slow initially, but improved. Server very friendly. I just didn’t care for the atmosphere. Very cold and unwelcoming. Very small table for two, uncomfortable chairs. It felt as if you weren’t encouraged to stay for more than one drink.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was great but the service was not.

KO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food was disappointing. The pretzel app was very dry and flavorless. Fries green tomatoes were bland on flavor. The salad was solid. Over all just not very exciting. No depth of flavor.

OT
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had one Jamaican mule, one old fashioned, the pretzel app, we split a wedge salad, one prime rib sandwich, and a veggie burger. The cocktails were tasty. The salad was good. Overall though, not worth the $92 we spent. Pretty much overpriced pub food. Disappointing.

DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Nothing special;staff kind of acted clueless the entire time.

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We enjoyed the music and atmosphere. However, our food was not to our liking.

LI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Took us an hour between sitting down and getting our food. Asked for medium rare steak and got medium well. The waitress was sweet but brand new. The chef instructed her to tell me that the steak was prepared as I requested (putting her in a very uncomfortable situation). Will not be going back.

KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beer. Kids eat free on and 1/2 price apps on mondays!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

So FYI as if my visit 8/2019 the menu has changed. Last time I went we sat on 2nd floor - we were first to arrive and we were seated by the front door. When asked if we could be sat upstairs - I was told that was only if they got busy. I was surprised to only have 3 tables for Sunday brunch in this downtown area. They did offer us both the brunch and lunch menu — but the brunch menu changed drastically. It is one page - very few selections and more “rustic” approach as opposed to the previous offerings.
Then we were there for our anniversary (since we were married at Two Brothers Roundhouse) not mentioned at check in or by our waiter, despite being marked on OT when I made reservations.

They did accommodate as I requested a “traditional Benedict” — no Canadian bacon, which was fine but they didn’t offer any Bacon on the side, which I felt was a missed opportunity. English muffin wasn’t toasted to my liking, it was still soft. The hollandaise sauce was broken.
Would go back but would do so with revised expectations. But overall let down based on my previous experience.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There were 3 in our party and we were seated at a very awkward table of 2 tables for 2 pushed together against a wall. People on the ends had to strain their ears to hear each other and the person on the side stared directly at a blank wall. Since we had reservations and there were other open tables I thought it was a weird seating option. I’m guessing the other tables were being saved for 4 person parties. I didn’t say anything or make a fuss, but everyone in the party thought the seating was strange.

M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There were some interesting menu choices. Everyone in my crew liked what they ordered. Two of us are GF sensitive and they offered good options. We shall return.

SV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The tables were small and the chairs were uncomfortable. The food was good but not as good as the Craftsman. Now that we know that what to expect we won't be as disappointed. The cocktails are as good as ever. We will back.

U
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Walking in the appearance was fairly standard with Wooden tables and metal chairs. We did not care much for the metal chairs as they were uncomfortable. The menu was pretty basic with burgers and sandwiches but we arrived on Sunday and they had a Sunday brunch menu containing egg dishes and egg burritos. We ordered an egg bowl, prime rib sandwich and fried chicken sandwich. The presentations were very nice and each one of the meals Had very good flavor. No complaints with the food. Our server was very attentive and very helpful And our meals were served fairly quickly and arrived hot. Overall it was a very nice lunch but nothing spectacular. It seems a little pricey as 3 cocktails with 3 meals and tip was $80. A bit much for lunch.

ZW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This placed was The Craftsman until recently and was one of my favorite brunch places. We decided to check out the revamp and unfortunately were very disappointed.

MENU: The old great cocktail list was gone and replaced w shakes. They ran out of pork (seemed like half the menu) at 11:15am. Limited breakfast options for brunch that skewed on the savory side. No omelet options, didn’t see any pancakes/French toast) for brunch.

SERVICE: No smiles from the staff. Server was unfamiliar w the menu and didn’t tell us about being out of pork until we had already decided on our orders so we had to start over.

