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Engrained Brewery & Restaurant

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$10 - $25
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Brew Pub, Pizza, American, Bar, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Reviewed August 19, 2022 via mobile

Great food, fast preparation, great service!! Highly recommend! Burger of the month was awesome! Beer is good too, great selection!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 26, 2022 via mobile

Great location adjacent to the Marriott hotel. Fun industrial decor. Varied menu with lots of great choices. The local favorite, "Pony Shoe" had a lot of fries and not much pulled pork. Tasty, though. My pulled pork sandwich was on the small side; would've appreciated...more meat, because it was delicious. The maple salad dressing on the side salad was excellent! Service was attentive and our waitress very pleasant. I'd dine here again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 13, 2022

Did a business lunch with two colleagues (we're all from out of town and Springfield was a convenient midway meeting spot). Chose Engrained based on the Trip Advisor reviews. Service was great. Good selection of items on the menu. Two of us had entree salads...and one had the salmon. Also did the fried pickles as an appetizer. I would rate the food as very good -- not in the "exceptional" category. The atmosphere was ok...kind of expected a bit more hip ambiance based on the website and reviews. Definitely would patronize them again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022 via mobile

One of my favorite restaurants! Great beer and all the menu items are delicious. Especially fried pickles and the pretzel appetizers.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

We're passing through on the way from St. Louis to Indiana and decided to stop here. We're so glad we did. We had excellent service and food. First, if you're not from this area, they have a delicious food called "horseshoes." We've never heard of...it, but when in Rome.... it's toast with your choice of protein, fries, and a pepper jack cheese sauce, then seasonings. Try it! Even if you order a plate for the family to share. I also loved that on the back of the menu, they list the local farms where they get their meat, dairy, produce, etc. It made me feel like I was helping more than just one local business, but many local families. If there's any critique at all I'd give, it's that the kid's grilled cheese was a bit too mature for my son's palette. He really just wants American cheese on white bread and instead he got a fancier bread, probably sour dough with cheddar....likely bc these are fresh ingredients. 😅 Overall it was a great stop. We would gladly stop here again on our way through town again and will for sure have to get horseshoes again!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Brent S, Owner at Engrained Brewery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2022

Thank you for stopping in! I'm glad you enjoyed the visit and got introduced to our Springfield staple, the horseshoe.

Reviewed April 6, 2022

Hubby and I LOVE going to Engrained! The staff is phenomenal, the food is off the charts and the atmosphere is so relaxed and casual. Highly recommend to everyone, with or without the little ones. All are welcomed here! Always plan to take home at...least a little bar beverage (canned or bottled) and a to-go plate, always more than enough food! Currently, they are handing out Engrained discount "baseball" type cards for a huge discount on your next month's visit. Very creative marketing!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 23, 2022

Visited Springfield with my son and we decided to eat here. We both had burgers and the food was good. The fires were different and I really didn't care for them. The service was excellent though.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 30, 2022

My wife and I visited Engrained hoping for a little time for a beer and snack. This was on a Saturday afternoon. We did not have to wait long to be seated but once we were perched no one came by, not even to indicate...whether or not there was going to be a wait. There was a handful of folks in the restaurant/bar area and plenty of staff milling about, not sure who was wait staff. Some staff were standing around and chatting, but again, no one bothered to wait un us. We left and went to Springfield Brewery Company. It was busy there but at least we received service. I would have rated 0 for Engrained. If you want service, go to Springfield Brewery.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Brent S, Owner at Engrained Brewery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2022

I am terribly sorry to hear about your experience. Hearing that we failed to wait on you is upsetting. I can understand your frustration. I will certainly look into our mistake. I do hope you will consider giving us a second chance.

Reviewed January 28, 2022

This has become my and my wife’s favorite place to go for a date night. Our favorites are the cheese curds, potato cakes, the flatbreads, and burgers. They use a lot of locally sourced ingredients which makes everything so fresh. And they have a great...selection of craft beers they brew on site.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 18, 2021 via mobile

Delicious food! I highly recommend the Mikeys Hot Ham, cheese curds and the potato cakes. I can never decide just one , because it’s all good! Great atmosphere as well!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 27, 2021 via mobile

Very nice casual and attractive restaurant/brewpub with excellent food. Plenty of parking is available. Nice part of town. We stopped here for a late lunch after visiting the Lincoln sites. The farm-to-table food and microbrewery on-site sounded like something we would enjoy. And it turned...out to be just what we were looking for. The Margherita flatbread and a side salad were fresh and tasty and perfect with a glass of one of the microbrews. (I was the designated driver so I’m taking the word of my dining partner regarding the beer!) Although it was mid-afternoon, there were quite a few people there, either at the bar or in the dining areas. We received terrific service and for the quality of the food here, we thought it was reasonably priced. If I’m ever in town again, We will come back.(And if you love to shop at Scheel’s) it’s within walking distance.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Brent S, Owner at Engrained Brewery & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2021

Thank you for visiting us. We are glad you enjoyed everything!

Reviewed November 8, 2021

After a week-long road trip, we were nearly to our destination of Bloomington but needed a snack, a pint, and some packaged beer to bring with us. Our experience was just perfect, so glad we stopped here. Quality beer and food (the loaded potato cakes...were delicious!), and our server Christina was fantastic. She offered friendly conversation and excellent recommendations. We left with a growler and a couple 4-packs, and hopefully will make it back sometime. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 6, 2021

We really enjoyed our visit. The service was great and we loved the food. Cheese Curds were amazing and we shared a couple different flatbreads. Loved the flatbreads, the crust was delicious as was the toppings. Thanks Noah for taking great care of us. We...will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 24, 2021

Best fish & chips I've had in years. My wife was equally pleased with her Classic Burger, and their French fries are addictive. Serving sizes were generous, and everything was fresh. The Coke brand soft drinks were greatly appreciated. We sat on their outdoor patio...which filled in quickly on a Sunday midday, with the wait staff hustling to serve the crowd. Our order was fulfilled relatively quickly, and our server Skyler was very friendly & attentive. We will definitely return to Engrained brewpub when we visit Springfield again. P.S. - Be sure to enter **WEST** Lincolnshire Boulevard for your destination in any mapping app/device you use, or you'll end up over a mile to the east of the real location.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 23, 2021 via mobile

Let me just start by saying: our service was wonderful and the interior of the restaurant is very nice. However! Our food was not great. We ordered several appetizers: the pretzels were great, the fried pickles were good, the cheese curds were okay, and the...potato cakes were pretty good, but when it came to the entrees… I ordered the Hawaiian flatbread and the BBQ sauce was VERY sweet and it almost tasted like a fruit sauce. The cheese was not good, just a bland meal. My husband got the Nashville hot chicken and it wasn’t spicy at all, his fries were great though. My sister went for the comfort bowl and her pork was very dry. My friend how the BBQ Mac n cheese and it was very watery and extremely bland - do not order this!! My brother in law got a steak and it was fine. The beer was pretty good but not great. Would not return.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Engrained Brewery & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5