Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Active Beers: 438
Beer Ratings: 2,601
Beer Avg: 3.74
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Reviews by TheName:
2.93/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Just downstairs from my office, this spot has become the de facto "happy hour" bar. Unfortunately. Much more focused on the food than the beer, the wait staff is generally dismissive and the idea that you might move to socialize is frowned upon.
The beer selection is fine with highlights being whatever's currently special or on cask. A relatively recent Chai Brown was wonderful and an older, casked IPA was quite satisfying. These, of course, are untried by the average patron because the waitstaff has--any time I've asked--been unable to name them without a trip to the bar. Their standard tap lineup offers the standards for chain brewpubs with nothing really standing out; the IPA's mild, the brown's light, etc.
Food is tasty if a little greasy and meager in portion.
The service is what really hurts this place for reasons that run the gamut. When simply drinking I've yet to be charged correctly (generally finding several extra pints on my tab). When ordering food, waiters are inattentive and rarely seen. When attempting to play pool waiters excruciatingly slowly return with balls and are liberal with the time-keeping. On more than one occasion a busboy has been obviously intoxicated and viciously imposed himself on a few female companions. In short, not the people you want to rely on to bring you food and drink.
Not recommended but if you're with a big group after work it does in a pinch.
06-01-2006 23:46:38 | More by TheName
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3.5/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I’m used to seeing these in CA and didn’t realize we had one in Seattle. For some reason I had higher expectations and the place fell a little flat. They were out of 2 of their main 6 or 7 beers on tap. She was nice enough to let us sample (very decent sample BTW) the porter and white. Nothing too exciting. I ended up going with their Red Ale since I ordered the Baja Chicken sandwich. The Red was above average. Nice color, great lace. A little under average on mouthfeel but good flavor for a red.
My wife ordered the Bourbonzola Burger. It was rich and the dipping sauce was excessively sweet. My sandwich was ok. Not much avocado and the lettuce was super fine chopped like stuff you buy in the bag. The onion rings were thick and good. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to return but wouldn’t put up a fight if everyone else in the group voted for it. Take it or leave it kind of place for me.
11-28-2013 04:15:10 | More by BVukelich
2.05/5 rDev -36.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$
Not my choice but I thought it would at least be a solid place for dinner.
The atmosphere out on the patio was wonderful. By far the best part of this place, it was a nice cool evening and the surroundings and company I shared it with couldn't have been better.
However, the rest of it was pretty aweful. The service was dismal. The girl "taking care of us" stopped by once every 25-30 minutes. She seemed barely awake! And it wasn't like it was busy.
The food was really bad, at least what I ordered. Fish tacos. How hard could it be? Well the food took about a half an hour to arrive and I think the little pieces of fish had been on the grill the entire time. So completely over cooked, they were like dried out pieces of chicken.
Overall pretty aweful but at least the surroundings were nice.
07-27-2010 15:24:46 | More by GilGarp
2.45/5 rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$
your typical brew bar, reminds me of a TGIF, Ruby Tuesdays, or a Applebees. there was a ball game on at the time and the video was in HD, while the audio was in analog, so you got the 10-20 seconds delay from the sound to the picture.
service was okay, the server wanted to make sure she got a tip, "you don't want any change back, right?" and seemed to be a little pushy on wanting us to eat.
selection was only their brews, about 8 of them, and they did not offer a sampling of any.
overall was not that impressed, and the beer was average at best.
05-04-2009 01:30:29 | More by froghop
3.68/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This place is hanging of the top floor of the Ranier Conference Center so it is not so easy to locate. This place had the typical Rock Bottom decor and was quite empty inside.There were several pool tables inside, and the bar seats about 15. Brewing tanks are visible from the entrance and outside. They do have a small outside section with about 7 tables which is where I planted myself to enjoy some nice sunshine and fresh air along with a pint or two.
There was only one server outside and he seemed a bit miffed I was only having a beer and no food. There were 6 beers on tap: Daylight Lite, Faller Wheat, Peashooter Pale Ale, Rain City Red, Brown Bear Brown, and Flying Salmon Stout. I had pints of the brown and red and both were of good quality and tasty. These were probably the best beers I have had from trips to numerous Rock Bottoms.
I know there are plenty of great beers in the area, but this place was worthy of a stop despite the service and limited selection. The beer was pretty good.
08-01-2008 16:54:41 | More by Gavage
2.96/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Close to my hotel in Seattle, hence the visit on an early June weeknight. It was pretty quiet when we arrived, so service was quick, friendly and efficient. Sadly, the bar is devoid of any character, and has something of a chain feel to it (go figure). The beers were also uninspired. As is my want on vacation, I ordered a sampler tray to get an overview of the offerings that then allows me to pick my favourite for a full pint. This time, I didn't even bother ordering the pint. The best beer I had was the Flying Salmon Stout, which was unremarkable and not a beer for stout lovers. Meh.
01-16-2008 18:44:05 | More by bobsy
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Seattle, WA
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