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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
82
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47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 0%
Active Beers: 467
Beer Ratings: 2,826
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

115 Stuart Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
United States
phone: (617) 742-BREW
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Photo of auxiliary
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.

auxiliary, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of CaptYellow
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

CaptYellow, May 25, 2010
Photo of edchicma
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%

Atmosphere was a tad noisy...however, I went on a very bsuy night. Waited about 20 minutes to be seated, but the booth was a nice corner area that screened a lot of the noise. Food and brew were above average. All in the party had generous portions that we all agreed were very tasty and represented a good value. Service was very friendly and considerate...very good for such a busy time. Food was fairly standard with beef and chicken as the predominant types of offerings. This was complemented by a generous selection of beer types from light to Belgian. In total there were 7 of their own offerings on tap. I would definitely go back for another helping of fine food and beverage.

edchicma, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

drpimento, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

CaptDavyJones, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
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.

Prosit!!

3.95
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 - $$$

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Bierman9, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
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.

YonderWanderer, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

Jumped off a tour bus to grab lunch and a brew in late September.

Atmosphere outside was wonderful on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Inside was nothing out of the ordinairy, Red Sox were on the tube. Quality was good as there was a warm feeling both inside and out. Service was good as our server was friendly. Beer and food selection was good. There was the typical Rock Bottom menu but with some twists not normally seen in Az such as the crab cakes (which I had to sample). There were six or so beers on tap. Food was OK, but have had better elsewhere. TWe paid a bit more here in Boston than what we do in the Phoenix area. It was nice to enjoy an RB in another city!

arizcards, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
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.

UncleJimbo, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of BierReise
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.

BierReise, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
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

PatandDavid, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of goz
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.

goz, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of madmanjf
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.

madmanjf, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
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.

fitzy84, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of commie
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

I have been back to the Rock Bottom a few times lately, and I have to say that their ales have shown great improvement. I was very impressed with their brown ales, and my lady friend thinks that their IPA is the best IPA in town; while I still think that the IPA at the beer works is better, and I like the Stone IPA on draft at the Linwood a little better too, I have to admit that the Improper Hopper that they sell at Rock Bottom is much improved. I will say that their Brown Ale is better than any brown ale that I have had in the last couple of years. The food is still good, and the fish and chips that my friend had looked better than Legal Seafoods'. My friend John liked the Brown Ale as much as I did. Their Amber Ale, like most amber ales, was boring and uninspiring; I don't know why they would bother making it, but it wasn't bad, so it too has improved.

I will say that I think that the cooling strip is a little more annoying to me than before; perhaps lager drinkers appreciate it, but I don't like it. Also, there is a big column that obstructs the bar, and I don't like sitting behind it and leaning around it to ask for my beer, so the usable bar space is quite limited for me. Otherwise the place is very nicely decorated.

I found the ale prices to be a little higher than I would like, but they are in line with the other brewpubs in town, and I find their food to be a priced a bit better than the other brewpubs.

Their selection isn't as good as the Beer Works, but they still have a decent range to choose from. I was disappointed that they didn't have any Belgian styles.

The place is still on the edge of the combat zone, and you can dress it up and call it the theatre district if you want, but there are still undesirables in the area. Unlike my previous experiences, I haven't been approached by the whores and drug dealers on Stuart Street lately, but an extremely agitated and angry vagrant did scream at me and my lady friend when exiting the Rock Bottom after we refused to give him a dollar after he shoved a free newspaper into each of our hands. There were other vagrants in the area, but they were polite and non-threatening, and they didn't frighten us.

The service is just as polite, courteous, and prompt as before.

commie, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

This Rock Bottom location is located at the corner of Tremont & Stuart Street in the Theater District of Boston. Decided to stop by on a rainy Friday afternoon with a good friend.

Tables and booths to your left as you enter via rotating door. The bar, which rather spacious is located to your right. There is a nice placement of TV's around that will mostly likely be carrying a good variety of sports.

Around 10 beers on tap with two of those being cask options. There is a consistent rotation of regular beers on tap like the Munich Gold, Improper Hopper, Lumpy Dog Light, Shea's Extra Stout and others. The two cask options during my visit were the Improper Hopper and Shea's Extra Stout. I had the opportunity to try both and they were great. The Improper Hopper was a true highlight. Awesome IPA and so enjoyable.

