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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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food

4.1

service

4.0

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4.0

value

3.9

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (22)
Comfort Food (17)
Good for Groups (15)
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Good for a Date (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Fun (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Great Beer (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Live Sports (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Scenic View (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Business Meals (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Cozy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 2 days ago

One of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had. We were seated right away, server was friendly but took a while to get to us. Ordered drinks and appetizers, took about 20-30 minutes to get an order of fried pickles. Pickles were delicious but everything went down hill from there. We each ordered steaks, medium. Steaks took about an hour to show up after we ordered and they were both pretty much raw. Manager came over and we sent them back... steaks returned about 20 minutes later and were still raw and mashed potatoes were completely cold. Ended up sending everything back and leaving. They claimed it was because they were “so busy” even though there were plenty of empty tables on a Saturday night. Won’t be returning.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

Bday for granddaughter

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Rock Bottom has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but it had been a while since I'd been there. Everything was as great as I remembered. Awesome place to have a meal...

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

The menu for food and beer was vast. The wait staff were knowledgeable about the beers selection and helped guide us to some great choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service. Appetizers over cooked. Too brown from frying but good taste

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food, drinks, and service were great which is normally the case.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service has slipped since I last went, restaurant doesn't feel as well cared for as before. Food is good, but quickly becoming nothing much special.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

A couple friends and I had dinner at Rock Bottom on a Saturday night. We were seated near a window so it was fun to people watch. Their beer selection was decent and we enjoyed their local brews. Our waiter, McCoy, was fantastic. He was personable with us, provided recommendations and checked in at the right time.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was horrible. We waited forever for a waiter and then only a stop by to say I'll be with you in a minute. Then waited again a long time to place our order. The waiter had greasy hair was very unkempt and seemed to be high. I never got the guacamole and chips that were ordered and never got refills on drinks. Very disappointing.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was not good. Service was very slow. Felt like no one cared we were there. No manager stopped to see how we were, but kept waking past us. Was served the wrong drink, burger was dry, asked for bacon on it and didn't get it. For what we paid for it was NOT worth it! Very disappointed.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Rock Bottom Brewery has always been one of my favorites for the Shrimp Lobster Tacos.
I was so disappointed Wednesday night when we got there and I noticed the menu looked different and I couldn't find my favorite thing anymore. I immediately asked the server and she said it was discontinued. BIG BUMMER!!! One of the other ladies i go with also loves the Shrimp Lobster tacos.
I am not sure that will be our Go To place before the theater anymore.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Rock Bottom Brewery is our go-to place when dining in downtown Cincinnati. Extensive menu and the beer is very good

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The Fountain Square location is ideal, especially during the holidays when the skating rink is open. Variety of food & drinks👍

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The round table reservation work out very well. The food was good, the server was nice and funny, and the atmosphere was nice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good food ,good beer, service seemed a little slow. I'll go back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service was great! We sat outside which was nice but there was of course some interesting people milling about that I maybe could have done without. We had the jalapeño pretzel sticks which were seriously amazing - would definitely recommend. The burgers were good, not great, but the fries were tasty. The only other thing to note was the bathroom was pretty gross. Everything was broken and nothing was clean.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The ultimate nachos had chicken on it that was dried out and petrified. Guac was brown :( very disappointing. Wait staff never came back to check on us and we had to flag down someone to let them know our food was bad. It took almost 40 minutes to see a manager to resolve it and he admitted the food was bad. Beer flight only had one beer my husband liked. Not the experience we were hoping for. Management took the nachos off the bill and asked us to come back another time and try again as the nachos are a house specialty.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Dinner was great! Service outstanding. Made easy reservations online. Table was ready when we arrived!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This is a very good 'go to' place with a variety of choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I love the food and beer. Our waitress is always nice and gives great recommendations.

