Rock Bottom Restaurant And Brewery

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3.71/5
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Place Score: 85
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.7
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10 West Washington
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204
United States
phone: (317) 681-8180

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Photo of hdf561
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I go to a fire department conference in Indy every year and this is always on the agenda.

The food is kind of upscale and a little pricey for me especially when you are in a city with various bars that have great food and great deals all day every day.

The atmosphere is fine especially when I am there as it is filled with firemen and we know how to have a good time no matter where we go!

The beer selection is also top notch, the circle city light and the Fire Chief ale are my personal favorites.

This is a great place that is a staple of Indy a MUST SEE when you visit this city.

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Photo of mwar
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Good beer, excellent service. Don't overlook, just because it is semi national!

Photo of barrett61
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I went here after walking around downtown Indy and deciding to stop in somewhere for a few beers. I am glad we ended up going here. We ended up having 3 beers each which were all above average quality. I had the Brown Ale, American IPA, and the West Coast Red Ale which was cask aged. My wife had the Summer, Red Ale, and American IPA.

Atmosphere was pretty dead, which is to be expected at 130pm for most places.

The bartender, Jamie, was amazing. We were the only 2 at the bar and she talked to us basically about anything. She was very knowledgeable about the beers and also gave some recommendations for activities we could do while downtown.

Price was very reasonable. We ended up getting all 6 beers for less than $30 which was a nice surprise.

Overall I would definitely recommend Rock Bottom to others. The bar was clean, service was great and the beer was high quality. I will be returning next time I'm in Indy.

Photo of schoolcb
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Visited for lunch while on vacation in Indy. Server talked me out of my first beer choice (Porter) to try the limited release Belgian. It was good, but I wish I had stuck with my first choice. Server was very beer knowledgeable. Ordered a Kolsch for my dad, and it was unimpressive. Might as well have ordered a Bud. Food was decent, nothing special. There were four of us we all ordered something different and everyone liked what they had, but would not rush back to eat here again. This was lunch time so it was probably rush hour, but we were sitting right by the POS terminal so no excuses for not noticing my beer was empty. I would have tried another beer if the server had paid attention to us. Overall I'd rate it a meh.

Photo of frazbri
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Visited the Indianapolis Rock Bottom on a rainy Saturday night. We were staying downtown for a trade show and knew we could walk from our hotel most of the way to the RB without going outside in the rain.

We went to the bar and found an open high-top table. The table itself was wobbly, so it made me a little paranoid about spilling my drink. The NFL playoffs were on, so the room was lively, and a little loud. Generally clean and friendly.

At a Rock Bottom your going to have five or six standard beers and one brewmaster's special that's usually a little more interesting than the blonde ale. The special was out this visit, so I opted for the stout. It's a good irish stout, a little sweeter than a Guinness.

My meal choice was fish tacos. The tacos were good, the black beans were tasty, but the rice was crunchy. (either undercooked or really overcooked and dried out)

Our server did a pretty good job. Nothing extraordinary, but our orders were on time and accurate.

I feel like I'm damning Rock Bottom with faint praise. Really, it's good, just it's not amazing. (and it's kind of a cookie cutter thing. Not much difference from Indy, Cinci or Denver)

Photo of mpcrump
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A: Nice open and fairly well lit. Everything looks taken care of and clean. Even when full it doesn't seem to be that loud. Nice family atmosphere.

Q: Pretty good overall. I generally think all of there beers are good and consistent.

S: Good service. Don't expect your waiter or waitress to know anything about beers though. For us the service has always been good and friendly. The last time it was a bit slow.

S: Generally speaking I think they have a limited amount of beers. Not a lot of styles represented.

F: Good stuff with a good selection. I think there is something for everyone at a place like this.

V: I think the beer and food pricing is spot on. This place is a slightly upscale chain and I think the pricing shows that somewhat.

Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A- this place looks very upscale and has nice decor and lighting.

Q-the quality of the food was good, the quality of the beer was just average imo.

S-promt service and waitress.. waitress Didn't have a sugestion when i asked what her favorite beer was out of 3. Which is no big deal as she doesn't like beer.

