Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
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52,402 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 781
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

725 4th St
Santa Rosa, California, 95404-4407
United States
phone: (707) 545-2337

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Ratings: 781 | Reviews: 340
Photo of indian_pale_ale
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Bartenders were awesome. Super cool dudes.

Photo of kdpcp22
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is awesome. I make the 2 hour drive up here fairly regularly and it never disappoints. Yes, it gets EXTREMELY crowded extremely quickly. It opens at 11 so I recommend getting there right at opening, get your haul and stash it in your car. Then go back in and enjoy some pints, some pizza and the great atmostphere.

Photo of Ann-lise
3.65/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I used to go here a lot when I was in college and it was a fun place to grab a bite and a beer with a friend. Since Pliny has gained in popularity I only stop in to fill a growler or grab some bottles. It's always packed and the service has never been very good. But you're not going to the Russian River for the service or the food, you're going for the beer.

Photo of almostjay
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been lucky enough to be "forced" to travel to Sonoma County for work. RR brewing is a pretty great place on random weeknights when it's not insanely busy. It's always busy, but you can actually find a seat at the bar on random weekday afternoons, and that's pretty important to me.

There are plenty of California trucker hat/hoodie types here, but they don't really bother me. The bar staff are pretty nice when they're not slammed with people. The beer is obviously amazing. This is one of those places that I wish would expand just a little bit, but I fully understand why they don't want to. If you're in the area, you should definitely go, but I'm sure my rating isn't what will compel you in the end.

Photo of ryannaman
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Its Russian River...that is all.

Photo of Dmmflys
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

beer is awesome!!!! make sure to get the flight, people are supper nice, food is OK the sesame salad dressing is really good

Photo of Smidge
2.75/5  rDev -40.1%

Had to deal with a DH who asks if I was local? Nope and DHness continued.

Photo of Docrock
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Got there as they opened and a line already formed outside. Service was quick and friendly. Food was good but not great. Beer was obviously exceptional. Sampler option is insane with 18 beers offered. Never seen a sampler like this before. Would definitely recommend but understand there will be a line on the weekend and the wait can be lengthy. It is a pretty small seating area.

Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +8.9%

There is no better place for IPAs or Sours in Northern California (probably anywhere actually).

Russian River Brewing Company is 1 hour north of San Francisco, and is nestled in some of the finest wine country in the world. If you are looking to have lunch, you need to get there on or near 11am. Otherwise you are risking a lengthy wait in line.

A rookie mistake to avoid is to try the entire beer sampler by yourself, because if you finish it, you will be hammered. If you have >3 people, its definitely a great option though.

This is a must visit place if you are anywhere near San Francisco. Just an amazing selection of beers and the people there are extremely nice.

Photo of RogueOz
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

I visited on a recent weekday and walked right in at opening time. Checking in for a few brews and a bite to eat. Sat at the lengthy bar near the register for quicker all-round service/attention. Nice selection of house brews and select others. Great service at the bar with facility full by 12p. Ample parking outside (cheap meters or close parking structure) and bathroom small but meets the need. Great food selection and great food in general. I love this place for the mellow yet vibrant ambiance. Easy to strike up a conversation with those local, and not so local. The combination of food/beers/service/take home bottle selection/ parking/bathrooms make this a go to on my list when in the area. Hope this helps. Cheers.

Photo of TraderReese
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Top-notch...Hill 2 Row 56 on tap. Great experience.

Photo of ESCO138
5/5  rDev +8.9%

What can I say about this place that hasn't already been said. World class beers, great food and great customer service. I recommend a Blind Pig IPA with a Paisano pizza or Pliny Bites. This place is superb in every which way and form.

