Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 440
Beer Ratings: 2,616
Beer Avg: 3.74
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Rock Bottom is my go-to place for lunch from work if it is a nice day; the patio area is completely worth it. I have also spent some beautiful summer evenings there with my friends and a few pitchers.
The atmosphere is pretty standard, a clean and expansive place with comfortable seating. I have had both good and bad service there, although on the whole it has been a good impression for me. The food is of decent variety, on the pricey side of reasonable but not bad at all for a nice downtown brewpub.
The beer is decent, I will usually get the Pale Ale or Seasonal. fresh beer is nice and their brews are not offensive. As previously mentioned, add decent beer to a great patio and the overall experience is very pleasant. Check it out during one of the few warm months in MKE.
06-15-2010 20:09:13 | More by Beerfayce
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
My girlfried and I decided to stop by this place while on the River Walk in downtown Milwaukee. I really enjoyed sitting outside along the river. Tried the cheese curds for an appetizer which were very satisfying. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. He explained the menu and the knew a thing or two about the beer. Not too many options on the menu but what they had was solid. I tried the texas fire steak which turned out to be rich in flavor and a tad spicy. The peppers and onions blanketed the outside of the steak which added an unpleasant texture, however, it paired well with the smoky flavor of their chocolate stout. Overall, it was a nice experience.
05-26-2010 04:39:45 | More by bnes09
4.28/5 rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Really good, for a brewpub chain.
Pretty robust menu with lots of choice between apps, sandwiches, and entrees. I had a barbecued burger which was tasty, even though the sauce ultimately didn't agree with me. The hot pretzel app was really good.
Good selection of beers on tap - I had the hefe, which was much muhc better than I had expected. Very tasty. My wife had a lighter lager, which was run of the mill, but still drinkable.
Nice location in Milwaukee, right on the river. Good outdoor seating available.
08-29-2009 18:45:29 | More by KTCamm
3.3/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This one has a great location; the best one from their chain I know, and the best location in town. Right in front of the water, in a sunny afternoon, a nice place to have a beer, and watch the boats and people passing.
The place inside is quite standard, and I am not sure I would go on a rainy or cold day.
Usual pub fare, nothing special. Decent beer selection covering most major styles, not bad, not great either. Otherwise, a mediocre selection.
Staff has memorized the beer descriptions, but really know nothing about it.
Worthwhile for the location.
05-04-2009 03:18:07 | More by brdc
4.8/5 rDev +33.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For a chain restaurant thats also a brewery is really good. I hear their food is really good but i didnt have any, but i most certainly had most of their beer-in fact i had all of them (i was feelin really good when i left). They have an excellent Belgian double and triple that are just amazing. I lived in Belgium for a while and these beers are comparable to the real thing. Also, i recommend their sampler tray. It is very inexpensive and you get all their beers. Best way toget the full range of their beers.
12-23-2008 23:40:51 | More by poland7
3.56/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
My girlfriend and I stopped by Rock Bottom on a recent trip to Milwaukee to spend a long weekend. The location of this one is really nice right on the river with a decent view of the Milwaukee skyline. It's a fairly big place as well.
When we showed up we were promptly seated out on the patio at a nice table right by the water (got lucky because it was busy). The server was really busy as well though so I had to go up to the bar to order our beer. Like all the Rock Bottoms they had the whole gamut of beer styles and I got the Scotch Ale which was just average. My girlfriend got the American Wheat which was much better. Then it started raining and we went inside for one more beer before our dinner reservations. The porter that I got inside was darn tasty and the service was really good. They seemed to be understaffed outside and overstaffed inside. All in all it was pretty good and much better to have an average craft beer than no craft beer.
08-01-2008 20:15:27 | More by younger35
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We were in town for a concert and this spot was less than a block a way. The location right next to the river is great, we had a nice view of great architecture and pleasure boats. The food is really delicious--it defies you're inclination to write it off as a kind of a typical bar&grill chain. I had smoked salmon fish and chips that were bursting with flavor! The wifey liked her mahi mahi tacos that were authentically wood grilled. I had the lager and the red ale. Neither blew me away but neither were all that bad either. Service was a little unremarkable.
Come for the food and wash it down with decent beer, but don't expect mind blowing brews.
07-21-2008 23:29:20 | More by KBomb
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
rock bottom is a notable stop in downtown milwaukee.
atmosphere was pretty good. the place has good character, with a pseudo-sportsbar/irish pub feel. if this place gets full during a sporting event, it would be wonderful.
quality was decent. the brews were above average and the food was great.
service was sub-par. the server was slow and unfriendly, without any knowledge of beer.
selection was normal. six or seven brews on tap and a few stales in bottles.
food was the best attracter to this place. great quality and perfect portion size.
04-23-2008 02:05:21 | More by botham
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was in milwaukee on business took a collegaue to this place after seeing it on mojo hd beer guys show.
This link in the chain occupies a river side location, they have guided tours of the brewery and also there is some kind of boat that can take you there and pick you up, not sure how it works.
right on the river great views of the newly renovated downtown area.
They had a good selection of beers on tap seemed like about 6 regulars and 2 seasonals
I enjoyed both beers i sampled, the pale ale and a red.
Good service. The bartenders were fast, friendly and up on their beers.
food was good.
01-01-2008 23:51:50 | More by Hollenbeck2
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Went here for a late lunch with an old friend / fellow beer lover. We sat outside due to the nice weather at pub table right on the river so the scenery was very pleasant.
Due to the temperature being in the 80's we both had the Honey Creek Pale Ale (check out my review for more on this beer). The waitress was quite knowledgeable about the selection. The only problem I had with the selction was, no oktoberfest, wtf?! In the middle of september I thought this would be standard anywhere.
I had the Hickory Burger which was a bacon cheddar cheeseburger with thier own barbeque sauce which was based from thier stout. The sauce is what made the difference between average and quite good. My friend had the mac and cheese which may sound pedestrian, however I can assure you was anything but. It was spicey with chicken and was sprinkled with parmesan chese.
All in all a great experience mostly due to siting on the river. Expect less of an experience if you're sitting inside but still nice nevertheless. I'll be back again.
09-19-2007 22:25:12 | More by Pauly2X
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
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