Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 438
Beer Ratings: 2,601
Beer Avg: 3.74
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
4.8/5 rDev +32.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For a chain restaurant thats also a brewery is really good. I hear their food is really good but i didnt have any, but i most certainly had most of their beer-in fact i had all of them (i was feelin really good when i left). They have an excellent Belgian double and triple that are just amazing. I lived in Belgium for a while and these beers are comparable to the real thing. Also, i recommend their sampler tray. It is very inexpensive and you get all their beers. Best way toget the full range of their beers.
12-23-2008 23:40:51 | More by poland7
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
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
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Located next to the Milwaukee River in the center of downtown, Rock Bottom benefits from being a part of the RiverWalk District. The atmosphere here is nice, both inside and out. The inside features a brown wood interior, exposed Cream City brick and art deco-style tiny lighting hangs from the ceiling. The main bar is located in the back of the restaurant, with the fermentation tanks behind it. Theres also a side sunroom that overlooks the river. The downstairs area has another bar, 2 pool tables, darts, video games, limited seating and live music on the weekends. Weather permitting, a third bar is open outside in the concrete patio area along the RiverWalk and provides spacious seating as patrons can watch the boats slowly drift through downtown while dining and drinking. This has got to be one of the larger venues along the RiverWalk for enjoying the sites of the city on a pleasant summers evening.
From my experience the food and beer have always been good here. The Greenfield American Light, Honey Creek Pale Ale, Raccoon Red, Brown Bear Brown and Stillwater Stout are the 5 mainstays. Usually theres another session or seasonal beer. Past choices have included Fire Chief Ale, Raspberry Wheat, a French Saison and Rocktoberfest.
The food items Ive ordered off the menu have yet to let me down. Ive enjoyed their BBQ ribs (tangy stout sauce was outstanding!). The menu is constantly evolving. Buffalo fajitas and Thai pizza are no longer offered, but were excellent none-the-less. The decadent carrot cake, made with a touch of their Pale Ale, is to die for. Portion sizes are very good also. Although this place can get rather busy at times, the service is usually pretty accommodating considering the circumstances when swamped.
On Thursday nights, they feature a great wing and beer special. All the wings and beer your heart desires for $10. Not a bad deal, considering a typical pint usually runs about $4. Held in the basement, its always standing-room only, which makes finding any corner of an occupied table welcome for setting down your drink as you chow down on wings. Happy Hour pint specials cost $2.50, which is a good deal for fresh beer.
I believe a selection of cigars is available up front for purchase. Valet parking is also available, though hardly necessary. Rock Bottom also serves as a joining location for the RiverWalk Microbreweries Boat tour, which also includes the Milwaukee Ale House and Lakefront Brewery.
02-12-2003 21:18:12 | More by Winter
4/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Rock Bottom is sort of my "old reliable" when visiting Milwaukee. I know it's a "chain" but the spirit is still local; just like a small independent brew pub.
The food is excellent, creative and consistent. Fairly priced too, along with the beer.
The beer selection is similar to the "usuals" at most Rock Bottoms. Even so, it is well-made, tasty beer if not really big on flavor or innovation. My last visit the featured beer was a cask-conditioned Scottish ale which was outstanding. Prior to that it was a Belgian Tripel which was also very good. After I had complimented the beer, the bartender called out the brewer who had made it to take the compliement in person! He stayed and shared some beer and talked at length about high gravity brewing, yeast cultures etc.
I believe his attitude demonstrates that Rock Bottom has sincere, motivated, beer-loving employees; in spite of being a national franchise.
04-17-2006 18:42:55 | More by joedon
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
84 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.