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Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.64/5
Based on:
18 Beers
105 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

505 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27603
United States
phone: (919) 232-2477

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Reviews by slowbie:
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

For those that don't know, this is one of two Natty Greene's brewpubs and it is not the original. I've been to this one a few times and have only been to the one in Greensboro once. However, based on that brief experience and what the website seems to say, the Raleigh brewpub seems a little bit nicer.

This place plays up the historical theme but in a rather modern way. Pretty modern decor consisting mainly of stained hardwood everything. There is a big glass room in the middle of the place that separates the bar and dining room and holds the brewing system and a fermenter or two.

The food I've had has all been pretty good and reasonably priced. I've had a burger and a barbecue sandwich when I went and both were good. I've found it hard to find a truly good burger since moving to the area but theirs is as close as I've come so far.

Waitstaff are reasonably knowledgeable about the beer without being beer geeks about it, and have done a good job of taking care of a big group when I went with a bunch of people.

Last but certainly not least: the beer. All their beer that I've tried is at least decent. They have a good mix of styles, and quite a few unique ones that you don't often see from American brewers including doppelbock, dunkelweizen, and weizenbock. Not all their beers are German influenced though. I've had their Amber and Brown as well, and both were good beers. I haven't had anything that blew me away, but there are only a handful of restaurants in the area that have food and beer that are both this good, and all the rest are pricier.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3.46/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

See "run of the mill".

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Good beer good food with a southern feel. Not amazing but good.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of HopintheSouth
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Was in Raleigh on a grey and rainy weekend and made a point of visiting Natty Greene's. We arrived just after 2pm on a Saturday and it seemed sufficient to miss the lunch rush. There were quite a few open tables in both the bar area and the restaurant. Music was classic rock kept at a muted volume. Both the bar and the restaurant were spacious and had plenty of room between tables. The restaurant was much brighter and that's where we opted to take our meal. My only complaint about the atmosphere was that the room was kept rather cool. It's understandable, given that weather is still closer to summer than winter here; it wasn't exactly a relief coming in from the rain though. I'm not docking them any points for it, just stating what was. Overall, the establishment presented very well on both aesthetic and utilitarian fronts but there was nothing striking about the decor or design, hence my withholding a 5.0.

My girlfriend and I were seated quickly by a friendly waitress. Looking back, I think we interacted with three different members of the staff throughout the afternoon. It seemed one took our order, then one would deliver it, another would come by and see how everything was, etc. It might be the way they divide labor there or it might have been that things were slow and they were all looking for something to do. Service hit that great middle ground I'm always looking for - they were attentive but not obstructive.

I ordered the American Strong Ale after seeing that the Ryes weren't on the menu (I had been especially looking forward to sampling them, such are the risks of a rotating selection) and that they were fresh out of Stout. Overall, they advertised about ten beers on the menu and had sold out of two, which is still a reasonable selection. The brew was served in a pint glass at an appropriate temperature and with no apparent spillage. I didn't have any paper on hand and so did not review the beer, but it hit all the qualifications and my sense of it was it would probably have scored in the high-3's/low-4's had I been prepared.

For food we both decided on sandwiches with the home-made chips on the side. My partner got a turkey sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise and was pleased. It reminded her of a sandwich special that she's fond of from a place called Baggin's in Arizona. I had one of the cheesesteaks and enjoyed it. Portions were good and not oversized and the food was hot, with the chips still sizzling a bit when the plates were set down. Chips were lightly salted and crisp, which is something that many places who fry their own chips can't seem to accomplish. Overall, food was good but unimaginative, but then again, what do you want? It's a brew pub and the food showcases the beer, not the other way around.

Check arrived without us feeling rushed or having to wait/ask for it and the price was very reasonable. For a beer and two meals we paid right around $20. I'll be going back when I'm in Raliegh again and looking forward to seeing what new beers are on tap.

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Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. in Raleigh, NC
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.