Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Active Beers: 420
Beer Ratings: 2,344
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
So this was a rather pleasant choice for a pre-interview dinner ina program I love in Cincinnati. Smack in the downtown area(fountain sq, 200ft from the hilton netherland where i was staying) which was also the epicentre of the city's christmas feel.
The place is massive, with a sort of modernised pub feel you get in some brewoubs across america. A nice feel with the production machinery among the tables, but in itself sort of sterile. It's also hard to define whether it's laid back or upscale at times. But overall it's pleasant.
Service may be quick or slow, depending on the volume of patrons. But slow isnt too slow and their rapport is kind overall. Fairly knowledgeable about their beers and menu and attentive to me.
They sport a generous selection of their house brews (5 or 6) with an akso broad (3 or 4) choice of seasonals (notably at the time, a barleywine and a winter wheat). I tried the IPA and the winter wheat which were very pleasant and fit for their style.
Food is amazing, and probably their best trait. I tried the laredo burger and the bbq pulled pork sandwich which were sublime and generous.
Overall, while not the best brewpub in the land, rock bottom was a pleasant intro to cincinnati for me, and worth coming back to. And if you get the chance, when done with your meal step right outside to grater's for a beautiful icce cream dessert.
12-17-2011 18:21:21 | More by Andreji
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I love to come here when I am in town for Reds games. They have a great selection of their own brews and pretty good food as well. I love the brewery vibe inside of the restaurant. I usually order the beer sampler, which includes about 4 oz of 6 different beers. I order that as my "appitizer" and then order a full glass as my favorite.
The food is pretty good, I like their Hawaiian pizza and the sandwiches are good as well. Overall a good place to eat if you are looking for some great beers.
09-29-2011 03:21:17 | More by Treyliff
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Went here a few times while staying in downtown Cincinnati for a few days for business. While not my first choice when going out to get some good beer or food, this chain is fairly solid and delivers above average in all areas.
A: Large dining area with lots of wood that they do a good job of breaking up with barriers and low lighting. Has an outdoor seating area, which is great for listening to live music in Fountain Square.
Q: The beer is pretty pedestrian for most of the uber beer geeks on here, but better than the BMC available at many other chain restaurants. I sampled several and while they displayed minor flaws, they were drinkable.
S: Service was always prompt, friendly and professional. However, they are not beer experts and will just point to the menu when asked about available selection.
F: I had both appetizers and meals here and was always very impressed by the speed and quality. While not world class, certainly well above what I expect from your standard sit down chain.
V: Prices are average; you can have a meal and a few beers for $20.
If you want to it on Fountain Square and listen to music and have a craft beer, this is essentially your only choice. Apart from that, there are much more eclectic and interesting choices in Cincinnati for great beer and food.
09-08-2011 00:18:52 | More by beveritt
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
When entering a fairly large chain establishment such as this, you really can't expect a ton of character or novelty. The interior was very pleasant, with something of a craftsman lodge feel. Lots of framed posters depicting the various beers produced. Sparkling stainless steel brewing equipment in a small, glass-enclosed brew house. Take any upscale, casual dining chain restaurant, add the brewing aspects, and you've got this place. Good central location in downtown Cinci - easy to walk to.
Service staff was prompt and attentive. I ordered a prime rib sandwich with kettle chips and au jus. The sandwich was quite good. The cup of au jus seemed to owe more to an envelope of brown gravy mix than to any pan drippings. The kettle chips were quite brown, almost burned, and I'm surprised the kitchen let them go out that way.
The house IPA was good, if nothing special. I also had an expresso porter, which had a very thin mouthfeel, calling to mind nitro Guinness, and a bit overwhelming coffee adjunct flavor.
04-29-2011 13:32:57 | More by Brent
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is in a good spot downtown - right by Fountain Square. It is usually pretty busy. They have a decent selection of their own draft beer and pretty good food (there is a large menu, which is nice). Like most chains, however, it has its drawbacks. There isn't too much 'exciting' or unique about the place, really... The beers are OK but none I've tried are exceptional. The service is hit-or-miss. It's worth a try though, for sure, as it can be fun with a big group of beer-lovers and non-beer-lovers alike. It is kid-friendly I believe as well.
03-11-2011 21:04:16 | More by KYBrewgrass
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Came here for lunch on a Sunday afternoon on a recent visit to downtown Cincinnati. Excellent, friendly service who waited on us right away. Normal line-up of beers (lager, wheat, pale ale, etc), plus as a bonus they had a cask conditioned pale ale. I had a seasonal fire chief ale and the cask conditioned ale and both were enjoyable. The food was top notch -- much better than I expected. We had a couple of special dietary requests and they were more the happy to comply. Will definitely be seeking this place out again next time I'm downtown Cincinnati.
03-28-2010 22:33:16 | More by chaz01
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is a staple of Downtown lunch goes in Cincinnati...
The atmosphere retains both the "bar" feel as well as that of an established downtown restaurant, and rapping it up into being a nice brewpub.
The quality of both what Rock Bottom serves and what they brew there is high. All of what Rock Bottom makes is of solid style quality, though perhaps not extreme or strong in some categories.
They brew an example of many main stream styles and always have at least 8-10 of their beers on tap at any given time.
The food there is always good, particularly for lunch.
The prices don't quite get to "bit pricey" range, and it's definitely worth what you're paying.
04-14-2009 18:42:35 | More by ThaBobfather
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went for lunch on a Friday afternoon and the place was already gearing up for the night life. Had a pretty good selection of home-brews that included The white tiger hefe, The brown bear brown ale, The fire chief Ale, and few others. Total they had about 8 beers that they brew on location. I had the fire chief and the white tiger hefe. Both were great choices, each unique with a good flavor AND since it was happy hour they were only 2$ for a 16oz glass! Great selection of food (everyting from nachos/hamburgers to steaks and salmon). The food was really tasty but it was a little pricey. Overall a nice fun place to relax and try some different regional beers.
02-15-2009 00:47:08 | More by projectflam86
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I really love Rock Bottom. Although it's a chain it is still a local brewery. I've tried all their beers brewed in-house and have to say I haven't found one that I don't like yet. They have won over 100 awards for their brewed beers and there is a reason for that.
The atmosphere has a sophisticated feel to it with a nice ambiance. The service is usually good but have had a few times where they were quite slow. One of the things I look forward to every year is when Rock Bottom comes out with their Blitzen beer for the winter.
Even though their beer is very good I like their food even better. I've never had a bad meal here and their food is reasonably priced compared around town. The beer is a little pricey but you get what you pay for.
02-04-2009 02:06:08 | More by MuchoCerveza
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I loved this restaurant for several reasons. The most important thing is that the service was superb. My waiter was very knowledgeable about beer, having spent a few years studying in Munich before returning to his home in Cincinnati. He was clearly pleased to have a customer who was there for the beer more than the food. What he didn't know, I suppose, is that I also love fine cuisine. The chef is to be complimented on this. I had a lovely salad with delicious freshly baked bread, followed by one of the best pasta dishes, based apparently in a basil pesto, that I have tried in awhile. In fact, the food was better than most of the beers; I sampled all six brews that they had crafted on the premises. After I dined, the waiter took me on a personal tour of the brewery, which was located in the center of the restaurant with beautifully furnished tables and booths surrounding it. To top it all off, the location could not be better. It is right on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The square, reminiscent of those in most European cities, and graced by one of the most lovely old fountains in all of North America, is a European beer-lover's dream. I recommend the whole experience to anyone.
08-05-2008 23:15:15 | More by jushoppy2beer
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Cincinnati, OH
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