Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Rock Bottom Restaurant and BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

10 Fountain Square
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202
United States

(513) 621-1588 | map

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Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

This is not for beer geeks looking for rare or over the top selections but for groups just looking for fun. There were seven beers available, all of which were text book for the style but otherwise unremarkable. The food selection is definitely restaurant quality but all four in our group stated the meal was just okay. The aesthetic was excellent and though our waitress wasn't versed in the finer points of ales, she was extremely helpful, punctual and pleasant. I enjoyed my time at Rock Bottom and would definitely hit it up again.

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Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

So this was a rather pleasant choice for a pre-interview dinner ina program I love in Cincinnati. Smack in the downtown area(fountain sq, 200ft from the hilton netherland where i was staying) which was also the epicentre of the city's christmas feel.

The place is massive, with a sort of modernised pub feel you get in some brewoubs across america. A nice feel with the production machinery among the tables, but in itself sort of sterile. It's also hard to define whether it's laid back or upscale at times. But overall it's pleasant.

Service may be quick or slow, depending on the volume of patrons. But slow isnt too slow and their rapport is kind overall. Fairly knowledgeable about their beers and menu and attentive to me.

They sport a generous selection of their house brews (5 or 6) with an akso broad (3 or 4) choice of seasonals (notably at the time, a barleywine and a winter wheat). I tried the IPA and the winter wheat which were very pleasant and fit for their style.

Food is amazing, and probably their best trait. I tried the laredo burger and the bbq pulled pork sandwich which were sublime and generous.

Overall, while not the best brewpub in the land, rock bottom was a pleasant intro to cincinnati for me, and worth coming back to. And if you get the chance, when done with your meal step right outside to grater's for a beautiful icce cream dessert.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I love to come here when I am in town for Reds games. They have a great selection of their own brews and pretty good food as well. I love the brewery vibe inside of the restaurant. I usually order the beer sampler, which includes about 4 oz of 6 different beers. I order that as my "appitizer" and then order a full glass as my favorite.

The food is pretty good, I like their Hawaiian pizza and the sandwiches are good as well. Overall a good place to eat if you are looking for some great beers.

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Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went here a few times while staying in downtown Cincinnati for a few days for business. While not my first choice when going out to get some good beer or food, this chain is fairly solid and delivers above average in all areas.

A: Large dining area with lots of wood that they do a good job of breaking up with barriers and low lighting. Has an outdoor seating area, which is great for listening to live music in Fountain Square.

Q: The beer is pretty pedestrian for most of the uber beer geeks on here, but better than the BMC available at many other chain restaurants. I sampled several and while they displayed minor flaws, they were drinkable.

S: Service was always prompt, friendly and professional. However, they are not beer experts and will just point to the menu when asked about available selection.

F: I had both appetizers and meals here and was always very impressed by the speed and quality. While not world class, certainly well above what I expect from your standard sit down chain.

V: Prices are average; you can have a meal and a few beers for $20.

If you want to it on Fountain Square and listen to music and have a craft beer, this is essentially your only choice. Apart from that, there are much more eclectic and interesting choices in Cincinnati for great beer and food.

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Photo of Brent
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

When entering a fairly large chain establishment such as this, you really can't expect a ton of character or novelty. The interior was very pleasant, with something of a craftsman lodge feel. Lots of framed posters depicting the various beers produced. Sparkling stainless steel brewing equipment in a small, glass-enclosed brew house. Take any upscale, casual dining chain restaurant, add the brewing aspects, and you've got this place. Good central location in downtown Cinci - easy to walk to.

Service staff was prompt and attentive. I ordered a prime rib sandwich with kettle chips and au jus. The sandwich was quite good. The cup of au jus seemed to owe more to an envelope of brown gravy mix than to any pan drippings. The kettle chips were quite brown, almost burned, and I'm surprised the kitchen let them go out that way.

The house IPA was good, if nothing special. I also had an expresso porter, which had a very thin mouthfeel, calling to mind nitro Guinness, and a bit overwhelming coffee adjunct flavor.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is in a good spot downtown - right by Fountain Square. It is usually pretty busy. They have a decent selection of their own draft beer and pretty good food (there is a large menu, which is nice). Like most chains, however, it has its drawbacks. There isn't too much 'exciting' or unique about the place, really... The beers are OK but none I've tried are exceptional. The service is hit-or-miss. It's worth a try though, for sure, as it can be fun with a big group of beer-lovers and non-beer-lovers alike. It is kid-friendly I believe as well.

