Rock Bottom Brewery - Milwaukee
Rock Bottom Brewery - Milwaukee

Rock Bottom Brewery - Milwaukee

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rockbottom.com/milwaukee
  • Phone: (414) 276-3030
  • Hours of Operation:
    Serving Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm Serving Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 2:00am Happy Hour Specials: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Murphy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery can offer your group a casual dining experience in a comfortable, entertaining atmosphere. All designed around a working brewery, Rock Bottom is the perfect place to host your group's next get together. Contact: Whitney Henningfield Telephone: (414) 276-3030 Fax: (414) 276-8010 Voice Mail: (414) 318-3988
  • Entertainment: Team Trivia every Thursday!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wells Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Adjacent Surface Lot - Daily Rates Vary CPS Parking Lot Across Plankinton Ave. - Hourly Rates Apply
A word from Rock Bottom Brewery - Milwaukee
Welcome to Milwaukee's premiere Brewpub located on the scenic Downtown Riverwalk. Join us for our Ponzu Salmon, Texas Fire Steak, Bourbonzola Burger, or Jambalaya along with some of our fresh handcrafted brews made by our own Brewmaster, David Bass. Rock Bottom Brewery serves up an ever changing menu with something for everyone. Whether you want to enjoy the day on our scenic patio, visit before a show at one of the local theaters, or simply catch a game ... Rock Bottom Brewery is simply the best choice for enjoying all that is "Brew City".
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Rock Bottom Brewery - Milwaukee reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (10)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (9)scenic view (9)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)fit for foodies (5)special occasion (5)neighborhood gem (4)hot spot (4)romantic (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Bodacious Burger
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We started with the Habanero Shrimp, it was very good - not too spicy. I enjoyed the Bourbonzola Burger with a side of mac and cheese. Very delicious. The bun was very good, the burger cooked just right, the cheese and sauce worked wonderfully together. My husband had a burger off of their specials menu. His burger was also cooked just right and had flavorful poblano peppers and beer! Enjoyed with our meal was handcrafted beers. The service was awesome! Unfortunately, we were too full to try their desserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in a vibrant atmosphere
    JoyceyB
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ample helpings of yummy entrees. We were there on a Thursday evening, and the place was full. Wait staff was attentive and helpful. Will definitely return. Outside dining is fantastic on the river.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu variety
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The extensive menu selection is sure to have something delicious for everyone in your group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good/Service not so good
    Jays
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We were seated promptly according to our reservation. The service however was slow. It took about 15 minutes to get our drinks....a little unusual since this is a brewery.....an hour to get our dinners. A long wait for our 3 grandkids. Had to remind our waiter a second time to get the promised birthday dessert for my wife. Food was good/typical pub food. The apple coleslaw did not have any apples in it as described. The menus were out of date....none of the beers listed were available.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 386 reviews are from the Rock Bottom Brewery - Milwaukee reviews archive.
  • Disappointment
    Tryit
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The server was great but the food was a disappointment. We both had the seafood tacos. The shells seemed to have been fried in oil that was not hot enough as they had absorbed a too much oil. The fish tacos had an OK flavor but the shrimp and lobster tacos were so strong with a fishy smell that I could not finish them. I wouldn't do that again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice by the river
    foodie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great outdoor ambiance on the riverfront = free entertainment Food is excellent, went there twice in one week
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Returned visit
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Took advantage of the Downtown Dining Week. The sangria was very good - my companion ordered a dirty martini that wasn't to her taste. She ordered a house beer and liked that better - maybe it's more of a beer bar than a mixed drink bar. Had the salmon which I thought was a bit dry - my companion had a burger and loved it. Brownie for dessert - same as salmon - a bit dry. All in all, would come back again and try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not seated in the bar area
    MrsWhy
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Our table was in the area to the right - when facing the hostess table. There's nothing special about it, at all. It wasn't bad, but wasn't good either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    beer list was out of date -- went here because its close to Riverside theater. It was ok, but not memorable. It's a great location, but need to step it up for me to return
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Downtown Option
    Batobus
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My wife and I had eaten at Rock Bottom several times a few years ago but hadn't been back in a while. Decided to take advantage of Downtown Dining week and go back to the restaurant. The food was pretty good, table (booth) was nice and service was very good. Our waitress was very personable and helpful. Overall the experience was good. While we didn't choose from the regular menu, it is fairly extensive. Good all-around choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    Value2go
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We had an excellent experience with good food, plenty of it, and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    Jenna
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Rock bottom has the best nachos! So good, you can have them as a meal or an appetizer. They have a good menu, burgers are delicious and sandwiches are delicious. My boyfriend loves the 2am Burger, one huge reason we keep going back. They also have a rewards program which gives you money back after so many points from dining there. They have great service and very friendly. I recommend making a reservation if you plan to go though. The place fills up quickly being located downtown. The wait for two people can easily be an hour and a half and reservations fill up fast!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & BEER!
    MexicanaddictVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Perfect spot to catch and beer and a bite and the game. The nachos were the best around and highly recommended and also try the beer flight cause no one ever knows which beer to choose, this way you get to try 6 of them!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service
    Sooner4040
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Sorry to say now a days, good service is not only hard to find, it is almost non existent. Except here! Our server was just fantastic, so much so, we commented about it several times at our table. Congrats!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Our server was wonderful and the food was very good. Especially fun place to go during the summer, when you can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner before a show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Us three ladies stopped in before a show at the Riverside. Good thing we had a reservation. Place was very crowded. The waitress was great. Sh told us of the delay in our drinks. The food was very good but I felt it was a little less than previous times I have been there. Maybe due to the large crowd, many of which were going to the same show. Overall great place and wonderful food. Will be back again for sure.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Made a reservation and called to change the time once the day arrived and they didn't change the time when we arrived to the restaurant. They told us we were late, but I had told them I called in to change and they said it was never changed. Well, despite that, they quickly found us a table and was right on it! We were happy with our food, drinks, and service and would probably be back next time we are in Milwaukee.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Experience
    Donnalein
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Wanted to take my Mom and a small group of us out to lunch "downtown" for her 76th Birthday. I picked Rock Bottom Brewery. Very nice restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, an awesome view of the Milwaukee River and downtown which was exactly what I wanted! We ordered appetizers (Southwest Egg Rolls and Cheese Curds) and had the soup de jour, burgers, salad, chicken, pulled pork and Mac N Cheese. We tasted each others food and it was all outstanding! Service was impeccable. The host was so happy to see us when we walked in even though we've never met and I thought that was awesome. Our server was very friendly, very informative on the menu and gave us outstanding service. Our party of 6 each agreed that we're coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Mick
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We met for a family birthday, we had a large group. Everything was ready for us. Our server was very helpful and friendly. We had such a great time. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. I think it would be great for individuals, families, all sorts of groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Dinner
    Steve
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Food was good but not amazing. Ribs were decent. Fries were not that great. The green beans were excellent. Carrot cake is really good and huge for two people.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Brewery
    Shari
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I love visiting breweries and their IPA along with the Rueben and Habanero Shrimp were very good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    isardas
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Great service. Good quality food. Great brewery. The staff are top notch. Thanks for making this family outing with my kids and their playmates so much fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Head Todd
    Lynyrd
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Had an awesome day at the Brewery with Big Head Todd and the Monsters before their show at Turner Hall......legendary day....the band played 4 songs....gave away some merch and answered crowd questions......they are a bunch of great guys, including Ronnie Baker Brooks and Hazel Miller......if you invite them....we will come!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    diana
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    had a great time with family and friends. Food was wonderful, service was very good. Only complaint would be that it took a while for the server to come back to our table to replenish drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a blast!
