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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Not Rated.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Active Beers: 467
Beer Ratings: 2,826
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

206 SW Morrison St
Portland, Oregon, 97204
United States
phone: (503) 796-BREW

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(Place added by: Shaw)
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Reviews by Redrover:
Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

It was a cold & rainy night, so I decided to stick close to my hotel. I was glad I had a good option.

RB is located in an older corner building. There are two main areas. There is dining to your left and the bar and more dining straight ahead.

I like the very high ceilings with the exposed old wood rafters. They use half walls to add a sense of space. They use lots of copper, wood and plants for decoration. I like the rustic lighting in the bar room.

They had a huge crowd for happy hour. The bar was 4/5ths full at 5 pm. Good food and beer specials from 2 to 6 pm that may help explain the crowd.

I enjoyed the friendly staff and patrons. However, service really dragged. I was sitting at the bar and the single bartender took care of the wait staff before the customers at the bar. Even when they brought tin a 2nd bartender, service was slow. I know I waited 5 to 10 minutes on two different occasions for a beer.

They have a large blackboard in the bar area listing the regular offerings. 7 on the board during my visit plus two seasonals (yea Dunkelwiezen!!). 2 beers on cask.

I thought the food and beer were well worth a stop. Service could be improved, but I was not in any big hurry.

Redrover, May 19, 2011
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Photo of katybee
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

This place is an impressive space to perform, but far too expensive to be a regular hangout more than occasionally. Classy and streamlined, with it's rustic wooden, "Silver City" retro miner-town décor, the cavernous double-story ceiling, and strategically placed wide-screen tv monitors hanging around the room, the place was designed to please young urbanites with expensive taste.

But except for the décor, and prime location in the heart of downtown Portland, the actual menu and beer offerings seemed limited. The only beer intriguing to me as being something other than standard fare, was a seasonal saisson on tap.

Our entertainment for the evening was the live music performed for an open mic night, and it was a talented bunch who showed up. Yet for all the décor, there wasn't much about the beer itself to keep us coming back, and the pricing was prohibitive.

katybee, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of tjensen3618
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%

This turned out to be the last stop of the night in Portland. It was a great place to be on a Tuesday night, they had some live music that was really very good.

It was real busy in there so the service wasn't quite on point. We ordered an appetizer and a couple rounds of beers. Food tasted good in an overly greasy kinda drunk sort of way. Beers were definitely below the curve in a city like Portland, but they did the trick and tasted alright.

The atmosphere and the live music made this the perfect stop at the end of a long day, I'm really glad we stopped by.

tjensen3618, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of squaremile
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Decided to give them a try after some nice talk about their seasonals and one offs. Place is your expected up-scale touristy brew-pub by the numbers, but done very well. Sat at the bar and was helped promptly, while I ordered a sample tray. Bartender gave me an extra and I was shocked at the 4.95 price for what ended up being 7 4oz pours. The beers were respectable for their styles and all quite drinkable. Great TVs all around the room showing world cup. I could imagine going back to watch a game if I'm in SW and Bailey's is closed.

squaremile, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Visited 7.2.2010 during Waterfront Blues Festival for a pre-funk (Trombone Shorty!) beer and snack.

Located hard on the MAX line, I'd certainly suggest taking public transit than fighting for a parking spot on any nearby street (although SmartPark provides a nice option). Certainly has that corporate brewpub (lack of) ambience, loud blaring 70s/80s rock, with a number of HDTVs to watch games, World Cup, etc. on. I have to say the beer is pretty good at this location due to headbrewer Van Havig, no newbie to the Oregon brewing scene. I tried several brews and while the Saison was a bit undercarbonated it was tasty, as was the unfiltered American Dream IPA released the previous day. I dabbled with the happy hour food menu, there was sufficient choices to go with the fairly extensive regular beer list, along with three seasonals and two cask conditioned beers. The help was attentive enough but not overbearing. While there are certainly better places to drink downtown, it was before 4 so Bailey's wasn't open yet. In a pinch if you are looking for a beer and some grub with buddies this makes sense. Worth a try for Van's seasonals and one-offs, though a bit light on the ABV side pretty tasty stuff.

jdense, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.22/5  rDev +15%

Rock Bottom is one of the initial places where I started drinking craft beer. The beer here is pretty solid, but now that I've become a fairly intensive consumer, I haven't been back solely for the beer. I think I definitely need to give it a chance.

The bar is nice here but it gets packed. The restaurant provides a great experience, and the upstairs area is a good place to enjoy pool.

I'm pretty fond of the food, and the service is usually pretty on point. I like the appetizers on the menu as well as many of the main courses. A good spot to hang out at with friends or a large group if you can get in.

djbreezy, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Tried this place with my wife recently....good experience overall. The atmosphere is nice, typical urban pub feel. Pool tables upstairs along with additional seating. Lots of stained wood and the bar has a nice vibe. The beer quality is good, but I wouldn't say great, nothing standout and pretty typical offerings. The service was good, attentive and knowledgeable about the brews and food. Selection was good as well, again would help to have some more exciting offerings. The food was pretty good and the price we paid for it was reasonable. Overall the experience was nice, but nothing that would make me really want to come back, especially with so many other breweries to try in Portland.

RedBrewer83, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

I think that there are enough reviews here to cover the basics. It's a nice, well-done place with a good sized bar. The beers and food are typical Rock Bottom. Some of the beers are better than they are at other locations, and some of them are not as good as they are at other locations - that's Rock Bottom (but at least they give their brewer's a little elbow room in the specialties area). The service is good and the prices are reasonable. So, basically, if you've been to another Rock Bottom, you've been here. The only difference here is that there are so many better places so close.

NeroFiddled, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of kdoc8
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

I've been to this place a few times. It's at a great location and is the closest brewery to the McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. They usually have about 7-8 beers to choose from on tap. None of them are spectacular but none of them are terrible either. They have a pretty extensive menu, reminiscent of a typical chain restaurant though. The atmosphere is a bit like a sports bar depending on where you are sitting, and lively at night. They also have outdoor seating. Their location is really their selling point, as it's right on the MAX line and in central downtown Portland.

kdoc8, Jun 18, 2009
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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Portland, OR
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.