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About Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant - Cincinnati

The Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, located on the corner of Fifth and Vine Streets in the center and heart of historic Fountain Square, is a full service, casual dining restaurant featuring friendly service, made from scratch, moderately priced food and a distinctive selection of handcrafted beer. We offer a lively and entertaining atmosphere showcasing our fresh, handcrafted beers brewed on premises.

10 Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Brewery, American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
SUN 11am - 11pm
MON 11am - 11pm
TUES 11am - 11pm
WED 11am - 11pm
THUR 11am - 11pm
FRI 11am - 12am
SAT 11am - 12am

Cross Street:
Fifth Street and Vine Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 621-1588

Website:
http://www.rockbottom.com/

Catering:
Looking for the perfect place to host your next gathering? Rock Bottom is the perfect way to celebrate that special event. We can accommodate groups and parties of all sizes. Need a little more intimacy? Our semi-private dining areas are available for groups of 20-60 guests.
We feature great food, professional service and a casual atmosphere that is sure to highlight any occasion. Call (513) 621-1588 or email cincinnati@rockbottom.com for more information or to book your party today.

Parking Details:
Parking available at the Fountain Square Garage located on Vine Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets.

Private Party Facilities:
One of downtown Cincinnati"s most popular restaurants, located in the heart of Fountain Square. Make sure to check us out before and after Reds and Bengals games. During the theatre season, stop by on your way to or from the Aronoff Theatre.

Private Party Contact:
Kylie Turpin: (877) 624-3070

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant - Cincinnati Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (33)
Good for Groups (22)
Great Beer (18)
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Comfort Food (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Fun (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (11)
People Watching (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Live Sports (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Cozy (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Romantic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Scenic View (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

The selection of food items is small. The appetizer portions are generous but, the entree's are pricey for the portion size. The beer was good and reasonably priced. Overall the food and beverages were good but not great.
The noise level was "quiet" but, I was there early Sunday evening and everything seems to shutdown in Cincinatti on Sunday. I would guess that it gets much busier and louder during the week.
The service was adequate but not exceptional. Our server was friendly enough but, forgot an ordered side and brought the wrong size beverage.
Rock Bottom is good for a group, family or grabbing a quick bite but, there are lots of other places that are just as good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Always a great place for a casual pub meal, but nothing spectacular about it. Wish they’d put the chili back on the menu. Service is always professional and friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our second time dining here. The first time was really good. This past time not the same. There was a horrible smell throughout the restaurant. We were a party of 6 and the kids meal was way to small, the pasta was in a tiny bowl. The service with our waitress was good. We would return for cocktails but that might be the extent of our visits.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fried chicken app was excellent!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good experience for family dinner before a show. Food was very good and cam out in a timely manner. Waitress was friendly, and checked in on us from time to time but did not rush us.

Tags: Late-night Find, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food and good drinks. The waitress moved our meal and payment along quickly so me could make the show.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Although our waiter was good, he was so busy that it took a while to get his attention for refills and even to order. The fire alarm went off and was very loud and took way to long to shut off. No one really explained what happened

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Delicious street tacos

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great dining location before or after a show at the Aronoff Center.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My wife & son wen't down for dinner before the Waitress Show and had dinner & beer. My wife ordered the Jalapeno pretzels, unfortunately when they came out they had changed it to pretzels from their owners that were terrible. Without us making a complaint Steve, the manager was coming to inform me that they put onions on my pizza, I had asked to omit the onions, and was remaking it, we also informed him of the pretzels and toke them off the bill and toke a few of our drinks off. The pizza came out with everyone's food and everything was good.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great Beer, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great downtown, Fountain Square location; good brew-pub beer options, varied menu; had a great burger, choice of 2sizes, choice of sides; friendly, attentive greeters, wait staff, and visible managets.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 14, 2018

From the time we walked in the door, I had a feeling it was going to be a poor experience. Once we were sat, our server did not stop by the table for 10 mins to take drink orders. Even then, once he stopped he was rude and impatient. He didn't seem to be having a bad day. His mood seemed to be normal for him and that was the troubling part. Normally, you can tell and you cut them some slack. In this instance it seemed like that is the way it always is for him and his co-workers. They mistreat their customers and still receive 20% tip so they continue the same behavior. Somebody assisting him was a jerk as well. Slamming water glasses on the table and rolling his eyes. We were there to celebrate my mom's birthday and the service provided by this restaurant left a lot to be desired. We were sat without silverware. Our appetizer was delivered without app plates. We had to request these simple items. Our drinks were slowly refilled and he would bring back the children's cups uncovered and ask the kids to put the lids back on. That's just asking for trouble. Everyone's food came out and 2 of the 8 plates had to be sent back because they were served cold. I'm not embellishing, but one of them was mine and it was served not warm, not cool, not room temperature, but cold! Also, the restrooms were disgusting and looked as though they hadn't been cleaned in days. My sister-in-law complained about how dirty the bathroom was for her and her children. Needless to say my family will never be back. As soon as we stepped outside we all felt the same way and we were severely disappointed.

