True BBQ & Whiskey Bar

4.4
211 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
True BBQ and Whiskey Bar offers what we like to call, "A Modern BBQ Experience." What distinguishes True from traditional BBQ establishments is the manner in which we prepare and serve our products. All of our meats are the highest quality, and we use our own homemade rubs, while serving our house made sauces on the side, as opposed to on the meat itself. In addition, we offer non BBQ menu selections, such as Premium Steaks and Ahi Tuna, as well as both Vegan and Gluten Free selections. Like desserts? True offers a decadent selection with items such as Caramel Bourbon Mascarpone Napoleon, Pecan Pie and more! Led by Chef Adam Brown , our menu is "truly" in a league of its own. And we can't forget to mention our extensive whiskey menu that features several hand crafted cocktails.
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TS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Had the pork sandwich and it was really good. Beet salad was delicious and different.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at this place and it was really great! Had the best burger I’ve ever had. We will definitely be coming back soon!

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p
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ben there several times for lunch and dinner. Food is always top notch as is the service. Love the vibe especially in the bar.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

There were four in our party. I ordered the trio platter - the brisket and the pulled pork were good but the ribs were overdone and a little dried out. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their meal.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a hidden gem and the ambiance is wonderful. Definitely a recommended spot for great food and drinks.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful. It had an upscale feel while offering affordability. I'll definitely return.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Mother’s Day Brunch!!! Terrible!!!! Yuck 🤢

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been here before but on this visit the pulled pork had no taste to it, there was no flavor. Someone may have forgot to season the pork.

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j
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a delicious bar b q place. Very attractive, great food and great price

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DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were extremely impressed. I have already recommended the place to friends and family.

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SL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Customer service was very good ribs with smoke really good you have your choice of five BBQ sauces they make homemade chips they were good with the nest special rub for the ribs my husband had the trio he really liked it and I had the Reuben which was really good

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The waitress was awesome... we were excited to come here for the first time because the online food sounded deeelish and we were excited to try new and different whiskey’s.

Everything tasted fabulous... smoked is always on point if done right in my book. And this was. However... from a price point perspective as good as it was it is overpriced. I mean $15 for a fried chicken sandwich with chipotle sauce you can buy in a store? I opted out of fries and asked for the garlic potatoes and the first few bites tasted like they were instant.
I will admit I am very particular about my food. I loved everything but I also cook from scratch. To me at this price point it should beyond that and have a spin on it besides being smoked. If it wasn’t smoked I would ask for a refund only because I know the preparation and time it takes.

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RP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good BBQ. Brisket was the best of the meats. I ordered the BBQ trio that had ribs, pulled pork and brisket. For $30 the portions were really small on the pulled pork and brisket. Dish came with a half slab of ribs that were very tender and meaty. Pulled pork came in a monkey dish and was watery and not very tasty. Needed a lot more seasoning. Also had a double shot (neat) of one of the many excellent bourbons they featured. Again, for the price they charge, the pour was skimpy to say the least. Someone in our group had the brisket dinner and that was a very nice size portion and a very good price as well. Bottom line, decent BBQ, nice ambiance, very cool bar area with a gigantic selection of whiskeys. Service was friendly and prompt.

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c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Saturday at noon at celebrate Easter a day early . We meet up here a couple times a year as it is half way between family. Great food always .

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great everyone was in good spirits and food was excellent!

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RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Our waitress was on point. I wish i remember her name; young lady long ponytail w/ glasses. She was superb!

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O
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday around noon is the best time to go if your looking for a nice quiet lunch. My wife and I were surprised that there were so few people there at lunch time but we were pleased that we had the place practically to ourselves. “Raven” was very helpful in helping us choose different whiskies and the food was excellent! I wish they were closer but I will go back again.

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MO
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was cold, like sitting out for 30 minutes cold. The 1 item my husband liked was the cornbread, unfortunately a bus person removed it while my husband was still eating. Worst birthday dinner ever!!! Don’t waste your $$$!