S-very limited selection.. mostly all in house brews and those are nothing to rave about

f-good food with decent service. It's not bar food but not 5 star either.. a very nice medium ground. Enjoyed the food alot.

V-food was priced very reasonable and the beer was maybe 1$ too much but can't really complain

overall this is a nice place to go have dinner with the wife of gf but if your looking for a great beer experience.this is probably not gonna do it for ya.

Photo of cwcolby74
4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like to go to this place every so often but wouldn't go more than once a year. Decent beer selection (all stuff they make) and good food. A bit pricey for what you're getting, even by Downtown standards.

I think it may be better as a sit-down restaurant than a bar, which is actually not very big. I did go once during a Colts game and enjoyed the atmosphere and service.

The beer they brew for their restaurants are always good but not great. They're not very creative with styles and sort of do the run-of-the-mill thing. But the ones they have are always pretty good. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Stopped by here after Winterfest a couple months back.

A- Looks like a upscale palce with a light sports bar like them to it. Dimmly lit but not too dark.

Q- The quality of the beer was good with the beer itself being served in the right glasses. Nice pours as well on the beers themselves that I had and what I could see with my friend's pours a well.

S- The service was good here with the bartender being prompt and asking if we needed beers and was quick with the bill.

S- My only real complaint with the place was the beer list as there was only one of each style on the board. Not a huge beer list but average.

Overall the beers I thought were a little pricey with this being a chain but...oh well can't have it all.

Photo of porter17
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice place to go and sample the brews. Pretty good atmosphere and a nice "drinking" feel. I did the sampler and had all 8 of the beers, which was a very good selection (the hand pump was out). They were all good to very good. The IPA was excellent. They had a good variety and they definitely exhibited superior quality. The bartender was a really nice guy and provided good service. The sampler was really inexpensive and that was the icing on the cake for me. I recommend a stop here if you are Indy and I know I'll be back should I find myself there again.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

My third Indianapolis brewpub in two days, and thankfully the best.

The bar is very nice, with large fermenters visible through the glass behind the bar, and the restaurant in general had a very nice vibe going with wood floors, high top tables, and red leather booths. They also very much play up the brewery aspect of their business.

As a nice bonus, there were many flat screen TV's overhead devoted to sports. A nice bonus on a Monday night during football season. Don't worry if you aren't a sports fan though, as there was no volume.

The staff was attentive, prompt, and pleasant.

The restaurant was pretty busy for a Monday night, but there was no wait to get in.

The selection was pretty typical. A dozen appetizers, a few salads, sandwiches, burgers, and a few main course dishes such as steak and salmon.

I had the seared ahi tuna appetizer for $10.99 and it was decent. Not the best I've ever had, but the best I've ever had a brew pub. In addition, their honey mustard chicken sandwich ($10.49) was great, and their beer selection was reasonably priced at $4.99 per pint. I would definitely go back.

Another bonus is that there is plenty of down town parking ($1.50 up to 3 hours) and a lot to do within walking distance in case you find yourself staying in down town Indianapolis.

Photo of Nickls
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

(From notes)

Good stop for me since I was staying very close by. The atmosphere was OK; pretty typical bar/brewpub interior that seemed to be a little 'nicer' inside. Very much enjoyed the outdoor seating area, which is always welcomed.

Nice range of brew styles, some pretty standard, but reaching to a saison. Brews were handled well and were fresh, nothing completely outstanding but nothing terrible that I sampled.

Service was prompt enough, and pleasant. Was able to recite the full menu, along with descriptions which was helpful.

Definitely worth a look if you are staying in close proximity, but I couldn't see myself traveling far for this one.

