Misty's Steakhouse And Brewery

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

200 N 11th St
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508-1451
United States

(402) 476-7766 | map

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

this is a steakhouse on the main drag in lincoln with a brewery in the back they may even have multiple locations, im not sure, but the one downtown is pretty nifty, with a humble but apparently productive brewhouse in an otherwise new wave and sort of corporate looking establishment, not soulless, but reduced for sure. calling the brewery modern monks, although i believe the business in one. empty in here on a friday afternoon, mediocre weather but still, just empty, ghost town status, weird in the larger space. cool bartender though, corn fed type of dude, but cool enough to me. i had only one beer, an espresso porter with local coffee from a roaster called cultiva, and it was quite sweet and a little flat, but the flavor was awesome, and the coffee and brown sugar complexion was really nice. if it were a bit drier and more bubbly, itd be a great beer. it was good enough to make me want to try the others, but i had to get out of there. not sure what the vibe is like any other time, but it did not have the warmth and focus as a normal craft brew taproom these days, sort of dated and passed by, but the food looked good and the beer was better than the surroundings made me think it would be. not the first place i would go to for a local ale in lincoln, but the one i had was good, so i cant say anything negative. go have a few and see for yourself...

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Photo of Aoyoc
4.91/5  rDev +43.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of wapcap
3/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1.25

This is where Modern Monks now brews.

First the beer. The beer is easily one of the better breweries in Nebraska. The diversity and skill of the brewers is about the best you can find in the state. Their gluten free beer is awesome, and several of the other beers show the creativity of their brewing skill. Definitely worth the trek.

They do serve "food" at Misty where Modern Monks brews. The food is horrendous. Nothing local, and what they do serve is microwaved and horrible. We've eaten there several times and never had a good meal. The kitchen staff do not know how to cook or prepare a meal. I'd go there and try the brews and than head less than half a block to Single Barrel and try some really made from scratch awesome foods.

Worth a visit for the brews, not the foods.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Misty's is a Lincoln original. The original Misty's is in the old Havlock area. This new Misty's is at the location of the now defunct Crane River Brewpub.

Upon entering the establishment one is greated by the host stand. Just beyond this is the large irregular shaped bar. There is some seating around the bar wtih more along the south side of the establishment. The dining area is quite open. Some brewing equipment can be seen behind a glass wall behind the bar area. Beyond this is a private party room.

Nebraska football pictures and memorabelia hangs throughout the establishment. This goes back to the old ties between a former legendary coach, Bob Devaney, and his history with the old Misty's establishment. But enough about the history and the building.

The food at Misty's is very good. A touch pricy IMO, but you get what you pay for. The prime rib and prime rib sandwhiches are excellent. The few times I have ordered up a steak, I have always enjoyed it. The one thing I do not really care for is the fries. They are bland and boring with no seasoning as far as I can tell.

The beer, what do I say about the beer? I saved this for last because well, to be honest it's not very good. I have tried all 6, and have found some of them to be near undrinkable. Another warning, the last two times I have order beer here I have been served beer in glasses coated in a white soap scum (at least I hope that is what it was). Ratings note - Quality and selection is in reference to the beer, not the food.

Misty's is a good steakhouse that also happens to brew its own beer. Unfortunately, they don't get that second part quite right. If you really want to try the food make the trek to the Havlock location. If you find yourself here, eat the food, have a good beer elsewhere.

Updated 11/28/11: Visited the downtown establishment twice this fall during football season. I stand by my comments about the food. Very good. I also stand by some of the things I said about the beer although I didn't even bother with a beer on my last visit following the Michigan State game as the two beers I had in my Septmeber visit were not enjoyable (I did not finish my IPA). A third Misty's has opened near 40th & Old Cheney Road in South Lincoln. I have not visited to verify the presence of the Misty's house beers.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

You may remember from earlier reviews that I mentioned that I was trying to follow people’s suggestions while on this trip, but this place represented a deviation from that standard. Everyone from Swid to his roommate to Bditty187 told me not to bother with this place and yet, I simply could not resist.

It sat at the corner of North 11th and “P” Streets and their vestibule had two doorways, one on each corner. The maitre d’ station was just inside of the entry and the laminated concrete (?) bar was at a left oblique. They also featured a patio along the 11th Street side of the building. The bar snaked and curved through the middle of the space with the back bar an island in the middle of the oval. The copper-jacketed brewhouse was visible off to the left, along with several Fermentation Vessels. Further aft was the restaurant area with a larger banquet room off to the far left.

As to the beer: I began with a sampler and was immediately struck by the soapy, perfume-y smell, mouthfeel, and taste of each of the beers, especially the stout. It was then that I understood the wave-off from those in the local know. I barely finished the sampler, paid up, and got out.

The Mom Test: Good ambiance, lousy beer (and it hurt to write/type that). Since my maternal unit really does not like beer and they have a good reputation for their food, she would probably dig it. For the average reader of these reviews, it would be a swing and a miss.

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Photo of bditty187
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Misty's is in the same location as the old Crane River Brewpub. I was rather excited that it was going to reopen as a brewpub again. I was equally excited that Misty’s was running it. Misty’s is a well-respected restaurant in Lincoln.

My visit was on a Saturday morning (non-game day) at 11:30 am. My girlfriend and I were the only customers in the place. We were seated promptly and we had good service throughout our stay. The inside decor had been remodeled… it was needed. The walls were darkened a bit; a couple false walls were added to divide the bar from the restaurant portion. A few TVs were added above the bar, more seating too. There seems to be more visible wood. The atmosphere is different now, it still has a restaurant feel, just a bit classier and it feels less like a big banquet hall.

The menu has been changed… this is a good thing. There is more of a selection: steaks, salads, sandwiches, and appetizers. The sandwiches we had for lunch were both very tasty. A much-needed improvement in the food department seems to have transpired; this was expected.

HOWEVER, the brewmaster from Crane River is currently brewing at Misty’s. This is a fatal mistake. We tried three beers (they had six house beers on-tap, they were out of the stout (no guest taps, bottles of M/B/C)). None were worth drinking again. I don’t plan on going back to Misty’s unless than get a new brewmaster. Shitty beer at a brewpub is inexcusable.

Skip Misty’s and visit Lazlo’s.

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