Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant - Cincinnati

4.1
688 reviews
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$30 and under
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Brewery
Top Tags:
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Brewery, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
SUN 11am - 11pm
MON 11am - 11pm
TUES 11am - 11pm
WED 11am - 11pm
THUR 11am - 11pm
FRI 11am - 12am
SAT 11am - 12am
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Phone number
(513) 621-1588
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Kylie Turpin: (877) 624-3070
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fifth Street and Vine Street
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Parking details
Parking available at the Fountain Square Garage located on Vine Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets.
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 688 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
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3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cincinnati
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service!! Worth the drive to downtown and paying for parking in Fountain Square.

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Cincinnati
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I visited Rock Bottom for our date night and we enjoyed the food and people watching. We dined outside on the patio and had a wonderful meal and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We will be back.

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OT
Cincinnati
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good before a reds game.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great. The flight of craft beer selections was perfect. We had a great experience. Would definitely recommend.

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Cincinnati
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant to go to. We always feel like we get our money’s worth and the food is always great.

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M
Cincinnati
1.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was not hot when it arrived. Steak was very tough. Not a good experience.

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Indiana
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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BK
Chicago
4.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My family and I were on vacation. My youngest teen loved the mac n chz with chicken. My husband liked his cajun pasta. My baja chicken was good. The other two teens thought their meals were ok. I liked that it was in the Fountain Square which was a quick walk from our downtown hotel. The craft beer I tried was really good. I'd go back.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Table available when we arrived. Food good as usual

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AM
Cincinnati
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I ordered mango chicken and it was rubbery. I asked them to take it back. I don't believe the cutlets were cleaned thoroughly before cooking. I would be willing to try the restaurant again.

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Cincinnati
2.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Sat us in the back which I do not mind. None of the servers looked like they wanted to be there and we didn’t even get any silverware and had to ask a random server because we couldn’t find our own. The pizza was good.

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RW
Columbus
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ate here before a concert at great American ballpark. Place was very busy but they handled it well. Food did not take very long and was excellent. Better than I expected. Great location next to the big fountain square and walking distance to the ballpark

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Cincinnati
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quick service and great food for a lunch for 9.

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S
3.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server forgot a meal. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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AW
Cincinnati
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good, but we had to wait along time for our food, about 30 minutes, and the restaurant was not crowded at all at the time.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended up being about an hour later than we'd booked and the place was packed.......Got two seats at the bar, a great bartender and enjoyed a quick meal and a few drinks... A+

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J
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. Restaurant located in the middle of Fountain Square & very convenient.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Server was slow
Received a small ceasar salad with salmon instead of dinner size

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CK
Cincinnati
2.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation and we were seated right away. Our waitress was there right away and got our drinks. There were only two in our party and we ordered our dinner, no appetizers. We waited a solid hour for just normal food off of the menu. It was not our witnesses fault it was the kitchen. She was very apologetic. I heard from a friend that works downtown that they are known to be very slow on getting food out.

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JP
San Francisco
2.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

It amazes me that this restaurant holds such a prime piece of real estate in downtown Cincinnati, but gets away with poor food and service. I will never eat there again. Had a reservation for myself and my granddaughter at 6:00 p.m. to eat prior to a play at the Aronoff. It was 6:50 before we had our food in front of us, and mine was hardly edible. The kid's meal was honestly more appealing.

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OT
Cincinnati
3.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Chicken sandwich was very disappointing last two times I ate there. It used to be excellent.

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Cincinnati
2.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

The service was good but the place is dirty and unkept. The floor, menus and furniture need a good cleaning or need to be replaced.

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MB
4.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for dinner before heading to the Aronoff Theater for a play. We were three adults and five children. Everyone found something they liked on the menu, service was great, and we were finished in an hour and 15 minutes with plenty of time to spare. It is our go to place on Fountain Square.

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Cincinnati
3.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Happy hour is only in bar and cocktail area and we didn’t know that when we were seated.

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SS
Louisville
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were celebrating our anniversary before attending a concert. Taste of Cincinnati was going on at the same time. Lots of people downtown. Fortunately, we had no problem getting a table and no problem finishing a nice dinner before the show. Service was great. My wife enjoyed the cajun pasta and I had the brewer's club sandwich, which I'd had before. Always good.The beer was good as well and I like how this place (a chain) has modernized its beer offerings recently to include things like a New England-style IPA, sours and Belgian styles. Only complaint: the carrot cake for dessert was a little dry.

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J
Columbus
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect location for our quick downtown trip to Cincinnati. Good food and very friendly waitress.

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New England
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok. Location was great and service was good. Lots of menu choices for kids.

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Cincinnati
3.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was good, not the greatest thing I’ve ever had but I enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High school dance dinner for 10 kids

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RB
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and fantastic service. Pace of service was just right and server was attentive, friendly and helpful.

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Cincinnati
3.0Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Not enough servers. The poor man that was serving us was all over the restaurant. He was sweating most of our meal. Overall service was very slow especially during the work hours where most people only have 1 hour. Took us a solid 1.5.

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Cincinnati
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Mother’s day

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AB
1.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We came on a Saturday night with a reservation because we had tickets to the Aronoff. It wasn't crowded. We arrived for our 6:15 reservation. We placed our drink and food orders by 6:35. My wine never came out and at 7:15, we still had no food. After waiting for my wine for 20 minutes, I told the server that I no longer wanted it. She wasn't kind. At all. I requested to speak with a manager and he wasn't helpful just stating that they were busy. He said he would check on our food but never came back. Our server never came to our table to keep us posted on where our food was either. Honestly, it was as if she was avoiding our table. We saw other tables receive their appetizers after we had placed our food order and I ordered an appetizer for my meal. Needless to say at 7:35, we left hungry and never ate. I will not be back. Ever.

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TF
Cincinnati
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

enjoyed sampling the craft beers had great service and the food was great.

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J
Cincinnati
2.0Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The rock bottom brewery has been a favorite of mine for many years. However, I was less than satisfied during my last visit. The hostess seemed to be put out to seat us and the restaurant was not busy for a 600pm reservation. Furthermore, the waitstaff didn’t seem to think it was necessary to remove plates that were used for the appetizer and salad courses and let them stay on the table throughout the meal. I’d suggest taking your business elsewhere.

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r
New York Area
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

After running the Flying Pig Marathon Sunday May 6th we were looking for a restaurant conveniently located to the Grand Hyatt on 5th Street. Rock Bottom's location was convenient, and by the scenic Fountain Square. I had a pepsi, burger and side of macaroni and cheese, we also ordered chicken fingers. The service was good, my tummy was happy after running the marathon, and the server gave me a box to work on the rest of my burger and mac & cheese in my hotel room.
Good food selections! good service!

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Cincinnati
2.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Even though we had 615 reservations we did not get seated until 650 and we had to split up our party in order to get seated at that time otherwise wait would have been longer.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was poor, waited a long time for our waitress several times, got out own water, order messed up several times. Food was lukewarm when served.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with friends after running the Pig

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St. Louis
3.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Poor service, cold food...cool environment

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