Travlr (2763) Charlotte , North Carolina | November 29, 2010| Updated January 6, 2015
This place is amazing. 16 taps of shockingly good beer, an incredible blues band, very friendly and helpful staff who are generous with the samples, and a whole bunch of really friendly locals. How can you possibly ask anything more from a bar. Come here. Now.
Visited a number of times over the years, usually around Thanksgiving or Christmas when visiting family in the bay area. Service can be hit or miss here, the food is usually good though it can be a while before it comes out if they’re busy (waited an hour once for the Pliny bites or what ever they’re called). Not sure I’d recommend this place for dinner but for drinks it’s great. Happy hour is dangerous. They always have a dozen house beers on including at least 3 or 4 hoppy beers as well as the same amount of sour beers. Some bottles are available to go. Best beer place in Santa Rosa but there are other places listed here that are walking distance from Russian River.
I arrived around 9:30 on a Friday night since I had to drive from my grandmother’s in San Leandro where I was staying for the weekend, so I was expecting it would be quite busy...it was.
I should say that being from So. Cal and making a trip to Stone every few months, I’m much more used to the upper-scale atmosphere of their brewery and bistro. But Russian River is much more of a regular bar/pub.
My girlfriend and I stood and had a drink (I had a Sanctification) while we looked for a table or some bar stools to open up. We finally were able to get a table around 10 and ordered the Nu Deal pizza. It was one of the better pizzas I’ve had, and it was a lot more than I was expecting. I ordered a Consecration, but the keg was nearing empty so I only got half a glass--the bartender didn’t charge me for it and I got to try this excellent beverage. Pretty nice of him. I also had a pint of Hop2It.
The service was pretty good. They were attentive but not always in your face. Again, more than I was expecting considering the general atmosphere.
The prices are quite reasonable as well, especially considering the quality of the beer that you’re getting. The growler fill (2 liter) was only $14 for Blind Pig.
My only gripes would be that they were tapped out of Consecration (so I only got that half-glass) and they were out of Blind Pig bottles. And they do have a fairly large tap list but I do wish it was a bit bigger (I know, I’m being needy here). Otherwise, a great experience.
Ferris (1315) Burnaby, British Columbia | January 22, 2014| Updated February 8, 2016
Efficient, busy and did I mention busy? A good place, but you aren’t going to get personal service, it will be efficient and they can all answer your beer related questions. Food is good, but you will wait for it. Beer is very reasonable from the tap.
Visited on Sunday evening, 27/04/14 around 9pm.
The place was pretty packed, no room at the bar but we grabbed one of the last remaining tables.
I took down the tasting tray which contained all 18 beers that were on tap, with a bottle top from each nailed onto the tray next to the beer, which was pretty cool.
Solid beers as you come to expect from RR but you also get some of the ’you’ve tried the best, now try the rest’ offerings which didn’t really excite but a rates a rate.
Food was solid enough but not standout.
Picked up 6 bottles of fresh Pliny to go for a little over $30, bottled 5 days previously. 6 bottle limit per person.
The crowd was largely 25/30 something locals, we got chatting to some beer geeks who had come for the weekend from SF.
In all a solid stop.
The beer and the pizza here are great. The selection of beers is impressive, and overall the quality is high. With more than 20 house beers across tap and bottle, the selection here is just about the best I have seen at a brewpub. The pricing is very fair. On the downside, this place is very popular and seems to always be busy. On top of that, some of the staff (not all, thankfully) aren’t the friendliest folks; perhaps dealing with the incessant crowds has hardened a few to the point of curtness. It almost seemed like the feeling among some staff was ’we are so popular that we don’t have to make you feel welcome while you’re waiting’. Once seated, the experience was great. This place also has a bottle/merchandise shop near the entrance, where you can get the classic Russian River beers, t-shirts, etc. If you’re travelling through Santa Rosa, you should make sure to visit Russian River - just make sure you either arrive early or are prepared to wait a bit.
bytemesis (929) Sunnyvale, California | September 13, 2012| Updated July 9, 2014
All I can say is awesome. This place rocks from the moment you walk in the door. 19 great beers on tap, plus several in bottles for takeaway. Food, particularly the pizza, is pretty darn good, service is great, and they make the best sours in the world.
One of the world’s best brewpubs that lives up to expectations. Awesome selection of both their American style and Belgian style beers - Blind Pig and Pliny seem to be on pretty much all the time. Service is solid, with a little attitude, but also quite friendly. Prices are more than reasonable, especially considering the prices of some of the bottles. An obvious absolute must stop when in Santa Rosa.
April 2008 - Visited for dinner and beers on a busy Thursday night. Anyone reading this knows that Russian River ranks amongst the best brewers there are, so this was a true solid gold evening. I even scored some Pliny the Elder and Salvation, right before they ran out of each. I also got to chat with Vinnie for a brief period, as he graciously let me bud in on his dinner with a visiting Italian brewer. Nice guy, awesome place. Oh, and the pizza rocked, too. (Brewery #460, 4/10/2008)