On a completely separate note: We witnessed a woman fall from the dining area down to the entrance level (1-2 steps). She must have not seen the step down and can easily happen if you're not familiar with the place or socializing with friends. Not one representative from Rock Bottom came to her aid to assist her. Many employees saw the instance, but ignored any action.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great burger and hot crisp fries just the way I like them. We arrived on time and our request for a booth was ready.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We arrived and it wasn't very crowded at all, it seemed to take longer than expected to get our food, but I guess it's because there were 10 of us. I saw people who came in well after us had their food way before we got ours. But overall everything was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Waited 15 mins for anyone to take our drink orders finally the manager walked by and noticed we didn’t have anything on our table and went and got our drinks. After ordering a sirloin and the waitress didn’t ask how we wanted our steaks they came out just short of ‘mooing’ we sent them back to be cooked a bit more. While that was cooking we eat our sides the Mac and cheese was bland and lacked flavor. The mash potatoes were good however. The waitress came back out with our food and brought us ribeyes since aplenty they ran out of sirloin. The rib-eye (while cooked medium) had no flavor and was tough. We barely eat them. She noticed when she came to bus the table and asked if we didn’t like it I was honest and told her about it. She said she would ask the manager to come over I handed her my credit card and said it was okay we just wanted to leave. The manager did come over and offered 40% when I got the receipt the 40% was applied to the one item however our soft drinks ($2.99 each) were on there 4 times... we both got refills I’m not sure if they charge per refill or what crazy!!! I was over the dinner and we just left without waiting 10 more mins for our waitress to come back. While we have eaten here many times this was for sure a new “experience” and the weather was bad so maybe people called off and they were under staffed?? I don’t know. We’ll wait a few more months and try it again.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This is a favorite date spot for us and we go probably 10 times a year. Unfortunately THIS night there was a trivia game going on in the bar and they put extra speakers in the dining area. It was so loud that my husband and I couldn’t hear each other speak. We spoke to the manager and he graciously comped our meal but it would have been nice to know it was trivia night when we made the reservation

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there on NYE so it was obviously very busy but our food was all cold. Our server Gabe was fantastic though and was very accommodating.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was awful. Undercooked and no flavor.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great time! Food was good, great atmosphere! Service was great!

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My daughter and her friends went here for a Christmas get together. They had great service, great food, and loved the atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a reservation and were seated right on time. One of us needed to send back the salmon as it was way too rare for her liking. Second time around it was perfect and enjoyed.

We always choose Rock Bottom during the holiday season as our guests stay downtown during that time.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The evening went well. The food was good. The restaurant was not too busy, which made me wonder why we were waiting on refills for our drinks. I think the waiter was off his game a little but it happens. Overall great dining experience, we will be back !

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My daughters birthday! Wonderful dinner and a complimentary dessert! Our server was great!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I took the team to a holiday lunch. I was afraid the restaurant would be overwhelmed and at first it started out that way. It was well over 5 minutes after we were seated before anyone acknowledged us. However a great waiter came to the rescue and did a fantastic job despite having several large tables. Food was good and everyone was happy. Good job RB

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The restaurant was crowded as we expected. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. The service was a bit slow. The kids Mac and cheese was cold and Kraft box quality which was disappointing since the adult Mac and cheese was excellent. We were seated near the bar area and it was very unsealing to have families without reservations stalking tables while we waited for and ate our meal. We have eaten here before with a much nicer outcome.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The service was awesome! Our server was attentive and it was a fun environment!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great place to go to dinner before a concert. Good service, good food choices, take reservations, convenient location right on Fountain Square, good for families as well as couples.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

My first time there and it was amazing. I will be going back and they actually offer a military discount which is nice for being downtown.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Best veggie burger I’ve ever had! Beer was delicious and service was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was excellent. I strongly recommend the Southwest egg rolls.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Late-night Find
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had reservations for dinner on a very busy holiday Saturday evening; due to my mistake we showed up an hour early but they were very nice and were able to seat us almost immediately. Our server was very friendly and attentive, a little inexperienced when it came to bar drinks but corrected his mistakes quickly, and checked on us just the right amount. Even though they were very busy we did not feel rushed. The food was excellent, different variations and not just the same things you get everywhere, and the portions were very generous. Right on Fountain Square and less than two blocks from the theater, it's a great location for anything going on downtown.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Great Beer, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great experience

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great service, good food. Rebecca was our server. Pregame meal, weren't rushed and everything well paced.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation and were told they couldn't check us in and to come back. When it was closer to our reservation time (within 15 min) I had to stand in a line that was out the revolving doors to check in. I was told they wouldn't have my table available until the time of the reservation. All I wanted to do was check in so I didn't need to get back into the line, not be seated. Our server was extremely pleasant but she was everywhere at once. I had to ask another server if I could get some sweetener for my tea after I waited a while for our server to bring it. I ordered the nachos for my dinner. The cheese was hard and the beef I added for an additional charge was burned. I took over half of it home to give to the dog so it wouldn't be wasted. We eat at this location at least once a month and the last two times haven't been the best but we keep trying.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good choices great food. Great beer. Super service

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Would have had more beer if we would have been asked!

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I always enjoy Rockbottom for large gatherings, especially since I can make reservations. This was to celebrate my 40th Birthday with a few loved ones. We had a party of 7 and at first they tried to seat us in a larger booth. We're adults, big people. There's no way we could have fit comfortably. So we asked for somewhere else. We were moved to a table for 6 and they put a chair on the end. It was acceptable but still tighter. Our server was very sweet and accommodating. She allowed for us to take our time with appetizers before ordering dinner. She refilled drinks quickly and offered me a complimentary dessert of my choice.

Tags: Live Sports, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Once again, we enjoyed Rockbottom's relaxed, sports bar atmosphere & thought the food was tasty. However; our server seemed annoyed & disinterested ... perhaps because she was working 2 days after Thanksgiving on a Sat eve? We've had dinner @ Rockbottom several times & will probably go there again, but mostly because of its convenient location on Fountain Square in Downtown Cincinnati.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Live Sports
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Had a reservation and were quickly seated. Every table had an unsightly, sticky residue on it that should have and could have been cleaned off before the restaurant opened for business. The waitress told us it was left over from some beer flight promotion sticker that used to be on all the tables. Food was okay but I would not go back to this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Dinner was amazing and service was great. The only problem was that our reservation for 6 was at a curved booth and was quite crowded. I definitely plan on going again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, People Watching, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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