Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
This is a fun diversion for lunch or dinner near Boston's theatre district, and close to the Tufts New England Medical Center area. Also conveniently located relative to the Boston Common. The Rock Bottom Breweries vary a lot, with the best being affiliated with the Gordon-Biersch group of brewpubs. This one is not affiliated, and its quality is a notch below some, like the Rock Bottom in Buckhead-Atlanta or in downtown Seattle. However, it's a good crowd, good brews crafted on the premises, good food, and reasonable service. Also, you can grab a growler to take home for a pretty good price. So, overall, it's well worth stopping by to quaff a good brew, down a meal, and feel the local flavor.
02-05-2009 01:30:08 | More by jushoppy2beer
3.83/5 rDev +8.2%
After a whole day of job interviews in Boston, I thought I deserved a well needed meal and drinks. My last interview literally was around the corner from this place. I walked on in and found it quite spacious: large roofs with hanging pipes and air ducts, long dining room areas, somewhat average bar size and some high tables scattered around the bar. I even noticed they had a summer outside deck. Loud, contemporary pop music blared across the restaurant as I sat at the bar with 3 TV's across the area. I noticed a ton of "after-work early on a Friday" crowd there so it definitely was a fun atmosphere to come after a long day with friends.
My bartender/waiter was excellently friendly and informative about the brewery's beverages even as he seemed very busy serving people across the restaurant. I decided to go with the sampler which was a great, eclectic mix of the brews. I ordered the Reuben sandwich which was quite good. The rest of the menu was good too, with burgers, pasta, soups and sandwiches. Selection-wise, besides Guinness I really did not see other brews offered except their own. One man came in and sat near me and was aghast they did not have Sam Adams. They did, however, have an impressive liquor selection. So I imagine they offer quite the amount of mix drinks and even wine perhaps. But as for beer, I really only noticed their own, which were good.
For Boston, I was expecting a lot, but my bill was just around $15. So that was really great. Overall, I would not mind going back there again and again, especially since they offer more beers throughout the year it seemed.
07-26-2008 23:37:02 | More by fitzy84
3.83/5 rDev +8.2%
My friends and I were in town and stopped in on a Sunday afternoon for some beers and eats before heading back to NYS.
It was fairly quiet when we got there, we sat at the bar and were only one of two groups sitting there. The bartender was nice but not very attentive. One of my friends waited over 10 minutes just to catch his eye to get his long-empty pint glass refilled. We didn't understand the lack of attention and absenteeism considering that the place wasn't all that busy.
The food was a great value. I got their Titan Toothpick appetizer which was great. One of my friends got the hugest plate of nachos I've ever seen, and my other friend got a rather large ham sandwich.
Let's see, am I forgetting anything? Oh yes, the beer!
Since this was my first exposure to Rock Bottom, I felt the sampler was the best way to go. I had their light lager, Munich export, an amber, an IPA, a stout, a brown, a strong Belgian, and a maibock.
The brewer has some talent. All of the beers were close or on par with their styles. The IPA lacked aroma; however, it was a great IPA in flavor. The Maibock was a little over-powering in aroma and taste regarding alcohol content. My favorite would've been a toss-up between the IPA and their Amber, but I'd like to thrown in a good note for the Munich Export.
I'd be happy to go back again and see what's on tap and try some other dishes off the menu.
04-21-2008 14:44:47 | More by madmanjf
3.95/5 rDev +11.6%
I had been here once before, with Artied2, after working a whole day at a BA fest. Needless to say, I was not with full faculties that night. So, after stopping in yesterday with Alewife, I was in better condition to put in a review.
This was a Saturday afternoon, about 230PM or so... Place was not too full at this point. It's located in a rather new building on Stuart St, about 1 block up from the Jacob Wirth. Situated on the ground-level floor, it is a long establishment, from left to right. Entering about mid-room from the street, there are numerous booths ahead and to the left, with tables also scattered about and to the right. The bar is in the right rear, seating about a dozen or so. There are lots of windows along the street, though not much light filters in. The room itself is furnished with mostly modern decor and furniture, save for the ceiling, which looks industrial with bare venting and fans. Some bier-related pics hang here and there... It gets somewhat loud when more populated, though I think it's a good thing - drowns out the newish, pop-music (give me classic rock anytime, bitte!). We hung at the bar and enjoyed a few pints each of their Toppler Maibock, one of 6 regulars and 2 casks they had flowing from the taps. Service was solid, friendly and attentive; no probs at all. A plate of nachos with carnitas was huge, and more than filled both of us. Biers seemed a bit pricey ($6.00 for a pint of the Toppler), but costs for the food seemed in line with what a big-city asks. Can't speak for the other biers, but the Maibock hit the spot. Atmosphere was a bit meh, but we still had a good time.
