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Old Crow Smokehouse - Lakeview

29 reviews
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$30 and under
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Taking up two storefronts and 10,500 square feet of restaurant space that formerly housed Chen's, this new Lakeview barbecue restaurant serves up American and Asian barbecue from the kitchen of executive chef Tony Scruggs (known best by his stint on "MasterChef"). Take your pick from the many offerings, including oysters on the half shell, crow's nest poutine, baby back ribs, combo platters, sandwiches, salads and American barbecue favorites like brisket, as well as Asian barbecue specialties like Chinese lamb, and Korean short ribs. A slew of sides like mac 'n cheese, cornbread, baked beans and more round out the down home meal. Whiskeys and moonshine are the main focus of the beverage program.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Mon - Wed:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(773) 537-4452
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Between Eddy & Cornelia
What 29 People Are Saying
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4.0based on all time ratings
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Beer was warm. Food was cold and sub-par. Space was nice, but chairs were uncomfortable. Ceramic "paper plates" were cool as was the paper towel roll attached to table.

5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

I’ll go here again! Although didn’t feel a reservation was needed the night we went (weeknight).

1.0Dined on April 6, 2017

I wish I could give a positive review but.... I accidentally left my purse! I went back after 10 min and I got it back which I was pretty happy but.... without any money in it!!! The place is huge and there were only 2 tables busy so U could say it was pretty empty on this Thursday evening! I cant say exactly who took the money but because there was nobody there that was either a waiter or security guy who gave me my purse back! I have tried to call to speak with manager but nobody ever pick up the phone there so... yes I definitely wont be back!

1.0Dined on November 18, 2016

not a restaurant but a cowboy bar with LOUD MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3.0Dined on November 13, 2016

Was bragging about the BBQ to my parents and wanted to bring them out for lunch to prove how great it was. Only two waitresses were around for a full house.. so the service was TERRIBLE. People were going around to tables asking for silverware and the table hostess had to help out. The hostess was very nice and understanding, but the service was not the best.

5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Great decision to stop here. Macaroni and cheese is amazing!!! Best part of our Chicago trip!

1.0Dined on July 7, 2016

The restaurant is too noisy for conversation. In fact it was so noisy that our server could not hear our order correctly and kept bringing us the wrong order - making 3major errors. We shared a pick 3 choose your own and the meat was so so. I ordered a premium rye manhattan which had a small size and tasted watered. To top things off they screwed up by cancelling instead of confirming our Open Table reservation. The y did fix this after 3 phone calls -the third to the corporate office. And note, the restaurant number on the web site is not the restaurant but the corporate office. Won't be back.

2.0Dined on June 24, 2016

service was off Friday night before Phish. Couldn't get the attention of a waiter/waitress for over 10 minutes. Then sat up at the bar and the bartender was weird. We ordered the beer-can chicken to eat & she didn't know what that was. she thought we were making it up.

3.0Dined on June 24, 2016

We sat on the outside patio. It was packed. The service was average, the food was wonderful. The volume of the music was so high it was impossible to carry on any kind of conversation. I had to put ear plugs in because the bass was so loud it was hurting my ears. It was physically be there. In fact, the music was louder than the Phish concert I attended after dinner.

I would never go back there again because the music volume, and I'm a music lover. Sad, because the food was amazing.

5.0Dined on February 12, 2016

The food is outstanding; especially the spices on the fries... addictive. The specialty drinks are good and the mason jar presentation is cute. However, we would rather the beer be served in a pint glass vs. a mason jar. Wrigleyville needed a country bar and this fills that need, well

