Granite City Food & Brewery

Granite City Food & BreweryGranite City Food & Brewery
Granite City Food & BreweryGranite City Food & Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1636 42nd St SW
Fargo, North Dakota, 58103-3324
United States

(701) 293-3000 | map

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Ginagee68 from Canada

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

We drive from Winnipeg for 4 hours to get here. Great place, love the atmosphere and the service staff are always engaging. Food and beer worth coming back for. I love the Bennie Bock beer and husband loves the two pull with the Northern and Bennie combined.

Coworkers alike love this place and will make a point to stop by. Whatever your doing keep doing it!

May 21, 2016
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CpnYates from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have stopped by this location a few times recently while in Fargo, and have walked away impressed each time. The beer selection is straightforward, but a nice representation of styles.
A sampler flight is available to sample the lot all at once.

The ambiance is really nice, borderline upscale maybe, but a mixed crowd averaging around 35ish. The food is top notch as well, with large portions. Flatscreens TVs dot the wall for those who would rather not talk.

The service is standard chain forced rituals, but efficent and friendly.

Sep 23, 2010
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped in here to complete my goal to have a beer from all 50 states. Since this is THE ONLY brewpub/brewery in ND this was my only choice!

A pleasant atmosphere with a somewhat open and upscale sports bar feel. A large bar area, with adjacent tables and a separate dining area that is almost classy.

Two beers (of the six on tap) during our visit, Broad Axe Stout and Blueberry Ale. Both were decent...nothing crazy but nothing you couldn't drink.

Food was solid. I had a walleye fish and chips special and the wife had a yummy soup/salad selection.

Everyone from the hostess to the manager to the bartender to our waitress was cheerful and helpful. Our waitress seemed truly interested and impressed with the goal I was achieving while visiting.

What can you say....if your in Fargo this is your ONLY choice. I have found the Granite City chain to offer a good value for food, nice atmosphere with serviceable beer.

Jul 04, 2009
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jackorain from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here with a customer on a recetn business trip to the Twin Cities of Fargo and Moorehead.

The atmosphere was standard Brewpub/sroprts bar. Tanks behind glass many TVs nice bar, Cute waitress, hostesses and bartenders.

I had two IPA that were okay (i'll review it later) There were 5 beers on tap. My customer said the bock was light.

I didn't have any food so I really can't comment too much on this but I did see some go by and the Nachos looked good heapped with cheese and other goodies.

$3.50 for a 20 ounce, very good prices

Aug 29, 2007
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.88/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The drive from Bismarck to Fargo was uneventful, the odd bit of tumbleweed to avoid and.….erm, well that was it. But I was looking forward to hitting up what appears to be the only Brewpub, neigh Brewery, in North Dakota.

Easy enough to find, it's right opposite the Ramada Inn on 42nd Street. The Granite City Food & Brewery looks exactly like the BA Avatar. Plenty of parking spaces out front and round the side. A bitterly cold, but snow free, day had the wind whistling at a fair pace and dropping the temperature many degrees below freezing with a healthy wind chill - so the large double door entrance with its second set of blast proof interior doors helped to protect the punters inside admirably from the outside world.

Lots of clean lines, stone, granite, glass and stainless are the materials of choice. As you enter, to your immediate right, a pulpit is staffed with a couple of young women who seemed eager to attend, though it was a quiet Sunday afternoon. Stretching back from here is a rectangular room deeper than it is wider. Set in the middle of this, a smaller rectangular bar area has two sets of ten stainless steel taps diametrically opposed at the front left and far right. Stools lines the entire bar frontage but there are comfy booths set against the walls to the right and at the back. Large open windows lend a light airy feel to the whole interior. Once I sat on the far right hand side of the bar it was easy to see the second room that completes the Granite City location in Fargo. This is separated from the bar area with a stone wall which is inset with frosted glass panels. This second room houses tables and chairs in an open plan area, at the back of this the kitchen is visible whilst to the front a row of shiny stainless tanks (each complete with large red Christmas bows) were restrained behind large glass windows with the rest of the brewing equipment. All of the pictures on the walls were wrapped in Christmas paper with other Seasonal decorations scattered around so it was hard to get a feel for what this place is realy like. TV's hang above the bar as well as around the walls, all stuffed with Sports but with a thankfully low volume so they never intrude for those of us that find American Football boring.

