Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 86
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by gixxerman:
4.13/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The first thing I noticed is how large this space is. I counted at least 3 large areas, plus an outdoor patio. I did not see any brewing equipment, they may brew elsewhere. I picked the room with a bar and sat there.
Freedom American IPA was available so I started with it, very good, not over the top, but hopppy enough to satisfy me.
My server was really on the ball, no complaints at all.
An order of crabs cakes, collards, and slaw <- all very good, and a Stamp Act Rye later and I was very full and satisfied.
Don't hestitate to bring a large group of friends here, they have the space and staff to handle it. The beers are fresh and they menu has enough items to please anyone.
08-04-2010 21:30:24 | More by gixxerman
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
One of my favorite breweries and restaurants in town. You can't beat their usual beers for $3 a pint everyday and a good seasonal rotation. The food is excellent, everything I've had is good and the burgers are awesome. I've been coming here since they opened in 2010 and they haven't increased prices once. The atmosphere is awesome, old 'warehouse' style red-brick building with hardwood floors in downtown Raleigh. You can't go wrong with a pint, good food and a round of shuffleboard. If you're new to Raleigh or passing through, please stop by!
04-08-2014 23:36:37 | More by HopintheSouth
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Great atmosphere when you walk in, right off the bat. Clear view of the brewing area, with a huge, high ceiling bar area in dark wood tones with a few televisions playing the surrounding colleges given sports at the time. Walk through the bar and there is another huge seating area with more of a family feel. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about the beers, and they were prompt and friendly the entire time, and it was packed while we were there. Very impressed. The food was great...gastropub style, but with a few unique things here and there. They carry their normal flagship brews on-tap, but they also had about 8 "seasonal" offerings that I don't believe get bottled and distributed. Prices were very reasonable for food and beer, and they do have beer to go in 6 packs and growlers. Can't wait to go back.
02-14-2014 16:48:08 | More by GarthDanielson
3.2/5 rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Based on my previous experience with the Natty Greene’s in Greensboro, I wasn’t expecting very much from the downtown Raleigh location. And while it’s certainly not a terrible option for those in the area, it doesn’t stand out in any way either.
The best part of the whole shebang is the location. It’s in a beautifully restored brick building right next to the train tracks slightly southwest of downtown. There’s a couple of separate rooms – one more of a bar with games (including the rarely located full-length shuffle board) – and the other more of a dining room. There’s a lot of brick, not just on the walls, but in room dividers as well, and the woodwork throughout is a great touch.
In all, the restaurant itself is open, lively, but still a place you could take your family. It works to fill its function extremely well. And in what must be an old, reclaimed building, they’ve certainly got this part of the brewpub equation down pat.
The menu is everything I’ve come to expect from large-scale breweries that have opened multiple locations. They try to appeal to the masses by having pretty standard American fare options, and while it all seems pretty fresh and decently prepared, it does lack a little something-something in execution.
I typically head right for the sandwich section, and today was no exception. My wife and I split two – one a traditional ribeye Philly with sauteed veggies and provolone, the other a pressed pork sandwich smothered in barbecue sauce. That last bit was sort of weird. What’s the point of pressing a sandwich if you’re going to smother it in sauce, forcing someone to use a knife and fork to eat it anyway? It was still tasty, just sort of weird. Anyway, the Philly blew the other sandwich away. The side of black-eyed peas with bacon, however, did not. Blech.
The beers are also everything I’ve come to expect from large-scale breweries that have opened multiple locations; they try to pander to the Bud-drinking crowd. All of their year-round options and most of their seasonals are extremely mild and boring. Of that group, the pale is the most worth your dollar; they don’t even have a regular IPA.
The seasonals don’t fare much better. A smoky porter and brown ale were pretty flat in both profile and depth. A “stronger” pale ale was actually pretty okay, but still fell well short of my go-to American pale’s like Dale’s or Stone. The winterfest Munich dunkel was malty and smooth – actually a good option. And a double American witbier was exactly what you’d expect – sweet and malty and more like a Cobra than I’d care to drink on a regular basis.
There were two additional options that actually sounded promising – a double amber ale and an “experimental” IPA with rare Aztec hops and a definite citrus profile – according to the description. Unfortunately, they were out of both. My guess is that whenever they come out with anything that is even slightly bolder than their moderate norm, it gets lapped up like a dog drinking water after crossing the Mohave.
The service on my visit was exceptional – I will say that. I camped out for 2+ hours, tried all the beer, had lunch with my wife, and never went thristy for a minute. She was very much on top of my wants and I never had to ask for anything.
In any case, there aren’t a lot of breweries in Raleigh that serve food. And until there are, this remains a decent option.
01-28-2014 14:03:47 | More by bigkingken
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. in Raleigh, NC
89 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.