Review: Blue Ribbon Restaurant

Review: Blue Ribbon Restaurant

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Sarah Farsalas

Lemont, IL

#1 Nov 12, 2008
My husband and I ate here during the restaurant's opening week, and the experience was great. The food was absolutely delicious. The drinks and wine that we ordered were also terrific.(The bar--which is attached to the dining area, but in another room--has a very modern, relaxed flair to it. It is well worth a visit in-and-of itself!)

It's hard to pick our favorite dish, but a few I would highly suggest trying are the Pot Roast, the mashed potatoes, and the chocolate cake. Also, the pretzel breadsticks and mustard sauce they served before the meal were wonderful!! The flavors/ingredients in all the dishes were the same as what I would expect in a pricey steakhouse (i.e. Morton's), but at a much more manageable price. The service was extremely attentive, and the decor/music made for a great dining experience overall. We will definitely be dining here many more times to come,(even with our small children, as the atmosphere seemed family-friendly!)
Girls Night Out Guest

Hinsdale, IL

#2 Nov 17, 2008
I had a small gathering with some girlfriends here last Friday night. It was their opening weekend and they were slammed. The wait for a table was like an hour, but I am glad we stayed and waited it out.

The atmosphere was very nice. It was family friendly, which is exactly what we need here in Bartlett, yet it could definitley be a "date night" place, too.

Even though I was not out with my children that night, I noticed that they do a "kids eat for FREE" thing on Monday nights. Their kids menu looked good. Chicken fingers, buttered noodles, grilled cheese, ect...(comes with apple sauce, fries, and a veggie) I think the waitress said a sundae too???

The food was awesome, but it did take a little long to recieve. I have to say that I was so amazed though, at how the manager or owner handled the situation. He came over to our table and apoligized and offered us all complimentary desserts. I have had slow service at other restaurants, and was more frusturated in how the situation was ignored and that the "managers" seemed to hide and pretend that nothing was wrong. BTW- the chocolate mousse (sp?) dessert melts in your mouth!!! ;)

The server was very attentive and made excellent suggestions on what to order. She suggested we start with a very fun appetizer called the Hot Rock. It was slices of beef that you actually cooked yourself, at the table, on a river rock. I LOVED this! Totally a fun date appetizer!

Then,I had the coconut shrimp as my entree and they were to die for! Big and very tasty! Oh, and I liked that the entrees all came with a dinner salad and a choice of potato and veggie. Most nice places charge each item seperate.

Drinks were very reasonable with their import and domestic bottled beers for $3.50 every day. Pretty cheap, considering that I have paid $7-8 on Guiness in other local bars. And I did think that my girlfriend's martinis were very reasonable too, at just $6.00. She had a funky blue martini called the "Blue Ribbon" and said that it was really yummy.

All in all, they are brandy new and seem to still be working out a few kinks, but I will definitly go back. I really think that this place is going to be a great neighborhood joint. And if you are from Bartlett, you know we have all been waiting for just that!

Great food, friendly service, reasonable prices, warm atmosphere, and kid friendly...gotta love that!
Had to check it out

Park Ridge, IL

#3 Nov 18, 2008
The atmosphere is serene, dark (in the bar area) and definitely upscale, for the Bartlett area, for sure. The bar is comfortable and will be a great gathering place. Drinks are reasonable - dirty tini with Grey Goose vodka only $7. Lots of cool wines but limited by the glass - pity.
I tried the fried chicken (Amish without hormone and antibiotics - I was thrilled about that and the chef is southern, who knows better how to do fried chicken) What a huge disappointment. The chicken was too large (the breast was the size of that from a small turkey, it seemed), tasteless and lots of fat within the muscle; far too much breading and salt. The sauce that came with it, I can't say what it was meant to be but it was rather bland and pasty tasting. The house salad made from iceberg lettuce, the most nutriently lacking lettuce on the market. Remember Blue Ribbon is suppose to be providing us food that is good for us and to us. The last thing was the spinach, they added something sweet to it that was pretty bad. Sauteed spinach with a little garlic, salt and pepper would been just fine.
I'm going to bring my friends and give it another shot because I liked the decor, prices and potential but the one thing we won't be trying is the chicken. And you be hearing from me again after that (if you're interested).
On a whim

