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Red Rock Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.55/5
Based on:
42 Beers
398 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Taps: 11
Bottles: 2
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]

254 S 200 W
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101-1801
United States
phone: (801) 521-7446

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @redrockbrewing

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Photo of mdruce
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

This is an easy place to spot due to some nice signage.

It is a large L shaped space with lots of perimeter seating. The bar is also L shaped and is near the open kitchen with a wood fired pizza oven.

The decor reminds me a bit of what a corporate committee designing a brewpub would come up with. There is some exposed brick and ductwork, a concrete floor, granite bar and a swag station in front. It's not bad, but feels a bit sterile. It was crowded on a Tuesday evening, so they are doing something right.

The menu is large and I thought my choices were pretty tasty.

Service at the bar was a mixed bag. The two tenders seemed a bit overwhelmed and given the size and crowds, I thought they could use one more. One of the guys was nice and jovial, the other was a trifle surly and a bit stressed out. The guy next to me was livid at his poor service, my experience was slightly better. Note as the crowds thinned out, the service really ramped-up which tells me they do need a third bartender…

Beer selection is decent with 10 house drafts and 10 house bottles. The bottles are 500ml and priced fairly at $6.50 and drafts are also well priced at $4.75.

I would revisit, but have found other places in SLC that I like better

Photo of DrBass
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This won brewpub of the year at GABF? Against who?

Standard cookie cutter brewpub thing going on. Good selection of brews. Red Rock bottles some nice stuff. Le Quatre is a really interesting saison. The food sucked. They only make burgers medium-well, and I was really in the mood for a burger. At first it was the health department that mandated it. Then it was something about lawsuits. Well, I gave it a shot and gave them the benefit of the doubt. It was nasty. Totally dried out and cooked to oblivion. Not worth $0.03, let alone what I paid for it. The worst meal I had in quite some time. I didn't want to get into a returning it scenario since the initial conversation about it was basically b.s. Service was also mediocre overall. The bartender was in the corner on his phone (at the same time my burger was sitting out waiting to be picked up, I think). After several other less than professional interactions with the staff on two other occasions besides this, I can say without hesitation that this place is more committed to milking the cow than providing an interesting experience. Nice bottled beer. Lame brewpub experience.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

my first brewery in utah. very standard applebee's type setup inside a fairly large facility. tanks visible in the back, bar in the middle, wood fired pizza oven working hard as well. 9 or 10 beers on tap, 6 of which were light pilsners, golden ales, or lagers. all drafts at 4% abv per law, but the two bottles i had from here were both extraordinary. the elephino double ipa, and the reve belgian ale. beers were fairly priced and the wood oven pizza i ate was really nice, as was our cajun shrimp appetizer. service was decent, if a bit slow and impersonal. overall a cool place to go for a few pints and a bite to eat, but stick to drinking their bottles selections.

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Classic brewpbub, lots of wood and glass, large bar and plenty of seating.

The service was prompt and friendly right from the start, we were there during a shift changes and the servers did not miss a beat.

The beers were true to style and there was at least 8 beers to choose from. Nothing outstanding, nothing bad.

The food was great, we started with the bar crackers and all had specials for dinner.

All in all this is definitely worth a visit if your in SLC, a big plus that it is within walking distance of the Gateway Mall.

Photo of busternuggz
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Red Rock was a kinda classy pub place, laid back but nice. The menu has fancy foods and pub fare.
The beers were pretty decent, I particularly enjoyed their pilsner and wet hop harvest ale. The stout and porter were light and passable, but they have those ABV laws for taps in Utah, so what can you do.
The service was quick and friendly. Got a cool beer nerd bartender who was happy to give me samples of everything before I tried it and talked beer with me for a while. My food came out pretty quickly.
They have a range of tap beers and some big bottle stuff (higher alcohol ones). Their Elephant DIPA was pretty good.
The food was delicious, I got the warm shrimp salad with pistachios, grapefruit, potatoes, and blue cheese. It was pretty awesome. The prices are a little high but seem to be comparable to other places in downtown Salt Lake City. Their pints were like $4.85 I think, cheaper than Squatters Pub (and less crowded).
I enjoyed this place, glad I found it on accident around the corner from Squatters Pub.

