Granite City Food & Brewery
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 778
Beer Avg: 3.25
Taps: 4 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bditty187:
2.98/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
I like the Granite City in Sioux Falls, mainly because there isnt much going on, beer-wise, in South Dakota. The Granite City in Lincoln is a yawner. I felt Id give the brand spanking new GC in Omaha a try. It is located in the back parking lot of Westroads Mall near Yonkers.
We (Tara and I) visited on Friday night around 6pm, not surprisingly it was very busy but we only had a 15 minute wait. I was surprised we were offered free tasters of their beer. We declined.
Once we were seated we had promoted friendly service; we both ordered the IPA and dinner. It has been many years since I actually had any of GCs core line-up of beers. IMO, their seasonals range from okay to decent but it doesnt seem like location will carry any seasonals. Well, the IPA flat out sucked. Neither of us finished our 20oz. pint. It wasnt hoppy, it wasnt malty, and it wasnt pleasant.
Ive always found the Sunday brunch to be excellent and so I was looking forward to actually ordering something of the menu. The cheese burger sounded good. It wasnt. I got a half pound of (perfectly cooked beef) served on a second rate bun. The cheese wasnt melted nor did it ever melt. Was it real cheese? The BBQ sauce dominated the taste. I wasnt impressed at all. The waffle fries were good but my cup of ale and cheddar soup was very dull. Tara was lukewarm about her BLT and really disliked the bland balsamic vignette salad dressing she got along with her side salad. Overall, Id rate the food as fair.
The décor of this place is standard issue, that upscale and yet friendly look. The brewing tanks are on the left wall, the kitchen is at the back with the bar in the middle and seating scattered throughout. There are a few flat screen TVs, earth tone paints, some stonework, and wood tables. It is a nice looking place, particularly for a chain restaurant. I cant really quibble with the look but if somebody called it soulless I wouldnt argue either.
My experience here wasnt negative but it wasnt positive. Unless they get good seasonal beers in I dont think I will bother drinking here. Visiting for Sunday brunch every blue moon is a possibility. I noticed I rated the food highly on my other GC reviews, I cant here. Maybe it will change.
Would I recommend this place? After Upstream and Jobbers and maybe even after Jaipur; Im happy that GC is in town but its not for me.
10-22-2006 18:29:50 | More by bditty187
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3.3/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The Omaha Granite City is everything I dislike about chain brewpubs. It's massive, devoid of character and brews nothing but "safe" beer.
On the up side, the staff was really nice. My waitress was excellent and knew the beers fairly well. Granite City's menu is similar to many chain restaurants. The food is good and served in massive quantities. Was quite happy with the French Dip I ordered. The beers were a massive letdown. The Double IPA was the most daring of the lot. The English IPA was my favorite.
If you're traveling through Omaha, desperate for a decent beer and not wanting to wander too far off the highway, Granite City is an OK place. If you're willing to take a detour, Omaha has better choices.
11-09-2013 21:39:55 | More by Rayek
4.08/5 rDev +26.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have been to this location a few times. Once for the the Sunday brunch and a couple other times for lunch. The atmosphere is good. It is a large, open building that is relatively new and well kept. No smoking in nice too. You can look at the 500 gallon fermenters when you arrive and watch the brewers work through the window. The food has been average to good, but the brunch is great. The lunch prices are reasonable. They have a decent selection of foods and four locally brewed beers as well as occasional seasonals. One of the four beers should appeal to anyone. They offer a light lager, a German style bock, a stout, and an IPA. I have tried all but the light lager and they were good. Growlers are available as well. Overall - I have always enjoyed my experience here and would recommend it.
02-26-2009 23:12:09 | More by ghebel
2.95/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Visited on 2/7/07 with a large group...
First impression: Quite sterile. Maybe it was the "Fermentus Interuptus" on my brain, but the fermenting vessels looked lonely, bored and embarrassed... like they knew they were there to look pretty and give an intended impression to the unwitting. Anyway...
As we waited for our table, I went to the bar and asked about the seasonal, which was a Scottish Ale... the bartedner was very helpful, knew the beers well and readily had samples available without me even asking. He seemed suprised and asked "why" when I didn't finish the first one... I told him I didn't like it. So he offered me a sample of the Bock... it tasted the same to me. I ordered the Stout. I like the 20oz. pints... a bit more money, but enough beer to last through a meal.
The menu is quite large... a touch of everything... A very good selection. The prices were reasonable. Our server was pretty good, but I can't stand the "auctioning" of orders once the food arrives... "Who ordered the salad? Who ordered the lasagna?, etc." And the food came out in shifts with long pauses in between so some sat there and waited awhile for the rest of the table... not that big of a deal, but they weren't that busy by the time the food was ready. Then again, I can be very picky (more than most) about these kinds of things.
I ordered an IPA to go with my meal, a Cuban Sandwich... The Stout was Okay, but the IPA was a touch better.
Overall I'm not too impressed... it is what it is, I guess... a very busy chain with a sterile environment and mediocore beers. I probably wouldn't go back unless invited again... and I'll probably have wine.
02-08-2007 15:40:24 | More by Fugazme
Granite City Food & Brewery in Omaha, NE
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