Rock Bottom - Cincinnati

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier  (310) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | December 17, 2007
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Prcaus  (18) New Jersey | August 15, 2007
Was in Cincinnati on vacation so we swung through with a large party on a friday. Food was excellent, server was cute, warm, and engaging in conversation, beer was excellent. It was pretty laid back for a friday, but there is a bar area and a restaurant area. Overall, highly recommendable.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
sliffy  (86) Columbus, Ohio | August 1, 2007
Stopped in here a while back. Selection was typical of any other rock bottom that Iíve been to. Food was good as usual, had a steak sandwich. Parking at this place is awful, it was a bit of a hike in 90 degree weather. All that said, I enjoyed the visit.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty  (279) Nashville, Tennessee | March 8, 2007
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo  (58) Cincinnati, Ohio | February 21, 2007
The one thing I hate about Rock Bottom is its location: right in the middle of downtown Cincinnati right on Fountain Square. Donít get me wrong, itís a scenic spot, but parking sucks (although there is a parking garage right underneath Fountain Square) - I HATE paying for parking! That said, Rock Bottom Cincinnati is actually a pretty nice place. It might be a "typical" brewpub, but the bar is nice with the serving vessels showcased behind it (rather than the usual bar mirror that most bars typically have that I also loathe) and the main brewing area right in the center of the restaurant. They have 8 taps and 2 casks pulls. Typically they have about 5 mainstay brews and 2-3 specialty/season brews that rotate almost monthly. They also have various Happy Hour Specials, Daily Deals, and other events (keg tappings, etc.). Also, the FREE Mug Club is also a nice thing since itís free, you get a bigger glass of beer each time, and you can get free stuff (t-shirts, etc.). They have a full menu, but I think that the food is only okay to good for the price. The beer is reasonable (about $4/500 mL mug for Mug Club members, non-Happy Hour), but the food is a bit higher in price ($10-$12 for a burger). The bar maids/waitresses are pretty cool and they will chat and actually know somethings about the beers. Beer samplers are available as are growlers to go...
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
BeerInMyBlood  (3) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 19, 2006
Itís a franchised brew pub. They might as well not brew the beer there because itís the same beer that you are going to get at every other Rock Bottom you go to (Crosley Field Pale Ale = Wrigley Field Pale Ale = Fenway Park Pale Ale). That said, the beers are decently made, the food goes beyond that of most independent brew pubs and the service tends to be very good.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
pivo  (24) , Germany | November 16, 2005
Typical US brewpub: pub grub, TVs everywhere, wood furnishings. In then end this has the charm of a chain restaurant..because it is. Nice food, though. Had a great portion of seared tuna. Bad beer... ínuff said.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone  (129) Wood River, Illinois | November 1, 2005
Cool place. Located at Fountain Square it is in walking distance from the stadium area. Waitress was a lot of fun. Beer was excellent but not a huge selection. Delicious food.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99  (563) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 22, 2005
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
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
JCW  (147) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 13, 2004| Updated September 5, 2008
Typical Rock Bottom Pub. It has an excellent location in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Mediocre beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick  (837) Columbus, Ohio | April 19, 2004
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.

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