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The Lucky Monk

Brewery, Burger Joint, and Pizza Place$$$$
South Barrington
  • Richard N.
    "Pretzel trio is fantastic."(4 Tips)
    "Absolutely aaaamazing!! Parmesan truffle fries are to die for!"(6 Tips)
    Ted D.
    "Trappist Trio is fabulous!"(5 Tips)
    Gigi Y.
    "Definitely try the Tritica Wheat Ale and Fallen Angel! :)"(3 Tips)
139 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • french fries
  • beer
  • pretzels
  • trappist trio
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  • Robert T.
    Mac and Cheese
  • Kathleen L.
    If your a party of 2 (over 21) you can avoid the wait if you sit at the bar. You can order from the full menu too.
  • Donna S.
    Donna SmolakSeptember 15, 2016
    Oh ask for the server Ben, the human jukebox
  • Donna S.
    Donna SmolakSeptember 15, 2016
    Excellent with cheese, sweet potato fries could almost be a dessert, also bloody Maria and Malbec wine what more can one ask
  • Anastasia A.
    Anastasia AthansAugust 7, 2016
    Starters are incredible! Great staff, very accommodating and excellent service!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SaltarelliJune 4, 2016
    Great beer, good food.
  • Ryan Z.
    Ryan ZiolkoMay 13, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Great patio and fire pit to enjoy the oh-so-brief Chicagoland summer.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LevskyApril 30, 2016
    Love the hummus appetizer.
  • Brigette K.
    Brigette K.February 25, 2016
    The herb chicken sandwich is the best meal. Otherwise stick to apps and get the Bloody Mary! Yum
  • Caitlin
    CaitlinFebruary 14, 2016
    Highly recommend their burgers. And their southwest salad is one of my absolute favs
  • Noah A.
    Noah AdamsJanuary 23, 2016
    Trappist Trio is a must!
  • Mary K.
    Mary KopenyJanuary 6, 2016
    The New Year's Eve balloon drop & meal for kids was a success and a great value.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondDecember 28, 2015
    House beers are pretty good--try the Tritica wheat ale for sure.
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BeligratisNovember 9, 2015
    The atmosphere
  • Diego R.
    Diego ReynosoSeptember 7, 2015
    Best burgers around, add some truffle fries and a craft beer
  • Diego R.
    Diego ReynosoSeptember 6, 2015
    Best burgers around, try the king burger
  • Jenna P.
    Jenna PavlikJuly 10, 2015
    Good burgers!
  • Kate W.
    Kate WestonJune 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I got engaged here! ! It was the location of our first date, and a year later. .. he proposed! ! Excellent service, staff and food!
  • Esha D.
    Esha DesaiMay 21, 2015
    The fresh tossed spinach pizza is insanely delicious and light!
  • nicole w.
    nicole westergreenMarch 7, 2015
    Great burgers!
  • Dale R.
    Dale RossMarch 1, 2015
    They have awesome beers, give the sampler a try
  • Dale R.
    Dale RossMarch 1, 2015
    The King, it's an awesome burger. give it a try.
  • Bob D.
    Bob DeGraffFebruary 9, 2015
    Try the Solitude Oatmeal Stout.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DazeyFebruary 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is great. Either make a reservation or know someone who works here / work here yourself to get a table.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJanuary 23, 2015
    Beer may be king at this suburban brewery, but the Cafe Monk — combining Fireball Cinnamon whiskey, coffee, Kahlua and Frangelico — shouldn't be ignored. Read more
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GesseJanuary 18, 2015
    Tritica House Brew ...smooth and amazing....great place to hang ... these monks know their beer ;-) #luckymonks
  • Dylan P.
    Dylan PalellaJanuary 17, 2015
    Their buffalo wings are great.
  • Maegan S.
    Maegan SmithJanuary 10, 2015
    Been going here for about two years and have never had an issue with anything! Our faves are the crispy eggs, the beet and goat chz.salad, patty melt, along with other burgers, pretzels and doughnuts.
    Upvoted Aug 18
  • Douglas P.
    Douglas PDecember 14, 2014
    Bring an appetite. And don't mind small children
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BobergNovember 8, 2014
    Craft beers were blah, cocktails blah. Food was ok. Not sure I would go out of my way to go there again.
