United States > Ohio > Cincinnati
Dogbrick (797) Columbus, Ohio | April 19, 2004
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Located in Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Parking can be iffy depending on when you try to go. There is both street parking and pay lots nearby. It is also in walking distance of most of the major downtown hotels.
This location has a rather large patio in front, and is very large inside as well. The bar area is on the left and the restaurant area is on the right. There is a board above the host(ess) stand that shows what beers are available which is always nice. The atmosphere consists of outdoors-y murals and paintings and growlers, growlers, growlers. The entire brewpub is covered with them. Considering they are only $6.95 including the jug why not.
The beers are best described as thoroughly average. There is a sampler available. The year-round offerings are pretty much run-of-the mill chain brewpub fare, with a couple seasonals that are pretty good.
Our server was very knowledgeable about the beers they offered, and was prepared to describe them all before learning we had been there before and wanted the sampler.
The food was good. The Hickory burger was tasty and my one complaint is that the bun was too freaking big. Overall this is worth a stop if you are in Cincy.
Braudog (792) Phoenix, Arizona | November 8, 2009
40 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
November 2009 -- I like some of the Rock Bottoms, but this was probably the worst visit Iíve had to one in 10 years. Beers sucked. Didnít eat. Nice location and Iíd give them another chance though because despite the madness, the bartenders were OK. The waitresses on the other hand ...
Tmoney99 (515) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 22, 2005
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Located on the Fountian Square Plaza. Service was good and the server knew the brews. Sampler is good of the standards and had a seasonal brew. Parking in city garage is $1 for two hours. Growlers
phaleslu (465) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 1, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Part of the Rock Bottom chain, right on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. In-house beers arenít bad, if not particularly special. Food is above average bar fare with no standouts, but Iíve never been disappointed. $2 drafts during happy hour.
LilBeerDoctor (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | December 13, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A fun brewpub (one of the few) in downtown Cincinnati in Fountain Square. A decent sized place with a long bar and plenty of tables, though it fills up pretty quickly. Tap list features 5 regulars (kolsch, witbier, red, ipa, and a "dark" that rotates) plus at least a couple seasonals (pumpkin ale, winter wheat, brandy barrel aged triple) and a couple of cask options. So really, there is plenty of beer options (I came here on 2 separate occasions and still did not sample everything). Food menu is pretty good (Iíve had the hazelnut crusted chicken, which is pure awesomeness, and the crab and artichoke dip which is pretty good). All in all, had a fun time and the beer was good. Please donít pass over this one just because itís a chain-the beer is well made and they put out some interesting seasonals.
b3shine (300) Indiana | July 2, 2012| Updated July 14, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
The beers are alright, but the food is great, the staff is solid, and itís one of the best values to pre game in downtown Cincinnati! Or just to go out for a beer and some braised short ribs for that matter...
Brigadier (291) Clevelandish, Ohio | December 17, 2007
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
I stopped here in the hopes that it was different than the typical Rock Bottom but it is similar to the ones Iíve visited in Milwaukee and outside Chicago. There were five beers on tap so selection was limited but covered a nice range of styles. I had the Christmas ale which was decent. Prepare to pay dearly for your pints though - unless it is happy hour or a special they are $4.75 each. Food is on par with any other Rock Bottom which is to say large portions and solid meals.
If you are staying downtown like I was (across the street) it might be worth a visit. Otherwise I would drive across the river to Kentucky for some beer and drink it at home/in your hotel.
illinismitty (279) Nashville, Tennessee | March 8, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This was the last stop on the pub crawl with Shigadeyo. The female bartender that served us was very nice and knowledgeable, gladly giving us free samples. The ambiance is predictable, very clean and trendy high-end chain brewpub. Nothing wrong with that. The three beers I had were very good. I did not eat. Parking seems to be a hassle (unless you want to pay) depending on what time you stop in. I would have no problem stopping by again to try some other beers and give their food a shot, depending on what seasonals/ non-house beers are online.
jsquire (195) St. Marys, Ohio | April 21, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Standard corporate restaurant style brew pub. Their beers are solid examples of the respective styles, they only had 8 taps. Food is good with fancy salads, sandwiches and appetizers. Sort of pricey. What you would expect from Rock Bottom.
Chudwick (159) Cincyucky, Kentucky | December 29, 2014
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Saturday night at 8 is not the best time to sit at the bar. Eight beers. Busy and loud. The beer list answered all my questions. Bartender could use modesty in her attire. Iíve been here a lot when itís busy and when itís not. If you plan on eating there avoid busy times, unless you plan on being there for ever and having everything out of your serverís mouth be, "Iím sorry for/but/about..." I think the place is understaffed, mismanaged and/or the staff is under-trained.
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