Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
Have been to this place twice while visiting friends in the Ballston area.
A nice semi-sports bar feel. More of an upscale sports bar with many sections and an outside seating area which we opted for because it was a gorgeous 65-70 degree evening.
Wait staff was a bit slow and really didn't know what was on draft which is always a red flag for me for any brewpub.
Selection is really standard, your standard brown, IPA, Stout, Red, etc. I opted for the cask Agave IPA and the Cask Brown. IPA was way too sweet with little to no hop character, was very dissapointed. Brown was much better but by no means a must try.
Food selection is concise and overpriced American pub fair.
Overall if you are in the area head somewhere else for much better beer and much better food.
09-17-2012 18:57:36 | More by claspada
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
Atmosphere: Despite the fact that this place is located in kind of a ghetto mall, the inside of the place is actually somewhat inviting and spacious. You can't miss the bar once you enter. It's literally right in front of your face. Also, there are tons of tables with even more room in the back are if you want more of a "restaurant" feel.
Quality and Service: This is basically a sports bar with an added microbrew. To that end, I feel this place is successful. Even though we've never actually gotten a bartender or server that knew much about craft beer, our service has always been pretty good.
Selection: About 8-10 brews on tap and pretty much all styles are covered, including some special small batch, high octane entries. I find it curious that they also carry bombers of their brews now. I dig that because it allows me to sample more of the line-up at a later time, since there is only so much I can take in a single sitting.
Food: You can't go wrong with the burgers or appetizers here. Like I mentioned before, this is a sports bar, so remember that and you'll be fine.
Value: The prices are right on par with this area... especially for Arlington (sigh....)
SIDE NOTE: Only time will tell if the new Rustico across the street will eat into their profits.
03-22-2012 22:15:47 | More by Chaney
3.65/5 rDev +2%
Atmosphere: It's in the middle of a busy mall, so that doesn't help. Feels a lot like any other neighborhood restaurant/bar, mostly like an Applebee's. Nothing offensive, nothing memorable. Avoid Wednesday nights as that is their $2 pint night and the noise and general drunkenness makes this place nearly unbearable (unless of course you are one of the masses).
Quality: Beer is actually pretty solid, not life changing, but more than you would expect from a corporate chain brewpub like this. Food is also tasty, and they put just enough of a twist on standard pub fare (ballpark pretzels, kobe beef sliders, jalapeno spinach dip) that it keeps things interesting. Good variety of beer on the menu, though most of them are only average examples of their given style.
Service: I've always had good service in the bar area. Bartenders are quick and responsive. Servers are friendly and attentive, except on the aforementioned Wednesday nights, where they are so overwhelmed there's no way to expect anything but mediocre service from them.
Selection: Just the basics here. They started doing cask beers which is interesting. They also have a solid selection of seasonals and year rounds, but nothing that establishes new ground or pushes the boundaries of what a beer can be. Additionally, they beers they do have, while average to good, are nothing to write home about.
Food: Good. Standard pub fare but with some nice twists. Portions are big for the price. Plenty of good options here to put down on top of a couple of pints.
Value: Very good. Their pint specials are about the best in the area, even if the beer is standard. Food prices are also reasonable. If you go on a Wednesday night, you won't believe how small the final tab is due to the food and drink specials. You'll have to brave obnoxious and belligerent yuppies, though.
Overall: If you have a lot of friends who are lukewarm craft fans that always set up happy hours, this is where you want to steer them. Enough variety and quality to keep the craft fan interested while the accessibility and atmosphere will appeal to the masses. A great place to introduce someone to craft beer, or to hold a "for the masses" happy hour to avoid drinking Miller Lite all night. It is what it is.
07-24-2011 18:38:08 | More by siege06nd
District of Columbia
3.65/5 rDev +2%
Situated in the mall with some other restaurants, Rock Bottom has a typical chain restaurant feel for the most part. The beer is good but not consistently great. Some of the special brews and cask selections I've had there have been great, other styles have been average at best. Service has been hit or miss depending on how busy it is or any events going on. They have a fairly wide selection of styles with plenty of rotating specials and casks. The food is again typical of a chain restaurant; no need to go here for the food on its own but it's certainly enjoyable.
02-26-2011 23:48:57 | More by goldbot
3.83/5 rDev +7%
Situated inside the Ballston shopping mall, but don't let that fool you as it is adjunct to the outside of the mall where there is a small beer garden that leads to the outside part.
Once you walk into the restaurant it is dimmly light but you get the large and spacious feel. There is a bar to the left side - very large area with tvs propped up and funky pictures throughout. The dining area is spawled throughout and there is another hidden bar in the very back near the outdoor patio.
They have about 6-7 brews on tap and a long bar in front of this large sheet of glass where you can see the beer VATS at work. Service is usually good and sometimes frustrating during busy times (e.g., during $1.50 pint night on Wednesdays). The bartenders here are cool and laidback. The food is good here - I am quite partial to the buffalo wings here! They have specials throughout the week and do host bands from time to time. Good times here. Old Chicago and DC Chophouse are all under the same management as Rock Bottom.
02-24-2011 19:03:03 | More by CuriousMonk
3.65/5 rDev +2%
I was down in the Washington, DC, area and was happy to discover that Rock Bottom was in close proximity to my hotel. Due to limited availability of time, I was only able to have a few pints of the Blue Line Pale Ale.
It was an enjoyable beer, but lighter in body than I initially expected.
For some reason, my pints were served in a plastic pint glass...a glass that had seen better days...thankfully it did not diminish the experience to an excessive extent.
Though the bar area did not seem overly crowded, we could not get a seat or table...though there was plenty of room to add more of both. We ended up sitting in the restaurant.
The crowd was young and the vibe positive, but I could see where the lack of seating in the bar area could be an issue for some.
Definitely worth a visit...but please, no more plastic pint glasses...it takes away from the quality of the product.
10-17-2009 04:58:27 | More by WayneRooneyFan
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
From what i hear get the burgers, i got the steak...bad call all around. they were blatantly overcooked and took forever. but then again this is a beer site not a food site. the beer is actually pretty good, and they even have some of their beer on cask which is pretty awesome. if you are in the mood for cocktails they are pretty accommodating as well. i think their beer menu, like Gordon Biersche skews towards the mainstream a bit, but they do have about 2-3 offerings that are much more out of the ordinary ( like the cask ale) so it is a great place to go for variety. location is also awesome being near the metro and all. a worthy place to stop in, but nothing to go out of the way for
04-23-2009 03:48:49 | More by Redwood21
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Arlington, VA
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.