  • Max M.
    Max MossOctober 29, 2014
    Great food. I've had the Hot Head burger and the Santa Fe Chicken Salad. Both great. Haven't tried the beer yet though. There was a disappointing lack of real monks.
  • Derek H.
    Derek HofferOctober 22, 2014
    The pizza was pretty delicious. $8.95 flight nice to check out their beers. Not a lot of strong beers, Belgians are their forte'. They also several rotating taps
  • Paul K.
    Paul KoleckeOctober 12, 2014
    Grilled cheese burger. Do it.
  • Dana W.
    Dana WegenerSeptember 26, 2014
    MN foodie says: excellent beer and food! The portion sizes are large, so split something, unless you are a college student and have a lg. appetite. Wish we had one in MN. Took a growler home with me.
  • Ethan F.
    Ethan FriesenSeptember 15, 2014
    The Fallen Angel 👌
  • Neftali A.
    Neftali AlverioSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy ketchup is actually spicy. Also try the Caesar salad... I know not typical for a burger joint but it's very good. Also if your looking for a beer look no further than the fallen angel.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MarchandAugust 26, 2014
    Pickle chips are awesome! Rest of the menu needs work. Burgers are pretty good.
  • Richard N.
    Richard NelsonAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Pretzel trio is fantastic. Burgers are consistently great. Their beers are good, too. Very nice outside seating, especially if you're under the pergola.
  • Marissa
    MarissaAugust 10, 2014
    Hey all the gluten free eaters out there! They have GF buns!!
  • Tony A.
    Tony AnnesAugust 8, 2014
    Have a beer!
  • Spencer L.
    Spencer LentAugust 8, 2014
    This Wisconsinite approves the cheese curds and the beer. VERY GOOD.
  • Ryan Z.
    Ryan ZiolkoJuly 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great two level patio and fire pit for outdoor dining.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CaponiJune 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The food is so good, we keep coming back, even though the service is always unbelievably bad. Every time. Not sure why we keep doing this to ourselves.
  • James C.
    James ChildressApril 29, 2014
    Average at best food... pizza sucks ass!
  • Frank R.
    Frank RodriguezApril 19, 2014
    The most amazing burgers anywhere. I WILL BE BACK!!!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CantelonApril 18, 2014
    Burgers are large and tasty, but expensive. I did not try the brew but I'm told it is very good. Worth a try for a beer or burger connoisseur.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KennedyApril 12, 2014
    Screw the table seating, hit the bar and get their sampler, it will be the best decision you made that day, after deciding to brush your teeth.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'ConnorMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and custom beer. Get the Trappist Trio and you'll get three of their best sides for really good price. Burgers are excellent as well as their chicken Parmesan & Twisted Chicken sandwich.
  • Snacks S.
    Snacks SMarch 21, 2014
    Got lucky.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HerbertMarch 14, 2014
    Amazed at how good everything is here. The grilled cheese burger is a definite must. It is a little expensive but you definitely get what you paid for. Serving sizes are huge
  • John E.
    John EvangelinosMarch 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always awesome food !!
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HarmantasFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tritica Ale, Pretzel Trio, and the King...
  • Maria P.
    Maria PetersonJanuary 4, 2014
    Cardinal Sin is a nice hoppy American IPA & their burgers are the best.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BanaszakDecember 20, 2013
    Parking can be a nightmare. The lot is way too small and I often end up waiting to stall someone who is leaving.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SpanglerDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They give you a lot of trouble if you have an out-of-state ID and demand additional identification.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DunlapDecember 1, 2013
    Fried pickles are scrumptious.
  • Kathy F.
    Kathy FannonNovember 6, 2013
    Aundray was an excellent server and made our visit very enjoyable!
  • Brittany S.
    Brittany SittigOctober 23, 2013
    Cheese curds amazing! White truffle fries amazing! Pretzels are huge!!!
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place has valet parking. Why?
  • Patricia H.
    Patricia Holland-OttSeptember 26, 2013
    After 6:30 they get really busy and its hard to find come early or make a reservation online
  • Hannah D.
    Hannah DanielsSeptember 25, 2013
    Really enjoyed my visit to The Lucky Monk. I will definitely be coming back! Food was great, waiter was very helpful, and they sell their beer mugs!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MohnenSeptember 22, 2013
    Pickle chips were awesome
  • Graham B.