Batavia, IL

#4 Nov 20, 2008
We stopped by on a whim because we were hungry and heard about the new place in Bartlett. The ambiance and decor are warm and inviting, especially the lounge. Just like sitting in your living room with a nice drink in a comfy sofa. The food was fantastic and very reasonable. Shrimp vanilla and crab cakes were wonderful. A huge steak perfectly cooked with a salad, vege and potato all included for under $20. Go to an overpriced steakhouse and the meat by itself is more than that. Super attentive staff with a great attitude. What a terrific addition to the Bartlett community. We can't wait to go back and bring all our friends.
Jeff Coburn

Russiaville, IN

#5 Nov 24, 2008
I've lived in Bartlett almost my whole life(43 years)and my wife Linda and i have been waiting for a place like Blue Ribbon!! We tried it out Friday for dinner and could not believe the service and quality of food. It was all that the "city" restaurants offer only without the attitude and the expensive prices. My wife and i felt like we were at a downtown restaurant brought right to our little conservative doorstep. Cant wait to go back on Tuesday with our friends!!
Jeff and Linda Coburn
Bob Dewalt

Russiaville, IN

#6 Nov 24, 2008
Three things,
Great Food
Great Service
Great Bar
This place is awesomew
Gina Padron

Medfield, MA

#7 Nov 30, 2008
Love the bar/lounge, sexy and great martinis-went back and tried the food on saturday after i got off work, it was really great!
The asian man (manager?)is really good looking and was really sincere about how our dinner was going. My girlfriends and i are now smitten with him and Blue Ribbon, we definitely recommend this place to everyone!
Bartlett Mom

Northbrook, IL

#8 Dec 4, 2008
we'd been waiting to try it, and it was open two weeks before we even knew. They need to do some advertising so people know about it. Bartlett is seriously lacking for restaurants, and I think this will be a great new place. I love the pretzels and chips as a starter. The food was very good, with the exception of the NY Strip which was really gristle-y. Drinks were good. Prices were fair for what you got, and the service was great. We will definitely go back. I was expecting it to be more of a family place, like Friday's kind of thing, but it's much nicer than that. The owner does a good job of making sure that everyone is comfortable and taken care of. I hope they do well.
Baby Boomer Mama

United States

#9 Dec 5, 2008
My husband and I met some friend for dinner and absolutly loved it!! The staff is so terrific and attentive, you feel like you are royalty. The food was terrific, and some of the preparations were so tasty and unique. We also were so pleased with quality of their house wine and the quanity of food. A great value. We would go there anytime we are able to get away for a meal. It is so enjoyable!!

United States

#10 Dec 8, 2008
What can i say except i LOVE this place!!
My girlfriends and i went over the weekend and had such a wonderful time we went back on Monday for drinks and appetizers. The food and service are really great, this is just what Bartlett needed.
Bartlett Mom

Northbrook, IL

#11 Dec 16, 2008
My second review, and unfortunately, this time is not a positive review. We went again last week, and it was really just okay. I'd heard about the hot rock, and for $10 you get about 1 oz of mediocre steak to fry, but the first piece sizzled, but after that it just layed and turned grey, and was not appetizing or tasty at all. This time I got the pot roast, and it was the fattiest, tasteless, mushiest roast ever. Service was not anywhere near as good as the first time - not horrible, but definitely not good. And even though they saw we didn't eat any of our food, didn't seem to care to find out why. I may give it one more try, just to see if it was an off-night, but they need to do better than that. For such a limited menu, they need everything to be wonderful, and more than half of what we ordered was mediocre to bad. Also, the bathroom was pretty disgusting, and for it only being open a short time, not good.
In Walking Distance