AMBIANCE: The upstairs (which is one of the best parts about the place) was no longer an option as all patrons had to sit downstairs.

Overall, we were very disappointed and don’t plan on returning unless The Craftsman returns as well.

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really killed what was a great place. Food now bar food not good at all. Crazy loud band couldn’t hear each other talk. Go back to how it was please

SG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall, things were ok. I had South Carolina pulled pork - fantastic. Hard to find SC bbq around here. This was genuine.

My wife had shrimp and grits - meh; the shrimp was overcooked and not spiced enough, and wayyyyyy too much butter and grease in the dish.

Beer selection was ok, too hoppy for my tastes, but interesting selection of summer beers.

Our server was fantastic.

Will go back again but waiting for Fall beers

DN
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food was average at best. Waiter had NO personality. No ambiance or charm in the restaurant either.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, Great Food and Exceptional Beer what else could you ask for?

M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

When we arrived the place was rather empty for a Saturday night. That first impression left us a little suspect of our experience. Our waiter, Martin, turned that all around! He had really solid recommendations and was attentive without being overly so.

I drank a glass of rose and it was really nice. My husband had one of the seasonal beers and he enjoyed it.

We started with the Tater-totchos which were delicious. The starter was a bit of a splurge so we both opted for the Chopped Salad with Ranch. The salads were fresh and flavorful with a unique and yeasty ranch dressing blend.

The place did eventually fill up. We were seated on the first floor and it seemed like most of the seating was probably on the second floor. We finished up when the band was on their third song. They were fantastic so in retrospect wish we had arrived a bit later. All things considered it was a really great evening and we will definitely return!

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I thought the food was outstanding. We both had catfish over dirty rice. Both of us enjoyed the meal.

We went to the Barrel House to see live music. The Lesser Saints were the band and we really enjoyed both the banter and the music. It was a very relaxing and fun evening.

h
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I felt my fish tacos were very good but a small portion for the money. The plate was filled up with tater tots.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Our dining experience tonight was quite disappointing. Having lived down the street from the Two Brothers Tap House and loving The Roundhouse and the Scottsdale store, we were looking forward to this dinner.

My Kentucky Mule cocktail came served in a tall glass, not a copper mug (then don’t call it a mule). Beer was just okay. Our burgers were pretty tasty though my husband’s was over cooked.

Though there were a few tables sat at the time we were eating, our server did not hear me as I tried to request the drink menu to order a new drink. I said I didn’t really like the mule and it wasn’t even taken off our bill which I feel like is a pretty standard customer service proactive.

The ambience was pretty loud for it not being too crowded. Too many hard surfaces for all the sounds to bounce off of. The warm, pub like atmosphere was just not there.

Major disappointment. We will likely not return.

SL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was eager to try the new concept as the previous Craftsman concept was bit too upscale for my tastes. The new concept is much more traditional pub/american type fare. Not a huge menu, but that's OK. Would rather they do a few things really well. Went here on my birthday and got a table no problem on a Wednesday. Our server was very energetic and helpful, she actually has had the food/beer and could comment. My wife had the veggie burger, my 17 year-old the half-rack ribs, and I had the Ole Smokey Burger. The beer, of course, is good. However, they were our of their signature Cinnamon Root Beer. Gonna be honest, they haven't been open that long, and if you're going to have a signature home made drink, you'd better not run out. My wife loved her veggie burger and the tater tots. The boy liked the ribs, however he said he prefers my home made ribs. My burger was OK. I ordered it medium well, it came much more on the well side. I probably should have asked. The bacon was a bit overcooked and burnt, thus my burger tasted more burned than smokey. We also ordered one of the "adult shakes" for dessert and it was delicious. Took awhile to get the check, as it looked like our waitress had the whole front half of the first floor. In summary, I like the new concept. The food was good, not great, however I will go back and update my review based on trying some other choices.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was really very good. Food was good. Not great and took a while from ordering to eating. Had brunch burger and heurvo rancheros.

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