Photo of johnyeast
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was in Salt Lake City for a conference and hit a selection of places. This was the 3rd place that I got to try. The atmosphere was okay. More like a restaurant than a bar/brewery. Needs a little more character to up the atmosphere. The food was good. Had a pizza. It is rare that I order the sampler, but I was able to share it with a couple of buddies that were with me. A standard bell curve of beers and styles. A couple of really good ones, most average and one that was nothing to write home about. Overall, I liked the place, but I went back to other places in SLC. I would recommend. It's worth a try.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great atomphere and the palce definitly had it;s upside as I walked in. The food looked great as I walked around and it seemed like that had a decent brewpub selection of beers. I had the schnitzel and it was good, not traditional but good. The foos was a little on the gourmet side and veryone I was with seemed to enjoy their food.

The beer on the other hand was a let down. I had the abbey, stout, roggen, and rauch. All were avergae at best with he roggen being the best and the abbey being the worst. Overall a decent brewpub but there is better hoices in salt lake city because of the great concentration of beer bars in the city.

Photo of ScarletLady
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I was in SLC for a convention and found this place through the visitors guide. It was very very crowded and quite loud.

Merchandise was front and center in glass cubes so you could shop while you waited for a table.
The wait really wasn't that bad but we ended crammed in a table off from the side of the bar.

The service was the best part of the place. Even though they were insanely busy our waitress took time with us and never let us feel rushed.

The food came fast & was a little cold. Order a sampler of the beer and a couple of follow up pints which arrived slower than the food. The place was ok but I wouldn't go back.

Photo of mudhut
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I live in SLC, and cannot understand why anyone would go here when there is really good beer at Squatters half a block away. Plus Squatters gives back to the community and makes efforts to be green.

I have been here 3 times in the last two years...for some reason this place is more popular...people here think this place is a good place to go. I'm not sure if they have a big advertising campaign or what... I came here twice for meetings and the first time b/c squatters had a fire in their kitchen and was forced to close. For me they are 0 and 3 for beer and 2 and 1 on food.

Atmosphere is of a generic sports bar with a view of the tanks. Service was fine--it was busy, or server rushed and not interested either way.

I had four pints here in the last trip...the IPA Jr. and Scottish Ale were not good, but not bad enough to be memorable. IPA was muddy orange, flat and had no character at all. The Scottish ale tasted like farm animals (I guess that is memorable). The oatmeal stout was just okay...no head, very sweet for the style, not my thing. The cream stout was the only beer that was good enough to have another...but I didn't. They all suffered from one flaw or another. On the positive side their food is decent-not great. I'm not sure why they don't focus on the beer more? Do they know its not good? They have broad selection, but I'd rather just have 4 solid quality beers to be proud of than 13 questionable ones.

They should relocate to the suburbs where mediocrity reins.

Photo of AylwinForbes
2/5  rDev -46.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Overall, I am a little in disbelief over the ratings applied by other visitors to this dive. Ambiance-wise it is rather noisy and sterile, or maybe that was the impression garnered from late afternoon rather than a more cosy night. The people that work there seem to like to pal around with each other rather than pay attention to customers; I also did not totally appreciate the loutish staff changing the TV channel before my very eyes without even asking (I was the only one watching at the time).

Okay, those are fairly minor things and I'm sure the RedRock's advocates will blast me for them. More importantly, the beer was plain dreadful; the sort of stuff that used to give homebrew a bad name. It couldn't hold a candle to a serious craft brewer today. No IPA, and the nearest thing, an "organic" pale, was murky, skunky, watery, flat and tasteless. I also found the unimaginative food to be rather expensive for what it was.

Avoid.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was my second visit to RedRock over a roughly 9 year span. Both times it was very crowded. Especially this time around at 9:30 on a Sunday night.

