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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
83
good

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.89%
Active Beers: 418
Beer Ratings: 2,800
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

740 N Plankinton Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53203-2403
United States
phone: (414) 276-3030

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rockbottom

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(Place added by: Winter)
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Photo of poland7
4.8/5  rDev +34.1%

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.

poland7, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

KTCamm, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of ktlthrashers
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

ktlthrashers, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

Hollenbeck2, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Winter
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

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. There’s 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 summer’s 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 there’s another session or seasonal beer. Past choices have included Fire Chief Ale, Raspberry Wheat, a French Saison and Rocktoberfest.

The food items I’ve ordered off the menu have yet to let me down. I’ve 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, it’s 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.

Winter, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of Dief88
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Dief88, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +11.7%

robebo44, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of joedon
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

joedon, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of Vinithing
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Vinithing, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of nsarver2322
4/5  rDev +11.7%

nsarver2322, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of LDJ36
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Had the Bourbonzola burger with chips and a pint of Rock Bottom IPA. Beer was good but the burger was excellent. The Jim Beam glaze was outstanding and the Gorgonzola cheese added a lot of flavor. The chips were kind of chewy and I did not finish my portion.

Service was decent, waitress recommended the burger and said it was her favorite. Atmosphere was pretty average, I went during lunch hour so there were a lot of business professionals. There were plenty of tv's to catch all the March Madness action.

The Mug Club is a pretty cool idea to sample all of their beers. I also am looking forward to their tap parties. I will definitely be back there in a couple of weeks. I will also recommend to friends and family.

LDJ36, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%

Visited last spring with my brother. Seemed like a nice place to go for some food and a beer, although they had some good beers. Server was insincere though about knowledge of beer, when she called one I got an Imperial Stout and I said it tasted like a Barleywine, which she then said... like that is actually what it was. That particular drink I was very impressed with, knowing that this was sort of a microbrewery chain. I don't know if they're independently owned or corporate or whatever, but it was enjoyable and would consider going to one again. The selection was also good, if not better than good as many other smaller brew pubs probably would not even carry a barleywine.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

TX-Badger, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of hansenm72
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

hansenm72, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of bnes09
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

bnes09, May 26, 2010
Photo of Beerfayce
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Beerfayce, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Yetiman420
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

Stop #404 on my world brewery tour.

Yeah, it's a chain - I know. Been to quite a few RB's when there's not much else to choose from. Always liked the ability of the brewer to create some of their own creations. In this case, I went with a very well done spiced pumpkin ale. Imperial pint was too much as a night cap so while it was very good, I wasn't able to drink the whole thing.

Got the fish taco small plate which was tasty.

Server was nice but as is expected, not a beer connoisseur. There was a high school team of about 40 people who came in after me and she made sure my food order got in before them.

Yetiman420, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of younger35
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

younger35, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of KBomb
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

KBomb, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Visited 10/10/2010 (Sunday night). 9 house taps.

Surprisingly busy for a Sunday night. I parked about a half mile away near Milwaukee Ale house and hiked over to Rock Bottom afterwards. Sitting at the bar with my sampler set of course started some conversations and I ended up talking to a person that used to live where I live now, a couple from somewhere on the east coast (can't remember), and a local. Nice people.

The service was nice too. They were happy to answer any questions they could but for the most part left me alone to talk amongst themselves.

9 beers to choose from and some were decent. Didn't try the food. Great location, right on the water.

t0rin0, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

atone315, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Eman17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Eman17, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of derkfromwi
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

derkfromwi, May 27, 2014
Photo of Pauly2X
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Pauly2X, Sep 19, 2007
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.