Naperville, IL

#12 Dec 18, 2008
Bartlett Mom – Thanks for the comments and thoughtful review. You have a greater tolerance than I would have with a bad second experience; you still say you will give it one more chance. I do live within a couple of blocks of the Town Center and I do have to say I am very disappointed in how that entire area seems to be going. I was looking for something to be an anchor here, but nothing can seem to stay open. I was hoping that this place may be the first to do well. I may stop for cocktails and an appetizer to check it out. Something needs to keep the lights on in the failed experiment.
In Walking Distance

Naperville, IL

#13 Jan 5, 2009
After reading these reviews again, I think I’ll stick with the “Tap”
I’ve been going there for 25 years through several owners and remodels.
At least I know what I’m going to get, and each visit is like a family reunion.

The Town Center is dead. It’s a matter of time before all the store fronts are dark. What happened to the Wine Bin and the Deli? The Deli lasted less than 6 months. Too sad.
Bartlett Worker


#14 Jan 10, 2009
It is sad that the deli didn't make it. The Wine Bin too. But the rent the people want for those places is like Rush street or Michigan ave. The deli had to make at least $500 day just to survive. Something needs to be done about he greedy owners of the building they are in. The Mayor could care less... What actually needs to be done is change the lights by the railroad so everyone doesn't go down Devon and bypass all the stores and restaurants. I have a job where i come into contact with the owners of businesses... They ALL say its the rent that has caused them to close down. Its sad.... I have also heard mixed reviews of Blue Ribbon. Have not tried it yet, but will to see for myself. Another gem in town is Savoury... GREAT BREAKFAST!!!!!
In Walking Distance

Naperville, IL

#15 Jan 12, 2009
Savoury is indeed very good. One more observation on the Town Center - High rent or not; let's face it, there really is nothing to "shop" for. The Village is done here. The poor economy has given them the convenient excuses they need to absolve themselves from any liability as far as expectations. They are driven by greed as evident of the impending failure of the coffee stand in the Metra station. This venture was based on who could give us (the village) the most cash.
jonathan and jen Gilmore

United States

#16 Jan 23, 2009
are you people kidding me?!! its a freakin coffee shop, the previous reviewers OBVIOUSLY dont know the difference between good food and cafeteria wife and i moved to Bartlett from the inner city to start a family, and although Savory is great if you like breakfast, and the "Tap" is good if you have really low expectations-Blue Ribbon has filled a sorely needed void...great food and service at reasonable prices!!
We love its city feel and great food, thats our opinion!
In Walking Distance

United States

#17 Jan 25, 2009
Yes, Savory is a coffee shop, a good coffee shop. And the Tap is a GREAT neighborhood place. Get past the snob "inner city" attitude dude. I have 3 professional chefs in my family; dont preach to me about what good food is and isn't. No one said either establishment was a 4 star event. You get exactly what is expected at both. And I'd rather go to the Tap for Ribs on Saturday than some dank over priced waiting to fail venue like Ble Ribbon.
If you need the "inner city feel" so much we won't miss you.
Bartlett Resident

Kirklin, IN

#18 Jan 27, 2009
Bartlett needs to worry about there people then worry about money... Bartlett has the worst restaurants around... TLC is very good quality and nice place to eat.. What else do you have? Tap come on now... The owner of that place and lucky jacks does not care about there so called clients, They care about raising prices and hurting the people who built places in bartlett.. I say go to Blue Ribbon and Bannermans and boycott all the rest

Since: Jan 09

Naperville, IL

#19 Jan 27, 2009
It's THEIR, not THERE. Good thing we all have choices. You go where you want, and I'll go where I want. All is good.
jonathan gilmore

United States

#20 Feb 2, 2009
to walking distance food expert-
i dont have an inner city attitude "dude"-maybe you just have an "i have no one else to listen to me problem"- maybe the professional chefs in your family work at Chilis or Denny's-maybe you shouldnt correct other peoples'spelling when YOU cant even spell Blue-maybe you are an idiot who works at the Tap- or maybe you are just an idiot

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