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Photo of chaz01
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Came here for lunch on a Sunday afternoon on a recent visit to downtown Cincinnati. Excellent, friendly service who waited on us right away. Normal line-up of beers (lager, wheat, pale ale, etc), plus as a bonus they had a cask conditioned pale ale. I had a seasonal fire chief ale and the cask conditioned ale and both were enjoyable. The food was top notch -- much better than I expected. We had a couple of special dietary requests and they were more the happy to comply. Will definitely be seeking this place out again next time I'm downtown Cincinnati.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is a staple of Downtown lunch goes in Cincinnati...

The atmosphere retains both the "bar" feel as well as that of an established downtown restaurant, and rapping it up into being a nice brewpub.

The quality of both what Rock Bottom serves and what they brew there is high. All of what Rock Bottom makes is of solid style quality, though perhaps not extreme or strong in some categories.
They brew an example of many main stream styles and always have at least 8-10 of their beers on tap at any given time.
The food there is always good, particularly for lunch.
The prices don't quite get to "bit pricey" range, and it's definitely worth what you're paying.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went for lunch on a Friday afternoon and the place was already gearing up for the night life. Had a pretty good selection of home-brews that included The white tiger hefe, The brown bear brown ale, The fire chief Ale, and few others. Total they had about 8 beers that they brew on location. I had the fire chief and the white tiger hefe. Both were great choices, each unique with a good flavor AND since it was happy hour they were only 2$ for a 16oz glass! Great selection of food (everyting from nachos/hamburgers to steaks and salmon). The food was really tasty but it was a little pricey. Overall a nice fun place to relax and try some different regional beers.

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Photo of MuchoCerveza
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really love Rock Bottom. Although it's a chain it is still a local brewery. I've tried all their beers brewed in-house and have to say I haven't found one that I don't like yet. They have won over 100 awards for their brewed beers and there is a reason for that.

The atmosphere has a sophisticated feel to it with a nice ambiance. The service is usually good but have had a few times where they were quite slow. One of the things I look forward to every year is when Rock Bottom comes out with their Blitzen beer for the winter.

Even though their beer is very good I like their food even better. I've never had a bad meal here and their food is reasonably priced compared around town. The beer is a little pricey but you get what you pay for.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I loved this restaurant for several reasons. The most important thing is that the service was superb. My waiter was very knowledgeable about beer, having spent a few years studying in Munich before returning to his home in Cincinnati. He was clearly pleased to have a customer who was there for the beer more than the food. What he didn't know, I suppose, is that I also love fine cuisine. The chef is to be complimented on this. I had a lovely salad with delicious freshly baked bread, followed by one of the best pasta dishes, based apparently in a basil pesto, that I have tried in awhile. In fact, the food was better than most of the beers; I sampled all six brews that they had crafted on the premises. After I dined, the waiter took me on a personal tour of the brewery, which was located in the center of the restaurant with beautifully furnished tables and booths surrounding it. To top it all off, the location could not be better. It is right on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The square, reminiscent of those in most European cities, and graced by one of the most lovely old fountains in all of North America, is a European beer-lover's dream. I recommend the whole experience to anyone.

