Granite City Food & Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8461 NW Prairie View Rd
Kansas City, Missouri, 64153-1842
United States

(816) 587-3838 | map

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Added by brewQ on 11-27-2005

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Photo of Suds
3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

In town on a business trip and staying near the airport, I had dinner on my own at this brewpub. Located in a large strip mall, right off the highway, the location had an industrial feel and seemed to be fairly busy. I had a black India pale ale that was just okay, and a chicken sandwich that was average. It had a chain like feel, that really didn't impress me.

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Photo of Jesi
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

Although Granite City is a fun place to hang out, they actually don't have too much on tap here (at least not compared to some of the other brewery's in KC), my favorites from the flight I tried were the Two Pull and Oktoberfest. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed if not kind of family friendly...

Definitely worth trying the flight as the value is pretty good especially if you're new to trying/tasting new beers (like me!). Food is a decent quality but nothing that will knock your socks off. Overall, a good place to hang out, but if you're expecting a large selection and amazing food there are definitely better places in KC.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Seems like I stop here every time I have to pick someone up from the airport and don't get stuck in the traffic that I think I'm going to. Honestly, that's the only reason to stop by there. You need to kill time.

This place is located in the mega shopping zone known as Zona Rosa. Its a huge outdoor shopping complex way up north of the city by the airport. Normally, I try to avoid artificial places like this, like the plague but it really is the only place near the airport that you can grab a decent beer. If you have been to one Granite City, you've been to them all. There beers are decent, nothing out of this world. The last time I was there they had a pretty fusel trippel on tap. I was warned by the bartender that they were only allowed to sever two to any customer since it was over 8%. That gave me a chuckle.

There food is like upscale Applebees. Use your imagination. The staff has always been friendly and helpful (to their abilities). Probably the best aspect of the place. Like I said earlier, if you've been to one, you've been to them all. If your in KC, go to one of our other great bars or brewpubs. If your trying to kill time before a flight or before you pick someone up from the airport, stop here.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited 5/21/2011

A: nicely decorated place. alot of dark wood and stone on the walls, bar, and table made it very comfortable.

Q: beers were of average quality. nothing exciting that I will remember as one of my favorite brews. See selection.

S: my waitress seemed to be well versed in different styles and the expectations one should have before trying different styles of beer.

S: nothing exciting here, a light lager, a bock, u.s. wheat ale, ipa, oatmeal stout, belgian blonde, and a blend of the bock and the light lager, and a blend of the ipa and the bock. The bock was my favorite, with the ipa following. I was most excited to try the oatmeal stout but was let down after the first sip. It was flat and had an overwhelming barrel aged flavor which was either faked or by accident, either way it was off putting when expecting an oatmeal stout. Wheat ale tasted too much like the light lager, and the belgian ale, which was the biggest of the sampler at 8.5%, was a let down and amateur to say the least.

F: had none

V: Can't complain about the beer too much as a sampler of all the aforementioned beers was only $3.75. I gave my waitress a 75% tip haha.

Overall, probably wouldn't be the first beer stop on my list when in the KC area, but if you're looking to add a few more beers to your list of "have tried" and you have a 5 dollar bill in your wallet, drop on in.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This Granite City location is not too far from the Kansas City airport in the Zona Rosa strip mall area off I-29. Parking is plentiful nearby.

The inside is similar to other locations, with lots of stone and wood. The bar is to the right of the entrance with some booth seating. The rest of the space is devoted to restaurant seating. The bar is long

As with other Granite City locations, the beer selection is around 6 taps with the standard chain brewpub fare such as an IPA, Stout, Bock, Lager, etc. I did not check on the bottled offerings. The beers are pretty average on the whole.

Service on a weekday afternoon was decent. My server was efficient and explained all of the beers to me.

Food at Rock Bottom is upscale pub grub. The salad I ordered was fresh and tasty.

Overall there is no reason not to stop here after landing at KCI since it is close and is the only place nearby with craft beers. I wouldn't make a special trip to visit though.