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 - $$$
02-24-2008 20:55:05 | More by Bierman9
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
Visited during a recent business trip and caught part of a Patriots game during our stop.
Lively crowd with the ensuing Pats game and plenty of room to get a table near the bar up to 30 minutes prior to gametime.
Beer quality was pretty good. I tried the Improper Hopper, Liquid Happiness, and Munich Gold, all of which I enjoyed. Above average, but served too cold. 8 beers available and 1 cask offering.
Service was actually pretty good although it wasn't at all busy on Sunday afternoon.
Food was run of of the mill appetizers which were pretty pricey.
Overall, I had a good time catching part of the game and having a few pints. The beers were better than I remembered from previous Rock Bottom visits.
12-13-2007 05:29:33 | More by argock
4.8/5 rDev +35.6%
What! Make Food and cook it with Beer! Awesome. I went to go and see Blue Man group that is about a block away. We needed to a place to eat so we stopped in by accident. Has noidea what I was in for. All that I knew was I saw th words Brewery on the sign.
I ordered a rack of rib that was cooked in a stout, yummy. Even the desert was made with beer. I think everything but the salad and fries were made with beer, when I was looking in the menu.
good beer and great food. Was seated and served real fast for a Wednesday night.
11-01-2007 21:45:07 | More by auxiliary
3.95/5 rDev +11.6%
I've stopped in here many times, and it's always been a good spot to have a bite to eat and grab a beer. In addition to their standard array of beers, they typically have a few seasonals, and usually 1-2 beers on cask as well. The beer is pretty tasty and fairly fresh. The food is good as well- standard pub fare with their own twists. Their Chicken Mac N' Cheese is damn good. Service is usually pretty fast and efficient. Never had a problem. If you're down in the theatre district and looking for a bite to eat or to grab a good beer, it's definitely worth a stop.
10-19-2007 17:29:41 | More by YonderWanderer
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
I had the chance to visit the pub this past monday. A drab drisly spring evening. The pub was quite, clean and warmly lit. Our waitress was top notch and a pleasure to speak with.
The spicy shrimp appetizer and the side of baked beans as an appetizer went quite well with the strong ale I started off with.
The main course was the pub tips and mashed potatos. Good, not great. the gravy was the downfall.
Price wise, for two it came out to $65. Maybe reasonable for boston, not my area of expertise. For me it was very expensive. For $65 I'd like to come home with a pint glass or a growler.
03-29-2007 19:28:37 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
Located in the Theatre District along side plenty of fast food restuarants and other chains. Last time I was here was when this was the old Brew Moon. This place looks like any other Rock Bottom brewpub, with plenty of TVs and hightops in the bar area off to one side, and a restaurant area in the other. Typical warehouse feel. Some fermentation tanks are visible in the bar area.
Service was a bit slow, as it took a few minutes for a waitress to get to our table. We ordered some appetizers which were OK, but the pretzels with the jalepneo cheese dip was my favorite.
There were 7 beers on tap - Lumpy Dog, Munich Gold, Northstar Ale, Improper Hopper, Freedom Trail Stout, Cranberry Ale, and Liquid Hoppiness which was listed as an English strong ale. The beers we had were decent and fresh, with the special strong ale being my favorite. Don't expect to be blown away with the beers here, but they seem to work with the crowds as most customers were drinking the beers.
This was a good place to meet up with some family members as we assembled in Boston. The Bud Lite drinkers in the crowd were happy with Lumpy Dog, and the other beers don't overwhelm the food.
03-14-2007 11:49:58 | More by Gavage
3.25/5 rDev -8.2%
Stopped by with the missus and two friends who are just starting to escape bad beer. It was crowded and awful 80's music was blasted at you from all directions. TVs were showing sports all around. The beer was just average and none of the brews caught my attention. Eight drafts plus one on cask. The IPA was drinkable but nothing special. Despite the crowd, our server hustled and was good at keeping the food and drink flowing. The food was surprisingly good. Prices were what you would expect in downtown Boston.
Overall, Rock Bottom Boston would be OK in a pinch but not worth a special trip.
02-19-2007 13:24:33 | More by SkinnyElvis
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Boston, MA
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.