Granite City Food & Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

851 Rosedale Ctr
Roseville, Minnesota, 55113-2093
United States

(651) 209-3500 | map

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Added by mnfinnkidd on 12-06-2006

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Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for dinner before a movie at the AMC next door.

Atmosphere was decent. The architecture was pretty cool with stone walls, glass barriers and modern HD TV's. Was pretty busy but had a slightly more formal feel to it.

Quality was good all around. Lots of space at the booth we sat at, always asked if we needed anything, not really any complaints.

The service was also good. Our server was very friendly and helpful, although he didn't know much about the beer menu. All he could tell us was "we brew our own beer" but thats fine because I didn't need a lecture from someone who probably knew less about beer than I do. He was a good server all around though.

Selection was short and sweet, but what caught me off guard is they have a long list of mixed beer drinks. Mix their IPA and Stout, there is your Black and Tan. Want a Shandy? Half lemonade half Northern Light Lager. The list goes on.

Food was great. The portion sizes are extremely strange, as the appetizer we ordered could easily feed three or four people, but the dinner I ordered wouldn't satisfy a small child. Food was excellent all around.

It was a bit pricey. I suggest going with their meal deals. You get 2 entree's and an appetizer for $24.99 at the lowest level, saving you probably $10 or more if you were to order each item individually.

Overall, I definitely had fun. It's no Town Hall, but it's a fun place for the family and non-beer drinkers alike. I think even the grizzliest of beer geeks could find some enjoyment out of this place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TrePackDog
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jrsaffert
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of adamranders
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of BigAl18
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of gmag51
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Dwarven_Ale
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is a great restaurant with a wide variety of well-prepared food items and top-notch service. It feels clean and new.

I got the beer sampler: 8 ~2oz samples for $5. These are pretty small samples, as I've had 3 and 4oz sampler platters before, but for the price I think this is a very good way to sample the GC spread. The selection is fairly varied for it's size, with a few lagers and the rest ales, from very hoppy to very malty. Unfortunately, none of the GC brews are anything to write home about. Like most new(ish) and small(ish) breweries, the beers are mostly passable - not great and not terrible. With time and tweaking of the recipes I could see this becoming something really great, but as is I'd treat GC as a restaurant with some of its own beers as a novelty, not a focus.

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Photo of p-wagz
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of MJSawyer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of TIMMYJ21
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I go here pretty often on sunday's for there brunch, its pretty much the only reason i go here, the brunch is awesome great selection of food items on a buffet like serving style. I always sit at the bar, service most of the time is pretty good there,also nice tv's to watch the games and what not, Sunday's offer 6 dollar pitchers of the normal offerings,and also during the week sometimes, and good prices on big glasses of the seasonal brew. The beer is average, nuttin really to write home about, yes they do have growlers,swig tops, and they offer growlers deals on certain days through out the week.I think it would be tough to drink down a growler of there offerings, other than a double IPA that is seasonal. all and all a great average place to bring a family and have a brew and a nice family dinner

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Photo of John_M
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Had occasion to visit this place the other night. My friend was busy shopping with her sisters, and so this seemed like a reasonable place to hang out while they shopped. After one beer, all I wanted to do was go back to the Macaroni Grill for more chianti.

GC is a good size brewpub/restaurant, and there is clearly a sportsbar vibe to it. I think they had a dozen or more flat screen TV's, all turned to various sporting events. Otherwise, this place has sort of Chili's or Applebee's atmosphere and vibe to it, with what looks to be a matching food menu. There is a fairly good size bar area to your immediate left as you walk in, with a few booths and a bar that looked to hold around 15 or 20 stools. The main dining room is straight back behind the bar area, and on this day was absolutely packed. This place is located in a large mall, and I guess is something of an oasis from all the shopping. Also, I assume I got here during happy hour, as pitchers were $6 a piece. That's a deal, no doubt, and I probably saw as many people ordering pitchers of beer as I've seen in some time. This might also tend to explain the level of inebriation I saw in the bar area. Even though it was just 7:00 on a Tuesday, most of the patrons at the bar were rather the worse for wear. Although I was by myself (pretty obviously), the bartender still tried to convince me to get a pitcher. In retrospect, I guess I can see why. I assured him a pint would be more than sufficient, and as it turned out, my pint of IPA was almost the same price as a pitcher ($5.78).

As for the beer selection, it appeared as if they had around 8 to 10 different beers on tap. My impression was that they had several seasonals available, as well as the normal core beers. I went with the IPA, which was OK, but really nothing special. One glass was more than enough.

I didn't order food, but what I saw, I have to say, really looked pretty good (so maybe that, along with the cheap pitcher prices, was the draw this particular evening). There was a very long wait to get a table, and regardless of my impression, this place is undeniably popular.

Shrug. Was definitely not hugely impressed with this brewpub, but I guess it's a place I might return to if I had some time to kill while the wife or girlfriend was busying shopping. Definitely not what I would call a BA destination...

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Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.78/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My local Granite City. I have not been to one of the others in the area. This one is quite convenient if you are about to see a movie. It is only 100 feet from the AMC. Of course this means that on the weekday evenings when the movies are only $5, the place is pretty busy. They do an excellent job handling it though. Food comes out fast and their service is great too. There's enough of a selection to please anyone. The food could be a little less expensive but the cost of the beer makes up for it. It only $5 for a 20oz. They have an even laster serving size if you'd like it as well. The beer has been getting better over the years. They changed their brewers at the central brewery and have been tweeking the recipes the last several months. I had a chance to talk with them about it at the NHC this year. They are getting more creative and more precise on their recipes. I find them to be more appealing to the average craft beer drinker now. The growler fills are also pretty cheap. The growler's themselves are pretty looking.

Although not always my first choice in a place to pick up a beer, I almost never turn them down.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Of the Granite City chains that have all popped up over the recent year or so, ...more to come, the underimpressionable qualities of the beer are easily over looked by the easy to relax, spaceyness, and solid over-staffing that I was able to partake in on my visit to the new Roseville location located on the north east side of the huge mall associated with the area off Hwy 36 and Snelling.
Lots of space, flat, rough stone decor mixed with a smooth wall and ceiling interior and unfinished glass separating the main bar area from the seating of the restuarant, and yet another large glass wall between that and the kitchen area. Very friendly service and quick overall. The place seemed well staffed if not over staffed for how non-busy it was. I think we were able to get our drink order, food order, drink delivery, food delivery, and check all from a different person. Who gets the tip? Upon asking about the beers they were able to give me a decent discription, however that fell well short once actually tasted. All the beers were very week in body and a few were nearly tasteless. Decided on the Duke IPA which was OK, but again the body was watery and thin.
Food was pretty good, menu had a solid offering of choices on it, a bit high ended however in price. Background pop music I could go without, that should be nixed.
Overall, the experience was OK, definately a place I won't frequent unless no other choices are available, much like the circumstances that led me there this time round. I think next time I'll take the extra 15, 20 minute drive outta my way to get to Town Hall.

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Granite City Food & Brewery in Roseville, MN
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