Photo of JoeST
4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped in at the Lake Circle Drive location in Indy with my wife & our friends. First impressions are of your typical restaurant/bar. We thought that things were going to go bad because the hostess at the door was a little ass hole, this got resolved later as we were not the only people who had a problem with him that night.
Anyway that was the only problem with the place. Once we were seated our sever was quickly over & introduced herself. She had a pretty good knowledge of all the beers on tap, & was very helpful & polite. Our drinks were brought out very quick & she really stayed on top of things making sure we had everything without being all over us every second, her timing was honestly perfect.
We all had something different I had a Burger, my wife ordered Sirloin I believe I can't quite recall what our friends ordered (sorry I'm a couple week out from when we stopped) but anyway the food was unbelievable. This was the first my wife & I along with our friends have ever stopped somewhere & been completely satisfied with everything.
The Beer was great, even my wife loved most of it & she hates Beer. Myself & my buddie both had a pint of Trouble their Triple & our other friend had their sampler. I also Had one of their Stouts (can't recall the name though) & took home a Growler of the Trouble.
We even all ordered desserts which we never do, that was also just unbelievable, before we left.
Overall our experience at Rock Bottom was very good & we will be back for sure. We have been dieing to go again ever since.

Photo of baos
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I used to go here quite often and shoot pool in the downstairs and sample of their beers before I started taking notes and learning about the differences of types and flavors of beers. This place is located in a nice part of downtown near circle center mall right on Washington street. The place is set up pretty nicely with outside seating in the summer. Evening is nice with a nice dark pub lighting kind of feel. Pool tables in the basement and darts. Service is pretty good. The few times i did get food there I sat in a booth near the upstairs bar and was treated very well. The food is good is okay nothing spectacular, but its along the lines of TGIF and maybe a bit better than Applebees. These brew pubs need to get some chefs and get their acts together. I've been to all kinds of wine bars with awesome food and not one brew pub come on people.

Photo of JamesS
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Nice atmosphere, your general chain restaurant, although I do like seeing some of the brewing equipment around.

Everything was nice and clean and the beer was good, if not outstanding. Nice menu, although I was only in for the beer.

Good service, if a little slow. My server answered questions and came by to check up on my occasionally, although it seemed like at the end she wasn't worried about me as much, and I think she didn't work as hard since I only ordered beer.

Nice beer selection, including a cask ale (that I didn't see until it was too late).

Photo of pmatz2
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited over the weekend while in town with a 14 month old baby. They were kid friendly (for a 5:30 sitting)
Beer selection was varied covering all the key bases. There was even a cask conditioned beer on the blackboard.

Sorry that i wouldn't be in town for the the brewers dinner 4 course meal with 4 beer pairings.

Food choices were varied (something for everyone) including fish tacos which weren't bad. (fish tacos outside of CA scare me!) Overall worth a shot if your in the downtown area looking for good food and good beer.

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Indy RB has a great location just off the circle. This is a big space with lots of dining areas. The bar area is located near the main entrance and in the center of the room.

They have wood floors and very high ceilings. Attractive but you know you're in a chain. Stone cold classic rock in the background.

The bar proper seats about 20 but is hampered by a couple of large pillars that screen about 4 stools from the bartender and result in only about 6 inches of space to put your beer. The bar area also has some high pub style tables and some other long tables for groups.

Crowded on a Wednesday at 5:30 with good happy hour specials. I was kind of shocked how popular this place was. From 5 to 7:30 there were successive waves of folks waiting for tables.

My server was friendly and could describe the beers, but she went MIA for long stretches of time.

The food I tried was good and fresh tasting. Seems to be a spot for eating as much as a it is a beer place.

If I recall correctly, they have 4 house beers and then rotating wheat and "dark" beers. While I was there the wheat was a German style hefe and the dark was an expresso stout (yummy!).

Photo of shbobdb
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just joined the Hoperatives program, so I should declare that status.

Anyway, the downtown RB is a solid brewpub. I've reviewed most of their beers, so I'll let that record speak for itself, but I definately visit the Rock Bottom semi-regularly. So, it is definately good enough to keep me coming back. They all have a pleasant 'juicy' character to them, I am not sure if it is the yeast or maybe the english hops, but it is quite pleasant. Very nice, easy drinking beers.

But it is not just the quality of beer that makes me return to this bar again and again. First off, the mug club is an awesome rewards program and whenever they tap a new beer it is fun to hear the brewer talk about his product.