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Photo of MoonTan
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Visited on recent trip to KC. Based on some of the reviews, I was a little skeptical but wanted to see for myself. I must say I agree that some of the reviews are a bit critical.

Clearly Granite City is the model of franchise efficiency, which can be good or bad, in this case I would rate it as good, assuming of course you did not show up expecting to experience a true brewpub, because it is not. I do not say this in a negative way, just stating a fact. The founders of the Granite City franchise have based their business plan on a successful formula, fresh beer and good food, and made it work for them. The food is very good, the service was even better, and the beer does nothing to distract from the experience. This is a great place to experience fresh, quality beer without jumping into the deep waters of the craft beer scene. If you find your walk on the beach enjoyable, maybe next time you will take the plunge and visit one of KC's fine brewpubs.

I few special notes:
Our server, Brady, was excellent. He took the time to explain all the beer offerings and sounded sincerely excited about them. I believe that he was and I encourage him to continue his journey into the craft beer world. He also asked if I was an AHA member and mentioned the discount for members. Membership has its privileges!

The "brewer", RJ, also took the time to stop by our table and answer questions. He too was excited about the beer he was producing and I wish him well in his career.

I have refrained from referring to the beer served at Granite City as "craft" in this review because I do not believe that is the proper word for it. This should in no way reflect badly upon RJ, who is producing a fine product, just not what I would label as "craft". According to RJ and confirmed by the Granite City's website, Granite City's beers are produce by a method termed "Fermentus Interruptus". A brewing method so special it is trademarked, it is also a method only a franchise guru could conceive. The beer is brewed at one of three? central brewhouses and then the wort is shipped to the restaurants where "brewers" like RJ ferment, condition, and serve the beer. This is a model for consistent, predictable beer at each Granite City location and I must say I have had far worse at some craft breweries and brewpubs. However, because the "brewer" at the restaurant has no input into the beer formulation (unlike another franchise brewery "Rockbottom") and the beers are standard offerings, I just can't call it "craft". When I visit a brewpub or enjoy a craft beer, I expect experimentation, art in a bottle, the taste reflecting the vision of the brewer. Part of the experience is coming back and finding something different everytime, sometimes even when drinking the same beer as the last time. This obviously is not what Granite City is about, but what they are about works as well.


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Photo of RedBaron
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

My hotel was very close to this brewpub on a recent vacation to KC, and I thought that that could be a great find. Let's just say that they need to do some serious work to impress beer aficionados.

Atmosphere: Tucked inside the new "Zone Rosa" outdoor pedestrian mall in northwest KC, this brewpub tries hard to come across with the flash and brilliance of a modern restaurant that happens to serve, uh, "homemade" beer. Many prairie-style components in the architecture redeemed an otherwise too-lofty-for-its-own-good structure.
Quality: I tried a six-beer sampler here, and let's just say that most of the beer tasted, well, amateur at best. Most of the offerings were weak, fairly bland tasting renditions of classic styles of ales (wheat, pale ale, stout, etc.), and the only one with any real redeeming quality was the IPA. The IPA, actually, tasted more like a stunted cousin of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but it was the best on the menu, and I ended up ordering a pint of it after the sampler.
Service: Better than average as my bartender, "Matt", was an affable fella and took great pride in tending to his bar. I think, however, that he could care less about the beer being served then fielding volleys from all the after-work babes crowded the bar ("Hi, Matt. Can you mix another Mojito for me, puuurty-please?").
Selection: *meh*. I mean, they had about six or seven beers on tap, which would normally be pretty cool for me, but most of these beers - save the bastardized IPA - pretty much were milquetoast.
Food: Oh, yeah. I was hungry so I ordered a personalized "Sicilian-style" pizza (tomato, basil, mozzerella). The pizza came out on a metal serving plate, and was luke warm. By the time I finished half of it, it was cold. Thanks, guys. This kind of sucked.

