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

Ninkasi’s Better Living Room

4.4
4.4
178 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 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 11:00 am–5:00 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 178 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Portland / Oregon

    Kid Friendly

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  1. NS

    NickS

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great times! Ninkasi is the best
  2. JS

    JoeS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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 3 days agoThanks 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.

  3. P

    Polly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Ninkasi’s Better Living RoomResponded 3 days agoGlad 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.

  4. 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 6 days agoThanks 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.

  5. 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 6 days agoHello 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.

  6. 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
  7. MC

    MartynC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. S

    Santoro

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place.
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. TH

    TrinaH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent beer and atmosphere
  18. TD

    TinaD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy to go here
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. e

    eugenefoodie13

    Portland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. JH

    JeffreyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Tasty. Pleasant. Friendly. Easy.,guests from Japan very happy.
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. VY

    VanceY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. D

    Delonda

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    The restaurant seemed under-staffed. Although the restaurant wasn't full and we had a reservation, we waited behind three other groups who needed help with purchases and to be seated.
  33. CB

    CraigB

    Portland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great beer, great food. Love the Better Dining Room.
  34. PB

    PeterB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Nice addition to Eugene's footy scene. we will be back
  35. TM

    TashaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We made a reservation based on a coupon that was received on my ticket for the Hult Center. The food was super fresh and tasty! I would go back just to eat the Brussels sprouts again! I would totally recommend The Better Living Room to anyone!
  36. JW

    JulieW

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Way too warm. Drinks and water warm. Plates way too small for the food.

    Ninkasi’s Better Living RoomResponded on July 1, 2022I am sorry to hear about your experience. Our AC in the building is currently under repair and we hope it will be back up shortly. No excuse for warm water. We'll look into that issue and make adjustments. Plates being to small is a new one for us. May I ask what you ordered? Thanks for the feedback. Continuous improvement is a core value here at Ninkasi and your feedback help us strive to attain this.

  37. KR

    KrisR

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Wait was too long even though we had a reservation. No one came around to provide more water after we quickly drank down the one small bottle provided initially on a very hot day. Would go back again if the service was more attentive in general.
  38. AL

    AlexL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When we arrived, we were told there was no food, appetizers only. Claimed the Graduation event as an excuse. Somehow, other restaurants had no problem with U of O graduation. Had no option but to leave. The staff seemed having no concerns with the issue

    Ninkasi’s Better Living RoomResponded on July 1, 2022With Graduation happening on a Monday we choose to open that day when we are normally closed as most of the restaurants in Eugene are closed Monday's. As a result we did not have enough staff to operate the following day. We do apologize for the inconvenience and it is not the experience we want you to have but is the current reality of our industry.

  39. TP

    TPTR

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ninkasi's Better Living Room was delightful. Interesting ordering process electronic expedient. Well done. Great Space.
  40. CB

    CraigB

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I spend every Friday at Ninkasi’s Better Living Room. Great food, great beer, fantastic service.

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 4.4 stars by 178 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 8 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 11:00 am–5:00 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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