Granite City Food & Brewery
Active Beers: 24
Beer Ratings: 888
Beer Avg: 3.23
Taps: 5 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woodychandler:
3.35/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd H, 12 Aug 2010.
Talk about serendipity! I was walking back to the bus stop from Woodman's Market when I noticed this place and decided to pop in for a beer or two and a review while I was at it. It happened to be the meeting place for the monthly meeting of the Madison Beer Monks and Maidens, an auspicious organization of which I happen to be an out-of-town member. We ate our way through four (4) or five (5) of their flatbread pizzas and drank countless pitchers of their beers while we were there. I am not going to exaggerate and suggest that their beers are anything great or wonderful, but for a group gathering, it was a good choice.
Entering, the m.d.s. was to the immediate left with the entry to the bar area on a left-oblique. Aqua-blue leather booths ran along the left windows and the bar area was on a right-oblique. Up a slight incline past the end of the bar were the four (4) FVs. The restaurant area was on the right side of the space with the kitchen to the extreme right of the space. Nothing terribly exciting to see here.
04-17-2011 12:46:14 | More by woodychandler
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2.84/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$$
This was my second time at Granite City in Madison. This time we just went into the bar area for drinks since we were waiting to pick something up in the mall. I noticed maybe 4-5 of their beers on tap with no signage saying they offered any other beers than those. Not much for a selection and a little overpriced but at least it was a 20 glass. They do have a mug members club discount but I don't live close enough to get much use from it. The classic craft vs crafty argument can be made here. Considering Old Chicago is just across the street, that makes for a much better selection and price!
03-28-2013 22:06:02 | More by Lemke10
3.25/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
A- the place was a little up-scale generic, big granite stone pillars and wavey glass walls lined with bottles, and growlers, however they all are just like you could find elsewhere
Q- the food and beer were both good, we went with burgers and soup, both were good, and normally priced, however the other stuff were on the more expensive side,
S-we were sat down quickly at a table, and were able to order quickly, the waitress was curteous. didnt ask any hard questions and we didnt stump her
S- 5 of their own beers, the IPA was pretty good, didnt have the others, enjoyable, food was reasonably varied.
F- the food was good, homemade potato chips were tastey, burger was good, came stacked with toppings, food stood out more than the beer
V- was a little on the higher side, but still not expensive
08-07-2007 18:42:12 | More by Atron67
2.83/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmo: Upon entering this mall parking lot establishment, one is greeted by three or four young attractive hostesses and seated either at a long, hastily constructed dark wood bar or in a moderately sized dining room behind poorly built limestone pillars and under an industrial exposed ceiling. The décor is wanna-be upscale chain. Flat panel tvs are found in every panel but to the places credit the high ceilings seem to keep noise to a tolerable level. The booths are comfortable and intimate enough for conversation.
Service: This place is new and still figuring some stuff out but I must say that I was impressed overall. Our waiter was very busy when we were seated so two managers came over and while one took our drink order and retrieved our beers, the other explained their mug club. Then, after our waiter, who was both new to the industry and swamped, made some major mistakes, i.e., brought us the wrong food, brought our appetizer with the meal, etc , the managers again came over, apologized and fixed the situation to our satisfaction. I left the place feeling good about the service, despite the blunders, because it was obvious that management is seeking top quality service and will get there once the place has been up and running for a bit.
Food: I tried a burger and loved it. It came smothered, and I mean really loaded, in cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, and bacon. The homemade chips were good too. The lunch sized portion was only $5.95. We also tried the spinach/artichoke dip ($7.95). It was quite garlicky, to my liking, and was served with toasted chiapata bread. The menu is large and promising.
Beer: There are 4 of them: Bock, IPA, Stout, and a Lager. All are drinkable and tasty though not exciting. Every three months a seasonal will be released. This season's scotch ale however is unavailable because the building wasnt finished at the time that the beer was supposed to be brewed. Of the four beers I liked the bock best.
01-23-2007 19:15:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
Granite City Food & Brewery in Madison, WI
81 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.