Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 2
Beer Ratings: 8
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by cbeer88:
4.9/5 rDev +26%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
I have nothing but the highest praise for this Rock Bottom location - my mug club card tells me I've been here 30 times in the last few years. :)
They have 8 taps - 4 standard year-round offerings, and then 4 brewer's choice that change frequently. The year-round offerings are drinkable, but the 4 rotating taps tend to be very good and usually exciting. The Braintree location in particular has some great brews - Imperial Stout, Belgian White, Jalapeno Beer, and West Coast IPA, for just a few examples of the variety of styles you can find here. Additionally, they always have one beer on cask.
Two things you should know:
1 - Get a mug club card. It's free, and entitles you to a 22 oz. mug of beer for the same price as everyone else pays for a pint.
2 - Every week they have a "beer of the week" that only costs $2.50. (and you can get it in your mug club mug) For the most part this seems to either be one of their year-round offerings, or something special that has been sitting around for a while - but for the cost conscious, that is probably the best bang for the buck in the Boston area.
Atmosphere - Their bar area is my favorite place on the South Shore to catch a Celts or Sox game. It's large with plenty of tv's and plenty of seating. The dining area is nice as well, but I prefer the bar area.
Quality - No complaints. The beer is consistently good - I've never had a stale beer here.
Service - The bar area can get a bit overwhelmed at times, but that is to be expected in my opinion. Never had an issue in the dining area. I find servers to be above average for what you'd expect from a chain.
Selection - I already talked about the beer - plenty to enjoy for a visit.
Food - This is the only area where I knock them down a peg. It's still above-average bar food, but it used to me so much better. In the last 6-12 months the food quality has gone downhill - they changed the fries for the worse, the portions are smaller, and the prices keep increasing. Still - there's a few unique offerings, and given the beer you can't complain about a decent burger for $10.
Value - The beer values are untouchable. I already spoke about the beer of the week and the mug club. Normal prices range from $4.50-$5.50 and seem to line up to the ABV. At $5.50 for a pint of 8% imperial stout you can't complain. Food prices have gone up a bit, but are still not out of the ordinary. You can have dinner for two with a few beers and still be out of there for $50.
01-18-2009 23:20:11 | More by cbeer88
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev +17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I'm so pissed that this place closed, but hey it's a troubled time for business. I will certainly miss this place, but I wish there restaurant was less pricey. Perhaps that could of saved the bar.
I'll miss there seasonal's including (anniversary ale, off-kilter scotch, rudolph ale, and the best pumpkin ale I've ever tried). The location in Boston doesn't compare to this, as their beer is weaker. Their scotch ale is pathetic, and their beer is always flat. Hopefully, Scott takes over as the brewer there. Because like most Irish brewers Gerry's is flat and bland. Now the south shore is empty with quality bars.
02-07-2009 22:43:33 | More by Cherrypop
4.2/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was the best bar in the South Shore, but unfortunately it closed this past Sunday (Feb 1 2009). The reason was due to the lease being up from the South Shore Plaza. I really hope they re-open in a new location in the South Shore. I'll miss the 2.50 beer of the week, 25 cent wing night, stump trivia, and more importantly the freshly brewed beer. They had terrific seasonal's such as the Off-Kilter Scotch Ale, Rocktoberfest, and Czars Imperial Stout. I really hope the brewer keeps in touch with this site, and if your out there Scott please email me. Although there is one in Boston, it doesn't come close to their quality. This will be a deeply missed bar, especially for red-neck south shore.
02-04-2009 07:46:55 | More by BillCastle
3.45/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Right at the South Shore plaza, good location and easy to find. The atmosphere was pretty much exactly what you would expect, kind of a slightly upscale chain. The service was the worst part -- there wasn't a lot of information given unprovoked, and he seemed a little overwhelmed when simple questions were asked. I got an Irish stout which was slightly disappointing, and their IPA which was pretty good. The nachos were great, and my girlfriends enchiladas were pretty good too. Overall, I would go back, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there.
05-19-2008 22:10:00 | More by abartke
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the Rock Bottom after hiking a 5 mile section of the Warner Trail in MA. Eight brews were available - 3 lager-style beers, an Irish Stout, a Red Ale, an Amber, a Wheat and an IPA. I had the wheat and found it to be extremely refreshing and quite flavorful. Also had the Amber, which was also soild. Service was excellent. It was not particularly busy, but the waitress was very attentive to our party and there were no gaps in beer being delivered to the table. Food was tasty and the portions were pretty hearty. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food immensely. Prices were reasonable in my opinion. My only recommendation would be to mix up the selection a little. Felt like 3 lager-styles were a little excessive and would have liked to see a brown and a seasonal on tap. Would definitely go back if I were in the area.
