Rogue Ales Public House
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
2.25/5 rDev -40.8%
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
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Da Boss and i visited earlier today.
Atmosphere was OK, we sat outside to enjoy a mid-60's not overly windy day. Not much to look at out on the patio. Inside was your typical brewpub with a small amount of dining and bar seating. Quality was OK, the beers were good and the food was pretty average. Service was uneven, the server/bartender was all over us with the first beer and had us in a hurry to order lunch. The kid that brought the food failed to offer up a second pint, and of course the server/bartender was too busy for the next half hour. Selection of beers was awesome, with some guest taps available in addition to thirty some Rogue beers. Food selection was pretty good but both Da Boss and I thought that the food was pretty eh. We had fish tacos, the hot dog tacos and two pints a piece for $48 which is a bit pricey. Overall I was dissapointed in our trip here, I expected a bit more quality overall for the going cost.
08-14-2010 03:15:45 | More by arizcards
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Rogue's Public House in Newport is located right along the bay on Bay Blvd. Parking on the street was not an option on our visit as the whole place was torn up. We did park farther down at Ripley's with no problems.
There is a bed and breakfast above and a "museum" next door which turned out to be more restaurant seating. Inside the bar area is in the rear with table seating everywhere else. There is a small gift shop right in the entrance and there are bottles stocked all over. The requisite surfboard is present, and a lot of the decor includes awards received by the brewery, as well as a good collection of tap handles.
The beer selection is pretty good. Many brews from Rogue, Eugene City and Issaquah are available. In addition there were some XS, Chatoe and Tracktown beers too. The beers are listed on a white board in the seating area. There are over 25 total and they offer a 4-beer sampler paddle where you write which beers you want on a piece of paper, costing $5.75. The beers were generally good, although the John John was noticeably less flavorful than it was in Portland just a day or 2 before, to the point where I suspected it was the Amber. The bartender verified it was the John John, so maybe that keg simply lacked something.
Service was decent on a weekend afternoon. The server wasn't overly knowledgeable about beer but was reasonably prompt and friendly.
Our pub food was pretty good. We went with old fashioned hot dogs and sandwiches.
Overall I liked the Brewery better but this place is worth a stop, especially on a nice day and the sea lions are out.
03-12-2010 21:13:20 | More by Dogbrick
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Why go to the public house when the brewery is only a few miles away and ten times the experience? Convenience I guess if you are down on the boardwalk its easy access to Rogue. The atmosphere is nice, kind of pirate themed with lots of Rogue memorabilia, lots of rustic wood showing. Quality is virtually the same as the brewery, but the selection is greatly diminished in addition to the inability to order a sampler....are you kidding me? What brewery doesn't offer a sampler? Kind of pissed me off to be honest, anyway I ordered a Charles off the beer list that gave it little description other than it was named after one of the brewers. I asked the server and he said it was kind of a strong ale...anyway, the beer was good but after drinking most of it I was feeling a little beer-headed. I called the server over and inquired about the abv and he said "i think its like 9 or something, we don't really know?" I was blown away....I love strong ales and it was pretty tasty, but its always nice to know what you are getting yourself into. Would have rather finished with that beer than started. Anyway, price and food was the same, service was fairly slow especially for the place being fairly quiet. In the future I will be sure to go to the brewery.
01-11-2010 19:08:05 | More by RedBrewer83
2.73/5 rDev -28.2%
Dec 2007-I was very disappointed in contrast with Issaquah Brewhouse in Washington and Rogue Public house in SF. The bed and breakfast upstairs is a good value and very cool. The bed was not much better than a futon in my garage on comfort. First off, middle of December and no Old Crustacean. The servers were bad, the girl at the bar that night, terrible. She could care less about anyone except the local guys at the bar. The locals were not warming at all. The bartender made us feel like we were outsiders and we were staying upstairs. Attitude. She was more tuned in to the obnoxious guys at the bar, flirting and what not. They did not really care to serve you if you were not local despite us staying the night. My wife and I went to the small bar area to get a seat and the locals had placed all of their belongings on the seats, tables and everywhere else to see that no one besides their buddies would get a seat. We asked and people ignored us or said "seats taken".Obnoxious punks not to mention the guy who was walking around on his cell phone cursing in the dining area. You can not hold your patrons responsible for actions but in my opinion it is a reflection upon the atmosphere, staff and general feel of a restaraunt. This was AWFUL and a disgrace to Rogue in my opinion. I really held Rogue to high esteem after my visits to Issaquah and all of the GREAT beer I have consumed over the years. Not welcoming, bad service, rude, terrible. The charge 0f $75 for a 70z 6 year vertical of Old Crusty blew my mind! Get over yourselves and rip off patrons. Food was ok but I have had better at midnight diners.