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TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance was outstanding. The quality and flavor of food was phenomenal. The only issue was the food was slightly overpriced. Good price point for a couple but for families not so much.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very knowledgeable server and she was very attentive we came in a pretty slow evening which we enjoyed my overall experience was a five-star event my only issue is with the portion size

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice night. The food was great. I was not thinking I was spending as much as I did? A little more expensive then I thought it should be.

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought prices compared to other similar restaurants were a bit pricey.

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S
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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FS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dining experience! Can’t wait till next time!

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MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

BBQ St. Louis Ribs were dry and no texture, just soft. BBQ sauces provided were: A) Jalapeno Sauce - I had to add Tobasco Sauce to it. B) Basic - was way too sweet. C) Brown Sugar Sauce - nasty sweet. D) Raspberry Sauce - plain gross. You need some decent sauces. The best part of the meal was the complimentary potato chips with the hot BBQ sauce applied.

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MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food there. It was better did i expected. I have a lot of allergies and they were able to accommodate me. Also the service great.

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We have been dining at True Whisky BBQ since 2016. The food has always been good, however, the service is not good.

On top of everything else, they delivered my sister her plate with only meat, no sides or anything. My sister is a picky eater and will not eat just meat. We asked several times for her sides and they told us they were working on them. After about 15 to 20 mins, she recd a side of mac and cheese only to find it cold. She sent it back and told the server that she wants her food together. We waited another 15 mins for her side to come out, which at that point her meat was cold. I asked the server to take the meat back and remove it from the bill. The manager comes to my table and asks why dont we want the food. I explained that her food was now cold and she eats it together and if she could simply remove it from our bill that would be great! The manager became irate and told us that the meat was hot when she brought it out and acted as if the missing side dishes wasn't a big deal and insinuated that we were giubg ti pay for the meat and she would take off the sides. Perhaps she didnt know she was speaking to a group of respectful and educated individuals, but we told her in a very professional manner that we ordered an entree not ala carte which meant my sister wanted to eat her meat and her side dishes together. After waiting almost 40 mins for mac and cheese, as the manager, she should have been compromising to remove the charge. Then to add insult to injury, she yell at us and screamed she didn't want to argue. There was no argument, we pointed out the terrible service and inconvenience and she was the one with the attitude.

The service at True Whisky totally sucks, some of the servers do not know the menu, and the manager is rude, disrespectful, and confrontational with diners. But I will never go back because I feel like I am not wanted there and I refuse to spend my money at an establishment where I am mistreated and stereotyped.

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f
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

ordered a porterhouse cooked medium. first steak come out black and crispy, they remade it for me and brought it out rare. did not wait for a third try. but hey they took 5 bucks off the bill.

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N
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, different options and quality service.

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WR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice date night here with my wife on 16 Feb 2019. Food was good, and the Quaff on! Peanut Butter Busted Knuckle 7.2% beer I had was very tasty too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentine's Day Dinner

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RK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and great selection of whiskeys. Slightly expensive for BBQ but still worth it.

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P
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. Great special where you can chose 3 entrees to share. Food was amazing and fast. Waitress was phenomenal even though she was super busy. All the staff was attentive and helpful and stayed calm even though walk-ins couldn’t seem to wrap their brains around why it was so busy on Valentine’s Day. Kudos to everyone!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Sat us by fireplace that was not lit. Room was drafty. Everything else pretty good, but will stick to bbq places with better value from now on.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent. The smoked wings are fabulous! Also the brisket is very good. The wait staff for the most part are very attentive. Good atmosphere and good food!

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MA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome bbq with an excellent whiskey and drink selection. Our waitress, Brittney, was very personable and full of great suggestions. This was our 1st visit, and we’ll definitely return!

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P
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was easy to find, food was fantastic & nice décor.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Went on a Sunday evening. Practically had the place to ourselves. Could have probably been better if there were more people.

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TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks are way overpriced, but food and ambience are great

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service and food was great

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