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Cheers to great beer and great food! - Ninkasi’s Better Living Room, Eugene, OR

Ninkasi’s Better Living Room

4.6
4.6
187 Reviews
$30 and under
Brewery
Step into our living room and perpetuate better living! The Ninkasi Better Living Room is a restaurant and gathering space to celebrate beer, food, art, and community. Our kitchen, under the leadership of Chef Andrew Hroza, celebrates locally sourced food and flavors of the region while complementing the unique flavors craft beer drinkers enjoy. Plus, our expanded bar provides more taps to share our unique and innovative small-batch beers brewed on our 5-barrel Pilot Brewery. Cozy up inside or enjoy our new backyard patio space (dogs welcome!) and enjoy food, drinks, and great times.

Ninkasi Brewing is the nation's 33rd largest independent craft brewery.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Brewery

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (541) 735-9500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Hroza

  • Private party facilities

    Planning a special event for work, life, or just for fun? We offer a wide variety of venues and services to meet all your event needs! Host your event at the hottest spot in town. Choose from our event spaces and add-on services, or contact us to build your event from scratch. Learn more here:https://ninkasibrewing.com/private-events/

  • Neighborhood

    Eugene

  • Cross street

    Blair and 2nd. Street

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Trivia Night!

    Multiple dates available
    Come reserve a table in the Rec Room for our weekly Trivia Night with Forest Davis Walker every Tuesday at 7pm. It's free to play but it pays to win! Reservations are highly recommended in order to guarantee a table. Bring some friends, get some food and beer, and prove yourselves as Trivia Masters!

What 187 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Portland / Oregon

    Kid-friendly

  • Portland / Oregon

    Good for groups

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  1. BH

    BeckyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday closes at 6pm. We went at 4:30pm. Very nice & quiet. Wonderful atmosphere. Appreciated menus ( not using coded menu); and Appreciated having a waiter & his patience. Food is great too. Don't ever get rid of the Brussel sprouts 😊
  2. TM

    TamiM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Have been here multiple times but each time service and food slips a little. Last night was the last time. Party of eight, ordered our food and received in this order: Main dish, drinks & appetizers. Also, ordered several burgers, two with no sauce. No consideration of which burgers had no sauce. To top it off, we were charged a 20% tip. There was NOTHING that mentioned a tip would be added. And for what? Someone dumped the food on the table and we never saw them again.

    Ninkasi’s Better Living RoomResponded on November 17, 2022Hello Tami and thanks for your feedback. I apologize for the poor service. Your visit happen to occur on the single busiest we've ever had and we know that greatly impacted our ability to communicate and provide the experience we want. For the tip every tab that is left open and not closed by the guest gets closed at the end of the evening with 18% added to it. This is posted multiple places around the restaurant and on the ordering platform. I'll be happy to adjust the amount for you. Bryan

  3. K

    Kris

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High tech 50's: order using phone! Impressive PNW localvore food and drink , comfortable, fun atmosphere! Wear your PNW layers to stay warm and blend in!! Our new fav!
  4. VY

    VanceY

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE had a great time. Our server, Echo, was fantastic and energetic. Food and beer were great. We will be back.
  5. LA

    LeeA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and beer were both awesome!
  6. DD

    DebraD

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    We were a party of (4) and enjoyed the setting, service and easy parking. Great place. The food could have been better. We won’t return for another meal. Popcorn, chips were great!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We showed up 30 minutes late and they still kept our reservation! That was great.
  8. l

    lovefood03

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for groups.
  9. GJ

    GloriaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Comfy seating. A little distracting in the TV room to have a birthday party group that wasn't interested in the Duck game. We were hoping for a room of interested Duck fans; maybe we'll have to bring our own. :) Great food & drinks, and convenient service.
  10. NS

    NickS

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great times! Ninkasi is the best
  11. JS

    JoeS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Never a bad time here, but I don't like the online ordering system. No one offers a sample of the delicious beers they have on tap, which is a shame. Honestly, they should have the ability to get tasters before ordering, even with the goofy online system.

    Ninkasi’s Better Living RoomResponded on October 3, 2022Thanks for the review Joe. When we first opened we offered samples on the menu but found many people would just order 10+ of them and never order a full beer. We are happy to pour whatever tasters you like if you come to the bar or talk to a server. Maybe we'll try doing the tasters again on the online menu again soon.

  12. P

    Polly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Beer and ambience were great.. all food was extremely vinegary or way too much salt.

    Ninkasi’s Better Living RoomResponded on October 3, 2022Glad to hear you enjoyed the beer and ambience. If you don't mind me asking what did you have to eat? I'd like to pass along the feedback to the kitchen with a bit more detail.

  13. JB

    JulieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We went for a late lunch to celebrate a birthday. We set outside on a nice patio. All of the ordering was done by QR code. This was inconvenient and annoying. Since it was our first time there we had a few questions about the food with no one to ask. They dropped off our appetizers and I had to ask for share plates and silverware. After all the ordering was done we had a great meal and a good time. (Hopefully, the majority of the tip went to the kitchen.)

