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True BBQ & Whiskey Bar

4.2
4.2
446 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
True BBQ and Whiskey Bar - Munster offers a Modern BBQ Cuisine, coupled with a bar experience offering hand crafted cocktails, a superior craft beer menu and an unparalleled whiskey selection. All of our sauces and rubs are homemade, and our fresh meats are smoked using aged oak and hickory wood. We offer dine in and carry out. If you’re looking for a space to host your next event we have a private room available for booking. True BBQ also offers off-site catering.

Every Monday we offer Half Price Full Slabs (*Dine in Only. While Supplies last. Served A La Carte).

Whiskey fan? Every Wednesday is Whiskey Wednesday! We highlight a different distillery every month and offer Half Price Pours neat or on the rocks (every Wednesday) of select spirits from the featured distillery.

Every Thursday is Live Music from Terry Higgins (7-10pm) and our Beer, Bourbon, & Burger (all day). Get a PBR, Benchmark Bourbon Shot, and Brisket Burger & Fries for $20! (*Dine-In Only)

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (219) 836-2122

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Munster, IN

  • Cross street

    Fisher St

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 446 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Indiana

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northwest Indiana

    Good for Groups

  • Northwest Indiana

    Great for Lunch

  • Northwest Indiana

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Northwest Indiana

    Outdoor Dining

  • Northwest Indiana

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. KS

    KarenS

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    I would not recommend this restaurant for a number of reasons. Very concerned about how they maintain sanitation and cleaning of the tables between customers especially since we are still experiencing COVID outbreaks
  2. JR

    JamesR

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We did the Patio Dining, was a beautiful evening. Our sever made a gallant attempt to provide good service, but clearly needs additional training, (lemon for iced tea, napkins silverware had to be requested after appetizers were delivered. The food well prepared, Tasty, Brisket Slices were severed "right to the portion" along with a petite Salmon Patty that was grilled and dry from "high heated grill". Otherwise a delightful evening, will take a serious consideration for a return.
  3. JH

    JosephH

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The couple at the other table was arguing loudly. The food was over salty. The cheese cake dessert was very dry. Very poor experience
  4. AR

    AngelaR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. We had a nice time with a patient server.
  5. RD

    RaquelD

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I really didn't care for the Vegan dishes provided in the menu. This was my 3rd time at the restaurant. The Vegan dessert was great.
  6. V

    Vfjones

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Experience! Great Food, Great Vibe, Love Love Love!
  7. C

    Cassie

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal and Justin, my server, was wonderful. I enjoyed the patio as well.
  8. t

    travisp

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Nice ambience with attentive and accommodating staff. However, the meal left much to be desired. I've eaten here twice before and the meal was average, but this time they missed the mark. I tried the brisket sandwich and the meat quality consisted of way too much fat and what felt like gristle. The flavor was lacking as well. I think I'm going to give up on this restaurant.
  9. R

    Rick

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and service. The ribs are delicious and an extensive drink menu
  10. DB

    DebbieB

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was a little slow and not the crowd was at a minimum, however, it took the waiter a long time to serve. Also, he forgot a few things. He did make up in the end with a free desert.
  11. LT

    LovedThePalm

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Derek R. was AMAZING! Very attentive and courteous!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Food wasn’t cooked well at all. I took my entire meal home, and sent the appetizer back.
  13. r

    royal

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love the decor and patio! The rack of ribs were fall off the bone, meaty, and a treat for those who don’t prefer sauce as it is seasoned well (a little too salty for me who likes my ribs grilled with sauce). Macaroni and cheese was delicious and so were the Brussel sprouts. The staff were all attentive and friendly. I’d definitely come back again.
  14. DE

    DeEricM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    My beef brisket was dry and hard. The was out of the smoke chicken.
  15. M

    Mrsjtt

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The ambience, service, and cocktails were excellent! Unfortunately, on a busy Fathers Day and Juneteenth weekend they ran out of pork, no ribs, rib tips, of any kind. The food was good but bland and appetizers were overpriced.
  16. JO

    JOHNB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    For Father's Day, had their signature BBQ ribs, expecting top tier meal of anywhere I've been. They were "okay", but substantially dryer than most good places. They must have been sitting awhile before being served to me. Wife had Cedar Plank Salmon as dinner. She also was not impressed. Her mashed potatoes were definitely served cold. (My sweet potatoes were perfect & hot) The service was top notch and we did not want to complain to server who tried hard to please us. I would NOT say "don't go there", but keep expectations average. For us, it will be awhile before we return there.
  17. BJ

