Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 440
Beer Ratings: 2,616
Beer Avg: 3.74
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
3.18/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Food is pretty much average but reasonably priced. They had a pretty good selection of beer, most likely because of the GABF weekend. Tried several different styles and they were all pretty good, but nothing really stood out. I would assume it gets most of its business just because of its central location right on the 16th street pedestrian mall. They do have a nice large covered patio which is a great place to be on a nice day. I would probably hit it for lunch a couple of times a week if I worked in downtown Denver, but I'd go somewhere else if looking to relax over a few end of day brews.
10-05-2006 13:53:12 | More by Xadoor
3.2/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
On the plus side, I stayed at the Marriott across the street and got a few free beer on them. The place is a nice looking brewery/restaurant with a sports bar theme. The bartender pointed out the taps and said, "That's what we got." 8 taps isn't great but I later found out they had a much larger selection of their beers (which were decent but not great). Nobody knew about pairing food and beer but the chili was excellent so... Worth a trip for some decent beer and food, with a few idiots pretending that it's more than a job and not pretending that well.
04-08-2011 04:42:55 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Rock Bottom was my first stop in Denver before the GABF.
This Rock Bottom looks very similar to the other RB locations I've been to. (glassed in brewhouse, exposed ductwork,...) If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
The only real issue I had with this place was service. We were seated out on the patio and forgotten. We were served eventually, but things remained slow. I think we saw our server three times: taking the order, bringing the drinks, and bringing the check. (a 4th time if you count bring back the change) Everything else was fine.
10-23-2007 18:48:54 | More by frazbri
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
As I walk in on a Sunday afternoon, I am greeted by the hostess and seated promptly. My server comes shortly after, and I order the sampler of all their beers, and a pulled pork sandwich for lunch. The sampler came out quick, and the server knew the styles and what was what. The food came out before I knew it. Overall very good service, and they seemed generally enthusiastic about their products.
As I get a chance to take in the atmosphere, I see it is a typical chain brewpub. A relatively long wood bar goes along the left, with brewing equipment displayed in glass on top of that. Lots of TV's surround the bar, and crappy FM radio hits are playing. There are some wood tables and booths, with a patio outside. It has that sterile chain restaurant feel to it. The food is decent. Nothing special about my pulled pork, and the coleslaw that topped the sandwich was not very good. Just average for what this place is.
On to the beer. There are 9 beers in all. The year round offerings are Kolsch, Gold, Wheat, Pale Ale, Red, and Brown. Not bad, but a little on the lighter side. They had a special summer IPA seasonal, a cask of the red, and a special stout. Pretty much by the books. The Kolsch and the IPA were my two favorites. Everything else was just watery and thin, or to much diacetyl.
Overall, just a little above average. A little better than what I was expecting to be honest. My score is probably lower than should be, but I am just not a fan of the cookie cutter brewpubs like this. Still, not a bad experience at all. I just don't like to be reminded of Applebees and Chilies while at a brewpub.
07-18-2010 21:36:02 | More by champ103
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
A quick stop in here along the Mall. Large place, with a sports bar all the way in back. The patio is rather large and on the Mall, good for summer days.
I had an entree and several beers. The selection was fair, but the quality of those selections leaves one wanting something with some flavor to it. The beers were, at best, average, and the didn't match with the food. Service was average, understaffed. It really wasn't crowded, either. A friend bought the sampler of beer; 6 samples for $8, not bad except two of the beers I could not finish.
If you need a beer and burger stop in, otherwise keep walking.
02-22-2007 03:20:44 | More by Mebuzzard
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I visited Rock Bottom after a late-night arrival in Denver. I was by myself and I sat at the bar, which was rather crowded for a Wednesday night. Decor was modern, with lots of outdoor seating on the 16th St pedestrian mall. I had 2 beers - the Red Rocks and the Molly's Titanic Brown Ale, which were both OK, but not outstanding. I had the jambalaya, which struck me as old and overpriced. Wait-staff was busy, and not much different than the staff at a non-brewing sit-down restaurant. Overall I wasn't too impressed with the place from a beer perspective, but I was impressed with the ambience and clientele. Slightly better than other Rock Bottoms I've visited.
10-13-2007 16:07:43 | More by BeerBelcher
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I have mixed feelings about brewpub chains, they beefed up the selection for GABF week but the beers were hit or miss. One of their bourbon aged was like mud ... literally like mud, the Milk Stout was good but their Falcon Pale Ale was not up to par.
Service was lacking in knowledge of not only the beer there but how to properly run tables. Temp help during a busy week?
Food is decent, sometimes good and sometimes not ... last visit the food was cold but we did not have enough time to get into complaining about it.
We always end up hitting here during the GABF, I am sure we'll be back ... but more out of convenience.
10-04-2006 04:08:35 | More by Jason
3.38/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Dropped by for dinner on my first night in Denver. This place was easy to get to along the 16th Street mall thanks to the free public transit. The decor is typical dark wood and brass, with a brewing setup enclosed within the center of the room. There was no wait on a tuesday night. The beer selection, while not bad, was nothing special ranging from light lager to a brewmasters special, a chocolate stout. The IPA and Brown ale were tasty but nothing mindblowing. The food was quite good and was complimented by the beers served. I would recommend this as a stop when in Denver, but go early in the evening as some of the people on the street get questionable as the night goes on.
06-04-2005 07:14:25 | More by NVbeer
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in for lunch while in Denver.
Your standard upperscale chain type brewpub. The interior is clean and inviting. The place was packed so when took up a high boy in the bar.
There beers were standard offerings, nothing to bold or creative. They had 6 or 8 beers on draft and one on cask. I settled on the Mad Cow milk stout which is a brew master offering.
The waiter told me it was the best beer they were offering at that time. It was not real flavorful and rather thin. Just okay, my local brew pub puts out better brews, though it is not fair to slam them too bad as I had only one pint.
The menu was very creative and many of the items sounded downright tasty. I had the alder smoked salmon fish and chips which was quite tasty. The wife had a soup and homemade kettle chips.
The food was very good. I have the feeling most of the people who come here are there for the food.
Overall a real good restaurant that offers okay beer.
11-05-2008 20:37:17 | More by tpd975
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
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