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Photo of pwoods
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by after the browsing the Travel Sport and Boat Show. Very nice inside. Plenty of wood, a nice big bar with plenty of TVs, a quite dining area. Biggest draw back for a beer geek is that you'll probably be the minority. The service was outstanding. Our waitress asked our seating preferences, new all their beers very well and even offered opinions, and she was always within beckoning range. Food arrived fast and as promised. I believe they only had 5 beers but a good range in style. I had a tall stacks ale followed by their stout who's name I forget. My sister had the Brown Ale which I sampled :) Nothing spectacular but they hit the spot. Food was very good. I had the Bolognese(sp?) and she had the Chipotle Chicken Pizza. I'm fat and I left very full, no room for desert :) Not a beer geeks dream but a decent place to eat and have a few. It's also right in the middle of Fountain Square which helps if you're looking to head somewhere afterwards.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Well I had been to a couple rock bottoms before, the most recent one in Charlotte so I kinda new what I was getting into when I stopped in here. I wont really comment too much on their beers other then to say that they are there’s, if you have had them at one they are essentially the same at all the locations and you know that is all the serve, not that being said I always will get that stout, it really is not that bad at all and is as consistent as they get. The food is a different story. I have always liked the food at their restaurants and this was no exception, I had an excellent chicken sandwich I would recommend to anyone. The atmosphere was very businesslike; well it was a Monday at lunch time but whatever. Overall though the atmosphere was good, the service was quick and efficient and everything was right on the money. I will give them credit, of course there are better places out there, but they have some great consistency and it’s a place you know will be the same in every town you go to.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in ohio for the last election results and found this place among the mayhem to get some cold beers and away from the protesters

This link in the chain occupies a downtown location, about 6 blocks i think from the baseball stadium, walkable to the convention center and hotels.

I liked this spot actually went twice on my trip once by myself and once with a client good time both times.

They had a good selection of beers.

I enjoyed the seletion of beer glasses they had as well.

Good service. The bartenders were fast, friendly and up on their beers.

the food was good, like most rock bottoms the appetizers were better than the main dish.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I work in downtown Cincinnati, so it's common for me to stop by this place for lunch or happy hour. Their beer selection is good and they typically have a seasonal that's worth trying.

Their wait staff is always friendly, but it is likely that the bar area will be packed upon your arrival.

I am not a huge fan of their beers, as I think they all tend to taste overwhelming malty and a bit watered down (and the ONLY beer you can get is their beer), but they have a great food menu that is consistantly great.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

With a prime location on the eventually to be finished Fountain Square in the middle of Downtown Cincy this is a good place to visit.
Great atmosphere, with the brewing facilities visible from everywhere from the bar side of the restaurant. Fountain Square and the ice skating rink are visible through the front of the restaurant. The beer selection isn't incredible , but in the winter they have some really good offerings available.
The food is quite good. I've had everything from a Quesadilla, Cheeseburger and Meatloaf with steamed veggies and garlic mashed potatoes. This place can get quite busy at times so the service will depend on the crowd which is understandable. Working downtown this is very convenient for lunch or a pint or two after work. If your visiting Cincy or in town on business this is one of the must stops for a beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went for lunch on a Friday afternoon. The place was packed, but we only had to wait about 15 minutes or so. Brewing equipment is easily viewed from anywhere inside. Lots of signs for the house brews. They had thier standard beers on tap (5 or 6). In addition, they had an oatmeal stout (seasonal, draught or cask conditioned), as well as a Scottish Ale. Our server was friendly, and our food arrived very quick. The burgers that the wife and I had were tasty, as well as the malt kettle chips. Like other RB locations, none of the beers really blew me away, but what we had were good. This was a nice stop, and I would come back, especially to see other seasonals.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Rock bottom is suffering now because of the Fountain Square construction. I think the contractor for this project should be taken out and shot. One of the reasons they got the job was because the COMMITTED to the city of Cincinnati that they would be finished with the project in time for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (Sept. 16th, 2006. WELL, they dropped that ball and O-Fest was adversely affected. But that is not caused by Rock Bottom (it's that darn contractor on the site).

I didn't know that Rock bottom was part of a chain... but it is... with over 20 locations in the USA. They have a few micros on tap. They are all pretty good. The overall atmosphere is clean and lively. The food is a step up over the big chain happy hour places (Applebee's, Fridays).

Good place to go once Fountain Square is completely done.... will probably be early 2007

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I usually do enjoy the Rock Bottom chain stores, although I find their beers a bit bland and less challenging that I prefer, but you have to expect this. They market to 'average' beer drinker and maybe not the most die-hard BA's. Nevertheless, their 6-8 standard brews are very cleanly brewed and safely formulated. However, on this particular evening, I enjoyed a bourbon barrel scotch ale that nearly put me under. The master brewer came out to talk with a group of us homebrewers once he herd that we were present. He proved to be very friendly and insightful. The food is expectedly good, but a little Applebee's-ish. The space was a pseudo-rustic decor, but spatious, well lit, and inviting despite it's suburban feel. I do recommend this location, but be realistic about the beers that will be available, but there may be a surprise waiting as well.