No sooner had I sat at the bar than the women serving had asked what I wanted to drink and enquired if I needed a Menu, very attentive service was a big positive here. Two stainless steel racks on the bar each had nine regular taps and one nitro one. The Nitro tap was dispensing the Broadaxe Stout, whilst the regular taps dispensed Duke of Wellington IPA, Brother Benedicts Mai Bock and Northern Light Lager, leaving the rest of the taps (sadly) empty. A lack of Seasonal Winter and Xmas brews was a big disappointment I have to say; I expected at least one, the absence of which really depressed the available style selection and range. I sampled all the beers, the Northern Light Lager is perfectly named, whilst the IPA and Bock were above average, but the Broadaxe Stout was by far the best of bunch. Big bonus here is that all the Pints are 20 fluid ounce!!! Which makes them even better value for money. They sell those tall fancy mug handled ceramic flip top German style Growlers here too, I didn’t fill up but I did notice a steady stream of regulars popping in to fill up their own Growlers.

Food Menu is creative, heavy on the standard Pub Fare but interspersed with some interesting variations. I tried the Muscles, they were excellent, and they went perfectly alongside the Broadaxe Stout.

Service was always keen, chatty and fun too, I never had an empty glass but neither was I overtly bothered with inane questions or enquiries; the strike of balance with the Service was perfect.

I was conscious of the fact that Granite City is a chain, and this aspect is there, albeit under the surface. That said, I really enjoyed the Fargo location, the atmosphere was friendly, the service attentive and the food was very good, all reasonably priced to boot. The beers were OK, but it does let itself down a little with the limited range. Having finally made it to North Dakota’s lone Brewery/Brewpub I was pleasantly surprised and despite some room for improvement with the beer range, the Granite City in Fargo is still well worth a visit, especially if you are eating here.

Last Visit: Sunday 17th December, 2006

Dec 22, 2006
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Here, the layout was closer to the one in Wichita, Kansas, with a vestibule that faced the street, followed by the m.d.s. to the right, and a couple of blackboards advertising “Tonight’s Special”, “Upcoming Events”, and “Chef’s Specials”. Further to the left was the bank of Fermentation Vessels, followed by the washrooms and the kitchen to the extreme left. The rectangular wood and marble bar was straight back from the m.d.s. Along the right and back walls were booths. On the opposite side of the space, past a dividing wall of glass, light granite, and wood, was the restaurant area. An extensive patio area encompassed two sides of the building.

As before, the beers were passable, but not ravingly good. The bock seemed too sharp and the Light Lager was what it was (thanks, Frankie J., a former student of mine, for that bon mot). The stout had a good chocolate and smoky presence, but it just was not my bag on a hot day. The wit was also OK, but not my style. I know, I’m beginning to sound like Woodylocks. Once more, my pick was the Duke of Wellington IPA.

Finally, for those concerned about my eating habits, I had the buffalo burger and a cup of the ale and cheddar soup. I felt much better for having eaten.

I had read some reviews where they seemed to say that if you have seen one Granite City Food & Brewery, then you have seen them all. I disagree, but at the same time, it really becomes tough to avoid repetition in my descriptions.

Dec 20, 2006
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I am rating this for the Fargo branch although Ihave also been to the St. Coud one several times.

This is a very nice place that combines good food with very good beer. Their main brewer I think is from the old Sherlocks Home in the Twin Cities. They don't actually brew the beer at this branch from start to finish like they do in St. Cloud. At this one they bring in the wort from their Sioux Falls brewery and finish the process in Fargo..

The beers are very good (see reviews to be added soon)...They fall just a little short of Town Hall and Fitgers but this would be my #3 brewpub in Minnesota and North Dakota...Selection is decent..they always feature a seasonal beer that ranges from the current Honey Wheat to an Old Ale near Christmas I had in St. Cloud. They make a maibock year round that really seems more like a regular bock....their IPA has a nice hoppiness to it....Overall good solid beers a beer fan will enjoy...

I've had their food in St. Cloud and I thought it was good...just had the basic burger but I've heard some of their upper end menu items are pretty tasty...prices are reasonable too.(about par-for-the-course for a brewpub)..

Service was exceptional (my glass never ran dry) and they seem to have people in leadership positions that understand how to keep customers coming back. I visited in the afternoon of Saturday, August 9th. I had called ahead to see if they fill growlers from different brew pubs and the person I talked to said they did. Well, once I got there the bartender told me they couldn't do that. The manager came out and said I'd have to buy one of theirs to get a growler...he came by a few times and chatted and I explained I was from out-of-town and if I lived in town I would definitely buy one but being I rarely get to Fargo it didn't make sense (I think it was $18 for the growler filled with beer and $8.50 for a refill)...Well after I got done and was ready to go, and I asked him again if he'd fill one of my growlers and he gave the OK to the bartender....Now that is good business...Now everytime I go to Fargo I will not only drink at his place but also eat there as well....and I will encourage others to eat there....I like people who can see the big picture and are willing to be flexible...I'll probably even buy one of their growlers next time as a token of appreciation even though I'll have little use for it...

Aug 10, 2003
Granite City Food & Brewery in Fargo, ND
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