As for the atmosphere, it caters to an older crowd which is both good and bad. It is a great place to come with friends or to come to 'just have a beer'. If you are looking for a wild party, this place generally isn't it. But hey, after a long day at work, what I usually want is to sit down and have a beer. And for that, it is perfect.

The food is tastey, if a little on the expensive side. Check out the Calamari, it's pretty awesome.

Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was reading a review of my home base, LNCBC, by diakron, in which he characterizes me as "ubiquitous". Ha! Outside of the FBI, I didn't realize that people were tracking my movements. That is, until I remembered my ankle bracelet and my Rock Bottom Mug Club card, which has seen me in King of Prussia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, Boston, Milwaukee, Bethesda, Arlington, and now, Indiananpolis, with Mini-Apple-Us scheduled for next weekend (17 to 19 December 2005). I guess that I do get around, come to think of it.

I really like this chain, if I haven't copped to it before. It is always the same, yet different. Each place is unique to its physical location, but the menu is standard and many of the beers are repetitive, but the brewers all put their own spin on their product, as well as being able to create their own seasonales.

As usual, my personal compass pointed to "Bar", so after passing through a short vestibule and announcing my Pestian presence at the reservation desk, as required by federal law, I took up my usual position. Above me, again like the sword of Damocles, was a massive chalkboard touting "Fresh Handcrafted Beer" and broken down by "Style", "OG/FG", "ABV", Tapping [Date]", and "Description". Cleverly, the "U" and "P" in "Coming UP" are the Colts' and Pacers' logos, respectively. This was fitting, since it was the Stillers/Colts MNF game that had brought me to town.

My notes show that on Saturday late afternoon/early evening, the place was ungadly busy. Astounding!

Directly in front of me, behind the back bar, was a set of windows overlooking a bank of five fermentation vessels, which I felt as though I could have looked at for hours. Simple things fascinate simple minds ...

One of the waitstaff put me onto a new menu item: a cheese plate, pairing three different cheeses with three different beers. Brilliant! Did I mention that I love this chain? Here's my idea of a grand day out: the cheese plate as an appetizer, followed by their signature fish 'n' chips made with salmon, paired with an IPA. When's the next bus to KofP? Perhaps I can become their spokesperson ... or not.

In the overhead, above the servers, were the growlers, which reminded me that I wanted to add to my collection. I also feel compelled to mention the frosted glass light fixtures, which lent a very retro look to the place. Behind me, and to my left, was the the brewhouse, which gave me something else to salivate over for an indefinite period of time. Directly behind me were a bunch of high tables and bar chairs, followed by a short bank of booths. To my right, and up just a couple of steps, was an abbreviated dining area. The main dining area was off to my extreme left, behind a small partition, but it was too busy to go exploring until the impetus came in the form of a head call. The Mens and Ladies are all of the way aft, on the left side. The kitchen is off to the right, behind the fermentation room.

I almost (but only almost) missed "Under the Rock"- a basement pool hall with five pocket billiards tables, its own bar, a cigar lounge, high ceilings, and great black & white photos, especially of monks playing pool.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the preponderance of TV monitors in the place. I felt overwhelmed by the onslaught of varying images. Geez-O, man.

Finally, I want to give props to Merry the Bartender and Angela, a customer to whom I explained the difference between a "sweet" and a "dry" stout. She was nice enough not to have me hauled away as a looney.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

We came here as part of a large group, so we went down to the basement. We had it almost all to ourselves. There were televisions, and pool tables to occupy time. Basement seemed pretty much like a sportsbar. At the time they had a light lager, hefeweizen, pale ale, red ale, brown ale, stout and IPA. I had the sampler, and some were good, others just average. The service was ok, the bartender was somewhat frinedly, but really didn't seem to care about conversation. I was puzzled because they could only serve a couple samples at a time, they did not have enough sample glasses. We did not eat, so I couldn't say anything about the food. Overall, this seems to be a typical Rock Bottom. Worth a stop to sample, and maybe a pint of their seasonal.

Photo of rdailey76
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been to a couple different Rock Bottoms, but this was the first time I have eaten at the one in Indy. The sidewalk out front is torn up for road construction, but it didn't seem to hurt the business at all.

