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Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

725 4th St
Santa Rosa, California, 95404-4407
United States

(707) 545-2337 | map

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Photo of Spoda1983
4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It is typically extremely packed in the evenings and there has always been a line to pick up Pliny (in the morning) when I was there. The waits are typically not too bad though. In my experience the staff is friendly even though somewhat spread thin on a busy night. There is always a large fantastic selection of regulars and special brews (can be found on their website ahead of time). Food is what you would expect in the range of brewpub food. Because it is RR, i think inherently the vibe is quite cool. Especially if it is your first time there

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Stood in line for about 30-40 minutes on a weeknight. That was annoying and unexpected. Set the tone for the visit a bit I guess.

And then so damn crowded once I got inside. Couldn't even find a seat at the bar so I ended up requesting a table just so I could sit down and drink beer. I prefer generally to sit at the bar chat with the bartenders and other patrons and more easily order beers. This too put a bit of a damper on things.

I didn't find much in the way of beers I hadn't had for. Another disappointment but given how awesome their beers are it was nice to try Blind Pig and Supplication on tap.

Biggest bummer was that by the time I had my beers and wanted to grab something to go from their shop, it was closed. Womp womp. Can't win 'em all.

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Photo of HopfenUndMalz2015
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I made what I like to call "the pilgrimage" for Pliny the Younger Day. As expected we waited in line extremely early to get in and with good seats. The beer ....of course.... is phenomenal, the food is great, although to be honest we didn't really get much food. The Pliny Bites & Beer Bites were awesome. The server was suer friendly, very nice, helpful, and especially of note is that this is probably the busiest day at the Brewpub of all year. She was great. Lots of reviews for this brewpub, so, it is definitely worth going to if you like their beer.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

There was an half hour wait to get in and another half hour to get a table. The to go line had no line when we were there. Beer selection is great and the sampler of all their beers on tap (21) for $22 was a great deal. The place was packed as it was a Saturday night. The service was good and the only disappointment was the food which was just average Italian fare. I came for the beer so wasn't disappointed there. I picked up a fixed box of 12 beers and some merchandise on the way out so have some Pliny at home now.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great brewery and restaurant food quality. Gotta love their Pliny bites. The only thing their really lacking is quality stouts but they've got at least 8-9 amazing beers available here at all times. I wish they had a better system for their bottle releases (we've waited in line before for Bestifivation for 8 hours) but that's how it goes I guess. I still keep coming back because they've obviously got all other aspects of running a brewery down pat.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Cool place, almost always lines now. They seemingly intentionally create a greater more desperate demand by the way they handle staffing. The quality of the product is top notch and not debateable, its one of the best breweries in the whole world.

There is pretty much something available for a wide area of beer choices. Hoppy, mild, sour, bready, smooth, robust, white wine barrel, red wine barrel.

Good food, pizza and calzones are phenomenal.

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Photo of W_Des
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

This was one of my have to visits when I was in the Bay area and I made the trip up one night. The place was absolutely packed with a line outside just to get in. Our party of three got in about 45 minutes after we arrived and I saw my drink order: a flight of all 17 beers currently on the Russian River chalkboard. That was the best part of the night. Most of the beers were great with a few here and there that I didn't care for. We also ordered two pizzas, BBQ chicken and the Sicilian, but they were just ok, more on the salty side than anything. Definitely a stop for any beer lover though!

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Photo of Absolut
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Drove up from LA. Line is split in two-- those looking to sit and have food and drinks, and those looking for beer/ merchandise to go . Staff was extremely nice an friendly.

had blind pig, pliny, whole cone madness ad confirm no deny. all were excellent.

split two of their pizzas which were both very good.

really and enjoyable place.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The beer is the obvious draw. What pleased me was how incredible the 'lesser known' selections were. The English IPA, the two pilsners, the wit, the biere de garde, dry Irish stout, etc; these were all phenomenal examples of their respective styles. The vibe is crowded and noisy, not the most pleasant place to drink. The food is pretty lowest common denominator pizzas. Due to the crowds, service can be spotty.

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Photo of bsnone
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Was here last summer, sat at the bar. The bartender was a flat out jerk to my wife and me. Of course the beer is fantastic, wish the service matched

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What is there to say besides the fact that everything that needs to be said has already been said about this Brewpub!

The beers are World Class and the atmosphere is phenomenal! A must stop for a beer lover!

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Photo of WillDavis707
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Usually a very long wait. Go during the day on a weekday if you don't want to wait in line. Food is pretty good, Pliny Bites every time forsure. Always a great selection of sours, IPAs and Belgians.

They have a separate line and bar inside for growler fills and bottle purchases which is nice.

Only fill their branded growlers :(

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Photo of Kjbober
4.85/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Visited RR in August 2015. We got there right when it opened so we grabbed a seat at the bar. The next thing you know the place was packed...on a weekday! The bar staff are extremely knowledgeable about their products and were more than willing to answer questions and direct drinkers to something they like. The pizza was greasy, but it cut the hops of the IPAs. Try the whole wall flight for a great tasting experience!