    sparklinglife34
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I brought a group of voice actors who were guests at a convention nearby to RBB. The response from them was absolutely overwhelming. They had a great time, and they absolutely enjoyed the food! Most of them were from LA and Texas, so having the Wisconsin-based foods like the cheese curds and the in-house beer was incredible for them. They had such a great time, that the next night we all went back for some more! Thank you for showing us all a wonderful time, I'll definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant is great for
    GoodFoodRocks
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    This restaurant is great for dinning in the summer and winter for intimate dinning or in large groups. The food menu has a good variety, prices are descent, with great brew choices. Street tacos are delicious. The only downside is that the service staff seems to lose quality when serving larger groups. However, I will return without a doubt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I changed reservations several
    roach
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I changed reservations several times and it was easy. My only compliant was lack of parking. Below freezing temperatures and some had to park on their own 2 blocks away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve Lunch
    Haley
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    My boyfriend and I were looking for a place to get lunch on Christmas Eve, so we chose Rock Bottom. We made a reservation but it was pretty empty and we were seated right away. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich (which was wonderful) and my boyfriend got the bourbon-zola burger (which was also great). My fries were a little dry but the sandwich made up for it. My boyfriend also ordered the 6-beer sampler. Our server Adam was so great at recommending beers for him. He even brought him another beer he thought my bf would enjoy! When we ordered dessert, Adam brought my bf another beer sample he thought would complement the dessert. Adam definitely made the experience and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to relax and have
    Linda
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Great place to relax and have fun after a long business meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • birthday fun
    Reba
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We were there celebrating a birthday. It was really crowded and loud. The Packers were playing so everyone wad energetic. We waited longer than our reservation, but when we were seated, or foods was good, service was good and we had fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Play Perfect
    Alphie
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The Open Table reservation special instructions were honored so we had a great view of the river and surrounding area. We were allowed to take our time and enjoyed drinks and the deliciously rich artichoke and crab dip...probably the best we've ever had. Our table enjoyed sirloin steak, ribeye steak and meatloaf (slightly spicy and good). The steaks were cooked to order and were accompanied by good mashed potatoes and steamed summer squash and zucchini...excellent. The only drawback was that we were in the mood for an ice cream after dinner drink and these were not offered at Rock Bottom. Otherwise, everything was wonderful and we'll definitely be back. Parking was easy by using the lot north of the restaurant and cost $1.00...a bonus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After Theater Dining
    Jzardinesout
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Just a short walk across the bridge from the Pabst Theater, this was a good choice for every member of our party. Large menu with plenty of choices for any taste. Reasonable prices and a nice view of the river walk.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/service
    Dave
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The meals we had were excellent. Large portions. The IPA was also very tasty. Our servers were prompt and efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday celebration!
    Tammy
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    It was my husband's birthday and your staff did a great job of bringing a delicious dessert to celebrate the night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • before concert meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Service excellent provide samples of beer for us to try. My wife had a burger and stated it was very good. I had a hemp crust veggie pizza that tasted excellent but crust was soggy and greasy. The parchment paper it was served on was sitting in oil.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to eat before a show
    Quarklop
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Food is good, the beer, which they make themselves, is excellent, and the Milwaukee location is very conveniently located as a place to eat before going to the Riverside Theater. It was much busier than I expected for a Tuesday night. Definitely make a reservation if you're on a schedule. If you didn't make a reservation, you can wait at the bar for a table, and they have an excellent selection of quality beers.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make sure you have reservations!
    Cheryl
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Luckily we had reservations on Saturday 10/19/2013 or we would of had to wait two hours. The food was outstanding however not much on the plate for the price. I ordered the sirloin which came with mashed potatoes and veggies.....that's it. No salad, bread, soup, nothing. So for the price, I didn't think it was worth it. Would I go back......just for a drink but not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rock Bottom
    PantsParty69
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Ask for the back room by the river...you won't be sorry!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Milwaukee Experience
    BrooklynMike
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Was on a college visit and had a great time at Rock Brewery on Sunday evening...Server was fine...but the beer was terrific and the food was very Milwaukee authentic...meat, cheese and beer! I requested a view of the river and they had a great table with a great view that improved as the sun went down!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what's the point of reservations
    nikip
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We had reservations for 6pm for 10 people (including 6 kids under 10) and were finally sat at 6:45pm. We were told the table they were "waiting" for were still there. So, I understand they can't kick someone out but how about putting some other tables together??? And what we got out of it is some french fries and fruit when we were sat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate