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Roosterfish Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Roosterfish Brewing Co.Roosterfish Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
88
very good

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 245
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Also home to Wildflower Café.

(Place added by: John)
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Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

mgbickel, Feb 06, 2011
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3.32/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

boszormeny, Jul 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BeerBucks, Feb 06, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

snowghetto, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BillRoth, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

EFR94, Oct 30, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

rmargeson, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

johnnnniee, Aug 07, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +15%

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.

psycle, Jul 12, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Went there for a late lunch after mrmarmot dragged me all over the southern tier just to get fingerprinted.

Fist off, when we went in, the brewery side was closed so we were limited to the Wildflower Cafe side. It had a bar and a decent amount of places to sit. There were only a handful of people at the time.

We were seated right away and promptly offered something to drink. Both mrmarmot and I got a flight - mine included every beer they had on tap at the time which was:
Cocoa Porter
Imperial Coffee Stout
Nut Brown Ale
Hop Warrior Imperial IPA
Golden Belgian
Mysterious Amber Ale
Dogtooth Pale Ale
Firehouse Blonde
(You can see a picture of my flight here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-JCu20S0tzZDQV_MRcW5WQ?feat=directlink)

Now onto the food. Mrmarmot and I both got the burger that was the special which was a big burger (1/2 pound?) with hickory smoked bacon, bleu cheese, carmelized onions on a whole wheat bun. Absolutely DELICOUS!! I also got the shoestring onion rings which were also good, although a tad salty.

Overall, this is an excellent establishment that I will make sure I visit many more times.

suspect, Apr 21, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -19.9%

I finally decided to take the trip over to Watkin's Glen to check this place out, stopping in for a late lunch on a Saturday.

There are two sides to this place; one is a pub and the other is a cafe. Both have bar seating. The place had only a few other patrons when I arrived, probably due to my timing.

I waited for at least 15 minutes before I could get anyone's attention to even give me a menu. Both of the waitresses passed me, but I was ignored when I tried to get their attention. I think each thought I was the responsibility of the other. I'm not sure, but I was the only one sitting at the bar at the time so I was hard to miss. Whatever the problem was, once I finally got the waitress' attention, she was friendly and attentive. I asked a question about the menu and she didn't really have an answer, which is weird. Overall, the service was OK at best. I didn't need to ask anything about the beers, but hopefully the results would have been better.

The vibe was rural small town bar type of feel, but without any regulars or other patrons, so it really is tough to tell. Considering it was lunch time I guess that I cannot complain.

The Roosterfish beers that I have tried have ranged from very bad, to OK. The best so far was their brown ale, and typically I'm not that in to browns. There are 6 house beers plus Guiness on-tap.

I had the crabcake sandwich and it was OK. The onion “rings” that I paid extra to get with it were actually a small pile of onion straws that were so salty that they were impossible to eat.

I don't think I will be taking a second trip to Roosterfish of my own accord. There are quite a few beer places in the area, so I will move on.

Hojaminbag, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

A nice place to get away from all of the wineries up in the Finger Lakes. This place has 2 sides, the pub area and the Wildflower cafe. You can enter from either side. Not a huge place, but there are quite a few tables and booths.

Ordered the beer sampler. A nice 2 tiered holder was brought over. 9 or 10 beers all together. The typicals, a blond, pale ale, IPA, amber...the dunkel was really tasty. I ordered a second. Their Belgian golden ale seasonal was also a nice, spicey treat. The brown ale was dark and toasty, more reminscient of a stout than your typical browns.

The menu was decent. A few unique items. I ordered the corn and pepper cakes. Like a crabcake minus the crab. Really good.

If in the Watkins Glen area, this is your best beer option. Also, it is one of your only real decent food options.

Nutleybeer, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of TheDeuce
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Roosterfish Brewing Company....Watkins Glen, NY.

After an awesome hike at the beautiful and nearby Watkins Glen State Park the wife and I came here to enjoy some brew before the trip home. Situated on a quiet block in the downtown area.

Small wooden area with lots of booths and a small bar with taps of the beer, warm service. Cool photos all over the place.

They listed all their beers but were missing their flagship Blonde. Oh well, I had the Brown Ale and the Hefeweizen, both were very well done, nice interpretations of the style and very fresh. I had pizza and ribs from the menu (hungry after the hike) and both were excellent. Wife enjoyed the chicken sandwich as well.

Service was attentive and very nice. No complaints at all.

Overall, really enjoyed the trip and this is worth a stop, great beer, good food and brilliant location. Do yourself a favor and do a double visit to the park and the brewpub, you shouldn't be disappointed.

TheDeuce, Oct 20, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +9%

My wife, brother, and sister-in-law stayed at a motel last week a few blocks away from Roosterfish, as our goal was to make a weekend out of the Seneca Lake Wineries (though really you could make a much longer stint out of it, as there are so many). However, I realized fortuitously the first night that we were so close to Roosterfish, and I'd liked their Hop Warrior when I had it a while back.

What I like is that they make everything in-house, and all the equipment's there right in front of you. Toward the back, we sat at a booth that led to a room with all the barley and everything, and the tanks were right next to us. I really like that about a place, so this was cool for me.

It's not the biggest place in the world, but that's also nice in some way. Toward the front, there were no windows but open space, unless they roll them down for the summer as far as the plastic coverings, or whatever you call them. There aren't a ton of seats at the bar, but there's enough seating if you want to go and have a beer.

Our waiter was friendly and attentive, and answered all of our questions about the beer without missing a beat.

The food was great too. I just got a wrap and onion rings, and my wife got some potato rosemary soup that I thought was definitely above average.

I'm pretty sure this'll be a must-stop once we go back to the wineries, which hopefully won't be later than spring 2011.

asabreed, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of belindamatt
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Another great meal with my wife dinning in the window seats.... Besides tossing food at each other with a friendly lovers banter, it's a great time. This is a great laid back stop in the finger lakes, with a wide variety of patrons. The IPA is pretty good for regional standards, though you hop-heads won't be satisfied... We've been back several times - its definitely worth making the trip. Good variety of locally grown food (where possible), cooked better than expected (even if the garlic bread is a little stingy). Good options for veggie and meat eaters alike. Its really the only stop in town if you're looking for good beer options. A solid line-up of their own brews, as well as a reasonable variety of other craft/tasty beers...good food, good beer, good night.

belindamatt, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of beerphan
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

June 30th, 2010
Lunch w/The Sawyers

Stopped by here for lunch after the CMAC Phish show. A nice mellow family atmosphere. A very artsy vibe, except for some oddly placed stock photos.

We ordered the sampler which came in a really cool well labeled rack, see it here-> http://twitpic.com/2313qz Breweries should take notice of this, one thing i hate is guessing which beer I'm drinking when I order a sampler. Roosterfish offers an impressive variety of solid beers.

My memory is hazy on the food, but I do remember loving the corn fritters. I also remember leaving for and satisfied. No complaints from my companions.

One of the best things about this place is that is right down the street from the amazing Watkins Glen State Park. Makes for an awesome afternoon of drinking and hiking. Highly recommended. If you visit the Finger Lakes Region this is a must stop.

beerphan, Jul 17, 2010
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Roosterfish Brewing Co. in Watkins Glen, NY
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.