    BrittneyJ

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my family here for father's day, and it was our second time. The service is always outstanding - special thanks for Derek for taking excellent care of us, making great recommendations, and being really professional and kind. The food was amazing. Everything I ate was flavorful, high quality, and the way meat falls of the rib bones makes me wish that I ate pork. My husbands Guns and Rose' was delicious. Great experience - highly recommend!
  18. HG

    HenryG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall good dining experience, food was good, waitress was fantastic .
  19. RW

    RhandiW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was amazing! We had the Brisket Nachos and the Brisket burger. The drinks were delicious and the customer service was outstanding! I definitely will be back.
  20. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was truly a wonderful experience for me. I absolutely enjoyed it and the Blood Orange Martini was to die for.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful everything was great the staff was very nice and polite food drinks Bbq sauce excellent we will be going back
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was great it was first time going, and the food was great.
  23. AW

    AnthonyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tru is a phenomenal place.. outdoor patio, live music and over 150 different whiskeys
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vegan options and drinks were great! Our server was attentive and friendly. We’ll definitely be back! 😊
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Never got a chance to go in. I called in for mother's day got the time everything at 730pm. Call to confirm the reservation they tell they stop sitting half hr ago likw as soon as i get there you tell me this.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was over cooked I had the trio dish it was brisket pulled pork and ribs no seasoning very bland overcooked and the ribs were soggy not taste like it had any smoke flavor more like oven bake the brisket was over cook very dry and the pulled pork with stringy and chewy maybe it was a bad day for the cook but most deafly not a pleasant experience for us the server was OK he could not multitask he had three tables never came back to check if we needed more to drink but someone else may like it the service was OK. For Mother’s Day it was not crowded so I don’t see any reason why a restaurant of the caliber have poor food and service press1#
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good customer service and would definitely be back.
  28. AN

    AceN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Overall I enjoyed myself... very helpful & attentive staff
  29. CC

    CCraig

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The drinks were very good. The food was no worth the price for what you get. The brisket nachos should have been shredded brisket. Also on the menu it says 6 chicken wings; my ideal of chicken wings is the whole wings. They served party wings, I was disappointed. I will try this place one more time to try the ribs. I will go back for the drinks.
  30. NM

    NinahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit here and everything was good. Our server Chris was very attentive and the food was good. I had the blueberry baked sour that was amazing. My husband had the Pineapple Express which he really enjoyed. The only recommendation would be for the whiskey flight to have a pre-fixe selection of whiskeys for patrons to try. Otherwise we look forward to returning again very soon
  31. O

    Octavia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service, good people. This was my first time but I’ll definitely be going back. The drinks could be a little stronger, though.
  32. HG

    HenryG

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, atmosphere and food. Traveling through but we will revisit.
  33. E

    Elena

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good drinks, very good service, nice food options. Brisket is featured in several ways. Menus are seasonal, so some of your favorites this time might not be there next time. Prices are a little high for the sandwiches, and there is an upcharge for substitutions but a nice local place to grab a bite.
  34. AS

    AliciaS

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Our waitress Amanda was excellent; however, over worked. Busy day for the restaurant; therefore, some food menu items were not available. Part of my meal arrived cold. However, I was compensated for the mishap.
  35. JE

    JulieE

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great barbeque. Good service. I like the atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fried ribs were a first for me. Excellent. I’m wowed.😂😂👍🏾
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was in abundance. But they never updated the process on the website to match the raised prices on the actual menu.
  38. DK

    DaveK

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found True BBQ & Whiskey Bar by looking for a place to eat on OpenTable. Glad that I did as this was nice find. I had the 2 meat platter with smoked turkey & corn beef brisket. It was really good. Wish I would have saved room for desert as when the waitress showed me the options they all looked really good. I highly recommend if you are in the area to try this place. Also, if you like good whiskey drinks they have plenty of options. I even bought 2 bottles of their rasberry BBQ to take home.
  39. r

    reneesg

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food, fun tasting different whiskeys, great desserts, but no coffee?? No Irish coffee? But great service and no other complaints. One of my fav places ever.
  40. AB

    AndreaB

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the vibe of this place. Food was good. Service on point. Staff was wonderful!

FAQs

True BBQ & Whiskey Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (219) 836-2122.

True BBQ & Whiskey Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 446 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for True BBQ & Whiskey Bar

8940 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN 46321

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fisher St

  • Neighborhood

    Munster, IN

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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