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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

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Based on:
475 Beers
3,117 Hads
Place Score: 85
Reviews: 26
Visits: 45
Avg: 3.66
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

800 LaSalle Plaza
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55402
United States
phone: (612) 332-2739

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Reviews: 26 | Visits: 45
Reviews by brewdoc75:
Photo of brewdoc75
3.55/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've been a little apprehensive about going to Rock Bottom in the past as it is a chain. I've had my hopes crushed at some chain brewpubs in the past, so the bar was kind of low for Rock Bottom. We actually stopped in when we were downtown because of the freezing temperatures. Also, I just got my membership to the AHA and they provided a discount at Rock Bottom.

The environment was nice. Kind of an old English pub style, but bigger. I size of the place was actually a bit of a turn off. I prefer my brewpubs to be a bit smaller and less commercialized. I ordered the nachos w/ chicken (this is what I always order at a brewpub the first time around). The nachos were outstanding. Some of the best I've had at a brew pub. The beer selection was quite vast for a chain brewery. They had 5 regulars. 4 or 5 seasonals/specialities and two cask beers. I started off w/ the Silver Mullet Oatmeal IPA and my wife had the Cask Itaska Pale Ale. Both were fantastic. The cask Itaska would make for a solid session beer. The IPA was very nice and unique, but didn't have the bite that I wanted. Next I tried the Anniversary IPA. This was a great beer, true to a West Coast IPA. My wife had the lager, which was pretty good for a lager. They had an Imperial Stout, a cask brown ale and a bitter that I would have liked to try. Unfortunately I was driving and I was limited to 2 beers. I did take home a growler of the Anniversary IPA.

Overall, I really liked Rock Bottom. It shattered my low expectations for a chain brewery. The service was pretty good, but not the best, but the food and beer made up for it. I will definitely be going back again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Josholson666
3.88/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of green727
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of einman
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Ilafan
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of pat61
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

This is a chain and it has a little bit of that chain vibe but overall it is not too bad and a decent place to go with a group for a beer if you are down town. The food is not gourmet but it is edible.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of dheldman
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of SurlyUtopia
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of millelacsmark
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of lonewolfcry
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Dave11899
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of timlyon
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of heytomcat
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Pug
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mattmarka1
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of p-wagz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

in Lasalle plaza we entered off of hennepin ave..the bar is very big but on the darker side A huge bar in the center is surrounded by tables and a fair amount of tv,s... lots of taps but only RB taps no guest taps. Service was good as the place was crowded food was presentable but just average bar food, the place was fun to be at lots of people and a good atmosphere..not a place or destination for me.. but a stop if you are taking in a show on hennepin, chambers.le meridian and many theaters, craft bars are nearby

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Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A- A bit dark in the bar. There are plenty of tv's for watching Twins games/other sports. There's a pool table as well. Otherwise, seems like a general bar and grill to me.
Q- Everything was served and done well enough. No cleanliness or quality issues.
Ser- Slow but friendly service. It took quite a while for my second beer to come (longer than it should have), but everyone there is eager to help and the waitresses knew quite a bit about their rotating taps.
Sel- About 8-10 taps, of varying styles.
F- The reuban was subpar, rather bland unfortunately. The coleslaw was pretty tasty though.
Val- About 5 bucks a beer, 10 bucks for sandwich. I would go back for a beer or two, but the food didn't strike my fancy.

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Photo of scanny79
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: Rock Bottom has a very nice arrangement for all comers whether you want someplace to eat or if you want the bar feel to it. The bar area is darker than I would like, but it definetly adds something to the place.

Quality: Everything I got from there was very nicely presented, and tasted very good.

Service: I had been seated in both the restaurant area and the bar area and both locations I was served very quickly and they were very prompt with refills or checking on me.

Selection: I didn't order anything off of the menu because it was the pre dinner drink stop prior to going elsewhere to eat. I did look at the menu and it appeared as if they had something for everyone. The beer selection was the same, they had a beer to accomidate everyones taste buds and gave a very good description of what the beers were.

Food: N/A (didn't eat there). However, from what I hear from people I know that have, the food is very good. I know the food I seen coming out of there looked and smelled very good. Would definetly like to try sometime.

Value: I would say it was about what I expected to pay for drinks. The growlers I ended up purchased from there were very reasonable in price and well worth it. Definetly a return visitor.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.78/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

My final stop on my Minneapolis adventure. This was only two blocks away from my hotel so I decided to stop in on a Thursday night. The place was overly dark. If was hard to even read the menu of beer choices while sitting at the bar. The draft selection was OK. Nothing really special or different from any of their other locations. The service was unoticable in either manner (neither good or bad.) My guest and I settled on the appetizer sampler which was way over priced for what it was and not very good. If I am every back in Minneapolis I am not sure I would stop back.

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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.