09-24-2009 14:17:29 | More by barleywinefiend
2.15/5 rDev -43.4%
I'll start with the good: this place has Rogue beers on tap, including Crusty and Imperial IPA.
Unfortunately, the bad was really bad. We walked in on a beautiful summer day for an early lunch. Immediately upon being seated, we were given a shot glass full of a nasty wheat beer and asked to join Rogue Nation. To join Rogue Nation, we had to give out our name, address, email, and phone number. I'm not too keen on giving out marketing information so I pushed the pen and paper to the side and tried to enjoy my beer. Shortly after that, some guy named Danimal came by and took our pictures explaining that we'd be getting Rogue Nation cards as soon as we filled out the paper. This was extremely annoying. The food was the coup de grace - the two dishes we ordered from the meager selection the menu offered were pretty bad. So bad that the fish and chips had my significant other projectile vomiting on the streets of Eugene later that evening. I thought we might have been there on a bad day until I spoke with some friends that had also visited Rogue. They also complained about the food.
I've loved Rogue beers for a long time. I even used to get a keg of Dead Guy every year for my birthday. My visit to the public house and the brewery revealed that although Rogue knows how to make good beer, they need to work on just about everything else.
07-28-2009 16:54:15 | More by HokieNoPokie
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
Packed up the family the weekend after christmas and went down the Oregon coast. What a beautiful place. Going south on the coast highway jump off to the right just before the big ass bridge and go under the bridge down to the old Newport by the bay. Nestled in this fishing fleet mecca and amongst a long strip of nice tourist trap shops is the Rogue Ales Public House.
I assume kids may not be OK in the nearby brewery, but they did great in the casual fun atmosphere of Rogue's brewpub. A lego table in the corner for my littles made all the difference. Kids meals served in Rogue frisbees were a nice touch.
Lots and lots of Rogue beers on tap. I'd guess twenty five or so and all the freaking imperials on tap!!! I think I need to spend a weekend.
Good Service, quality food, lots of excellent beer and very nice and accommodating, friendly service even with my quirky Dad from NY in tow making his standard odd comments to the waitstaff.
After you eat walk down the block and across the street and watch the Sea Lions barking their heads off. My kids loved it. Even in cold weather a great stop on a memorable day trip. If you like beer you'd be doing yourself a disservice to eat anywhere else in Newport.
01-11-2009 06:39:53 | More by olmatty
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Had to stop by here as it is the original Rogue public house. Went to the brewery first and then came by here. Bartender was nice and service was nice and quick unlike some of the other reviews I have read about this place. I loved it here. They had most of the Rogues on tap except the John Lockers. The food was great I had a taste of the clam chowder and the hazelnut bread...great food. Also got to sample some of the brand new pink gin that had just came out that day. Overall this was a great pub, I would recommend the actually brewery of this one because the brewery had ALL the Rogues available right now and the service was just a little better.
11-26-2008 21:02:50 | More by mugglesandhops
4.72/5 rDev +24.2%
No hostess showed up immediately, and that was deliberate-they want you to get an uninterrupted, unbiased feel for the place, so they let you look around when you enter and take it all in. We were seated and handed a food menu, and a drink menu, and a sampler of the JuniperAle-what a nice touch for sitting down. The beer menu was a loose leaf binder giving specific definitions of all of the available brews, so if you order wrong, it's your own fault. I didn't look at the beer menu at first, 'cause I knew I wanted a Dead Guy Ale, which I drank while perusing the very extensive food menu-so extensive I had another pint of Dead Guy to enjoy while trying to decide what to eat!
My wife's American Kobe Beef Chili Dog and my Kobe Beef Black Bean Chili were excellent. Portions were more than adequate-make sure you're hungry when you come here.
Outstanding beer and outstanding food, very reasonably priced considering the quality, and classic rock, too? Damn, I could take up permanent residence here. A must stop!
09-26-2008 22:19:25 | More by pjbear05
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
The first thing that caught my eye was all of the neon in the windows as we pulled up. There was an m.d.s. with a LOT of logo items off to the left as we entered. It was here that I both entered the Rogue Nation and bought the Hawaiian print shirt that garnered me a prize on Groundhog Day at the Grey Lodge in PHL. A cooler filled mostly with bombers was on the right, opposite the m.d.s. A small dining area was to the right with a larger dining area to the left through a doorway. The short, "U"-shaped bar was all of the way aft, slightly right of center. There was even a Billiards Room with two pool tables aft of the bar on the left. The walls in the main dining room had former label designs painted on them.
I ate an open-faced salmon melt as a late-night supper. I will probably never tire of eating salmon.
Beers: American Amber; Kell's Irish Lager; Mocha Porter; Shakespeare Stout; Chocolate Stout; Dead Guy Ale; Hazelnut Brown Nectar; and Yellow Snow Ale.
08-25-2008 23:14:17 | More by woodychandler
Rogue Ales Public House in Newport, OR
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.