Tags: Seasonal, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always enjoy coming to Rockbottom! Nachos are delicious!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was very good, I would even say it's worth coming back for. The service on the other hand was AWFUL. We waited almost 20 minutes for our server to greet our table and when she did she rushed us for both our Drink and Food orders at the same time, keep in mind that it was the first time all 10 of us had ever been there. She took a very long time to get our drinks and our food took what seemed like forever. We had to track her down for our checks and then again to cash them out. We had reservations at 7:30pm and by the time we got our food ate and cashed out we didn't leave until after 10:30pm. She constantly addressed me personally, as well as others in our group, by "love", "doll", "sweetie" and other inappropriate names. She was had very little interaction with us, and had we been with a better server I believe our experience would have been much more enjoyable. We were there celebrating a special event.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The server was doing her best but had way too many tables to take care of for a Saturday night. She apologized and thanked us for our patience. We got our drinks and appetizer in a timely manner. Then we waited to order. She was able to finally get to us. My wife ordered the Santa Fe chicken salad for dinner and the chicken on the salad wasn't thoroughly cooked when it arrived at the table. Our server was apologetic and brought her Egg Rolls (her second choice due to being unable to eat the salad) immediately. I was surprised that they didn't comp a drink or offer to comp the meal. No manager came to the table to apologize, which given they served uncooked chicken I would have thought they would have done. I have gone here several times and this was my worst experience by far.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was fair at first, but check took awhile with mistakes on first try. Manager had to help out since we had theater tickets, started with ample time until waiting on corrected checks. Enjoy the food and location, but service was lacking. Waitress claimed short staffed which should never be the excuse given to patrons, but I would still give them another chance as this was my first bad experience at the restaurant. Great location on Fountain Square.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Live Sports
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fabulous date night called when we realized we would be done with a prior engagement soon moved forward the reservation highly recommended great food great atmosphere and the staff was great!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Sandwiches and bar food were good, entrees were disappointing. Portion size good. Atmosphere was good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Good value if you like pub food and ambience, would go there again. A little noisy in the bar.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

I had the Makers Mark burger and it was really good! Everyone at the table had something different and we were all happy with our choices. The one downside was that they were out of mac n cheese. One person ordered as her entree and two of us as a side. Not sure why management wouldn't remedy this issue, it doesn't take too long to make.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food and service are always goood here! An enviroment safe enough to bring the grandkids to after a show at the Aronoff. Not expesive with food they like!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Good beer choices. Large portions. The bar area has a number of TV's tuned to sporting events, the dining area doesn't. Keep it in mind if you come in to watch a game. I ordered the fish and chips and I thought it was good. I have to say the menu choices tend to run toward the spicy side. The sauce for the fish had a kick to it as did the fish. Overall our group of 4 enjoyed their food and beer and our service was good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Sports, Great Beer, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a party of 10, including children and our server was fantastic. Service was great and we never needed for anything.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

You could tell the food was old. My mashed potatoes had a crust like consistency on the top like it had been setting out a while. My mom got tacos with avocados that we're brown and very soft-very gross

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We had concert tickets at US Bank Arena, but really enjoy Rock Bottom, so we made the (approx.) 1 mile trek up to Fountain Square. It is not a bad walk at all...we were surprised how crowded it was at 6:00 - but there was also a Reds game that night. We enjoyed our beers although service was slower than usual - probably due to the crowd. My husband enjoys the fried egg burger and I had a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado. I really like that you can get a cup of soup instead of fries...They do not turn down my high maintenance requests.

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Perfect spot for a nice dinner within walking distance of the theater. Good service and a better than expected menu for a place that's primarily a brewery.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was good but took 45 min before any food was delivery and appetizer was delivered with meal not before

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food (especially vegetarian), location, price & beer list are always fantastic! The only downside was that our poor waitress had the front left side of the patio all to herself (it was about 12 tables all packed) and she was so busy that she was constantly forgetting anything we asked for. Waited for 30 minutes to get our drinks every time we ordered one. And when we finally got our bill (4 separate checks) they were all wrong and mixed up, but it was either pay the extra money and not correct her, or wait 30 minutes to get the checks corrected. Should have only been an hour and a half dinner ended up staying over 2 & a half hours. The food and the location are so great though that we will still be going back. My only advice would be that management should have had a minimum of 2 more people helping her out. She was very sweet and apologetic and she definitely earned her generous tips that night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We really enjoyed our first visit to Rock Bottom! Food was delicious and our waiter was great too! Can't wait to visit again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were going to be late for our reservation so we called. We were seated right away when we got there. It took a long time to get our food. We arrived at 6 ordered shortly after. We got our food at 7:15. We only had a few minutes to eat it before we had to leave for a show.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Beer and service were good. Food so-so.
Would go back again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The atmosphere is cozy but could use a little facelift. The hostess walked us to our table, inside when I request outside, placed the menus down and walked away without a word. I ordered the side of cheddar mash which was extremely dry. My chicken was fantastic, but without a good side left not fully satisfied.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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