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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

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Place Score: 84
Ratings: 41
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rAvg: 3.64
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800 LaSalle Plaza
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55402
United States
phone: (612) 332-2739

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by slyke:
Photo of slyke
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped at Rock Bottom before catching a matinee of Avenue Q at the State Theatre next door.

We sat in the bar area - filled with high top tables and elevated booths. A lot of medium-dark stained oak.

We started with a sampler, the beers were pretty good for the most part, after we tried the possibilities, I enjoyed a pint of the Silver Mullet Oatmeal IPA.

With eight beers (seven styles) to choose from, there is something for just about everyone. Food was also good, I enjoyed the pub sandwich, the SO had a very tasty salad. If you're heading to a downtown Minneapolis event, Rock Bottom is worth a try.

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Photo of pat61
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of scanny79
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of mwagner1018
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Pretty decent happy hour spot downtown...especially since my girlfriend works very close and has a parking pass for a convenient garage. Generally I am in the middle as far as their beers are concerned, sometimes, I feel like I get a good quality interesting brew, and other times I'm left unsatisfied.

The Itasca Extra Pale Ale, is a pretty basic American Pale Ale, but is a good standard beer.

The Stillwater Stout is a good beer, and I would recommend trying it on a visit.

It's always a good idea to see what the Brewmasters Choice is, that can usually be a creative and unique style beer.

Their prices are affordable, and their food is pretty good, especially for the price, general bar food, with some good salads, and apps. Also it's a great place if you are an AHA member, you get 10% off food and drinks all the time, a very good deal. The best thing about Rock Bottom is probably its location, right near the theaters and in the heart of activity on Hennepin.

Downside, one of the few places in downtown during the summer that doesn't have an outside seating area.

Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Rock Bottom is a decent place to go in downtown Minneapolis for some craft brews. Pretty cool atmosphere as you can sit by the large bar, sit at tables or booths. Pretty large place, dimly lit, which makes it cozy. Decent service. The beers are pretty tasty, although they don't seem to change their offerings very often if at all. Great food here. Food can be a bit pricey. This is a place you can bring the significant other for a nice meal and some tasty brews. Not as good of beer as Town Hall, but the dining atmosphere is better. If in the area, a pretty decent choice.

Photo of HopDerek
4.15/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Sunday while we were in the area.

The place was proudly displayed outside, but the entrance was tricky to get into, being there no entrance from outside the "mall" area it's in. Entering you are greeted by the hostess stand and a nice large bar area with plenty of booths and tables around as well. In the back sits a few more tables and pool tables, along with the current tap list and description. A separate tap list exists by the entrance, but didn't seem updated. Very dark with several televisions around the place all showing sports. The dining area is on the opposite side from the bar.

It took a while for the bartender to notice our arrival, but he apologized several times for that. The place wasn't that busy otherwise, except for a group of seemingly locals chatting up the bartender at the other end of the bar.

The beers on tap seemed to be the staple beers to that location including a brown ale, golden lager, extra pale ale, and a red, with 3 seasonals being on, and 2 casks. We each only had 1 beer, but they were also pretty decent.

The food was typical for the Rock Bottom chain; burgers, steaks, salads, soup, appetizers of the fried kind, etc and was all fairly decent and reasonably priced.

It's not a place I would rush out in snow or a severe thunderstorm to get back to, but it's a nice establishment with some good food and a good variety of quality premise made brews on tap.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of JeffKrenner
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I went here with an out of town BA for dinner before a Timberwolves game on Tuesday. We arrived with plenty of time to have a couple pints, grab some grub, and get to the game. This, unfortunately didn't happen. Our food took almost 45 minutes from when we ordered. Food was good, but not really that warm. Which brings us to the biggest problem we had here.
Our waitress was incompetent. Food took forever and given the warmth of it, she left it sitting a while before picking it up. We were left with empty pints for periods as long as 15 minutes at a crack as was everyone in our area. If I do go here again, I will be sitting at the bar.
Place is fairly nice, but poorly lit. Pool tables are overpriced to play. Bar area is comfortable and easy enough to find people you are meeting at. Adequate seating.
Selection was average. I haven't really been a fan of most of their beers I have tried, which is mostly their regular 5 beers. I went with one of the seasonals this time, the RT Ryebock, and since it was good stuck with it for the night. I think the seasonals are what give the brewer the chance to make some beers that he wants to make. Stick with them when you go here.
Prices weren't too bad, although burgers at $10 seems a bit much.

Photo of miskatonic
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here with a friend whilst following the Red Sox for a few away games and enjoyed the experience immensly. I had two pints of the Itasca and a Belgian style strong ale (can't read my notes on the name - must be all the Itasca) and my friend ordered a sampler which the waitress actually gave him an extra sample for. All in all it's pretty standard Rock Bottom Brewery fare (and by that I mean very good quality) with very good service, and a slew of locally unique (or I haven't seen them elsewhere) brews. The food, the service and the quality of the beer was all very standard Rock Bottom goodness, definitely worth a visit for anyone who hasn't been to the chain's stores in other states, or to anyone planning a visit to Minneapolis anytime soon.

Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was in Minneapolis for the Bears Vikings game and went here the evening before for some dinner and beers.

They have a nice sized bar room, a raised area with pool tables and more seating and a fair sized dining room. Very large and very clean washrooms.

They were very busy and the place had a nice loud crowd buzz to it. The hostess told us it would be a 40-minute wait for a table, but it was really more like 15. That gave us just enough time to get to the bar and order a couple of the Oktoberfests.

The service was professional, they were to busy to be overly chatty, but at least they didn’t let the crowds put them in a surly mood. The food service was perfectly paced. The entrees came a decent amount of time after the appetizers, so you didn’t feel rushed and had more time for beer. The food was decent and much better than standard pub grub. In fact, this is more of a restaurant than most of the RBs I’ve been in.

They had 4 or 5 standards on tap and at least three specials. The specials included the aforementioned Oktoberfest, a Wit and a Rye beer. All were solid but not earth shattering.

Well worth a stop if you find yourself in downtown Minneapolis.

Photo of ryantupy
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here twice and the first time I stumbled in here with a bunch of friends bar hopping. We were very intoxicated and all ordeded a beer our waitress rude and very slow. Even though we were all pretty drunk we did nothing to annoy the waitress to excuse her lack of service. The second trip was much better. I went with a few friends starting our night out with some beer and food here. The serivce was far better and my Nut Brown Ale was very tasty and drinkable. I will definatly return to this place as it seems to be a very good and unique brew pub for beign a chain owned establishment. Again the service is mostlikely always good, the beer was good, and the food was great.

Photo of dfried
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

It is what it is, a chain brewery. It's located in a great spot, right in the middle of downtown right by the three main performing arts theaters. It's really nice inside, high ceilings, great woodwork and such. There is basically three parts to the bar, a main area along the bar with some tables for seating, a separate room more for dining, and an area just off the bar for what I like to call the "Bar Arts," pool, darts and such. The staff is exceptionally friendly, willing to explain what they have and/or let you try samples some of them (especially if you let them know you know that you are there for more than the lightest thing they got.) The last time I was there they actually had a total of 8 beers and 2 on cask, which, unfortunately is the most I have ever seen there. There variety is really not that great and the brewers can't experiment like at private brew pubs, which really takes away from the experience and return-ability of this place, but it's worth stopping in once in a while, sometimes you can find a gem.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This brewpub is tucked into a new building that was built around an old theater. The theater has great character and charm but the new building and the brewpub is the same old modern look. There are exposed ceilings with all the pipes and ductwork panted brown and a long wooden bar with fermentor encased in a glass room behind it.

We had lunch reservations for a party of 6 and they seated us at a cramped little highboy table with backless chairs in the front bar area. Some of my friend had eaten here before and asked if we could be seated in the back. After a few minutes the hostess, being very put out by our request, managed to seat us at a table with normal chairs. The space in back was totally empty and I assume they didn't want to open it up.

They had the 5 or 6 typical beers with two on cask and 2 seasonals so I was happy to try the Itasca IPA on cask, which was very nice. The food was pretty much bar food that is the same menu as other rock bottoms but I think they were downtown prices.

This is a good location and I would probably stop in for a pint or two especially since they run 2 casks but I don't think I would stay for food.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1

Pretty much looks and feels just like any other Rock Bottom but the ceilings are a bit taller and the tables are a bit more spread out than the average RB creating a spacious and enjoyable feel. Service is the real strong point. The wait staff are unbelievably friendly and attentive to the needs of their clientele. Unfortunately this is overshadowed by a severe lack of selection. There are only six brews and one cask available. After one eliminates the usually dull RB lager and red, that leaves only five brews. Not enough for me.

Photo of hanco005
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Decided to stop here with friends before last night’s Timberwolves game at the Target Center. Wasn’t very busy when we arrived…which was around 4:30pm. We took a booth in the bar area for our adventure. Service was quick, friendly and very attentive. Happy Hour specials were explained as well as the specials of the day. We ordered food…I had the BBQ sandwich which was excellent. But on to the beer!

They had 7 different offerings to chose from. 5 were available all the time, 2 were seasonal/special. They also had a sampler option so that you could try all of them. Growlers are also available. I opted for the Bottoms Up Bitter (seasonal) and it was very good. After the game, we returned (and it seemed like most of Target Center did with us) and I had the Itasca EPA on cask…also very good.

The overall atmosphere is nice, although a bit noisy when it is crowded. There is a separate restaurant area that is away from the bar if you want to avoid some of the noise. There are also pool tables and tvs in the bar area for all to enjoy.

Parking is located in the LaSalle ramp which is connected to the brewery. They will even validate a portion of your parking. Can’t beat that (unless it were free and no chance of that in downtown mpls)

Overall, a great place for beer and food. I usually visit here before shows and sporting events. You should, too.