    Graham BlusSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always expect great beer and amazing food .. Burgers are great , the out door seating has a great view many don't know about.
  • Shannon F.
    Shannon FreeSeptember 11, 2013
    Best damn burger I've had in a while. Of course the beer was delicious as well
  • Steph B.
    Steph BaumgartAugust 30, 2013
    Really liked the pickle fries!
  • CJ R.
    CJ RomigAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    You'll Come for the food but you end up staying for the beer!!
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DrewAugust 8, 2013
    Try the King Burger with a side of pickle chips! Delicious
  • Michele B.
    Love the pickle fries
  • Brian S.
    Brian S.July 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The patio is nice and shaded, but no fans for a hot, breezeless day.
  • Bethany K.
    Bethany KJuly 3, 2013
    After a 16 hr. car ride, husband & I were looking for a place to eat. Went here. Seating was terrible, and we waited 10 min. and no one even came to take our drink order, or acknowledged us. We left.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GirdlerMay 21, 2013
    The King, with an egg & white truffle fries. + cardinal sin pils
  • Brian S.
    Brian S.May 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent burgers and beer!
  • Bhairavi T.
    Margherita Pizza is delicious! A Vegetarian delight! Add jalapeños for that extra kick ;)
  • Marcy G.
    Marcy GApril 2, 2013
    Try the La Fin Du Monde- Great beer! Complex like a wine
  • Paul H.
    Paul HigginbothamMarch 17, 2013
    Get The King. It sounds odd, it tastes fantastic!
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Their pretzels are really awesome. Get those.
  • Sheryl T.
    Sheryl T.February 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Turkey burger is one of the best I've had.
  • Mandy J.
    Mandy JayFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    So disappointed. Tried the chicken Alfredo last time I was here about a month ago and it was awesome. Was looking forward to getting it again and it's no longer on the menu.
  • Karol D.
    Karol DelgadoJanuary 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the spinach & goat cheese burger. To die for !! And don't forget a nice pint of beer!!
  • Jen S.
    Jen SwimmerJanuary 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food! Awesome drinks! Love the atmosphere!
  • Aly K.
    Aly KellyJanuary 5, 2013
    Monk burger is delicious. Chocolate Covered Raspberry Martini left a lot to be desired. It tastes like watered-down chocolate milk with a hint of vodka.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SarvisDecember 7, 2012
    hot head burger was FANTASTIC
  • Shay M.
    Shay MandelDecember 5, 2012
    The pickle fries are nice!
  • Sean C.
    Sean CooperNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    All flavors of the tacos are great!
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin ONovember 3, 2012
    They've got moonshine here for a drink
  • Christy F.
    Christy FenolioOctober 24, 2012
    Burgers are awesome!!
  • Renee H.
    Renee H.August 25, 2012
    Upgrade to the sweet potato fries. Totally worth it!
  • Shaun M.
    Shaun MochanJuly 29, 2012
    Make sure you try the La Fin Du Monde
  • Robinette G.
    Robinette GiacoloJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing burgers!
  • William R.
    William RobinsonJuly 11, 2012
    Food is awesome!!
  • Eric E.
    Eric EdwardsJune 19, 2012
    Try the Hot Head Burger
  • Ivan M.
    Ivan MirisolaJune 17, 2012
    Tritica Weiss beer. Good weiss, but I find the Erdinger better.
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MillerJune 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    New lunch menu.... check it out!
  • Christine E.
    Christine EcksteinMay 30, 2012
    If you love chocolate, leave room for the warm chocolate-chip brownie!!
  • Karol D.
    Karol DelgadoMay 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wrapped scallops!! Try it!! So yummy!
  • Laura C.
    Laura CraigApril 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Pizza and a pint Monday!
  • Sean C.
    Sean CooperApril 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Make reservations if you're coming in the evenings!
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CormierMarch 20, 2012
    Beer and a pizza special for ten bucks on Mondays. This place rules.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HelbigFebruary 20, 2012
    Great place! My rating is 3/3 pretzels.
  • Lessia I.
    Lessia IbarraJanuary 26, 2012
    Cardinal Sin !
  • Kar K.
    Kar KuklaSeptember 13, 2014
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