Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant - Bethesda

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135 reviews
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For almost twenty five years, we have been pioneering the craft beer revolution! Our brewers have been awarded over two hundred national awards for their unique brewing styles. Our menus have received numerous accolades. The tradition continues today at each Rock Bottom with local brewers and local chefs coming together to create bold local flavors both in our beers we brew and the food we serve.
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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

The kitchen was partially shut down for renovation but we weren’t told until we were seated. When we received the menu it was basic items that they were only able to serve. The items we viewed from the online menu were very different. Only sandwiches and some appetizers were available. We ended up leaving. Only wish the restaurant was more upfront online and before being seated that the menu was limited due to the kitchen being renovated. We ended up leaving for a restaurant across the street. Hope to try RBB again when the kitchen is back to working order.

SB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Grill and fryer were broken so menu was limited. Wish we had known that before we sat down.

MP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Rock Bottom is one of the better chains. Food is good and you seldom are surprised -- which is what you want from a chain. I also want to give kudos to Melissa, our server. She was excellent. She worked hard, had a great smile and infectious personality. She really was excellent. Very nice Tuesday evening overall.

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Well, the restaurant oven was not working and it was not advertised anywhere in advance, so only a limited menu.

D
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Despite the problems in the kitchen (grill not working which narrowed the menu down) we still had a good time and good food. Randel is a wonderful attentive server (ALL of the servers we've had here have been great). This is my go to place for good beer, good food and great service.

ES
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was very good. They were out of the beer I requested, so I settled on Plan B. Still not a bad choice (an American Ale). Food was good and arrived promptly.

LS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great value-salmon was excellent!
Nice atmosphere, too!

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brews and food, staff and waiter very accommodating. Another great outing for us.

KW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal & the host seated us far enough away from the bar that carrying on a conversation was no problem. I enjoyed my experience there and would recommend this restaurant to others!

D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Rock Bottom is big enough that it allowed my friend and I have to have a productive work session over dinner. The food was average, but the service was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was less than mediocre. Nachos were dried out/ cheese was burnt. They offered to take them off our bill, but never did. Hamburgers were cold inside. Guess they were frozen patties and not fresh. Beers were fine but not the draw they should be for a brewery. Won’t ever go back.

BN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a graduation dinner with my family. Great service and delicious food!

CL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy a family meal at Rock Bottom. Something for everyone- even the vegetarian at the table.

WL
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wedge was phenomenal but Burger and fries arrived absolutely cold. Not even a tiny bit warm!
An a frequent customer, this was a first... and they weren’t even at full capacity...

v
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious and great service. Reasonably priced. Will be returning for sure

J
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Setting our table of 7 in the "events" room meant that we were more easily ignored by staff. Twice had to get up and walk to the main part of the restaurant to get help. And one end of the room was full of a disorganized group of tables and what looked like buffet supplies. Definitely felt uninviting.

TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had dinner with my parents on grad weekend. Food good. Beer great. Not too crowded at 8 pm on a Friday.

AW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food. Nice selection of beers. Noise level not too loud. Our server could have been more friendly. She had a severe manner. Convenient location in downtown Bethesda, and abandon public parking nearby.

C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a fine place to be

B
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rock Bottom is one of my favorite gathering places.
Tonight, we all enjoyed delicious nachos, mixed greens salad with shrimp, grilled salmon & a hamburger. Of course, all our beer choices were superb. The service provided by Sarah, Casey and Stephanie was extraordinary!

BD
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

We went on a Saturday evening for a birthday celebration, and even though it was busy, we got great attention from the hostess / greeter, our server, and the manager. They took time to explain beers, selections, etc, did not rush us, and were interested in our enjoyment. Food here is very solid, better than average brew pub fare.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to watch the Caps!

S
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable seating for a group of 6 for a business dinner. Good variety for all of us to choose from and a decent wine list!

a
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice! Peter our waiter took good care of us and even gave my friend a sample of the tortilla soup before she ordered a bowl! A great place for beer obviously but it was also a nice atmosphere for me to catch up with a dear long-time friend. I highly recommend the chicken skewers; a light lunch that won’t make you feel all full - hit the spot! Very reasonably priced and because we were there at 3p we got rock star parking right out front.

d
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we live in the DC area but have booked a wedding rehearsal in the Milwaukee Rock Bottom and wanted to get a taste of the food we have picked out. Overall the taste and quality is fantastic and will make sure to finalize reservations in Wisconsin

SM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and the brew was delicious

P
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The price-value of this restaurant is quite good. The chicken tostada and the shrimp tacos were both fresh, tasty, and with low calories. We also enjoyed the big Brownie as dessert.

NW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We come here a couple times a year and usually have a good experience. I made a reservation for 8 people online in advance of coming and upon arrival we were given 2 booths. After deciding that sitting in separate booths and not being able to fully interact as a family group was unacceptable, we squeezed ourselves into a single booth. It was cramped and uncomfortable and detracted from the meal. The burgers were only ok this time - surprisingly flat, and the cheese had begun to congeal from sitting under the warmer too long. When the food was brought out we were told that they had run out of one order (BBQ pork sandwich). No explanation as to why it took so long to tell us. A burger was ordered as a replacement at the time all the other food arrived. It came out well over 10 minutes later and had a cold piece of cheese on top, and they didn’t bring his side of onion rings. Given the last minute error on his meal I was expecting it to be comped but it was not. Allninnall, it was a disappointing experience this time and we definitely won’t come back if the group exceeds 6 people.

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Rock bottom was perfect for our gathering of ten former colleagues. Our servers were admirably flexible about our large group & made it very easy for us to focus on catching up with each other. They even got the background music turned down a bit at our request.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wide range of apps and entrees and everyone enjoyed their food. Service was attentive. I loved that every dish is listed on the Weight Watchers app so you can get the exact point count. Good job Rock Bottom!

GN
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It's the perfect place to eat with kids. Mom and Dad get to drink decent beer and the kids can be noisy and nobody cares. The food is very consistent. We love the BallPark pretzels.

DU
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there three times - great food, great beer, great service!

s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the beer selection. I wish they had more selection on the entree. The food is good service is excellent.

MC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I booked the wrong location, wanted Boston Boylston Street but they honored my reservation.

that was very nice

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations in Maryland in error. Shoes up in Boston MA they honored our reservation. Thanks

SR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was so nice to go to a place with both great beer and food! I highly recommend the Lumpy Dog brew, and everyone was pleased with their appetizer and entree selections.

MS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Lumpy Dog beer is fantastic! I highly recommend Rock Bottom to beer lovers out there. The Lumpy Dog in particular is a very flavorful light beer. The service is a little hit and miss, but they are incredibly nice. The food is ok.

CH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peter was our server on the afternoon of 12-18-18. He provided great service, was very accommodating and attentive, and made some great recommendations for us Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant virgins.

B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Have not been to this establishment in over 20 years. It was just as good as remembered. In fact it was a bit quieter than earlier visits making it a better experience for dinner.

L
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Wouldn't recommend it... Our waiter Nate was wonderful, but the portions sizes on our steak and sides were small and the food over-seasoned for our taste.

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