Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
This Rock Bottom has a nice bar area with high-top tables (and the infamous ice shelf on the bar itself). They typically have about 6 beers on tap, and two on the handpump. My favorite brew of theirs is the IPA, but the Rocktoberfest I had on a recent trip was above average - the rest of their beers have been about average in my eyes. Service is very good. For food, I have had the steak tips which were great, and the loaded nachos are also quite good.
10-18-2003 22:17:56 | More by goz
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
I have been here a few times over the years, but recently visited with a group of BAs on a pub crawl.
This brewpub is located not far from the theater district. The pub has many booths and tables for dining. Many of the tables are of the high variety, which are OK for drinking and casual dining. There is also some seating at the bar, and a portion of the bar has a chilled strip for keeping your beer glass cold, presumably. The atmosphere is somewhat reminiscent of a TGIFridays or Houlihans.
Above the bar is a chalkboard listing all the current beer offerings. On this most recent visit about 6-8 beers available, and 2 available on cask (an IPA and a stout). This board also listed the ABV and gravity of each beer, and I thought this was a nice touch. The beers were good (better than I remembered from previous visits): we shared several pitchers of their new Rocktoberfest, and I also sampled the IPA, which was quite hoppy. I give them credit for offering a fairly varied selection of beers at any one time.
I have eaten here in the past, and on this visit sampled a taste of the nachos. The food is decent American pub type food. The service was OK to good on various occasions.
It seems that their beers might have improved since my last visit, after which I would not have given it such high marks. This is the last remaining Rock Bottom in the Boston area, and it is worth a visit.
09-22-2003 06:19:09 | More by UncleJimbo
3.86/5 rDev +9%
Came here on the BA Octoberfest pub crawl, it was probably my first time in here in two years.
It was time to go someplace different with a fresh perspective...I only had one beer, the Rocktoberfest, but it was pleasant and had no off notes or flavors.
Some observations: we were able to seat ourselves, our waitress kept us in beer and water, and checked up on us as needed, so that was all good.
We were all a mutter about that crazy looking strip in the middle of the bar: was it a giant strip of salt for margaritas? No, turns out it's some crazy space age thing that if you rest your beer glass in, will keep it cold...needless to say, we BAs kept well away ;-)
The place was huge, we could see out the window and watch the city go by.
Not in the same league as BBW, but I don't think any BAs left thinking it was the worst beer or beerchain experience ever. Hey, I was hanging with BAs, so it was just fine. Pat
09-22-2003 00:49:03 | More by PatandDavid
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
As sheer luck would have it, this place was a stones throw from the hotel we were staying at recently. Right in the heart of the busy theater district, this brewpub was a nice find. Large spacious dining area and bar with a good view of the brewing tanks standing majestically in the back behind the bar area. Brew selection was good with several offerings including two cask conditioned ales. Quality of the beer was good and we were not dissapointed at all. Service was good despite the busy crowd and food was very good also. Worth trying if you're in the area.
08-11-2003 01:31:36 | More by BierReise
3.41/5 rDev -3.7%
Atmosphere: Average for a brewpub...lots of posters on the walls of their own beers and lots of shiny, stainless equipment for the clueless to gawk at.
Quality: I had a porter from the handpump that was the definition of 'boring.' The IPA I sampled showed some promise, as did their wheat beer.
Service: I sat at the bar and was greeted after a minute or two by a friendly, knowledgable bartender. I chatted with him the entire time and told him about the AoBF, which was the next day. I ended up seeing him there at the evening session. For me telling him about the festival, my pint was on the house. Nice touch...
Selection: I didn't even look at a menu, having just finished dinner somewhere else. The beers offered on tap were the standard brewpub blonde, amber, porter, pale ale, etc... Nothing different or out of the ordinary. Like I mentioned above, the porter from the handpump was watery and bland. But, I have to give 'em credit for having two brews on cask.
Bottom line: with the exception of the service I received, this place is painfully average. Take the 'Rock Bottom' off the front of the building and it's just another brewpub serving uninteresting, but drinkable beer.
05-30-2003 09:14:21 | More by MJR
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
If I wanted to go to a brewpub in the Theater District, this would be what I would imagine. The crownd can be a mixed bag, but I once was there right before a few shows let out, so mostly, well, theater folks and tourists. The beer was very interesting, if not great. Although I have been lazy and have ordered the Double Barrel IPA over other offerings too often. However, there have only been five of six brews on tap each time, hard to imaginge for such a big place. I once went on in the first week, and the servers were all messed up, it got ugly, but sice they have gotten better but still lost in the vast army of order-takers, food-bringers and free electrons. I have only had appetizers, expensive, but twice the size of my lady and my heads, pretty good though.
A shade confusing in all the hustle, but the space is great, the location is greater, the beer is strong if not limited. They also carry the Yankee Brew News. Well worth the effort. Cheers!
07-18-2002 07:30:17 | More by BillyBrew
2.7/5 rDev -23.7%
The "crown jewel" of the Rock Bottom's in the North East. They totally gutted the place and gave it a true mid-West Rock Bottom look-n-feel. The bar area is much more inviting, complete with a "river of ice" -- a glycol cooled strip of ice that runs along the bar so patrons can keep their beers cool. Beer menu on display, a mug club and they'll feature outdoor seating in the summer. Inside is warmly lit, to compliment the earth tone colours ... creating a very relaxing place to have some beers and food. The food is way to expensive and the portions are bigger than your head -- typical American quantity vs. qaulity and they are definitely marketing themselves towards the tourist theatre goer.
There are the 4 mainstays brews (Lumpy Dog, Munich Gold, North Star and Double Barrel IPA) along with 3-4 slots open for brewer creativity (currently a Scotch ale, bock and sweet stout). The bar also features the expensive cellar stream nitro pour system for an above perfect pour, and potential for 2 casks. They've also recently introduced a rotating $1.99 a pint beer.
Personally, I'd love to see a cheaper menu, smaller portions and more beers in the rotation. Oh, and the service is hit or miss, leaning towards sucky -- never the same people working there.
06-25-2002 08:14:37 | More by Todd
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Boston, MA
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.