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

RRB was a nice, iconic place to visit. However, I was rather put off by the decor and by the bathrooms. I have no sympathy for a reputable establishment that has dirty and or poorly designed bathrooms; come on guys, try harder. Secondly, I don't understand their decor. Are they going for German taproom? What's with the red velvet drapes and dusty bottles? It is what it is I guess, but if I was a local I would not make this my regular hangout.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Famous for the name, but their beer world class across 15+ different styles. Best to go early (11am-12pm) or later afternoon (3-5pm) depending on the weekend.

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Photo of gandres
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Ambiance: very good, even if you are drinking outside
Service: was prompt they tell you what to expect
Selection: 23 beers on tap
Food: not the best pizza
Value: Beer is super excellent, food can be improve
Overall: i still give it a 20, because I am rating it as a brewery, not an eatery
I am from seattle, and everytime i have driven to the bay area, i go north to visit this brewery

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Photo of tokimedo
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

if you come to russian river and DONT get the pizza, youre doing it wrong. the wait is worth it as long as the line isnt around the corner. come 30 min before they open and youll be able to get a seat at the bar.

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Photo of n2pux
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Currently my favorite brewery so I might not be as objective as some. Easy drive up from the Bay Area. Nice, clean, modern facility that seemed pretty family-friendly. Lovely selection of all their styles on tap ...including Pliny & Consecration. Service was fast & friendly. Didn't eat but the food looked/smelled good. Well worth the trip if you're a fan of their beer (and how could you not be?!). I could easily spend a few days in the area & go there nightly.

Probably stating the obvious but if you want to take home some Pliny & you're only there for the day, the earlier the better. I sat on the patio on a nice summer day & watched case upon case go out the door thinking ...oh, they have plenty ...only to find they were out of bottles when I went to cash out. Happy ending ...still got a growler of it.

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Photo of travisatlarge
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went there for the first time this past summer for my birthday. It was epic. I got the sampler which was HUGE. Then we ordered some pizza and some kind of bread with cheese but I don't remember exactly because I drank a whole sampler. When the bartenders found out it was my birthday they gave me a free beer and some other people sitting there bought me some drinks as well. Great place!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was pretty cool. Stopped in on a Tuesday night about 8:30 and the place was pretty busy. I grabbed a pint and stood by the bar until a few people got up. Obviously the beer was great, but I was surprised at how cool the people were. Not a hint of arrogance.

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Photo of Chris912
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

"accidentally" arrived on a Thursday PM during Pliny the Younger. Wait was about 30 minutes and consider myself grateful. Had their sampling platter of beers. Food is great, had their pizza. Place was pretty damn crowded if you ask me tho.

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Photo of GRFounder
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came to RR on our honeymoon, not knowing what to expect, but was pleasntly greeted by a friendly staff, good service, and great beer and food. Recommended 100%

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon, not too busy (30 min wait to get in). Got a bar seat, obviously great beer selection. Just opted for a couple tasters (ipa/sours). Pliny bites and pizza were great. Not a huge fan of the staff who ranged from inattentive at best to just rude. I get it, its busy, but like the active disdain for the customers was a little off putting. Overall fun stop, well worth it for the beer!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.49/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

-Worth the wait in the line. A person would have to be a prick to complain.
-That being said, it will be busy. The servers are doing a hell of a job, but that doesn't mean your beers/food will immediately pop onto your table.
-^Service is exceptional, especially for how hectic it is. I can almost guarantee they were over capacity, every single seat was taken, aisles were crowded, and servers were still floating through the crowd and happily attentive, and bartenders almost looked relaxed. I was impressed.
-Vibe is energetic. Lots of beer paraphernalia all over the walls, with plenty of homage to classic macros. Décor, if you can call it that, is casual. A few outdoor tables are available, too. Decent view of the brewing room.
-This place could offer only their own beers and I would still rate the selection highly, because why would one even look for something else? Still, they do offer some wines and bottles from other breweries.
-The selection of food, however, is limited to basics. Mostly pizza and pizza offshoots, like cheesy bread. Still, for what it is it's very good. Also good to have high grease/protein options, because if you're like me you will need lots of alcohol-soaking food to offset the ridiculous amount of beer you will drink.
-The beer. Incredible. Duh. I was downright flabbergasted at how reasonable the prices were, too. No price gouging here (you can tell ABInBev hasn't bagged them yet). Incomparable value. Where else can you get literally a half dozen+ world-class beers in one location for the price of what most bars charge for shelf beer?

This could be a dirt hole with RR taps installed and it would still beat other breweries by a landslide. The beer is world class, and they are doing a damn fine job with trying to keep up with the demand for it. (Points lost for being so far away from me).

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Photo of rudyolph
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've heard rumors of this place having a wait of 3 hours or more so I was very happy to immediately get a table when I walked in. I had just been doing some wine tasting in Sonoma and decided since we were in the neighborhood to drop and and get some PTE on tap. Service was quick the beer was delicious and the bar had a very nice crowd. It wasn't busy but it also wasn't empty.

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.