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Granite City Food & Brewery

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1,353 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5270 Utica Ridge Rd
Davenport, Iowa, 52807-3872
United States

(563) 344-9700 | map

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by morimech:
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Typical suburban type of joint. A little bit more upscale than an Applebee's or Ruby Tuesday. Seemed to be very popular with the locals as it was crowded very early on a weekday evening. Our server was excellant. Cute, personable, and somewhat knowledgable about their beer. You can tell she is use to dealing with people that know next to nothing about beer as she warned my that their IPA was very bitter and I may not like it, that I should have a sampler first. Thanks, but I think I can handle it. The beer was OK but nothing I would go back for. There was a lot on the menu I wanted to try and what I finally settled on was very good. The prices seemed a little high for the area. I would stop here for the food and go to one of the other brewpubs in the area for beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JPQ
3.48/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of invalid665
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of Burgman08
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Dougstepenske
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of skubas86
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ALC82
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This place is part of a chain of Brewery/ Restaurants if I'm not mistaken. Usually this would lead me to believe the selection of beers would be middle of the road at best, but Granite City offers a great selection of flavors as well as very good food! I've tried probably half of the beers they offer over multiple visits and I am never disappointed.

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Photo of Chi-fly
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of cdkrenz
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

The service was friendly and engaging. I sat with several others at a booth in the dining area for dinner before moving into the bar area to split a couple pitchers. The atmosphere is that of a decent restaraunt. The house beers are nothing spectatcular. They look good but past that are average and no better. I will say this though, the price is right. We had a few pitchers for $6 each. Not too bad when they usually cost $3.50 a pint. The food was good and really made up for the insuficiency of the brews. Overall I'd say my experience there was ok.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I found this to be a very convenient place to get to by taking the local # 12 bus and getting off at Showcase Cinemas. The layout was a mirror opposite of their sister location in Wichita, Kansas. Here, they had a long outdoor patio facing Utica Ridge Road, but the front door faced towards 53rd Street. Anything to throw off a tired beer traveler, I suppose. Entering, they had a vestibule with leather couches on either side and the maitre d’ station was just inside the second door, on the immediate left.

There were two granite pillars just past the m.d.s. and to their immediate right were five (5) fermentation vessels, behind glass. The stainless steel bar was a “U”-shape, with an elongated middle and two short ends. To the left of the bar was a line of booths with a few high tables and chairs all of the way aft. Turning right after the m.d.s. put me in the restaurant area with its mix of tables and chairs plus booths.

It was at this location that the scales finally fell from my eyes. My bartender was named Angie, and while she admitted to me that she didn’t “really like beer”, she allowed me to look at the “Bartender’s Manual: The Yellow Pages”, so called because they were printed on canary stock. In leafing through it, many of my questions about this chain were answered. They use an unusual (dare I say unique?) step in their brewing process called “Fermentus Interrupus”, in which chilled wort is transported by truck from a central production facility to each of the twelve (12) various locations, each with its own brewer on station, and then allowed to ferment as usual. Hmmmm. I guess that if it works, then I am not going to kick up a fuss. I even got to taste their upcoming unfiltered wheat beer, which was not bad, damning them with faint praise.

My pick, as usual, was the Duke of Wellington IPA.

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Photo of LittleTimmy
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

What to make of Granite City...This was my second trip to one of their locations (I had previously checked out the Cedar Rapids outlet). This is definitely a suburban strip mall-type restaurant (in the Chili's, TGIF, Applebees mode) that brews (well, ferments) its own beer. While I can think of any number of brewpubs I'd rather visit, I have to give some grudging respect to Granite City. The beer is not great, but it is very drinkable. The Duke IPA I sampled was served too cold, although it was quite hoppy (too much so, in fact, as it could have used some more malt to balance the hops. The Maifest was surprisingly rich and hearty--much better than the version I recall having in CR. The service is attentive, the food is good and served in huge portions, and the atmosphere is comfortable, if a bit bland. What's more, they actively promote their house beers. Given a choice between forcing down a Bud at TGIFridays, or drinking a reasonable facsimile of good beer at Granite City, I'll take Granite City every time. Perhaps they can turn on a few of the slack-jawed suburbanites to good beer.
That said, I'd still rather visit one of the Quad Cities other three brewpubs, or either of the Bierstube locations.

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Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

The best thing I can say ab out Granite City is that the Atmosphere and Service were both very good. The Waitress was very well informed and the Host even stopped to chat and check on us several times. Very friendly and cool place.
The Beer, Food, and Selection are all a little lacking however. With only 4 different House Beers that are all the same there really isn't much reason to go back anytime soon. Plus the quality declines when compared to how much it costs. I expected a little better for what I paid. Not a bad place, just not great either.

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Granite City Food & Brewery in Davenport, IA
Brewery rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 1,353 ratings
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