True BBQ & Whiskey Bar

4.2
368 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
True BBQ & Whiskey Bar is taking every precaution to keep everyone safe and well. At this time we are temporary CLOSED until further notice. We hope to reopen April 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience - we love you all and cannot wait to reopen to serve you. Please stay safe!

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4.4
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4.4
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3.9
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waitress wasn’t very attentive.

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Sunshine
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were welcoming. Our server, Brittney (sp?) made great recommendations. My cocktail was solid, and the food was outstanding; no sauce needed!!!

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vipDaisy
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good but expense, and therefore not a great value. Expensive entrees given the quantity of the meat. Not that I need an excessive portion but for $32 I was expecting more.

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WilliamO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, waiter’s were friendly and quick in response time. Will be return soon

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lashawndac
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time and I was impressed.. Can't wait to go back and sample the different kinds of whiskey.. and that beef brisket..Service was good and people in the restaurant were nice

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EdwardG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall a good restaurant. Menu is different from one shown on website. Cajun shrimp was delicious as was the salmon and chicken. Fried alligator was just ok as was the mac and cheese. We would go back again.

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AishahM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Do not order the smoked meat. Meat was dry and cold. I did not complain because I could tell they were short staffed. Service was slow but staff that was there was very hardworking and accommodating.

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Shenetta
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I was stood up, I still enjoyed my evening there. I sat at the bar & the young lady that was taking care of me was very attentive. The drink she recommended was very tasty, and the appetizers were good.
The room comfortable and attractive (a nice mix of antique & modern).

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BestDad
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Pared down menu offered limited choices & basically was a la carte ( 1 side with 1 meat options ). Prices were high for meat with side ( 1,2 etc) and other items such as appetizers and sandwiches were high $$. Example $10.95 for 5 Mac/cheese balls. They were good but overpriced. Best thing we’re the drinks… did not skimp on the liquor!

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vipElizabethA
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was great except for the mashed potatoes, those were bland. Our server spent more time with other tables than ours, so a little disappointing. But, overall it was a good experience, I will give it another chance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice ambience by the Fire pit. Our server was extremely nice!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service are always great here! Love that they have vegan options too!

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LaKeshiaC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Nice outdoor seating area. My drink was great. The food was horrible. Cajun pasta was extremely watery. Ribs were tough. Macaroni and cheese, watery and noodles over cooked. Don’t plan on returning!

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Fries12
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The menu OpenTable provided was wayyyy different than the one in house. I drove all the way from Vernon Hills Illinois because I heard good things like their fried green tomatoes and nachos made from their spiral first that they didn't have when we got there to eat. They also didn't have a dessert in stock that involved ganache. I suggest going back to the older menu. It was an absolute wasted trip.

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TamaraS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining out on the patio is a wonderful experience. We had a wonderful meal with great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I would definitely go back for the drink menu!

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SherrieP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. The waitress gave us a recommendation on drinks. The drinks were strong but sweet, as I wanted. Unfortunately the waitress did not explain a food item correctly. Which led to my friend ordering something that she really did not desire. Despite the fact that she did not really want the item, she did keep it. This food item was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We sat outside and it was perfect. Two plate meal has very large portions so I brought some home. They have awesome cocktails too!1

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MaryA
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. The wait staff is fantastic. That’s why I go there alot with friends!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came in a party of 2 for Pario seating ordered the fried ribs, Mac and cheese and a feast Dallas - my guest has salmon . Everything was awesome . Service was attentive and quick. I want to come back at night I believe the table wow say at was a fire pit but it wasn’t lit.

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vipRobertaS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner for mom. She's a bourbon lover. Missing the brussels sprouts. Mashed potatoes not as flavorful be as I remember. Our server on was new and has a bright future. We'll be sure to return.

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Mad4Food
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary Dinner

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vipJeff
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True never disappoints. Food and drinks are great and service is very pleasurable.

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JasonK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The brisket nachos left a lot to be desired. The bourbon selection was on par, though naturally a few bottles were unavailable. Service was mediocre. Neat decor and ambiance. The baby back ribs were very tasty and cooked just right. Everything else was just ok. I’d say the menu was fairly priced with the exception of the $17 nachos that weren’t appetizing at all. If you’re in the area, give it a shot. Personally, we were a one and done.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I were in for a real treat. Ambiance gave you an upscale feel, however the food sure had a down home taste! Will definitely dine again

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JamieV
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every employee we encountered was so nice! Very attentive waitress. Food was absolutely delicious and well worth the price. Will definitely be back!

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dcmultimedia
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Our waitress was friendly, helpful, and checked on us at the appropriate times. As did the Manager. Food and drinks are always good.

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vipTGuildersleeve
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service at this restaurant was excellent. The staff was very attentive, and accommodating. The food on the other hand didn't quite live up to my expectation. I ordered the smoked brisket, which is one of my favorite dishes. The serving I received was quite salty, tough and overcooked. The smoky flavor was there, but overwhelmed by the salt and what appeared to be a charred crust on the meat. My guest was quite satisfied with the spicy shrimp dish she ordered.
Perhaps it was an off night for the brisket.

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ChanekaH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were amazed from the moment we arrived. They greeted and sat us down right away. Good and drinks came very quick. The food is a freaking awesome, we will definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great! Server had great recommendations for food snd whiskey flight selections

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LadyShe
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was just ok. Not enough flavor. The food was not hot when served. Server took a long time to bring the bill. The ambiance is wonderful and the drinks are great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was great! Our server was very attentive, professional and pleasant!

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ScottM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food/drinks and atmosphere....nice selection of bbq sauces.

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ShaquitaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server was excellent. I always enjoy myself when I come here.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The service was adequate, the food was lackluster. They seemed more proud of their smoking of the meats than the seasonings and making food taste outstanding. For the prices, I would not suggest people go there. In my opinion, even the staff should have been in some sort of uniform. That threw off the mood of the place. Possibly, more drink choices should be offered, if not shown on the menu. The selection of whiskeys was pretty impressive, though.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at True BBQ. We ordered Penne Pasta as our Entree, it was delicious. Mac balls & fried ribs as an appetizer, we were very disappointed that the restaurant was out of Mac balls. Other than that everything was great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is very appealing to the eye. The servers are always around, making sure everything is good . The food smelled good when it was brought out and tasted delicious , fresh off the grill . Overall, the experience was great and definitely worth going back for .

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was fine but the food itself just isn’t that great-it’s just meh

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mother’s Day

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RussellJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Food is always good and fresh. The service is always good as well. Nice decor

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 368 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.