Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Active Beers: 425
Beer Ratings: 2,432
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by lpb1970:
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Rockbottom has a lot going for it and can also be a little annoying. They have a great location right in the middle of uptown Charlotte so you can get a bit of that urban feel which is rare in NC. The big problem for this place is getting a table. The last 2 times we went here we had the exact same experience. They have young girls handling the wait list/seating (no reservations) who are in totally over their heads, they ususally don't have enough buzzers to give out and ultimately I usually have to wait an hour to get a table. This is on weekend nights but I think this place stays busy. Another curious thing about this place is they always have this long wait list but there will be 4-5 tables empty on the patio. I have never been able to figure that one out. Anyway once you get to your table the experience improves. The waitstaff has always been friendly and knowledgeable, the food is really good and the beer is pretty good too. I really like the IPA and their most recent seasonal was a Porter that I thouroughly enjoyed. Bottom line, you may have to deal with some hassles getting seated but good food and brewpub beers plus a great location make up for it.
12-30-2007 17:04:05 | More by lpb1970
More User Reviews:
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
My wife is from Charlotte, this place is a legend in the Charlotte Area. The have been around since my wife was a kid. I was so excited to visit this place for the first time. They did have an ok selection and the food was great, but not a lot of dark non-hoppy beers for selection. Good news for most people, but not me. The food was awesome and high class. A good place for the family and kids.
02-15-2014 17:48:03 | More by Kirkman
4.5/5 rDev +23.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My son moved to NC and on a visit he took us out to dinner here.
The place was hopping when we went and everyone at the place seemed to be having a good time. Even though they were busy or waiter was constantly checking on us for drinks and the food was served in a timely manner. We all enjoyed our meals, a few beers and a few laughs. I'd recommend this place to anyone in or visitng Charlotte.
05-30-2013 01:57:04 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went out exploring Charlotte to see what was open while everything was snowed in. Happened upon this place because it is close to my house and was looking to get out of the cold. They had a small group of people in there at the bar. I chose a booth because I wanted to grab some food while drinking. Ordered the Hefeweizen and was pleasantly surprised with the flavor. Also, tried a bit of the Coffee Stout they were offering. I ordered the chicken quesadilla and was pleased with how tasty and fresh the food was. Would definitely like to see this place when it is packed and will be returning.
01-11-2011 15:49:30 | More by emkayh
3.66/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Rock Bottom may be a chain and it may be pretty conservative in its beer but it played a key role in the development of brew pubs in the US.
This location is spacious and comfortable with a large bar, lots of tables and a few pool tables. They had seven beers on tap. I went with the IPA. It was an English IPA and it was better than I'd expected. It had a great balance of hops and malts yet the hops still sang.
Rock Bottom wouldn't be my first choice in most cities but it's one of the better beer destinations in downtown Charlotte.
11-21-2010 01:19:52 | More by GJ40
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here each day I was in town for business. Perfect place for my afternoon beer. Didn't eat anything this time I was in town, but have eaten here before. Good food if I remember correctly. Sat at the bar each time. Good bartenders. Friendly and helpful. I had a couple questions about their beers which he answered, or went and found out the answer. Had a couple of their beers. Very good beer. Their brewer must have changed things up as these were quality brews. The place is pretty open. Some tvs there for sports, some pool tables available as well. Just off of Tryon Street, so you are close to everything. Not a bad place to stop for a bite to eat and some good beer.
09-24-2010 18:10:53 | More by Onenote81
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We came to Charlotte for Heart concert. Stop by Rock Bottom for a pre-concert drink and dinner. I have the sampler. It was good. I thought the stout was the best which was surprising because I am an IPA girl.
We ordered wings and pizza. The pizza was excellent. The crust was crunchy outside and chewy inside. Plenty of topping. Yummy.
I agree with other reviews that the service is slow. Our waiter was not knowledgeable about the beer. I asked him how much was in each sample glass. He said one once when it is actually 2.5 to 3 oz.
I am glad that I stop here for a bite before Heart concert. It definitely put me in a right mood for a night of rock n roll.
08-17-2010 15:57:06 | More by runnerno1
4/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here to eat dinner last Friday night. Upon walking in it looked like a typical restaurant that one might come across in downtown Charlotte. The wait staff was nothing less than awesome. Not only did they know what went into all of the food (I was with a person with a food allergy), they also knew each of the beers they had quite well. I must say, the beer there was quite good (had a sampler) with the Stingin' Brits IPA being my favorite. The food was quite good as well. Overall if you are staying in the area it is worth checking out, even if it is just for a beer or two. You won't be disappointed.
05-10-2010 12:38:26 | More by thagr81us
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Was in Charlotte for the first time for a business conference and had no plans the first night in town and found Rock Bottom on Beerfly (I should have stopped at the Irish Pub that isn't listed here). The weather was very cold and drizzly outside. I was greeted by a hostess as I entered. Since I was alone I headed straight for the bar so I could watch TV. They had the standard beers on tap (light lager, red ale, IPA, brown, stout, and a seasonal which was an ESB). The lights in the place were turned down low...are the people here so ugly they need the lights low? It was very loud in the bar area. They had some kind of raffle going which I did not hear about and they gave out glassware and t-shirts. I'm sitting between a guy that just sent his order of wings back for the 3rd time and someone that appears not to be feeling any pain (he is having a hard time taking his jacket off, and his eyes are starting to droop). Both bartenders are pleasant. The ESB is pretty darn good. Nice malt, fairly bitter, hints of caramel, amber in color (they had a young one handing out 2oz samples). Guy next to me is doing the head-bob and attempts to stand up and falls taking two barstools with him. Bartender tells him he needs to pay up and leave but I don't think he can hear, he's still sitting here. She asks the manager to come over and help him pay up and leave, and he comes over to talk and when he doesn't get a response walks away (spineless!!) I order the ribs (I thought NC ribs were the best, but they don't come close to Texas ribs) and I am almost done when the drunk next to me wakes up enough to pay his bill (he signs the check by writing the amount of his tab - and doesn't leave a tip). So what could have been a decent night of food and beer was somewhat dampened by the drunk guy and my fear that he is going to hurl at any moment. Read the other reviews here, sounds like this place is average at best, and my experience was no better.
02-07-2010 14:30:49 | More by schoolcb
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Very large pub within walking distance of Time Warner Arena (4-5 blocks). 6 beers on tap, all regulars. I'm not a big fand of their beers - all are just a little too sweet with weaker hop profiles than I like.
Food choices are much better than the beer, with good apps, wood-fired pizzas, and very nice sandwiches.
Service was very s l o w, despite not being crowded when we first got there. Service speed did not degrade as the crowd thickened, however.
Worth a stop if in the area, but not a destination in itself.
11-07-2009 02:43:26 | More by beer2day
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Charlotte, NC
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.