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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

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10 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2000 Sycamore Street #260
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States

(216) 623-1555

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Reviews by adamette:
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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Inside a very cool building "The Powerhouse" with its impressive tall smokestacks and even cooler destinations inside including a comedy club, a dueling piano bar (Howl at the Moon) an art gallery, a reasonably upscale restaurant (that usually rotates owners) and maybe an additional TGIF and near the site of basically a concert venue for shows of about 2,500 people (I saw shows for Barenaked Ladies, KMFDM and others in the past there) right on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Again, this location is very cool. Then you walk into the Rock Bottom Brewery. Right away I am suspicious of the professionally developed logos for their beer which have even more suspiciously local names to the beer. I can recall "Dawg Pound Brown" or something similar, an obvious reference to the Cleveland Browns without needing the NFL permission or anything and other names like "Walleye Wheat." You really have to see these labels to understand what I mean...they are just too corporate and professional to be a "hometown brewery." My suspicions were confirmed when I visited the Rock Bottom web site, linked to them in other cities and all of the beers offered elsewhere had cute local names but likely were very similar to each other (guess what...they were in the most popular styles too). It is very much a corporate level interest creating a string of places made to look like someone local has established them. I dunno, if it was me I would open the same places and simply call them all something different (and then follow through on making them different experiences...like giving the brewmasters free reign to develop popular beers for that place.

Anyway...here goes

Atmosphere. Actually quite good. Heavy wood stairs and a modern bar in the middle of this place that could easily hold 750 people and likely more. It is a really nice atmosphere as is the immediate area around the restuarant.

Quality. Not good. Some of my comments are above but overall the beer is not adventurous, just safe.

Service. Just fine. It was as you would expect.

Selection. For beer...not good but a bit above average since at a minimum there is no BMC (at least not on tap...I am sure that there are bottles of it though).

Food. Not good at all. Got a chicken and pasta meal that was cold and stale. Wife got another dinner and a friend a third meal. None of us enjoyed our meal.

Value. Just fine I guess but we walked away sort of shaking our heads about this place.

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Photo of botham
3.23/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

as far as Rock Bottoms go, Cleveland has a pretty standard one. the upside is the building that the brewpub is housed in, which is a reclaimed warehouse building with various attractions throughout. the atmosphere has a lot of character thanks to this, but otherwise this is just another Rock Bottom. a brewpub crossed with a sports bar is the best way to describe it, with a mixture of patrons, many of which are not there for the beer.

quality is decent. most brews are served in tublers, which leaves a bit to be desired, but the conditions are clean and the beers themselves were decent to easily passed up.

service is lacking. the bar staff does not seem interested in beer, nor do they seem willing to talk beer with anyone drinking there. this BA visited during a dead part of the day (mid afternoon on a tuesday), and the bar staff would head into the back for minutes at a time, and was not very friendly upon returning.

selection is right in line with the other Rock Bottom establishments. eight offerings, only a couple of which are produced elsewhere.

overall, this brewpub is a bit out of the way in The Flats, but a few better beers, more friendly staff and less of a sports bar feel would make this a great establishment. the atmosphere has potential, the presence of a good beer culture needs some coaxing though.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited here on a recent weekend trip. Located in the Flats and just a short drive from downtown.

I must admit, I was a little skeptical about going to a "chain" brewpub but the beers really deliverd. I had their Dry Stout and Belgian Dubbel and was really impressed. They have all their beers that are available, beers soon to be tapped, and OG listed on a big chalkboard. Pretty cool for the beer geek in all of us. Also, most of the equipment is mostly viewable behind big glass windows. Again, another cool feature.

Paying for parking and finding the entrance was a little bit of a pain. The service was very average but the food and beers made up for it.

I would probably try to visit again when I'm in town. Well worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of frazbri
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

My brother and I hit the Cleveland Rock Bottom before seeing the Pixies at the Scene Pavillion. The brewpub is located in a renovated power plant on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River.

We were seated in a comfortable booth and promptly served. The menu is your basic ecclectic american brewpub fare. My brother had mahi tacos with black beans, and I had panko coated lemon chicken with asparagus. Both meals were tasty, reasonably priced, and plentifully portioned. Service was friendly and fast.

The beer choices were wheat, brown ale, pale ale, ipa, and stout. The Walleye wheat was a good choice on a steamy hot summer day. My brother had the pale and the IPA. He commented that the IPA was too similar to the pale for his tastes, but both were good..

I would return to this Rock Bottom location. The beer is solid and the food is very good.

