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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 slander
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%

List of things to do on Saturday:
1) Drive to Boston in the goddamn rain for the Belgian Beer Festival. (check).
2) Belly up to the B United table as soon as you get in the door and get the skinny on the Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 (1 bottle and it's being cracked at 4 PM? Um... okay, we'll tag this as "in progress").
3) Park yourself at the Shelton Brothers table. Sample, sample, sample, sample, rinse, repeat (check).
4) Ommegang Ommegedon & Bier de Mars, Allagash Interlude, crazy good bret beers from Alchemist, sour things from the Shed (check).
5) Revisit that guy at the B United table to make sure that he was talking 4 PM Eastern Standard Time. (check).
6) Return to the Shelton Brothers table, sample, sample, try to talk them into adopting me. (in progress).
7) Relieve harried overworked staff at the Southampton table. Pour one for you, one for me, two for you, and a one two for me (check).
8) Turn the reins of the Southampton table back over to Spencer so I can be back at the B United table promptly at 3:52 PM. (check).
9) Enjoy beautiful Still Nacht Reserva 2000. (check).
10) Be nice to Phil by taking him to one of them chain brewpubs he likes so much...

We'd grabbed a bite at the secret pizza place, and now young Kenneth was heading back for session 2, while Phil and I were going to hit Rockbottom. It was a brisk little walk, for me, anyways (I'm almost old, you know), but I didn't mind because the rain had stopped and you could see that Phil was so excited. He was pointing out the sites along the way and yammering like he does. The park, the hotel, the place with the food, and then Rock Bottom. It's a vast rectangular room with large windows with slat blinds running the front from end to end, brick red, olive and yellow ochre walls with the standard Rock Bottom Southwestern motif pics and 40'X 60' prints of the 4 house standards on the far wall. Exposed duct work, drop lamps throughout and TV's in the corners. Roughly 4 dozen tables and booths to the one side and flowing to the rear. They're somewhat separated out into smaller seating areas by dividers holding kegs and plants. On the other side, an angled bar seating a dozen split by a large pillar in the back corner and nearly a dozen and a half bar tables in the adjacent area. Fermenters visible in a corner glass front room behind the bar. Tiered booze in a pyramid on the bar back, a wine rack with a GABF metal above, drop cone lighting over the bar, and a "fresh beer" board mounted listing names, ABV's, birthdays, OG's, and beer descriptions. "Oh, look, the Pumpkin Ale has the same birthday as I do", spoke Phil kind of solemnly, with a sudden kinship for another gourd who shared his day.

8 taps on a single tower on the bar; 4 standards (Lumpy Dog Light Lager, Munich Gold German Lager, Improper Hopper IPA, Northstar American Amber), a rotating dark (Shea's Extra Stout), and some brewmaster's reserves (Pumpkin Ale, Liquid Happiness English Strong Ale, Weizenbock), and 2 casks on the bar back (Improper Hopper & Shea's Extra Stout). The IPA was more like an APA, but the Pumpkin Ale was solid. The bartender asked me if I wanted brown sugar and cinnamon on the rim of the glass. I declined, but thought it was good that she asked. It was a fine Pumpkin Ale in and of itself, spicy, nice. I thought things were going pretty good, I hadn't noticed...

The bar had a bubbled copper sheet under plexy bar top, with a wood trim and a sunken "cold strip". Maybe I had seen it but it just hadn't registered, I don't know, but it sure had Phil ticked. All of a sudden, "See!! This is my issue with Rock Bottom! It's asinine and they shouldn't be encouraging this sort of behavior, seeking the coldest beer on Earth!!" I thought he was going to get all "Hulk smash!!"

While Phil ducked out for a smoke and rage, a few people bellied up and ordered some beers right next to me. I wasn't paying any mind, but I did notice the bartender giving them a small glass with orange and lemon wedges with their beers. After they left, I leaned in and said, "Okay, I've got to know, why did you give them the fruit?" She offered confidently, "You put the fruit in the beer, it compliments them". I had to look up at the beer board to make sure I had this right before I countered, "Yeah, but you don't have a Weisse beer and you don't have a Wit beer?" and she replied, "They're for the IPA". I got loud. "You would never, ever, put a piece of fruit in an IPA! EVER!" She then tried to convince me , "It's true, an IPA is borderline for fruit in it".
"Um, no".

