Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 438
Beer Ratings: 2,603
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
2.7/5 rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
The "crown jewel" of the Rock Bottom's in the North East. They totally gutted the place and gave it a true mid-West Rock Bottom look-n-feel. The bar area is much more inviting, complete with a "river of ice" -- a glycol cooled strip of ice that runs along the bar so patrons can keep their beers cool. Beer menu on display, a mug club and they'll feature outdoor seating in the summer. Inside is warmly lit, to compliment the earth tone colours ... creating a very relaxing place to have some beers and food. The food is way to expensive and the portions are bigger than your head -- typical American quantity vs. qaulity and they are definitely marketing themselves towards the tourist theatre goer.
There are the 4 mainstays brews (Lumpy Dog, Munich Gold, North Star and Double Barrel IPA) along with 3-4 slots open for brewer creativity (currently a Scotch ale, bock and sweet stout). The bar also features the expensive cellar stream nitro pour system for an above perfect pour, and potential for 2 casks. They've also recently introduced a rotating $1.99 a pint beer.
Personally, I'd love to see a cheaper menu, smaller portions and more beers in the rotation. Oh, and the service is hit or miss, leaning towards sucky -- never the same people working there.
06-25-2002 08:14:37 | More by Todd
2.79/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
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
2.9/5 rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
Stopped by here for a few drinks and apps on Saturday night. I haven't been here in 1.5 years after three visits that featured bad food or poor service. I figured I would give it another shot to see if things changed. Got some seats at the bar and order a few pints. Had the Freedom Trial Stout and the Cleeland Scotch Ale. The stout's taste seemed to fade away by about mid glass, but the ale was nice, and had a kick at 8.1% abv. Overall, the beers were good. The atmosphere here is decent, pretty lively and upbeat. The bartender was a bit hard of hearing, as she asked every person to repeat their order at least twice. I had two really gross dinner entrees here before, so I decide to just go the app route and we got some nachos. They were so-so, I've had better. The salsa was a bit blah. This is not a bad place to grab a quick beer, but I should just learn to go anywhere other than the Theater District if I want to enjoy dinner and beer.
02-05-2007 21:51:16 | More by morebeergood
2.93/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5
I've been to a couple of these chain breweries throughout the country and have not had a good experience in any of them. The posterboard neatness of the buildings where everything seems to be perfectly placed makes me think of Chili's. Each seem to be a carbon copy of the next one.The beer is alright, but the water they use in Boston makes the beer taste a little funny. The service is horrible. It took forever to get the bartenders attention because he was off to the side only helping the waitresses with their orders and not serving the folks in the bar. The food all tastes pre-cooked. The beer selection is alright, but I've heard they have specialty/seasonal brews. But I have never seen any.
03-20-2004 20:48:13 | More by MuddyFeet
3/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
The usual four brews with an average of two specials and a rotating dark. Nothing earth shattering but sometimes interesting. The Double Barrel IPA is standard and is probably your best bet.
Typical American style food ... it might be somewhat good but the portions are HUGE and everything tastes like butter and salt. Each meal is enough food for three people with prices to match.
If you want good service sit at the bar, table service and the tables near the bar can be anywhere from decent to horrible depending on how busy they are. Come in for a pint but if they are getting slammed by the theater crowd don't expect quick service.
03-20-2004 21:17:21 | More by Jason
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3
All of the Rock Bottoms are pretty much the same for atmosphere.
Pictures of rocks on the walls, with some dark wood paneling.
The service at this one was slow and not very knowledgable. I got one beer the waitress described as an English Style Brown, and being between the IPA and stout (meaning the IPA was on the low end).
Well I liked the beer, but by no means was it a brown ale (called Liquid Happiness - it's not listed here, and I can't add it becuase I don't have enough details). And of course an IPA isn't below a (regular) stout in taste or alcohol.
The food was very attractively presented, but too oily. One high point was the mashed potatoes - very cheesy and well balanced between lumpy and creamy, those earned this joint an extra food point.
7 beers, and 2 available by hand pump.
Value was ok, lunch for 2 and 2 pints for $30, not bad in downtown Boston.
12-01-2003 17:52:30 | More by mschofield
3.05/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
went to this place the other night. now, im not sure if me being from maine gives me a negative disposition to places like this; but i did not enjoy it. looking at it objectively, there was nothing really wrong with it. just a very different vibe than im used to with any type of brewery or brew pub. my friends got a bitter? and a stout, i got the ipa. the ipa was a bit weaker than i wanted, but was good none the less. they said their beers were good, but they are happy with anything that has barley, hops, and alcohol.
overall, it was very, very busy. lots of people, very loud. tv's with sports on them. lots of guys and girls on dates, dressed up and such. no one seemed to be there for the beer, atleast, not in different way they would be if it were any other bar. it just seemed like any other bar, with fermentation tanks in the back. little pricey for me, but i assume thats the city once again. not a place for a mellow vibe, chill music, great beers.
02-23-2009 20:08:43 | More by irishtjb11
3.08/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Decent atmosphere, if lacking in personality. Spacious with a large bar area.
Food is slightly expensive for what you get, but OK. Had a couple appetizers and the pulled pork sandwich, which was nice but pretty salty.
Seven beers on tap, plus two on cask. I tried the amber and the IPA, both of which were decent but nothing spectacular. The beer selection is not that adventurous: brown ale, amber ale, light ale, IPA. Their list of prizes mentions imperial stout, hefeweizen, ESB, but none of those were available.
Seems to be the same theme throughout: nothing fantastic but nothing to complain about. A good place to get dinner and a beer.
03-08-2006 04:55:35 | More by Prufrock
3.15/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Located in the midst of the theater district, this Rock Bottom is not quite your average chain brew pub.
The restaurant is spit up into two sections. A main dining area and a separate bar with surprisingly large bar seating area. The dining area has many booths and tables with some great views of the sidewalk for people watching. The bar features the giant slab of ice on the bar for keeping your beers icy cold as well a multitude of TVs for watching the game.
The beer selection is decent, with four standards and around 3 revolving seasonals. The beer is always very fresh but the standard brews tend to be middle of the road. An overtopped IPA, a M.O.R .pale ale, a German lager for the macro drinkers and a light beer for the macro light drinkers. The seasonals on the other hand are usually the hands down stand out. Upon my most recent visit I had a very malty 7.6% alcohol Scotch Ale and a perfectly spiced holiday beer. These beers alone make it worth going.
The food selection is a mixture of pub grub and your standard bar and grill favorites. Slightly upscale for the theater crowd, but always very tasty and reasonably priced.
Overall Im not really crazy about this place. The beer is decent and food is good. Really the most interesting thing about this location is the clientele. Being in the heart of the theater district it seems to be swimming with pre and post theatergoers. Its weird to be drinking with a whole table of dressed up mothers, daughters, and familys with children sitting behind you. Worth checking out, but not my first choice in Boston.
12-23-2003 08:09:27 | More by taez555
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
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Boston, MA
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.