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Photo of foXXtail
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Nestled in an old powerhouse building a gleeful walk from my apartment, Rock Bottom’s Cleveland restaurant is one of my favorite places to combine a good mug of beer with some truly delicious food.

The atmosphere is that of your run of the mill nicely appointed brewhouse/steakhouse, wonderfully free of crazy crap on the walls. The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable, if not sometimes a tad slow. Props to the waitress who found my beer notebook when I left it there one night!

They have 6 regular beers on tap, supplemented by 1-2 seasonals year round. All of their beers are delicious, if not somewhat mild. I particularly like the Walleye Wheat and Riverbend Red. Their most popular brew seems to be the Dog Pound Brown. They recently changed brewers, so I might update if he’s much better or much worse then the last guy.

They have a mug club, which I like quite a bit because I go there so often. You upgrade from a pint to a 22 mug for free with any of their regular beers, and as you drink pints you earn rewards like T-shirts and growler coolers. Also, you get invitations to their quarterly “brewer’s dinners” where they premiere the seasonal beer as well as pair brews with some fancy fine cuisine.

Speaking of cuisine, Rock Bottom’s is great. They have a nice Americana menu with a Tex Mex flair. What I like most about it is that it’s not all burgers and steaks. My favorite offering is the Buffalo Fajitas (made with buffalo meat, not “buffalo-style”)

Too many brewhouses focus too much on either beer or food, but Rock Bottom Cleveland is not one of those places.

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Photo of ken3c
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The whole family plus in-laws knocked back a few at this place. The wife ordered the sampler and shared it with everyone. The wife liked the brown and the stout. The mother in-law liked the light lager. Father in-law ordered an extra pint of the wheat. The kids got a finger full of a couple and were NOT impressed. I wasn't either. I had a pint of the ESB and it was good but not bitter at all. The pale ale was just not good. Everything else was merely tasty but nothing special.

The waitress was clueless about beer but was attentive.

The place looks great with the tanks displayed prominently and a chalk board with vital stats on the beer.

Apparently the brewer also works at the nearby Cleveland Chop House and Brewery. In my opinion he does his best work at the chop house.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in a converted powerhouse, this Rock Bottom has a lot of atmosphere for a chain brewpub. The spacious and pleasant environment provides a wonderful setting for some good food and quality beer tasting. The house brews are solid interpretations of traditional styles, but nothing surprisingly good. If I were driving into Cleveland from out of town to visit one brewpub, I'd recommend going to the Great Lakes over the rock bottom anytime. However, the rock bottom is less intimidating to those who aren't already beer nuts. I enjoyed the food more than I enjoyed the beer, but it was decidedly less Cleveland.

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Photo of SERowe
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The vibe has a hint of "chain" to it, which I later discovered
is true. There seem to be other Rock Bottom Brewery's around.
I assume they are affiliated? Anyways, I didn't hold that against them. I enjoyed my 2 visits during my long week-end getaway trip to the Clevelnad area. They post their beer facts on a chalk board
on the wall - O.G., F.G., Alc. which was a nice touch.
They have a full and varied menu. Something for everyone, and for
every mood. The wood-fired pizzas are great! IMO. Now on to the beer.
I had the Terminal Stout, which was quite tasty. The Dawg Pound Brown ale was malty, and seemed more like a porter to me. Their 13 lb. IPA (guess how much hops are used?) has a rich amber color, and a floral nose, without being over-the-top in hops. I also had a Walleye Wheat. Not a Wit or Hefe-wiezen, but a nice, refreshing unfiltered ale. The citrus notes were minimal, though served with an orange slice (a bit different). Overall, a very good experience and I would gladly recommend this particular RBB.
I'll have to try some others!! :-)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Atmosphere is that of a mall or shopping district, I enjoy the fact that the brewpub is becoming a common thing. However, I don't want a MacDonald's chain brewing the same beers under different geographic titles. Very modern brand new not much tradition of brewing here, in my opinion just too plastic or fake to be authentic. Well made consistent beer, with qualiy ingredients, and the same classic taste....wait haven't I heard this somewhere else before maybe a bud or coors commercial. Our waitress was on her third day on the job at this location but she did a bang up job of keeping not only our bellies full but also our pints, on the ball. Not interested in the beer it was just there in her eyes, but like I said three days on the job I understand. Six brews as regular lineups maybe a seasonal or two and a cask conditioned beer was flowing at the time. Food was very good everyone at my table was pleased with our selections, so much that we ordered some dessert.

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