2.0Dined on June 15, 2015

I luckily was able to get a table reserved at Old Crow for the Blackhawks game. When I arrived, the door man checking IDs along with the Manager and the 2 hostesses could not have been more friendly.. Due to the game, they were clearly very crowded and a lot was going on in the restaurant. I totally understand how difficult that can be on staff, but they stayed professional and very friendly. I was then seated at my table with the rest of my group. Upon ordering a drink, the server asked me for credit card. I went ahead and gave it to her. My friend then ordered later on and I mentioned to the server that my friend will be on a separate tab. For some reason, me stating this set her off. She responded very rudely and basically said that it has to be one tab, which I completely understand due to the events that evening. However, her delivery was just terrible. Everyone at my table was uncomfortable and couldn't believe how rude she was over a very simple statement, that was in no way presented to her in a rude way. I asked her that since my card was on the tab if I could have my card back for just a moment to get cash out so I had it for the bill at the end and she told me no and that if she gave me my card back I would have to leave the table for the night. Honestly, it was just ridiculous and I couldn't believe I was being talked to that way.

I completely understand the policy, but the rudeness and lack of accommodation and care towards the customer was just awful. On top of it, the service for the remainder of the evening from her was also terrible. We never got drinks we orders and then we were receiving drinks we didn't order. She was clearly way in over her head and didn't know how to handle busy evenings. Overall, since it was a special night in Chicago and we were lucky enough to get a table we did not want to ruin the night due to rude service. Therefore, we got past the terrible service we received and enjoyed our night.

5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Highly recommended by our daughter who met the owner when he was on Master Chef! Very friendly and fast service. Delicious food and meat was all smoked with apple wood. Had the jalapeño poppers which are definitely handmade and had some zing! Tried the combination platter with the 3 varieties of BBQ sauce. Sweet potato was great; coleslaw was fresh and crunchy; loved it all.

4.0Dined on November 21, 2014

Visited on a packed Friday evening. Lots of TVs for local sports. Noisy, but we sat in a nice corner table and had no problem hearing each other.
Waitress was prompt and checked back periodically, but not in a bothersome way.
Tried the burnt ends and wife had brisket. Both were substantial helpings with a wonderful smokey flavor. The sweet potatoes with a dab of blue cheese was excellent. Good beer selection on tap.
A great time was had by all.

4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

Great place booked open table had table ready with a via card good a place so big keeps track and doesn't over book food was good they were busy Ohio state game was over 10 mins b4 anyone came by I just think someone should of said be with you soon only negative here everything else was fine

3.0Dined on September 23, 2014

So, I went here with 3 other people before a Cubs game so, admittedly, it was fairly busy. The food was actually a pleasant surprise and pretty good overall. We has the pork egg rolls for an appetizer and then the sausages, chicken, and burger for entrees. All were very tasty. The only bad part of our experience was the service. It was good early on but once we had our entrees, it completely evaporated. No one came by to check on us, offer to get us more drinks, and I had to chase down someone three times to get the check. In the end, this is a place I'm not sure I'd return to just because of service. Had that been better, I'd definitely go back for the food.

2.0Dined on June 1, 2014

I went here with 10 friends for the hawks game. We had good service with the expection of the food. I ordered the chicken salad and it was sloppy. One sandwich hardly had any chicken salad on it so I asked for more. They were busy so it was fine but they should should be able to check plates before going out!

5.0Dined on May 22, 2014

Dining as a group this time we opted for a few build-your-own combos. My favorite was brisket which melts in your mouth and is so tender, no need for a knife. Delish as always. We also enjoyed the DRY rubbed ribs, so flavorful and tender, they don't even need the three delicious sauces that are on the table. We added pulled pork to the mix which is outstanding. All of my guests raved about the quality of the smoked meats as well as the generous sides. The rich & creamy mac & cheese has a unique flavor and Sweet potatoes were to die for. Cocktails were fantastic Big winners: Front Porch Punch & Blackberry Crow. Beautiful urban rustic decor and laid back country vibe made for a great night out.

1.0Dined on April 26, 2014

The menu for this place looked great, so I decided to make a 9pm or so reservation on a Saturday. We got there a couple minutes early and were seated shortly thereafter. That is where the service ended. We sat at our table for 20 minutes and no one came by to take a food or drink order, so we decided to leave. We stopped by the the hostess on the way out and told her what happened. She said sorry, but was in no rush to fix the problem.

