Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 440
Beer Ratings: 2,616
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AllThingsNinja:
3.23/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5
The poor service mark is a result of the fact that I stopped by with a few friends on a Friday night well after dinnertime but the staff refused to seat us in the empty dinning area unless we were interested in ordering food. We were forced to stand around in the crowded bar section obstructing servers who were going to or from the bar. This rock bottom has a strong chain vibe in its single open room design. It's not obnoxious, but it is still unshakeable. Pleasantly, there are a few more beers on tap, and in cask than at the average rock bottom. The brews I tried ranged between average and good but were quite drinkable. It's a fine establishment to visit when in the neighborhood, but I haven't gone out of my way to stop in.
03-19-2004 03:52:54 | More by AllThingsNinja
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4/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Rock bottom brewpub and restaurant when I was in Boston for a conference.
Atmosphere when we went there was nice and quiet. Friendly staff, and the waitress was more than willing to go through all the beers they had on offer.
I had their home brews which are quiet good.
Didn't get a chance to try the food, but their home-brewed beers are quite good. Had a colleague from the UK with me who was also impressed with the beer they had on offer.
Overall, a decent place to have a good beer or two, if you are in that part of Boston.
Wouldn't mind visiting it if I were in Boston again.
01-23-2011 05:07:08 | More by CaptDavyJones
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Went to Rock Bottom before a show on a Saturday night. When we went in it was very quiet but as we sat it got busier and busier. Not a bad place but not exceptional.
We sat at a table and felt like there was a spotlight on us due to the lighting. Wished they would tone that down a little. Waitress was attentive and came back every so often to check up on us.
Ordered the fried Mac and Cheese and the Nachos. Not bad but forgettable. The fried Mac was kinda a weird texture but tasted good.
Had their new seasonal the Oktoberfest. Was also not terrible but forgettable. Then i had the IPA out of the cask which was killer! Great beer. Hops and the cask really melded well together and would definitely have that again.
Prices weren't great but what can you expect from a place in Boston and in the heart of the theater district. Would've expected a pint for $5 but i got a 12oz. So overall it was an ok place, not outstanding.
09-28-2010 15:50:33 | More by SnowGoon99
3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
have been a few times, mostly at the behest of the group i'm with; while a decent enough brewpub and conveniently located (the theater district is not exactly a haven for craft beer fans), i personally prefer jacob wirth (if heading out to the publick house, sunset, or deep ellum is not an option). that said, worthy of a stop if you're hungry and/or thirsty after a show.
by and large the beers are okay, nothing that will really get you talking one way or the other, just pleasant and quaffable. my favorite of the bunch i would say was their oatmeal stout; the munich gold is decent, too (the latter being one of their staples).
food is typical american chain restaurant style. pretty good, filling, overly salty, nothing you couldn't replicate or exceed in dozens of other downtown restaurants.
in my experience service has been all over the map, from outstanding to average to piss-poor. depends on the day/time and server. all in all, you could definitely do a lot worse. (not a ringing endorsement, nor is it meant to be.)
09-27-2010 16:03:03 | More by perrymarcus
4/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I went there at the end of the evening on my birthday about a week ago. It was fairly empty, as it was close to their closing time. I sat at he bar which had a trippy optical copper top with wood trim. They had their own breweriana signs and posters all over, lots of TVs. Couple of bars and different seating areas. Bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Full service bar with extensive liquour selection and wine. Cask beer was available as well. Has a good location for those visiting downtown.
06-28-2010 03:39:50 | More by drpimento
4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
I was able to find a parking space directly in front of the door- because my father had a handicapped plackard. It may be best to take the transit.
Was seated immediately. The right of the restaurant is the bar and the left the restaurant, so designed that the noise didn't overflow. Our spot was nice and peaceable.
Our waitress was the most pleasant I've had in years. She was quick, didn't waste time, and checked up on us several times without being intrusive.
Beer is a little over $5 a pint. You can buy an individual sampler of any of the beers for $.79. There were about a dozen beers.
The food was a few dollars more than it should have been and a little less quality than it should be. Everything tasted fine but it was all something I could make at home. So, literally pub grub. Sandwiches were about $10, my mom's (unremarkable) salad was $13. But then this was the middle of Boston.
My stout was on cask. Should told me it would take a minute because it was on cask. It did take a few minutes, which I didn't mind at all. But she gave it, and a sampler of Jalapeno Lager I ordered, for free!
So I thought it was enjoyable- everything was above board except for the technical build of the food and parking.
Note: There are weekly specials. This week's was $5 off your next meal if you sign up for their club, which is free and gives you other free stuff.
Note: The Jalapeno Lager is great as a sampler but I think it would be too much as a pint, as the waitress said too.
05-25-2010 15:32:29 | More by CaptYellow
2.79/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
Went here after the Extreme Beer Fest 2010. Perhaps the festival spoiled us... but Rocky Bottom was all-around underwhelming.
The atmosphere was a cross between a swanky restaurant and a high-end sports bar. It was attractive enough for a restaurant or sports bar, but it didn't seem like it was calling out to beer geeks.
The service was slow, but that's probably because it was busy in there. The beer was all around unimpressive, with the exception of their IPA, which was delicious.
The glasses smelled dirty, and we felt obligated to finish the beers we didn't like. Not a place high on my priority list to visit again.
02-21-2010 02:56:17 | More by jgasparine
3.23/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
Went here recently with some friends, used to work next to the closed braintree, MA location, and was a regular there. They always have the same 5 beers on tap plus a few rotating selections. The beers aren't raising any bars, but they usually are standard for the styles. The food didn't do anything for me, but it's fairly average bar food. The place is loaded with TVs, and they only turn the sound on them for big games.
Overall I wouldn't go out of my way to get here, but if you are in the area for a show, or other reason I would recommend it. I do have a soft spot in my heart for Rock Bottom as a whole though, as the Braintree location helped fuel my growth and love of craft beer.
01-18-2010 00:53:27 | More by tikk
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Went to this place last week before attending the theatre and it was filled with theatre goers. This was the first time I had been there in about a year. The atmosphere was the same. Good variety of people at the bar, several tv sets. There were the five standard Rock Bottom beers plus three seasonal. All were ok to good. The service was very attentive, especially for a Friday night. The menu was wide, but unfortunately the food all disappointed. The recipes for our usual favorites had changed negatively. The price was about what I would expect to pay for a restaurant in this area. Overall the service was good, but for the taste, the beer and food was expensive. I will be in no rush to go back.
12-14-2009 16:53:51 | More by tigg924
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a nice brew pub hidden amongst the chaos of downtown Boston. They have five or so standard beers that are always available. They usually have a "beer of the week" that is just one of their brews that they have selected to offer up at a lower price. Mug club is a plus because I can get my beer in a larger glass (I think I'm still paying the same price for it) and randomly win stuff. They gave me 10 bucks to use for my last birthday and I randomly "won" a free pint glass later this year.
The beer list isn't anything to marvel at, but they are all pretty good and are brewed on site. I've never been disappointed with the beer. My only complaint is that it is served way too cold, so be sure to distract yourself for about 20 minutes while it warms up to the proper temp.
I'm not crazy about the setup of the bar. The tvs are at sort of an awkward height and they are usually just tuned in to some sort of sports news channel (on mute = useless). Sitting at the end of the bar sucks too because you are right next to where the waiters pick up beer orders. I've been splashed on occasion. Probably would be a better place for table dining rather than killing half an hour at the bar.
07-28-2009 13:21:43 | More by jwheeler85
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Boston, MA
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.