    Ninkasi’s Better Living RoomResponded on September 30, 2022Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback Julie. We apologize for the lack of service and feel your pain with the QR Code ordering system. Although it has it's benefits we do long for the time when we can switch back to a more traditional service model. Next time you come in please ask for Manager. We'd love to buy your first round of drinks and discuss the menu with you.

  14. RC

    RaymondC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The Artichoke po’boy was dry,cold and had no flavor. The smoked potatoes were Wonderful.

    Ninkasi’s Better Living RoomResponded on September 30, 2022Hello Raymond, So sorry that po'boy was dry and cold. That is not how it should be served. We'd love another opportunity to redeem your experience. Let us know the next time you're coming in and we'll take care of you meal.

  15. r

    richardm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great place to go with friends. it was our first time there as we were visiting from Hawaii and we loved it and will definitely be back when we return
  16. MC

    MartynC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Excellent atmosphere and beer (I recommend the Trailhead IPA) but the food and service were so-so. I’d definitely go back and give it a second try.
  17. KN

    KarenN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in for a business meeting and were allowed to use the private room off to the side. The service was terrific and the staff was so generous to let us use that space for as long as we needed! We got a lot done! Thank you so much and we will for sure be back!
  18. BT

    BobbyT

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing Brews & Food! The atmosphere is really well done.
  19. CM

    CherryM

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, very comfortable. Love the vegan options! Beer & cider are fantastic!
  20. VW

    VickyW

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not your ordinary pub fare. High quality food with a relaxed atmosphere.
  21. S

    Santoro

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun way to welcome out of town friends! I enjoyed showing off Ninkasi - the food and beer was outstanding, and the service was exceptional. Thank you for a wonderful night!
  23. D

    Delicious

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, beer was outstanding, I would come here repeatedly if I didn't live so far away. The ambience was impeccable. Very pleasant dining and drinking experience
  24. A

    Alyssa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Online ordering system is great and the outdoor courtyard is wonderful
  25. JY

    JimY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and all of the staff were very friendly. The food was to die for. Excellent!
  26. TH

    TrinaH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent beer and atmosphere
  27. TD

    TinaD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy to go here
  28. C

    Chris

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters were great, and the dry rub chicken wings were fantastic too. Great beer list obviously as well
  29. PD

    PapaD

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very cool place with great beer and an impressive kitchen (though a few more vegan options would be nice). A nice gathering place that's kid friendly too.
  30. e

    eugenefoodie13

    Portland

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We really enjoyed our meal. The one issue for us is the ordering system. It is frustrating if you have questions, which we always do. I understand how hard it is to keep a restaurant staffed, and the people who served us were wonderful, we just dont enjoy ordering online.
  31. J

    Jerry

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and beer were excellent. The patio seating was nice. The people were friendly and helpful.
  32. AM

    AndresM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great BEER with a Great environment and amazing food! A must if you are near
  33. j

    jamie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I would have liked to see another salad added to the menu and I ordered a full size salad and was very surprised at how small it was. I ordered fries because I was still hungry, if you could make portion sizes a little bigger that would be great especially on salads because let's face it lettuce and veggies are cheap. Staff was so nice and helpful and the facility has a great vibe, too much a.c. maybe torn it down a smidgen.
  34. JP

    JohnP

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Nice beer garden setting. Distinctly not a health conscious menu.
  35. JH

    JeffreyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Tasty. Pleasant. Friendly. Easy.,guests from Japan very happy.
  36. s

    stephenb

    Washington DC

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Delightful location, lounge and beer garden. Family friendly. Very friendly servers and wide drink selection. The menu is mostly limited to appetizers and snacks. The fish sandwich and shrimp roll were not great frankly. I would like to see them raise their game on the food side
  37. S

    Shanti

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I did not like ordering with my phone. Not my style. Missed the personal touch of a server. Hostess was not available when we first got there. No big deal but it’s nice to be greeted right away. When she did come she was okay but not super welcoming. My food was very good, husband’s was just okay. Food came in good time as did the beer. The place is very nicely put together
  38. VY

    VanceY

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a great place to hang with friends, visit and have some good beer. The food was very good. The service was a little slow, short staffed like everyone is now. But it didn't interfere with our meal as we were not in any hurry.
  39. SW

    ShelleyW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Disappointed in the lack of available drinks. Also there were no brunch menu items this time.
  40. MF

    MarkF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Wait staff acted put out by a misunderstanding regarding our party size. Staff in general was not service oriented. Our Beer server was abbreviating the beer names as she called them out and then was grumpy that we could not figure out what beer she was attempting to deliver. We felt like a burden to your staff! The scan tag order system was a bit confusing and took some tech savvy members of our party to figure out. Timeliness of food delivery and food quality were good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Ninkasi’s Better Living Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (541) 735-9500.

Ninkasi’s Better Living Room is rated 4.6 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ninkasi’s Better Living Room

155 Blair Blvd, Eugene, OR 97402

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Blair and 2nd. Street

  • Neighborhood

    Eugene

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Brewery

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Hroza

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (541) 735-9500

  • Private party facilities

    Planning a special event for work, life, or just for fun? We offer a wide variety of venues and services to meet all your event needs! Host your event at the hottest spot in town. Choose from our event spaces and add-on services, or contact us to build your event from scratch. Learn more here:https://ninkasibrewing.com/private-events/

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