2.0Dined on April 12, 2014

When we sat down we waited way too long for our server to come over. When the food finally arrived, my side dish was wrong and we didn't have any silverware until we could finally flag down our server. The ketchup on the table was empty and I had to ask 3 times to have my water refilled. I had the BBQ Wrap but it was too much meat and too little anything else.

5.0Dined on March 8, 2014

My g/f and I were seated promptly with our reservation. They had a live country band playing who were very energetic, and got the crowd going. The specialty drinks were fantastic. They have several beers on tap to also choose from. The food was very good.

4.0Dined on February 28, 2014

Great place to eat, drink and listen to some good country music. It's a country bar that is actually a country bar, not some regular 2000 SF bar that claims to be country "bc our DJ plays country music here." The head chef even came out and asked if we enjoyed our food. You don't see that at many places anymore. Only down side is that our waitress clearly lost interest in us bc we weren't chugging our bud lights and ordering drinks every 5 minutes. So it took us 28 minutes to get our check at the end.

5.0Dined on February 21, 2014

In the cluster of yuppie restaurants in Wrigleyville, Old Crow offered a relaxing setting with craft beers and a variety of smoked foods done on site. The homemade eggrolls were outstanding as was the thai chicken skewers and the smoked chicken salad sandwich. I ordered the sausage which were a little dry, but the homemade sauces tasty, not sweet or spicy; complimented the food. Definitely plan to go there again with family and friends. They said the glass roof will slide open in summer for an outdoor dining experience.

5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

It takes your breath away when you first walk in. Vaulted ceilings with a retractable roof, rustic-industrial design and decor, amazing acoustics, and super friendly staff members. There are so many beautiful touches and character in the whole place. Everything is very clean and organized. The musical entertainment is awesome: live bands and karaoke! The food is incredible. The presentation is very eye-pleasing. The ribs are tender, flavourful, and perfectly smoked. The bleu cheese sweet potatoes are a must-try! Nothing you choose will be the wrong thing. Tasty, tasty!

It's not just a great restaurant - it's an experience.

Take note: You will be carded at the door and they serve peanuts, so be mindful of taking any allergy-cursed friends.

5.0Dined on January 25, 2014

Awesome food, great moonshine, excellent music.
Plan to go back often !

4.0Dined on December 18, 2013

Greta atmosphere. We were here on a weeknight, but I will be back for a Friday or Saturday to check out the music. Lot's of space, very open restaurant/bar. Good drink menu - try the Kentucky Breakfast if you like whiskey and most drinks come in mason jars

5.0Dined on December 13, 2013

AMAZING FOOD!!! Best BBQ in the city!! I also loved the live country band. I will definitely be going back!

3.0Dined on November 27, 2013

Went for the live music and dinner.
Draft Beer selection limited mostly IPAs
Food was good ... No highlights for entrees
Sides good green beans, sweet potatoes
Band was good lead woman singers would prefer lead males
for country music
Nice venue.. Big enough for groups space to move around and dance

2.0Dined on November 22, 2013

Our food was cold.
In a city where mac&cheese is abundant this tasted worse than out of the box with sticky yellow cheeze.
Dry cold cornbread

The smokey whisky in my manhattan was quite nice.
Beef brisket was the best of the pulled pork, grilled chicken and ribs.

4.0Dined on November 16, 2013

The space is incredibly impressive; you feel as if you're stepping into a barn that has been revamped and filled with tables. Great wait staff, food was verygood and extremely reasonably priced. Nice selection of specialty BBQ sauces. Interesting drink specials and a live band playing all night long. Really fun experience for dinner for anyone, and a great night out esp. for country music fans. One of the part owners spoke with us briefly and inquired about our experience and bought us a round of drinks. Def recommend this place for a meal and to party.