Photo of corporatejim
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I work downtown Minneapolis and ususally stop here after work once or twice a week. Very large bar area with pool tables off to the left with additional seating. Bar and dining area are setarated, bar in the front and dining in the back. Service here is generally excellent. It probably helps to know most of the employees by name though. Generally have 5 to 7 beers on tap at any one time. The new brewer has started having a big beer on cask too. This is a nice addition. They also rotate one other beer on cask. I especially enjoy the specialty and seasonal beers here. Among their regulars, the Brown and Pale are also very good. The Brown gets much better as it warms a little. Prices here are very reasonable, and they have the best Mug Club program in town. Definitley worth a visit, in fact I just might stop by tonight.

Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Wow! A rare mis-step for this chain, IMHO. We wandered in here at my urging on the Saturday before Christmas, 2005 and they were buried in customers. It is located next to the State Theatre and is part of an office building and mini-mall.

I liked the way that the place separated the bar area to the left and the restaurant area to the right, based on the maitre d' station. The serving vessels are behind glass behind the back bar and the fermentation vessels are on the second floor, also behind glass, just above the serving tanks.

The bar area is not just the bar, but also a few booths and a sea of high tables and stools. All of the way aft are five billiards tables and several more high tables, but with backed chairs.

They have a standard restaurant area with the kitchen off to the left on the approach. The brewhouse is hard against the entrance to the kitchen and the restrooms are accessible from both the bar and restaurant sides of the establishment.

Here was my problem with this location: I realize that they were busy, but I did present my Mug Club card upon arrival, so I was already identified as other than a newbie and yet everyone from our server to the woman working the souvenier counter was surly. I do not need that. I'll try again this coming summer, but for now, this stands as the clinker in the chain.

Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of the better Rock Bottom experiences I have had after being at 3 or 4 different locations in different states.

A perfect weather day in MN with outdoor seating was unfortunately ruined by buses idling along the "theatre district". Ended up eventually moving inside with no issues from the wait staff who were very nice about moving the check around. It was fairly empty on a Wed night but it was later in the evening. An interesting mix of folks to mix with - artists and bikers on my particular visit made for interesting conversation.

A nice 9 beer sampler for an incredible price that includes a wide range of beer styles. 8 different beers. 2 of those beers were also available on cask (the Bighorn Nut Brown Ale and the Itasca Extra Pale Ale). Quality of the beers was on the high side but their beers are served too damn cold which ruins first impressions ! The Saison, Brown, and Porter stood out. The Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Dopplebock, and Red were pretty good but the lightest Lager was just that, light.

I had appetizerrs bit the food was good and in good portions for a reasonable price.

Would recommend this place for sure when visiting Minneapolis.

Photo of fisherman34
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Good location and great atmosphere at this place. I went there for lunch and it wasn't too busy, but I'd imagine that it gets pretty noisy in prime time due to the high ceilings. The beer was quite a disappointment, but I my judgement might have been slightly skewed because of all the great beers I had at Town Hall the night before. However, I did appreciate how candid our server was about the quality of certain beers. She freely admitted that a couple of them "weren't very good", or at least "not as good as some of the others". Anyway, it's probably not a bad place to stop for some food and to at least sample the beer, but I don't think I'll be going back there on my next trip to the Twin Cities.

Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here one lazy Sunday afternoon with feloniousmonk in June 2005. This brewpub is located in, what appeared to me, to be the happening part of downtown Minneapolis. The establishment is quite large. Upon entering seating is immediately to the left and the bar is forward and to the left. To the right is a host-stand and a 'souvenier' window of Rock Bottom products. Forward past the bar, bathrooms are down a hall on the left and more seating in another section is straight ahead. Rock Bottom was nearly empty, this Sunday at about 2 pm, and we could easily converse without distraction from extraneous noises.

We grabbed seats at the bar and were greeted promptly. Rock Bottom maintains a diverse selection of about 10 of their own beers on tap, a couple of which are seasonals. We each ordered a beer and opened menus while the bar-tender eyed my BA T-shirt. The beers were served up prompty and we ordered our food. While the food took longer to arrive than I expected, considering how slow business was that day, the bar-tender was quite attentive to our needs. My chicken sandwich was typical pub fare. While it cost more than a chicken sandwich at most Iowa bars, I'm guessing the price was pretty competitive for a bar in the downtown portion of a large city.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Not crowded this weekend, but it can be as the excellent downtown location can scoop people coming and going from all types of entertainment and sports venues. Tall ceilings, lots of seating with separate party rooms. The bar is a little antiseptic, offers views of the brewing kettles. Lots of TVs in the main area, one large screen, and five pool tables. The food is a little pedestrian, not as much diversity or quality as Rock Bottom/Boston (theater district). As usual for this chain, standards and specialties (many of which can be good). Since I was with a group, I only had time to give the Red Ale a try, I'll try to nail a couple of more interesting varieties at the upcoming Twin Cities pub crawl. I like to evaluate service based on the bartender, but I can only evaluate the wait person, so "results may vary." Outside seating in the summer time.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Waaaay too crowded when i went, that is what i get for going on a saturday night... Pretty good selection of beers, with a few seasonals that I went straight for. I had a Belgian abbey and a cask conditioned pale ale, and a red. They were all pretty good, though none really stood out as something better than I could pour from a bottle. A couple hot waitresses and pretty good food made this place somewhere I might go back to, if it weren't so far away. Get the giants toothpicks for an appetizer, they're damn good.

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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
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