Service was good. Our waitress doubled as bartender and she did a great job. The service was attentive, friendly and responsive. A highlight of my visit for sure. Food was good as well. Typically pub options like nachos, burgers, salads, etc. Maybe slightly better options with some flair too. Tried appetizers and sandwiches, both were tasty.

This Rock Bottom location is without a doubt a solid option if in the area. How many other bars in this area of Boston do you have the option of two cask ales on tap? Not many, if any. I was happy with my visit and pleasantly surprised.

Hibernator, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of barleywinebrewer
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.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

Saw the mixed reviews here in BeerFly but this place was close enough that I decided to give it a go for myself and see how it stacked up with other's comments. I was pleasently surprised, certainly no end all of beer establishments, but a nice new place and one to which I'll return.

A big but not huge seating area divided into a dining room, pub table area, and the bar. Some beer decorations adorned the walls and wood paneling filled in where decor lacked. A busy buzz to it on a Thursday night. Mostly fileld with pre-theatre goers. Was seated with no wait (party of two) and the wait staff quickly dropped by.

Wait staff was very friendly, explained the non-menu listed beer selections and took my order. Beer was brought back to me very quickly (less than a minute).

Food selection is fairly standard pizzeria uno, tgi friday's, applebee's type stuff. Burgers, clubs, ribs, and a few exotic choices. Had the Asiagio Chees appitizer = quite good.

Food was brought out quickly but not quite piping hot. Very big portions and the wait staff was attentive in asking how everything was and if I wanted another beer.

Didn't finish my meal and had the rest wrapped to take home, waitress came back with the to-go bag as well as the check. A little abrupt with the check, I would have liked to have a liquid dessert of their Belgium Style Strong Ale.

A little expensive but not too bad - all pints were $4.50 - dinners between 8 and 15 bucks. For two people with two beers, two dinners and an appetizer it was 41 bucks.

All in all it was pretty good - I'll visit it again.

Sycodrummer, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Stopped here after the Beerfest and thought it was just OK. This was pretty packed with a number of people at the bar who were all drinking the micro beers,but it is a chain and doesn't have a real personality. The quality of the beers was average to below average,some were OK some not. The service was very friendly with the bartenders all knowledgable. They had 7 beers on tap with 2 cask, so I would say the selection was decent with a good variety of beers. The food was very good with giant portions,although it was pretty much standard pub fare. We ordered an appetizer then was told they were out of it and received another appitizer free. For a pub in Boston I thought the price was fair. Not a bad place to enjoy a pint,but some beers aren't that great and I'm not crazy about chain resturants.

jmz62565, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

tigg924, Dec 14, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Located adjacent to CityPlace, a large food court on Tremont in the theater district (jeez, wasn't this the "combat zone" when my bother lived here in the 70s?). Big place, tall ceilings with exposed overhead ductwork. Bar is glass over hammered copper. Lots of booths in this one. Had some food with another brother who lives up in Malden, not bad, semi-ambitious. Standard brews with brewer's specialties clearly marked on the chalk board. It was interesting to see the growlers wrapped in plastic to conform to MA's package laws. The bartender was good to talk to, and he was psyched to talk about the Extreme Fest, even though he was working that day. The "neon" red Lambic (Framboise) these guys brought to the Fest was surprisingly close to style, tart and cheesy. Overall, this is a pretty nice place to kick back on a minus 4 degree day...

ADR, Jan 19, 2004
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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!

BillyBrew, Jul 18, 2002
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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.

jushoppy2beer, Feb 05, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Until today (10-7-04), I had not been in this place for about 5 or 6 years. It was Brew Moon before, and after it first changed to Rock Bottom, it kinda stayed the same for a while--beers, food, and decor-wise. They were all pretty much the same as when it was Brew Moon which equates to very mediocre. Because BA has taught me to re-evaluate every so often, it was time for another try.

It seems so much smaller now-in the bar area especially.However, the decor is much more in line with the current time than it was before. It has gone from grey cement/granite/stone to a more wooden look. The windows are different and seem to have a better look onto the street than it used to. So they had about 8 beers if you include the casks. I tried them all. Ok--they're a little better than mediocre now. Not a whole lot. I still would rate it the lowest of the Boston brewpubs but that doesn't mean its bad. There used to be a place called Fort Hill brewery that was worse for beers and still wasn't too shabby. The staff was great and very amusing. I would go here again but I like CBC so much more. BBW too. I will make a return to JH very soon.

rousee, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of jwheeler85
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

jwheeler85, Jul 28, 2009
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Boston, MA
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.