04-06-2008 23:11:37 | More by Jwale73
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to locations coast-to-coast and north-to-south, and have always been pretty impressed by the oversight and management that must go on, keeping an unwieldy-seeming sprawl of brewpubs in line.
This one feels more devoted to TV's than most (Ranking fun!: Braintree, San Diego, Bethesda, Minneapolis.) The leftover high ceilings from the Bru Moon days leaves more room for big screen, big screen, big screen! I assume with the location's proximity to the mall, this is for suburban football fan to take care of his jones while the little lady does the shopping. That's the non-PC assumption anyway. Heck, I've watched the Bosox here myself at least twice.
The beer is solid. BA's wary of dumbing-down at a chain needn't worry. The head brewers at each location know their stuff, and better yet, really care about it. The food is good, albeit on the pricey si
03-23-2008 04:36:03 | More by mltobin
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Location is across from the Braintree Mall parking garage. Has an interesting Mug Club. Free Valet parking as well.
A: This is an interesting mix of old decor, lots of space and a good bar area. Everything is this goldish color which kinda dates the place. The tables and booths in the dining area are spread out allowing for a private dinner setting. The bar area really is the attention getter for the place. Big open area with plenty of tables, seats at the bar and standing room. HD TVs all over the place with sports on all of them.
Q: Everything was clean and well maintained.
S: The service was good. Table was cleared timely after finishing a course, food and beer was brought out in a timely manner.
SE: Had 5 beers on tap standard and then 3 others that were the selected brews for a limited time. The menu was pretty standard with a good amount of choices. Having a rotating beer is always good when so few are on tap.
F: The food was good. Well prepared and cooked to order. No ones meal came out badly prepared.
03-08-2008 19:00:56 | More by bilyboy65
3.71/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice intimate looking brick building built in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Braintree. The atmosphere is somewhat stereotypical if not past its prime. The preponderence of golden yellow everywhere gives it a dated appearance. Large bar area with dozens of tables. Very airy atmosphere with high ceilings. Several flat screen tv's but on this particular night, not a one was tuned to anything other than the Bruins game (which was largely ignored by the partrons). As to the beer, approximately 8 on tap. I enjoyed the imperial stout, though it could've been a tad bolder. Also sampled the Munich Gold, a tasty mildy sweet lager, and apparently a past GABF medal winner. A nice but not overly impressive brew pub in an area that suprisingly offers little quality beer. Take the red line to Beantown to find a plethora of options.
03-01-2008 13:04:29 | More by jim102864
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hit this palce last weekend when we visited our son, and it was pretty nice. Big and open, with a restaurant on the left a,nd the lounge on the right. The lounge had multiple TVs, as well as a few games. Over the bar was a chalkboard, listing the beers, when brewed, specific gravity, Alcohol by volume, and features. Almost too much information. There wer seven drafts when we went: Lumpy Dog Light, Munich Gold, Improper Hopper IPA, North Shore Red Ale, Plymouth Rack Bock, Whitey Belgian, and Mayflower Porter. I think the first five were always on the menu, and the last two were occasional releases. I had the IPA and liked it, as well as the porter, which was OK. My wife thought the Belgian was quite good, and our son really enjoyed the bock.
Our server was attentive without being intrusive, and had good knowledge of the beers. The food was good, and I thought it was pretty reasonably priced. My only quibble was the noisy background music.
I would go back again.
06-02-2007 16:13:15 | More by lordofthewiens
3.58/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Seen this place for many years. As a teenager loitering at South Shore Plaza the Brew Moon gawked at us from across the street as if to say, you wish you were 21.
Even since I turned 21, now over 2 years ago, I have driven past Rock Bottom, and yearned to see the inside. I mean, from all reports, it is a quality brew pub just miles from my house. A rarity on the South Shore by no stretch of the imagination.
So it came to pass that on one fateful night (last night to be specific), while some friends and I yearned for some good food and a few beers, we decided to journey to Rock Bottom in Braintree.
The place is spacious and very nicely lit. Two sections, the resturant side, and bar side, are seperated by the main foyer. You can cleary see the big fermenting and mash tanks of the brewery from glass windows behind the bar. Always a nice sight. There are many TV's from which to watch the Red Sox lose (that's another story all together). Plenty of seating for even a large crowd.
Their beers are cleary listed on a menu, and a more current list with ABV's and descriptions are up on a chalk board above the bar. I believe last night they had about 6-8 beers on tap. I went with the Improper Hoppper IPA, and their Beer of the Week, which was porter (I forget the name).
The food is good, with standard fare, like a Chilis, or TGI Fridays. The menus even had pairing suggestions.
The beer and food, seemed a bit expensive, but the quality of the establishment made it easier to cough up the dough.
09-03-2006 16:42:20 | More by Freshie
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Braintree, MA
88 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.