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Roosterfish Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Roosterfish Brewing Co.Roosterfish Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
25 Beers
107 Reviews
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 28
Visits: 46
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

303 N. Franklin St
Watkins Glen, New York, 14891
United States
phone: (607) 535-9797

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Notes:
Place added by: John

Also home to Wildflower Café.
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Reviews: 28 | Visits: 46
Reviews by mgbickel:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Arrived at the brewpub for a late lunch/early dinner during the week. Very few others were in the building...save for a number of servers and bartenders. This is located on a tiny main street, very quaint and captures that small town feel perfectly.

You enter into the main bar area...we sat in a booth in the next room, behind the bar room. The booths remind me of large church pews...highly polished dark wood...which fit in perfectly with the modern "irish pub" feel.

The menu is decent with a few unique items. The beer menu is right in line with that of any brewpub. Our waitress was friendly and offered her opinions when asked.

Very happy to have picked out this place as one of our stops while driving through NY. Good food and beer and in an awesome setting. (771 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of craftaholic
4.86/5  rDev +24.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The new tasting room is going to be gorgeous! Saw the blueprints and it is going to bring a top notch beer garden to watkins! (125 characters)

Photo of indianabeerman
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of ColdOne
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of greyghost86
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Quaint interior with a down to earth, pub ambiance. Staff and service are OK, but vary widely. They won't fill a half growler?! Beers are really good overall and they've got a good selection to choose from (10-12, I think). The food sounds better than it tastes, but to be fair it sounds really awesome. Pub food with personality and a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Beer menu is well made and they have a handy tasting sheet so you can easily tell them what you want and always know which is which. Nice place, overall. (524 characters)

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of boszormeny
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped in for dinner while on a Finger Lakes brewery tour. An outstanding selection of beers. There was inside and outside seating. very cool garage doors to the outside. Food was awesome. If you like BBQ stop in. Lots of beer selections, something for all tastes. They had a band starting just as dinner finished, wished we could have stayed longer. (351 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped in here for lunch on my birthday trip to Ithaca.

The beer selection was alright. Nothing crazy on tap, but all of their usual suspects. Rooster Fish beer runs from average to bland to me most of the time. Drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out. Hop Warrior and Cocoa Porter were the best I tried.

The food was better. They claimed to use all local ingredients, and it made for a very tasty experience. Salad and burger was great.

The service was satisfactory. Refilled sodas and waters at a good pace. The atmosphere was alright as well, the place was a little too dark at times. (590 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rmargeson
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Long time restaurant (Wildflower Café) is now known for the brewpub but it is good pub grub and a "happening" place in Watkins Glen - old-timey English phone booth out front. Music often on weekends and the place can get really jammed in the summer but off season is very pleasant way to spend an evening in a fairly British-type pub atmosphere. (346 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We stopped in here on 8/2/2011 while on vacation.
Small dimly lit restaurant on the left side and a dimly lit bar on the right side. This place takes up two store fronts that are connected in the front with a small passageway by the front windows. We ate an early dinner in the restaurant half. Service was a little confused, but once things got rolling we were taken care of. The staff even prepared a cake for my daughter who turned 7 that day. The food was good, a step above pub food, but it was a bit pricy. The beer I had I really enjoyed. If I were ever in Watkins Glen again I would definitely stop by again. (616 characters)

Photo of psycle
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A group of four of us walked in here late in the afternoon on Saturday for dinner after I took my Harley around the Watkins Glen racetrack for a few laps (thats another story).

We decided to sit in a booth on the brewpub side as opposed to the Wildflower Cafe side, which has similar booths and tables. A bit dimly lit but enjoyed the view of the brewing equipment.

Not a huge selection of beer other than their own but understandable since they would rather you drink what they brew. Good selection of locally produced Finger Lakes area wine for those crazy non-beer drinkers. And enough variety of food to satisfy most.

Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable in both the food and drinks on the menu. I opted for the flight rack with only five 4oz samples instead of the full eight. C'mon I was only on two wheels that day. Without writing full reviews on 4oz samples, I will say the darker brews were much better than the lighter ones. Esp the Nut Brown and Coffee Stout.
For food I had the Jambalaya which was very good.

Overall I'd say this place is worth a little extra drive if in the area and would def recommend to anyone. (1,145 characters)

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Roosterfish Brewing Co. in Watkins Glen, NY
88 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.