Granite City Food & Brewery
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 880
Beer Avg: 3.22
Taps: 5 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +18.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I love going to this GC, but since they don't take reservations it can be a big hassle to get a seat unless you go before 5pm (any night of the week).
The food is great. My wife and I try to go once a month or so, and I usually get a "Two Pulls" while I'm there. Being a member gets you a 22 oz. beer for about $3.75 which is a heck of a deal.
The beer isn't great, but it isn't bad, and we always have a good time when we go.
One last note, Tapping Party nights are crazy... expect a one hour wait minimum =(
10-31-2009 06:08:20 | More by dpnelson1978
3.8/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to Granite City a number of times and live fairly close to it. Sunday brunch is very good with several varieties of Eggs Benedict available. The Reggiano hash browns and Grand Marnier French Toasts are also among my favorites.
The dinner menu features bbq pork ribs, Walleye, and Grilled Salmon Oscar. If you don't want to spend a lot on food, the Cuban sandwich and Burgers are real good and not too pricey.
Granite City does not have a lot of varieties of beer, but what they have is good. I especially like the Brother Benedicts Maibock and Duke of Wellington IPA.
02-24-2008 22:19:32 | More by hardy008
3.53/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I stopped in for a couple of brews in the late afternoon. I sat at the bar and received prompt service. Business picked up quickly and the place became packed, but the service remained attentive. The atmosphere is casual, but a step above most suburban bars. Pretty classy. The beer selection is limited to their beers. I had a pint of the stout and the bock. Both beers were solid examples of their styles, but they seemed to lack the character that is usually evident in brewpub beer. The beers seemed like they were trying not to offend. Overall, not a bad spot for a couple of beers. I would like to go again and try out some of their food.
11-05-2007 05:42:44 | More by SargeC
3.13/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in last night while visiting family. The atmosphere is pretty standard sports restaurant/bar fare. Dark lighting and TVs all around the room. I honestly don't remember much else about the place, pretty standard decor. The bar looked fairly impressive.
The quality of the food, beer and service was a little better than average overall in my opinion. Our server was pretty quick and seemed to know what he was doing. The food was good, hot and pretty much exactly the way it was ordered. The beer seemed to be poured properly, good head left in the glass, not filled to the top like a lot of restaurants do. Plus the temp was pretty much right for the style of beer they served, maybe a little too cold, but it came out with plenty of time to warm up a little.
Service was fine. Our server had little personality, but didn't bug us or get in our way either. He was just there, did his job and then gone. I can live with that.
Selection on the beer side was pretty poor. They have their own four standard choices and nothing else. I prefer brewpubs that have some selection beyond their own stuff. The range of different styles was okay: an IPA, a bock, a light lager and a dry Irish Stout, and it seemed to complement the food on the menu pretty well, but more is always better and four beers is not enough to satisfy.
The food was pretty good on this visit. Had the walleye dinner special. Pretty tasty piece of fish. Well cooked with a nice breaded texture. Tasted pretty fresh too. The fries were tasty as well. The menu seemed to offer plenty of choices, both regional and mildly exotic. No one else in our party of four had any complaints about the food.
When all was said and done, my wife and I ate for about $35. Seemed pretty reasonable. The beer was only $2.15, not sure if I happened to catch a happy hour or something, but I was impressed with that number.
All in all it was a pretty good experience. Nothing to rave about, but nothing to complain about either.
04-20-2007 13:45:26 | More by skillerified
3.35/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
While I am actually reviewing my recent visit to the Granite City in Eagan, my experience is similar to my past visit to the Maple Grove location. The atmosphere is similar to that of any suburban chain restaurant. Everything is clean and modern. The Eagan location listed 5 different beers, 1 of which was a blend of 2 of the other beers there. The good news is that they serve their beers in 20 oz. glasses. The bad news is that they chill those same glasses before they pour the beer. As you all know, a chilled glass is fine for macro swill, but it is inapporpriate for an ale. What's the point of selling good beer if it is served too cold to taste? I had the stout, which, once it warmed up was fairly decent, but not worth going out of your way for.
On the other hand, the food is actually quite good, and reasonably priced.
As a restaurant which provides better beers than Bud, this establishment is quite successful. As a brewpub(actually, a pub with fermenters-the beer is actually brewed elsewhere), this leaves a lot to be desired.
02-07-2006 07:44:31 | More by edbeered
3.45/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went 8/8/05 to blow off the "mondays" with a friend. We immeadiatly hit the bar as we waited for our table and tried out their IPA and stout. The IPA was the clear winner here. Nice hops and flavor with a good finish. The stout however was fairly average with an unpleasant aftertaste.
Once seated we ordered the lager and maibock. The lager was no match for the maibock's full body and flavor. I would recommend the lager to anyone new to beer. While it hardly registered on the palate. It was a nice, crisp lighter lager with a little sweetness.
Food was fairly good, not great. The waitress did get my order mixed up, but I was enjoying myself and the maibock too much to notice or care.
Nothing that stands out here, but it was good and friendly was to try something new. Not too bad for a local brewpub chain based out of a collegetown.
08-16-2005 17:32:29 | More by tempest
2.78/5 rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4
Pretty much the same layout and menu as the other granite city I have been to, except for one major difference. This place only had 2 beers on tap, their Northern Macro Light, and there Benedict "Maibock" which was actually just a standard bock. It frustrated me after driving an hour in the snow and wind to get here. Service was good, food is always delicious, but there are better choices in the Twin Cities. They didn't have the Broad Ax or the Duke on tap, even though there were signs up for them everywhere. Other than that, it's a fine place to go.
03-12-2005 02:08:30 | More by TastyTaste
Granite City Food & Brewery in Maple Grove, MN
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