Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 441
Beer Ratings: 2,621
Beer Avg: 3.73
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Stop #404 on my world brewery tour.
Yeah, it's a chain - I know. Been to quite a few RB's when there's not much else to choose from. Always liked the ability of the brewer to create some of their own creations. In this case, I went with a very well done spiced pumpkin ale. Imperial pint was too much as a night cap so while it was very good, I wasn't able to drink the whole thing.
Got the fish taco small plate which was tasty.
Server was nice but as is expected, not a beer connoisseur. There was a high school team of about 40 people who came in after me and she made sure my food order got in before them.
11-03-2013 01:52:22 | More by Yetiman420
3.86/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-13-2011 02:04:34 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.41/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
This place is your prototypical chain, and even a plainer one than most. It was packed to the gills on a Saturday night, at least 40-50 people waiting, all inside because it was pretty cold out.
I just stayed long enough to finish a sampler of the 9 beers with friends. It is actually not the worst brewpub stuff but the lager was diacetyl-ridden. The ales were all done to an average quality but nothing was really terrible.
The bartender I had was attractive and attentive, there was one other there that was not so much.
Overall a weak place if you are going for beer and atmosphere but good if you want a cheap fix.
02-13-2012 23:03:04 | More by crossovert
3.38/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stoped in here with a group of friends recently. It's a chain and everyone knows it. They aren't trying to be anything other than that so I give credit.
Typical brew pub. Tons of pub tables, high back chairs and booths. Smallish bar. Plenty of TV's to check the scores. We popped in downstairs to see what was happening. Unfortunately it was filled with what seemed like a frat party. Loud music, beer pong and a fullly packed bar. Immediate 180 back up the stairs we went.
Service in the main bar was decent. We didn't eat while visiting this time. However I have eaten here before and it's solid pub grub.
Overall I'm not a big fan of the place but it serves it's purpose.
09-06-2011 17:22:13 | More by beerwolf77
3.35/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Located in downtown Milwaukee, right on the river, a hip spot, plenty of wood, the usual mix of sports bar and pub atmosphere. Really cool to be out on the patio during the summer. Quality of the brews is decent, especially considering some of the chain breweries on the west coast (not Rock Bottom).
Service was nothing special, nothing terrible. Selection, this rock bottom doesn't branch out as adventurous as some of the ones in California, but the staple styles are usually available and decent enough. Love the chicken wings here, go here on the all you can eat/drink night on Thursday I think if they still do that.
02-02-2011 19:58:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
For those passing by the river in downtown Milwaukee, this is a convenient stop. And for those who work nearby, I certainly understand the positives. It is a large, bright space, that is good for groups. And they have a full bar, so your colleagues who do not like beer, can order a scotch, cosmo or whatever.
Beer was alright, but nothing great that I tried while there. The scotch ale, I feel was one of their better offerings. A good way to start a bar crawl and maybe eat some pub grub. Friendly staff helped make the visit a positive one.
05-23-2012 01:39:49 | More by mltobin
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I met my wife here for lunch. There seemed to be nothing truly outstanding about the place from a BA perspective, but our food was pretty solid.
It is January in Milwaukee, so I feel I'm likely short-changing this place on the "atmosphere" dimension, as it is right along the walk-way on the river, so I imagine its atmostphere is much cooler in the summertime. Interior is nice, although I found parking to be a hastle. Only later did I learn that the lot store has valet service to Rock Bottom, and after validation parking is only $0.50.
The food was good. My wife and I both had pizza and we split a salad. The pizza crust was particularly good. Beers (IPA and a dubbel, reviewed separately) were OK, but not particularly outstanding. I've been to less nicely appointed brewpubs with worse food and much better beer.
They have a pretty good selection of beer...maybe 8 brews, two of which rotate.
Lunch was about $30 between the two of us...2 x pizzas, 1 x salad, 1 x iced tea, and 2 x beers, which is right on the edge of what I'd consider reasonable.
Not bad, but I probably won't be back.
01-26-2007 22:12:45 | More by BeerBelcher
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited 10/10/2010 (Sunday night). 9 house taps.
Surprisingly busy for a Sunday night. I parked about a half mile away near Milwaukee Ale house and hiked over to Rock Bottom afterwards. Sitting at the bar with my sampler set of course started some conversations and I ended up talking to a person that used to live where I live now, a couple from somewhere on the east coast (can't remember), and a local. Nice people.
The service was nice too. They were happy to answer any questions they could but for the most part left me alone to talk amongst themselves.
9 beers to choose from and some were decent. Didn't try the food. Great location, right on the water.
12-20-2010 17:44:23 | More by t0rin0
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
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
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.