Overall impression: I think Granite City is a chain of "Hey, Look! We're a Brewpub!!" restaurants, and anyone getting in there thinking it is a quality beer establishment will be sorrowly disappointed. On the plus side, it seems to be a fairly heavy "meat-market" (*wink, wink*), so it's got that going for it in trendy "Zona Rosa". For my money, integrity and time, I'd plunk my currency down on the bar at the Power Plant Restaurant and Brewery in Parkville, MO - a mere 4 miles down river...

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Photo of bort11
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Finally got a chance for date night with my wife, and this was near the movie theatre, so give it a try.
For a Friday night, they weren't very busy. The seating has wide open spaces that creates a relaxed atmosphere. We sat in view of the fermentation tanks.

They only had their main beers available, a lager, bock, stout, and an IPA. None of the seasonals were available. I went with the bock, and my wife went with the stout. I also went ahead and took the bait and joined the Mug Club for both of us. It's a one time $20 fee that gives you a 10% discount on food and specials on drinks. What the hell, it's date night.

The bock was OK. Good for a meal, but nothing special. Same could be said for the stout.

We started off with some crab wontons with a honey-mustard dipping sauce. I had a chicken parmesan and my wife had a lemon pesto chicken fettuccini. Not too bad.

The service was a little weak for being so slow. Our waiter wasn't exactly MR Personality, but he was trying. He seemed just a bit socially awkward. He did go along with our 420 jokes and let us leave with one of the mugs, so there's props for that.

This place is OK. It is nice to go somewhere a little different from the norm, even though the difference is just the fermentation tanks. It's like an AppleBee's that makes their own beer.

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Photo of karlm
4/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place strikes me as a brewpub invented by a corporate marketing department. Sleek atmosphere, a few well-chosen beers (and the safety net of macros available), and emphasis on service. Both bar servers repeated my name every time they addressed me. They were more than willing to reduce the size of the bleu cheese peppercorn burger and in response to my request for a side of barbecue sauce, brought out two types, as well as a side of the peppercorn sauce. And the burger and waffle fries were pretty good.

I was less impressed with the beer but it was fairly good. They were out of the IPA, but had the Poor Richard's Ale -- which I hope some brewpubs add to their regular rotation. Their maibock was fairly good. I think they had one other beer on tap -- a lager or wheat. Nothing very adventurous, but nothing really bland either.

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Photo of brewQ
3.36/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Recently opened in KC this place was packed with holiday shoppers at Zona Rosa. A nice big place with lovely stone work, much like a Smoky Bones restaurant.

The bar appears to be hopelessly too small, with only about 15 seats I believe it is designed to always look crowded and get you to grab a table and get comfortable.

The service was great, honestly; outgoing and hard working new hires plus help from other Granite City locations. They repeatedly ask your name and repeat theirs as they establish that warm genuine beer bond.

Happy to give me samples of their 4 beers; not so happy when I asked why they had no brew kettles here. (I did cut off the explanation of the genius of "Fermentus Interruptus"). Should we have a new type of establishment here? BREWPUB says beer is brewed on the premise. This of course does not happen here.

The analogy I have is that Subway stores warm up bread at each location. Smells good and doesn't taste bad, either. Does that mean they are a bakery? Not in my book.

Anyway, the initial beers:

The Northern Light light was the macro pleaser brew- heck, they even borrowed a stylized Girl in the Moon logo- wait til SABMiller looks into that!

I thought the Mai Bock might be of interest but I was confused at their offering- dark/black malts and out of character. I guess it was made so they could offer their 5th "brew", which is just a black& tan of the "bock" plus that Northern Lights; mixed at the tap and called Two Pull- ouch

The IPA, to my recollection was not bad. Though not the "huge hoppy flavors and defining bitterness" noted on the menu.
Stout-- just okay.

I will try the beers again sometime.

Oh- if you must have a bottled macro just ask. They do not publicize these.

The food looked good. I guess that's why they list food before brewery in their name.

KC needs more good locally made beer. I am uncertain that this establishement furthers that cause.

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