RedRock plays well with the liquor laws handed to them in the state. All beers are 3.2% except a special bottled barrel-aged 10% Belgian they were selling for on site consumption in 750 ML bottles (they had to sell them to the state and buy them back to sell at the restaurant). I didn't pull the trigger on one of these because I noticed it at the end of my meal.

They had about 10 beers available. This was late March and they had a couple of Irish-style beers available (red and scottish). My wife had the unfiltered hefe and I had an Abbey and oatmeal stout that was a recommended pairing with the warm goat cheese salad.

The Abbey and Hefe were both very well done. The Oatmeal Stout lacked a good finish.

The food, service, and atmosphere were all above average compared to the hundreds of brewpubs I've had the opportunity to visit.

Photo of Patrick999
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Its beers on the whole don't rate as highly as a couple of the other SLC brewpubs, but I always enjoy the Red Rock whenever I take a snowboarding trip to Utah.

Atmosphere is very "standard brewpub" - there are probably hundreds of brewpubs in the US that look exactly like this. Beer offerings are noted on the walls and on the menu. Perpetually crowded the two times I visited in February, 2009. Kind of an odd beer vibe, as many people did not seem to be drinking beer. Oh well, this is Utah after all. Still, this place is pleasant, clean, well-lit. Usually some decent-looking ladies milling around, always a plus in my book.

Quality is mixed, probably due in large part to the Utah 4% limitation on drafts. Their limited-edition Reve, for example, is world-class. Their Junior IPA, on the other hand, suffers for being only 4%, as do a couple of the other beers. My advice, just stick to the styles that you feel can reasonably be accomplished with a 4% limitation, and you're fine.

Service is efficient, amidst friendly minimalism. Reasonably well-versed as to the beers on offer.

Selection is pretty good, you'll find a range of different styles. As I said above, though, be wary of attempts at styles that really shouldn't be limited to 4%.

Food-wise, the Red Rock menu, to me, looks absolutely mouth-watering. All of the pub fare looks awesome; it's difficult to make a choice. Go ahead and choose - I've eaten here a number of times over the years, and unfortunately, whatever you choose never seems to be as good as it is represented on the menu. Decent, but not great.

The RRBC is just a tad expensive by Utah standards. In S. Florida, I'd consider it "reasonable," but for Utah I'll bump it up to "a bit pricey," especially when you consider that all the drafts are 4%.

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

atmosphere: very open on the inside, with a big bar in the center of a large dining room that features a wood-fired oven, open rafters and exposed conduit give the feel of a warehouse, changeable placards indicate the current selections, rustic with a dose of refinement

quality: beer seemed fresh, served in a standard pint, no quality complaints

service: service was very friendly and quick

selection: about six beers were available...a wit, rye, ipa, hefe, and oatmeal stout come to mind with maybe one or two more at the time

food: i had the chicken schnitzel topped with gruyere and some manner of gravy, it was good but tasted too much like salisbury steak or country fried steak, that is to say a bit pedestrian, for an expensive entree at a nice brewpub

value: beer prices pretty expensive, especially given the fact that a smaller amount of ingredient is needed to brew a 4% abv beer, my roggen rock was $4.50, the chicken schnitzel entree was also pretty expensive for what it was (schnitzel, fries, green beans) at $14.something

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On tap on this Tuesday night are Honey Wheat, Bavarian Weisse, Hefeweizen, Organic Pale Ale, IPA Junior, Special Bitter, Amber Ale, Oatmeal Stout. The beer was good, if not great, based on the two I had with my dinner (bitter & ipa). I liked the ipa quite a bit but the bitter was OK. Very good food, macademia encrusted salmon. Good sized place, busy, lots of souvenir items for sale. Clean, a bit noisy. It's right next to their brewery and just as close to Squatters Brewpub, as well (just a half block across the intersection). The service here was quite good, very friendly waiter who was helpful on the beer selection. Of my visit to Salt Lake City, all three beer joints I visited were very enjoyable with very worthwhile brews. I would give an edge to Squatters over Red Rock on their brews but the best overall beer experience and atmosphere would be the Bayou for plain old drinking and selection.

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Red Rock Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, UT
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