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Photo of Tchuck
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

We stayed at the Westin, just across the construction zone called Fountain Square from the Rock Bottom. I ate there twice (one lunch, one dinner) and one other time for drinks. The beers are average, with the exception of two seasonals, the Catcher in the Rye (you guessed it) rye ale, and a Vienna Lager, both of which I found to be flavorful and fresh. I thought the Irish Stout was decent, but the others I tried (Tall Stacks bitter, the brown ale, and a pale ale) were just average. The atmosphere was average, the service was good (and I say this b/c I forgot my receipt, and when I went back later they looked it up and reprinted it for me--otherwise average)

I had a burger for lunch, and it was average, and the rack of ribs I had for dinner was better-than-average. The menu is of varied items, but I imagine is the same menu chain-wide (it's been a while since I've been to the one in Boston). As the only brewpub in town, it is worth a visit, but I can't say it was fantastic.

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Photo of mcallister
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The cool thing about rock bottom is they brew their own beers. The bad thing is is that they are average at best. Rock Bottom is a good place to sit around and drink before or after a Bengals or Reds game or a decent place to stop for lunch if you work in downtown Cincy. But otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to go check this place out. I live in Dayton and there are far better and more options in the Cincy area for good beer and good eats.

Definitely worth checking out at least once but I would proabably only go back to try their pumpkin ale or oktoberfest brews because I get very festive for beers around that time of year.

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Photo of frazbri
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped at the Cincinnati Rock Bottom Saturday night. It was fairly busy (approx 15 minute wait for non-smoking). We sat near the bar, where tables were available on a first come/ first served basis.

The menu had a wide variety of choices. The standard pub fare of sandwiches and pizza were served as well as items like buffalo fajitas. I had the bbq chicken pizza and was very happy with my choice.

The service was slow. The waiter seemed competent, it just looked as if he had too many parties to cover.

I had just two of the beers. The wheat, which was your basic american style wheat beer. It was decent. The second beer I tried was the Blitzen. This was the seasonal, spiced christmas beer.

I'd try this Rock Bottom again. The prices are fair, and the beer is worth trying.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

What a good location, right down town and not far from where the Bengals play. I was here on a business trip and our group table split a bunch of appetizers, all of which were tasty. The main meals were also quite good. This place has very good food but was just ok in the Beer dept, which was kind of a bummer... Not bad, just something missing. I tried the Brown Bear which was a little lighter than I expected, the Crosley field which was tasty but also kind of light, and the Fire Chief. The beers just seemed to be missing some teeth

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I spent a week in Cincy a bit ago, and have not added this review. What is wrong with me. As far as brewpubs go, this one had a very contrived feel about it, but what I expected from a chain restuarant/pub. When there, I had the sampler of beers, not really finding anything that struck me as a great find. As usual, they were out of the beer I really wanted to try, the raccoon red. There was the feel of a place that was trying to be both a restaurant and a brewpub at the same time. The head bartended that was there while we were in town was great. He was a showboat, chatting it up with all of us that were there, handing out some freebies to folks that were there for a while. The number of beers available was not as stellar as other places, but it held its own. I believe there were 8-10 on tap, but two of those ran dry while we were there. . The food was typical. Not anything great, but definately not bad at all. Overall it was a good experience, but I would go a few blocks out of the way to hit Barrelhouse.

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Photo of clvand0
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here last night on our way back through town. Located in the middle of downtown Cincy. This place is pretty big compared to most brew-pubs I've been to. Has an outside area and a large inside area - on the right was more of a restaurant and on the left was a bar and a bunch of bar-type tables. It was very smoky when we were there. We sat at a table in the bar-area and our service was just sub-par. It took about 15 minutes to get our brews and it took nearly an hour for our food to arrive. The food was excellent, it just took forever to get it. They had around six beers on tap. I had two of them. The hefe was nice and the brown was pretty decent. They have brewing equipment behind glass in the center of the place, between the bar area and restaurant area. The bar area reminds me of a sports bar more than anything. Overall, the beer was good and the food was excellent. Service was lacking.

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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Cincinnati, OH
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