Photo of cmo805
5/5  rDev +8.9%


Photo of Vlaminck
4.5/5  rDev -2%

I'm not a big fan of Belgium beers but i tried a flight of beer, which was primarily Belgium and huge for only 16 bucks. My wife and I tried them all but just couldn't find a Belgium we liked. If your a fan of wine then this is the brewery to turn you into a beer fan. After all its in wine country. I mostly came for Pliny fresh off the tap and the experience which did not disappoint. PTE and blind pig are great. We also had linner, lunch/dinner. The pizza was surprisingly good, the crowd friendly and talkative. Not beer snobbish, which was nice. Overall I got what I can for, the experience which was very good. I just wish PTY was much more available, but luckily I found a spot that has PTE sporadically to get my fix.

Photo of indianabeerman
5/5  rDev +8.9%

great tap list. awesome food plus a great venue to enjoy it

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

so as beer goes, there is no place better than russian river, these guys absolutely kill it, we all know about the ipas and the sours, those are some of the best in the world. the place though maybe isnt quite as good as the beer. overly crowded all the time from what i gather. service was awesome, we had a friendly girl who handled here huge workload with grace and ease, but it was noisy and unrelaxing inside. beer medals are strewn about the place like they come pretty easy, other decor is unremarkable. the beer list is impressive, they had all the heavy hitters pouring. the beers of theirs that werent sour or hoppy didnt do much for me sadly. i had higher hops for some of the base beers, but i suppose thats not really a focus here. prices were fair, food looked good, cooked all in a pizza oven, but we didnt eat. a place that has been demystified a little for me, having visited and seen its run by humans. a place of lore that is somewhat of a beer lovers mecca, but the beer is better than the location, hands down.

Photo of ELS
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Probably the best beer drinking experience I've ever had was at Russian River Brewery! Arrived two days after the Younger release was over so we had no problems with crowds. Yes, we missed a great beer but I'm not willing to wait 4-8 hours. The pub has a great atmosphere with a lot of energy, between the locals at the bar and the out-of-towners sitting at the tables. The people next to us drove up from LA just for the beer. The flight of 17 beers was the best I've ever had and included some great sours like Supplication and Consecration. The pizza is great, the Pliny was good as expected and I took a bottle of Consecration home. Next stop was Laganitas.

Photo of jhestand
5/5  rDev +8.9%

What hasn't been said about this place at this point? Its world class! I had a smile on my face the whole time I was there.

Photo of sidewaysscott
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Took a vacation to Santa Rosa for a nice three day getaway. Fucking place was phenom. Super busy and had to wait 45+ minutes to get a decent seat 3/3 visits, but certainly didn't stop me. a+

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
5/5  rDev +8.9%

The beer speaks for itself, but the pizza was off the hook.

Photo of Hophazzard
5/5  rDev +8.9%

These guys set the standard. Haven't found anyone better at what they do.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A sacred place, like being in a brewing cathedral. A really popular, super crowded, can't find a seat in any pew, cathedral.

Photo of DPETRIILO79
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Love the food, love the beer. Get in early, get your Pliny and some pizza, fill your growlers and get out!

Photo of Port_Seat
3.61/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

A lot of the best beers in the world under this roof, but the brewpub is always a busy shitshow in the evening. To me, not worth the pilgrimage unless there is a major release. If you must come, I'd come in during a weekday afternoon if you want a table.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev -2%

My wife and I stopped in on a Sunday evening for dinner and drinks. My review is written purely from a tourist and I hope it can be an asset to others visiting for the first time. We stayed at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek, about 10-12 minute walk through downtown Santa Rosa to Russian River.

Sunday is their all day happy hour ($3.50 for any draft = insane) and it feels like everyone in Santa Rosa was there. We got there about 7:30pm and there was an estimated 60-75 minute wait for a table and at least two-three deep at the bar. We didn't mind at all, so we posted up near the bar and enjoyed some pints. It was crowded, but the bartenders are pros and handled it perfectly.

Our wait ended up being closer to 90 minutes, but they have a text messaging system that has a webpage so you can see how many people are ahead of you, so we didn't mind.

The beer is as advertised (delicious) and you can order a flight, which gives you a sample of every beer on tap. They sell bottles to go.

Food is simple, mostly pizza. We had the pizza bites and they were great.

Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.