United States > Iowa > West Des Moines
csaso (155) Missouri | August 20, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Typical chain restaurant feel and menu. Decent beer and decent food though, considering. Not a bad place if you are passing by.
jsquire (160) St. Marys, Ohio | April 18, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This was a nice Rock Bottom. Lots of unique beers on the menu, including a very nice coffee stout. We were a big party on a Friday night and our server took good care of us. Not much local flavor but a good beer place to bring the uninitiated.
sthlm (136) Minnesota | December 10, 2013| Updated March 31, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 10/20
Re-rate (12/06/13). I used to be excited to make the relatively short trip to Des Moines to visit Rock Bottom, but I canít say I really have that feeling anymore. The water has been utterly disgusting and undrinkable since at least August. The food has gone from being relatively enjoyable chain fare with decent serving sizes that are slightly pricey, to average at best, smaller servings that are expensive. Beer selection is still very good for the area, but expect to pay $7.50-8.50 for an eight or ten ounce glass for sours and barrel-aged beers. The number of disappointing beers has increased, and to top it all off, I was told this last time that they no longer let customers choose what beers to put in sample flights. They have now restricted it to their regular offerings and one brewers choice beer--really disappointing. Although I know this will vary, my waiter wasnít exactly friendly when I visited. Dropping the score from 76, and I can hardly recommend the location anymore. Drive over to 515 or go to the beer spots downtown instead.
Re-rate again (08/08/13). There are still some great beers coming out of here, but the food options have changed a bit, and not for the better. The water has also been undrinkable the last two times Iíve gone here. Still a must stop for Des Moines, but definitely dropping from the 80 I had it at, and I think Iíll be splitting my future visits between 515 and here instead of just going to Rock Bottom.
Re-rate: Having been back a few times, Iím raising my score a little. Selection is still great, and Iíve found that some of the food is better than my first selection. Seating isnít a problem unless you go on a Fri/Sat around 6pm.
Original rating: Stopped by here on a Saturday evening. It was packed early on, but by 8:30 it had largely cleared out. Good feel to the place, and the staff were friendly. Very impressed by the selection, as they had (amongst others) a IIPA, a pils, a single hop IPA, a braggot, a pumpkin beer, and a barrel-aged imperial stout on-tap. The food was standard chain restaurant stuff, at average prices. Overall, donít expect much with the food, but the beer has ensured that Iíll be back some time.
jcnielsen (230) Charlotte, North Carolina | August 11, 2012| Updated November 20, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
The food and the interior of this Rock Bottom is very similar to all the other Rock Bottomís that Iíve been to. They also have the same main lineup of beers. The thing that makes this Rock Bottom standout in my mind was the specialty beers they had available. When I went, they had 8 specialty beers, including a bockbier aged in whiskey barrels, a sour ale, a saison with lavendar, a french farmhouse ale, an ipa with spruce tips added, and others. Really interesting selection of beers on tap! I wish I would have been able to try them all when I came, but I was just passing through town.
KAF (100) Coralville, Iowa | February 8, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
The reason to come here is due to their non-regular lineup of beers. The regular lineup is just like any other Rock Bottom, but the stuff that the brewer goes out on his own and produces are very good. The brewer is also friendly and willing to talk beer with you. Service is average and sometime bar service is a bit slow. The food is decent, but not the reason to go here. This is, imo, the best brewpub in the Des Moines area.
boozedude (2) Des Moines, Iowa | January 24, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Love this place, awesome brewmaster, great staff, beer is always great, only cons are there is next to nothing healthy on the menu
Slabjacker (34) | August 10, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great service and varied menu. This is the second Rock Bottom Iíve been to and it measured up to the one I went to on Minneapolis. Good selection of brews on tap; the Iron Horse Stout was very good as was the Lumpy Dog Brown Ale. Unlike many other brewpubs Iíve been to, they have collector pint glasses with the logos of the beers on them; I brought home an Iron Horse for my growing collection. Definitely worth a visit if youíre in the Des Moines area.
coco72 (10) , Iowa | August 9, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I like the food here and the beer is not bad.
CanIHave4Beers (74) Pouring Bus, Iowa | February 4, 2009| Updated May 8, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
The only Rock Bottom I have been to, I like it pretty well though. The beer is always quality but the food almost never is.
they have some good apps, but Iíve never had an entre that wasnít burnt in some capacity. The service is fantasic and they make a very broad range of fairly well made beers.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | January 9, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Kinda similar to every other rock bottom, with the same dark wood and leather and similar fake atmosphere. But the beer selection was nice enough, with a few interesting seasonals, and the regular fare being brewed fairly well. Sits in a sort of mall/shopping area, like most, so itís not exactly the best place for a true beer geek, but it works for Iowa.
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