I decided to enjoy my meal and beers on their outdoor patio, which is streetside on a busy east/west street in Indy. Nice night, so nice atmosphere so far.

I was able to sample a IPA that they had on cask. It was ture to style, but definitely not satisfying. There was just something amiss with it, but I can't put a finger on it. I also had the seasonal wheat that they were pushing. It was better, but still has that "tang" that puts me off of Hefes.

The server took our drink and food orders and then we didn't see him again until after the food arrived cold and incorrect. He returned with our second round and the check, so I guess he wasn't inviting us to stay for another round.

I think they had approximately 6-8 taps to choose from, with one being cask. They had the standard brown, light, seasonal wheat, stout, the brewer's choice IPA and maybe another 2-3.

The food was pretty good, but definitely had been sitting under a heat lamp. The fries were cold and the salad was warm.

Anyway...definitely will be back, but probably only for beers next time.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Rock Bottom venues are often solid and consistent. Although, the standardized feel becomes comonplace.

Always a clean, vibrant, nicely lit, and casual hot spot. Nice feel, similar to Applebees and O'Charlies, although the beer here is better.

The service is always good and solid, but nothing special. The food is mostly standard for Rock Bottoms, but they do throw in a few special plates for the vernacular.

The beer is always good, but lacks much creativity, uniqueness, or boldness. As do other franchised Brewpubs, they appeal to the average beer drinker and offer little for those of us who appreciate better.

A fine place to enjoy a meal, ball game, and a beer. Easy to get bored with the cookie cutter brewpub. No complaints, but can't brag on it too much either. No real uniqueness, but safe.

Photo of oracle
2.7/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4

This was the second stop of the BA Indy Pub Crawl. I have been to various Rock Bottom Cafe's before, but this was my first time at the Indy one.

My first impression was a nice one, of a clean and well run establishment. It was moderately crowded but not too much so. I did have to wait a tad too long at the upstairs bar to get a pint of their dark german wheat beer (which was pretty good).

Then we went downstairs to play pool. Nice tables at $10/hour. I had to walk up to the downstairs bar to order food, as they had only one guy handling all of the downstairs. Not good, in my opinion.

Food was good, but nothing out of this world. Their beer selection seems to be pretty much limited to their own brews, which is a real shame.

Photo of soper2000
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The second Rock Bottom I've been to. Dropped by here on a Friday lunch hour and the place was absolutely packed and this is no small place either. Atmosphere is grandiose for a brewpub, pseudo-formal in my opinion. I'm used to the rustic feel of the Lafayette Brewing Co. and this is something different. I had the Ma Stout as the other selections seemed uninspiring or sort of bland. The beer was pretty good and I wish I had time to venture into the other selections. Food portions were enormous again and generally good. You can't really beat the location but I wish for a wider selection of interesting(to me) beers. I know this is unfair as you can't please all. But I will definately be going to the Rock Bottom in Indy again, plus it got bonus points as my girlfriend really enjoyed it (that's not too common).

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This Rock Bottom is located in downtown Indianapolis near the Circle Center mall, and right across from Alcatraz Brewing Co (and not too far a walk from RAM either). Parking is either street or in one of the plentiful garages in the area.

The layout and atmosphere are similar to other Rock Bottom establishments. The bar is in the rear of the building and it has a chalkboard to let you know what beers are available. The brew works are in the center of it all. The theme seems to be southwestern/outdoorsy, with lots of posters and pictures depicting animal life and outdoor locales.

This rock bottom has 6-7 beers in rotation at any given time, with one or 2 seasonals. Along with the beers found at every location like Raccoon Red, they do stray away from the norm with beers like a Chai Porter. Interesting! They offer a sampler and very cheap growlers too.

The service here was good, and I got a kick out of the waiter asking me if I was ready for a "big beer" after finishing the sampler. Har har. He was on top of things and even threw one of the samples in on the house which I thought was nice.

We didn't try the food at this location, but the menu looked pretty much the same as the others.

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Rock Bottom Restaurant And Brewery in Indianapolis, IN
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.