Rogue Ales Public House
Taps: 35 / Bottles:
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
3.23/5 rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Dropped in here on 31 Aug 2012 for a light lunch. First stop in Oregon (outside an airport) and stop #7 on the Aug-Sep CA-OR beer tour.
Mid Friday afternoon, not too busy, maybe a quarter full. About 20 tables, mix of 4&6 tops, two dining areas plus the bar area. Maybe 30 beers on tap. Lots of beer, merch and swag for sale. Service was a bit slow. Food was pretty good, but overall value wasn't too great, $30 before tip for one beer, an iced tea, house salad and seafood cocktail. For some reason Rogue is really into surfboards here.
As promised, a large B&W pic of the naked lady in the tub to the right of the bar.
11-11-2012 02:31:20 | More by htomsirveaux
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Of course the best part is the beers. I live on the East Coast, so this is something of a trip to Mecca for us. I went to the newer brewery across the bay from the commercial harbor. Lovely spot with lots of wind-swept views of the bay. No problem parking which can be a bear on the more densely packed port side. It is fun to walk through the brewery to get to the shop and eatery.
They have Jenga and other stuff to amuse kiddos.
They brought us a beer to taste. They have a wide selection of beers, but not everything Rogue makes. I don't really expect a brew pub to have all beers ever made by the brewery, but maybe I have low standards. There is a wide selection.
We went three times I think. I agree that the staff were uneven. Seemed like kids with a summer job. Food was a bit slow at times. Quality was pretty good but even: some very good, some so-so.
But the quality of the beers pushes it to an A- for me.
05-24-2011 14:05:00 | More by Sunshine72
2.25/5 rDev -40.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
This place was the perfect storm of inadequacy. Not really being familiar with the two Rogue options in Newport, we picked the one "on the bay," and apparently chose poorly.
First off, yes, it's on the bay. But the place faces an old fishing or canning facility. It's a big, hulking, rundown building, completely blocking any view of the bay.
Despite that, we went in. The hostess greeted us and directed us to our seats. There were no beer menus on the table, so we grabbed one from an empty table nearby. The menu was more of a book, with descriptions of each beer Rogue brews. I asked if all of the brews in the "book" were available, and was told they were. Shortly thereafter, we noticed there was a chalkboard with the tap list, and all of the beers in the "book" were definitely not available.
Next, we didn't see a waitress for about 20 minutes. When she did come to the table, her first statement was that she had only been working there three days. Not a good sign. My wife asked for a cocktail menu, but she didn't know if they had one (despite that fact that Rogue distills its own spirits). She left the table to see if they had one. When she came back, we asked about taster trays. She didn't know if they had those, and once again left for about 5 minutes. Up until this point, we still hadn't ordered drinks or food. Eventually we got our food & drink orders in.
When the drinks came, the waitress told my wife to taste the cocktail she ordered, because the bartender thought it tasted funny. It did. We sent it back (but it was still on the bill at the end of the meal). Apparently, the bartender didn't even know how to make the cocktails, since the waitress had to come get the cocktail menu from our table to take to the bartender.
The waitress also knew nothing about the beer. You'd think that a brewpub manager would ensure that before turning a new waitress loose to work on her own, she was able to at least tell which beers are available, if not at least describe their basic characteristics. But I guess that was too much to ask here. Luckily, we are beer nerds, so we knew what we were looking at. We ordered taster trays, which were good but unremarkable.
We waited about another 30 minutes for our food to arrive. During which time, we noticed how well the menus stuck to the table. Gross. When the food did arrive, it was average at best.
The bill for 4 people came to about $120, which is steep for a place like this even when service & food is good.
I don't like to rant like this, but this was a truly awful experience. I don't know if this place operates this way all the time, but I don't intend on going back to find out.
02-27-2011 20:08:30 | More by guajolote
Rogue Ales Public House in Newport, OR
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.