Packed with people not drinking house beers. Still, not bad for what they do here (unless you're about using that cold strip).

slander, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

Session 1 of the Beer Advocate Belgium Beer Festival at the Cyclorama had ended and Session 2 was an hour away, what do to?!?

Well a small gathering including a hobbling Drewbage, Gentleman RoyalT, RokotGirl, djgonzalez and Moon0 outside of the Cyclorama decided that a short walk over to the nearby Rock Bottom was the way to go given the limited amount of time that we had. Probably somewhere between a good 5-10 minute walk from the Cyclorama, we were limited a little by the fact that the East Coast cold was wreaking havoc on the old shrapnel wounds in Drewbages Testicles and Knees, but we easily managed a Taxi back though; Hey never let it be said that we West Coasters don’t stick together in times of Temperatures below 65F!!

This one is on Stuart Street in Boston, and is one of the larger Rock Bottoms that I have frequented, a decent sized gathering outside had me thinking that we may struggle to get in, but as with other Rock Bottoms the people waiting outside, and some inside the entrance even, were waiting for seating in the Restaurant portion of this branch outlet.

Once inside the Restaurant area breaks off to your left and it was very busy during our visit as I mentioned earlier, but the high ceiling and tall massive windows that look out onto the Sidewalk gives a real impression of space here and didn’t make it feel crowded at all, even though it was. We headed down the little curved alleyway that ramped down and right into the general drinking area. The curved bar is all wood and set against the back wall, in front of which are many tall round tables surrounded with high stools. Plenty of TV’s with mixed Channels to keep the attention of American Sports Fans that have ADD busy. Our party grabbed one of these high tables immediately, and we were greeted in a half decent time by our Server whom appeared to have had a “Sense of Humor Lobotomy” only hours earlier. Still Service was punctual and polite so I cannot complain too much

Beer range is, well….Rock Bottom, so to speak. The usual range of Wheat, Brown, Red, Stout, Light Lager, blah, blah, blah…..they seem to rotate a little and may not all be on sale at the same time though. Thankfully, during our visit we had the fortune of being able to try the IPA Special/Seasonal, I forget what it was called but it was Cask, not bad but a tad lifeless [a regular bitch of mine with US Cask dispense] and nothing more than a barely hoppy Pale Ale really. We ordered shared snacks; Quesadilla and the Titan Toothpicks, which were standard RB fare, not bad, not great, but good enough.

The Rock Bottom served its purpose, it provided some consistent fare and a decent enough barely above average beer range to accompany it, but not much else. If you’ve seen one you really have seen them all I guess but the Downtown Boston “Branch” is a little larger than most and does have some redeeming, interesting and even tacky features like the ice-rink thingy on the bar for keeping your beverages cold, erm no thanks!

Whilst not worth a sole trek, it is worth popping in if you're passing by, it won’t let you down, but it ain’t gonna make yer dangly bits tingle either (unlike the Boston cold did to Drewbages).

Classic Rock Bottom; Dependable but Predictable.

Last Visit: Saturday 6th November, 2004.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of morebeergood
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

morebeergood, Feb 05, 2007
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 Jason
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

Jason, Mar 20, 2004
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 rousee
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 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 Todd
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.

Todd, Jun 25, 2002
Photo of jgasparine
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

jgasparine, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

MuddyFeet, Mar 20, 2004
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
Photo of taez555
3.15/5  rDev -11%

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 TV’s 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 I’m 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. It’s weird to be drinking with a whole table of dressed up mothers, daughters, and family’s with children sitting behind you. Worth checking out, but not my first choice in Boston.

taez555, Dec 23, 2003
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 AllThingsNinja
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 19, 2004
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 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 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 tikk
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

tikk, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of ADR
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
Photo of SkinnyElvis
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.

SkinnyElvis, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of mschofield
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

mschofield, Dec 01, 2003
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
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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
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Boston, MA
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.